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.

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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 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

05/23/2017 - On the 27th, Magic Kingdom closing time extended until Midnight

05/06/2017 - 20 - Animal Kingdom now closing at 10pm; 27 - Magic Kingdom opening 1 hour earlier and an additional Rivers of Light added; 29 - Magic Kingdom staying open later

05/04/2017 - Typhoon Lagoon closure on 5/15 and 5/16 added

04/20/2017 - 7th-31st - Magic Kingdom staying open later, 7th-23rd, 25th & 26th - Animal Kingdom closing at 9:30pm instead of 9pm

03/27/2017 - New summer promotion added

03/26/2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment added

03/23/2017 - HS hours extended every day and AK hours extended May 1-6 and May 27-30. PM EMH added at AK for May 27-30.

03/19/2017 - Star Wars times added, MK hours extended for May 1-6

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

02/20/2017 - Park hours updated

02/09/2017 - AK - Rivers of Light added and park hours updated

02/08/2017 - Opening date for Pandora: World of Avatar set for May 27th, 2017

02/06/2017 - Roaring Fork & Trout Pass Pool Bar refurbishments added

10/17/2016 - May park hours published

10/01/2016 - Hall of Presidents refurbishment added

08/29/2016 - Yacht Club room 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)

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)

October 2, 2016 - May 27, 2017 - Stitch closed (open seasonally), (Attraction)

October 29, 2016 - June 23, 2017 - Yacht Club room refurbishments, (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 - June 29, 2017 - Hall of Presidents refurb, (Attraction)

February 13, 2017 - July 31, 2017 - Roaring Fork refurbishment, (Dining)

February 13, 2017 - July 31, 2017 - Roaring Fork refurbishment, (Dining)

February 13, 2017 - July 31, 2017 - Roaring Fork refurbishment, (Dining)

February 16, 2017 - May 11, 2017 - Debuts May 12th, 2017, (Attraction)

February 22, 2017 - May 26, 2017 - Pandora - opening May 27th, 2017, (Attraction)

February 22, 2017 - May 26, 2017 - Pandora - opening May 27th, 2017, (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)

March 3, 2017 - July 16, 2017 - Copper Creek Villas & Cabins opening July 2017, (Resort)

March 7, 2017 - May 26, 2017 - Satu’li Canteen - Coming May 27, 2017, (Dining)

March 7, 2017 - May 26, 2017 - Pongu Pongu - Coming May 27, 2017, (Dining)

March 26, 2017 - May 25, 2017 - Opening May 26th for shows during Summer 2017, (Attraction)

March 26, 2017 - May 26, 2017 - Satu’li Canteen - Coming May 27, 2017, (Dining)

April 20, 2017 - May 28, 2017 - Stitch closed (open seasonally), (Attraction)

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)

  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

March 1, 2017 - May 29, 2017 - Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

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