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September at Disney World has low crowds, warm temps, some fun events to attend and often even has Free Dining.

I think early May and all of September are fantastic times to visit Disney World. It's a chance to enjoy lots of fun activities while having lower prices and fewer people.

Some tips for traveling in September:

  • Although most people think low crowds = less planning, 1 thing that is more important to plan during lower crowds is figuring out the best park for each day of your trip. During busy times, the crowds are spread more evenly across the parks since nighttime entertainment is offered nightly. When traveling in September, you should pay special attention to the best/worst parks chart (shown below) to avoid the busiest crowds.
  • Weather in September is still pretty 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.
  • Food and Wine Festival at Epcot is busy on the weekends so Epcot is not recommended on those days. However, if you mainly want to do Future World, and don't plan to hang out in the World Showcase in the evening, it can still be an OK choice.

Trip planning checklist

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

March or early April: (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)

April - June: book flights (tips on finding best flights)

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

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

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

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

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  Recent Updates

04/18/2016 - Park hours updated

03/23/2016 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party dates added

03/20/2016 - Park hours updated

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

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

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

September 2, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 8, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 11, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 13, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 14, 2016 - November 14, 2016 - Epcot Food & Wine Festival

September 16, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 18, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 20, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 23, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 25, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 29, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 30, 2016 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

  Crowds

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