Jersey Week at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

(This page is one of a series explicating Walt Disney World lingo, abbreviations, and FAQ for first time family visitors to Walt Disney World.)

JERSEY WEEK AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

“Jersey Week” is a partly mythical, partly real crowding phenomenon in early November at Walt Disney World.

Each year, the New Jersey Educational Association holds a convention that includes a Thursday and a Friday, typically the Thursday and Friday that end the first full week of November.

New Jersey public schools are closed those two days; many families in response head to Walt Disney World for either that long weekend, or for the entire week.

Consequently, Walt Disney World is more crowded during Jersey Week than it is the weeks before and after. (This is the “real” part.)

In 2014, the convention November 6 and 7.

(Over time, dates for the convention for future years will be published on this page.  Thanks to Lori for pointing me to this page, and reminding me that Jersey Week is not always the first Thursday and Friday of November.)

Jersey Week will be the weeks beginning

  • November 1, 2014

This noted, the impact on the parks is not disastrous–Jersey Week is nothing like Easter or Christmas weeks. This is the “mythical” part.

As terribly important as the great state of New Jersey is, it just ain’t big enough to really move the meter.

New Jersey visitors account for 3 to 5 percent* of Walt Disney World visitors.

Thus, even if they came at a rate five times higher than normal, they’d increase crowds only by 15-25% or so.  This would be a big deal at other times of the year, but early November crowds start so low that this increase is not an insuperable problem.

That said, if you can avoid Jersey Week, do so–especially the days of the conventions themselves and the weekend that follows them.  The weeks on either side of it are great times to go to Walt Disney World!

*Data like this is not available from WDW; I base it on the fact that 3.5% of the visits to this site come from New Jersey…

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8 comments

1 Justin T. { 01.16.12 at 3:30 pm }

I’m from New Jersey, and our travel agent has suggested we do not visit Disney World during “Jersey Week” as we intended but instead to go our other possible week: the last week in August, saying crowed will actually be less even though it’s still the summer. What do you think? You can email me instead if you prefer. Thanks!

2 Dave { 01.16.12 at 4:31 pm }

Hi Justin, the last week of August has both lower crowds and lower prices than Jeresy week. See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/10/20/2012-weeks-to-visit-walt-disney-world-ranked-in-order/ and also this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/07/20/disney-world-crowds-in-2012-summer-2012-crowds/

Weather, though is worse–much hotter and more humid, and in the peak of the hurricane season. Hurricanes rarely have much of an impact on a WDW vacation…but an impact is possible–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/when-to-go/next-best-dates/weather-and-when-to-go/chance-of-cyclonic-storm-affecting-florida/

3 Shawn { 10.02.12 at 4:01 pm }

Hi Dave! I’m hoping you can help me understand which itinerary to reference for our upcoming trip…we will be visiting the parks 10/3 – 11/5. Here’s our schedule (based on your guidance :)..not too flexible, as we have already made our dining reservations.
10/31: MK (and MNNSHP!)
11/1: AK
11/2: HS (will see Fantasmic)
11/3: MK
11/4: Epcot (unless you recommend skipping)
11/5: Return to our favorite (kids are 4 & 6, so guessing it will be MK)

Since we have a mid-week arrival, is there anything different we should do vs. your published itineraries with Sat-Sat dates, and any tips on more detailed itineraries, or things we should keep in mind for each park due to being there Jersey Week? Thanks in advance Dave! :)

4 Shawn { 10.02.12 at 4:02 pm }

Whoops – the park dates are 10/31 – 11/5 :)

5 Dave { 10.03.12 at 8:11 am }

hi Shawn, you’ve done a great job on the dates and parks. You can use my HS and AK itineraries pretty much as is, skipping some stuff as it will be too much for the kids. For MK, use this to help focus your days http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/03/09/the-comprehensive-guide-to-walt-disney-world-rides-and-attractions/ And I’d for sure skip Epcot the 4th and take that day off instead…

Re Jersey week, the key is the same stuff that’s true all year long: 1. Be at the turnstiles before the park opens. 2. Ride the most popular rides first. 3. Use FASTPASSES to fit in other popular rides during the day…

6 Chris { 04.27.13 at 3:17 pm }

Dave, this is a great site. My wife and I are planning on taking our 4 y/o and 1 y/o to Disney from 10/30 to 11/6. We were in the hospital for birth of 1 y/o so we will celebrate that birthday at Disney on 11/1. With Jersey week falling on roughly half the trip and the Holloween Party the first half, I think we are in good shape with crowd sizes. Most, if not all, the time will be spent in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, what do you suggest we avoid? We are staying at the Beach Club, hopefully, so we will have easy access to Epcot.

7 Dave { 04.27.13 at 4:10 pm }

Hi Chris, and thanks!!

First, that time of year which park you go to which day really matter a lot-=see the seocnd half of this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/04/30/crowds-and-walt-disney-world/

Second, for what to see and what to avoid at that age, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/03/09/the-comprehensive-guide-to-walt-disney-world-rides-and-attractions/

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