Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World Based on the Weather

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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 the 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 the year when that beautiful sunshine is sweltering! And, believe it or not, there are some times downright chilly! Check out this information on weather at different times of the year, and how that can impact your vacation plans.

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Monthly Averages and Weather Tips

January    February    March    April    May    June    July    August    September    October    November    December

 

January

Average High – 71ºF
Average Low – 52ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 60ºF
Average Precipitation – 2.3 in.

January is the coldest month of the year in Florida. Yes, it does get chilly 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 hoodie is often necessary, especially in the early morning or late evening. Gusty winter wind can 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 Kali River Rapids, may be closed for refurbishments during this time of year due to the cooler temperatures. 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 High – 73ºF
Average Low – 54ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 63ºF
Average Precipitation – 2.4 in.

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 for 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 want to, as all of Disney’s pools are heated.

March

Average High – 77ºF
Average Low – 59ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 67ºF
Average Precipitation – 2.9 in.

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 High – 82ºF
Average Low – 63ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 72ºF
Average Precipitation – 2.4 in.

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 chilly 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 beautiful 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 High – 87ºF
Average Low – 69ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 77ºF
Average Precipitation – 2.9 in.

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.

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June

Average High – 89ºF
Average Low – 74ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 80ºF
Average Precipitation – 5.7 in.

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 nine times in 50+ years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

July

Average High – 90ºF
Average Low – 75ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 82ºF
Average Precipitation – 5.6 in.

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 World has closed only nine times in 50+ years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

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August

Average High – 90ºF
Average Low – 76ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 81ºF
Average Precipitation – 5.6 in.

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 World has closed only nine times in 50+ years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

September

Average High – 88ºF
Average Low – 74ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 80ºF
Average Precipitation – 5.1 in.

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 World has closed only nine times in 50+ years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

October

Average High – 83ºF
Average Low – 68ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 75ºF
Average Precipitation – 2.8 in.

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 World has closed only nine times in 50+ years for severe weather, so this is not a common event for central Florida.

November

Average High – 77ºF
Average Low – 61ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 68ºF
Average Precipitation – 1.8 in.

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 relatively moderate. This is not the rainy season for Florida, so rain should not be a significant problem. However, it is still hurricane season, and that can bring rain to the forecast. Disney has only closed five 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 High – 73ºF
Average Low – 55ºF
Average Daily Temperature – 63ºF
Average Precipitation – 1.9 in.

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 an option, though, as all of Disney’s pools are heated.

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Weather information above was obtained from The Weather Channel.

Current Weather

Hurricane Information

As Florida prepares for hurricanes, there will be a variety of changes and cancellations occurring. Check back here for hurricane updates, and always check with your travel provider for current policies.

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Disney Cruise Line Hurricane Updates

Currently, there are no hurricane updates at this time.

Disney Cruise Line Hurricane Policy

Guest safety is a top concern for Disney Cruise Line, and ship captains will monitor the weather and make route or itinerary changes if necessary due to extreme weather. If modifications must be made, Disney Cruise Line will make every effort to alert guests as soon as possible. If these modifications are not possible to create a safe trip, Disney Cruise Line will cancel impacted sailings and offer full refunds to all guests.

Walt Disney World Hurricane Updates

Currently, there are no hurricane updates at this time.


Walt Disney World Hurricane Policy

Below is the Walt Disney World hurricane policy for your reference.

What does it mean for my vacation plans if a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date?
If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Disney Resort Hotel Vacation Package and most room only reservations without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.

If you have products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation—such as airlines, hotels, car rental agencies or vacation insurance companies—you will continue to be responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers. The policy does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.
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Will I be responsible for any cancellation or change fees or other amounts if a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date?
If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Disney Resort Hotel Vacation Package and most room only reservations without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.

If you have products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation—such as airlines, hotels, car rental agencies or vacation insurance companies—you will continue to be responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers. The policy does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.
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If I reschedule my vacation to a different date because of a hurricane warning, will I be able to get my same accommodations?
If you are scheduled to arrive within 7 days of a hurricane warning, you may call us in advance to reschedule without a Disney imposed change fee. We cannot guarantee availability of similar accommodations for the new travel dates. All amounts you paid to Disney for rooms, theme park tickets, dining plans and other Disney products and services will be applied toward your new reservation.

Any discounts or special offers applicable to your original confirmed vacation will not apply to the rescheduled vacation travel dates. You are responsible for applicable package pricing for the new vacation dates.
The policy does not apply to certain special events and dining experiences.
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I received a special offer when I booked my vacation with the Walt Disney Travel Company. If a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date and I reschedule, will I get the same special offer?
Only if an identical special offer is available for your rescheduled vacation dates. All amounts you paid to the Walt Disney Travel Company for rooms, park tickets, dining plans and other Disney products and services will be applied toward your new reservation.

Any discounts or special offers applicable to your original confirmed vacation may not apply to the rescheduled vacation travel dates. You are responsible for applicable package pricing for the new vacation dates.
This policy does not apply to certain special events and dining experiences.
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If a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date and I want to cancel or reschedule my vacation, what should I do with my airline tickets?
If you booked your air travel through the Walt Disney Travel Company and you want to reschedule, we will attempt to rebook your air travel. However, you will be responsible for any cancellation or change fees imposed by the airline. If you did not book your air travel through the Walt Disney Travel Company, you should contact your airline.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is your policy for travel during Hurricanes?
A: In the event that a hurricane warning is issued for the Orlando area or your place of residence, within seven days of your arrival, you can contact our team to reschedule or cancel your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations hotel accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets (booked directly with Universal Parks and Resorts) without any cancellation or change fees imposed.

If you have additional questions or need to change or cancel your travel plans, please contact a member of our Guest Contact Center team by calling 800-407-4275 or emailing reservations@universalorlando.com.

Additional elements including air, car rental or other theme park tickets are separate and not part of this policy.

If you booked your vacation package or tickets through a third-party travel agent or tour operator, please contact them directly for information regarding their cancellation or change policies.

Q: Will Universal Orlando Resort help cancel my airline, rental car and other third-party related elements?
A: Universal Orlando is only able to assist with cancellations on your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations hotel accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets (booked directly with Universal Parks and Resorts). Please contact airline, rental car and other third-party suppliers directly for these types of cancellations.

Q: If I booked my travel through a travel agent or tour operator will Universal Orlando help with canceling my trip?
A: Universal Orlando is only able to assist with cancellations on your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations hotel accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets (booked directly with Universal Parks and Resorts). Please contact your travel agent or tour operator directly for information regarding their cancellation or change policies.

Q: If a hurricane warning is issued within seven days of my arrival, what should I do?
A: In the event that a hurricane warning is issued for the Orlando area or your place of residence, within seven days of your arrival, you can contact our team to reschedule or cancel your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations hotel accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets (booked directly with Universal Parks and Resorts) without any cancellation or change fees imposed.

But that said, we want our guests to feel safe and always try to work with them one-on-one. If you have additional questions or need to change or cancel your travel plans, please contact a member of our Guest Contact Center team by calling 800-407-4275 or emailing reservations@universalorlando.com.

Q: Are the theme parks open at this time?
A: For updates, continue to check here, Universal Orlando’s Twitter (@UniversalORL), call 407-817-8990 or email guestservices@universalorlando.com.

Q: If I have additional questions where do I go?
A: Please contact a member of our Guest Services team by calling 407-817-8990 or emailing guestservices@universalorlando.com.

If you have additional questions or need to change plans, please contact a member of our Guest Services team by calling 407-817-8990 or emailing guestservices@universalorlando.com.