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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – March 27 to April 2, 2016

by on April 7, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

Easter and Spring Break crowds continued at Walt Disney World parks last week. We saw four days hit a crowd level ’10’ at all four parks and one day with two ’10’s and two ‘9’s. This makes last week on par with crowds that we see during the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. These numbers also represent the busiest post-Easter week we have seen at Disney World since Easter 2013.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 27 to April 2, 2016

by on April 7, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, crowds at Disneyland Resort closely followed the arc that the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted we would see. If anything, the parks were slightly less crowded than predicted but not by much and mostly at Disney California Adventure. Still, the ‘8’s, ‘9’s and ’10’s make last week one of the busiest weeks that we will see at Disneyland all year.

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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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – March 20 to 26, 2016

by on April 5, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

Spring Break! The week leading up to Good Friday is historically one of the busiest weeks of the year. Not only is it a holiday week but it also is Spring Break for many of the largest school districts in the Northeast and Southeast. During the week we saw all four parks hit the highest level on our Crowd Calendar at least once. Although the peak wait times during Spring Break and Easter week do not quite reach the high points that we see over the Christmas holiday the crowds were still extreme by any standard. Guests who used touring plans would not notice the crowds as much as the average visitor who showed up and “winged-it”.

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 – March 20 to 26, 2016

by on April 5, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Disneyland crowds hit the highest level on our scale four out of seven days last week. Although still extremely busy, the parks were a little less crowded on Sunday and Saturday while during the week wait times were extreme in both parks. Disney California Adventure was notably less crowded than Disneyland Park most days.

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 – March 20 to 26, 2016

by on April 5, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Last week, Universal Orlando Parks were slightly busier than expected in the first part of the week but stayed within close range of predicted levels for the second half. Wednesday through Saturday none of the Universal Crowd Calendar predictions missed by more than one index level and only once was a prediction off by more than two.

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 – March 13 to 19, 2016

by on March 30, 2016

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Last Week?

Crowds at Walt Disney World held steady last week with the resort wide crowd coming in at, or slightly above predicted levels. Last week’s crowd levels represent the first sign of Spring Break crowd levels for 2016. If not for some days with crowd level ‘8’ or lower at Epcot we could have seen a full week of resort-wide crowd level ’10’s. Magic Kingdom was a solid crowd level ’10’ each weekday last week and Animal Kingdom was almost as busy.

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 – March 13 to 19, 2016

by on March 30, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, wait times at Disneyland closely followed what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted. We saw crowd levels hit the highest points on our scale, consistent with the Spring Break-level crowds we see in late March and early April each year. As crowded as it was we only saw a park hit the top level on our scale once – a ’10’ for Disneyland Park on Saturday.

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 – March 13 to 19, 2016

by on March 30, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Last week, Universal Orlando parks were much more crowded than we have seen during the same period in years past. Strangely, crowds during the week were busier than what we saw on Sunday and Saturday, almost a mirror image of what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. Twister, Disaster! and The Incredible Hulk were all down this year which may help explain some of the increased wait times.

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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Projected 2017 Walt Disney World Tiered Pricing Calendar

by on March 29, 2016

Disney announced tiered pricing for Walt Disney World on February 27, 2016. Last summer Disney did surveys asking people about tiered pricing, so it was not a surprise to see it being implemented (to see the survey Len Testa received last year, take a look at his blog post). The “good” news is that tiered pricing currently only affects one-day tickets and, since most guests buy multi-day tickets, tiered pricing does not affect most visitors. Fred Hazelton’s blog post covered how tiered pricing may affect crowd levels, so in this blog post I’m going to look at how Disney’s value, regular, and peak seasons compare to TouringPlan.com’s Disney World Crowd Calendar.

Peak pricing in Spring Break, Summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas Value Pricing in Late August and September

Walt Disney World’s tiered pricing can be used as a low definition crowd calendar. Not just because it only has three levels, but also because the level only changes 10 times in 10 months (we don’t know yet what January and February will look like). We know there is more variation in the crowd levels than the tiered pricing calendar suggests; I can only assume that Disney decided having changes every week was just too confusing, but it may also be that they are still planning for the inevitable multi-day ticket tiered pricing.

Here’s what we know based on the dates the tiered pricing calendar shows: For the 308 days that the 10 months covers, 15% of the days are value season, 53% of the days are regular season, and 32% of the days are peak season.

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Adjustments to Disneyland Crowd Calendar April 4-10, 2016

by on March 22, 2016

Yesterday we decided to increase our Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions for the dates between April 4 and April 10, 2016. We did this for several reasons.

  1. We hear that Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is expecting to draw many more guests this year and that may impact wait times in the parks more than we expected.
  2. Disneyland attendance is up and has been up for quite some time. Crowds at Disneyland Parks are one to two points higher on average than what we have seen in years past.
  3. Disney’s Single Day ticket pricing labels these dates as “Peak”. That is an indication that they may be expecting larger crowds than usual for this time of year.
  4. Some of the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions we had for these dates were between ‘2’ and ‘6,’ and we have not seen any days that quiet at Disneyland parks in recent memory (except on days of poor weather).

We do not make changes to the Crowd Calendar lightly, but in this case – for the reasons stated above – we decided that it would be better for guests to arrive prepared for large crowds, just in case. If you have a touring plan scheduled for one of these dates, make sure to optimize it again. Also, when you are in the park make sure to reoptimize from your mobile device.

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