Disney World Crowd Calendar
Our Disney World Crowd Calendar helps you find the best times to visit the Disney parks. 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 how crowded Disney’s theme parks will be each day of the 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. We update our calendar monthly, currently featuring 2020 and 2021.
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!
* UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World will remain closed until further notice. Please check back for updates. Stay safe!!
** FastPass+ Booking starts at 7 AM on the date indicated. This date applies to guests staying at all Disney owned and operated resorts, as well as the Disney Swan and Disney Dolphin Hotels. If staying “off property” then add 30 days.
*** Dining Reservations become available to book starting at 6 AM on the date indicated.
**** Update: The Rise of the Resistance attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open to the public. You should expect larger crowds at Hollywood Studios – and longer wait times at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge two attractions – for the foreseeable future.
The MagicGuides Disney World Crowd Calendar not only provides information on crowd sizes, but we have also included updated information regarding the average daily temperature ranges for Orlando, the first day to book FastPass+ reservations, and 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:
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 are 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, and Christmas week through January 1st.
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 which 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
- Hollywood Studios
- Magic Kingdom
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’s FastPass+ service is like making a dinner reservation. It allows you to reserve access to attractions of your choosing at a specific time of your choosing – and skip the long lines. Each FastPass+ ride has a reservation window that lasts 1 hour. Thus, if you make a FastPass+ reservation to ride for Pirates of the Caribbean at 2 PM, you have until 3 PM to use it. The FastPass+ gives you the flexibility to change a reservation, or even cancel it (with a credit added to your account) if you are running late.
FastPass+ is a complimentary (free) benefit provided with the purchase of any park admission or Annual Pass. Each Walt Disney World ticket holder receives 3 FastPass+ selections for a single park (per day). Once your first 3 FastPasses have been used, then you may be able to book additional FastPass+ selections while you are at the park. However, keep in mind that availability and ride selection may be limited at this point.
Once you have purchased your park admission or Annual Pass, then you are able to make your FastPass+ selections as early as 30 days before you arrive. If you have a Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation, then you can start making your selections up to 60 days before check-in.
Information on our Disney World Crowd Calendar lists when FastPass+ reservations begin for your selected dates. Just click on a specific date to see when you should start booking Disney FastPass+ reservations. If you have any questions about FastPass+ selections, feel free to call a Disney travel agent to assist you through this process.
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 as 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.