Last week we saw crowds fade to levels lower than that of the previous week. It appears that Sunday was the last day of a Spring Break peak that was followed by busy but manageable crowds. Our predictions did very well with none missing by more than two index levels all week. We also correctly predicted differences between park crowd levels on most days.
Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up day-to-day last week.
|March 30, 2014 to April 5, 2014|
While predictions for Magic Kingdom (7) and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (5) proved accurate on Sunday, we underpredicted Epcot and Animal Kingdom by two levels. Soarin’ averaged 86 minutes (we predicted 65) while most other attractions were only off by a few minutes. Similarly, Animal Kingdom’s higher than expected crowd level came from mostly from one attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris. We predicted a 26-minute average posted wait while the observed value was almost double, at 50 minutes. Resort-wide, the crowd level ‘7’ ended up the highest level we would see all week.
Monday’s resort-wide crowd level was one level lower than Sunday but one level higher than the ‘5’ we predicted. This was mainly due to slightly higher than expected waits at Epcot. Soarin’s wait times were a little higher again but so were the wait times at Spaceship Earth (18 minutes, predicted 9). Wait times at Test Track were higher than predicted (75 minutes) but not significantly so (we predicted 64 minutes). We correctly predicted that Magic Kingdom would have a higher crowd level than the other parks when it reached a level ‘7’ on Monday, one level higher than the ‘6’ we predicted.
If there were any April fools in the parks on Tuesday they chose Magic Kingdom (7) or Animal Kingdom (6) for their park to visit. Crowds at the other two parks were much lighter including a crowd level ‘3’ at The Studios. Our only misses were our predictions for Epcot (predicted ‘4’) and The Studios (predicted ‘2’) but we only missed low by one index level in both cases, not bad.
Predictions did very well on Wednesday as well with accurate crowd levels for The Studios (4), Animal Kingdom (7) and the overall resort-wide crowd level (5). We overpredicted Magic Kingdom and underpredicted Epcot but only by one in both cases (Epcot was a ‘4’, Magic Kingdom was a ‘6’). Soarin’ at Epcot surprised us again with a 103-minute average posted time (we predicted 52). This is surprising given than Test Track only averaged 59 minutes and other Epcot attractions barely reached double-digits.
Extra Magic Hour morning on Thursday brought a crowd level ‘7’ to Magic Kingdom as predicted. We saw average posted times of 50 minutes for Peter Pan’s Flight (predicted 52), 28 minutes for Pirates of the Caribbean (predicted 24) and 28 minutes for Haunted Mansion (predicted 25). Resort-wide the crowd level was a respectable ‘5’, one higher than the ‘4’ we predicted. The crowd levels by park were quite different. Animal Kingdom matched the ‘7’ at Magic Kingdom (we predicted ‘5’) while The Studios was only a ‘2’ (we predicted ‘4’). Epcot crowds remained moderate at a level ‘5’, one level higher than predicted.
Crowd levels remained very low at The Studios on Friday with a second day at level ‘2’. Toy Story Mania at 62 minutes was the only Studios attraction that averaged more than 50 minutes. Once again, other parks varied a lot. Magic Kingdom saw a crowd level ‘6’, one level lower than predicted while Epcot and Animal Kingdom were ‘4’ and ‘5’ respectively. This brought the resort-wide crowd level to a ‘4’, one lower than our prediction of ‘5’, the lowest resort-wide crowd level of the week.
Resort-wide the crowd level jumped up two spots on Saturday to the still moderate level ‘6’ (we predicted ‘5’). Magic Kingdom was a ‘6’ as predicted while our predictions of crowd level ‘4’ at the other three parks proved accurate only at The Studios. At Epcot and Animal Kingdom we observed crowd levels of ‘6’ although our predictions were not that far off for all attractions.
|April 6 to April 12, 2014|
We suspect that this week will be the last week before we see increased crowd levels for Easter. Crowds should remain moderate if not low throughout the week until Sunday, April 13th when we expect Easter travellers to arrive.
To see Walt Disney World Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.
To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.