Dad's Big 2017 Walt Disney World
Who knows what the crowds will be like at Walt Disney World? Dad does. Check out Dad's Big 2017 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars. Let's go...
Crowds, yuck. No body likes crowds at Walt Disney World. Right? There is nothing that takes away the Magic of a WDW vacation faster than a big crowd.
Never worry, never fear...
Dad's here to help.
The 2017 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar
As you can see above, Dad has devised a cool color coding system to make it really simple for you to pick the best dates for your trip.
Here's a better look at the colors and what they mean.
Dad has broken down the crowds for ever month. Check out the pages below for each month to see what the crowd patterns will be like.
January is one of the most "interesting" months to visit Walt Disney World. It all kicks of with one of the busiest days of the year, January 1 then, after a few days, the crowds just vanish (or so it seems).
The WDW Marathon comes a few days later and about a billion people line up to run for hours. Crazy people! The Marathon really doesn't affect crowds all that much but it is kinda fun to watch.
The Martin Luther King holiday weekend will be busy, but the rest of the month is really nice crowd wise.
All in all, January is a pretty good time to visit Disney World.
February is a one of the "quieter" months at Walt Disney World.
The first couple weeks of the month are nice and peaceful for the most part. Then President's Day week brings in a crush of humanity for a few days. It's definitely a week to avoid.
The Princess Half Marathon Weekend is the end of Presidents Day week, but by then all the crowds are gone.
Disclaimer: in 2016 crowds in February were out of control for most of the month. It was definitely a historical anomaly. Hopefully, in 2017 the crowds will settle back into their normal pattern.
Spring breaks out all over Walt Disney World in March. Spring means crowds and flowers and WDW has plenty of both.
In Epcot the International Flower and Garden Festival kicks off. It's one of the most beautiful times of the year.
It's so beautiful it makes Dad want to sing.
"Flowers in your hair...
Dad sings so good.
March is a very colorful and interesting month.
PS. I didn't mention the Atlanta Braves because there are big rumors that they will be moving out of the Wide World of Sports complex in 2017.
April is a funky month. The first couple of weeks will be really busy with the end of Spring Breaks. Nothing unusual about that, but then the funkiness starts.
Funky? No Dad. You've sung once, please, no Funky Town...
OK, but I like to sing.
The late week traffic in late April is what's funky. Typically Fridays and Saturdays are busier than the rest of the week. In April, that turns a bit on it's head and Friday and Saturday are slower than the rest of the week. I can't explain it, but that's what happens.
May is a great time to visit Walt Disney World. For the most part crowds are light. The Flower and Garden Festival finishes up the first couple of weeks. Don't forget the Flower Power Concert Series. What a blast from the past.
The weather can be pretty nice in May. The summer temperatures are still a few weeks away (usually.)
Check out Walt Disney World in May...
"Int the summertime when the weather is high, you can reach right up and touch the sky..."
June and summer arrive and it gets Hot, Hot, Hot! Just after the first week of June the summer gets rolling and by the end of the month it gets HOT!
June rolls in like a lamb, but then the lion roars (and we're not talking little Simba here).
As the days heat up the crowds get bigger. Yep, it's summertime.
July in Orlando means crowds and heat. Christmas may be the busiest time of the year, but July is probably the busiest month.
Celebrating America is what the first part of July is all about. On July 4 there might be more people at WDW than any other day. The fireworks shows in all the parks (except Animal Kingdom) are magnificent.
Disney does know how to handle big crowds. There will be special events all month like the Sounds Like Summer concerts in Epcot. How "cool" is that?
The heat is on... Yes it is in August, except after about the middle of the month the crowds all go away.
When the month starts, the last of the summer crowds hit the parks. Then around the middle of the month it all ends and the crowds go away.
No, the heat doesn't go away, but the crowds do.
September may be the slowest month of the year at WDW crowd wise. Some of the slowest days of the year happen in March.
Not only small crowds, but also the Food and Wine Festival kicks off. Yummy!
There is just nothing else to say but let's go.
Great Grinning Ghosts come out and haunt the Magic Kingdom all of October. Such great fun.
October used to be a nice slow time. Not so much any more. The middle of October is just about as busy as summer.
Of course, there's the spooky but fun Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party that draws billions of people to the Magic Kingdom (maybe not billions, but lots) several nights per week.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Yep, Christmas at Disney World starts in November.
The first Friday in November kicks off the Christmas season with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. It's great fun and not to be missed.
The crowds in November are really nice except for Thanksgiving Week. Crowds haven't evenpicked up during the "imaginary" Jersey Week. Other than Thanksgiving Week the month is a pretty good time to go. The week after Thanksgiving is about perfect.
When is the best month of the year to visit Disney World? It's not even close. In Dad's humble opinion (yeah right, humble?) it's December. Hands down.
Dad just loves spending some time in December at Disney World.
As Christmas time approaches, crowds get massive. Christmas Day is the busiest day of the year at Disney World and Christmas week is also the craziest.
Avoid Christmas Week but December is a wonderful time to visit.
The Best Time to Visit
Do you want to know the best time to visit Disney World? Dad knows. Dad takes you through a month by month rundown on the pros and cons of each month. Check it out.
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More Crowd Information
Dad has all kinds of Crowd information. You'll find information for every park, tips for avoiding crowds and lots more. Everything you need to know is right here.
Even more help
For even more help with the crowds at Disney World, check out Dad's partner Touringplans.com.
Touringplans have very detailed projections of crowds including park by park predictions every day.
Dad's Bottom Line
Disney World crowds have become harder and harder to predict lately. Disney marketing has been pretty effective in packing the parks. Basically, if school is in session crowds will be light. If school is out crowds will be big. It's almost that easy.