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

May 2018 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

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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.


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 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.


Deals are available for May 2018. Details are here.


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.


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


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:


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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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.

3 Ashley { 01.22.18 at 4:18 pm }

Thank you so much for getting back to me. Sounds like May should be a great time to go. Here’s hoping the weather is nice! I had heard Toy Story was probably going to open around that time, but it’s okay if we don’t end up getting to see it for this trip. If we do I will just consider it an added bonus!

Thank you for the link to your article about Pandora. It was highly informative! And it’s making me even more excited to see it in person! I think we will end up doing 2 days there, just to be able to see it all and do everything we normally like to do there! We definitely want to do both of the new rides so I will for sure be online trying to get that fast pass as soon as it’s available!

Our final dates in park are going to be 5/13-5/21. So that’s 9 days total, and we would like to schedule a break somewhere in there. We are doing 8 in park days.

3 (probably more like 2 1/2) days at MK
2 days at EP
2 days AK
1 day HS

We were thinking of scheduling our break on the 19th which is a Saturday because the crowds will probably be higher that day, right? Also whatever day we choose to use as our 3rd day at MK we will more than likely just do a partial day there. Do you have any recommendations on which day we should do which park? I’m open to any suggestions! Thank you so much for all of the awesome advice you give to everyone!

4 Dave { 01.25.18 at 7:52 am }

Thanks, Ashley!!

5/13 avoid MK and HS
5/14 avoid AK
5/15 avoid Epcot
5/16 avoid MK
5/17 avoid Epcot
5/18 avoid MK
5/19 avoid MK and AK
5/20 avoid MK and HS
5/21 avoid AK.

The best approach–with all the “avoid MK” dates–is to pick your MK dates first, then fit the other parks around them!

5 Ashley { 01.24.18 at 6:53 pm }

Hey Dave! I’ve been looking around on some sites and come up with an (sort of) itinerary lol. Do you think these days sound alright?

13th-Magic Kingdom
14th-Hollywood Studios
15th-Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom??
17th-Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom??
18th-Animal Kingdom
20th-Magic Kingdom or Epcot?
21st-Epcot or Magic Kingdom?

Thanks for your help!

6 Dave { 01.25.18 at 8:31 am }

Ashley–just double checking–you mean May 2018, right? (I know that’s the page you are on but things can get weird…)

If you do mean May 2018, you have picked some great days! The 13th and 20th will be crowded at MK. If you tell me how many days you want at each park, I can give you more specific advice! (I would advise 2-3 MK, 2 at AK and Epcot, and one at HS)

7 Ashley { 01.25.18 at 6:02 pm }

Hey Dave,

Sorry for the confusion. That is me in both of the comments up there, if that clears up any of the confusion! And I’m the one you replied to the first time as well! I’m just taking up all of your May comments haha! Yes we are doing 3 in MK, 2 in EP, 2 in AK and 1 in HS. May 13th-21st of 2018. Looks like I may need to switch a few of my days around based on what you said. I’ve never gone to the park this many days in a row so it’s so hard to figure out what days to go to which park!

8 Dave { 01.26.18 at 10:03 am }

🙂 Ashley. So I’d advise AK on your two Sundays, MK on Tuesday, Thursday and one more day, Epcot on your first Monday and Wednesday, and HS on your second Monday.

9 Catie { 02.13.18 at 8:50 am }

Hi Dave!

This is our first time going in may! We’re usually September people but want to sneak in a quick trip

Magic kingdom is a must at least twice and Hollywood studios and Epcot once each

Going to do parks 5/5-5/8
What days do you suggest for each park??

10 Dave { 02.14.18 at 12:52 pm }

Hiya Catie!!

5/5 would be OK at Epcot or HS
5/6 avoid HS and MK
5/7 will be OK at HS
5/8 MK is best, Epcot worst

Note there’s not two good MK days, but with a rope drop and a good plan you can make one of the bad days there work.

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