|New (April 2018)
Wait Times **
|Previous (March 2018)
|0 to 42.9 minutes||1||0 to 42.1 minutes|
|43 to 51.4 minutes||2||42.2 to 50.4 minutes|
|51.5 to 59.8 minutes||3||50.5 to 58.3 minutes|
|59.9 to 68.3 minutes||4||58.4 to 66.4 minutes|
|68.4 to 76.9 minutes||5||66.5 to 74.4 minutes|
|76.8 to 93 minutes||6||74.5 to 90.8 minutes|
|93.1 to 109.3 minutes||7||90.9 to 107.2 minutes|
|109.4 to 125.6 minutes||8||107.3 to 123.5 minutes|
|125.7 to 141.8 minutes||9||123.6 to 139.9 minutes|
|141.9 minutes and up||10||140 minutes and up|
* Based on observed average wait times from 3/2016-2/2018
** Based on observed average wait times from 4/2016-3/2018
Before this update, a wait time of 68 minutes at Space Mountain was a crowd level of 5. With this new update, the same 68-minute wait will be a crowd level of 4. This means that for some days, the projected crowd level for that day has gone down even though the projected wait time for the attractions has stayed the same.Without these regular crowd calendar adjustments, we would see many fewer days with crowd levels 1, 2, and 3, and many more days with 9s and 10s.
A change in the ranges may cause a change in Crowd Level, but it is more common for a Crowd Level change to be caused by an update in park operations, like hard-ticket events and park hours.
Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar Update
The average crowd level increased less than 0.5 for the next twelve months. Animal Kingdom has the largest average increase (0.7). Pandora has maintained its popularity and is attracting more people to Animal Kingdom. Since the last Crowd Calendar update, we have confirmed party dates for August – December. Our initial assumption was that Toy Story Land would open Memorial Day weekend, but we now know the opening day is June 30.
April 15 – May 24 (Average Crowd Level 5.9)
Mid-April up to Memorial Day there is a lull in the crowds. Most students are finishing their school years. It will be interesting to see how the lack of FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania affects touring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We think the Studios will be less popular than the other three parks until Toy Story Land opens in early summer.
May 25 – June 29 (Average Crowd Level 6.9)
Memorial Day weekend starts the summer crowds at Walt Disney World. Schools that get out early in the summer will fill up the parks. June 3 is the last day for Florida Residents with Silver Annual Passes to go to the parks. Crowds at Hollywood studio will see a bump in attendance with guests hoping for a soft opening of Toy Story Land. For the May update, we hope to have Toy Story Land preview dates to help revise our predictions.
June 30 – August 16 (Average Crowd Level 6.7)
Long park hours and hot weather help moderate the crowds in the summer. Toy Story Land will take center stage and draw guests into Hollywood Studios. The Crowd Levels do not represent wait times from new attractions. Toy Story Land will be a 10 and will draw some guests from the rest of the park. A lower crowd level for Hollywood Studios does not mean low wait times at the new Toy Story Land attractions. We saw this last year when Pandora opened at Animal Kingdom.
August 17 – September 2 (Average Crowd Level 4.8)
Summer vacations are wrapping up, but the heat is not letting up. Crowd Levels will be lower. Toy Story Land will still be going strong. The lower crowd level for Hollywood Studios does not mean low wait times at the new Toy Story Land attractions.
August 17 is the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Guests typically avoid Magic Kingdom on party days because the park closes at 6 pm. These are the days when Magic Kingdom will have the lowest crowd levels. Days without a party will have a bounce-back effect, and Magic Kingdom will be the most crowded park. If you have a park hopper ticket, party days are great days to visit Magic Kingdom.
September 3 – October 5 (Average Crowd Level 3.7)
Summer vacations are over! The Florida heat is starting to let up. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full gear. Fifteen of the 33 days have a party. The average Magic Kingdom crowd level on party days is 2.3 and 5.0 on non-party days. Crowd Levels are low for Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Land will continue to draw guests away from the rest of the park.
October 6 – November 7 (Average Crowd Level 5.3)
Fall breaks have become popular for more schools, and Orlando is a popular destination. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is still taking place through October 31. Fifteen of the 26 days have a party. The average Magic Kingdom crowd level on party days is 3.5 and 8.0 on non-party days.
November 8 – December 21 (Average Crowd Level 5.6)
This time period has a wide range of Crowd Levels. During Veterans Day weekend and Thanksgiving, the parks are very crowded. Some schools will start their winter breaks December 15. Veterans Day is the last holiday weekend when Florida residents with Silver and Gold Annual Passes can visit the parks. December 19 is the last day of the year that Silver and Gold Annual Passholders can go to the parks.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs from November 8 to December 21. The party takes a break for Thanksgiving. Just like the Halloween Party, the Magic Kingdom Crowd Level is much higher on days without a party. The average Magic Kingdom crowd level on party days is 3.8 and 8.0 on non-party days.
December 22 – January 5 (Average Crowd Level 9.3)
This is the busiest time of the year. All schools are on break. For many guests, New Year’s Day will be a travel day, as people head back to school and work. Others will take it easy on January 1 after a late night.
Looking Ahead at May’s Update
We have been working collecting 2018-2019 school schedules. We will finish collecting data from 100+ school districts, allowing us to incorporate that into the crowd calendar. We also expect to have dates for previews of Toy Story Land.