Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 3 to 9, 2016

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How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?
How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?

After a cold and rainy Sunday and two days of bounce-back crowds Disney World crowds settled down for the rest of last week. As is often the case in off-season the weather can affect day-to-day crowds. Last week marked the end of the busy holiday season but since Sunday was not a pleasant day it appears that some holiday level crowds spilled into Monday and Tuesday. Wait times varied very little over the resort between Wednesday and Saturday.

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, January 3, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
9
5

Sunday was the last chance to view the Osborne Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios and crowds battled the cool, rainy weather to get in one last look. Conversely, almost no one spent the day at Animal Kingdom. Wait times there were as low as they get. Sunday was also the last day to see Soarin’ before it goes into a lengthy refurbishment. Soarin’s average wait was 124 minutes.

Epcot
8
7
Hollywood Studios
5
8
Animal Kingdom
7
1

Monday, January 4, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
8
10

Monday’s crowds were a bounceback from the poor weather on Sunday. Epcot saw a crowd level ‘7’ on the first day when Soarin’ did not operate. Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios had a surprisingly large crowd considering that most schools were back in session Monday. Animal Kingdom had the very rare ‘1’ to ‘9’ bounceback.

Epcot
7
7
Hollywood Studios
7
10
Animal Kingdom
6
9

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
10

Tuesday’s crowd was very surprising at three of the parks. Only Animal Kingdom came in one level lower than predicted, the other three were two or more levels higher. At Magic Kingdom, only Splash Mountain had an average wait time that didn’t hit a level ’10’ on our scale.

Epcot
6
8
Hollywood Studios
7
9
Animal Kingdom
6
7

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
9

On Wednesday, Hollywood Studios was the park to hit the mark on the Disney World Crowd Calendar. There we saw average waits like 60 minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and 86 at Toy Story Midway Mania. Meanwhile Magic Kingdom completed a remarkable three day stretch with wait times at the highest levels on our scale.

Epcot
4
6
Hollywood Studios
7
7
Animal Kingdom
6
3

Thursday, January 7, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
8

Crowd levels seemed to calm down by Thursday as we headed into the Disney World Marathon Weekend. Epcot and Hollywood Studios saw their lowest crowds up to that point. Animal Kingdom wait times continued to go dramatically up and down each day.

Epcot
4
4
Hollywood Studios
7
6
Animal Kingdom
7
5

Friday, January 8, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Friday saw the resort wide crowd level at its lowest point since Sunday. Jungle Cruise averaged 40 minutes (predicted 44), Spaceship Earth averaged 9 (15), Star Tours 29 (28) and Primeval Whirl averaged 15 minutes (predicted 10).

Epcot
5
3
Hollywood Studios
8
7
Animal Kingdom
5
3

Saturday, January 9, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
7
7

The Disney World Crowd Calendar nailed three of the four parks on Saturday. The early report on Epcot is that the closure of Soarin’ is keeping guests from going to that park, or is keeping guests from riding anything in Future World. It will be interesting to see if that continues.

Epcot
6
2
Hollywood Studios
8
8
Animal Kingdom
8
8
What to Expect This Week
January 10 to 16, 2016

This week the Disney World Crowd Calendar expects crowds to be fairly low through the week then peaking as we head into the long weekend.

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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