October is here, and we continue our monthly schedule of updates to the Disney World Crowd Calendar.
Note that we had technical problems with the initial Crowd Calendar update around 10:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 5. As a result, you may have received an email update that reflected incorrect crowd level changes. We resolved the problem by 3:00 AM EDT on Saturday, October 6, and the crowd levels present on our Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar now are accurate. We apologize for any confusion!
This month’s Crowd Calendar update only has minor changes. Most days did not change, and where there is a change, it is only 1 point. Any change is related to park hour changes. Since July we have seen lower than expected crowds. September has the lowest crowds of the year and the observed data shows how low the crowd levels were.
The table below shows the monthly average crowd levels for the next 12 months.
Changes are a coming.
Last month Disney announced date-based ticketing pricing. October 16, Disney will release the details for the new pricing scheme. One of Disney’s stated goals is to more evenly distribute attendance at the parks. We expect the new date-based pricing will only affect crowds slightly. Even before date-based ticketing pricing, other travel expenses had variable pricing. Hotels, airlines, and rental cars adjust pricing based on demand. Travel patterns are primarily driven by work and school schedules.
After Galaxy’s Edge (Star Wars Land) opens in 2019 we expect a surge in crowds. Families are postponing their Disney vacations waiting for Galaxy’s Edge to open. If the date-based ticketing schedule includes all of 2019, it might hint at an opening date for Galaxy’s Edge. “Late Fall” is the only hint at an opening date. It will be interesting to see what Disney will do to promote Summer 2019.