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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – February 21 to 27, 2016

by on March 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Crowds at Universal Orlando followed the pattern predicted by the Universal Crowd Calendar during the last week of February. The crowd levels we observed each day zig-zagged above and below the predicted crowd level. Poor weather in Central Florida kept crowds really low on Wednesday.

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 – February 21 to 27, 2016

by on March 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

Crowds at Walt Disney World were up for the last week of February except for Wednesday when cool, wet weather kept crowds low. Crowd levels were at least a point higher than expected every day (except for Wednesday). Magic Kingdom finished the week with crowd levels as high as we’ve seen all month, including the busy President’s Week. With Soarin’s ongoing refurbishment and other closures, Epcot continues the be the least crowded park.

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 – February 21 to 27, 2016

by on March 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

Crowds were down on average at Disneyland during the last week of February although Sunday and Saturday had crowd levels that were slightly higher than what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Predicted. During the week (Monday through Thursday) neither park saw a crowd level above a ‘5’ on our scale.

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 – February 28 to March 5, 2016

by on March 9, 2016

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Walt Disney World Resort Last Week?

Resort-wide crowds at Walt Disney World were pretty close to what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted last week. We saw no days hit a resort wide level above a ‘7’ on our crowd scale. At the park level Animal Kingdom jumped around like a kangaroo hitting levels between a ‘2’ and a ’10’ on our scale depending on the day. Magic Kingdom was the busiest park of the week although it did drop to a level ‘4’ on Wednesday.

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 – February 28 to March 5, 2016

by on March 9, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Last week, crowds at Universal Orlando Resort were the lowest we have seen since early January. Only Saturday hit a resort-wide crowd level above ‘3’ on our scale and Islands of Adventure saw six out of seven days hit a crowd level of ‘2’ or lower. Guests of Universal Orlando were treated to some of the lowest wait times we are likely to see in 2016.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – February 28 to March 5, 2016

by on March 9, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

History tells us that the first week of March is a great week to visit Disneyland Resort with low crowds. Last year during the same period we saw some of the lowest crowds all Spring so perhaps this year’s predictions were unduly influenced by what we saw last year. Although, we saw ‘2’s, ‘3’s and ‘4’s during the same week in 2014 as well. For some reason this year’s crowds were the largest we have seen in awhile. Even Disney’s new tiered pricing structure labels last week as Value season during the week so it may be that Disney was surprised at the crowds as well.

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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How Might Price Increases Affect The Crowd Calendar In 2016?

by on March 1, 2016

[This is a post discussing the impact of pricing increases on crowds at Disney parks. For a post discussing the impact of tiered pricing on crowds click here]

On Sunday Disney announced price increases to theme park admission and introduced a tiered pricing system for single day tickets. It is unlikely that the price increase will have any impact on crowds throughout the rest of 2016, so we currently have no plans to make adjustments to the Disney World Crowd Calendar. Of course we will continue to track daily crowds at Disney parks to see if trends change but here’s why we think the price increases will not affect crowds.MYW_Ticket_Logo

History Repeats Itself

This is the largest single jump in prices in the last 20 years (8.6%) but it is not the first. Prices increase an average of 3.5% annually over the past 10 years. Ever-increasing prices are frustrating but the fact remains that Disney parks are busier than ever. People are still going, lots of people. In 2012, prices jumped 5.7% and crowds were unaffected.

Times Are Good

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How Might Disney Tier Pricing Affect The Crowd Calendar In 2016?

by on March 1, 2016

[This is a post discussing the impact of tiered pricing on crowds at Disney parks. For a post discussing the impact of price increases on crowds click here]

On Sunday Disney announced price increases to theme park admission and introduced a tiered pricing system for single day tickets. It is unlikely that tiered pricing for single day tickets will have any impact on crowds throughout the rest of 2016, so we currently have no plans to make adjustments to the Disney World Crowd Calendar. Of course we will continue to track daily crowds at Disney parks to see if trends change but here’s why we think tiered pricing for single-day tickets will not affect crowds.

The first question we need to ask is “Who buys a single day ticket?”. Most guests on a given day are visiting the resort for more than one day but there may be certain guests who are not (we hear that single-day tickets make up around 8% of guests). Who are these guests?

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

Peak pricing during Spring Break, Summer, Thanksgiving & Christmas
Value pricing in late August & September

The Tag-Along

These are friends or family of a visitor to the Disney Parks who roll into town and wish to tag-along to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe you and your family are doing Disney for a week when great uncle Ed wants to drive up from Sarasota to see the gang and join in the fun. It doesn’t make sense for Ed to buy a multi-day pass, he is only in town for the day.

The Toe-Dippers

Toe-dippers visit Florida for all the right reasons. They are there for all the culture and outdoor fun they can manage but they realize that a trip to Central Florida is not complete without dipping their toes into the Disney entertainment pool. Spending more than one day at Disney park would eat up too much time from their Florida experience so they buy the one-day ticket, probably at Animal Kingdom because they heard something about a safari.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 14 to 20, 2016

by on February 26, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland Resort differed from the pattern we normally see in February. Usually we would expect to see a dip in crowds during the week but last week Wednesday was one of the busiest days of the week, even in spite of some rainy weather. Disney California Adventure dipped to a crowd level ‘5’ on Tuesday but otherwise both parks were a level ‘7’ or higher every day.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – February 14 to 20, 2016

by on February 26, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Resort Last Week?

Last week, President’s Day crowds at Universal Orlando Resort were larger than we have seen historically. Monday and Tuesday in particular were several points higher than we usually see. As the week progressed we saw wait times in both parks converge with the projections made by the Universal Crowd Calendar.

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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