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Weekend before Memorial Day

by Perri

 

Hi! I have checked out your crowd calendar, but am curious about your thoughts! I will be visiting Disney for 5 days (May 16th-May 20th of 2020) staying at the Disney All-Star Resort. We are doing 4 days at Disney Parks at 1 day at Universal. What do you anticipate the crowds will be like during this Saturday-Wednesday visit the weekend BEFORE Memorial Day? It is just right before Memorial Day Weekend (MDW), but I am wondering if the holiday weekend crowds will impact that week, or if we will get lucky and it won’t get busy until around that Friday of MDW, as we leave on Wednesday. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks for your help!

Dad Answers

Dad's May Disney World Crowd Calendar for 2020

Hi Perri,

 

Memorial Day is NOT one of the major holidays when it comes to Disney World Crowds. Most schools aren’t out yet and it’s too close to the end of school to take a long vacation. Memorial Day weekend is fairly busy, but it’s pretty much a local crowd.

 

Of course, if Disney opens something new like they did two years ago when they opened Toy Story Land, that could bring bigger crowds, but that will only affect Memorial Day Weekend.

Dad’s May Disney World Crowds

The Weekend Before Memorial Day

The Garden Rocks Concerts are in full swing the weekend before Memorial Day

Garden Rocks, rocks. I love those concerts – photo by Cliff Wang

I like the time right before before Memorial Day. I don’t think it will be crazy, crowds wise. Weekends can be busy if the weather is nice as locals will fill the parks, but Monday through Wednesday should be moderate, but not bad.

 

In late May the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival will be winding up. It ends Memorial Day Weekend. EPCOT will be all dolled up. There will be a Garden Rocks concert each night. It starts with Herman’s Hermits, which I’d love to see (but I’m old). Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot come next followed by the infamous TBD.

Dad’s Flower and Garden Festival Festival

The Weather

Typically, the weather is not scorching yet in late May. It can get hot. It can rain. It’s Florida. But it can be really, really nice too. Hopefully you’ll get some nice late Spring weather and have a ball.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Perri, the bottom line is you’ve picked one of the better times as Summer starts to visit WDW. The days before Memorial Day are a nice time to visit. I was there that week for the opening of Toy Story Land in 2018 and it was pretty nice. A little hot, (it’s hot all the time if Florida) but nice crowd wise. I think you’ll have a great time.

 

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Comments 5

  1. We are planning a trip for May 10th thru 15 . We have not been to Disney since May 2018 . I see your crowd calendar states low to moderate crowds but I am reading all these articles and comments from guest saying how horrible the wait times are and how crowded the parks are. Do you think some of that will die down by May? We do not care about Star Wars at all. But did want to try Toy Story Land but again in Jan and February I have read that those lines even the fast pass are horrible. The vacation is way to expensive not to get to enjoy yourselves and do the things you want. What is your thought ?

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      Cynthia,

      Crowds this year have been crazy. Much bigger than anyone predicted. It’s all about Rise of the Resistance and Galaxy’s Edge finally being totally open. I think things will slow down. I did my FastPass reservations for April and it wasn’t bad. I do think crowds will be up for a while, but I don’t think the crazy lines will continue after the spring break crowds go away.

  2. My Dear Friend Thank you for putting The Simple and Fun Calender in Regards to Crowds Can you do that for every Month of The Calendar, Especially I want to look into The months of September and First 2 Weeks of October, I would LOVE at That time to go to Walt Disney World with My Family. Thank you for informing us and Thank you for all the Hard work you put into.

  3. WE ARE ACTUALLY PLANNING TO ARRIVE ON THE 23RD IN THE EVENING, WHICH IS STILL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLANNING ON GOING TO PARKS ON THE 24TH AND 26TH AND SHOPPING ON THE 25TH…WE WILL BE STAYING AT AN ALL STAR RESORT. WHAT ARE THE BEST RECOMMENDATIONS YOU HAVE FOR US? HOW BAD WILL THESE DAYS BE? PLANNING ON DOING HS(NONE OF US ARE STAR WARS FREEKS) AND AK….

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