Disneyworld Weather May Averages, USA
May is a brilliant time of year to visit Disney World before the summer holiday crowds flock to the resort. The weather is hot but not unbearable, as average temperatures can get up to 25°C, there's also low humidity at only 49% during daytime. On a very hot day temperatures can rise to 31°C and can decrease to 18°C on a cool day, with sunshine hours up to a maximum of 14 hours per day. Overall, the average rainfall is only around 84mm throughout the whole month, which is very little compared to July where rainfall can reach up to a staggering 196mm in the height of the hurricane season.
Crowds at the beginning of the month are generally low to moderate but by the middle and towards the end of May the levels quickly increase as the country celebrates Memorial Day and the American schools start to break up for summer.
Things to do
Start your holiday off with a trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the largest of the four theme parks at Disney World. This park is home to approximately 1,700 animals who roam across 500 acres of terrain. If you're a bit of a thrill seeker jump on Expedition Everest, a fast-speed rollercoaster that accelerates through Mount Everest, you may also want to be on the look out for the Yeti at the peak of the mountain. At the world's largest animal theme park there's also Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition, which gives you the opportunity to see many iconic African animals such as antelopes, black rhinos, cheetahs and lions!
If you're a fan of the classic Disney movies then you must visit Disney's Hollywood Studios, which offers a behind the scenes look at some of the blockbuster movies. Immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars by paying a visit to Star Tours where you can board a Starspeeder 1000 or meet some of your most beloved characters including Jedi Master Yoda and R2-D2. Or why not join the 35-minute Studio Backlot Tour, which shows you the art of special effects used in films in this interactive guided walk and tram ride.
Star Wars Weekends is a special event held every weekend throughout the month of May, which is solely dedicated to the Star Wars saga and television series. Watch the parade of storm troopers walk past and look out for famous characters including Darth Vader and Chewbacca. There's even the chance to get an autograph from actors who have featured in the films! At the end of the day the party really begins, when the Ewoks, storm troopers and Wookiees come out to dance!
Time to celebrate
Join Mickey and friends at Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade as they party through Animal Kingdom's main areas including Africa, Asia and Discovery Island in a 15-minute parade. Make sure to look out for characters from The Lion King and Donald Duck and Goofy are sure to both make an appearance too!
If you're staying in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park be sure to check out Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 3pm daily. This classic parade features all the Disney favourites including Pluto, Mickey, Minnie, The Mad Hatter and Peter Pan. If you get there a bit early you may even spot Kermit and Miss Piggy, as they lead the way through the park.
Eating and drinking out
If you're in Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park for the day you must head to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre, which serves typical American cuisine such as burgers, sandwiches and mouth-watering steaks. Also, why not try a delicious thick milkshake with your meal. This restaurant will remind you of the classic 1950's drive-ins, as you will be served food in a convertible car with 50's and 60's flicks on the movie screen in front of you. However, if you're in the Downtown Disney area you must grab some lunch or dinner at T-REX A Prehistoric Family Adventure. Enjoy some prehistoric pizzas and Brachiosaurus Bruschetta at this dinosaur-themed restaurant, whilst a T-Rex watches over you as you eat.
Finish the day off with a delightful meal at the Rainforest Café Animal Kingdom restaurant. Tuck into some fresh salad or try one of the seafood dishes, and to top it all off dive into the Journey's End Sparkling Volcano, a rich chocolate brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream and succulent caramel. Or if that doesn't take your fancy, head to the Yak & Yeti Restaurant also in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, situated near the base of Mt. Everest. Try some authentic Asian cuisine here, such as Thai chili chicken wings or sweet and sour pork.
Where to stay
Why not stay at Disney's All-Star Music Resort, which pays homage to all the classic music genres such as Broadway, country, jazz and rock 'n' roll. Every room is themed after one of these musical genres and on site there's lots to do, from playing the video games and pinball machines to swimming in one of the two outdoor pools. Another affordable option to think of is the Continental Plaza Hotel, which is located just 12 miles away from Disney World and only two blocks away from Universal Studios. This hotel features a heated outdoor pool and an arcade room for the kids.
A more expensive option would be Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, located in the Epcot theme park area by Lago Dorado; a glittering 22-acre lake. This vibrant coloured Spanish-themed hotel has three swimming pools, a volleyball court and it's very own beach to lounge upon and top up your tan. Or why not stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, located within a 43-acre wildlife preserve. This stunning hotel boasts African-inspired architecture and views overlooking a savanna filled with giraffes and antelopes. There's so much to do here from renting out a bike to working out in the Zahanati massage & fitness centre.