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Post-Christmas Crowds Return To Moderate Levelsby Fred Hazelton January 6, 2015
The holiday rush is over and 2015 brings a return to moderate winter crowds. Watch out for bumps in attendance around Martin Luther King Jr Day and Star Wars Marathon weekend.
Disneyland crowds are hard to predict even for seasoned veterans. Our Disneyland Crowd Calendar is extensively researched by professional statisticians to help you answer "When to go to Disneyland?" This calendar ranks crowds in Disneyland for the next 365 days to help you have the best trip possible. You should use it to:
- Compare two sets of travel dates to see which has the lower crowds.
- See how long the lines will be for your travel dates.
- Decide which Disneyland Touring Plan (if any) to use.
At Disneyland we predicted a crowd level of 5. The actual crowd level was a 5|
At Disney California Adventure we predicted a crowd level of 4. The actual crowd level was a 7
|Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: it's a small world (-2 min), Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (-1 min), Jungle Cruise (+2 min), Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (+2 min)|
|We were within 5 minutes: Mater's Junkyard Jamboree (-4 min), Haunted Mansion (+4 min), Indiana Jones Adventure (+4 min), Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (+5 min)|
|We were within 7 minutes: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (-7 min), Mickey's House (-7 min), Gadget's Go Coaster (-7 min), Peter Pan's Flight (-7 min), Dumbo the Flying Elephant (-6 min), Astro Orbitor (+6 min), Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (+6 min), Space Mountain (+7 min), Pirates of the Caribbean (+7 min), California Screamin' (+7 min)|
|We were within 10 minutes: Radiator Springs Racers (-8 min), Autopia (+8 min), Alice in Wonderland (+9 min)|
* The attractions above come from our core group of 25 attractions used in calculating crowd levels. Wait times predictions are the average posted time between 10am and 5pm
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Crowd Levels: Relative Scale, with 1 being least crowded, 10 the most crowded
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The Crowd Calendar Is Based On Wait Times
Our Unofficial Guide researchers have collected wait times in Disneyland Resort for over three years. With this dataset, Fred Hazelton, our professional statistician, updates this calendar every week.
How We Rank Crowds
There are three Crowd Levels listed above, each is based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded. The Resort Crowd Level scale represents the combined wait times at all the standby lines in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Disneyland and DCA Crowd Levels just predict the relative crowd level for attractions in those parks, respectively.
The Crowd Levels are on a relative scale--an '8' is more crowded than '7' which is more crowded than '6'. The crowd level tells you how each day compares to all other days we have on record. Read more on Crowd Levels.
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