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Summer Crowds Heating Up At Disney World

by Fred Hazelton

As summer temperatures reach their peak, so do the summer crowds across Central Florida theme parks. We're seeing crowds at the top end of our 1 to 10 scale and expect it to continue until mid to late August.

How the Calendar Works

How we did yesterday - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
At Magic Kingdom we predicted a crowd level of 8. The actual crowd level was an 8
   At Epcot we predicted a crowd level of 8. The actual crowd level was a 9
   At Disney's Hollywood Studios we predicted a crowd level of 7. The actual crowd level was an 8
   At Disney's Animal Kingdom we predicted a crowd level of 8. The actual crowd level was an 8
Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (-3 min), DINOSAUR (-2 min), Mission: SPACE Orange (-2 min), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (-1 min), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (0 min), Kali River Rapids (+1 min), Mission: SPACE Green (+1 min), Kilimanjaro Safaris (+2 min), Soarin' (+3 min), Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (+3 min)
We were within 5 minutes: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (-5 min), Peter Pan's Flight (-5 min), The Haunted Mansion (-4 min), Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (-4 min), The Great Movie Ride (-4 min), Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (+5 min), Primeval Whirl (+5 min)
We were within 7 minutes: Splash Mountain (+7 min)
We were within 10 minutes: Test Track Presented by Chevrolet (-10 min), Living with the Land (+8 min), Jungle Cruise (+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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Lowest Average Crowds Of The Year

by Fred Hazelton

Labor Day is the least busy holiday on the calendar. Not surprising given that September is the least crowded month of the year. If you can handle the warm weather, enjoy the low crowds. Magic Kingdom crowds are lowest on days with an evening Halloween Party is scheduled.

Labor Day & Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Night Of Joy
Night Of Joy
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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: 8/10 (Large Crowds)

Disney World crowds: 7/10 (Above Average)

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