It can be challenging to figure out what to wear to the Disney Parks. You want to be cute, yet comfortable. You need to factor in heat, humidity, rain…and maybe even cool temps!
You will have dozens and dozens of pictures taken so it is smart to put a little bit of thought into what to wear. You want to look back at photos and not bemoan your clothing choices! This post is dedicated to what to wear to Walt Disney World in August.
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What Is The Weather at Disney World in August?
The water in Disney World in August is hot and rainy. High temperatures are in the low 90s, it is the wettest month of the year, and it is often overcast.
It will be hot, humid, and rainy. But have no fear! You will be prepared with the right clothing for Disney World in August!
Clothing Packing List – August
Due to the heat and massive humidity, less is more as far as clothing goes. Moisture wicking and cooling fabrics are your friend. We will go into specifics of our packing list below. To begin, here is an overview of what you will need.
We recommend packing:
- Tank tops
- Shorts (or skorts, if you are not comfortable with shorts)’
- Long Sleeve Shirt and Pants
- Walking Shoes
- Rain Gear
- Other (see more below!)
1. Tee Shirts
Pack at least one t-shirt per day that you will be at the Disney Parks. We always bring at least one Disney themed t-shirt because we love adding to the Disney Magic! Many, many people wear Disney themed shirts at Disney World!
In August you will sweat and you will sweat a lot. You will not want to re-wear a shirt multiple days. This might be possible in December, but not in August.
It is also possible that you will get rained on in August. Once you get back to your hotel you will want to change into dry, clean clothes. Keep this in mind when packing.
If you bring moisture wicking shirts it may work for you to rinse out/wash your shirt in your hotel room sink or bathtub and re-wear it. Moisture wicking clothing will also dry out very quickly after an afternoon rain shower. This gives you the freedom to stay in the park with relatively dry clothes!
Your Disney World Vacation is the perfect time to buy a Disney shirt with your favorite character on it. Make sure that you wear t-shirts that will not be see through if you get wet on water rides or from rain.
Because we love Disney t-shirts so much we have posts dedicated to all our favorite Disney shirts.
- Disney shirts for the entire family
- Disney shirts for couples
- Disney shirts for women
- Disney villain shirts
- Disney clothes for teens
2. Tank Tops
We know tank tops are not for everyone, but if you are ever going to wear a tank top August in Orlando is the time! Choose a tank top you will be comfortable in. Jen and Katie prefer tank tops with wider shoulders in order to cover bra straps and also to help prevent sunburn on the shoulders.
We love this brand of workout gear from Amazon – this tank top is moisture wicking and super comfortable! It would be a great addition to your Disney trip. It comes in a TON of colors!
Shorts for Women for Disney World
Choose whatever pair of shorts are the most comfortable for you to walk in. Do not wear shorts that cause chaffing or ride up no matter how cute they are – you 100% will regret this choice.
If you are questioning if you should pack a certain pair or not – don’t do it. Find something you KNOW will be comfortable.
There are many cute shorts available to wear that you can be cute and comfortable in! We actually really love these biker shorts that come in a variety of lengths and have a cell phone pocket! Jen and Katie personally own and wear these shorts throughout the summer.
Skirts or Skorts for Women for Disney World
If you love skirts, we have great news! There are some amazing options out there! We love skorts for Disney World because you don’t have to worry about how you are sitting. Skorts give you the super cute skirt look while also helping to prevent any chaffing!
We love this option:
Shorts for Men for Disney World
We have similar tips for men that we do for women.
Make sure men wear shorts that are comfortable. If you can find comfortable shorts that have zipper pockets we recommend packing those – it will help keep things from falling out and getting lost.
These athletic shorts are super comfortable, have zippers, AND are quick drying.
4. Long Sleeve Shirt and Pants
Yes, it is going to be ridiculously hot outside. That being said, restaurants and your hotel room can be quite chilly. We recommend bringing at least one pair of pants and one lightweight, long sleeve shirt.
You will likely only wear these for short periods of time so there is not a need to bring multiples of these. We have our favorite Athleta knock off pants and a few long sleeve options here!
While we don’t recommend wearing sandals while walking around the parks, they are perfect for hanging at your Walt Disney World Resort or going to the pool or water park.
Choose whatever your favorite sandals are – flip flops, chaos, crocs, or Birkenstocks! Your feet will thank you for a break from your sneakers. If possible, consider bringing a good pair of walking sandals in case your sneakers get soaked from a downpour!
6. Comfortable Walking Shoes
Our biggest tip is this: do not wear new shoes to Disney World! We cannot emphasize enough the importance of comfortable walking shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking every single day.
We have an entire post dedicated to walking shoes. We have recommendations for the best shoes for men, women, toddlers, and kids.
Having the wrong shoes can ruin your vacation. You will be walking 8-9 miles per day and bad shoes can also contribute to getting the Disney Rash. We think that comfortable walking shoes are the most important thing you can wear in Disney World.
7. Swimming Suit
You must bring a swimming suit to Orlando in August! It is going to be hot and some days you will want nothing more than a dip in the pool.
Photo from Lisa Reese at Pixie and Pirate Destinations
If you are spending time at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Water Parks, you may want to bring a couple of swimsuits. Don’t forget a cover up! This post has some great options for women.
8. Rain Poncho or Rain Jacket
It will rain while you are in Orlando in August. It will likely rain in the afternoon. The amounts will vary, of course, but August is very wet!
We recommend bringing a rain poncho instead of a rain jacket because you can easily throw it over your backpack. We have an entire post breaking down all the best rain gear options so you can decide what is best for your family.
9. Special Considerations
Be sure to keep in mind any special events that you might be taking part in during your vacation. If you are planning a date night out at Disney Springs you may want to bring a dress or collard shirt.
A few select Disney restaurants do have a dress code so make sure you have proper attire for each of your reservations.
Is August A Good Time To Go To Disney World?
If you can handle the heat and humidity, August is a great time to go to Walt Disney World. Summers used to be the busiest time to go to Orlando but that has changed over the years. You can check out our crowd calendar for more information.
We have also found that most people Visit Disney World during Halloween and Christmas. We surveyed 478 people and found that summer is the 4th most popular time to visit. You will experience crowds – it is Disney World, after all – but if you are prepared with Genie+ and a good attitude you’ll be good to go.
Visiting during the heat of the summer is actually a reason some people AVOID visiting in August! You can see all our visitor statistics here, including where most people stay on their trip!
Other Disney Packing Tips
Of course, we didn’t cover packing a hat, sunscreen, pajamas and other personal items! This post will help make sure you don’t forget anything. We have other packing tips to help you plan your May vacation to Disney World.
If you are looking for an overview of what clothes to pack for Disney World check out our month by month guide!
You now know what to wear to Walt Disney World in August! You are now ready to pack your bags, paint your nails, and head out to Walt Disney World! We would love to hear how your July vacation was!