augustheader - August 2018 at Disney World

August at Disney World starts off hot and busy and ends hot and much less busy.

If you happen to have a school district that starts school late, traveling to Disney World after mid-August is a great way to avoid peak crowds.

Some tips for traveling in August:

  • Traveling to Disney World during a busier time 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 August at Disney World is hot. Consider taking mid-day breaks from the sun and crowds during your trip.

(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 August at Disney World usually come out in mid-January.

  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)

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)

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

December 31, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Dinner service ending December 30th, 2017, (Dining)

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019 - Flights of Wonder closing permanently January 1, 2018 , (Attraction)

February 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018 - All-Star Movies room refurb, (Resort)

February 4, 2018 - December 31, 2018 - Circle of Life closing permanently, (Attraction)

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.

  Special Events

We will update this soon.


August 1 - 12
August 13 - 26
August 27 - 31

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