August at Disney World starts off hot and busy and ends hot and much less busy.

If you happen to have a school district that starts school late, traveling to Disney World after mid-August is a great way to avoid peak crowds.

Some tips for traveling in August:

  • Traveling to Disney World during a busier time means you have to be extra diligent about having a good touring plan. As long as you're zigging while other people zag, you'll do fine.
  • Weather in August at Disney World is hot. Consider taking mid-day breaks from the sun and crowds during your trip.

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Explanation of park recommendations and abbreviations below
In general, I recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours because they tend to be the busiest parks that day. Animal Kingdom is an exception because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.

Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.

MK = Magic Kingdom, EP = Epcot, HS = Hollywood Studios, AK = Animal Kingdom,
TL = Typhoon Lagoon, BB = Blizzard Beach, EMH = Extra Magic Hour
 

What the dates in each day of the calendar mean
(click the + sign beside each date to add it to your calendar):
When guests can start making Advanced Dining Reservations
When onsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
When offsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
Park colors:
Suggested park
Moderately suggested park
Park not suggested

Park hours for people visiting in August at Disney World usually come out in mid-January.

Trip planning checklist

January or earlier: book your hotel, make your daily plans and choose dining options

February or early March: 180 days before your trip begins, make dining reservations (website is available at 6 a.m. eastern, phone lines are open at 7 a.m. Eastern). Use the dates on the calendar to show you when to do that.

March - May: book flights (tips on finding best flights)

June: if you're staying onsite, you can start making FastPass+ reservations 60 days before your trip begins. Use dates on the calendar to see when you can start making FP+ reservations online beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. You can also check in online for your resort room if you'd like.

July or earlier: set up Magical Express, purchase Memory Maker and order groceries

August: pack (packing list to help you) and go to Disney World!

September: finalize PhotoPass pics and order within 45 days after your trip

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  Recent Updates

06/20/2017 - Animal Kingdom park hours extended and EMHs added August 6-19th

06/01/2017 - Liberty Square Riverboat refurbishment added

05/23/2017 - 20th thru 30th - Festival of Fantasy parade time changed to 2p

04/20/2017 - 1-19 - Hollywood Studios closing at 9:30pm instead of 8:30pm & Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular added at 9:30pm; 20-30 - Hollywood Studios closing at 9pm instead of 8pm & Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular added at 9:00pm

04/20/2017 - 1-19 - Animal Kingdom - Rivers of Light added at 9:15; 20-30 - Animal Kingdom - Rivers of Light added at 8:45pm

04/06/2017 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party dates released for Aug. 25th & 29th.

03/27/2017 - New summer promotion added

03/26/2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment added

03/19/2017 - Animal Kingdom park hours extended

02/22/2017 - Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs expansion and construction notes added

02/20/2017 - Fantasmics added all month

01/17/2017 - Park hours published

  Refurbishment Details

October 26, 2015 - December 31, 2017 - Wilderness Lodge Construction, Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit, nature trail, boat and bike rentals, and spa treatments will be unavailable. The main feature pool will remain open. (Resort)

October 26, 2015 - December 31, 2017 - Wilderness Lodge Villa Construction, Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit, nature trail, boat and bike rentals, and spa treatments will be unavailable. The main feature pool will remain open. (Resort)

January 3, 2016 - December 31, 2017 - Cub\'s Den refurbishment, Re-opening date unknown at this time. Guests are invited to use Lilo’s Playhouse (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort), the Sandcastle Club (Disney’s Beach Club Resort), or Simba’s Cubhouse (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge) during the refurbishment. (Resort)

November 1, 2016 - September 6, 2017 - Hocus Pocus castle show - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

November 1, 2016 - September 6, 2017 - Boo-to-You Parade - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

November 1, 2016 - September 6, 2017 - HalloWishes - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

December 31, 2016 - December 31, 2017 - Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! (seasonal show), (Attraction)

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Santa Claus and Goofy Santa (seasonal), (Attraction)

January 9, 2017 - November 1, 2017 - Holiday Wishes fireworks - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 9, 2017 - November 1, 2017 - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 9, 2017 - November 2, 2017 - Frozen Holiday Wish - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 17, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Hall of Presidents refurb, (Attraction)

February 22, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Caribbean Beach - construction refurbishment, In addition to extensive construction throughout the resort, Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Banana Cabana Pool Bar, and Calypso Trading Post at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will all be closed starting May 1st, 2017 (Resort)

April 23, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment, (Dining)

April 23, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Banana Cabana construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 12, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Wishes final performance - May 11th, 2017, (Attraction)

June 26, 2017 - July 31, 2018 - Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill - Opening in 2018, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - July 31, 2018 - Jaleo - Opening in 2018, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - The Edison - opening late 2017, (Dining)

August 1, 2017 - August 10, 2017 - Liberty Square Riverboat refurbishment, (Attraction)

August 19, 2017 - November 18, 2017 - Stitch closed (open seasonally), (Attraction)

August 27, 2017 - September 30, 2017 - Coral Reef refurbishment (end date TBD), (Dining)

August 27, 2017 - September 30, 2017 - Coral Reef refurbishment (end date TBD), (Dining)

August 28, 2017 - November 16, 2017 - Splash refurb, (Attraction)

  Available Discounts

May 28, 2017 - August 31, 2017 - Summer Expedition - Up to 25% off room rates

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

August 25, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

August 29, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

August 31, 2017 - November 13, 2017 - Food and Wine Festival at Epcot

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