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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 is hot. Consider taking mid-day breaks from the sun and crowds during your trip.

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Explanation of park recommendations 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 Mondays and Saturdays as well, so other parks are usually a better choice.

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 - use the calendar to see the exact date): make dining reservations (website is available at 6 a.m. Eastern, phone lines are open at 7 a.m. Eastern)

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

June (60 days before your trip begins): check in online and make FastPass+ reservations

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

03/14/2016 - Summer promotion added

02/29/2016 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurb added

01/18/2016 - Park hours published

12/11/2015 - Pizza Planet refurbishment added

  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)

December 1, 2015 - November 7, 2016 - Pizza Planet refurbishment, scheduled to reopen late 2016. Exact date unknown. (Dining)

January 1, 2016 - November 2, 2016 - 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 1, 2016 - November 2, 2016 - 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 1, 2016 - November 2, 2016 - 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 1, 2016 - November 2, 2016 - Celebrate the Season castle show - Only available during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until the last party, then it is available daily. Not available, (Attraction)

January 1, 2016 - September 7, 2016 - Celebrate the Magic Villains castle show - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

January 1, 2016 - September 7, 2016 - Hocus Pocus castle show - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

January 1, 2016 - September 7, 2016 - Boo-to-You Parade - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

January 1, 2016 - September 7, 2016 - HalloWishes - Only available in the Fall during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (separate ticket required). Not available, (Attraction)

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)

January 11, 2016 - November 7, 2016 - Pizza Planet refurbishment, (Dining)

February 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016 - Flying Fish refurbishment, Flying Fish refurbishment (Dining)

April 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 - Fulton's Crab House refurbishment (exact dates unknown), (Dining)

April 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 - Fulton's Crab House refurbishment (exact dates unknown), (Dining)

April 2, 2016 - December 31, 2016 - Writer\'s Stop - Permanently Closing, (Dining)

August 8, 2016 - November 18, 2016 - Big Thunder Mtn. Refurbishment, (Attraction)

  Available Discounts

May 30, 2016 - August 25, 2016 - Awaken Summer - Up to 30% off (see this page for details)

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

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  Crowds

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