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Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – October 30 to November 5, 2016

by on November 12, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

Crowds at Walt Disney World were down last week, especially during the middle part of the week. Magic Kingdom led the way with the busiest crowd level most days while Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom had some of the lowest crowd levels we have seen this fall.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – October 30 to November 5, 2016

by on November 12, 2016

How crowded was Disneyland Resort last week?

How crowded was Disneyland Resort last week?

Wait times were up at Disneyland Resort last week, especially during the middle part of the week. Disneyland Park was mostly responsible for the spike with crowd levels two to three points higher than Disney California Adventure most days. Other than on the weekend, Disney California Adventure saw crowd levels no higher than a ‘3’ on our scale.

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 – October 30 to November 5, 2016

by on November 12, 2016

Universal Crowd Calendar Report for October 30 - November 5, 2016

Universal Crowd Calendar Report for October 30 through November 5, 2016

Last week, Universal Orlando crowds were down, in the lowest third of our crowd scale most days. Universal Studios park saw crowd levels much closer to what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted than at Islands of Adventure where crowds stayed one to two points lower.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Update

by on October 25, 2016

The new crowd calendar distribution shifts days towards the middle of our scale

The new crowd calendar distribution shifts days towards the middle of our scale

Wait times are up at Disneyland Resort in California, and it is time to calibrate and update the Disneyland Crowd Calendar. Over the past twelve months the average crowd level at Disneyland was between 6.5 and 7.5 on our scale. We would like that average to be between ‘5’ and ‘6’. In addition, the crowd calendar needs to periodically adjust to the changing forecasts for wait times at the attractions. The forecasts use hundreds of factors to determine what the wait time is likely to be at any given date and time and since many of those factors change periodically, so must the Crowd Calendar. School calendars, events, park hours, annual passholder blockouts, single-day ticket prices, holiday schedules and attraction refurbishments are some of the many factors that influence wait times.

Today the latest Disneyland Crowd Calendar numbers appear on the Crowd Calendar page. The new figures represent a three month long examination of what affects wait times at each of Disneyland Resort’s attractions. The result will be a shift in the overall distribution of crowd levels on our scale. This means that a change in crowd level for a particular day doesn’t necessarily mean that the day will have different wait times that what we predicted before, although it can mean that too. Think of it like fixing a dollar amount based on the value of a dollar in a given year. You may have read articles that use “based on 2012 dollars”, to compare prices over time, for example. Well, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar is now using 2016 wait times as a fixed reference point.

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – September 2016

by on October 6, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World September 4-10, 2016?

How Crowded Was Disney World September 4-10, 2016?

Historically, September is the least crowded month at Disney World as families settle back into a new school year. As we saw in 2015, the crowds in early September are determined largely by where the Labor Day weekend falls. This year, the holiday Monday fell on September 5 and crowds matched what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted. As it turned out, the resort-wide predictions matched what we saw nearly every day during the first week of the month.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day between September 4 and 10, 2016:

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – August 2016

by on October 5, 2016

[Disney World Crowd Calendar Reports are back after a lengthy hiatus to fix an issue with some of our crowd calendar calculations. Here is a report for the month of August with a report for September coming soon.]

How Crowded Was Disney World August 7 - 13, 2016?

How Crowded Was Disney World August 7 – 13, 2016?

Crowds at Walt Disney World in early August lagged behind what we saw during the same period last year, especially in the second half of the week. Animal Kingdom was the most unpredictable park of the week with low wait times dragging the resort wide crowd level down a few points most days. Crowd levels at the other three parks were close to predicted levels almost every day.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day between August 7 and August 13, 2016:

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Crowd Calendar Reports Returning Soon

by on September 20, 2016

Our crowd blog reports have been on hiatus recently while we investigated a bug with how we report the crowd levels that we observe. The issue affected days dating back to August 3, 2016. We have a fix in place and we are doing a final review before we publish the new observed crowd levels. Once we do that we can return to weekly reports.

In the meantime we can report that wait times have been lower than historical averages throughout most of August and September. Compared to wait times in September 2015, this September has been much less busy. The crowd reports will likely show a lot of crowd level ‘1’s and ‘2’s these past few weeks when we saw mostly ‘3’s, ‘4’s and higher for much of Fall 2015.

Also look for retroactive reports on what we saw through August.

Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – July 31 to Aug 6, 2016

by on August 22, 2016

Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

This year, crowds at Walt Disney World for the first week of August lagged behind historical averages mostly due to inclement weather. Sunday through Tuesday saw crowds a couple points lower than expected while Wednesday through Sunday saw some of the shortest lines we have seen in 2016. Crowds last year varied between a level ‘7’ and ‘9’ and the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted slightly higher crowd levels this year.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – July 24 to 30, 2016

by on August 8, 2016

Universal Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Resort Last Week?

Last week, Islands of Adventure continued to lag behind its sister park which pulled down the resort wide crowd level a few points lower than history would suggest for the last week of July. The Universal Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting the crowd level at Universal Studios missing by more than one level only once.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – July 24 to 30, 2016

by on August 8, 2016

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Other than slightly lower crowds than expected at Disney California Adventure on Sunday and Monday, crowds at Disneyland Resort were within one index level of what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted each day last week. Monday and Tuesday were the busiest days of the week with crowds slightly lower as the week went on.

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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