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KennythePirate’s Disney World Crowd Calendar for May and best times to visit Disney World

KennythePirate’s May Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

May 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ and Dining Booking Window and Best Times to Visit Disney World

Updated 5/13/14

May begins as a vey light and pleasant month.  The weather isn’t very hot yet and it rains occasionally, but not consistently.  The first two weeks of May are a great time to visit for lower crowds and beautiful flowers.  Early May 2014 is among the best times to visit Disney World in terms of crowds and weather.  Star Wars Weekends begin mid-month and create large crowds for Hollywood Studios.   Late May begins the Summer travel season with the Memorial Day Weekend kickoff and the calendar gets busier for summer 2014.

If you’re planning to attend the 24 Magic Kingdom day on May 23rd, I recommend going early in the day or after midnight.  Most crowds will be around after school until around 2am.

You can enjoy any day in the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my touring plans to get the most out of your day.

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

It can still get hot, with an average high of 89 and average low of 65, and humid in Orlando in May.  Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.  May is about in the middle in terms of average rain.

Month Avg.
Mean Avg.
May 89°F 65°F 77°F 3.10 in. 100°F (1967) 47°F (1992)

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines.  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays
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