Walt Disney World Preview — Week of August 25, 2018

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We’re seeing seriously LOW crowds and the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Read your Walt Disney World preview now!

Special Events

  • The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins August 30. Check out Rikki’s article for a list of this year’s menu items!
  • Auditions for American Idol will be held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex August 25. This will be the very first audition opportunity for the new season and will begin at 9:00 a.m.
  • The Digital Key feature, found on the My Disney Experience app, is now available at all Walt Disney World resort hotels. Should resort guests find themselves without a MagicBand or RFID card, they can use the app to unlock their hotel room door.
  • Reservations can now be made for a new morning event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Disney Early Morning Magic – Toy Story Land includes breakfast, character meets, and access to the three attractions found at Toy Story Land. You can book online or by calling (407) 827-7350.
  • Due to overnight concrete work at Magic Kingdom park, the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party will be cancelled August 27 and 30. The Main Street Trolley Show will be using the Main Street Ranch Wagon on that date.


For the most current weather conditions, click here.

Crowd Levels

For more information about crowd levels, click here.

Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Liberty Square Riverboat

Have you visited the parks with crowds this low? Let me know in the comments!

Angela Dahlgren

Angela is cohost of the TouringPlans Podcast and regular contributor to the TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren or via email - angela@touringplans.com

2 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Preview — Week of August 25, 2018

  • August 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Does a crowd level of 1 make sense for the first Friday of Food and Wine? Won’t locals be coming in to start the season?

    Does it look like the following week will be lower as well? I’ll be there that week, so it’s more than just academic interest.

  • August 27, 2018 at 10:49 am


    The crowd levels take into account the attraction wait times. Since many will be there for the sole purpose of attending Food & Wine only, that wouldn’t affect the wait times and therefore wouldn’t affect the crowd levels.

    Stay tuned this Thursday for the following week’s crowd levels, and I apologize for my late response!

    – Angela


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