So you’ve decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World. Now you need to decide on when! I’ve come up with some easy to view Disney World crowd calendar charts that I 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
Below are links to my Disney World crowd calendars.
The “low crowd” weeks (GREEN) represent the only crowd levels a family visiting for the first time, and unsure if it will ever return, should consider. However, lower crowds, especially lowest crowds, do not always mean a better week. The lowest weeks are low for a reason–typically because they are in the hurricane or the ride closure seasons.
The “moderate crowd” weeks (YELLOW) 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 should be avoided by everyone! (RED) But since they aren’t and some people can ONLY travel during these times they are super high and like Christmas, New Years, and Spring Break the park can reach capacity and not allow entrance to the parks. Usually, Magic Kingdom is the one to close but I’ve seen others close due to crowds also.
Be sure to also check out my Planning By Month Page where I go into detail about the weather, special events and crowds.
Ready to take the next step? Wondering if the week you selected is ok? Contact Jennifer and ask all your questions.