May at Disney World is when it starts to really warm up in terms of temperatures, and summer crowds start to appear at the end of the month.

I think the beginning of May is 1 of the best times of the year to visit Disney World. Ride closures are uncommon, it's warm enough to swim at your resort and/or visit the water parks, but crowds are lower than during the peak summer months.

Some tips for traveling in May at Disney World:

  • Traveling to Disney World during a busier time (like the last part of May) 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 May at Disney World is usually pretty warm. Summer attire is appropriate.

(Example alerts: "park hours just released," "event tickets just went on sale")

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 May at Disney World usually come out in mid-October.

Trip planning checklist

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

November or early December: 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.

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

March: 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.

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

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

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

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  Recent Updates

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

  Refurbishment Details

January 31, 2017 - June 30, 2019 - Coronado Springs - construction, Major construction and a reconfiguration of the resort currently under way. (Resort)

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

May 1, 2017 - December 1, 2018 - 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)

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)

August 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019 - Art of Animation - Disney Skyliner construction, Construction of the new Disney gondola system known as the "Disney Skyliner" has begun at Art of Animation. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

September 1, 2017 - December 1, 2018 - Shutters closed during Caribbean Beach refurbishment, (Dining)

September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 - Old Key West - room refurbishments, Rooms at Old Key West are being refurbished, however, there is no impact to amenities and while it is possible that construction may be seen or heard, noise should not be noticeable between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

September 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 - Boardwalk Inn & Villas refurbishment, Boardwalk Inn and Boardwalk Villas are undergoing some general refurbishment projects., however, there is no impact on any of the resort amenities including dining and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. (Resort)

October 25, 2017 - June 30, 2018 - Woody’s Lunch Box - opening in Summer 2018, (Dining)

October 25, 2017 - June 30, 2018 - Woody’s Lunch Box - opening in Summer 2018, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - July 31, 2019 - NBA Experience (opening summer 2019), (Attraction)

January 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018 - Port Orleans - French Quarter room refurbishment, Rooms at Port Orleans - French Quarter will be undergoing a refurbishment however direct impact on guests will be minimal. No noise should be heard between dawn and 9am and no amenities, including pools and dining, will be impacted. (Resort)

February 22, 2018 - November 30, 2018 - Caribbean Beach - construction refurbishment, Resort and Disney Skyliner Construction: Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post dining options will be impacted during the extensive construction happening at Caribbean Beach. As an alternative, there will be a variety of dining options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centertown, a dining location, will serve an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast and dinner. A selection of grab-and-go meals will be conveniently available for purchase in three island markets located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the Resort. No construction noise should be heard between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

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