May at Disney World
Warm temps and moderate crowds expected throughout the month

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Crowd Calendar
May 2021

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Park hours for people visiting in May usually come out in mid-October

Crowd Levels

The "crowd level" compares each day to the rest of the year; it indicates how crowded the entire WDW Resort area is on a scale of 1-10.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10/10 crowd level
  • 1-3 crowd levels
  • 4-7 crowd levels
  • 8-10 crowd levels
  • Recommended Parks

    Using many different factors, we look at which park(s) will be the most and least crowded every day. We then mark a recommendation for each park.

    Magic Kingdom
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Epcot
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Hollywood Studios
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


  • Park recommended
  • Moderate
  • Park not recommended


  • About advanced reservations

  • - Advanced dining reservations: 180 days beforehand when dining reservations open (online at 6 am EST by phone at 7:00 am EST).
  • - On-Site FastPass+ Reservations: 60 days beforehand when people staying onsite can begin making their FastPass+ reservations (7:00 am EST)
  • - Off-Site FastPass+ Reservations: 30 days beforehand when people staying offsite can begin making their FastPass+ reservations (7:00 am EST)
  • Tips from our ground crew

  • - In general, we recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours (EMH) because they tend to be hte busiest parks that day.
  • - Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.
  • - Exception: Animal Kingdom because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.

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      Recent Updates

    No updates published yet.

      Refurbishment Details

    September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021 - Tron Rollercoaster - Coming 2021, (Attraction)

    September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2022 - Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, (Attraction)

    March 15, 2020 - May 1, 2021 - Peoplemover Refurbishment, (Attraction)

    March 31, 2020 - September 26, 2021 - All-Star Sports - Temporarily Closed, (Resort)

    March 31, 2020 - September 26, 2021 - All-Star Music - Temporarily Closed, (Resort)

    March 31, 2020 - September 26, 2021 - Port Orleans - French Quarter - Temporarily Closed, (Resort)

    March 31, 2020 - September 26, 2021 - Port Orleans - Riverside - Temporarily Closed, (Resort)

    March 31, 2020 - September 26, 2021 - Wilderness Lodge - Temporarily Closed, (Resort)

    October 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021 - Polynesian Village Refurbishment, (Resort)

    April 11, 2021 - October 1, 2021 - Room Refurbishment, The Contemporary Resort guest rooms will undergo a refurbishment to be updated and will be themed after the popular Disney Pixar movie The Incredibles. (Resort)

      Available Discounts

    No discounts currently available.

    See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

      Special Events

    January 8, 2021 - February 22, 2021 - Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

    March 3, 2021 - July 5, 2021 - Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    April 15, 2021 - April 18, 2021 - Star Wars Rival Run – Virtual

    July 15, 2021 - November 20, 2021 - Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

    We will update this soon.

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    Important things to know about traveling in May

    May at Disney World starts off with low crowds that pick up for the busy summer travel season, which unofficially kicks off Memorial Day weekend.

    Here's what you need to know:

    May CROWDS & PARK HOURS

    Disney publishes its park hours about 78 days in advance, but those hours can (and very often do) change.

    Note: This used to be about 180 days in advance, but since the reopening, they have transitioned to a 78-day window.

    As the dates get closer, it isn't unusual for Disney to tweak either the opening or closing times. And during especially busy times of the year, they may change both.

    That means to avoid having your plans sidetracked that you'll definitely want to keep checking the park hours - including while on your trip.

    For many Disney World visitors, 78 days isn't enough time for planning. That's why we use historical data and current park hour trends to show the "Anticipated Hours" for dates around 79-110 days out. After Disney releases official park hours, we update the calendar above.

    When it comes to park hours - in general - the heavier the crowds, the longer the parks will be open during the day. Of course, that also means that the parks will be open fewer hours of the day during less busy times of the years.

    In May, that means that you'll typically find the parks open longer over Memorial Day. 

    Disney World Crowd Calendar

    PRICES AND DISCOUNTS

    If you are looking for a good deal, May is a pretty good time to find one.

    Disney doesn't offer discounts to be nice, they do it to fill hotel rooms and for them. Since early May is typically a less busy time of the year, that means you can often find good discounts for those dates.

    Guide to Disney World Discounts

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    International Flower and Garden Festival

    Epcot never looks more lovely than during the Flower and Garden Festival, which means May is the perfect time for a visit to this iconic park. 

    Taking place in the spring (and sometimes early summer) this festival brings dozens of larger-than-life topiaries as well as plenty of food and drink options inspired by all things botanical. 

    Overview of the International Flower and Garden Festival

    WEATHER

    Even though May isn't even officially "summer" yet, you can expect it to be warm and even hot.

    During May, the temperatures will range from lows in the upper 60s to highs in the upper 80s.

    And, by the end of the month, expect those highs to creep into the 90's.

    May is also the start of the rainy season. The further into the month you go, the more likely you'll run into the typical midday showers that central Florida is known for.

    We recommend that you come prepared with ponchos, multiple pairs of shoes (in case one pair gets wet), and umbrellas just in case.

    How to handle the weather at Disney World

    Swimming in May

    By May, you'll find that the pools will be one of the most popular places to be.

    In addition to the pools at the resorts, Disney's 2 water parks will also see their attendance numbers increase.

    If swimming is a must-do and you are worried about the crowds, consider starting your day at the pool and head to the parks later in the day. Most people reverse that plan which means the pools can get quite busy by the end of the day.

    FAQ's about the Pools at Walt Disney World

    WHAT TO WEAR

    When packing for Disney World in May, most people will be comfortable wearing whatever they typically wear in the summer (shorts, capri pants, etc.).

    One place where you might get cold, however, is inside some restaurants and attractions.

    And in fact, even during the hottest months we keep a light jacket in our park bag because coming out of the sun into an air-conditioned space is sometimes too cold for our liking.

    If you're the kind of person that finds sitting under the AC to be too much, you might want to consider tossing in a light jacket, too.

    Ultimate Packing List for Walt Disney World

    REFURBISHMENTS AND CLOSURES

    While routine refurbishments aren't typically scheduled in May, you'll likely still run into a few attractions that are closed.

    We keep track of those on the calendar above

    To see what will be closed on your trip, toggle the "attractions closings" tab.

    WHAT'S NEW?

    At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in May.

    TIPS FOR DISNEY WORLD IN May

    • The sun can be quite intense, even if the temps aren't, so don't forget to wear your sunscreen.
    • Keep checking for discounts. Even if you've already booked discounts can still be applied.
    • Memorial Day crowds can be heavy, but the days before and after typically aren't bad since not all schools are out by then.
    • The beginning of May is a lovely time to visit and if you can plan a trip before most schools are out you'll find the crowds to be quite manageable.