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Universal Orlando Crowd Report – September 21 to 27, 2014

by on October 2, 2014

Last week, no park reached wait times higher than a level ’4′ on our scale and most days stayed around a ’2′ or ’3′. That means posted wait times averaged 10 to 30 minutes at most attractions. September is low season at Universal Orlando so even the new Harry Potter attractions weren’t enough to push wait times to average levels for the year. Escape to Gringotts saw average waits in the range of 15 to 20 minutes some days, their lowest level since the attraction opened. Larger crowds are likely on their way however as we progress deeper into the fall season and approach Thanksgiving in November.

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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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 21 to 27, 2014

by on October 1, 2014

Last week, crowds at Disneyland Resort hit levels on our scale a point or two higher than the previous few weeks. Predictably, weekend crowds hit higher levels than weekday crowds, a trend that is quite noticeable in the Fall season. Crowds at Disneyland Park stayed higher than Disney California Adventure each day 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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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 14 to 22, 2014

by on September 22, 2014

Predictions did very well last week with our Resort-wide predictions hitting the mark every day except Saturday. Wait times remained below average until the weekend arrived when we saw the first level ’6′ of September. The Southern California heat meant that Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run were some of the busiest attractions of the week. During the week wait times were generally low however, and guests experienced relaxed touring across the resort.

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 Report – September 14 to 22, 2014

by on September 22, 2014

Universal Orlando Resort saw low waits all week last week with only a few exceptions. Most days came in at a level ’2′ as predicted with only Friday and Saturday departing from the week-long trend.

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 Report – September 14 to 22, 2014

by on September 22, 2014

Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival arrived for it’s 2014 installment last week while Magic Kingdom continued its schedule of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. Wait times are down in general, continuing a low stretch that began in late August although we saw waits last week that were higher than the week before as expected. Wait times will gradually increase to levels that although lower than yearly averages are higher than what we saw in early September.

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

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Universal Orlando Crowd Report – September 7 to 13, 2014

by on September 17, 2014

Universal Orlando Resort saw typically low September crowds last week despite some hot weather. Neither park reached a crowd level above a level ’2′ until Friday and attraction wait times stayed well below annual averages 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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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 7 to 13, 2014

by on September 17, 2014

September is usually the least crowded month at Disneyland Resort. Add in the extreme California heat experienced last week and you get some super low wait times. We also saw some higher than usual waits at rides more likely to cool you off like Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run.

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 Report – September 7 to 13, 2014

by on September 17, 2014

We saw record lows across the four parks last week with level ’1′s most days. Super headliner attractions which measure average waits in the range of 90 to 120 minutes during the rest of year saw averages of 30 minutes or less. Magic Kingdom in particular was virtually empty – or at least as empty as it ever gets.

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

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Day-Of FastPass+ Availability at Walt Disney World

by on September 16, 2014

Getting a “Fourth” FastPass+ (and Beyond)

One of the first changes to the FastPass+ program was the ability to make more  FastPass+ selections after using your first set of advance reservations. Besides being able to get more FastPasses, this lets you get FastPass+ options that may not have been available to you previously. (For example, the advance FastPass “tiering” rules at Epcot and the Studios aren’t in effect for your 4th FastPass+ selection and beyond, nor is the once-per-attraction restriction.)

This means you have to choose a strategy. The two most common options are:

  1. Book your advance FastPass+ reservations early in the day and have more time for “extra” FastPass+ selections,
  2. Schedule your advance FastPass+ reservations during the busiest time of the day and use the standby lines early in the day, when the wait times are lower

To make this choice, it helps to know each attraction’s day-of FastPass+ availability.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – August 31 to September 6, 2014

by on September 9, 2014

Other than Labor Day Monday when both parks hit a level ’6′ on our scale, last week was a great week for Disneyland Resort guests to experience low wait times. Disney California Adventure, in particular saw average posted times among the lowest you will see all year.

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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