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Average Walt Disney World Rainfall By Arrival Date

By Dave Shute

Weather     Temps     Rain     Hurricanes     Tornadoes    Winter Highs     Winter Pool Days


The image (click it to open) illuminates the rainy season at Walt Disney World.

It shows average total inches of rain over the next 9 days by arrival date, based on 20 years of weather data though 2006.

It shows that the rainy season gets into gear in mid-May and that substantial rain is possible through the end of September.

Click on the thumbnail to open it.


All this site’s weather pages except for the material on cyclonic storms and on tornadoes are based on 20 years of data from the National Weather Service ending in December 2006. The cyclonic storm material is based on 30 years of data from Wikipedia. The tornado material is from NOAA/NCDC and goes from 1950 through October 2009.


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1 jen { 02.20.13 at 6:19 pm }

i am planning to go to disney world august 18th to the 25th, i know its going to rain but will it be an all day event or rain and then the sun come out?

2 Dave { 02.21.13 at 8:18 am }

Hiya Jen! What’s typical is you get a late afternoon thunderstorm and then it clears back up!

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3 Joanne { 04.11.13 at 2:30 pm }

hello, we are planning a trip the week of Oct 6-12-2013 and plan on Disney mid week. does it normally storm much during that time? Hurricanes? Isn’t it less likely then say, August? I haven’t been back in over 20 years, sure hope it isn’t ruined by bad weather. Thank you.

4 Dave { 04.12.13 at 7:55 am }

Joanne, early October is out of the “afternoon thunderstorm” season, but is still in the peak of the hurricane seaosn–see this:

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5 carmen { 05.14.13 at 12:35 am }

we are planning on going june 8- 15th what is the weather like never been there, so nervous and want evertthing to go well. idk where to stay should i book on line or use a travel agent

6 Dave { 05.14.13 at 7:48 am }

Hi Carmen! It’ll most likely be hot and humid, with brief afternoon storms.

For where to stay, see this:

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7 Visiting Disney World During Storm Season - Disney Tourist Blog { 06.10.13 at 6:35 pm }

[…] fairly regular  in Walt Disney World any time of the year, but during the summer and early fall, they are especially common. Plus, unlike the spring showers that might last for 10 minutes before the sun returns, summer […]

8 Dave { 06.11.13 at 7:41 am }

Thanks for the link, Tom!

9 Tajuana { 06.13.13 at 12:16 pm }

Hi Dave,

this sight is awesome. Thanks. I’m planning a trip to Disney the week of July29-Aug 3rd. Any tips on weather/hurricanes/rain? Thanks for your time.

10 Dave { 06.13.13 at 1:15 pm }

Hi Tajuana, those dates are still well before the peak of the hurricane seaosn, so you should be fine. But do see this:

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11 jen { 08.01.13 at 7:55 pm }

Hi we are planning a trip Sept 7-15. Do you think we will have big weather worries.

12 Dave { 08.02.13 at 10:13 am }

Jen, since that is the peak of the hurricane seaosn, there’s always the worry that you might. See this

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13 Tracey { 10.07.13 at 10:47 am }

I am planning a trip (deposit now paid!!!) for 18th May 2014 – 1st June 2014 – I am slightly worried now about rain and also crowds after reading various blogs. Am I worrying too much.

14 Dave { 10.08.13 at 7:56 am }

Tracey, rain doesn’t matter much. The opening of the rainy seaosn is unpredictable, but when it happens–typically in mid-May–it result sin brief afternoon storms.

I’m seeing the week of the 18th as not too bad–not good, but not too bad–and the week of the 25ht as rough. See this:

I would reschedule if you can. See this for better dates:

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15 Natalie { 01.25.14 at 9:44 am }

Hi Dave I really appreciate your expertise on crowds and weather at Disney. My dgts a teacher so our time at Disney is VERY LIMITED. I was thinking about the last week in Aug as the crowds supposedly have thinned by then but I’m concerned that the weather will be HORRID. I’ve also thought about the week BEFORE Easter thinking the crowds and weather would be better but now I’m thinking the crowds that week will be awful as well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

16 Dave { 01.26.14 at 8:52 am }

Natalie, the week before Easter–just to be clear, the week that includes Good Friday–is one of the three busiest of the year. I’d take the heat and hurricane risk of August in a heartbeat…

17 Elizabeth Segobiano { 05.03.14 at 10:13 am }

I just booked our honeymoon trip 9/6-9/12. Really wish I would have looked up weather conditions before hand. 🙁

When it rains, what are some indoor activities we can do? Any other tips to beat the rain?

18 Dave { 05.04.14 at 11:20 am }

Elizabeth, the parks are great in the rain. Many leave, so lines go down. Because so many leave, all the “indoor” stuff gets mobbed…

19 Ken Stoddard { 05.29.14 at 9:01 am }

Our 4-Grandkids (9-16) and us will be going to parks 06/08/14 thru 06/12/14.
Any tips? Weather predictions?

Thanks, Ken

20 Dave { 05.30.14 at 11:52 am }
21 Kathy { 09.07.14 at 4:36 pm }

We are headed to Disney World September15 – 19. What kind of weather can we expect?

22 Dave { 09.08.14 at 7:31 am }
23 Wendy Turcotte { 11.01.14 at 1:40 pm }

I am booking our trip Monday and want to go the week after Easter….April 13th thru April 21st. It looks like the crowds won’t be bad but before I book I was wondering about the weather…we plan on swimming with dolphins and want to make sure it’s hot enough out where we’re not going to freeze. And that we don’t go when there’s a lot of rain. Thank you, Wendy

24 Dave { 11.01.14 at 5:21 pm }

Wendy, the rainy season doesn’t start til later May, so you are fine on that front. See lower on this page this for more on weather in April

25 Vanessa { 12.04.14 at 12:19 am }

Hi! Love this site! Thanks for all of the information here! We are looking at the last week of February based on crowds but the my last visit was to Disneyland during that same time of year and we were wet and so COLD! What would you think we could expect that week in Orlando?

26 Dave { 12.04.14 at 3:43 pm }

Vanessa the short answer is yes it can be quite cold, but temps then are pretty variable. See this:

27 Katie { 01.12.15 at 1:42 pm }

We were thinking of going March 28–March 30. We were wondering what the weather/crowd would be like then? Thanks!

28 Dave { 01.13.15 at 12:49 pm }
29 jen { 04.22.15 at 9:55 am }

We are going to Disney November 7th to the 14th any weather issues that I should be concerned about and is veterans days big week for the parks..celebrating my daughter’s 3rd birthday

Thank you

30 Rachel { 04.22.15 at 12:54 pm }

Hi we are going to disney May 10-15th what should i expect? The weather forcast doesnt look promising but is still 3 weeks away…

31 Dave { 04.23.15 at 8:13 am }

Rachel, see this.

32 odi { 07.19.15 at 1:20 pm }

Hi, we will be visiting WDW 8/9/15 – 8/15/15 I been checking the weather appl a looks like thunder storms, should I be worried? 🙁

33 Dave { 07.20.15 at 10:28 am }

Odi, there are brief late afternoon thunderstorms almost every day in the summer. Don’t worry about them!!

34 Chrissy { 08.27.15 at 8:39 pm }


We are visiting Sept 13th-21st, our travel agent advised us that Orlando has great weather and lowest crowds at this time. After reading a few articles I’m becoming weary that I was misguided. Is it true that the weather is typically great in mid Sept during our visit?

35 Dave { 08.28.15 at 8:03 am }

Chrissy, everyone’s idea of “great” is different. That said, I think that September can be considered the worst weather month. It has (on average) most of the oppressive summer heat and humidity of July and August, and piles on top of that being in the peak of the hurricane season.

36 Chrissy { 08.29.15 at 5:20 pm }

Thanks for reply. As you said it is the peak of Hurricane season, so should we expect it to rain most of each day? We have planned 4 days at Disney, 2 at Universal, and 1 at Sea World, I’m weary we won’t be able to have the full experience at these parks.

37 Dave { 08.30.15 at 8:47 am }

In the summer, Chrissy, including September, it rains briefly almost every afternoon. This has little effect. Fronts/tropical storms can dump more rain for longer, if they happen.

38 Chrissy { 08.31.15 at 4:19 pm }

Thanks so much for advice, it is much appreciated.

39 Amanda { 01.24.16 at 12:52 pm }

Hi Dave!
Thank for all the insight.
I’m going to Disney world Orlando Feb 11 – Feb 15 2016.
I’m from Toronto so the cold isn’t something I’m unfamiliar with.
What do you anticipate the weather to be like over those days? Struggling to figure out what to pack weather wise.

40 Dave { 01.25.16 at 9:10 am }

Amanda, February is highly variable–it can be quite warm or quite cool, or warm during the days and cool in the evenings. I’d pack based on the forecast right befroe you leave…

41 Lisa { 03.15.16 at 4:11 pm }

I’m planning a trip the week of June 20th, 2016. I am wondering how much rain to expect. Will it be very rainy, how long will it last?

42 Dave { 03.16.16 at 7:41 am }

Well, Lisa, on average it rains for an hour or so every afternoon, but weather fronts can change the specifics of what you see.

43 Josh { 04.09.16 at 7:07 pm }

Hi my son just got accepted to the make a wish an we are wanting to know when it best to go to Disney world with cool weather an rare rain ?

44 Dave { 04.11.16 at 11:54 am }

Hi Josh, the dry season is from late October through early May, and weather can be cool November through February.

45 Marissa { 05.22.16 at 5:05 pm }

I will be there August 17th-21st 2016 for my 21st birthday (Aug 18) so i really am hoping for lil rain but it seems like we will get some. 🙁

46 Kelly B - Destinations In Florida { 05.23.16 at 10:05 am }

Hey Marissa You can still have a wonderful time even if it rains. So many rides and attractions that are inside and the queues are mostly covered. Head to your local dollar store and buy a few rain ponchos. The ones in the park are much more price wise. And then you don\’t feel bad throwing them away at the end of the day.

47 Dave { 05.25.16 at 9:17 am }

Fingers crossed for you, Marissa!

48 Amy { 06.13.16 at 3:01 pm }

We are planning a trip for Feb 23-28 and was wondering if this time period, what are the chances of bad weather all day? I know It will be cooler temps, I’m ok with that, just wondering if this time period is a good time to attend.

49 Dave { 06.13.16 at 5:55 pm }

Amy, while anything is possible with a specific storm, that is during the dry season so I would not expect all day bad weather. It can happen, but not likely

50 Atul { 12.22.16 at 1:36 am }

I am planning a family vacation specially for my kids to Disneyworld Orlando from 5th June to 13th June. What are the chances of Rain? Will it rain on these days? If so will it be throughout the day? Also if it rains will the night light parade and Fireworks still operate or will it stand cancelled. This information is vital to me as I will be travelling from India. I dont want it to be a washout.

51 Dave { 12.23.16 at 10:31 am }

Atul, either could happen, both are common, neither will matter. The evening parade has been gone for a while now, and rain has no effect on fireworks.

52 Candice { 01.25.17 at 2:27 pm }

Hi there! I’m trying to plan my trip and decide which days to use my park hopper pass and which day to go to typhoon lagoon. I was wondering if you know anytbing about weather and potential thunderstorms during the time we are going. It’s our first trip so I want to plan to get in as much as I can. We go to Walt Disney world from may 4-11 2017. Thanks so much.

53 Dave { 01.26.17 at 12:43 pm }

Candice, there’s no way to make forecasts that far ahead. Early May most years is still in the “dry season” but major fronts may chnage that.

54 Jackie a { 02.24.17 at 11:47 am }

Hi there. I am planning to go to orlando from August 13 2017 thru August 18. Should i move my dates? Im worried it will rain so bad that it will ruin everything

55 Dave { 02.26.17 at 7:06 am }

Jackie, it’s rare to see “rain so bad that it ruins everything.”

56 Rupali { 08.07.17 at 2:34 pm }

I am planning to visit Orlando from 19th to 22nd August 2017, I can see some thunderstorm and rain … Is it ok to still go or I will cancel my plan.

57 Dave { 08.08.17 at 5:49 am }

Rupali, weather always stinks in the summer. Any forecast more than 5 days out is not worth much, so be guided by long term averages until then, which would be hot, humid, brief afternoon thunderstorms, slight chance of hurricanes. More on August is here.

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