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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – August 2 to 8, 2015

by on August 12, 2015

How Did The Disney World Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How Did The Disney World Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Crowds at Walt Disney World held steady last week with each day hitting a crowd level well above average (for the year). The Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted ‘8’s and ‘9’s last week and that is pretty much what we observed except for Saturday which only reached a ‘7’. Monday also hit a level ‘7’ but that was solely due to Animal Kingdom pulling down the resort-wide figure. We think the 11:00 am rain storm that hit the resort kept guests from going to that park. With its shorter park hours and fewer attractions, a day in the rain at Animal Kingdom is likely much less desirable than the other three parks.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week:

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – August 2 to 8, 2015

by on August 12, 2015

How Did The Universal Crowd Calendar Do?

How Did The Universal Crowd Calendar Do?

Last week, the Universal Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting the crowd levels at both Universal parks. Each day the predicted resort-wide crowd level was within one of what we observed. Each park-wide level was with one of what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted last week as well (except for Monday at Islands of Adventure).

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

 

Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
8

Both Universal parks reached a level ‘8’ on Sunday, typical for a weekend day in summer. That means wait time averages like 28 minutes at Men in Black and 43 minutes at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Islands of Adventure
7
8

Monday, August 3, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
9

Islands of Adventure saw a dip in crowd level on Monday, the only time all week that the Universal Crowd Calendar missed a predicted crowd by more than one index level.

Islands of Adventure
9
6

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Tuesday’s crowds were the busiest of the week as predicted. A ’10’ at Universal Studios means average waits like 26 minutes at Disaster!, 65 at Rip Ride Rockit and 99 and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Islands of Adventure
9
9

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
9

More busy parks on Wednesday although wait times at Universal Studios were slightly lower than what we saw on Tuesday. For example, Disaster! averaged 19 minutes at Rip Ride Rockit averaged 58.

Islands of Adventure
9
8

Thursday, August 6, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
9

More of the same on Thursday at both Universal parks. Islands of Adventure saw steady wait times from Tuesday onward, like 56 minutes at The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and 44 minutes at The Incredible Hulk Coaster.

Islands of Adventure
8
8

Friday, August 7, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
8

Friday’s crowd levels were slightly down from the previous few days but still above average for the year. Spider-Man averaged 50 minutes and Hulk Coaster averaged 40.

Islands of Adventure
8
7

Saturday, August 8, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
7
8

Saturday brought more busy parks but like Friday, wait times were a few minutes lower than what we saw during the week.

Islands of Adventure
7
7
What to Expect This Week
August 9 to 15, 2015
How Crowded is Universal Orlando Resort?

How Crowded is Universal Orlando Resort?

Summer crowds will continue for at least a few more weeks but once they begin to fade we enter the single slowest season of the year, by far. Guests waiting until late August, early September will experience near-empty parks.

To see Universal Orlando Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.

To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.

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New Heat Maps Show Disney World Crowds Hour-by-Hour

by on August 10, 2015

We’ve added hour-by-hour heat maps to our Disney World crowd calendars for mobile and tablet devices.  It’s a useful feature if you park-hop during your trip and want to see what the crowds will be like when you arrive. It’s also useful if you want to see how fast crowds are going to increase during your day.

Here’s what a typical heat map looks like:

Disney Crowd Calendar Heatmap

 

The number immediately to the right of the park is its overall crowd level for the day. Each block in the heat map represents one hour of the park’s schedule. Grey blocks indicate the park isn’t open; green blocks are hours with low crowds, and red blocks are high crowds.

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – July 26 to August 1, 2015

by on August 4, 2015

How did the Universal Crowd Calendar do last week?

How did the Universal Crowd Calendar do last week?

Last week, the Universal Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd levels at each Universal park every day within one index level except for Thursday at Islands of Adventure when that park hit a level ’10’ on our scale. Crowds were busiest Monday through Friday as predicted.

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 – July 26 to August 1, 2015

by on August 4, 2015

How Did the Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How Did the Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Crowds at Disney World’s four parks were a little lower than expected last Sunday but otherwise crowds were as expected. The Disney World Crowd Calendar correctly predicted five of the seven days and the park wide numbers were within one index level each day with only a couple exceptions. Crowds stayed near the top of our scale most of the week, which is typical for summer. Surprisingly, the lowest crowds we saw occurred on the weekend.

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 – July 26 to August 1, 2015

by on August 4, 2015

How did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar do last week?

Disneyland crowds were up last week, for the second week in a row although the only park to hit a level ’10’ was Disneyland Park on Monday. Wednesday was the least crowded day of last week thanks to lower average wait times at Disney California Adventure.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – July 19 to 25, 2015

by on July 31, 2015

How Did The Crowd Calendar Do?

How Did The Crowd Calendar Do?

Last week, wait times were up at Disneyland Resort. Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure saw crowds a step or two higher than usual. Tuesday and Wednesday the resort hit back-to-back level ’10’s on our scale, a feat usually reserved for holiday seasons like Christmas or Easter.

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 Calendar Report – July 19 to 25, 2015

by on July 31, 2015

How Did The Crowd Calendar Do?

How Did The Crowd Calendar Do?

Predicting crowd levels at Disney World is tough, even for seasoned veterans like us, so our goal for the Disney World Crowd Calendar is to get within one index level 90% of the time. Based on that, last week was a win each day overall. We saw the overall crowd level reach ‘8’ or ‘9’ every day last week except for Sunday when it hit a level ‘7’ (as predicted). This is all despite Epcot crowd levels being down a little last week with six out of seven days hitting a crowd level lower than what the Disney World Crowd Calendar expected.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – July 19 to 25, 2015

by on July 31, 2015

How Did the Crowd Calendar Do?

How Did the Crowd Calendar Do?

For the first time in a long time the crowds at Universal Orlando Resort matched the crowd levels we saw at Disney World. Last week, Universal saw ‘8’s and ‘9’s each day except for Sunday and Saturday which hit a level ‘7’.

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 – July 12 to 18, 2015

by on July 21, 2015

The Disney World Crowd Calendar did a great job last week. Among the 28 predictions for seven days worth of crowd levels at four parks, only four predictions missed by more than one index level. For each miss, crowds were lower than expected, a good sign for guests to Disney World this July.

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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