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Walt Disney World Crowd Level Changes May 2015 to May 2016

by on May 19, 2015

Today the Disney World Crowd Calendar received an update. The last time we updated the Disney World Crowd Calendar was December 2014, and a lot has changed since then.

Park Hours, Park Schedules and the Way They Get Updated

See Brian’s article about how often park hours change. We track park hours obsessively, so it is important to refresh our crowd levels every few months to take advantage of the latest trends.

Confirmed dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Magic Kingdom crowds vary greatly depending on the party schedule. Now that we have confirmed dates for the parties, the crowd levels can be updated to reflect the schedule.

School Schedules for the 2015/2016 School Season

Orlando is the world’s most popular family vacation destination, so it makes sense that the crowds are highly driven by school schedules. Fewer schools in session mean more families on vacation. We publish our Crowd Calendar one year in advance, so there are times of the year when we must project the school schedules into the future before the schedules are officially published. Now that we have confirmed schedules for the 2015/2016 school year, it is time to update the calendar.

Attraction Model Enhancements

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Resort saw crowd levels vary between levels ‘4’ and ‘8’ on our scale, including a jump between those two levels in a one-day span between Friday and Saturday. Despite having some crowd levels above average, wait times were usually manageable at either park throughout the 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 Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Universal saw wait times at or below levels predicted by the Universal Crowd Calendar every day. Other than Saturday, guests to Universal enjoyed crowd levels no higher than a ‘5’ which means most headliner attractions had average wait times less than 50 minutes.

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 – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Crowds at Walt Disney World last week were as predicted by the Crowd Calendar except for Tuesday and Wednesday when wait times lagged below expectations. It was a good week for crowds with most days having below average crowd levels. Only Saturday saw a crowd level above the midpoint on our scale.

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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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – May 3 to 9, 2015

by on May 12, 2015

Throughout May we are seeing a significant trend where wait times are dipping lower than usual in the middle part of the week. Last week we saw crowds dip low on Tuesday through Thursday but otherwise hitting crowd levels in line with historical averages for May. Other than those middle days the Disney World Crowd Calendar did a fine job predicting crowd levels at all four parks.

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

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – May 3 to 9, 2015

by on May 12, 2015

Last week, Universal crowds were down significantly compared to what we would expect historically for mid-May. Other than Saturday, neither park could muster a crowd level above a level ‘4’ on our scale.

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 – May 3 to 9, 2015

by on May 12, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting the wait times at both parks. As indicated by the comparison (right) between what we expected and what we saw, the resort wide crowd levels were within one index point every 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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Day-Of FastPass+ Availability at Walt Disney World Update

by on May 6, 2015

We did our first blog post on FastPass+ availability back in September 2014. Since then, we started showing FastPass+ availability for the current day and the near future at http://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/fastpass-availability. Now that we have more than a year’s worth of data, we have sufficient information to dig a bit further into the analysis. The tables below show when same-day FastPass+ reservations run out based on crowd level.

FP+ Run Out - Magic Kingdom

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 26 to May 2, 2015

by on May 5, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd levels on Sunday and Saturday but in between, crowd levels were lower than history would suggest. Last week’s trend was more evidence that in off-season conditions the parks are much busier on weekends than weekdays. We expect that trend to continue throughout the rest of May.

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 – April 26 to May 2, 2015

by on May 5, 2015

Last week a sever thunderstorm washed out most of Central Florida on Tuesday which kept Disney World crowds lower than normal. Ignoring that day, last week the Disney World Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting crowds, missing by more than two index levels only twice. If anything, crowds tended to be lower than expected last week with wait times averaging less than expected about three quarters of the time. Guests of Disney World experienced a good week for crowds with most days staying below a level ‘7’.

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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