Disney World Crowd Report – August 31 to September 6, 2014

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There are two weeks a year where we can be certain about crowds at Disney World. We know December 28 through January 1 will be extremely crowded and we know that the week after Labor Day will be extremely light. Even we were surprised how low the crowds were last week. We expected that Fastpass+ would help moderate wait times across the resort but we still saw some of the lowest average wait times of the year.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Touringplans.com Disney World Crowd Report:

 

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
3

Unofficially the last weekend day of summer, Sunday saw relatively low wait times as predicted. In fact, wait times stayed lower than history would suggest – perhaps a foreshadow of low waits to come the rest of the week. Despite a late closing plus Extra Magic Hour evening, Magic Kingdom saw no attraction higher than a ‘5’ on our scale.

Epcot
3
3
Hollywood Studios
5
4
Animal Kingdom
5
3

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
1
1

A rare level ‘1’ at Magic Kingdom on Labor Day Monday, especially rare for a national holiday although it was the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which we know keeps wait times low during the day.

Epcot
4
1
Hollywood Studios
3
4
Animal Kingdom
3
1

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
3
1

Tuesday began a four-day stretch of remarkably low crowds across the resort. No park would reach a crowd level above ‘1’ until the weekend.

Epcot
2
1
Hollywood Studios
2
1
Animal Kingdom
3
1

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
3
1

To give you an idea of what a crowd level ‘1’ looks like here are some average posted wait times from Wednesday: Space Mountain 24 minutes, Soarin’ 38, Toy Story Midway Mania 37 and Expedition Everest 7 minutes.

Epcot
2
1
Hollywood Studios
2
1
Animal Kingdom
2
1

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
3
1

Extra Magic Hour morning at Magic Kingdom wasn’t enough to keep wait times above a level ‘1’. Peter Pan’s Flight had the highest wait time, by far, at 28 minutes (predicted 40).

Epcot
1
1
Hollywood Studios
1
1
Animal Kingdom
2
1

Friday, September 5, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
1
1

A crowd level ‘1’ is most rare at Epcot but this week saw several such days. Test Track and Soarin’ averaged 43 and 34 minutes respectively, as low as you will see in the next 365 days.

Epcot
3
1
Hollywood Studios
3
1
Animal Kingdom
1
1

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
1
1

Animal Kingdom pushed up to a level ‘2’ on Saturday, the first park to do so since Monday. We saw average posted times of 17 minutes at Expedition Everest (predicted 12) and 22 minutes at Kali River Rapids (predicted 24).

Epcot
2
1
Hollywood Studios
3
1
Animal Kingdom
2
2
What to Expect This Week
September 7 to 13, 2014
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Summer is over and crowds across the resort will be at their lowest point of the year. We don’t expect wait times to start to increase until mid-September.

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.

5 thoughts on “Disney World Crowd Report – August 31 to September 6, 2014

  • September 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm
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    Do you think we’re starting to see a tipping point in terms of higher prices and Disney crowds? I know there have been some busy days, but this seems surprising even for a slower period.

  • September 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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    We were there and loved it! The way the parks were meant to be experienced!

  • September 9, 2014 at 7:42 am
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    We were at EPCOT on Sunday, September 7th, and every time I checked on Soaring, the standby wait time was 10 minutes. Only reason Test Track was posting higher wait times was because it kept shutting down due to weather. Everything else was walk on. Everything.

  • September 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    It’s been great! Here now! Every park has been 10 min wait or less on everything! Only negative thing I can say about any of the parks so far is Hollywood Studios baby center!! It is extremely too small and extremely insufficient!!!!!! And we are here at a very slow time–I cannot imagine a busy time! It would be utterly useless

  • September 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    Is there a reason for no “1″ days for Sept 2015? I’m used to seeing it filled with ones and twos and it looks like it is mostly 3-4-5 for all month?
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