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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – May 17 to 23, 2015

by on May 27, 2015

At the beginning and end of last week wait times at Universal Parks were lower than the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted but between Wednesday and Friday the predictions did quite well. We saw crowd levels stay at a level ‘6’ or lower all week.

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 – May 17 to 23, 2015

by on May 27, 2015

Last Saturday (the Saturday before Memorial Day) was much busier than usual but crowd levels between Sunday and Friday were very close to what was predicted by the Disney World Crowd Calendar. Resort-wide crowd levels stayed at a ‘5’ or lower for four out of the seven days last week with wait times rising drastically heading into the weekend. Friday’s 24-Hour Event at Magic Kingdom was very busy and although crowds were extreme at some points during the event the park hit a level ‘8’ on our scale (which is based on average wait times at core attractions between 10am and 5pm).

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 – May 17 to 23, 2015

by on May 27, 2015

The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions did great last week, missing only one day (Tuesday) on the resort-wide index. We saw average wait times in the upper half of our scale all week with no day dipping below a level ‘5’. Crowds on Friday’s 24-Hour Event were extreme but based on the definition of our crowd level index (average wait for core attractions between 10am and 5pm) the park level’s stayed below ’10’. It appears that the blue line indicating what we predicted on our Disneyland Overall Crowd Level Chart is missing the second half of the week. That is because the predictions are hidden behind the red line indicating what we actually observed.

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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A Look Ahead – Analyzing Crowd Predictions For September 2015

by on May 21, 2015

Labor Day always falls on the first Monday of September which this year is Monday, September 7, as late as it can be on the calendar. The Disney World Crowd Calendar predicts the week before Labor Day will have crowds as light as the week after and so we’ve received many requests to take a closer look. The low numbers seem too good to be true.

I think your calendar is using the early Labor Day from last year as a proxy for this year’s predictions. Better check your numbers because Labor Day is September 7 this year.

So…let’s take a look.

How do attraction wait times in early September compare to the rest of the year? [photo courtesy Tom Bricker]

How do attraction wait times in early September compare to the rest of the year? [photo courtesy Tom Bricker]

September is the Least Popular Month for Travel

First of all, let’s acknowledge that we may be splitting hairs here. September is the single best time of year to do Disney World if you want to avoid crowds. Period. If you dislike crowds and are considering a trip with the word ‘September’ in your itinerary, book it!

Are Crowds Different Before and After Labor Day?

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How Do Crowd Levels Relate to Total Wait Times?

by on May 21, 2015

TouringPlans logoSo maybe you noticed that TouringPlans released some Crowd Calendar updates this week. And maybe you have a trip planned and are worried that your dates included some crowd level changes. Wouldn’t you like to know how the crowd levels relate to overall Disney wait times? Of course you would. And we’re here to help.

METHODOLOGY

We took two of our most popular touring plans (the One Day Plan for Adults, and the One Day Plan for Parents with Small Children) at the most popular theme park in the world (Magic Kingdom), and optimized them for days at each crowd level – 1 to 10.

With the exception of the “10” day, the Magic Kingdom opens at 9AM. The 10 day, it opens at 8AM.

We start the plan with arrival at park open.

No days have Extra Magic Hours.

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Walt Disney World Crowd Level Changes May 2015 to May 2016

by on May 19, 2015

Today the Disney World Crowd Calendar received an update. The last time we updated the Disney World Crowd Calendar was December 2014, and a lot has changed since then.

Park Hours, Park Schedules and the Way They Get Updated

See Brian’s article about how often park hours change. We track park hours obsessively, so it is important to refresh our crowd levels every few months to take advantage of the latest trends.

Confirmed dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Magic Kingdom crowds vary greatly depending on the party schedule. Now that we have confirmed dates for the parties, the crowd levels can be updated to reflect the schedule.

School Schedules for the 2015/2016 School Season

Orlando is the world’s most popular family vacation destination, so it makes sense that the crowds are highly driven by school schedules. Fewer schools in session mean more families on vacation. We publish our Crowd Calendar one year in advance, so there are times of the year when we must project the school schedules into the future before the schedules are officially published. Now that we have confirmed schedules for the 2015/2016 school year, it is time to update the calendar.

Attraction Model Enhancements

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Resort saw crowd levels vary between levels ‘4’ and ‘8’ on our scale, including a jump between those two levels in a one-day span between Friday and Saturday. Despite having some crowd levels above average, wait times were usually manageable at either park throughout the 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 – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Universal saw wait times at or below levels predicted by the Universal Crowd Calendar every day. Other than Saturday, guests to Universal enjoyed crowd levels no higher than a ‘5’ which means most headliner attractions had average wait times less than 50 minutes.

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 – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Crowds at Walt Disney World last week were as predicted by the Crowd Calendar except for Tuesday and Wednesday when wait times lagged below expectations. It was a good week for crowds with most days having below average crowd levels. Only Saturday saw a crowd level above the midpoint on our scale.

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 – May 3 to 9, 2015

by on May 12, 2015

Throughout May we are seeing a significant trend where wait times are dipping lower than usual in the middle part of the week. Last week we saw crowds dip low on Tuesday through Thursday but otherwise hitting crowd levels in line with historical averages for May. Other than those middle days the Disney World Crowd Calendar did a fine job predicting crowd levels at all four parks.

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

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