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Walt Disney World Weather

Walt Disney World weather, contrary to popular belief, is not artificially controlled.  It would be nice if the sun was shining every day, and it was warm but not too hot.  Unfortunately, it's a fact of life that Walt Disney World weather does not cooperate at times!

If you know what to expect, your Walt Disney World vacation can have great weather.  And what if it rains sometimes?  You're still in the Happiest Place on Earth!

Blue Skies, Mild Days

If you want the absolute best Walt Disney World weather, the time of year to go is February through April.  While there may be occasional rainy days, November though April is the dry season. 

The temperatures can vary, but most days are mild, with daytime temperatures in the 60's and 70's (80's as you get into April).  Nights can get a little chilly, from the 30's through the 60's, but mostly in the upper 50's.

For my money, February is the best time of year, both weather-wise and crowd-wise.

Warmer Weather for the Waterparks

Hey, if you want to spend some time at the waterparks, the best Walt Disney World weather can be found in May and up through the middle of June.  Most days are sunny to partly cloudy, with brief showers and few thunderstorms.  The water at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon isn't as warm as it will be later in the summer, but it's still fine.

Why not July and August for the waterparks?  One word - thunderstorms.  Orlando is in the interior portion of Central Florida and gets a lot of thunderstorms with interesting lightning displays.  You do not want to be out in the water during one!  In fact, you won't be allowed to.  So to maximize your waterpark adventures, go for May and June.

Oh, and if you don't have a choice and have to come in July or August, don't despair.  Just remember that the most thunderstorms are in the afternoons, so mornings at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are you best bet.

Summer Heat (Is it Hot Enough?)

Oh boy, summer Walt Disney World weather can be h-o-t!  And humid.  Think daytime temperatures in the 90's with 90% humidity.  There is a rumor that surfaces occasionally, the Disney air-conditions the outside.  Sorry to say, but it's just a fun story, and not a fact (wish it was true).  It sure would make the summer weather more comfortable!

If you plan to visit Walt Disney World during your summer vacation, do be aware of the heat and humidity.  You'll want to drink water or sodas often, to prevent dehydration.  If you have then, dress in cottons to keep as cool as possible.  Wear comfortable shoes that are roomy, because your feet will likely swell a bit.

Gosh, I'm making it sound like Disney in the summer is terrible!  Not so at all.  The rides and shops are nice and cool, and if you like hot weather (and some people do!) you will be in your element.

What About Hurricanes?

It's unlikely that your Walt Disney World weather will be upset by a hurricane.  Now it's true that the park has closed a few times due to hurricanes, but it's really rare.  If you want to minimize your chance of being part of a hurricane, then avoid August and September.  They are the peak months of the Florida hurricane season.

So What About the Rest of the Year?

From Columbus Day through New Year's Day, Walt Disney World weather can be a happy time.  The skies can still be cloudy in October, but the humidity and daytime temperatures both start dropping.  November and December can be crisp at times, when the cold fronts come roaring down.  But a cold front only lasts a few days, and then mild days return.

I've mentioned on other pages that I lived in Orlando for many years.  I've seen Christmas Days when I wore shorts and a t-shirt, as well as some where I wore very warm coats and gloves.  Usually it's mild, with daytime temperatures in the 60's and sunny skies.  But do be prepared when visiting Walt Disney World at this time of year -- it can get chilly!

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