Pro Bowl 2017 crowds at Disney World

by Lindsay
(East Lansing, MI, US)

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Video Transcript

Next question comes from Lindsay from East Lansing, Michigan.

“I’m wondering what your best guess is as to how the Pro Bowl will affect crowds. We booked a trip for January 24th through 30th, solely because of the low crowds at the time, but I’m afraid that won’t be the case.”

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Let me play you a song. Here we go. This one’s for you, Lindsay.

“Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to take it note for note.
Don’t worry, be happy.”

Yeah, don’t worry about it. Pro Bowl … You’re right, when you say it’s a slow time of year. So the Pro Bowl, it’s the first year they’ve had it in Orlando so we don’t exactly know what to expect, but what we do expect is that it won’t be a factor. It really won’t be a factor.

Say 150,000 people come to Orlando for the Pro Bowl. That would be a really high number. I think the stadium holds 80,000, 90,000 at the most. If their families come with them, yeah, a few of them are going to go to Disney World, maybe 10,000 or 15,000 of them. 10,000 or 15,000, four parks, that’s just not enough to worry about.

I looked at TouringPlans this morning, the TouringPlans calendar. Their projection for traffic at that time is just not a factor. They don’t bump the crowds up at all. I do expect that to happen. (The crowds won’t be a problem.)

Other big events have happened in Orlando and it has not really affected the crowds at Disney World, especially on Sunday, the day of the game. Don’t worry about it. They’re all going to be at the game. It might … A little bitty bit. Not enough to worry about. Just don’t worry, be happy. You’re at Disney World. It’ll be fine, just don’t worry about it Lindsay. It’ll all be fine.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line … Dad’s bottom line is the Pro Bowl will not affect crowds at Disney World very much, at least that’s what I’m guessing. I don’t expect it to. We’ll see. Might change that next year, but I doubt it. I just don’t expect it to be very much.


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Comments for

Apr 13, 2017 2018 Pro Bowl
by: Gina Yelencich

Looking at a late January/early February 10 day trip. After seeing the effects of the 2017 Pro Bowl do you think this will be any issues for 2018? We are looking to check in any Thursday between 1/25 and 2/1 to maximize point values and have low crowd levels. Any thoughts on best choice?

Dad’s Answer

Gina, there wasn’t much effect at all in 2017. I don’t expect it to be any different in 2018 or in the future.

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