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April 2018 Crowds and Star Wars Half Marathon
by Amber Summers (Fresno, CA)
“Your crowd calendar lists April 15th through 21 as a great time to go, but other calendars have it as a busier time. Your crowd calendar also doesn’t mention the Star Wars Half Marathon. Just want to make sure you didn’t miss anything, because I am trying to plan my trip for that time. Your calendar was the easiest to read, so I am counting on you. Thanks.”
Amber, thank you. We work really hard to make our crowd calendar easy to read.
Now, as to why I believe that will be a less busy time. For the last two years, and this may be why the other ones say it’s going to be busy, for the last two years Easter has been in the middle of April, the 15th, 16th, 17th. This year Easter is April the 1st. Typically, what happens when Easter comes, the crowds are huge the week of Easter, then after that they dwindle down. That’s kind of the end of the typical Spring Break.
When Easter is that early the crowds might last a little bit longer. By the middle of that April time, the crowds are pretty much gone away. One way that you can see that the crowds are pretty much gone away is Star Wars Marathon is that week.
Disney does not put marathons during busy weeks. They use the marathons to fill the hotels when the crowd levels are low. Yes, I don’t put marathons, I don’t talk about marathons on my crowd calendars, because they just aren’t a factor.
The day after the marathon, the Magic Kingdom might be a little busy, but typically marathon weeks crowds are low, the people at the marathons are doing the marathon stuff. The marathons are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It really doesn’t affect the crowd levels a lot. In fact, the marathon runners are actually there because the crowd levels are so low.
We were just at Walt Disney World last week during the Princess Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Crowds were light to moderate all week. We only saw a few marathoners. Not a factor.
Dad’s Bottom Line
The bottom line is I’m pretty confident about that April Disney World crowd. I just think that mid April is going to be moderate as compared to the last couple of years when you had Easter week that week.