How to deal with Walt Disney World crowds


What should you do about Walt Disney World crowds? Good question.


Dad knows. Dealing with the crowds at WDW is Simple. It can be Fun, and if you figure it out, it’s definitely Magic!



The hub at the Magic Kingdom without any crowdsAn Empty Magic Kingdom. Now that would be Magic – Photo by Judd Helms


Now wouldn’t it be cool to be at Walt Disney World when there were no crowds? Unfortunately that’s not reality. The picture above was taken before the park opened.


Disney World crowds are stressful. They are aggravating. They will drive you nuts!


Now before you go off and do something foolish, let me share some Simple advice for dealing with the stress, the aggravation, the craziness of WDW crowds.


This is going to be Fun!

Walt Disney World Crowds

Cinderella Castle and Mickey Balloons on Main Street USA at Disney's Magic KingdomAren’t those Balloons beautiful? – Photo by Disney Photo Snapper

In 2016, the last year on record, over 58 million people visited one of the Walt Disney World parks. That’s a bunch. The theme parks at Disney World are all in the top 10 most visited theme parks in the world.


In 2017, the numbers were even bigger. Every month, it seemed there were record crowds. Will that trend continue? Only the Shadow knows…


Record crowds mean it’s more important than ever to have a plan for dealing with them. That’s where Dad comes in.

Dad has some Fun information to help you avoid and deal with Disney World crowds!

Dad’s WDW Crowd Calendars

Avoiding and dealing with WDW crowds starts with Dad’s Simple, Fun Magic WDW Crowd Calendars. Come see when the crowds will be there and when they won’t.


Here’s a sample…

Dad's December 2019 Crowd calenar

Dad’s first piece of Simple advice when it comes to a WDW vacation is to choose the best time to visit (more on that subject in a minute.) Dad makes it easy to pick out the times when it’s least crowded at WDW with his Simple, Fun Magic Crowd Calendars.


You can find Dad’s calendars on our crowds page for each month. Click on the link below for the month you are interested in.

Dad’s Calendars are based on crowd levels from previous years, and sprinkled heavily with Dad’s famous intuition (I know, men don’t have intuition, but Dad does).

Dad’s Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars

Disclaimer: in February 2016 Disney implemented a “tiered” pricing system for tickets and the crowds at Disney World have not been following the historical patterns since. Summer crowds have been smaller than normal and spring and fall crowds have been bigger. We have been adjusting the calendars over the years, but sometimes we get surprised.

The Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World

The Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree with crowds around itChristmas time is the Best Time to Visit Disney World – Photo by WDWOW


The Best Time to Visit Disney World is one of Dad’s favorite topics. The best way to create Magical Memories is to choose the Best Time available for your family.


I’ve probably written more about the best time to avoid Walt Disney World crowds than any other topic. It’s really one of my favorite things to talk about.


So when is the Best Time to Visit WDW? Simple. Any time you can!


Maybe that’s not the most helpful answer, but it’s true. Of course there are times that are better than others so let’s dig down a bit. Let’s start with by looking at the best weeks in 2019 and the best time to visit in 2020.

For more check out…

Dad’s Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World page

The Worst Time to Visit Disney World

If you talk about the best, you probably should talk about the worst. OK.


There are some times of the year you probably should avoid if you can when you plan a trip to Walt Disney World.


Check out Dad’s list of the worst time to visit WDW.

Dad’s Worst Time to Visit Disney World page

Dad’s Simple Walt Disney World Crowd Advice

Big Crowds on Main StreetCrowds can get a little crazy at times – Photo by Laurie Sapp

So now we’ve picked the best time to go. What happens when you get there?


Dad has gathered his top 10 tips for avoiding and dealing with Walt Disney World Crowds all into one place. There are strategies and secrets that will save you hours of standing in line.

Dad’s Top 10 WDW Crowd Tips

Each park is unique and there are some special methods for avoiding lines that work at each park. Dad has tips for reducing time in line for each park.


You want to know what to do in each park? OK, check it out …

You’ll be amazed by what you find in these pages.


Trust me…

The Plan

Yes, you will need a plan if you are going to avoid all the lines during your visit. Dad can help with that too. Now only does Dad have a great partnership with the top Disney World planning


Dad also is a World Class Planner himself and he’s written a whole book about how to plan a trip to WDW. It’s called Dad’s Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt Disney World Planning. It’s pretty good. Check it out on

Get Started Today

Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Dad has some help for you. I want to introduce you to your new best WDW friend ever.


It’s my partners at Destinations to Travel. They are the BEST Disney travel agency on the planet. Trust me.


Your Destinations to Travel agent will be help you from the minute you decide I’m going to Disney World all the way until you get back home.


Give them a shout today and see what I mean.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel page

Dad’s Bottom Line

Walt Disney World Crowds are part of every WDW vacation. How are you going to deal with them? That’s the question. Dad’s a big avoider, so I’m looking for the best times to visit when there are no crowds.


But I do know how to handle them if they show up. Hopefully now you do too.


Crowds or no crowds, it’s always time to create Magical memories at Walt Disney World.

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