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.



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May 2018 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: MAY 2018 AT DISNEY WORLD

This page reviews May 2018 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

Earlier May is a great time to visit Walt Disney World, with low crowds, moderate prices, and good weather.

The weather typically gets hotter and more humid over the month, and the end of the month sees high crowds from Memorial Day.

MAY 2018 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the weeks beginning 4/28 through 5/12 have a crowd ranking of 4/low-plus. The week beginning 5/19 has a ranking of 6/moderate–better than that early in the week, worse late.  The week beginning 5/26 has a crowd ranking of 8/high-minus.

See this for more on 2018 crowds at Disney World.

MAY 2018 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

May hotel prices begin the month 10-25% higher than the lowest of the year, and stay at this level into late May.

All prices pop up for the Memorial Day weekend, beginning 5/25/18. The Disney resorts then shift into summer pricing, which is 5-15% higher than the lowest of the year at the moderates and deluxes, and 30-40% higher at the values.

See this for more on 2018 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

MAY 2018 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Deals are available for May 2018. Details are here.

MAY 2018 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

May weather begins as good as it gets at Walt Disney World.

Over the course of the month, temperatures and humidity rise to near-summer levels, and the rainy season typically begins late in the month.

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

DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN MAY 2018

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival continues until May 28.

MAY 2018 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. Major hours updates–often with later closes–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR MAY 2018 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from 2018 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

Click the image for a calendar view of 2018 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge).

4/28/2018 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=10. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/5/2018 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=11. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/12/2018 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=12. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/19/2018 Moderate prices. Moderate crowds. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=17. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/26/2018 High prices at values, moderate at deluxes and moderates. High-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=8 Week ranking=38. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

 

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2 comments

1 Ashley { 01.19.18 at 12:25 am }

Hi Dave! You have helped me out in the past so much by helping me pick my days to go to each park, so I figured I would ask again. The past 2 times we’ve gone in previous years have been in January. This year we have to change our trip to May, so I’m used to January crowds and everything. What can I expect for May that will be different than January, crowd-wise? We are planning on going from the 14th-21st with a break somewhere in the middle. So 7 park days total. We were thinking of possibly skipping Hollywood Studios since there isn’t much there right now. Does Animal Kingdom need 2 days to do now with Pandora being open? We usually do 2 days at MK and 2 days at Epcot. We’ve never been to the water parks. Which water park is more fun? Thanks for any help you can provide!

2 Dave { 01.19.18 at 8:27 am }

Hi Ashley, so glad to have helped!!

Most of May (until Memorial Day weekend) has average crowds, which by the odd (but explainable) standards of this site I call “Low+.” That’s more crowded than January but not by a material amount. Crowds may be higher, especially at HS, if the new Toy Story Land there opens in later May, as it is widely expected to. I have a personal marked preference for earlier in the month rather than later, as the rainy season (which is also the humidity season) typically starts sometime in the second half of May. If you are hoping to see Toy Story Land, then aim for your trip to end as near Memorial Day as you can.

HS has been widely slandered. In fact, only one high-capacity, high-popularity ride has closed–The Great Movie Ride. Everything else that closed is either low-capacity, low-popularity, or both. It still has a ton of great rides and shows.

AK post-Pandora works best with a day and a half, if you want to see all the new stuff. See this. If you want to skip either Na’vi River Journey or the new evening show Rivers of Light, then you can do it in one hard day. Flight of Passage there is the hardest FastPass+ to get, so aim for an AK day towards the end of your trip and get right on your FastPass+ bookings at 60 days and book it first on that late-trip day.

With seven park days I’d do 2 at MK, 2 at Epcot, 2 at AK (really 1.5) and 1 at HS.

Lemme know what you think and your final dates, and I’ll advise on park days.

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