Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 17 to 23, 2016

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

Cold weather has kept the Disney World theme parks less crowded than usual on several days this January. Last week we saw crowd levels one to two points lower than the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted every day except for Saturday. This is good news for guests on vacation since the cool weather tends to keep local guests from visiting the parks and makes for lighter crowds overall.

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 17, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
9
7

On Sunday, Epcot and Magic Kingdom were the least crowded parks while Animal Kingdom hit the top level on our scale. There we saw average wait times like 39 minutes at DINOSAUR and 64 minutes at Kilimanjaro Safaris. Even Primeval Whirl at 35 minutes was a level ‘9’ for that attraction. At Epcot, where the park’s biggest headliner Soarin’ remains closed, we saw average wait times like 68 minutes at Test Track and 25 minutes at Spaceship Earth.

Epcot
9
6
Hollywood Studios
10
8
Animal Kingdom
9
10

Monday, January 18, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
10
9

It appears that Soarin’s closure is keeping guests from visiting Epcot. Epcot was the only park on Monday to have a crowd level less than ‘9’. Monday was Martin Luther King Jr day, usually Epcot’s busiest day of the month other than New Year’s Day. Again, Animal Kingdom had average wait times high enough to reach the top level on our crowd scale.

Epcot
9
5
Hollywood Studios
10
9
Animal Kingdom
9
10

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
7
9

Tuesday’s crowds were significantly lighter at Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom but Magic Kingdom stayed equally as busy as the holiday Monday a day before. Average waits at Magic Kingdom were 61 minutes at Space Mountain, 48 at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and 43 and Jungle Cruise.

Epcot
7
5
Hollywood Studios
8
3
Animal Kingdom
2
1

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Wednesday brought another day of lighter than expected crowds, something we haven’t said very often in the last several months. The Disney World Crowd Calendar hit the mark with its predictions for Magic Kingdom and Epcot but Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom came in a few points lower than predicted.

Epcot
4
4
Hollywood Studios
7
4
Animal Kingdom
3
1

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

On Thursday we saw two predictions hit the mark again but this time it was Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Epcot continues to lag behind the other parks, a good sign for visitors that want to take advantage of a quiet Future World and World Showcase. All four parks were relatively light on Thursday, typical for mid to late January and also a function of the cool weather sweeping through Central Florida last week.

Epcot
4
2
Hollywood Studios
5
6
Animal Kingdom
3
3

Friday, January 22, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
5
4

Friday was the least crowded day of last week. Hollywood Studios saw average waits like 72 minutes at Toy Story Midway Mania and 46 at Tower of Terror but those were the longest waits across the resort, by far. At Animal Kingdom the longest average wait was 15 minutes at Expedition Everest.

Epcot
4
2
Hollywood Studios
7
5
Animal Kingdom
1
1

Saturday, January 23, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
8
8

Crowds picked up a bit on Saturday with Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios reaching level ‘8’s. Still, the four parks were fairly manageable with average waits under 40 minutes at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion.

Epcot
4
6
Hollywood Studios
7
8
Animal Kingdom
4
6
What to Expect This Week
January 24 to 30, 2016

Late January is a great week to visit Disney World theme parks, if the weather holds up. Even if the weather is a little cooler than you expected, bundle up and hit the parks. So many attractions are indoors and the advantage of being in a park when locals choose to stay away is enough to make up for a little chill in the air.

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 Calendar Report – January 17 to 23, 2016

  • January 26, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    We were at WDW over the weekend and thought both your app and My Disney Experience app were behaving terrible this weekend. If it’s not improved when we return in early March we will have to consider not renewing.

    • January 26, 2016 at 9:23 am
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      I’m sorry that there were some issues with the app. What were some of the problems you were having with Lines?

      • January 26, 2016 at 10:59 am
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        It was really frustrating on both an Android and Apple device. On both, when we would choose the park, it would freeze and just bring up a screen in all white. My husband was on the Disney wifi, I was not. It also took a long time to process when updating times. It was essentially useless about 50 percent of the time.

  • January 26, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    I also at WDW over the weekend as well and my problem seemed to be mainly with Disney’s WiFi connection. It was repeatedly dropping and reconnecting – draining my battery in the process. That might explain why both lines and My Disney Experience weren’t working very well.

    • January 26, 2016 at 11:06 am
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      I agree. I eventually gave up on Disney Wifi. The Disney app didn’t work well on any network. I had to take screenshots of our plans and times from the My Disney Experience app because it would not load most of the time so it was pretty worthless. I generally get better performance. When I got home, I had an email survey from Disney specifically about the app performance on that trip so I would guess they got a lot of feedback about it.

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