What to Expect In Disney World During The Month Of May


May flowers are already blooming at the Disney Parks! Do you have a trip planned for the beautiful month of May? If so, don’t miss out on everything you will need to know. Walt Express has your up to date information on any closings or refurbishments, new fun popping up in the parks and tons more! This month is the official beginning of SUMMERTIME at Disney World!


Disney World During May

Is it the month of May already? This month will see HUGE changes in crowds and weather! Read on to find out what to expect.

Magical Happenings

  • Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom and will run all the way through June 3, 2019. Download your festival planning passport right here: FLOWER AND GARDEN passport. Be sure to check out all of the snacks that are offered during this special event!#WALTEXPRESS #DISNEYWORLDDURINGMAY #SUMMERATDISNEYWORLD DISNEY WORLD DURING MAY
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration is going on now through September 2019.
  • H2O Glow Nights is BACK! Return to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. This is a special event and you have to purchase a separate ticket to participate, but it’s tons of fun! Dates for H2O Glow Nightsare as follows: May 30, 2019; June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27 and 29, 2019; July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27, 2019; August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24, 2019.
  • Hollywood Studios will be celebrating it’s 30th birthday on May 1st! Stay tuned for info!

Weather In May

It’s officially summertime in Orlando and that means a lot of HEAT and humidity! It also means the beginning of “BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR DEODORANT” month! All jokes aside, be considerate and wear lots of DEO!

Summertime also brings evening showers and storms, so be prepared for some rain on your park days.

Crowds In May

May at Disney World means you never know what you’re gonna get! Early May is usually pretty calm, with low crowds. By the end of the month, it will get a little more crowded, with U.S. schools beginning to let out for summer vacations.

Check out the CROWD CALENDAR over at Dad’s Guide to WDW to find out what the crowds will look like each day in May.

Refurbishments and Closures

It’s never fun to plan a trip to Disney World and then find out your favorite attraction is undergoing refurbishments. While there is still a ton to do, it’s still nice to have a backup plan. From attractions to dining to the resorts, if there are any refurbishments going on, we will list it here.

Please note that our information comes straight from Disney and sometimes this information will change daily. We do our best to keep it updated.


  • Walt Disney World Railroad: Dec. 2018 – until further notice
  • Tomorrowland Speedway: Jan. 2019 – until mid-May, 2019



  • No reported refurbishments


  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch
    Starting October 21, 2018, Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Wildlife Express will be unavailable to Guests. In the meantime, our world-class animal care will still continue behind the scenes. Ongoing until further notice. Look for announcements on the re-opening of Rafiki’s Planet Watch!


  • No reported refurbishments


The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form or transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.


Disney SkylinerWe have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9 am. Ongoing until further notice.

The Skyliner process will affect the following resorts: POP CENTURY, CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT, ART OF ANIMATION and BOARDWALK INN & VILLAS.

Coronado Springs: A few refurbishments are going on.

  • Room Refurbishment: During this time, amenities including dining locations (such as the newly re-imagined Rix Sports Bar and Grill) and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00 am daily. Ongoing.
  • Pepper Market: During this time, the quick-service restaurant, Pepper Market, will undergo minor refurbishment work, but will remain in operation. If Guests would like to experience one of the other dining locations, they can visit Maya Grill, Las Ventanas, Café Rix, Laguna Bar, Siestas Cantina and the newly re-imagined space, Rix Sports Bar & Grill, featuring a variety of sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages. All amenities will remain in operation, including the Dig Site pool area, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and the Iguana Arcade. Through Summer 2019.


Grand Floridian Resort: Mizner’s Lounge Beginning in April 2019, Mizner’s Lounge will be closed for refurbishment, with a reopening planned for fall 2019.


  • No reported refurbishments


  • No reported refurbishments


  • No events at Disney World for the month of May

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Please note: Roadwork
Intermittent overnight lane closures, lane shifts, traffic congestion and noise impacts can be expected along Osceola Parkway / Victory Way.

There are several events going on this month, be sure to check the calendar right here: ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS CALENDAR.

  • The Summit Cheerleading Competition, May 2-5, 2019
  • D-2 Summit Cheerleading Competition, May 10-12, 2019
  • Special Olympics Summer Games, May 17-18, 2019
  • Memorial Day Baseball Classic, May 25-27, 2019

There are several other events this month. Be sure to click the link to help your planning process.


Disney has announced opening dates for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland (May 31, 2019) and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (August 29, 2019)! Are you planning a trip to visit this new land or are you planning to stay far, far away? Let us know!#WALTEXPRESS #DISNEYWORLDDURINGMAY #SUMMERATDISNEYWORLD DISNEY WORLD DURING MAY

Stay Tuned

Dates have been released for the 2019 Food and Wine Festival! Are you ready for another fun and delicious festival at EPCOT? We sure are!

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Vanda Bean

Vanda is a Mom of 2 boys who is always thinking about or planning a trip to Disney World! Thanks to them and her work as a travel agent, she has become an expert on planning the perfect Disney trip and making wishes and dreams a beautiful reality. When she's not planning trips for others or visiting Disney herself, she graciously shares her knowledge and experiences here on Walt Express with our readers to help you plan your very own magical Disney vacation!

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