An Hour-by-Hour Look at Disney Park Crowd Levels

When touring a Disney theme park, two good ideas are to arrive early and take a mid-day break outside of the theme parks. Even on crowded days, arriving early means that you’ll have relatively low waits for a couple of hours, because most people sleep in on vacation. And a mid-day break means you’ll miss the hottest, most crowded part of the day.

To make this point visually, we’ve created a set of sample charts showing how the crowds build during the day, for sample days at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom.

If you move your mouse over each box, you will see the hourly crowd value. For reference, the daily park crowd level is listed on the right of the charts.

The April chart for Animal Kingdom show the expected crowd for Easter week:

Animal Kingdom April 2014

AK 4-2014

Here’s November at Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood Studios November 2014

HS 11-2014

When the Magic Kingdom closes early for parties, those days typically have lower crows levels. The adjacent days have higher crowds as guest see more value in their park ticket when the Magic Kingdom stays open later and has fireworks:

Magic Kingdom December 2014

MK 12-2014


Steve Bloom

By helping continue to reach the most accurate crowd level predictions, Steve finally found a way to meld his training in statistical analysis with a lifelong passion for Disney. He first visited the Magic Kingdom in 1972, just a few months after it opened. Now he enjoys frequent trips with his two kids. At age four his son insisted on wearing cowboy boots to reach the height requirement for Test Track, and his daughter believes that a smoked turkey leg and Dole Whip make a perfectly balanced meal. Even though she doesn't quite get it, Steve's wife is supportive of his Disney activities.

29 thoughts on “An Hour-by-Hour Look at Disney Park Crowd Levels

  • March 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    These are awesome. You should make them available as part of the subscription.

    • March 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Agreed, and agreed!

    • March 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Make that a third!!

      • March 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        And a forth

        • March 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

          yes, this would definitely be helpful in planning

    • March 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

      In fact, a sample chart like this would not be remiss in the guidebook itself. Just to give an idea of when to time the mid-day break.

    • March 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I agree! This would be an awesome addition.

  • March 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Seconded that this would be a great addition to the data you already provide! Love some charts and graphs.

  • March 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    This is awesome. Is the hourly data currently available on the site?

  • March 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I would love to see this for all the parks for April 2014! Love the visual!

  • March 27, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    This is great stuff! I’m reading on my phone, so perhaps I’m not seeing it, but is there a key to what the colors represent numerically?

    • March 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Yes, same question from me. Thanks.

      These look beautiful.

    • March 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Bright green is a 1, yellow is a 5, and red is a 10. On a computer, if you mouse over each square will give you a specific crowd level.

      • March 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        Super! Thanks.

  • March 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    This is awesome! I agree with Greg, I would love to have access to charts like this with our subscription! thanks for the post 🙂

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Amazing. I would love to use these to help plan my next trip. The numerical crowd levels are great, but this breaks it down even further. LOVE!

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Is there any way that you could do each park for each month? This is incredible data, and I hope you see how much your work helps others. We all really appreciate everything you do!

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I would love to see this for each month as well! Thanks for putting this together, it looks awesome!

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Len, Calling Len Testa! WOW, the next generation of TP Crowd Hours is at hand! You are THE Man (but only if you make this 29/7/265 🙂

  • March 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Great visual. Easier to see and understand when looking for the best time to go in any given month. I really like the time zones from RD to Close. Would love to see it as part of my subscription.

  • March 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Agree with the others. These are super awesome and I want the full set. Love heat maps!

  • March 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Really sweet op analysis! Add to the app!

  • March 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    This is great to show those members of our traveling party who don’t want to get up and moving in the morning!

  • March 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I would LOVE to have these for every month as part of the subscription…!!!

  • March 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I LOVE this! I love working with color charts. They make at a glance referencing so quick and easy. I’d pay extra for these!

  • March 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    These charts are AMAZING! I agree that I would love to have these for every park for each month!

  • April 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Love this! Would be great if it was added to the website… Please include the Disneyland parks!

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