mayheader 600x400 - May 2018 at Disney World

May at Disney World is when it starts to really warm up in terms of temperatures, and summer crowds start to appear at the end of the month.

I think the beginning of May is 1 of the best times of the year to visit Disney World. Ride closures are uncommon, it's warm enough to swim at your resort and/or visit the water parks, but crowds are lower than during the peak summer months.

Some tips for traveling in May at Disney World:

  • Traveling to Disney World during a busier time (like the last part of May) 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 May at Disney World is usually pretty warm. Summer attire is appropriate.

(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 May at Disney World usually come out in mid-October.

  Recent Updates

No updates published yet.

  Refurbishment Details

January 31, 2017 - June 30, 2019 - Coronado Springs - construction, Major construction and a reconfiguration of the resort currently under way. (Resort)

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)

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

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

May 14, 2018 - May 13, 2019 - New Signature dining location (opening date TBD), (Dining)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

We will update this soon.

  Crowds

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