July is here, and we continue our monthly schedule of updates to the Disney World Crowd Calendar.
We are taking a wait-and-see approach before making any changes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios crowd levels. With the first week of Toy Story Land being open, we are already seeing wait times at the new attractions settle down. Next month’s update will include changes based on what we learn from July’s data. The increase in Disney hotel promotions suggests that reservations are down. We believe that some people are delaying their trips and waiting until Galaxy’s Edge (the Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios) opens in late 2019. The fall has a few days where Magic Kingdom crowd levels dropped 4 or 5 points. These are days where the park closes early due to a holiday or private party.
The longer park hours and summer heat help keep the crowd levels moderate in July. The new Toy Story Land will draw guests to spend more of their time at Hollywood Studios. The crowd levels predictions at the other parks have been reduced slightly. Take advantage of the early opening times and late closings. Take a break during the peak of the heat, and you can tour the parks with low to moderate crowds.
The summer heat continues, but the crowds start to taper off. School districts starting going back to school in early August. By the end of the month, 80% of students are back in classes. Hollywood Studios crowds will start to moderate and get in line with the other parks. August 17, we see the first 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. Typically the days between the parties have higher crowd levels. Many guests will avoid the Magic Kingdom on party days due to the shorter park hours.
September has some of the lowest crowd levels of the year. Labor Day weekend is the end of summer crowds. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, free dining, and other hotel promotions are ways that Disney tries to increase attendance. The Halloween parties continue in August, with Magic Kingdom having higher crowds on non-party days.
October will see some weeks with summer level crowds. Many school systems have their fall breaks in October. The Food & Wine Festival continues through November 12. The Magic Kingdom has 18 Halloween parties. Days without a party will have the Magic Kingdom crowd levels in the 7s and 8s.
Besides Veteran’s Day weekend and Thanksgiving week, crowd levels will be low. The Magic Kingdom begins to offer Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Just like with the Halloween Party, the days between the parties have higher crowd levels. Many school districts have the entire week of Thanksgiving off. Crowds start growing the weekend before Thanksgiving and peak the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Early December has low crowd levels. Most school districts are in session through Friday, December 21. December 22 is the start of the most busy time at Walt Disney World. Crowds won’t drop until 2019 begins.
Crowd levels taper off quickly. By Friday, January 4, 30% of school districts are back in session. Most of the remaining school districts go back to school the week of January 7. There will a bump in the crowd levels for WDW Marathon Weekend (January 9-13), MLK Jr. weekend (January 19-21), and Presidents Day week (February 15-23).
March – April 2019
Easter Sunday is April 21, 2019. When Easter is late, spring break crowds are spread across more weeks. In 2019, the “spring break” season will span from March 10 to April 21. The weeks of March 17 and April 14 will have the highest spring break crowds.
May – June 2019
The end of April through most of May will have low crowds. Most school districts are in session and wrapping up the school year. Memorial Day weekend going into the first week of June will have high crowds. In the second week of June, crowds will moderate to typical summer level crowds.