Yes, August might be a very hot month (in terms of temperature) at WDW, but the August Disney World crowds are light! You might want to beat the heat by spending some extra time at the pool, but given the short wait times throughout most of the month, you should still be able to experience all that your must-do list includes—until the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival begins towards the end of the month.
Whether you do or don’t want to plan an August WDW trip that overlaps with the start of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, make sure you check out our calendar for August Disney World crowds.
Aside from the start of the festival, if you’re okay dealing with (very) hot weather, visiting WDW in August means low crowds—just make sure you bring a whole lot of sunscreen!
Even though the August weather might not be your top reason for visiting WDW during this month (unless you really like the heat), the usual August forecasts do cause a unique, yet minor, must-do experience to become available… If you’re lucky enough to visit Magic Kingdom on a rainy day (which can happen quite often in August), you just might be able to catch the Rainy Day Cavalcade! I apologize in advance for the soundtrack (heard at the video above) getting stuck in your head…
If this special cavalcade, along with the low August Disney World crowds, are already convincing you to visit during this time of year, let our friends at Destinations to Travel know! Don’t forget to let them know that Danny sent you.
August Disney World Crowds
Despite the start of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival happening towards the end of the month, the parks are as close to “dead” (hence the photo of Master Gracey’s tombstone above) in August as they are during any part of the year (which still isn’t extremely quiet nowadays). If crowds are your main concern when planning your next trip to WDW, August is one of the top months for you to consider when planning your visit.
Dad’s Guide to WDW Crowd Calendar Disclaimer
This calendar is based on historical facts as we know them today, and personal experiences. Walt Disney World is an ever-changing destination and you might find the crowds, weather, or seasonal experiences to be different from what we’ve predicted.
How to Avoid August Disney World Crowds
As with the first day of any festival at EPCOT, be sure to visit any park other than EPCOT when the Food and Wine Festival begins if you wish to minimize the crowds you encounter on your visit. The festival’s opening weekend can still draw more crowds to EPCOT, but its opening day has, by far, the biggest impact.
If you can withstand the heat during the day and stay at the parks through the rainstorms later in the afternoon, the crowd levels can go from low to even lower! This can present you with amazing opportunities to ride some of the most popular attractions with wait times far below their averages.
- EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival – Taking place annually since 1995, this festival offers savory food, high quality (adult) beverages, fan-favorite merchandise, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series (at The America Gardens Theatre) and so much more.
The Best Time to Visit Disney World?
Wondering when is the best time to visit WDW? Of course, that really depends on you—your preferences, your schedule, and what’s on your must-do list. But, before booking your next vacation, here’s a breakdown of the factors you should consider.