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 2020 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
I forecast low crowds for the entire month. On a crowd scale of 1-11, the first week of September (the week beginning 8/29) has a crowd rating of 3/low, the week of 9/5 4/low-plus, the week of 9/12 1/lowest, and the week of 9/19 2/lower.
SEPTEMBER 2020 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September resort hotel prices begin the month 10-15% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 10-20% higher at the moderates, and lowest of the year at the deluxes.
- At the values, they increase to 20-30% higher than the lowest of the year on September 13, and stay at this level the rest of the month
- At the moderates, they increase to 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year on September 13, and stay at this level the rest of the month
- At the deluxes, they bump up 9/4 for the Labor Day weekend (the values and moderates do not see this bump), go back to lowest of the year on 9/7, and on 9/18 increase to 15-25% higher than the lowest of the year, staying at this level the rest of the month
SEPTEMBER 2020 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
September 2020 Disney World ticket prices are generally low, with some average prices for shorter ticket lengths that include the Labor Day weekend. The middle of the month sees some of the lowest ticket prices of the year. Late in the month prices start heading towards average levels.
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.
SEPTEMBER 2020 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals for the general public are available for September 2020. Find them here.
SEPTEMBER 2020 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 peak hurricane period.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more.
DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER 2020
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will continue many nights in September. See this for more.
The 2020 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will likely kick off August 27 or 28, and continue daily into November.
SEPTEMBER 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 the middle of the month before.
These calendars can be found by clicking this link.
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 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.
9/12/2020 Low to moderate prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=24. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary for planning, but check back here after March 24 to be sure (or maybe after March 14–Disney seems to be releasing its hours earlier)
9/19/2020 Low to moderate prices. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=25. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary for planning, but check back here after March 31 to be sure (or maybe after March 21–Disney seems to be releasing its hours earlier)