Walt Disney World Resort in August – Crowd warnings, special events, ride closure & refurbishments, etc.

June 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

For August 2010 information, please see: https://buildabettermousetrip.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/walt-disney-world-resort-in-august-2010-crowd-warnings-special-events-ride-closures-and-refurbishments/

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World in August that you need to know about:

Crowd Warnings:

1.      Summer Vacation means lines and crowds.   Sure, people are worried about the economy but Disney responded by offering some great promotions.  Families will still be flocking to Walt Disney and the first two weeks of August will see peak crowds (an 8- 10 on a crowd scale of 1-to-10).   A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.   We provide three choices for custom touring plans – our Custom Touring Plans, the 2009 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (book), or a subscription to Tour Guide Mike (online service) – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

2.     Free Dining Promotion (August 16 – Oct. 2nd) – Crowds start to decrease in the second half of August as kids start heading back to school.  The free dining promotion is being offered a full week earlier that it began in 2008 so we may see more families opting for a late summer vacation.  You will have a lot of competition at the sit-down restaurants; especially the most popular locations like Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, LeCellier, etc..  Make your dining reservations as soon as you are eligible.   Warning: Fantasmic Dinner Packages will probably completely fill the first day that they’re offered.  At this time, dining reservations can be booked 90 days prior to your arrival.   Contact us right away to book your vacation with the free dining promotion – this must be booked by June 21st.

3.     Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered August 2, 4,  6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 31.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive at least 60 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.   Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.   You’ll probably want to catch Fantasmic! so be sure you have a good touring plan that will help you manage the crowds and you’ll be fine.   Warning:  This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.

4.     SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is offered every night through August 15th.   SpectroMagic parade is only offered a few times a week in the second half of August and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a SpectroMagic Parade.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on August 1 – 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, 27, 29, 31.  TIP: From August 15 – 31, avoid going to the Magic Kingdom on days (August 18, 21, 23, 27) with the combination of the Spectromagic Parade and Extra Magic Hour (early opening or stays open late for Disney hotel guests) – this “double-header” will make the Magic Kingdom park disproportionately busier than the other Disney theme parks.   You’ll have a better day and experience more attractions at a less crowded park.

5.     Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guest) !  We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day during the peak summer travel season.   Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you. 

 Special Events:

  1. Bay Lake Tower – the newest Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort – is scheduled to open on August 4th, 2009.   It is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area near the Contemporary Resort.
  2. Free Dining Promotion (August 16 – Oct. 2nd) – There’s a reason we have thousands of names on our “Free Dining Alert” list.   This promotion provides one table service (character meals, sit-down restaurants, etc) meal credit, one counter-service (fast food) meal credit, and one snack (up to $4 value) per person over age three per night of stay when you book a 3 night or longer vacation package at a Walt Disney World resort hotel.   This saves a the “average” family of 4 about $100 per day – even more, if your kids are older than age 9.   It is a great deal and a great opportunity to try some new Disney restaurants.    Contact us right away to book your 2008 vacation.  TIP:  Learn about future free dining promotions when you sign up for our “Free Dining Promotion Alert List” at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freedining.php   We never share or sell your contact information with anyone.
  3. Epcot’s “Sounds Like Summer” Concert Series ~ June 15 – August 9, 2009.  These fun mini-concerts take place in Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre.   Shows are at 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45PM.    Performances are subject to change but here’s the current schedule:
  • June 15-21:  Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • June 22-28:  Satisfaction: Rolling Stones Tribute Band
  • June 29-July 8:  Slippery When Wet – A Tribute to Bon Jovi
  • July 8 – July 19:  Bjorn Again – A Tribute to ABBA
  • July 20 – July 26:  The Sounds of the Supremes – A Tribute to the Supremes
  • July 27 – August 8:  2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show
  • August 3-9:  Petty Theft – A Tribute to Tom Petty

 Temporary WDW Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Restaurant – Magic Kingdom) the restaurant will be open but – beginning January 5th – Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer offer character dining.
  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will close April 19th and is not schedule to reopen until late 2009.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom) will be closed until August 24th  – after which, it will limited hours during the Space Mountain refurbishment.
  • Spoodles Restaurant – near Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – is being converted to Cat Cora’s new restaurant, Kouzzina.  The restaurant will completely close on August 2nd through mid-August.  
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Custom Touring Plans

 If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for custom theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning.

  1. Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  2. Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  3. Custom touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.htm

You can purchase custom planning service from us but most of our clients get them for free.  We accept Disney and other hotel commissions as payment for our planning services. If you’ve already booked your own reservation, it may be possible to have our name added as the agent of record.  Your rate, confirmation, and benefits all stay exactly the same.  In this situation, Disney just pays us the commission they would’ve kept for themselves.  Then – free to you – we provide you with custom touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

If you have questions or are interested in our Walt Disney World vacation planning services:


Thank you,


Build A Better Mouse Trip
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515
International callers: 719-495-5698

Build A Better Mouse Trip is a full service travel agency specializing in Florida vacations & Cruises. Build A Better Mouse Trip is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

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