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 at Disney World:

  • 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 at Disney World 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

Park hours for people visiting in September at Disney World usually come out in mid-February.

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

04/07/2017 - Fantasmic! time moved form 8:30 pm to 8:00 pm 17th-30th and Magic Kingdom closing extended from 6 pm until 8 pm on the 28th.

04/06/2017 - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party dates released for Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 & 29.

03/26/2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment added

03/19/2017 - - September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 - Epcot staying open later now and IllumiNations added - September 22, 23, 29, 30 - the WDW site doesn't say it yet, but we assume the changes above will also apply to these dates so we added them to our calendar - September 1-15 - Fantasmic added every day - September 16-30 - we assume Fantasmic will be scheduled daily on these dates as well - September 1-15 - Animal Kingdom staying open later every day - September 16-30 - we assume Animal Kingdom will stay open on these days as well

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

02/20/2017 - Park hours 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)

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)

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)

April 23, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment, (Dining)

April 23, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Portobelllo refurbishment, (Dining)

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

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Banana Cabana construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

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

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

May 12, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Wishes final performance - May 11th, 2017, (Attraction)

August 19, 2017 - November 18, 2017 - Stitch closed (open seasonally), (Attraction)

August 28, 2017 - November 16, 2017 - Splash refurb, (Attraction)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

August 31, 2017 - November 13, 2017 - Food and Wine Festival at Epcot

September 1, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 7, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 10, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 12, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 15, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 17, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 19, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 22, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 24, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 26, 2017 - Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 29, 2017 - Mickey\’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

  Crowds

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