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Old 03-13-2010, 12:28 PM   #1
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Talking September Weather & Crowds

just literally booked!!! however, we are going in September, which we've never done before... always been end June beginning July. whats the weather like in comparison??? is it A LOT cooler or less humid?? what are the crowds like too??
lol.... alot of questions i know! sorry but i'm EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!

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The crowds will depend on whether or not they offer free dining at that time. If yes - then it will be a little crowded - mostly at the food places - but manageable.

The weather....well it is hurricane season. Make sure you keep your ponchos handy!!

You'll have a great time no matter what, I'm sure!!
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I'm going too first two weeks of September.

Unfortunately 'a lot' cooler and less humid? No.

I've been both months you listed and it's sorta like Tennessee, difference is a dry heat and a wet heat. September is still very warm and it can be very humid with scattered rain showers.
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is september STILL hurricane season?? i knew is started in June but didnt know it lasted that long! we always experienced some sort of storm being there in June but i thought there'd be less chance in September
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We've been in September 3 years in a row - and we're going again this year!

It's very low crowd-wise but it's very hot. Always in the 90's. Very humid. I have to wear a hat every day or my hair looks like Monica's on that "Friends" episode when she was in Jamaica...

It rains - short spurts but major storms. Lightning, yes. We've been on boats that have pulled over and made us get off - in the pouring rain. It get a bit scary for the younger kiddos.

Overall - even with the negatives - we think it's the best time of year to go! We love it! If they announce free dining - it will absolutely fill up all the ADRs, so get them booked the day you can!!!!!!!!!!
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FYI, September is the absolute peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, particularly the first half. I hope that doesn't scare you off; if it makes you feel better, we're going in September also. Having been in Orlando for hurricanes Frances and Jeanne (missed Charley by a couple weeks) back in 2004, I'm not worried at all, even if a hurricane does happen to blow through.

Oh, and as far as the temperature goes, it was my opinion back in '04 that it was pretty hot, but really not unbearable. I actually thought May was hotter (I've been twice in May).
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very hot, very low crowds..we love that time as we hate crowds!
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its hot but usually slow as school is starting to get back in swing or at least people are gearing up for it to be back in swing. rain is a factor, but the past couple of years it hasnt been bad. my birthday is about the middle of sept and we usualy take a long weekend and go back. its a good time.
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just literally booked!!! however, we are going in September, which we've never done before... always been end June beginning July. whats the weather like in comparison??? is it A LOT cooler or less humid?? what are the crowds like too??
lol.... alot of questions i know! sorry but i'm EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not too different from July. See "Detailed Weather Data for WDW" www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=23004631
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I went last September and it was reeeaaallllyyy humid!!!!! The heat would not have been bad. I actually lost weight. Crowds weren't too bad.
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THEME PARKS
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Feel the Force VIP Package (Fireworks Dessert Party)
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet
  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Odyssey
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra
  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats
  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut
  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Starbucks
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road
  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
Resorts
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere
  • All Star Music
    • Intermission
  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko: The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa
  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors
  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's
  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina
  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters
  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge
  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo
  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's
  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack
  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge
  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop
  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory
  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club
  • Shades of Green
    • Garden Gallery
    • Evergreen's
    • Mangino's Bistro
  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill
  • Vero Beach
    • Bleachers Bar and Grill
    • Green Cabin Room
    • Shutters
    • Sonya's
  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon
  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
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    • Cooked a full sit-down meal in the villa
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We were there during the first two weeks of last September, it was very hot & only rained a couple of times. The crowds were fairly light & most rides were walk ons with the exception of Toy Story Mania in DHS which was about 45 mins - sounds a long time but compared to Aug '08 which was 2 hrs it isn't at all.

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is september STILL hurricane season?? i knew is started in June but didnt know it lasted that long! we always experienced some sort of storm being there in June but i thought there'd be less chance in September
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
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We took a long weekend and went over Labor Day last year. Great time to go. Did have to put up with some afternoon/evening showers, and there was a hurricane around before we got there, but you talk about an empty park, this was it. TSM and Soarin' were the longest waits (45-60 minutes) by far.
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I'm glad to see this as we will be there the last week of September ourselves. And I got the hours for our vacation and I scheduled the MNSSHP correctly. Now just to wait for free dining and when tickets go on sale for Halloween.
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We have been several times in September. Because of 'free dining', its often imperitive that you make dining reservations if you would like to eat at Table Service restaurants, but other than that - almost everything else is wait/crowd free. The other exception being Fantasmic! because they dont hold the show very often due to the low crowds.

As far as the weather - it is very humid and when the sun is out its hot - last year there were several 95+ degree days. Luckily with the low crowds we were still able to enjoy the parks at our own pace and since we were on the DxDP we always got a good dose of air conditioning at lunch to cool us off for the afternoon!

To feel less gross during the day, We brought a small soft cooler in my backpack. Every night we would take a few washcloths, soak them in water, put them each in their own zip lock bag, and chill them in the fridge (no freezer at POFQ). We'd put the wash cloth bags and some waters in the cooler bag and they would still be cool at 3pm!

Its also important to bring or plan to buy rain ponchos...and if you have a stroller - leave it covered with one when you go inside - as you almost cant predict the 5-10 minute rain storm! The rains usually pass quickly and I think only once I can remember really really heavy rains for days that ruined vacations so again not a show stopper usually!!

Enjoy! We are not going until December this year - I will miss the warmth and the MNSSHP of September!!
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