Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – August 30 to September 5, 2015

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How Did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?
How Did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

Last week, crowds at Disneyland Resort matched what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted every day except for Friday and Saturday when the Disneyland Half-Marathon seemed to increase wait times more than expected. Usually, events like marathons bring crowds to the hotels and local transportation but wait times in the parks remain reasonable.

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

Disneyland Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
3

Both Disneyland parks were a crowd level ‘3’ on Sunday as predicted by the Disneyland Crowd Calendar. Indiana Jones Adventure averaged 26 minutes (predicted 30) and Soarin’ Over California averaged 26 minutes (predicted 44).

Disney California Adventure
3
3

Monday, August 31, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
4
3

Wait times stayed about the same on Monday although the Disneyland Crowd Calendar expected a slight increase in crowd level. Alice in Wonderland averaged 22 minutes while Toy Story Midway Mania averaged 29 minutes.

Disney California Adventure
4
2

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
1
2

September arrived on Tuesday with very low crowds, something we expect to see for much of the month. Disney California Adventure hit a crowd level ‘1’ with average waits like 17 minutes at Soarin’ Over California and 21 minutes at Tower of Terror.

Disney California Adventure
2
1

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
1

On Wednesday we saw more low crowds as predicted but this time it was Disneyland Park that hit a crowd level ‘1’. There we saw average waits like 7 minutes at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and 7 minutes at it’s a small world.

Disney California Adventure
2
2

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
2

Level ‘2’ across the board on Thursday with no attraction averaging a posted time higher than 35 minutes other than Radiator Springs at 41 minutes.

Disney California Adventure
2
2

Friday, September 4, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
5

Wait times jumped higher on Friday as we entered the Disneyland Half-Marathon Weekend. In years past we haven’t seen wait times creep as high as they did this year during the event.

Disney California Adventure
1
4

Saturday, September 5, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
7

Saturday’s crowds were significantly higher than the Disneyland Crowd Calendar expected. This was the 10th year for the event and wait times were higher this year than any year in the past.

Disney California Adventure
2
6
What to Expect This Week
September 6 to 12, 2015

The first few weeks of September are typically a great week to visit the Disneyland Resort. Crowds are lighter with most schools in session and summer vacations concluded for most families.

To see Disneyland Resort 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.

3 thoughts on “Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – August 30 to September 5, 2015

  • September 8, 2015 at 11:22 am
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    Crowds were crazy over the weekend! I know this only covers up until Saturday, but on Sunday, waits for Radiator Springs were up to 120 (and a Single Rider wait of 45) minutes.

    Any thoughts on why this year was so different than previous Half Marathons?

    Even with the unexpected crowds, my wife and I still had a GREAT time. It was our first time to Disneyland in 10 years, and it just keeps getting better and better. Paint the Night was AMAZING.

    Doug

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    • September 9, 2015 at 10:04 am
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      Glad to hear that you had a great time, Doug. That is two years in a row that Labor Day Weekend / Half-Marathon weekend has been super busy. It may be that large crowds for this weekend has become a new trend. Personally, I don’t have an explanation for why this year (and last year) have become more popular but in a way it doesn’t matter why. I think we can expect to see larger crowds during this event annually from now on.

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  • September 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    I was in DCA this past Saturday and Disneyland on Sunday. It was my first trip ever to Disneyland so I have nothing to compare it to but the wait times were longer than posted/predicted for sure. 45 minutes seemed to be the average wait time, some more, some less. Sat on a curb for 3 hours to see Paint the Night, mainly because we were tired of waiting in lines but there were people camped out even before that! We loved the parade and the fireworks after, especially the projections down Main Street. We love Wishes in Disney World but if that’s the level of show we can expect whenever a replacement comes, I’d be more than ok with it.

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