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May 2019 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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WHAT IS MAY LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?

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 and high prices from Memorial Day weekend on.

MAY 2019 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

May crowds are generally good until late in the month.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the weeks beginning 4/27 through 5/18 have a crowd ranking of 4/low-plus. The week beginning 5/25 has a crowd ranking of 8/high-minus.

See this for more on 2019 crowds at Disney World.

MAY 2019 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Ticket prices generally begin the month OK, then get even better.  Longer tickets start getting expensive in the middle of the month, and most ticket prices are high by May 21.

See the image–where green is good, and lots of green particularly good, and red is bad, and lots of red is particularly bad. For more, see my Disney World 2019 ticket price calendar.

 MAY 2019 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Disney hotel prices begin the month of May at regular season 2 levels–with prices 20-30% higher than the lowest of the year  at the values, 15-20% higher at the moderates, and 20-25% higher at the deluxes.

Prices stay at this level until Memorial Day weekend pricing kicks in on May 24, when prices go to 45-50% higher than the lowest of the year  at the values, 25-35% higher at the moderates, and 25-35% higher at the deluxes.

On May 27 summer prices kick in. Prices go to 30-40% higher than the lowest of the year  at the values, 14-17% higher at the moderates, and 10-17% higher at the deluxes.

See this for more on 2019 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

MAY 2019 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

As I write this, no deals for the general public are available for May 2019. If any come out, you’ll be able to find them here.

MAY 2019 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.

DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN MAY 2019

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival continues throughout May.

MAY 2019 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 about 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 2019 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from my 2019 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 2019 weeks.

4/27/2019 Moderate resort prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=6. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/4/2019 Moderate resort prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=7. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/11/2019 Moderate resort prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=8. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/18/2019 Moderate resort prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=9. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

5/25/2019 Moderate to high resort prices. High- crowds. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=37. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

 

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2 comments

1 Jilly { 11.29.18 at 9:22 am }

Stupid question: what does “low +” mean with regards to crowds?

2 Dave { 11.30.18 at 12:09 pm }

Jilly, to give you maybe the most helpful answer–“low+” means “average.”
I use 1 1-11 ranking scale, and it starts

1 Lowest
2 Lower
3 Low
4 Low+

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