By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

September 2017 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


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 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.


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.


Deals are available for September 2017. Details are here.


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 September weather.


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.


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.


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

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 Lower Crowd Itinerary.

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

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

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

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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 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.

3 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.

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?

6 Lisa { 03.26.17 at 10:29 pm }

Do you think MK is closing early Friday, September 1st for a magical event?

7 Dave { 03.27.17 at 7:52 am }

Lisa, I think it will be the Halloween party.

8 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 03.27.17 at 7:32 am }

Hi Lisa-

This is most likely one of the first nights for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Historically this separate ticketed event takes place Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout September and October. Last were Sept 2 was the first night. W

9 Dan { 08.09.17 at 4:18 pm }

Hi Dave,
Is the #1 basis for which parks to avoid/suggest still based on which parks have EMH or has that changed?
Our trip has us going to AK EMH on Monday Sep 11th and Epcot on Tuesday with PM EMHs.
I’ve always avoided EMH in the past, but this just fit out schedule on this trip.
Thanks in advance!

10 Dave { 08.10.17 at 11:20 am }

Dan, the logic is to avoid parks when there is something especially attractive to them compared to other parks, and other nearby days at the same park. Morning EMH is one of those attractors–pm much less so. On 9-11, MK is open later than 9/10 and 9/12 and is showing Happily Ever After (which is not on 9/10 or 9/12) so it will be the most heavily attracting. AK, thus, should be OK–so long as you arrive say 30 mins before EMH starts.

Epcot will be busy 9/12 because the low attractor of evening EMH will be amplified by the early close and no fireworks at MK.

11 michael angelo { 09.07.17 at 10:54 am }

Hey Dave. Is your thinking still that the week begging Sept 25th better than the 18th for crowd levels? Thank you again.

12 Dave { 09.08.17 at 9:29 am }

Michael, that’s my best guess.

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