Disney World Crowd Calendar

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.)

Lowest Attendance

  • 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

Moderate Attendance

  • 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

Highest Attendance

  • 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 I 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.   Below are links to my Disney World crowd calendars.  I use a scale of 1 to 11 (Just so there can be a more defined middle ground)  and rank by week.  Here are what the different levels are

1: Lowest of the year                              6: Moderate

2: Lower                                       7: Moderate

3: Low                                          8: Getting high

4: Still on the low side                           9: High

5: Starting to get moderate                       10: High

11: Highest

2016 crowds

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2015 crowds

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Dates are the beginning of the week.

The “low crowd” weeks–those rated 1-4–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–those rated 5-8–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!  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.