Disney World Crowd Calendar

Our Disney World Crowd Calendar helps you find the best times to visit Disney’s theme parks in 2022. Lower crowd levels mean less time waiting in line and more time enjoying your vacation. Walt Disney World crowds fluctuate throughout the year so it’s really important to choose your dates carefully.

We’ve designed our crowd calendar to show you just how crowded Disney’s theme parks will be each day of the calendar year.  We predict Disney’s theme park attendance for the next 12 months so that you’ll be able to narrow down the months, weeks, and days of your next vacation. Our Disney crowd calendar updates on a monthly basis and currently features the year 2022. Check back frequently!

How do we forecast the crowds at Disney World? Our methodology tracks past attendance data in order to predict future crowds at Disney’s four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Hopefully, these estimates will help you focus on the dates that best suit your Disney vacation goals. So let’s begin!

Crowd Level color key Low to High

* Guests ages 3 and up are required to have a park reservation and valid admission for the same park (on the same date) to enter the park.

**  COVID-19: Disney has taken enhanced health and safety measures during the pandemic. At this time, please note that theme parks, hotel resorts, restaurants, and other features are subject to modification and capacity limitations. Face coverings are required indoors for non-vaccinated Guests, and optional for fully vaccinated Guests.

*** Disney Genie+: Guests with the paid Disney Genie+ option can make their first selection starting at 7 AM on the day of their visit. 

**** Dining Reservations become available to book starting at 6 AM on the date indicated.

The MagicGuides Disney World Crowd Calendar not only provides information on crowd sizes, but we’ve also included updated information regarding the average daily temperature ranges for Orlando and when you are eligible to make your Disney Dining reservations. Let’s review some background information so that you understand how our crowd calendar is organized.

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What is a Crowd Calendar?

The best time to go to Disney World depends on many factors, including the weather, which time period fits into your busy schedule, and, of course, how crowded the theme parks will be. After all, who likes waiting in long lines when you could be enjoying the rides?

Crowd calendars predict how busy a theme park will be on any given day of the year. By using data compiled from recent years, Disney crowd calendars help us determine which theme parks will have the shortest lines and which parks will have the longest lines.  While not every traveler has the flexibility to plan their trip around the least-crowded dates, this can still be a valuable tool. Knowing what to expect will allow you to plan accordingly and help you to maximize your Disney experience.

Below you’ll find our Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar infographic.  It provides a quick and easy way to identify the best times of year to visit Disney World.  Feel free to link it to your website or share it on social media.

Rating System for the Disney World Crowd Calendar

Our Disney World Crowd Calendar uses a rating system from 1 to 5 for each of the Walt Disney World theme parks. We compile this information using historical data from the past several years. Our rating system also takes variable factors (like seasonal events and new park openings) into account.

Please note that past attendance figures are not always reflective of future attendance, and there may be slight differences between our prediction and the actual crowd sizes. We do our best to give you the most up-to-date and accurate predictions so that you may know what to expect when you arrive at Disney World.

Ratings based on Park Attendance:

1 = Light Crowds (minimal lines)
2 = Below Average Crowds
3 = Average Crowds
4 = Above Average Crowds
5 = Heavy Crowds (long lines)

When is Disney World Least Crowded?

Walt Disney World’s parks are typically least crowded:

  • January 2nd until just prior to Presidents’ Day week (third Monday in February),
  • The week after Labor Day until just prior to Thanksgiving week
  • The week following Thanksgiving weekend until the week prior to Christmas.

The reasons for this are that parents typically plan Disney World vacations around two major factors, school schedules, and Summer heat.

Labor day is typically around the time U.S. schools get their year started, so the month or so after that is the least crowded time of year.

July and August can also be good times to go if you don’t mind the typically higher heat and humidity.

When is Disney World Most Crowded?

Walt Disney World parks generally experience their highest attendance around:

  • Presidents’ Day week (third week in February)
  • the Spring Break period from mid-March through late April
  • Memorial Day weekend, Summer (mid-June through Labor Day)
  • Thanksgiving week
  • Christmas week through January 1st
  • Weekends are typically more crowded than weekdays
  • When it comes to weekdays, Mondays and Fridays tend to be slightly more crowded than Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

The MagicGuides Disney Crowd Calendar

So now that you have an idea about what crowd calendars are and when Walt Disney World generally sees the most visitors, let’s get more specific. Unlike many other Disney crowd calendars, MagicGuides has created a comprehensive calendar that predicts attendance volumes at each of the 4 Disney World theme parks for every day of the year. We also list additional key information to help you plan the best Walt Disney World trip possible.

How the MagicGuides Disney World Crowd Calendar is Organized

Let’s look at how we have set up this valuable trip planning tool.

4 Theme Parks of Walt Disney World

Our crowd calendar tracks daily information for each of Disney’s 4 theme parks:

  • Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Magic Kingdom

Average Temperature

Orlando, Florida is known for its nice weather. That said, there are some seasonal differences that you may want to take into consideration when booking your Disney vacation.  For example, August is historically the warmest month while January is the coldest. July is typically the wettest month and June has the most sunshine hours.

We list the average temperature range for each day of the calendar year. This will give you an idea of what to expect (and what clothes to pack) when you vacationing at Walt Disney World.

Disney Genie+ Reservations and Lightning Lane Passes

Disney Genie+

Disney’s FastPass entrances have been replaced with Lightning Lane entrances, and the FastPass+ system has been replaced with a paid Disney Genie+ add-on.  For an extra $15 per person per day, Disney World Guests will be able to make reservations at over 40 participating rides of their choice. This perk will give you expedited access to the ride (via the Lightning Lane entrance) so you won’t have to wait in the normal lines.

Your first Disney Genie+ reservation can be made starting at 7 AM on the day of your visit, regardless of where you are staying (at a Disney resort hotel or at an off-property hotel).

Ride selections are made on a per-ride basis. After the first selection is redeemed, Guests can make additional reservations (one at a time) 1. after the last one is redeemed, 2. if return time on the first selection has ended (if you missed it), 3. or if 120 minutes have passed since the last selection was booked.

Reservations are subject to availability.

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

A select number of Disney’s highest-demand attractions are not included with Disney Genie+. Guests will need to purchase individual Lightning Lane passes (Individual Attraction Selection) in order to utilize the Lightning Lane entrances at these attractions. Costs vary based on attraction, date, and availability.

Guests can make their first pay-per-ride Lightning Lane selection starting at 7 AM if they are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, or Shades of Green. Those staying elsewhere can make their first selection once the park opens.

If you have any questions about how Disney Genie+ or Lightning Lane passes works, or if you need help arranging your trip, then we encourage you to speak with a Disney travel agent to assist you through this process. Contact The Vacationeer today!

Name of the Attraction Disney Theme ParkAttractions for Disney Genie+ Attractions for Individual Lightning Lane Passes
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Magic Kingdom
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger SpinMagic Kingdom
Dumbo the Flying ElephantMagic Kingdom
Haunted MansionMagic Kingdom
“it’s a small world”Magic Kingdom
Jungle CruiseMagic Kingdom
Mad Tea PartyMagic Kingdom
Mickey’s PhilharMagicMagic Kingdom
Monsters Inc. Laugh FloorMagic Kingdom
Peter Pan’s FlightMagic Kingdom
Pirates of the CaribbeanMagic Kingdom
Splash MountainMagic Kingdom
The BarnstormerMagic Kingdom
The Magic Carpets of AladdinMagic Kingdom
The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMagic Kingdom
Tomorrowland SpeedwayMagic Kingdom
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little MermaidMagic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainMagic Kingdom
Space MountainMagic Kingdom
Disney and Pixar Short Film FestivalEPCOT
Journey into Imagination with FigmentEPCOT
Living with the LandEPCOT
Mission: SPACE – GreenEPCOT
Mission: SPACE – OrangeEPCOT
Soarin' Around the WorldEPCOT
Spaceship EarthEPCOT
Test TrackEPCOT
The Seas with Nemo & FriendsEPCOT
Turtle Talk with CrushEPCOT
Frozen Ever AfterEPCOT
Remy’s Ratatouille AdventureEPCOT
Alien Swirling SaucersDisney's Hollywood Studios
Beauty and the Beast Live on StageDisney's Hollywood Studios
Disney Junior Play & Dance!Disney's Hollywood Studios
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along CelebrationDisney's Hollywood Studios
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularDisney's Hollywood Studios
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers RunDisney's Hollywood Studios
Muppet*Vision 3DDisney's Hollywood Studios
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithDisney's Hollywood Studios
Slinky Dog DashDisney's Hollywood Studios
Star Tours - The Adventures ContinueDisney's Hollywood Studios
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™Disney's Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania!Disney's Hollywood Studios
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway RailwayDisney's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the ResistanceDisney's Hollywood Studios
Celebration of the Festival of the Lion KingDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
DINOSAURDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Feathered Friends in Flight!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Kali River RapidsDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Kilimanjaro SafarisDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Naʻvi River JourneyDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
The Animation Experience at Conservation StationDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Avatar Flight of PassageDisney's Animal Kingdom Park

Dining Reservations

Another unique feature of the MagicGuides Crowd Calendar is the dining reservations reminder. Newbies to Walt Disney World are often surprised by the unavailability of reservations when they get there. It is often impossible to just walk into a full-service restaurant at Walt Disney World and expect to get seated. Therefore, it is imperative to book your reservations well in advance to ensure your spot at some of Disney’s outstanding dining establishments.

Guests can book dining reservations for Walt Disney World resorts up to 180 days in advance.  Certain restaurants are more difficult to book, and traveling at peak times means there will be more demand for full-dining options, so it is important to book as soon as you are able.

The MagicGuides Crowd Calendar lists the specific date you should start booking your Walt Disney World dining reservations.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Walt Disney World vacation, then please contact the Disney Travel Agents at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge. Call 833-4MY-TRIP  (833-469-8747) or click HERE for a free, no-obligation price quote today!

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Thank you for reading our page, and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!