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Back in November, we added hourly wait time forecasts for every day for the next six months in Walt Disney World and the next two months in Disneyland. Back then, we were limited to forecasting when Disney had released park hours. But no more! We’re pleased to announce that we are now predicting park hours and wait times on both coasts a full twelve months in advance. Simply visit our Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar and Disneyland Crowd Calendar, click on any date, then click on the “view park wait times” or click on the park links to see the wait times.
What we’re really excited about is to give you much better clarity as to what the crowds will feel like. Instead of just seeing that your next trip will be 6s, 7s, and 8s, you’ll be able to see hourly estimates of every ride you care about for each day of your trip. So we’ve got you covered if you want to know the wait times at your favorite Magic Kingdom attractions on Christmas Eve, or what Soarin’ will be like after the 2012 marathon, or how early you’ll have wake up to get Toy Story Mania! fastpasses on New Year’s Eve (hint: it’s early!).
In addition to wait times, we hope you’ll find the predicted park hours, Extra Magic Hours, showtimes and hard ticket event schedules useful (particularly in Disneyland, where the park hours are only released two months in advance). These can be used for all kinds of planning purposes; for example, I recently used it to check on the typical park hours and times for Fireworks in Disneyland in the Summer.
A few notes! We specifically label park hours/schedules when they are predicted. The hours and schedules are estimates based on historical data, so they may not match the official park hours when they are released. They also may not reflect certain operational changes that Disney has made, for example, the discontinuation of Evening Extra Magic Hours at Animal Kingdom (however, Disney may bring these back eight months from now, which is why we leave them in). We’ll be doing another blog post soon about exactly how these work, so be sure to check back!
What do you think of the hourly wait time forecasts and predicted park hours and schedules? Will you use them for your next trip?