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If you are visiting Walt Disney World in August 2012 here is a guide to the events, closures and what you can expect from the weather and crowd levels.
Whenever you visit Disney World it is always a great idea to plan ahead so that you make the most of your vacation.
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Is August a Good Time To Visit Disney World?
The answer to this is both yes and no! Of course the first 2 weeks of August are usually school vacation for US children so you are going to find that Disney World is particularly busy on these weeks. If you are visiting from outside the US and children are still on vacation then the last 2 weeks should be less crowded than the first 2 weeks of August. Visitors from the UK where children are off school usually for all of August would perhaps be wise to pick the final 2 weeks of August if they have a choice.
Temperatures at Disney World in August are likely to be in the 90s and humidity will be high. Expect high temperatures and prepare! August is also a time of high rainfall but usually showers are over quickly and bring some relief from the soaring temperatures.
Even though the parks are crowded there are longer opening times and more scheduled parades and events during this time.
Walt Disney World Rides Closed for Refurbishment in August 2012
One of the advantages of visiting Disney World at a relatively busy time is that there will usually be very few refurbishments and closures to rides.
The one disappointment is that Epcot’s Test Track is not scheduled to reopen until September 2012. This is a major attraction in Epcot Future World and it’s closure means that Soarin’ is going to be busier than ever. If you are visiting Epcot and want to experience Soarin’ you need to arrive before opening time and get to the attraction as soon as possible, or pick up a Fast Pass as early in the morning as possible. Otherwise expect around a 120 minute wait!
Disney World Parades and Shows in August
The good news is that the parades and shows run regularly throughout August. Fantasmic! is scheduled for every day in August at 9pm.
In Magic Kingdom Disney Wishes, A Dream Come True Parade and Main Street Electrical Parade are scheduled for each day.
In Disney’s Animal Kingdom the Jammin’ Jungle Parade is scheduled for 3.45 each day.
So the trade off to the crowds is that the opening hours are longer, parades and shows are scheduled, and very few rides are closed for scheduled rehabs.
When you visit at a busy time planning really does become crucial. Make as much use of the Fast Pass system as possible and make sure you know which attractions your family wants to prioritize. Many families find that a good plan is to go out early in the morning so that you can get to the parks before opening time and so as many rides as possible early in the morning. Then return back to your hotel room for a rest mid day before heading back out to the parks when the weather is cooler and the crowds in the parks are lighter.
If you are visiting Disney World in August 2012 have a wonderful time!
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