Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – March 1 to 7, 2015

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Wait times at Walt Disney World were much lower than expected last week with the exception of Sunday, March 1. Partly due to weather and partly due to a number of school districts altering their spring break schedule, we saw wait times across all four parks that were 15 to 25 minutes lower than history would suggest. Guests who visited last week were lucky to find crowds that were among the lowest of the year, so far. Only two days last week did we see a park reach a crowd level higher than ‘5’ on our scale.

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

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
4

Disney Hollywood Studios stood out as a busy park on Sunday with Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster pushing wait times well above average – 106 and 88 minutes, respectively (predicted 58 and 59 minutes). Other parks were significantly less crowded than the Studios.

Epcot
4
3
Hollywood Studios
5
8
Animal Kingdom
5
4

Monday, March 2, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
5

By contrast, the average wait at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster on Monday was 46 minutes. The average wait at Tower of Terror was 103 minutes which was likely due to an unexpected reduction in capacity.

Epcot
4
3
Hollywood Studios
5
3
Animal Kingdom
5
4

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
5

Again on Tuesday, like Monday we saw no park reach a crowd level above a level ‘5’ on our scale. The Studios stayed at a level ‘3’ while the Magic Kingdom was the busiest at a level ‘5’.

Epcot
5
3
Hollywood Studios
4
3
Animal Kingdom
5
2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
1

Wednesday brought shockingly low crowd levels to all four parks. Weather does not appear to have been a factor. It may be that schools originally scheduled to have a break last week altered their schedule to account for days lost from winter weather. Regardless, guests who visited on Wednesday were treated to very low crowds.

Epcot
6
2
Hollywood Studios
5
2
Animal Kingdom
6
1

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
3

Thursday’s crowds were only slightly busier than Wednesday’s. Jungle Cruise had the highest average wait time at Magic Kingdom at 43 minutes (predicted 32) while Animal Kingdom’s average waits were all 26 minutes or lower.

Epcot
5
2
Hollywood Studios
3
2
Animal Kingdom
5
1

Friday, March 6, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
7
3

Friday’s crowds were again, surprisingly low at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. A Friday in early March when 10% of the largest school districts are out of session ought to bring at least average sized crowds but no park reached a level above ‘4’. Cooler weather may have affected crowds on Friday.

Epcot
5
4
Hollywood Studios
4
3
Animal Kingdom
5
1

Saturday, March 7, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
7
5

Saturday’s crowds were much more in line with what we would expect for early March. Peter Pan’s Flight averaged 51 minutes (predicted 63) while Soarin’ averaged 74 minutes (predicted 70).

Epcot
6
7
Hollywood Studios
7
6
Animal Kingdom
8
3
What to Expect This Week
March 8 to 14, 2015
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Despite the low crowds of last week we still expect crowd levels to reach moderate to busy next week. In fact, we have already seen busier crowds on Sunday and Monday. Whether we see a slide in attendance during the middle of the week like we did last week is yet to be seen.

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.

2 thoughts on “Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – March 1 to 7, 2015

  • March 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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    Here’s hoping that 15th through 19th have lower than expected crowds also! Weather predictions look to make that happen with rain, though.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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    Hi Fred! I was looking for the Crowd Calendar for next month, specifically for April´s first week. I was wondering how come you only assigned a relatively low crowd level for the Good Friday, when all the website comments refer to it as one of the worst days all year to visit WDW and Epcot. Hope to hear back from you!

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