“Should I go to Magic Kingdom when it’s a Best Park and the Crowd Level is a ‘7’? Or should I go when it’s a Park to Avoid and the Crowd Level is a ‘2’?”
We’ve received this question many times, and we’ve always wanted to answer it better. So we’re happy to debut a new feature: Per-Park Crowd Levels are now a part of the Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar!
These individual park crowd levels are based on wait times and are measured on a relative scale from 1 to 10. If the Magic Kingdom Crowd Level is a ‘1’ — it’s one of the lightest days of the year for the Magic Kingdom (and when it’s a 10, it’s one of busiest for the Magic Kingdom).
A given park level is only directly related to other park levels for the same park. If Magic Kingdom is a ‘4’ and Epcot is a ‘6’, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Magic Kingdom is less crowded than Epcot (a ‘4’ day at the Magic Kingdom may have longer waits than a ‘6’ day at Epcot). However, if Epcot is a ‘4’ one day and a ‘6’ the next day, we’re predicting that Epcot will be less crowded on the first day, and more crowded on the second.
How does it affect my trip planning?
Say you’re on a 5-day trip, and want to schedule your touring around the single best day to hit the Fantasyland dark rides. Or the most relaxing day to enjoy Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Or you want to hit Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the day you can most likely get a FASTPASS for Toy Story Mania after 10am! These Park Crowd Levels should help you do just that.
How do these numbers relate to the Best Park Recommendations?
As the calendar shows, we don’t simply choose the day with the lowest park crowd level to be the Best Park for a given day. Further, we don’t choose the absolute least crowded park for each day (if we did, the Animal Kingdom would be the Best Park every day of the year). Our Park Recommendations are based on a formula that includes Extra Magic Hours, special events & holidays, as well as guaranteeing that each park is a “Best Park” at least one day out of every seven days. To read more about how we calculate the Best Parks and Parks To Avoid, read the Park Recommendations breakdown.
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