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August 2020 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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WHAT IS AUGUST LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?

There are no great times for first-timers who may never return to visit in August. Kids start going back to school in August, so crowds (and most prices) go down later in the month–but that’s also when the peak of the hurricane season kicks off.

Hotel prices begin the month low at the deluxes and stay low all month long. Prices begin the month OK at the moderates, and high at the values. Values prices drop to lower levels 8/9 and on 8/23 prices drop to among the lowest of the year at the values. Moderate prices also change these dates, but stay within the general band of 10-25% higher than the lowest of the year.

Ticket prices are low in the second half of the month.

AUGUST 2020 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the first two weeks of the month–beginning 7/25 and 8/1/2020–have crowd rankings of 7/moderate+. Each following week drops a point in crowd levels, with the week of 8/22 hitting the lowest level of the month with a crowd ranking of 4/low+.

Summer crowds have been down the past few years.  I expect them to be higher in 2020, with three new rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and likely the first new major ride opening as part of Epcot’s re-imagining all open by or during the summer.

See this for more on 2020 crowds at Disney World.

AUGUST 2020 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

August resort hotel prices begin the month 30-40% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 15-20% higher at the moderates, and 5-10% higher at the deluxes.

  • At the values, they drop to 20-30% higher than the lowest of the year on August 9, and drop to 10-15% higher than the lowest of the year on August 23
  • At the moderates, they shift to 15-25% higher than the lowest of the year on August 9, and drop to 10- 20% higher than the lowest of the year on August 23
  • At the deluxes, they drop to the lowest level of the year on August 21.

See this for more on 2020 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

AUGUST 2020 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

August 2020 Disney World ticket prices begin the month at a mix of higher and average levels. The second half of the month sees low ticket prices for most ticket lengths and dates.

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 2020 ticket price calendar.

AUGUST 2020 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Deals for the general public are available for August 2020. Find them here.

AUGUST 2020 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

August weather 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.

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 AUGUST 2019

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will kick off in August, likely on August 13. Other likely dates are August 15 (perhaps) and more likely, August 18, 21, 25 and 28.

AUGUST 2020 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 or earlier opens–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking this link.

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR AUGUST 2020 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from my 2020 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

7/25/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values.  Moderate-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=22. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

8/1/2020 Mixed prices–low in moderates and deluxes, high in values.  Moderate-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=7. Week ranking=23. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

8/8/2020 Mixed prices–low in values and deluxes, moderate in moderates.  Moderate crowds. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=32. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary but swap Tuesday and Second Saturday

8/15/2020 Mixed prices–low in values and deluxes, moderate in moderates.  Moderate-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=30. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

8/22/2020 Low prices.  Low-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=27. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary for planning, but check back here after March 3 to be sure (or maybe after February 22–Disney seems to be releasing its hours earlier)

 

 

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5 comments

1 JC { 02.10.20 at 5:49 pm }

hello! LOVE your guidebook with Josh!! We are traveling 8/17-8/26 and have been to WDW many times.Kids 17 & 20. Will have 10 day PHP passes so plan to hop, hit water parks, Disney Springs and have down time in terms of breaks and mornings off. Opted for 10 day pass so we can do our 3 favs even on a ‘down day’. What would your itinerary (ideal parks on which day) look for us? Any input appreciated! Thanks in advance!

2 Janet { 02.10.20 at 6:03 pm }

Lol looking for the “imprecise guidance” Your guidebook said we could ask for hete

3 JC { 02.11.20 at 10:13 am }

lol, Some mornings off. We like RD! Please PM directly and delete these comments when you can. Thanks again!!

4 Dave { 02.12.20 at 8:23 am }

Hi Janet/JC, please give me a more specify question and I’d be glad to help. And please do it here, as that way others can benefit from our interchange 🙂

5 JC { 02.12.20 at 9:51 am }

Ok, please remove above and I will ask specific question ?

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