Updated June 25, 2019.
On March 7, Disney announced that the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land would partially open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29.
Crowds in the new land will be a mess, and likely will spill over into the other thrill-style rides at that park. While I don’t see much impact on the other parks, no one knows for sure, and the Labor Day weekend that immediately follows opening day will likely be the busiest such in Disney World history.
I don’t see a huge impact outside the land itself the rest of the month, as it is hard to take kids out of school in September, the partial opening will make visiting specifically to see Star Wars less attractive, and many people will cancel their September trips to avoid the mess entirely. See this for more.
WHAT IS SEPTEMBER LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?
September at Disney World combines lower crowds with low prices, and typically also has nice 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.
Note also that picking the right park to visit each day is critical at this time of the year. See this, and use the comment form below to ask me about your specific dates!
SEPTEMBER 2019 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the first week of September I have revised to 5/moderate minus, because of the Star Wars opening. The other three full weeks of the month remain in the low range, but I have bumped them up a bit for both the effect of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and my recently-completed analysis of 2019 fall breaks.
SEPTEMBER 2019 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September 2019 Disney World ticket prices are set at among their lowest levels of the year much of the month.
For more, see my Disney World 2019 ticket price calendar.
SEPTEMBER 2019 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September resort hotel prices begin the month 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 10-20% higher at the moderates, and tied for the lowest level of the year at the deluxes
- Prices increase at the values and moderates on 9/15/2019, to 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and 15-25% higher at the moderates
- At the deluxes, prices bump up over the Labor Day weekend, drop to lowest of the year, then go up on 9/20 to 10-20% higher than the lowest of the year
SEPTEMBER 2019 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals for the general public are available for September 2019. You can find them here.
SEPTEMBER 2019 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. All of September is in this period.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more.
DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER 2019
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off August 16, 2019 and continues many nights in September. See this for more.
The 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will kick off August 29 and continue into November.
Epcot’s night-timeshow IllumiNations will be ending, and its last showing will be at the end of September. (A temporary replacement will follow while construction continues for a permanent replacement.)
I expect as a result of all this for World Showcase in Epcot to be particularly packed, especially on weekends, on evening Extra Magic Hour nights, and on nights that Magic Kingdom closes early for the Halloween Party.
SEPTEMBER 2019 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours can 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 this link.
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 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.
8/31/2019 Updated. Low resort prices at values, moderate prices in moderates, low in deluxes. Moderate-minus crowds, worse earlier in the week, better after Labor Day. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=21. Use the Extra Extra Magic Hours Itinerary (published 6/24; dining remains the same as the previously recommended itinerary)
9/7/2019 Updated. Low resort prices at values, moderate prices in moderates, low in deluxes. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=18. Use the Extra Extra Magic Hours Itinerary (published 6/24; dining remains the same as the previously recommended itinerary)
9/14/2019 Updated. Moderate resort prices at values and moderates, low in deluxes. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=19. Use the Extra Extra Magic Hours Itinerary (published 6/24; dining remains the same as the previously recommended itinerary)
9/21/2019 Updated. Moderate resort prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=20. Use the Extra Extra Magic Hours Itinerary (published 6/24; dining remains the same as the previously recommended itinerary)