Disney World Crowd Report – September 14 to 22, 2014

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Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival arrived for it’s 2014 installment last week while Magic Kingdom continued its schedule of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. Wait times are down in general, continuing a low stretch that began in late August although we saw waits last week that were higher than the week before as expected. Wait times will gradually increase to levels that although lower than yearly averages are higher than what we saw in early September.

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, September 14, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
1

Another Sunday evening Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom kept wait times low during the day. The shortened park hours make it difficult to complete a full Magic Kingdom Touring Plan but the wait times are so short, it is a great choice for a half-day plan. On Sunday, every Magic Kingdom attraction was a ‘1’ on our scale.

Epcot
2
1
Hollywood Studios
3
4
Animal Kingdom
3
4

Monday, September 15, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
3
4

Magic Kingdom wait times predictably spiked higher on Monday, as they do after an evening event the night before. Resort-wide, Monday was the first day in a while that at least one park did not register a level ‘1’ on our scale. Not surprising, we expected Fall crowds to begin a slow increase.

Epcot
3
2
Hollywood Studios
1
2
Animal Kingdom
2
3

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
1

Epcot’s wait times continue to be lower than usual this Fall, including averages like 40 minutes at Soarin’ (predicted 48) and 43 at Test Track (predicted 72).

Epcot
4
2
Hollywood Studios
2
1
Animal Kingdom
3
2

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
3
1

Much lower wait times than usual at Epcot on Wednesday, even for the normal Fall lull. 39 minute average posted time at Soarin’ (predicted 59) and 46 at Test Track (predicted 72). Mission: Space saw level ‘1’s as well at both Orange (16 minutes, predicted 27) and Green missions (5 minutes, predicted 8).

Epcot
5
1
Hollywood Studios
3
2
Animal Kingdom
2
2

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
5
4

Studios wait times have been lower than usual as well including 29 minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster on Thursday (predicted 46) and 56 minutes at Toy Story Midway Mania (predicted 62).

Epcot
5
1
Hollywood Studios
3
1
Animal Kingdom
2
2

Friday, September 19, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
1

Guests visiting Epcot may have experienced low wait times that constituted a ‘1’ on our scale but we don’t mind our overestimate because Friday was the opening day of the 2014 installment of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. Epcot is often inundated with foodies on Friday through Sunday during the festival even though the attraction waits stay low.

Epcot
6
1
Hollywood Studios
2
3
Animal Kingdom
5
3

Saturday, September 20, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
5
2

A level ‘2’ on a Saturday at Magic Kingdom is a rare event even for the low Fall season. Despite hosting Extra Magic Hour evening until 1:00 am average wait times at Magic Kingdom stayed under 35 minutes for all attractions.

Epcot
4
3
Hollywood Studios
4
3
Animal Kingdom
4
2
What to Expect This Week
September 21 to 27, 2014
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This week’s crowds will be slightly higher than last week’s continuing a trend of slow increase since late August. Touring is still relaxed however with wait times much lower compared to the rest of the year.

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.

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