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Fall Crowds Low Across All Properties

by Fred Hazelton

Fall, particularly early September is the single least crowded time of year for Orlando Theme parks. If you can bear the summer heat, touring is at a leisurely pace without the need for over-planning.

How we did yesterday - Monday, September 15, 2014
At Magic Kingdom we predicted a crowd level of 3. The actual crowd level was a 4
   At Epcot we predicted a crowd level of 3. The actual crowd level was a 2
   At Disney's Hollywood Studios we predicted a crowd level of 1. The actual crowd level was a 2
   At Disney's Animal Kingdom we predicted a crowd level of 2. The actual crowd level was a 3
Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: Primeval Whirl (-3 min), Jungle Cruise (-2 min), Spaceship Earth (-1 min), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (-1 min), The Haunted Mansion (0 min), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (0 min), Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (0 min), Mission: SPACE Green (+1 min), The Great Movie Ride (+1 min), Living with the Land (+2 min)
We were within 5 minutes: Kilimanjaro Safaris (-5 min), DINOSAUR (-4 min), Space Mountain (+4 min)
We were within 7 minutes: Splash Mountain (+6 min), Peter Pan's Flight (+6 min), Toy Story Midway Mania! (+7 min)
We were within 10 minutes: Soarin' (-8 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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The Crowd Calendar (1 means lowest crowds, 10 means highest)
Date Resort
Crowd Level
(Out of 10)
Magic
Kingdom
Epcot Disney's
Hollywood
Studios
Disney's
Animal
Kingdom
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Events, Parties, Holidays and Thanksgiving

by Fred Hazelton

Pay special attention to the “Overall Resort and Special Events” in November. You’ll see Halloween and Christmas Parties, Festivals, Running Races and Holidays. Thanksgiving will bring the largest crowds since July 4th. Avoid Epcot on Weekends unless you’re there for the Food & Wine Festival.

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The Crowd Calendar Is Based On Wait Times

Our Unofficial Guide researchers have collected wait times in Walt Disney World for over a decade. Thanks to our mobile app, we get hundreds of wait times daily from our fabulous users. With this dataset our statisticians update the calendar every week.

What The Numbers Mean

The crowd level is based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded and 10 being most crowded. The scale represents the average wait time between 10am and 5pm at the key attractions. Read more on Crowd Levels.

Choosing The Park To Visit Each Day

Before choosing which park to visit each day you should examine some details about your trip. Our Park Recommendations page will take you step-by-step through your planning to make sure you make the right choice. Read More about Park Recommendations.

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Disney World crowds: 5/10 (Average Crowds)

Disney World crowds: 2/10 (Small Crowds)

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How the Calendar Works

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