Disney World Crowd Predictions
So you’ve decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World. Now you need to decide on when! Here are some answers for you and some easy to view charts that I have printed and use when talking to my guests.
What are the busiest and least busy times of the year?
Although special events, promotions and other unpredictable factors may influence Theme Park attendance levels, the following list highlights historic attendance trends throughout the year. Note: All holiday reference is specific to the United States (U.S.)
- January (except New Year’s Day) until just prior to Presidents’ week in February (third Monday)
- The week following Labor Day until just prior to Thanksgiving (U.S.) week
- The week following Thanksgiving (U.S.) until the week prior to Christmas
- After Presidents’ week in February (third Monday) through early March
- Late April through early June (except Memorial Day weekend)
- The first part of Thanksgiving (U.S.) week
- Presidents’ week in February (third Monday)
- Mid-March through Late April (“Spring Break”)
- Memorial Day weekend
- Mid-June through Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day (US) and weekend
- Christmas week through New Year’s Day
During regular attendance periods, the Theme Parks tend to be the busiest on the following days:
- Magic Kingdom® Park: Monday, Thursday and Saturday
- Epcot®: Tuesday and Friday
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios™: Sunday and Wednesday
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
What will the weather be like during my Walt Disney World® Resort vacation?
Although we cannot tell you exactly what weather to expect during your vacation, here are the average high/low temperatures, followed by the average rainfall in inches for the Orlando, Florida area during the three-month periods indicated. All Guests are encouraged to review upcoming forecasts for the Orlando area prior to departure.
- January – March 74/51ºF 2.1 in.
- April – June* 88/66ºF 2.7 in.
- July – September* 91/73ºF 3 in.
- October – December 78/58ºF 3 in.
*The summer months generally have high humidity.
Crowd levels are ranked by week from 1-11 in the following way:
|1: Lowest of the year||7: Moderate-plus|
|2: Lower||9: High|
|3: Low||10: Higher|
|5: Moderate-minus||11: Highest|
You may have noted that there’s no level 4 or 8. There’s a reason for that.
Here is his explanation on how to interpret the Disney World Crowd Calendars directly from Dave at Your First Visit
Dates are the beginning of the week.
The “low crowd” weeks–those rated 1-3–represent the only crowd levels a family visiting for the first time, and unsure if it will ever return, should consider.
The “moderate crowd” weeks–those rated 5-7–have crowd levels I would not recommend to first time visitors. However, I’d go during such weeks myself with no hesitation, and think these levels are OK for returning visitors who don’t need to see everything and already know how to work Walt Disney World.
The “high crowd” weeks–those rated 9-11–should be avoided by everyone. They aren’t, which is why they are so high.
Dave’s Disney World Crowd Calendar Goes Up To 11
His analytics only let him distinguish 9 groups–the lowest through the highest crowd levels noted above.
Since the influence of the Unofficial Guide and TouringPlans.com has led almost all Disney World crowd calendars to top out at 10, this presented a problem of needing to skip a number. The skipped number is hard to place among 9.
However, he’s always thought that the really nastiest weeks of the year deserved an 11 for emphasis. So, in homage to Spinal Tap, he assigned 11 to “highest.” That let him skip two numbers, the ones that separate the moderate crowd levels from those higher and lower.