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How We Did Yesterday - Saturday, December 9, 2017
Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: Primeval Whirl (-1 min), Mad Tea Party (0 min), Mad Tea Party (0 min), Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (0 min), Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (0 min), Spaceship Earth (0 min), Meet Magnifique Disney Friends as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Sideshow (0 min), Meet Magnifique Disney Friends as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Sideshow (0 min), Enchanted Tales with Belle (+1 min), Enchanted Tales with Belle (+1 min), Turtle Talk with Crush (+1 min), Turtle Talk with Crush (+1 min), Turtle Talk with Crush (+1 min), Tomorrowland Speedway (+1 min), Tomorrowland Speedway (+1 min), Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (+2 min), Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (+2 min), Peter Pan's Flight (+2 min), Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (+2 min), The Seas with Nemo & Friends (+2 min), The Seas with Nemo & Friends (+2 min), Jungle Cruise (+2 min)
We were within 5 minutes: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (-4 min), The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (-4 min), Meet Ariel at Her Grotto (-4 min), Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete's Silly Sideshow (+4 min), Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete's Silly Sideshow (+4 min), Mickey's PhilharMagic (+4 min), Mickey's PhilharMagic (+4 min), Journey Into Imagination With Figment (+4 min), Journey Into Imagination With Figment (+4 min)
We were within 7 minutes: The Haunted Mansion (-6 min), Test Track (-6 min), The Barnstormer (-5 min), The Barnstormer (-5 min), Astro Orbiter (-5 min), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (+5 min), TriceraTop Spin (+6 min), TriceraTop Spin (+6 min), Pirates of the Caribbean (+6 min), The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (+6 min), DINOSAUR (+7 min), DINOSAUR (+7 min)
We were within 10 minutes: Kali River Rapids (-9 min), Kali River Rapids (-9 min), Frozen Ever After (-9 min), Frozen Ever After (-9 min), Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater (-8 min), Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater (-8 min), Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus (-8 min), Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus (-8 min), Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (-7 min), Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (-7 min), Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (-7 min), Mission: SPACE Orange (-7 min), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (+7 min), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (+7 min), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (+7 min), Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (+8 min), Dumbo the Flying Elephant (+9 min), Dumbo the Flying Elephant (+9 min), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (+9 min), it's a small world (+9 min)
The attractions above come from our core group of 23 attractions used in calculating crowd levels. Wait times predictions are the average posted time between 11am and 5pm.
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The Crowd Calendar (1 means lowest crowds, 10 means highest)
Date Resort
Crowd Level
(Out of 10)
Magic
Kingdom
Epcot Hollywood
Studios
Animal
Kingdom
Ticket
Season
What To Look Out For
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Dec. 12, 2017
Tuesday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Christmas Party at MK
Dec. 13, 2017
Wednesday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Hanukkah
Dec. 14, 2017
Thursday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Christmas Party at MK
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Jan. 9, 2018
Tuesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Morning Magic at MK
Jan. 10, 2018
Wednesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Jan. 11, 2018
Thursday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Jan. 12, 2018
Friday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 13, 2018
Saturday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 14, 2018
Sunday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 15, 2018
Monday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 16, 2018
Tuesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Morning Magic at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 17, 2018
Wednesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 18, 2018
Thursday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 19, 2018
Friday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Disney After Hours at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 20, 2018
Saturday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 21, 2018
Sunday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Morning Magic at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 22, 2018
Monday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 23, 2018
Tuesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Morning Magic at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 24, 2018
Wednesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 25, 2018
Thursday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 26, 2018
Friday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Disney After Hours at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 27, 2018
Saturday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 28, 2018
Sunday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Morning Magic at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 29, 2018
Monday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 30, 2018
Tuesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Disney After Hours at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Jan. 31, 2018
Wednesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 1, 2018
Thursday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 2, 2018
Friday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 3, 2018
Saturday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 4, 2018
Sunday
REGULAR
$115 (MK)
Super Bowl Sunday
Morning Magic at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 5, 2018
Monday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 6, 2018
Tuesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Morning Magic at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 7, 2018
Wednesday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Festival of the Arts at EP
Feb. 8, 2018
Thursday
VALUE
$107 (MK)
Disney After Hours at MK
Festival of the Arts at EP
Ticket Season: 1-day tickets have "seasonal" pricing. Shown is the season name, along with the price of a 1-day, single-park Magic Kingdom ticket without taxes.

The Crowd Calendar Is Based On Wait Times

Our Unofficial Guide researchers have collected wait times in Walt Disney World for over a decade. Thanks to our mobile app, we get hundreds of wait times daily from our fabulous users.

What The Numbers Mean

The crowd level is based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded and 10 being most crowded. The scale represents the average wait time between 11am and 5pm at the key attractions. Read more on Crowd Levels.

Choosing The Park To Visit Each Day

Before choosing which park to visit each day you should examine some details about your trip. Our Park Recommendations page will take you step-by-step through your planning to make sure you make the right choice. Read More about Park Recommendations.

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Our Disney crowd calendar uses a 1 to 10 scale: 1 is least crowded, and 10 is most crowded.

The scale represents the average wait time between 10 am and 5 pm at key attractions in each park.

2017-12-09

How We Did Yesterday - Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Magic Kingdom

Attraction Predictions

Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: Mad Tea Party (0 min), Mad Tea Party (0 min), Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (0 min), Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (0 min), Meet Magnifique Disney Friends as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Sideshow (0 min), Meet Magnifique Disney Friends as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Sideshow (0 min), Enchanted Tales with Belle (+1 min), Enchanted Tales with Belle (+1 min), Tomorrowland Speedway (+1 min), Tomorrowland Speedway (+1 min), Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (+2 min), Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (+2 min), Peter Pan's Flight (+2 min), Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (+2 min), Jungle Cruise (+2 min)

We were within 5 minutes: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (-4 min), The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (-4 min), Meet Ariel at Her Grotto (-4 min), Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete's Silly Sideshow (+4 min), Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete's Silly Sideshow (+4 min), Mickey's PhilharMagic (+4 min), Mickey's PhilharMagic (+4 min)

We were within 7 minutes: The Haunted Mansion (-6 min), The Barnstormer (-5 min), The Barnstormer (-5 min), Astro Orbiter (-5 min), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (+5 min), Pirates of the Caribbean (+6 min)

We were within 10 minutes: Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater (-8 min), Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater (-8 min), Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (-7 min), Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (-7 min), Dumbo the Flying Elephant (+9 min), Dumbo the Flying Elephant (+9 min), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (+9 min), it's a small world (+9 min)

Overall Park Predictions

  • We Predicted: 7
  • Actual Crowds: 8

Epcot

Attraction Predictions

Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: Spaceship Earth (0 min), Turtle Talk with Crush (+1 min), Turtle Talk with Crush (+1 min), Turtle Talk with Crush (+1 min), The Seas with Nemo & Friends (+2 min), The Seas with Nemo & Friends (+2 min)

We were within 5 minutes: Journey Into Imagination With Figment (+4 min), Journey Into Imagination With Figment (+4 min)

We were within 7 minutes: Test Track (-6 min)

We were within 10 minutes: Frozen Ever After (-9 min), Frozen Ever After (-9 min), Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus (-8 min), Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus (-8 min), Mission: SPACE Orange (-7 min)

Overall Park Predictions

  • We Predicted: 6
  • Actual Crowds: 6

Hollywood Studios

Attraction Predictions

Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions:

We were within 7 minutes: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (+6 min)

We were within 10 minutes: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (-7 min)

Overall Park Predictions

  • We Predicted: 6
  • Actual Crowds: 7

Animal Kingdom

Attraction Predictions

Our wait times predictions were within 3 minutes for the following attractions: Primeval Whirl (-1 min)

We were within 7 minutes: TriceraTop Spin (+6 min), TriceraTop Spin (+6 min), DINOSAUR (+7 min), DINOSAUR (+7 min)

We were within 10 minutes: Kali River Rapids (-9 min), Kali River Rapids (-9 min), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (+7 min), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (+7 min), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (+7 min), Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (+8 min)

Overall Park Predictions

  • We Predicted: 5
  • Actual Crowds: 6

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Overall: 4
MK
3
EP
5
HS
4
AK
2
9a
12p
3p
6p
9p
12a
3a
Overall: 4
MK
3
Park Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm
EP
5
Park Hours: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Evening Extra Magic Hours until 11:30pm
HS
4
Park Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm
AK
2
Park Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm

1-Day Ticket Season: Regular - $115 (MK)

Overall: 5
MK
5
EP
4
HS
4
AK
4
9a
12p
3p
6p
9p
12a
3a
Overall: 5
MK
5
Park Hours: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Evening Extra Magic Hours until 12:00am
EP
4
Park Hours: 9:00am - 9:30pm
HS
4
Park Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm
AK
4
Park Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm

1-Day Ticket Season: Regular - $115 (MK)

What To Look Out For:

Hanukkah

Overall: 4
MK
3
EP
5
HS
5
AK
4
9a
12p
3p
6p
9p
12a
3a
Overall: 4
MK
3
Park Hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm
EP
5
Park Hours: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Morning Extra Magic Hour at 8:00am
HS
5
Park Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm
AK
4
Park Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm

1-Day Ticket Season: Regular - $115 (MK)

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Best Times to Visit Disney World

Walt Disney World is busiest Christmas Day through the first few days of January. Next busiest is the spring-break period from mid-March through the week of Easter, then Thanksgiving week. Following those are the first few weeks of June, when summer vacation starts, and the week of Presidents Day.

The least busy time is from Labor Day in September through the beginning of October. Next slowest are the weeks in mid-January after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend up to Presidents Day in February (except when the Walt Disney World Marathon runs after MLK Day). The weeks after Thanksgiving and before Christmas are less crowded than average, as is mid-April-mid-May, after spring break and before Memorial Day.

Late February, March, and early April are dicey. Crowds ebb and flow according to spring-break schedules and the timing of Presidents Day weekend. Besides being asphalt-melting hot, July brings throngs of South American tourists on their winter holiday.

How To Use the Crowd Calendar

We define theme park crowds by looking at average posted wait time for the park's most important attractions, between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. We selected this definition for many reasons:

  • It is data-driven, using data that we can collect
  • It has fixed park hours to make fair comparisons between parks
  • It can be objectively evaluated for accuracy

That last one is important. Two guests who tour Magic Kingdom on the same day may not agree on how the crowd felt. It will depend greatly on their personal perspective: what time of year they usually visit, how experienced they are, whether they used a touring plan, and more. However, everyone should be able to agree on what the average posted wait time was between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

See our Magic Kingdom Crowd Levels page to get a sense of wait times at popular attractions for different crowd levels.

Other Tips

1. Using a Touring Plan is 5 times more important than which park to visit

The best way to avoid waiting in line is to use a Disney World Touring Plan. You will tour more efficiently with a touring plan at a park at level '8' then you will without a touring plan at a park at level '4'.

2. Lower crowds mean it's less important to choose a specific park to visit

If the crowd calendar level is a '4' or lower, picking which park to visit will matter less. Use the crowd calendar to choose a week with lower crowds, then visit whichever park you wish.

3. Use Extra Magic Hours Wisely

If you're staying at a Disney hotel with Extra Magic Hours, then take advantage of that perk. Morning Extra Magic Hour is the most effective for seeing rides without long waits in line. Just make sure you can arrive before Morning Extra Magic Hour begins.


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