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Festive Extras Bring Moderate Crowds, Turning Extreme By Month's Endby Fred Hazelton December 1, 2014
December crowds are defined by two distinct levels - busy to start the month and extremely, crazy-busy to end. December 27th to January 2nd is the single busiest time of year, by far. Guests who visit in early or mid-December however will experience one of our favorite seasons.
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 4
|Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean (-3 min), Gadget's Go Coaster (-2 min), Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (-1 min), Toy Story Midway Mania! (-1 min), it's a small world (-1 min), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (0 min), Haunted Mansion (+1 min), Peter Pan's Flight (+1 min), Dumbo the Flying Elephant (+2 min)|
|We were within 5 minutes: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (-5 min), Mater's Junkyard Jamboree (-5 min), Radiator Springs Racers (-5 min), Autopia (-4 min), Astro Orbitor (+4 min), California Screamin' (+4 min), Alice in Wonderland (+5 min)|
|We were within 7 minutes: Indiana Jones Adventure (-7 min), Grizzly River Run (-7 min), Jungle Cruise (-6 min), The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (-6 min), Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (-6 min)|
|We were within 10 minutes: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (-9 min), Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (-8 min), Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (-8 min), Mickey's Fun Wheel - Swinging (+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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