Summertime really is one of the most exciting times to visit Disney World. It may be in the heat of summer and draw in some crowds, but it is still an amazing time to visit with your family and enjoy everything that Disney has to offer! Here are seven reasons why we love to visit Disney World in the summer.
Editor’s Note: We understand that with the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, some of the advice in this article may not apply if you visit while park hours are reduced, capacity limits and physical distancing are in place, and some of our favorite experiences—fireworks, parades, and character greetings—are temporarily suspended. (You can read everything you need to know about the phased reopening by clicking here). We will continue to share articles that give guidance on a “normal” vacation to Walt Disney World, along with any special changes or instructions you may need to be aware of during the phased reopening to provide the best tips we can regardless of when you are visiting. ~ Chad & Cindy
6 – Kids are on vacation, so no missed school (while still learning).
Parents are always concerned about pulling their kids out of school mid-year and what impacts that will cause at the school and their grades. Well, this makes visiting in the summer absolutely perfect since the kids are already on break. No messing with the school and catching up on homework, plus they still get a vacation that can be extremely educational. Many of the attractions have educational components in the areas of history, science, media, etc. For our young kids we even work on reading and word recognition everywhere we go so that they are practicing reading the entire time. They are learning and don’t even realize it because it’s so much fun!
5 – The parks are open later.
This is definitely a great benefit. The normal hours for the Magic Kingdom, not including Extra Magic Hours, is usually around 1 or 2 AM during the summer months. This gives even more time to enjoy the parks without being out in the sun the entire time so you get more bang for your buck on park admission. During fall/winter months, these hours are much shorter closing as early as 7, 9 or 11 PM on most nights. You get a lot more out of your days!
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, guests should expect shortened or altered operating hours.
4 – Shows are shown more frequently.
In the summer months many of the shows, including evening shows, are shown more frequently. This is partly due to the longer park hours since there is more availability in the day for the volume of shows to increase. This is also due to the popularity of the shows, especially the evening shows so that more guests can experience all that the parks have to offer and not miss out on any of the attractions.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, nighttime spectaculars, including fireworks shows, are temporarily suspended.
3 – Planning makes wait times more bearable.
With FastPass+, you have more control of your day and when you wait. While the summer months can be hot, if you use your FastPass+ wisely, you can minimize the time you are spent waiting in the heat. You can select FastPass+ options during the heat of the day so that you can get right on attractions and it won’t feel as hot. You really have a lot of control over your day and can make it work for you so that the heat and crowds won’t be an issue during your vacation.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, FastPass+ is temporarily suspended.
2 – The water parks are at their best.
Disney water parks are so much fun! They are some of the best-themed water parks you will ever visit with awesome, thrilling attractions to enjoy. You can swim with sharks, ride a water coaster, ride the tallest water slide in the world (with no raft) and so much more! They are perfect for beating the Florida heat while enjoying the sun. If you visit during other months, it is very possible one of the water parks could be closed for annual refurbishment since they tend to do this in non-summer months. It is a great time to make sure you can experience both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach! Both water parks also have character meet and greet and more excitement that they discontinue in the less busy months! So you get more out of your visit.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World in 2020, the water parks are closed. A reopening date has not been announced.
1 – The pools at the resorts are amazing.
We can’t forget the amazing pools and all the fun activities. During the heat of the day, you can come back to your resort and swim in an amazing pool! Many of them even have water slides and water playground features that make the pool areas almost like a mini water park right at your resort. Playing in the Florida sun feels like the ultimate vacation and is a great way to relax in between the excitement of the theme parks. It rounds out the perfect summer vacation!
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