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    Default August Holiday Central

    Post your comments, tips, or experiences from your AUGUST Orlando holiday here!

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    hi guys we have visited orlando 3 times in August you need to be prepared for some pretty hot and humid weather so my advice would be to drink plenty of fluid and keep an eye on any young kids in your group keep them well covered up and dont try and fit to much in.The lines for the rides can get fairly long at times so keep looking at the info boards for waiting times and be flexable with your planning and you will have a great time.If you have time try and visit one of the many beaches on either coast they can be a great day out and a change from the parks
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    The one positive with August from the weather/crowd point of view is that the second half of August tends to be less busy as some American schools are back in school then (although this is slowly changing). If you do need to choose August for school holiday reasons, try to leave it as late in the month as possible. But expect temperatures in the 90sF (c 35C) and humidity to match!

    Here's the Average Weather chart for Orlando.

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    I have been 3 times during:

    August:

    Best time to visit in the month: As late as possible, stretch in to september if posible as crowds will be less with the school's in the US going back

    Weather: Very hot and humid with afternoon shower around 4.00pm, although lesser than June, July in my experience.

    Flights: Although lots of airlines are flying at this time of year they do seem to go pretty quickly due to it being the summer holidays expect HIGH prices, look for direct 550 or more, indirect 475 or more.

    Crowd Level: As this is a PEAK month you expect very long queue's at the start of the month anything from 30mins-2.5 hours for headliners, while getting toward the back end of the month anything from 15mins-1.5 hours for headliners.

    Dining: Expect a 20 minute wait for chain resturants, Red Lobster, Perkins, Uno's etc and 30-60 minutes for more popular dining experience's. If your planning to dine at Disney it's advisable to call up and book before, you can do this up to 90 days prior to your visit for selected resturants.

    Shopping: Florida has great deals and plenty of outlets all year round but as the schools are heading back this month expect good back to school deals that you can take advantage of, i regulary buy work/school shoes out there during this time.

    If I could give you one tip for this month... It would be get to the parks early to beat the crowds and heat, and head back to your hotel/resort for an afternoon of swimming/sun worshipping, if mother nature decides rain is in play go head to one of the various shopping outlets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Mouse View Post
    If your planning to dine at Disney it's advisable to call up and book before, you can do this up to 180 days prior to your visit for selected resturants.
    Just as a quick note, Disney has recently changed their booking window. Guests can now book dining only 90 days in advance. Bear in mind, if you are staying onsite you can book dining for your entire holiday at the 90 day mark for the first day of dining; if you are staying off site you can only book dining on the exact 90 day mark (meaning, you have to call 90 days in advance of each date you plan to dine, which will require more than one call. Otherwise, wait until the 90 day mark for the LAST date you plan to dine, then make all your reservations at once).












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    We have only been once (last August) and had a fantastic holiday but i wasn't prepared for the heat, the 3 things i think are most important in August are; Water, comfy shoes and a rain coat.
    We found that it was definately worth getting up early to be at the parks for opening and to accept that at universal if you don't want to spend (literally) hours queing then its worth gritting your teeth and paying the extra for the express pass.
    Oh and that even though it seems a bit pricey, after a full day in the park your feet (and your kids)will thank you if you have paid for valet parking

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    Depending on the year, August can be positively oppressive, and the afternoon storms only add to the humidity. It's a tough month in Orlando, but certainly a great time can be had by all if you drink lots of water, take mid-day breaks, and realise you'll have to take the parks at a slower pace than, say, in March or April, due to the heat.

    If you have sports fans in your group and you're using a multi-day ticket, pop in at Disney's Wide World of Sports and watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (American football) during their training camp workouts. Good fun, and if you bring an autograph book, picture, football jersey (anything, really!) and a felt pen, some of the team members will sign them after their workout!












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