When is the best month to visit Orlando? Atmospheric August
The parks are at peak capacity now and August is warm – so you’ll appreciate that all our properties have their own private pool: diving into it at the end of the day becomes a very welcome ritual around this time of year!
But August can also quite often be wet, so don’t forget to pack a lightweight poncho in your daypack alongside your sunscreen.
Here’s the Ellis Exclusive Villas guide to getting the most out of your Orlando vacation when you stay with us in August.
The Theme Parks
The parks are still at the height of the summer crowds, and you can expect long lines. Keep a close eye on all members of your party – it is too easy to get lost in the crowds. On the upside though, the parks are open later and the parks will usually put on additional services (shuttles, etc) to cater for the increased visitor numbers.
Take it slow, and although shopping might be the last thing you fancy doing when you are feeling hot and bothered, a few minutes in a gift shop can offer unexpected relief thanks to the industrial strength air-conditioning inside.
With the introductions of tiered pricing at both Disney and SeaWorld (Universal has been operating it for a while), understanding your best options in terms of tickets has got a bit more confusing. If you want help making sense of your options, we recommend speaking with our attraction tickets partner, who will offer great advice based on your family preferences.
You can book Orlando theme park tickets through Ellis Exclusive Villas. We guarantee you won’t get a better price.
The crowds begin to reduce a little towards to end of the month when the children and students start going back to school. You can still benefit from some late openings but the crowds won’t be quite so heavy and the prices will drop a little from their peak highs too.
Although it is warm, the risk of rain is fairly high – you’re well into the rainy season – so make sure you have an umbrella or lightweight raincoat packed in your day pack along with your sun screen.
Wider Central Florida
Given the temperatures, August is a great time to head to the beaches on either the Atlantic or Gulf Coast (or one of Orlando’s water parks).
You can also enjoy the waterways inland. Many of the nearby State parks offer options for hiring bikes or kayaks so you can explore the trails and waterways at your own pace. And I definitely recommend you schedule an airboat tour into your schedule if you can.
Orlando is well blessed for shopping malls, and whether you are into bargain hunting or designer labels this can make a really diverting excursion. On International Drive there are plenty of shops to explore and a few lesser-known but great attractions: such as SeaLife Orlando, Madam Tussauds, NASCAR kart racing or even indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf!
But, honestly, provided you are prepared with a lightweight raincoat or poncho in your daypack (a good idea to pack anyway, whatever the weather, if you plan on going on any water rides) a spot of rainy weather shouldn’t stop your enjoyment of the parks. It will still be warm and the rain won’t last for ever: it’s easy to duck into a shop or restaurant or catch a show or indoor ride while you wait for the weather to blow over.
Your vacation home
You definitely won’t need to pay for pool heat in August – the warm weather means you can expect to enjoy plenty of time relaxing in and around the pool back at your vacation home.
However, the warm weather can bring the bugs out, so please make sure you pay particular attention to disposing of trash (rubbish) properly, wiping down surfaces, and using bug spray when you’re out and about (especially at the water parks).
You shouldn’t be unduly troubled by bugs, however – especially at your vacation home. All of our homes are treated on a regular basis (they are sprayed once a month) but, even so, please do let us know immediately if you think you need us to arrange for a top-up visit from our pest control team.
Finally, if you have any questions then please contact us on the usual numbers. And, most of all, enjoy your vacation!
In USA: 321 710 8779
In UK: 0333 332 1411