Yesterday’s (March 15) crowds at the Magic Kingdom were much larger than anticipated. We had projected a crowd level of 7 but the actual crowds were a solid 10. The Magic Kingdom saw peak wait times at the Headliners in the range of 100-120 minutes. Disney was caught off guard as well and have decided to increase the park hours at the Magic Kingdom for the rest of the week. Since park hours are a key factor in our predictions for the crowd level index we will be updating our predictions for the rest of the week as well. Surely, with the increased park hours, the new crowd level index will be 10.
There are some theories that might explain why Disney has underestimated the crowds during this week. One explanation is that last minute bookings are much higher than recent years, due to economic factors. When last minute bookings increase, the time to react is shorter.
If you are in the parks this week you will need to rely on two important tips. Touring plans and park hoppers. Touring plans work best to save you time during large crowds. If you have park hoppers, visit the EMH park in the morning then hop to a recommended park in the afternoon.
If touring plans are still not part of your vacation, use Lines on your mobile phone to check wait times before you visit a park. It will help decide which park is best for your group that day.