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A guide to Disney World in August

Take time to explore the walkways of Disney's Wilderness Lodge where you might run into a lizard or other wildlife native to Florida
Take time to explore the walkways of Disney's Wilderness Lodge where you might run into a lizard or other wildlife native to Florida
Heather Leigh

If you thought it was hot in July, you have never visited the Walt Disney World resorts and theme parks in August. Everyone planning to visit Disney World in August should be prepared for extreme temperatures and plan to spend plenty of time at the water parks and the pool at their resort.

Both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water parks offer a chance for guests to experience Disney with a lot of water. Both parks have attractions and activities designed to help cool guests off while submerging them in a winter wonderland or an island oasis.

If you are planning on heading to the theme parks, make plans to either go back to your resort in the afternoon to enjoy the pool or save all of the indoor attractions for when temperatures are at their hottest. Indoor attractions and shows will give you the opportunity to cool off while still being able to see the many attractions on your vacation wish list.

Extra Magic Hours will give you the opportunity to enjoy the park early in the morning before temperatures rise and later in the day when the sun goes down and things start to cool off again. Plus the crowds during Extra Magic Hours are just right, making it possible for you to enjoy your favorite attractions without having to deal with the long lines.

Crowd levels will remain high at the beginning of the month, but should lessen as the month progresses. Crowds will lessen as families start preparing to return to school late August and early September. To make the most out of your time at Disney, take advantage of Disney’s FastPass+ system, single rider lines and the rider switch program. All of these will help you avoid long lines, still making it possible to see and do everything you want, even with heavy crowds.

During August you should see very little closures and a lot of fun and exciting entertainment. Do not forget to head to the Magic Kingdom to see the Main Street Electrical Parade, which is a popular parade that is the perfect way to end your day at the parks.

August brings more than just hot temperatures. It is in the middle of hurricane season, so be prepared for your vacation to possibly be interrupted by a storm. It is rare, but it has happened. This time of year also brings heavy storms and a lot of lightning so do not forget to pack a poncho.

If you wan to see some of Florida’s native wildlife running around, check out the resorts with wooded areas, such as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. At these resorts, you will see a variety of lizards, frogs and small snakes roaming around the resort.

No matter if you are looking to plan your annual Disney vacation in August or trying to sneak in one last getaway before school starts, be prepared for the heat and the crowds. Map out your plan for your vacation before leaving to help try and get everything in you want to see and do.

Happy vacationing!

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