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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 suggestions for each day (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 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

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, 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.

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

July: 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.

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

08/18/2016 - September park hours updated

07/18/2016 - September park hours updated

06/14/2016 - Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment (exact end date unknown)

05/25/2016 - its a small world refurbishment added

05/19/2016 - DINOSAUR refurbishment added

05/09/2016 - Dolphin bus stop refurbishment added

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 - PizzeRizzo (formerly Toy Story 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 - PizzeRizzo (formerly Toy Story Pizza Planet) 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)

May 15, 2016 - September 19, 2016 - Dolphin bus stop refurbishment (guests can use stop at the Swan), (Resort)

May 16, 2016 - October 31, 2016 - BoardWalk Villas - Room Refurbishment, (Resort)

July 6, 2016 - September 29, 2016 - Swiss Family Treehouse refurbishment, (Attraction)

July 11, 2016 - November 30, 2016 - Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment (exact reopening date unknown), (Dining)

July 11, 2016 - November 30, 2016 - Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment (exact reopening date unknown), (Dining)

July 11, 2016 - October 31, 2016 - Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment (exact end date unknown), (Resort)

July 11, 2016 - November 30, 2016 - Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment (exact reopening date unknown), (Dining)

July 18, 2016 - April 30, 2017 - Polite Pig - Opening Spring 2017, (Dining)

July 18, 2016 - April 30, 2017 - Polite Pig - Opening Spring 2017, (Dining)

July 20, 2016 - September 30, 2016 - AbracadaBar - opening in 2016, (Dining)

July 25, 2016 - October 16, 2016 - DINOSAUR refubishment, (Attraction)

July 26, 2016 - December 31, 2016 - Rivers of Light (coming soon, exact date unknown), (Attraction)

July 29, 2016 - October 22, 2016 - The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History - Beginning October 2016, (Attraction)

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

August 22, 2016 - September 15, 2016 - its a small world refurbishment, (Attraction)

September 14, 2016 - December 31, 2016 - Sum of All Thrills - Rumored to be closing, (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 9, 2016 - September 10, 2016 - Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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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