November is here, and we continue our monthly schedule of updates to the Disney World Crowd Calendar. Last month Disney changed their ticket pricing scheme. A stated goal of the date based ticket pricing scheme is to distribute crowds more evenly throughout the year. We are observing the crowds and will need several months of data to know the true impact on crowds.
(Average Crowd Levels MK:4.8 EP:5.0 HS:4.1 AK:4.1)
Besides Veterans Day weekend and Thanksgiving week, crowd levels will be low. The Magic Kingdom begins to offer Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 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. Many school districts have the entire week of Thanksgiving off. Crowds start growing the weekend before Thanksgiving and peak the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
(Average Crowd Levels MK:5.5 EP:6.5 HS:6.0 AK:5.4)
Early December has relatively low crowd levels. Most school districts are in session through Friday, December 21. December 22 is the start of the busiest time at Walt Disney World. Crowds won’t drop until 2019 begins.
(Average Crowd Levels MK:4.8 EP:5.3 HS:5.6 AK:4.3)
School starts back up starting January 2, but most schools won’t start back until January 7. Expect New Year’s crowds to continue until January 5. There will a bump in the crowd levels for WDW Marathon Weekend (January 9-13), and Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (January 19-21).
(Average Crowd Levels MK:4.7 EP:4.1 HS:4.4 AK:4.7)
The week of Presidents Day (February 18) and the Princess Half Marathon (February 21-24) will be the busiest time of the month. The rest of the month will see low crowd levels.
(Average Crowd Levels MK:6.6 EP:6.1 HS:6.2 AK:6.1)
Mardi Gras (March 5) is late in 2019. Typically Mardi Gras crowds overlap with Presidents Day, but will not be an issue in 2019. Fewer schools are off for Mardi Gras this year and will not have a major impact on crowds. In 2019 the “spring break” season will span from March 15 to April 21.
(Average Crowd Levels MK:6.5 EP:6.5 HS:6.2 AK:6.4)
Easter (April 21) is late in 2019. A late Easter means that spring break crowds are spread across a wider time range. The week of April 14 will be the busiest week for spring break. After Easter, crowds will drop off significantly.
(Average Crowd Levels MK:5.0 EP:4.6 HS:4.3 AK:5.3)
May have low to moderate crowds for most of the month. The Memorial Day weekend will see peak crowd levels.
(June’s Average Crowd Levels MK:6.0 EP:5.9 HS:5.5 AK:6.4)
(July’s Average Crowd Levels MK:6.4 EP:4.6 HS:4.8 AK:5.5)
(August’s Average Crowd Levels MK:4.6 EP:4.5 HS:3.8 AK:4.1)
Disney will be in full summer mode through labor day. Summer 2017 and 2018 have had moderate crowds. Unless Disney offers some very attractive offers we expect crowds will be light in 2019. With Galaxy’s Edge (Star Wars Land) not yet open many guests will be postponing their Disney vacations.
(September’s Average Crowd Levels MK:2.8 EP:2.6 HS:1.7 AK:2.0)
(October’s Average Crowd Levels MK:4.0 EP:4.5 HS:4.1 AK:4.0)
September traditionally has the lowest crowd levels. All schools are back in session. The big unknown is the opening date for Galaxy’s Edge. Late fall 2019 is the only information Disney has released. Once a specific opening date is announced we will adjust the crowd level predictions.