Hop on over to the new Historical Crowd Calendar section of the site. We now display our Walt Disney World crowd levels and park recommendations dating back to January, 2006! While these aren’t as exciting as the projecting the crowds a year into the future (which is what the Crowd Calendar does), the historical crowd levels are great for perspective and comparison.
With this new data, we hope you can use your previous trips to gauge what the crowd level numbers actually “feel like.” Because our crowd levels are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10 against every day we have on record, if you traveled to the Magic Kingdom on a “5″ day in 2007, going to the Magic Kingdom in 2011 on “5″ day should be quite similar.
One thing we’ve found is that families heading to Walt Disney World often have very different crowd tolerances. Some go to extreme lengths to visit during the absolute quietest times of the year. Others with less flexible schedules or who want to experience special holiday activities will brave the peak times of the year. With the historical crowds now online, you should be able to figure out more easily what your next trip should feel like if you’ve been to the parks since 2006. I’ve used it to compare the crowd levels from my previous trips to help nail down my itinerary for my upcoming trip next week (which will include a rope drop meetup!).
Lastly, concerning the numbers, the crowd levels listed in our “historical” section are actual measurements using data collected from Lines or from our own research team. Since Lines launched in November 2009, we’ve been able to record the crowd levels for each park every day since. Before Lines, we made many, many spot checks throughout the year using our own research team (and we continue to do so). Where we don’t have crowd data, our statistical modeling fills in.
We hope you’ll enjoy the new data! Let us know if you have any questions or comments.