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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Universal Orlando Resort continues to be the one resort that shows wait times within a reasonable distance of what we have seen historically in April. Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are trending up sharply throughout April, especially during the week while Universal Orlando is showing the moderate wait times that we would expect for late April. However, wait times are still up at Universal Orlando as well, which each day last week coming in at or above what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland crowds during the week continue to be much higher than history would suggest for the last week in April. Since 2012, no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘6’ during the final week of April and most years the average crowd level is ‘4’. This year is different for some reason that remains a mystery. From our observations in the parks it feels like staffing may be contributing to the longer lines. Restaurants seem unprepared for the influx of lunchtime guests and rides seem to be operating at less than capacity. Staffing does not fully explain the increase in wait times during the week however. The ‘value’ pricing for tickets during the week may be a factor as well.

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 Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

Crowds at Walt Disney World were higher than usual for the first half of last week then about average for the second half. The Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted that crowds would be a few points higher on our scale than what we saw during the same period last year but even that was not a high enough prediction for what we actually saw. Wait times were most surprising at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – April 17 to 23, 2016

by on April 29, 2016

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

Although the overall trend last week was for crowds to be busier than expected the difference between what we saw and what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted was small, never missing by more than one index level resort-wide. Magic Kingdom was the busiest park of the week continuing a long pattern of crowd levels in the top half of our scale. Also note that last week’s crowd levels were higher than what we saw during the same week last year, especially during the week.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 17 to 23, 2016

by on April 29, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

For the second week in a row, wait times at Disneyland Park between Monday and Thursday were much higher than we would normally see this time of year while wait times on the weekends (including Friday) were comparable to what we have seen in the past. It is interesting that the new Single Day Ticket Pricing scheme labels days during the week as “Value” while weekend days are labelled “Regular”. It is reasonable that the pricing scheme might be impacting when single day guests choose to visit Disneyland Park. Strangely, crowds at Disney California Adventure seem to be unaffected with five out seven predictions hitting the mark last week.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – April 17 to 23, 2016

by on April 29, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Universal Orlando continues to be the most stable property when it comes to predicting crowds. Last week we saw wait times within a few minutes of what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted most days and when the park level prediction was off it was rarely by more than two index levels. Guests of Universal Parks experienced crowd levels near or below the midpoint of our scale most days, a nice respite from the busy Spring season which now seems to be finally complete.

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

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – April 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

The majority of the crowd level figures we measured at Disney World last week were at or below what the Crowd Calendar predicted representing a good bounceback from the week before. Weekend days were somewhat busier than expected but guests who visited the parks midweek experienced some of the lowest crowd numbers we have seen in months. On Tuesday alone, three of the four parks saw crowd levels at a ‘3’ or less. Still, wait times in 2016 continue to be longer than what we have seen in years past.

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

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Other than slightly longer wait times than expected on Sunday, last week’s crowds at Universal Orlando were consistent with what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. One prediction missed by three levels while most other predictions were within one. Last week was a good sign for guests of Universal parks in April since crowds stayed at or below the middle point of our scale most days, making for easily manageable parks.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week was two weeks after Easter and the first week back to school for most of the major school districts in the Western U.S. Despite it being one of the least crowded weeks historically, Disneyland Park was shockingly packed with every day reaching a crowd level ‘8’ or higher. This continues a string of surprising crowds at Disneyland Resort in 2016. What is most interesting is that the crowds were focussed almost exclusively at Disneyland Park while Disney California Adventure stayed within a point or two of what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 3 to 9, 2016

by on April 12, 2016

How Crowded Was DIsneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

This week we have added an indicator to our chart that displays the crowd levels that we saw during the equivalent week in the prior year. What a difference a year makes! Last week the crowds at Disneyland Resort were near the top level on our scale, much higher than we typically see during the week after Easter. The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions for April 4 – April 10 were adjusted in March and it appears now that those adjustments were warranted, although crowds tapered off on Friday and Saturday when the Disneyland Crowd Calendar expected them to surge.

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

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