What's the deal with crowds?
Boy oh boy, Dad’s been getting a lot of questions lately about crowd, crowds, and more crowds! Instead of answering them one at a time, we’re going to tackle them all at once. Here we go….
Crowds are everywhere at WDW - Photo by Cliff WangDad’s Crowded Answer
First up, Joan asks:Your crowd calendar shows orange from May 23-26 which is NOT Memorial Day weekend, then blue for Memorial Day weekend May 27-30th. Is this a mistake, or do you really think crowds will be lighter on Memorial Day weekend as compared to the weekend before?
Joan, no mistake here! Traditionally, Memorial Day crowds have been mixed - sometimes there’s a big crowd at the Magic Kingdom if they do a special 24 hour event, but other than that, WDW is pretty slow. Dad’s May Crowd Calendar
No Star Wars Weekends but that doesn't mean no crowds - Photo by Cliff Wang
Next up, Ella from Texas wants to know: Why in June 2016 do you have June 14 and 15 marked RED what is happening those days to increase crowds? Also you still talk about Star Wars weekends but Disney has said no Star Wars Weekends this year in 2016 so should your calendar be updated to take that into account? We are gone Jun 10 thru 19 so that is why asking. Thanks.
Ella, you’re completely right about Star Wars Weekends and Dad has since adjusted the May crowds page to no longer mention them. You’ll have to forgive me, I forgot to update the page – even Dads can forget things you know.
But, the absence of Star Wars weekends won’t impact Dad’s crowd calendar for June. Why? Well, there’s so much new that will be happening this summer: Frozen Ever After
will open, Rivers of Light
is coming to Animal Kingdom, and a whole bunch of new Star Wars stuff
is slated to open. Even though we don’t have exact dates on all of these, you can expect them all to debut sometime from April-July and shiny new things drive up crowds – especially on weekends when the locals come out.
As for June 14 and 15, Dad still pins those days as wall-to-wall crowds. I’m predicting a lot of folks will start or end their trips those days (since the next week summer vacation - and the crowds to match – really starts). Lots of departures and arrivals means higher crowd levels, plain and simple.Dad’s June Crowd Calendar
Dad doesn't think the election will impact crowds - Photo by Cliff Wang
Now, skipping to a little later in the year, a fan asks: Hey Dad! First let me say I'm not american and I do not leave in the US, so please forgive my poor english. I'm planning to go to WDW in November and I've bumped into the New Jersey Week discussion. I am convinced that it is not all that bad, but I noticed that the 8th of November is Election Day. I could not find anything on that matter, so I ask you: what influence could Election Day have on crowds in WDW parks, considering that the New Jersey Teacher Convention thing is on the 10th and 11th? Thanks!
The US election will have about as much influence on the crowds at WDW as Jersey Week
myth will. Which is to say not very much.
Most people in the US don’t vote, but there is also “absentee" voting available in all states for those who will not be available on voting day.
The 11th is also Veteran’s Day, but even that doesn’t effect crowds all that much.
What will effect the crowds is whether Disney will run Free Dining during that time (I expect they will.) But even then expect light to at the very worst moderate crowds.Dad’s November Crowd Calendar
Avoid crowds when celebrating Christmas at WDW - Photo by Cliff Wang
And last but not least, one more question on December crowds:Hello Dad. I'm wondering why you marked Dec 6 and 7 as yellow? Is there something going on that day that would bring crowd levels to yellow? I'm debating between week after thanksgiving or second week after. It looks like from a crowd perspective the week after would be best? thanks in advance for your help.
On Dec 6/7, there is nothing “special” happening that causes higher crowds, it’s just one of those things. Many folks will begin or end their vacations on those 2 days, causing a lot of guest overlap, since shorter vacations are popular that time of year to see the Christmas festivities
. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
will happen one of those nights but the crowd effect will be minimal. The week of Nov 28-Dec 2 is definitely an ideal time to visit – low crowds and all the Christmas celebrations are underway! But the week after isn’t too bad if it helps your schedule or if you can get a great promotion that week.Dad’s December Crowd Calendar
Whew! I told you, a lot of questions about crowds!
Dad's Bottom Line
I know that my crowd calendars may not make much sense to folks unfamiliar with WDW crowds, but I’ve been doing them for a long time, and I’ve got a pretty good track record. Some of the predictions might seem nutty, even. But Dad knows best. Dad won’t let you down with any of his Disney info, especially about crowds. Trust me.