Disney World Crowd Report – November 2 to 8, 2014

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Last week crowds peaked in the first half of the week and settled in the second half. Crowds spiked around special events like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Epcot’s Food & Wine Half Marathon. Like the week before we witnessed some unexpected closures at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Great Movie Ride which may have affected wait times at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Disney Hollywood Studios saw wait times at two attractions exceed normal ranges for a Sunday in November. Great Movie Ride averaged a posted time of 30 minutes (predicted 19) while Toy Story Midway Mania averaged 93 minutes (predicted 69). Elsewhere around the resort wait times fell within a few minutes of what we predicted.

Epcot
6
5
Hollywood Studios
5
8
Animal Kingdom
7
6

Monday, November 3, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
7

Three of the four parks reached a crowd level ‘7’ on our scale on Monday. Wait times at Epcot were the surprise of the day with rides like Living with the Land reaching an average posted time of 17 minutes (predicted 10), and Spaceship Earth reaching a 27-minute average (predicted 17), very high for those attractions.

Epcot
4
7
Hollywood Studios
5
7
Animal Kingdom
5
5

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
5
4

Tuesday brought a distinct contrast to Sunday and Monday with three parks hitting only a level ‘4’. The average wait times at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror were both in the 30s.

Epcot
5
5
Hollywood Studios
6
4
Animal Kingdom
4
4

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
5
3

Wait times continued to stay lower on Wednesday than the earlier part of the week. We had our only crowd level ‘1’ of the week at Animal Kingdom where all attractions had posted wait time averages less than 20 minutes.

Epcot
4
5
Hollywood Studios
5
5
Animal Kingdom
3
1

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Extra Magic Hour morning at Magic Kingdom brought that park to a level ‘6’, the highest of the day. Our predictions did well with all Magic Kingdom attractions coming within one or two points on our scale.

Epcot
5
5
Hollywood Studios
5
3
Animal Kingdom
4
2

Friday, November 7, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
3

Friday’s calendar included a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend and Jersey Week. Although, wait times stayed within normal ranges for early November including 59 minutes at Soarin’ (predicted 69) and 65 at Test Track (predicted 61).

Epcot
5
5
Hollywood Studios
5
6
Animal Kingdom
5
3

Saturday, November 8, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
6

Weekends in the fall are usually the busiest day of the week but no park hit a level above ‘6’ on our scale on Saturday, not as busy as Monday. Magic Kingdom wait times slid slightly higher than expected, 32 minutes at Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion (predicted 28).

Epcot
4
4
Hollywood Studios
6
6
Animal Kingdom
5
6
What to Expect This Week
November 9 to 15, 2014
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Mid-November brings moderate crowds across the resort. Once you manage your schedule around Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party schedule at Magic Kingdom, your itinerary becomes much easier to plan.

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.

6 thoughts on “Disney World Crowd Report – November 2 to 8, 2014

  • November 11, 2014 at 6:40 am
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    I was there on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and I felt it was ridiculously crowded. Estimates from Touring Plans and Disney on the most popular attractions seemed much too low and could not accurately be relied upon. This has never happened to me before. Most frustrating trip ever. Especially with a 3 & 4 year old who cannot wait. Ugh!

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  • November 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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    Agreed!… we have just returned to the UK after 2 weeks at WDW, Except for an occasional day, here and there, all the parks felt busy and crowded. Even at rope drop on EMH mornings there seemed to be more guests all desperate to get in and lines soon seemed to grow and grow…. 30+ minutes (in the FP+ line) one morning to meet Rapunzel and Cinderella. We felt that it was significantly busier than on previous visits at a comparable time of year… and this is meant to be (relatively) quiet?? ….don’t get me started on the alcohol-fuelled evenings around World Showcase!

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  • November 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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    No way was Epcot a 4 on November 8th. I had friends go to that park on that Saturday. They ended up leaving early afternoon because they could not move in the park especially in W.S. I was at MK on that same day and I would say that crowd level was a little more accurate. It was very busy, but you could manage the crowds. Oh well Hakuna Matata!

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  • November 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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    We were at Epcot on 11/2. World Showcases was a ZOO. We definitely couldn’t enjoy that area with the kids due to amount of people there. You couldn’t move among the people. The other side of Epcot was very manageable with low wait times in my opinion.

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    • November 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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      I agree. We went to Epcot on the Monday (11/3), in the evening WS looked like spring break in Cancun. All the drunks from Wine and Dine really destroying the magic. Wine and Dine needs to go, or at least figure out some way to limit the alcohol consumption. It’s not what Walt intended for his city of tomorrow.

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  • November 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm
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    I would disagree with the 6 for MK on Nov 8th. We were there and went to go on the Peoplemover…it was a 40 minute wait! Lines wrapped around Lunching Pad! What’s the deal with that. The predictions for Animal Kingdom on 11/5 and Studios on 11/6 were very accurate.

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