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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – March 13 to 19, 2016

by on March 30, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Last week, Universal Orlando parks were much more crowded than we have seen during the same period in years past. Strangely, crowds during the week were busier than what we saw on Sunday and Saturday, almost a mirror image of what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. Twister, Disaster! and The Incredible Hulk were all down this year which may help explain some of the increased wait times.

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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Projected 2017 Walt Disney World Tiered Pricing Calendar

by on March 29, 2016

Disney announced tiered pricing for Walt Disney World on February 27, 2016. Last summer Disney did surveys asking people about tiered pricing, so it was not a surprise to see it being implemented (to see the survey Len Testa received last year, take a look at his blog post). The “good” news is that tiered pricing currently only affects one-day tickets and, since most guests buy multi-day tickets, tiered pricing does not affect most visitors. Fred Hazelton’s blog post covered how tiered pricing may affect crowd levels, so in this blog post I’m going to look at how Disney’s value, regular, and peak seasons compare to TouringPlan.com’s Disney World Crowd Calendar.

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

Walt Disney World’s tiered pricing can be used as a low definition crowd calendar. Not just because it only has three levels, but also because the level only changes 10 times in 10 months (we don’t know yet what January and February will look like). We know there is more variation in the crowd levels than the tiered pricing calendar suggests; I can only assume that Disney decided having changes every week was just too confusing, but it may also be that they are still planning for the inevitable multi-day ticket tiered pricing.

Here’s what we know based on the dates the tiered pricing calendar shows: For the 308 days that the 10 months covers, 15% of the days are value season, 53% of the days are regular season, and 32% of the days are peak season.

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Adjustments to Disneyland Crowd Calendar April 4-10, 2016

by on March 22, 2016

Yesterday we decided to increase our Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions for the dates between April 4 and April 10, 2016. We did this for several reasons.

  1. We hear that Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is expecting to draw many more guests this year and that may impact wait times in the parks more than we expected.
  2. Disneyland attendance is up and has been up for quite some time. Crowds at Disneyland Parks are one to two points higher on average than what we have seen in years past.
  3. Disney’s Single Day ticket pricing labels these dates as “Peak”. That is an indication that they may be expecting larger crowds than usual for this time of year.
  4. Some of the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions we had for these dates were between ‘2’ and ‘6,’ and we have not seen any days that quiet at Disneyland parks in recent memory (except on days of poor weather).

We do not make changes to the Crowd Calendar lightly, but in this case – for the reasons stated above – we decided that it would be better for guests to arrive prepared for large crowds, just in case. If you have a touring plan scheduled for one of these dates, make sure to optimize it again. Also, when you are in the park make sure to reoptimize from your mobile device.

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – March 6 to 12, 2016

by on March 20, 2016

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

March has arrived which means it is Spring Break Season at Walt Disney World. The Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted level ‘7’s all week which worked well Sunday through Tuesday but crowds dipped midweek before rebounding on Saturday. If not for some slower days at Epcot and Animal Kingdom we may have seen the Resort-wide crowd level hit a level ‘8’ or higher several days last week.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 6 to 12, 2016

by on March 20, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Compared to the same week in previous years, Disneyland was much less crowded last week. We saw the resort-wide crowd level dip one to four points lower than the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted. Weather does not seem to be a factor with daily highs ranging between high 60s and mid-70s and no rain. The historical average for the resort-wide crowd level in the first two weeks of March is ‘7’ but we only saw crowds that busy three of the seven days 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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Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Report – March 6 to 12, 2016

by on March 20, 2016

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Other than last Saturday, crowds at Universal Orlando were lower than expected and lower than what we have seen in years past during the same period. The Universal Crowd Calendar predicted a level ‘6’ between Sunday and Friday but the resort-wide crowd level never hit a level above ‘4’. Islands of Adventure pulled the resort-wide crowd level lower each day with wait times a couple points lower than expected.

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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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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