Hey! The Crowd Calendar looks different.

Yes, it does--this is Crowd Calendar 4! You may notice that the crowd levels during your trip have changed as a result of Crowd Calendar 4 - but these changes are not like normal changes to the crowd levels. These are a result of the conversion itself.

We will be going to Epcot this coming Monday. Before the calendar upgrade Epcot was listed as a 2 for that day and now it is a 5. I updated my touring plan by selecting the evaluate button and I was expecting to see my wait in line to increase but it didn't change. Does that seem right?

It may seem weird but this is correct. Think of it like converting from centimetres to inches, two measurements with different numbers that represent the same length. In the same way, the new crowd calendar numbers are based on a slightly different scale but represent the same crowd.

I've got a question about Crowd Levels

Read the detailed Crowd Levels page.

I've got a question about Park Recommendations

Check the Park Recommendations page.

How important is choosing the right day to visit each park?

The quick answer is...not as important as you might think. The long answer is that there are a lot of more important factors that determine how long you will wait in line. The time of year, the time of day and the attractions you choose to experience will have a much greater impact on how much time you spend in line.

Crowd Calendar Factors
Variable Importance
Attractions 10
Time of Day 10
Holiday 8
Extra Magic Hour Morning 5
Day of the Week 2
Weather 1

So what does this tell us? According to our data, the attractions you visit and the time of day at which you visit them will have the greatest influence on how long you wait. On the other hand, the day of week and the weather will play only a small role. Statistically speaking, the time of day is 5 times more important than the day of the week.

Still, there can sometimes be an advantage to selecting one park over another on a particular day. For more on that check out the Park Recommendations page.

Why have the crowd estimates for my trip changed?

We collect wait times at every Disney theme park every day. When the data warrants a change to the crowd calendar, we do it. Our philosophy is that it is better to have accurate information than to keep things the same purely for consistency's sake. We understand the work that it takes plan out an itinerary so believe us when we say we only make a change when we really feel it is necessary.

You can track the days of your trip to get notified if something changes. If you find that the calendar has changed for the dates of your trip you should review your plans but don't be too quick to make changes. Usually, the changes will be minor enough that it isn't worth it. In our opinion, unless the crowd index changes by more than a single level, stand pat.

Does your calendar take into account the [fill in the blank]?

We have hundreds of direct and indirect factors that construct our crowd models. Some of the factors have greater influence than others and each attraction is different. Attractions like Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids are a lot more dependant on weather while attractions like Space Mountain and Rock 'n Roller Coaster vary with school schedules.

What are the key attractions that make up the crowd calendar?

These are the attractions that relate best to how the crowds feel in the parks. The wait time at Magic Carpets of Aladdin for example, relates poorly to the crowds in the rest of the park. It is less popular than Dumbo, rarely has a wait time above 30 minutes and has very little little variability throughout the year. Soarin' however relates very strongly to how the rest of Epcot feels. If Soarin' hits 200 minutes, you know it is a busy day.

For your reference, here is the list:

Key Attractions Used In The Crowd Calendar
Park Attractions
Magic Kingdom The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan's Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain
Epcot Living with the Land, Mission Space, Soarin', Spaceship Earth, Test Track
Disney Hollywood Studios Great Movie Ride, Rock 'n Roller Coaster, Star Tours, Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror
Animal Kingdom Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Primeval Whirl

The Crowd Calendar lists a Special Event, how does that event affect the crowds?

Please see Some Notes About Special Events for details about how special events affect the parks.

Holidays are listed on the Crowd Calendar, how do the different holidays affect the crowds?

Please see Some Notes About Holidays for details about how holidays affect the parks.

I've got a question about a specific day!

We're happy to help! Please Contact Us. We also routinely answer the top questions on our blog.