Disney World Crowd Report – May 25 to 31, 2014

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We correctly predicted the resort-wide crowd level every day last week except for Sunday where we missed by one. Wait times were at or above average for most attractions all week although wait times at The Studios in between Star Wars Weekends have been quite low. We expect that to continue so you may want to plan to visit mid-week to take advantage.

Let’s look at The Disney World Crowd Report to see how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week:

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, May 25, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
8
6

Peter Pan’s Flight (47, predicted 75), Space Mountain (41, predicted 77) and Winnie the Pooh (28, predicted 44) pushed Magic Kingdom’s crowd level to a ‘6’, two down from the ‘8’ we predicted. Meanwhile, we correctly predicted the wait times at Hollywood Studios would be the highest so far during this year’s Star Wars Weekends.

Epcot
9
9
Hollywood Studios
9
8
Animal Kingdom
9
8

Monday, May 26, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
7
5

Monday’s crowd at The Studios dipped much lower with Star Tours averaging only a 20 minute wait, half what we predicted. Tower of Terror also came in lower than expected with an average of 40 minutes (predicted 72).

Epcot
7
7
Hollywood Studios
8
6
Animal Kingdom
9
8

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
8
7

No surprises on Tuesday. Epcot hosted Extra Magic Hour morning and wait times peaked accordingly with averages of 81 minutes at Test Track and 84 at Soarin’.

Epcot
7
8
Hollywood Studios
4
5
Animal Kingdom
7
7

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Epcot’s wait times on Wednesday slipped a few index levels higher than predicted although not at Test Track where we predicted an average of 73 minutes and it turned out to be 63. At Magic Kingdom our predictions were spot on with Pirates of the Caribbean being the only possible exception (predicted 23, it was 33).

Epcot
3
6
Hollywood Studios
5
4
Animal Kingdom
5
5

Thursday, May 29, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Predictions did well at Magic Kingdom on Thursday as well with only two attractions missing by 10 minutes or more, and both those (Space Mountain and Splash Mountain) were over-estimated. Disney Hollywood Studios was the place to be with wait times barely reaching moderate levels at most attractions. Toy Story Mania (61 minutes, predicted 78), Tower of Terror (35 minutes, predicted 57) and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (47 minutes, predicted 58) stayed well below average. Mid-week wait times at the Studios have been low during Star Wars Season, possibly a new trend.

Epcot
5
7
Hollywood Studios
6
3
Animal Kingdom
6
7

Friday, May 30, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
7
6

Crowds were pretty similar across all four parks Friday although our estimates of ‘7’ at Epcot and ‘5’ at The Studios needed to be flipped. The ‘5’ at The Studios was quite surprising for a Friday of Star Wars Weekend but the wait times were definitely low including 78 minutes at Toy Story Mania (predicted 101) and 33 minutes at Tower of Terror (predicted 60).

Epcot
5
7
Hollywood Studios
7
5
Animal Kingdom
6
7

Saturday, May 31, 2014

  WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
7

Saturday brought the third consecutive day of a resort-wide crowd level ‘6’ with all four parks staying between a ‘5’ and ‘7’. The Studios wait times underwhelmed again while the other three parks all saw wait times slightly higher than expected. Wait times were higher at Animal Kingdom but not by a lot, Expedition Everest had an average wait time of 39 minutes (predicted 24).

Epcot
4
6
Hollywood Studios
7
5
Animal Kingdom
5
7
What to Expect This Week
May 25 to 31, 2014
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How Crowded is Walt Disney World?

May is over and soon, school districts will approach the end of their respective school years and we will see summer crowds begin. June can be a good time of year to visit if your kids are done school in the middle of the month, the peak of summer crowds will not begin until late June.

To see Walt Disney World Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.

To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.

Fred Hazelton

Fred Hazelton maintains the crowd calendar, theme park wait time models and does hotel rate analysis for the Unofficial Guides. He's also done the models for the new mobile wait times product Lines. Fred Hazelton is a professional statistician living in Ontario, Canada. His email address is fred@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @DisneyStatsWhiz.

7 thoughts on “Disney World Crowd Report – May 25 to 31, 2014

  • June 3, 2014 at 9:41 am
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    We were in the parks during this week. We were also surprised by the lower than expected crowds/waits for non-Star Wars attractions at Hollywood Studios on Friday! It turned out to be a great day to be in that park and take in a little of the SWW atmosphere. We still found the waits for the Star Wars characters, shows, and motorcade to be more than we were up for. Still enjoyed the event. Thanks for all you do at TP! Our trip was much more enjoyable with less waiting because of this site!! We did everything we really wanted to do and never waited more than 25 min! We even did most of our favorites two or three times!!

  • June 3, 2014 at 9:45 am
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    We were at the Studios on Tues 5/27 and it was a mess almost from the beginning. We did TSM walk-on at the beginning, then confronted a mess on Sunset Boulevard as ToT was closed. RnRC standby line stretched out to the end of Sunset Boulevard, which I’d never seen before. Completely messed up out touring plan that morning.

    It eventually got better when ToT came back on line, but it was an uphill battle that day. When a park doesn’t have many headliners, just 1 going down can have a cascade effect.

    • June 3, 2014 at 9:46 am
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      Just realized I used some variation on the word “mess” 3 times in the 1st paragraph. Can you guess my feelings on how things went that morning at the Studios? 😉

  • June 3, 2014 at 9:57 am
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    What happened to the blue line on the chart?

    • June 3, 2014 at 11:32 am
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      The Blue Line is hidden under the Red because they overlap – we did well this week.

      • June 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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        Maybe the line could be purple when that happens? Otherwise, it looks like it got left off. And I’m easily confused. 🙂

  • June 9, 2014 at 4:39 am
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    It’s towards the end of this week that the bottom started falling out at DHS. It has gotten way worse since then, and in the middle of SW Weekends, no less. What’s going on there?

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