Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World Based on the Weather

There are a ton of things to consider when deciding when to visit Walt Disney World. Everything from work and school schedules to crowd levels can impact when you plan your trip, but weather is an important consideration when deciding the best time to visit Disney.

When you think of Florida, you think of warm, sunny days, and that is true of Florida weather very often. It is called the “Sunshine State!” However, there are times of year when that beautiful sunshine is extremely hot! And, believe it or not, there are sometimes that are downright chilly! Check out this information on weather at different times of year, and how that can impact your vacation plans.

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January

Average Low: 49

Average High: 79

January is the coolest month of the year in Florida. Yes, it does get cool in Florida! While the average highs and lows do not sound very cold, there are times when it is quite nippy. During this time of year a jacket or hooodie  is often necessary, especially in the early morning or late evening. A gusty, winter wind can really be quite cold. The winter months are low in precipitation typically.

The chilly weather may mean you need a jacket, but you should not be sweating while wandering the parks. The cooler temperatures make it easier to stay in the parks longer, as they are less draining than intense heat. Many water attractions, like Splash Mountain, may be closed for refurbishments during this time of year due to the cooler temperatures. In addition, typically only one of the water parks will be open through the winter months. It is occasionally possible to swim despite the cool weather because all of Disney’s pools are heated.

February

Average Low:  52

Average High: 74

February is another cool weather month. Winter is typically the dry season in Florida, so there is less chance that it will rain. The weather can be quite cold in February, even though it is Florida. Be sure to pack socks, pants, and jackets, and even a scarf or gloves and a hat. Cold weather gear is especially necessary in the early morning or late evening hours. Gusty winds can be quite cold.

Park touring can be easier in cooler temperatures, as they are less draining than intense heat. Some water attractions, like Kali River Rapids, may be under refurbishment during winter months. Typically only one of the two water parks is open during the cooler season. It is still possible to swim if you really want to, as all of Disney’s pools are heated.

March

Average Low: 56

Average High: 78

In March, temperatures begin to fluctuate and may be extremely warm or quite cool. Springtime has arrived! Be prepared with a jacket in case of cooler temperatures, but it is also common to have really warm days in March as well. March is still in the dry season for Florida, so it is not likely that it will rain all day.

Temperatures begin to rise in March, but it can still be cool in the mornings and evenings. Water parks resume full operation in March, although they may close for the day if the weather is cold. The most important thing to note about March weather is that it can vary greatly. One week it may be very warm, and the next, quite cool. Despite fluctuating temperatures, you should be able to swim since all of Disney’s pools are heated.

April

Average Low: 60

Average High: 83

Temperatures begin to be more consistently warm during April, and by the end of the month it may be hot. The rainy season has not struck yet, so it is unlikely that it will rain all day long. However, it is springtime, and this can fluctuate. It is not out of the question to have a cool day, so it is still probably a good idea to have a light jacket.

By April both water parks are in full operation. It should be fine weather for swimming, especially since Disney pools are heated. Typically it is not necessary to prepare for extremely hot or cold temperatures in April. This is beneficial for park touring. Comfortable weather is very nice for spending the day outside.

May

Average Low: 66

Average High: 88

In May temperatures start to warm towards summer levels. It can be very hot, but not as hot as the peak summer months. You can prepare for warm temperatures by drinking plenty of water, carrying a spray fan, and having a cooling towel. May is still just on the outside of the rainy season, but as the month wears on afternoon showers are not out of the ordinary. Check out our rainy day page for tips on having fun despite the water.

As the temperatures rise, it is advisable to take an afternoon break from the heat. Get something to eat, take a swim, or even a nap to escape from the hot sunshine. The heat can be draining during park touring, so be sure to take advantage of the free cups of water available at all quick service food locations.

June

Average Low: 72

Average High: 91

In June the temperatures can be extremely hot. Summer has arrived! Be sure to prepare. Check out our tips for beating the heat. Taking an afternoon break to nap, eat, or swim is a great way to escape the heat and humidity in the middle of the day. Be sure to take advantage of the free cups of water available at all Disney quick service food locations.

June starts the rainy season in Florida. This means there will typically be an afternoon rain or thundershower. Check out our tips for having fun despite the rain. This is also the start of the hurricane season. Disney World has closed only 4 times in 45 years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

July

Average Low: 74

Average High: 92

July is the warmest month of the year for Walt Disney World. It can get extremely hot! Check out our tips for beating the heat. Prepare for the hot weather. Drink plenty of water and take an afternoon break from the parks to eat, nap, or swim.

The summer months are the rainy season for Florida. Typically this means an afternoon thundershower rather than all day rain. Check out our tips for rainy days. An afternoon rain shower can be good, as it sometimes cools down for the evening following a brief shower. This is also hurricane season for Florida. Disney has only closed 4 times in 45 years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

August

Average Low: 74

Average High: 92

August retains almost all of the heat and humidity of July. It can be very, very hot! Check out our tips for beating the heat. Prepare for the hot weather. Drink plenty of water and take an afternoon break from the parks to eat, nap, or swim.

The summer months are the rainy season for Florida. Typically this means an afternoon thundershower rather than all day rain. Check out our tips for rainy days. An afternoon rain shower can be good, as it sometimes cools down for the evening following a brief shower. This is also hurricane season for Florida. Disney has only closed 4 times in 45 years for severe weather, so severe hurricanes are not a common event for central Florida.

September

Average Low: 73

Average High:90

In September, it is still very warm, but the heat finally begins to relent occasionally. Still, prepare for the extreme heat. Check out our tips for beating the heat. Drink plenty of water and take an afternoon break from the parks to eat, nap, or swim.

September is in the rainy season for Florida. Typically this means an afternoon thundershower rather than all day rain. Check out our tips for rainy days. An afternoon rain shower can be good, as it sometimes cools down for the evening following a brief shower. This is also hurricane season for Florida. Disney has only closed 4 times in 45 years for severe weather, so severe  hurricanes are not a common event for central Florida.

October

Average Low: 66

Average High: 85

In October temperatures begin to cool down from the extreme heat of summer. It is still very warm, however. In the case of a day that is still extremely hot, check out our page on beating the heat. Overall, temperatures are typically a touch more moderate than the summer months.

October ends the rainy season for central Florida, so rain is not typically as much of a daily event as in the summer. However, it is still hurricane season and that can bring rain to the forecast. Disney has only closed 4 times in 45 years for severe weather, so severe hurricanes are not a common event for central Florida.

November

Average Low: 59

Average High: 79

By November, temperatures can be much more comfortable for park touring. It can get cool, so it is advisable to have a jacket, especially in the evening and early morning. Overall, temperatures should be fairly moderate. This is not the rainy season for Florida, so rain should not be a major problem. However, it is still hurricane season and that can bring rain to the forecast. Disney has only closed 4 times in 45 years for severe weather, so severe hurricanes are not a common event for central Florida.

In the case of cooler weather (which does happen in Florida!), water parks may close for the day. Swimming pools remain open and available for guests as Disney pools are heated. Be prepared for cooler weather, but be aware that it can also still reach hot, summer-like temperatures well into November.

December

Average Low: 52

Average High: 73

December marks the start of the holidays throughout Walt Disney World. The temperatures may not always reflect the season though. Sometimes it can be quite cold so be sure to prepare with pants, jackets, and socks. However, it is often very comfortable in December, which is nice for touring the parks in their holiday splendor. Most often it is cool in the evening and morning, and comfortable in the middle of the day.

Winter is not Florida’s rainy season, so all-day rain is normally not a problem. Often, only one water park will be open this time of the year, because of the cooler temperatures. Swimming is still and option though, as all of Disney’s pools are heated.

Additional Orlando Weather information can be found here.

All weather information obtained from The Weather Channel.