Crowd Blog Updated

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We’ve updated the crowd blog with results from our most comprehensive study of the best and worst days for each theme park. Magic Kingdom data are posted now, and we’ll have the other parks shortly.

The study ran from January through early July. With Disney’s permission, we put data collectors at key points around the resort and in the theme parks. At the Magic Kingdom, for example, we counted the number of people boarding buses at Disney’s Pop Century Resort (which sampled Disney resort guest behavior) and at the Transportation and Ticket Center (offsite guest behavior). On a typical day we counted between 8,000 and 14,000 guests. We also collected data on the wait times at the parks’ headliner attractions.

We analyzed the number of guests, the wait times and the Extra Magic Hour schedule to determine a couple of things: (1) how crowds ebb and flow during each day of the week; and (2) the effect Extra Magic Hours have on crowds. The latter is especially important when Disney doesn’t stick to its normal EMH schedule.

One interesting finding is that it’s better to visit a park the day after its morning EMH, rather than its evening EMH. More details can be found in the blog.

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Posted on July 22, 2007
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