Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

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How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?
How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland crowds during the week continue to be much higher than history would suggest for the last week in April. Since 2012, no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘6’ during the final week of April and most years the average crowd level is ‘4’. This year is different for some reason that remains a mystery. From our observations in the parks it feels like staffing may be contributing to the longer lines. Restaurants seem unprepared for the influx of lunchtime guests and rides seem to be operating at less than capacity. Staffing does not fully explain the increase in wait times during the week however. The ‘value’ pricing for tickets during the week may be a factor as well.

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

Disneyland Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, April 24, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
8
9

Sunday was the only day last week where Disneyland Resort crowd levels matched what we see historically during the last week in April. Wait times were the highest of the week although there was virtually no dip in wait times during the week despite schools being in session and no holidays on the calendar.

Disney California Adventure
8
8

Monday, April 25, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
4
8

In the previous five years no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘5’ on the last Monday in April. On the last Monday in April 2013, both Disneyland parks were a level ‘1’. This year, as has been the case with much of 2016, crowd levels are much higher.

Disney California Adventure
3
9

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
9

A level ‘5’ at Disney California Adventure on a Tuesday in late April is within reason but a level ‘9’ at Disneyland Park is not. Especially for a day labelled as ‘Value’ for single day ticket guests. Ironically, some attractions during the ‘Regular’ season on the weekend had shorter lines. On Tuesday, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin averaged 40 minutes, a clear level ’10’ on our scale.

Disney California Adventure
3
5

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
8

Wednesday brought extreme crowds at both parks relative to what usually see in late April. Mickey’s Fun Wheel – Swinging averaged 30 minutes, the highest average that we will likely see all summer. At Disneyland Park we saw Mickey’s House, Mr Toad’s Wild Ride and Pirates of the Caribbean hit crowd level ’10’s on their respective attraction level scales.

Disney California Adventure
3
7

Thursday, April 28, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
9

More extreme wait times at Disneyland Park on Thursday. Nine attractions hit a crowd level ’10’ when normally that number would be zero this time of year. Dumbo averaged 32 minutes as did Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Mickey’s House averaged 34 minutes, Mr Toad’s Wild Ride 26 minutes, Peter Pan’s Flight 45 and Star Tours 44 minutes.

Disney California Adventure
3
6

Friday, April 29, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
6
10

The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted an increase in wait times as we head into the weekend which is pretty typical for off season crowds. Disneyland Park hit the maximum level on our scale Friday which is anything but typical. Thirteen attractions hit a crowd level 10 including Gadget’s Go Coaster at 24 minutes and Autopia at 35.

Disney California Adventure
6
8

Saturday, April 30, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
6
10

Another crowd level ’10’ for Disneyland on Saturday thanks to average wait times like 48 minutes at Alice in Wonderland and 41 at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Disney California Adventure was busy as well with wait time averages like 30 minutes at California Screamin’ and 99 minutes at Radiator Springs Racers.

Disney California Adventure
8
8
What to Expect This Week
May 1 – 7, 2016

After a remarkable April it looks like May crowd levels might be a little more reasonable although still above historical averages. May is typically a great time to visit the Disneyland Resort with the warm weather and moderate crowds but if 2016 continues to break records, it will be important to stick to the touring plan and re-optimize often to take advantage of live updates to wait times in the parks.

To see Disneyland Resort 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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