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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 31 to June 6, 2015

by on June 9, 2015

Disneyland wait times trended lower than expected last week but mostly driven by lower than usual wait times at Disney California Adventure. Disneyland Park had wait times within one index level of what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted every day last week.

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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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – May 31 to June 6, 2015

by on June 9, 2015

Last week, wait times at Universal Orlando Resort were well below what history would suggest for this time of year. Guests who visited Universal last week were treated to attractions with wait times 10 to 15 minutes lower than average for June. There were a few days where weather may have been a factor although we didn’t see weather affect other central Florida theme parks.

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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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – May 24 to 30, 2015

by on June 2, 2015

Last week while Disney World crowds were significantly higher than history would suggest, Universal Orlando crowds trended downwards, with crowd levels one to two levels lower than expected every day except Sunday.

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 24 to 30, 2015

by on June 2, 2015

Crowds at Walt Disney World were well above historical levels last week. In 2014, between the Sunday before and the Saturday after Memorial Day no park hit a crowd level above a ‘9’ on our scale. This year during the same week we saw a ’10’ appear six times, including a sweep of ’10’s at all four parks on Sunday, May 24. The lowest crowd level we saw at any park last year during the same period was a ‘3’, this year a ‘7’. Crowds are up at Disney World, no question.

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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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 24 to 30, 2015

by on June 2, 2015

Last week, crowd levels predicted by the Disneyland Crowd Calendar hovered very close to what we observed every day. In fact we only saw two days last week where crowd level predictions missed by more than one level at either park (Sunday and Tuesday).

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 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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