By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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September 2017 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD

This page reviews September 2017 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

September combines low crowds with low prices, and typically also has OK room rates and free dining deals as well.

This makes it a great month for returning visitors.

But it has lousy weather, combining continuing summer heat and humidity with the peak of the hurricane season, making me not so keen on the month for first time visitors who may never return.

SEPTEMBER 2017 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

September is one of the least crowded months of the year.

However, effects of the Halloween Party and Food and Wine can make certain days quite crowded at certain parks on certain days.  See this for how to avoid them.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 9/2 has a crowd rating of 2/lower, the weeks beginning 9/9 and 9/16 1/lowest, and the week beginning 9/23 2/lower.

See this for more on 2017 crowds at Disney World.

SEPTEMBER 2017 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Prices begin the month at the values and moderates 5-15% higher than the lowest of the year, and deluxe prices begin the month at the lowest level of the year.

On September 17, prices increase at the values to 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year, and at the moderates to 15-20% higher than the lowest of the year, and remain at this level through the end of the month. Deluxe prices don’t change this date.

On September 23, prices increase at the deluxes to 5-20% higher than the lowest of the year.

See this for more on 2017 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

SEPTEMBER 2017 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

No deals are currently available for August 2017. If/when they come out, you’ll be able to find them here.

SEPTEMBER 2017 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

September weather at Disney World is hot and humid, with afternoon storms common.

The hurricane season officially begins June 1, but hurricanes a rarely a threat until mid-August. The peak of the hurricane season begins then.

Hurricanes rarely have an impact on a Disney World vacation, but mid-August begins the period when such an impact is most likely. All of September is in this period.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on typical July weather.

SEPTEMBER 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins 8/31 and continues into November.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party shows on select nights throughout September and into October.

SEPTEMBER 2017 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.

The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance. Look for a major update to hours a couple of weeks before the month starts.

These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:

Disney World’s summary calendar for September is here. This calendar may see monthly updates, and expect a major update in mid-August. After then, the calendars above will be more accurate, although not so easy to work with.

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from 2017 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

2017 Weeks to Visit Disney World Ranked in Order from yourfirstvisit.net

Click the image for a calendar view of 2017 weeks.

9/2/2017 Low prices. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=23. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

9/9/2017 Low prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=21. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

9/16/2017 Moderate prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=22. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.

9/23/2017 Moderate prices. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=24. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary.
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5 comments

1 Laura Brantley { 02.18.17 at 9:16 am }

Hello and thank you for the help you be given me with your website. We are 21st timers arriving at WDW on 9/23 and leaving 9/28. Do you have an itinerary that more closely resembles a shorter week at the park for these dates? We want to make the most out of our trip and your help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

2 Laura { 02.18.17 at 6:28 pm }

We have booked for 9/2/17- 9/8/17. ADR starts 3/6 for us. Will Disney change extra Magic Hours closer to time? I am trying to pick theme park days, so I can make dinning reservation plans.

3 Dave { 02.19.17 at 9:24 am }

Hi Laura, sorry I don’t. Chapter 7 of my book has one and two day plans for all the parks. The AK material will be out of date by the time you go, but ping me later and I’ll get you an update.

4 Dave { 02.19.17 at 9:25 am }

Laura, during the normal parts of the year it’s very rare for extra magic hours to change. (The busiest weeks–of which yours is not one–sometimes see them added.)

5 Laura { 02.19.17 at 4:48 pm }

Thanks for all your work and info. Can you give me theme parks to avoid for 9/2/17-9/8/17?

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