September Crowds and more
HI Dad, I am traveling to Disney from September 8th to September 15th 2018. I have been checking out your crowd calendar and you have all the days of my vacation as "light crowds". Can you tell me why that week falls into the "light crowds" category? What does that mean for the parks and wait times for the rides? You say on your website that there will be no waiting in most lines. Does that hold true for the main rides like Seven Dwarfs, Frozen, Soarin, Expedition Everest?
Are the lines for MNSSHP actually less then the lines during the normal hours?
Do you update the calendar if new information becomes available?
We are really looking for to our week there, it is our families first trip to Disney and if this week is as good as you are saying, then we will make it our target week for all future trips.
Thanks for all the help on your website. It has been fun to read all your thoughts and opinions.
September is SLOW
These are the kind of morning crowds you see in September - Photo by Laurie Sapp
Let's see if we can answer your questions.
First why do I think September 8-15 will be light crowds. That's an easy one. They always are.
September is probably the slowest month crowd wise at Walt Disney World. It makes sense. The kids are back in school. Some people stay away because of the threat of hurricanes (rare). It's just all around the slowest month of the year.
What does that mean for the parks, very short lines on most of the rides. The "big" rides (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Ever After, Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, etc.) that usually have long lines will be about 30 minutes or so. It's just a nice time to visit.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party has some extra "ghosts" - Photo by Cliff Wang
Will the lines be even shorter during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)? Maybe, and maybe not. It depends on the day of the week you visit. Weekends in September bring out locals to MNSSHP and sometimes the crowds will be bigger on Weekend nights than during the days. Not always but it happens.
Typically party crowds are smaller than day crowds and that's saying something in September.
Dad's Crowd Calendars
You asked if I updated my calendars when information comes available. No, I set my calendars based on historical crowds. I try to be as accurate as possible. I don't change my calendars after they are published. I try to factor everything in. It's not a perfect system, but none of them are.
Early September is a great time to visit crowd wise. I get some hints that crowds will be up a little this year, but nothing concrete. If you do encounter bigger crowds than expected, don't write early September off. I hear a lot of people delayed trips this year until after Toy Story Land opened.
I don't think it will have a big effect, but it might have a small one.
Dad's Bottom Line
Thank you for the kind words about the site. I'm glad I could help. Enjoy your trip September is a nice time to visit.