Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 25 to 31, 2015

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios were much busier than expected last Wednesday, mostly due to some technical issues with Tower of Terror. The issues increased wait times at Tower of Terror and nearby Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Other than that, our crowd calendar did very well all week, missing only twice by more than two index levels.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Touringplans.com Disney World Crowd Calendar Report:

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
5
4

The calendar predicted all four parks would be within one of the middle point on our scale. That turned out to be correct. We saw average waits like 26 minutes at Pirates of the Caribbean, 69 at Soarin’, 29 at Star Tours and 40 minutes at Expedition Everest.

Epcot
4
4
Hollywood Studios
5
6
Animal Kingdom
5
6

Monday, January 26, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
2

Monday’s crowd calendar hit the mark at three of the parks while the Magic Kingdom’s wait times translated to a level ‘2’, two lower than expected. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Pirates of the Caribbean were most notably different from our predictions.

Epcot
5
5
Hollywood Studios
2
2
Animal Kingdom
4
4

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
5

A slow day at Animal Kingdom as predicted but Magic Kingdom saw wait times higher than expected on Tuesday, the only miss at that park for the week. The average wait at Peter Pan’s Flight was 78 minutes (predicted 46).

Epcot
3
2
Hollywood Studios
3
4
Animal Kingdom
2
1

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
2

Wednesday at Hollywood Studios was the other surprise of the week but solely due to a malfunction at Tower of Terror that pushed its wait to double the norm. That pushed wait times higher at other headliners as well, like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Star Tours.

Epcot
3
2
Hollywood Studios
2
6
Animal Kingdom
3
1

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
2
1

Thursdays numbers represent one of the least crowded days you will likely see all year. No park managed a crowd level above ‘3’ and only Epcot reached that level. Space Mountain averaged a paltry 21 minutes while Test Track had the highest waits with a 66 minute average.

Epcot
3
3
Hollywood Studios
3
2
Animal Kingdom
2
2

Friday, January 30, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
4
5

All parks were more crowded on Friday (although Epcot had the same level). the level ‘5’ at Animal Kingdom included a 29 minute average wait at Kilimanjaro Safaris and a 36 minute average at Expedition Everest.

Epcot
3
3
Hollywood Studios
3
4
Animal Kingdom
2
5

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Magic Kingdom
6
6

Saturday was the busiest day of the week but not as busy as an average Saturday throughout the year. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad averaged 42 minutes (predicted 38), Mission Space: Orange 15 (17), Star Tours 33 (29) and Dinosaur averaged 23 minutes (predicted 26).

Epcot
4
4
Hollywood Studios
4
5
Animal Kingdom
5
6
What to Expect This Week
February 1 to 7, 2015
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We suggested that Animal Kingdom (and other parks) might extend the official hours currently published for February in this post and changes were indeed announced. Check the Crowd Calendar for the latest official park hours. February crowds numbers are higher than January but slow days can still be found if you avoid Presidents Day and Mardi Gras.

To see Walt Disney World 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.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – January 25 to 31, 2015

  • February 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm
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    I was there from Jan. 24-Jan. 30, and it was unpleasant in the parks by 11 am everyday. The headliner line waits were still up until closing times many nights. Riding the bus to and fro our value resort was horrible. Tensions were high in lines on particular days, and Disney cast members were rude and yelling at people in lines to crowd closer together in the “cram spaces” and lines. . . we were treated like cattle. The economy in South America must be going gangbusters because we were surrounded by South Americans on holiday, esp. at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. I think your stats are WRONG.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm
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    I was there the same days as Emily and agree with her assessment. We frequently visit WDW in late January and have never experienced lines and crowds like we did this year. The stats don’t tell the true story.

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