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Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 11 to 17, 2015

by on January 20, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Parks were most crowded on Friday and Saturday, least crowded on Sunday and Thursday and moderate in between. Our predictions did well, missing by no more than one level at Disneyland Park each day. As expected, Saturday’s crowds were higher than usual thanks to the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 11 to 17, 2015

by on January 20, 2015

Last week, the flow of guests to Universal parks mirrored what we saw across town at the Disney parks: very quiet the first half of the week then busier towards the weekend. Our goal is to be within one index level for each prediction and to minimize the number of times we miss by more than two. Based on that standard we did very well last week, missing by no more than one index level resort-wide each day.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 11 to 17, 2015

by on January 20, 2015

Last week at Walt Disney World we saw the lightest crowds we’ve seen since September, especially in the first half of the week. The light crowds were short-lived however with several ‘7’s and ‘8’s on Friday and Saturday even though we saw the rare case on Wednesday where all parks were a level ‘1’ on our scale.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week:

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Disney World Planning Challenges: First-Time Touring at Crowd Level 10

by on January 15, 2015

Fantasyland - December 30, 2014, 11:09 AM (Photo by Sarah Graffam)

Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland – December 30, 2014, 11:09 AM (Photo by Sarah Graffam)

We finally took the plunge this year. After multiple trips to Walt Disney World in assorted months, my family decided to take a trip during the absolute busiest time at the World, between Christmas and the first few days of January. As first-time Christmas time visitors at Disney World, we had certain expectations about how it would be to tour with the masses of people visiting during the holidays. This article tells how these expectations matched up with reality as well as how well our planning and previous trips prepared us for the trip. But first, here is some background on how we got to the point of braving Christmas time crowds at Disney World.

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Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Report – January 4 to 10, 2015

by on January 13, 2015

Universal Orlando crowd levels continue to come in lower than in years past. We saw average wait times 5 to 10 minutes lower than the same period last year. Christmas crowds left the resort more abruptly than usual, with crowds reaching offseason levels by Monday, January 5.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 4 to 10, 2015

by on January 13, 2015

Our wait times models seemed to predict that Christmas crowds would fade by Tuesday but it appears that may have been a day too soon. We saw crowd levels stay in the upper levels of our scale until Wednesday, January 7.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 4 to 10, 2015

by on January 13, 2015

Usually, the extremely high wait times we see between Christmas and New Years Day fade slowly once we reach the middle of the next week after the holiday. This year it appears the vast majority of guests left the resort by Sunday, January 4. You can see how our estimates for Sunday and Monday ended up clearly too high, compared to what we observed in the parks, especially at Disney Hollywood Studios.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Disney World Crowd Calendar Report:

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Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report – December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015

by on January 6, 2015

The busy Christmas Season hit Universal Orlando Resort as expected last week but wait times around New Year’s Eve dipped lower than years past. The days before and after New Year’s Eve were much busier.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015

by on January 6, 2015

Last week Disneyland Resort hosted its largest crowds of the year, as expected. Disneyland Park filled to capacity almost every day and Disney California Adventure saw its highest wait times of the year.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disney World Crowd Report – December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015

by on January 6, 2015

Death, taxes and extreme crowds at Christmas time might be the only certainties in life. We saw the Magic Kingdom reach capacity crowds several days over the Christmas period and the other parks reached level ’10’ on our scale almost every day. However, wait times after New Year’s Eve dipped slightly lower than in years past.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week:

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