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September 2019 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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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.

See this for more on 2019 crowds at Disney World.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

Click the image for a calendar view of 2019 weeks.

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)

 

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33 comments

1 Caitlin { 02.26.19 at 8:08 pm }

Hi Dave! We arrive 9/24 and depart 10/2. We have 3-day park hopper plus tickets and want to visit AK, Epcot, and HS. What days might be best for each park? Thank you for your help!

2 Dave { 02.27.19 at 7:30 am }

Hi Caitlin, I’ll be glad to help, but can’t be accurate until after DIsney’s calendar for then comes out, in early April, so ping me back then, OK? I can also give you a pretty good guess as a starting point in a week or two if that would be helpful.

3 Cinthia { 04.07.19 at 8:48 pm }

Hi Dave! Thanks for so helpful information! We’ll arrive on 09/25 and depart 10/09. 8 day park hoper (don’t know if we are going to use all os them because we have also water park and universal unlimited tickets). Would you have some advice about how would be the best days for Disney parks? Should we avoid EMH? Thanks in advance 😉

4 Dave { 04.09.19 at 7:23 am }

Hi Cinthia, Disney’s calendar for your date isn’t quite out yet–it will be in about 5 days–so ping me back then, OK??

5 Jessica { 02.28.19 at 9:52 pm }

Hi Dave, first time going to WDW with my family from 9/4-9/11. I also wanted know about which parks to visit when. Hopefully you can help in a couple of weeks!

6 Dave { 03.01.19 at 9:48 am }

Hi Jessica! Disney’s calendar for then won’t be out until mid March, so ping me back then and I can help. If you need some forecasts before then let me know.

7 Lisa { 03.18.19 at 9:39 pm }

I don’t know if this is really a question …. maybe a statement/question. We will be at Disney 9/14/19 – 09/18/19. Normally I can never get into Be our guest restaurant. So today at 11am not even at 6am I thought what the heck I will look (we aren’t doing free dining) so wasn’t up early to try to get any dining figured we would just wing it this year. Well holy cow every day I looked at Be our guest, Cinderellas royal table and Chef Mickey all had availability !!!!! 9 years straight this has never happened at any popular place with out me being up at the crack of dawn or trying every day up to our arrival date.
Questions : WTH is that about?? You think this is because of star wars or you think people are cancelling waiting out until all of star wars opens.

thanks !!

8 Dave { 03.19.19 at 6:42 am }

Lisa, fascinating! The short answer is I dunno. Can’t rule out a glitch or a technical error, and ADRs did just open for those dates.

The longer answer is that while many talk about people delaying their Disney visit until Star Wars opens, there’s also a vast number of people who purposely picked September and other dates with the intent of avoiding the whole mess. My guess is that a ton of such folk cancelled their trips, and thus aren’t trying to get ADRs, etc.

This is why my forecasts say things like “Galaxy’s Edge and the adult oriented rides elsewhere in HS will be a hot mess, but the rest of the parks won’t see much effect.” Many people are planning their visits around the opening of Star Wars–some to be there, and some to avoid it. The balance of the two groups (plus some subtleties, like how many are coming solely or principally for Star Wars vs to have a “usual” trip and Star Wars too) is what will result on the overall impact resort-wide.

9 Lisa { 03.19.19 at 5:56 pm }

It will be interesting for sure!!
We are going for our usual September trip. Then they released the August 29th date and I thought uh-oh. But my husband is a Star wars crazy so it is all good lol

Thanks !!

10 Dave { 03.20.19 at 7:33 am }

Pack a spare alarm clock, Lisa!

11 Claire Marie { 03.31.19 at 6:06 am }

Hi Dave,

Our trip is 9/14-9/21/19. So confused now that our trip will be AFTER Galaxy Edge opening ( who would have thought it would actually open early!!?). Could you please give us some insight on which park to visit each day? We can hop if necessary as we purchased APs.
Thanks for any input

12 Dave { 03.31.19 at 7:37 am }

Hi Claire! yup that was a shock! No one knows what HS crowds will actually be like–I think they will be OK except in Galaxy’s Edge itself, as noted here. The final EMH schedule at HS may change things a bit, so for now I am going to say avoid it except on days MK is open late.

9/14 avoid all, Epcot is the best bet among a not-great set of options
9/15 avoid HS
9/16 avoid MK and AK
9/17 avoid HS and Epcot
9/18 avoid MK
9/19 avoid MK and Epcot
9/20 avoid all but AK (MK will be ok if you are eligible for, and can arrive in time for, morning Extra Magic hours
9/21 avoid all, Epcot is the best bet among a not-great set of options

13 Claire Marie { 03.31.19 at 2:31 pm }

Thanks so much Dave! That’s a big help

14 Dave { 04.01.19 at 8:22 am }

You’re welcome, Claire!

15 Melissa Maxon { 04.02.19 at 1:38 pm }

Hi Dave, we are going to WDW 9/15-9/21. We have a 2.5 year old. We went the week before xmas last year and didnt enjoy MK at all.
I was thinking 9/17 – MK, 9/18 – Epcot, 9/19- AK
Just trying to figure out what we should do at each park, spend the whole day, what to make sure and see.
Also should be do the Mickeys Halloween

16 Dave { 04.03.19 at 6:41 am }

Hi Melissa, those are excellent day choices!

All the touring plans on this site are for much longer visits with much older kids. But in my book you can find one day touring plans for each park, some optimized for youngsters.

Frankly, with a child that young, I would skip the Halloween party. It is very expensive, and you get the most value from it by staying late.

17 Melissa Maxon { 04.03.19 at 1:44 pm }

Is there any way to get maps to download so that I can highlight and plan things out?

18 Dave { 04.04.19 at 9:44 am }

Melissa, my co-author Josh has maps on his site in PDFs. Go to his home page, hover over the parks, and click “theme park touring.” A PDF that includes maps will be available on those pages.

19 Melissa Maxon { 04.04.19 at 10:38 am }

OMG! so helpful. Exactly what I needed

20 Anissa { 04.09.19 at 1:45 pm }

Hi Dave,

Do you think it would be better to go to Disney world from 9/14 – 9/21? Or would it be better to go from 9/21 – 9/28? Which parks should we go to on each day? I have a feeling Star Wars is going to cause much bigger crowds, hopefully just for Hollywood Studios though.

Thank you so much,
Anissa

21 Dave { 04.10.19 at 5:04 pm }

Hi Anissa, the earlier dates, partly because more kids are on break at the end of the oth, and partly because Epcot’s nighttime show will have its last run on September 30, and some will come in just to see it one more time.

Day forecasts are a bit up in the air until the Star Wars schedule–especially Extra MAgic Hours–becomes clear. For my overall thoughts on the implications of the opening for the other parks, see this.

But here’s my current thoughts for your earlier period:

9/14 avoid all, Epcot is the best among them
9/15 avoid HS
9/16 avoid MK and AK
9/17 avoid Epcot and HS
9/18 avoid MK
9/19 avoid Epcot
9/20 avoid MK, HS
9/21 avoid all, Epcot is the best among them

22 Megan { 04.24.19 at 7:49 pm }

So we’re planning a trip next year with our kids when the youngest is a little older, but my husband and I had an opportunity pop up to go for a quick trip alone in early September. We’d be there Friday 9/6 through Sunday 9/8. Is it worth it? Any advice on how to get the most out of it? We’re looking forward to fireworks and doing a Food and Wine sans kids, but we still like to squeeze in some rides here and there! Thanks! So excited for an unexpected trip, but it’s making my type A brain freak out.

23 Dave { 04.25.19 at 1:56 pm }

Megan, things might be rough that weekend with the partial opening of Galaxy’s Edge. How to approach your trip will very a ton based on personal tastes. For example, with my wife on a short trip I will plan at most a third of a day in the parks (e.g. a morning, an evening, or an afternoon), plan–other than at MK–not to do much beyond what I have FastPass+ for, sleep in, and have more afternoons off than not, as she loves the pool. We will have a nice meal planned at least every other day.

Other folks will rope drop and power through a park all day.

A hopper can be handy on a short trip, especially if you want to do Food and Wine but don’t have much interest in the rest of Epcot compared to other parks.

24 Megan { 04.25.19 at 4:08 pm }

Kinda what I was thinking. We basically have three half days to do parks because of other plans, so I figured hit our fast passes and then just wander and focus more on food, drink, and taking it in. Definitely getting hoppers. Thanks for the advice!

25 Dave { 04.27.19 at 1:09 pm }

Megan, have fun, relax, and let me know how it went!

26 Shelby { 04.30.19 at 7:13 pm }

Hello Dave! My trip is from 9/4 – 9/7
9/4 will be at Hollywood studios. I know it will be busy but just a couple of rides I want to ride. 9/5 magic kingdom. 9/6 no parks. 9/7 epcot. I wanted to know what you think about those dates. Thanks so much!

27 Dave { 05.01.19 at 12:15 pm }

Hi Shelby, I’m kind of OK with those. If your no-parks day is moveable, I’d avoid Saturday and do Epcot on Friday

28 Ryan { 05.05.19 at 4:40 pm }

Have a trip planned September 2 through the 10th

Looking for some guidance on what parks to do each day.

Thanks!

29 Dave { 05.05.19 at 5:33 pm }

Ryan, I am thinking about this given Friday’s news

30 BreAnna { 08.07.19 at 3:43 pm }

Hello!
Wanted to gain your feedback on our park plans. We are going Sept 2-Sept 7
Sept 2 – Arrive to AK @ 1:30 and tackle tree of life area and Dinoland
Sept 3 – HS; I know it will be busy but hoping we can get in early for the magic hours
Sept 4 – Epcot
Sept 5 – MK
Sept 6 – AK
Sept 7 – Disney Springs, flights leaves at 5:30pm

Thanks!
Bre

31 Dave { 08.08.19 at 7:45 am }

Hi BreAnna!!

Frankly no one knows what will happen that weekend and right after, so I am guessing a bit here.

AK will be busy 9/2–MK will probably be a better choice.
Among your options, 9/3 is an OK choice for HS
9/4 is a good Epcot day
9/5 is a busy MK day– 9/6 will be better at MK
9/6 is an good AK day–but so is 9/5 if you want to flip it with your MK day

32 Carlene { 09.14.19 at 7:45 am }

We will be in Orlando the week of September 23-28. We plan to visit Disney World only one of those days. Do you have any suggestions as to which park to visit and on which day?

33 Dave { 09.15.19 at 4:50 pm }

Hi Carlene, most people with just one day see Magic Kingdom. Take a look at this quick overview of the four parks, and let me know if that’s your target, or another. I’ll then be able to advise you on the best days for that park.

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