Walt Disney World September 2016 Preview

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Welcome to TouringPlans’ Walt Disney World September 2016 preview – we’ve sent our kids back to school, the weather is slightly less oppressive, and we’re ready to get our Food & Wine on. Who’s with us and ready for September?

Average Weather for Walt Disney World in September


September weather for Orlando - High 89, Low 74, 78% Humidity, 14 days with rain
September Weather for Orlando






High temperatures in Orlando finally drop back into the high 80s for September, but there’s still rain and the potential for hurricanes. In fact, Hurricane Gaston (he’s especially good at precipitating) is in the Caribbean right now getting ready to send rains to the Florida coast, and Tropical Depression 9 is in the Gulf. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center is an excellent resource for forecasts that may affect your September trip.

Pack extra shoes and an umbrella in case you get caught in the rain. And if you’re flying, don’t forget weather can impact your connections. Be prepared.


Upcoming Live Chats for September

School is starting again and so are Brian’s weekly Facebook Live shows. Beginning September 1 and continuing every Thursday after, Brian will go through that week’s news and take your questions. What time are the chats, you ask? We are leaving that up to you, so go vote right now over on Facebook. Check our Facebook and Twitter feeds on Wednesday for the winning time.

In addition to Brian’s weekly show, Guy will also be broadcasting on Facebook Live discussing Disneyland. Dates and times to be announced soon.

Times for all live chats are posted in advance on our Facebook page and on Twitter.


Walt Disney World September 2016 Park Crowds

September 2016 Crowds at Walt Disney World
September 2016 Crowds at Walt Disney World

YAY!!! September is here! The kids are back to school, and family vacation time is over. Our only busy (relatively) day is Sunday before Labor Day. Disney has made a concerted effort in the last few years to bring more folks in September with discounts (especially aimed for families with preschoolers) and the extended dates for both the Epcot Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but we’re still entering one of the most pleasant times for a Walt Disney World vacation. For day by day park recommendations for travel during September, check out our Crowd Calendar.


Special Events at Walt Disney World September 2016

Remember last month, when we were like “there’s nothing going on, because August?” Welcome to September! There is SO MUCH going on.

First, there’s one of Disney’s premier events, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This runs from September 14 to November 14. The event doesn’t really impact wait times at Epcot, but it definitely clogs the walkways. For the least hassle experiencing Food & Wine, avoid the weekends, the first week, and get there early.

Next, there’s our favorite of the Magic Kingdom parties, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. Halloween at Walt Disney World begins September 2 and runs through October 31. That’s right – two months. Remember Magic Kingdom will close early (7:00 PM) to day guests on party nights.

Here are the September party dates:

  • Friday, September 02, 2016
  • Thursday, September 08, 2016
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • Friday, September 16, 2016
  • Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • Friday, September 23, 2016
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • Friday, September 30, 2016

Night of Joy, a celebration of Christian contemporary music, is held September 9-10 at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Discounts at Walt Disney World September 2016

Back to School Savings rate: Room-only discount valid for most nights in August. Information is on Disney’s web site.

Package discounts: Room/ticket discount valid Sunday to Thursday nights (so no weekend discounts). Disney likes to market package discounts by number of guests and nights, making them difficult to compare. There are two similar discounts for travel August 1 to November 6, one marketed as 3 night/3 guest, the other as 4 night/four guest. Details here and here.

Late August Discount: For stays through November 5, save up to 25% with the room-only discount. Details here.

Passholder Discount: Room-only discounts are available for stays through November 4. Details here.

What about Free Dining? The popular free dining promotion is happening in September, but the dates to book it have passed.


What’s New at Walt Disney World September 2016


We hear Rivers of Light may open at Animal Kingdom in September after a challenging test and adjust period. No date has been given. Animal Kingdom’s evening park hours are extended in September, but October still shows 7 and 7:30 closing times. We’ll see what happens. Either way, Jungle Book: Alive With Magic ends its run on September 5.

Blaze Pizza is now open at Disney Springs with create your own pizzas that are baked at super high temperatures for 90 seconds.

Morimoto Street Food is open for a casual dining experience at the excellent Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.


Refurbishments at Walt Disney World 2016

Attraction Closed Reopens
Swiss Family Treehouse 7/6/16 9/25/16
DINOSAUR 7/25/16 10/16/16
Liberty Square Riverboat 8/1/16 8/8/16
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 8/8/16 11/19/16
it’s a small world 8/22/16 9/16/16
Wilderness Lodge ongoing construction complete 2017


Animal Kingdom Lodge LobbyHotel Spotlight – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House and Kidani Village

September is a great month for a relaxing trip, and there’s no place more relaxing than the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There are two separate hotels, Jambo House and the DVC-only Kidani Village. Both hotels have fantastic dining (Boma, Jiko, Sanaa), great pools, and animal and cultural experiences you won’t find anywhere else at Walt Disney World.  The lobby of Jambo House is spectacular, but we also appreciate the smaller, but still incredibly detailed, scale of the public spaces at Kidani. Both resorts offer savanna view rooms that look out over the animal trails.

We have a full review of Jambo House and Kidani Village, and our room finder (Jambo House and Kidani) to help you select and request the ideal room for your trip in our Walt Disney World hotels section.


Blast from the Past – Previous Blog Articles to Enjoy While You Plan Your September 2016 Trip

Seth Kubersky does Food & Wine with Unofficial Guide author Liliane Opsomer last November.

Julia Mascardo sets off to find the best freebies at Food & Wine.

If you want to go all out at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Dani reviewed Club Level there last year.

And Derek Burgan tells us why he loves Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Your Walt Disney World September 2016 Trip Checklist

Have you?

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We hope you have a great vacation. Let us know how it went when you get back by taking our user survey. It helps travelers just like you know the best (and the rest) of what to do, see, ride, and eat at Walt Disney World.

Thanks for reading this month!

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One thought on “Walt Disney World September 2016 Preview

  • August 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I know it ruins the fun Beauty and the Beast joke, but Gaston isn’t in the Caribbean. He’s way out in the Atlantic and moving East. The thing that was in the Caribbean (and is now in the Gulf) is Tropical Depression 9, and it’s supposed to be moving toward the Big Bend area of Florida, with potential to make landfall at tropical storm strength. So yes, it could bring rain to Orlando.


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