Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – September 20 to 26, 2015

by on September 29, 2015 2 Comments

Filed under: Crowd Blog, Walt Disney World (FL)

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 have been up for much of September but between Wednesday and Saturday of last week the Crowd Calendar predictions were within one index level every day, perhaps an indication that Disney World Crowds have returned to historical levels. On Saturday, every park crowd level was within one index level of what the calendar predicted, something we haven’t seen in the last two Disney World Crowd Calendar reports.

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

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, September 20, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
1
3

Last Sunday brought higher crowds than normal for a Sunday in September although each park was only one or two levels higher than predicted. Not as bad as the three and four level jumps we’ve seen on other days this month.

Epcot
4
5
Hollywood Studios
3
5
Animal Kingdom
5
7

Monday, September 21, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
8

Monday’s crowd levels were another example of the remarkable spikes we have been seeing in September. We have no day on record in September that has had two parks reach a crowd level at or above ‘8’. Meanwhile, Animal Kingdom was nearly empty with average wait times like 16 minutes at DINOSAUR and 25 minutes at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Epcot
3
4
Hollywood Studios
4
9
Animal Kingdom
4
2

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
4

Tuesday’s crowd at Epcot was as predicted while we saw the other three parks hit crowd levels at least two index points higher than expected. At Hollywood Studios average wait times like 74 minutes at Toy Story Midway Mania and 28 minutes at Star Tours pushed the crowd level up to a ‘6’.

Epcot
4
4
Hollywood Studios
2
6
Animal Kingdom
4
6

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
6

Extra Magic Hour morning at Animal Kingdom attracted enough guests to slide the crowd level a couple points higher than the calendar predicted. Kilimanjaro Safaris averaged 39 minutes. Hollywood Studios continues to be an overcrowded park with average wait times like 85 minutes at Tower of Terror and 31 minutes at Star Tours.

Epcot
3
2
Hollywood Studios
3
7
Animal Kingdom
4
6

Thursday, September 24, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
8

Thursday’s crowds were as close to historical levels as we have seen all month. Predictions for Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom were both spot on, something that has not happened at those two parks for while. Jungle Cruise’s average wait of 44 minutes was a standout at Magic Kingdom.

Epcot
6
3
Hollywood Studios
5
5
Animal Kingdom
5
5

Friday, September 25, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
3

Friday completed a four-day stretch of resort-wide crowd level ‘5’s. Only one park had a prediction miss by more than one index level, refreshing news for the crowd calendar. Magic Kingdom which hosted a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Friday tied it’s lowest crowd level of the week at ‘3’ although reports of crowds at the party indicate a busy park in the evening.

Epcot
4
6
Hollywood Studios
5
5
Animal Kingdom
5
4

Saturday, September 26, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
7

Saturday’s crowd levels were the closest the calendar has been in a few weeks. These crowd levels are typical of late September and early October but are not usually found in the middle of September like we did this year. Jungle Cruise was a standout again on Friday at 41 minutes.

Epcot
6
6
Hollywood Studios
5
6
Animal Kingdom
6
7
What to Expect This Week
September 27 to October 3, 2015

September is ending and it may well end up being the busiest September we have seen since 2006 when we began collecting daily wait times in the parks. Touring plans are still the best defence against a surprise crowd. Use them and save time no matter the crowd level.

To see Walt Disney World 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.

Posted on September 29, 2015

2 Responses to “Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – September 20 to 26, 2015”

  • Hi Fred – Love reading the calendar reports! Seeing this uptick in September is making me nervous about our late April trip. April has historically been a good month for us to go (not busy except for spring break) but now I’m a little nervous. Do you have thoughts about the crowds for that time frame?

  • While I understand your crowd levels are based on wait times, and don’t include the effects of Food&Wine at Epcot, you should try to figure out some methodology to include those effects in the future. While your predicted 6 for Saturday 26 September may have been accurately reflected in ride wait times, it certainly was not an accurate representation of the actual crowd levels in the park. We didn’t even try to go to any of the food booths — the long lines were not worth it for the small amount of food at the end.