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Cheer competition Crowds in May at WDW


by Melinda
(Baton Rouge, LA)

“Hi, Dad. We need your help. We went to Disney World every year within the first two weeks in May and had reasonable crowds. This year, we weren’t even able to book a room. Afterword, research, we see there’s a cheerleading competition the weekend before our dates and the weekend after. We will be going to the parks Monday through Friday.


“Will these competition affect park crowds? Based on yours and other crowd calendars, it doesn’t seem so. I’ve read the All-Stars and Coronado resorts will be booked by the teams. We just aren’t sure if we should change going and stay off the grounds, or if the parks are going to be extremely packed.


“Should we stay, or should we go? Thanks so much for your expertise and help.”


The cheerleaders do take over the resorts in May

The Cheerleaders do practice a lot at the resorts – Photo by Laurie Sapp




Time for Dad to sing…

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go, there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know

OK, maybe trouble and double are a little much. But Dad sings good.


Actually, I probably should’ve played Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” instead.


You have been there. Since you’ve been there during that time in May, you have been there during cheerleader competitions. They’ve been going on for several years during that time.


Dad’s May Disney World Crowds page


You already know what the crowds are going to be like in the parks. They will be the same as what you’ve experienced for years.


The crowds won’t to be much of a factor. This is why Disney does these competitions when they do them. It’s like the Pop Warner in December. This competition in May.


Those are slower times of the year so Disney tries to bump up the things like hotels to get more people there by bringing in these competitions.


Do they affect the parks? They can. Typically, it’s the Magic Kingdom that gets affected the most. The other parks, not so much.


When the kids are there for the competitions, they are there for the competitions. They spend a lot of time practicing. They spend a lot of time performing. They go to the performances where other people are performing, because they’re looking at the other teams to see what they’re doing.


There might be a day or so where some of them go to the parks, but they’re there more for the competitions.


Yes, it does book up the rooms at the hotels. That’s not unusual that some of the hotels get booked. In fact, a lot of the hotels. That’s the purpose, that’s why they do them.


But as to massive crowds in the parks? We don’t expect it. We haven’t seen it. They’ve done these competitions for years. Yes, sometimes in evenings it can get a little rowdy. They like to have fun, they like to celebrate a little bit. So they can be a little noisy, but it’s not bad. It’s not anything to worry about.


Dad’s Bottom Line

Go. If you go every year in May, you won’t notice anything different, because it’s just the same as it’s been every year.


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Comments for

May 20, 2017 May Crowds
by: Anonymous We were there May 6-13. And yes, we too have been in May, and it was unusually crowded. As others have posted, lots of cheerleaders and school groups. But on a brighter note, we were able to get a lot done, and we are not rope drop people. We were able to ride everything we wanted, just not multiple times.

May 19, 2017 Light/moderate crowds for memorial day weekend?
by: Anonymous It doesn’t make any sense and makes me second-guess trusting these calendars anymore.

May 19, 2017 May Crowds
by: Anonymous We go every year at this time and it was pretty bad, I have friends who attend these competitions and they make time to take the team and their families to the parks. This year we also noticed more school field trips, everywhere we went it seemed like there was a group.We selected this time of year because of the lower crowd levels befoe the summer crowds start, now we’re rethinking that.

May 16, 2017 May 14 2017
by: Karen Magic Kingdom was crowded, worst trip I’ve had in 20 years of attendance.

May 14, 2017 Crowded
by: Karen I took my granddaughter to Disney the first week of May this year. Crowds were horrible, except the day it stormed. Don’t do it….

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Comments 2

  1. When in May are the competitions usually ? the first 2 weeks or the last 2 weeks? Also what is the weather usually like in the last part of may?

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      Typically the first two weeks. The weather is pretty nice the last two weeks of May. Highs will be about 90 with but not a lot of rain.

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