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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 25 to 31, 2015

by on February 3, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios were much busier than expected last Wednesday, mostly due to some technical issues with Tower of Terror. The issues increased wait times at Tower of Terror and nearby Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Other than that, our crowd calendar did very well all week, missing only twice by more than two index levels.

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 Orlando Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 25 to 31, 2015

by on February 3, 2015

The Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar predicted ‘2’s, ‘3’s and ‘4’s last week and that is exactly what we saw. However each day we seemed to miss by one. Wait times jumped around between the three levels with the only exception being Monday at Universal Studios Park. ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ event occurred on Friday and Saturday but wait times were not adversely affected.

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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The Disney World Crowd Calendar for February 2015

by on January 27, 2015

If you want to avoid crowds at Disney World in February 2015 you need only to look at the dates surrounding Presidents Day (February 16), Mardi Gras (February 17) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (February 19-22). That’s right – all three events happen in the same week, which is a recipe for crowded parks and long lines. The last time Mardi Gras and Presidents Day were in the same week was 2012. Posted wait times at Soarin’ hit a high of 200 minutes and regularly hovered around 140.

Having these events into a single week has a silver lining of course, since it leaves the rest of February untouched by holidays and special events. The long term trend has been to see wait times higher than in the past over the same season and we expect that to continue in February. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how Disney crowds will ebb and flow this February.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – January 18 to 24, 2015

by on January 27, 2015

Our predictions did remarkably well last week, matching what we saw on Sunday through Martin Luther King Jr. Day and into the rest of the week. Sunday’s crowd was a little higher than expected but the dropoff in crowd after the holiday Monday happened exactly as our Crowd Calendar predicted. The closure of Condor Flats continues to increase wait times at some other Disney California Adventure attractions but the effect seems true on weekends only. Saturday saw a park level ‘7’ at that park, our only miss of the week by more than two levels (we predicted ‘4’).

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 18 to 24, 2015

by on January 27, 2015

As you can see from the graph (right), our Crowd Calendar predictions did very well at Universal Orlando resort last week, missing on two days only and by only one level. Crowds were busiest on the Sunday and Monday as guests flocked to the resort to take advantage of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Then, wait times dropped off significantly and suddenly on Tuesday where they remained low for most of the 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 – January 18 to 24, 2015

by on January 27, 2015

Last week the Disney World Crowd Calendar did about as well as possible with its predictions. Park level estimates matched what we saw on four out of seven days and when we missed, it was only by one level. Crowds were busiest on Sunday and Monday during the long weekend (Martin Luther King Jr Day) then quickly faded to below average levels on Tuesday through Saturday.

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 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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