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Disney World Crowds in 2016

By Dave Shute

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Disney World Crowds in 2016 from yourfirstvisit.netThe chart lower on the page shows my forecasts for 2016 crowds by week at Walt Disney World.

Dates in it are the beginning of the week, and the forecast covers the recommended Saturday-Sunday 9 day stays.

(For 2015 crowds, click here, and for 2017 crowds, see this.)

Crowd levels are ranked by week from 1-11 in the following way:

1: Lowest of the year

2: Lower

3: Low

4: Low-plus

5: Moderate-minus

6: Moderate

7: Moderate-plus

8: High-minus

9: High

10: Higher

11: Highest

Disney World 2016 Crowd Calendar from


Dates are the beginning of the week.

The “low crowd” weeks–those colored green, and rated 1-4–represent the only crowd levels a family visiting for the first time, and unsure if it will ever return, should consider.

However, lower crowds, especially lowest crowds, do not always mean a better week. The lowest weeks are often best avoided by first timers who may never return because they are in the hurricane or the ride closure seasons.

The “moderate crowd” weeks–those in black and rated 5-7–have crowd levels I would not particularly recommend to first time visitors, though the crowds can be managed with careful planning and lots of early mornings. However, I’d go during such weeks myself with no hesitation, and think these levels are OK for returning visitors who don’t need to see everything and already know how to work Walt Disney World.

The “high crowd” weeks–those in red, rated 8-11–should be avoided by everyone. They aren’t, which is why they are so high.


The influence of the Unofficial Guide  and has led almost all Disney World crowd calendars to top out at 10.

However, I’ve always thought that the really nastiest weeks of the year deserved an 11 for emphasis.

So, in homage to Spinal Tap, I assigned 11 to “highest.”


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1 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 09.25.14 at 7:38 pm }

Hmmm, when to go, when to go. My vote is January or second week in September.

2 Lindsey { 09.29.14 at 10:11 am }

Hi Dave
We are looking at arriving on February 4th and leaving on the 10th or 11th. The 4th will be an arrival non-park day. This will be my family’s 4th time in the last few years but my sister and her husband and children are coming for the first time. When will you have a calendar out as to state what park will be the beat for each day? We are off the week of mardi gras but are trying to get there a bit early as to avoid to high of crowds later in the week. I know I’m early on this, just trying to plan ahead!



3 Dave { 09.30.14 at 6:53 am }

Hi Lindsey! I don’t do such calendars–I just answer when people ask! And I usually frame it as parks to avoid, so that you have more flexibility…

Those dates,
2/5 avoid MK
2/6 avoid Epcot
2/7 avoid MK and HS
2/8 avoid AK
2/9 avoid HS
2/10 avoid Epcot

4 Lindsey { 09.30.14 at 8:53 am }

Thanks so much!! You’re awesome!!

5 Lindsey { 09.30.14 at 9:58 am }

Just want to make sure you know I’m talking about 2016.

6 Dave { 09.30.14 at 6:29 pm }

Oh Lindsey then ignore this! I won’t have any good advice for good days in Feb 2016 until Disney releases its calendar for then, whihc it will do in late July 2105…

7 Lindsey Kennedy { 01.06.15 at 11:19 pm }

I’m considering running the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2016. We were planning on going back to WDW Nov/Dec 2015 but we may put it off a couple of months if I decide to run. If we come for the race, but plan to make a full week’s vacation out of it, would it be better to come the week before and fly home after the race or fly in on Friday and stay the week after the race? Thanks for your help!

8 Dave { 01.07.15 at 7:31 am }

Oh Lindsey I dunno! It depends on how you train and recover–if it was me, I’d put the vacation/recovery after the race, and train in my usual setting before it.

9 Stacey { 02.09.15 at 12:07 am }

We are looking into visiting from Dec 31-Jan 10. I see that the marathons are happening Jan 7-10. How does it effect crowds? Which parks would you avoid each day?

10 Dave { 02.09.15 at 10:50 am }

Stacey you will see wild crowds through Jan 2. Things will then be pretty empty until Friday the 8th, when marathon folk clot up the parks a bit–and the roads more. Their crowding effect will be trivial compared to what you’ll see up to the 2nd.

11 Kelly Browne { 02.13.15 at 1:43 pm }

We are thinking of going to WDW in October. You are forcasting low crowds but some of the other calendars I’ve seen are forcasting moderate to high. I’m really hoping for low crowds since our last trip to Disneyland was wall to wall people. How do you determine the crowd levels for the month?

12 Dave { 02.15.15 at 9:36 am }

Hi Kelly, you are on the 2016 crowd calendar– not sure if you mean October 2015 or October 2016. Either way, both years I only rate only half the month as low–the other half as moderate. No one else (that I know of) ranks weeks, and there’s no consistent definition of “low.” My “low” means I’d recommend that week to first timers who might never return with no hesitation–so long as they had a good plan, etc, of course.

Daily rankings will be much different, as they get averaged across my weeks. Disney’s October 2015 operating calendar is not out yet, but I can tell you now that the period from early September through mid-December is the most important all year for picking the right parks on the right days. That is, you’ll see once these hours come out big per-park differences in wait times, even though the overall week may be lower crowd.

In particular, avoid World Showcase at Epcot on weekends; avoid parks when they have extra magic hours; avoid MK on nights where it has late closes and shows the evening parade and fireworks, sandwiched between nights with 7p closes.

For more on the principles here, see this: (Ignore the references to FASTPASS–that’s been replaced…)

13 Barrett { 02.15.15 at 9:34 pm }

Hi, our family is planning a trip in the second half of March ’16. which has been marked as very bad. is this because of ride closure, or crowds. We are looking at being around for 2 weeks so could time visits throughout the week. What are your thoughts?

14 Dave { 02.16.15 at 8:20 am }

Barrett, the weeks before and after Easter are reliably among the most crowded and highest priced of the year, and earlier March (except the first week) is almost as bad. You can make it work–and it will be easier if you have more days, as this gives you more FastPass+ and more early mornings.

15 Pete { 03.06.15 at 11:11 pm }

Great site Dave. On a practical level, what is your guesstimate difference in ride wait times between a crowd level 1 week like 1/30 and a crowd level 3 week like 2/27. Are we talking just a few minutes per ride? 5? 10? More? For example sake, Figure waits on popular yet not headline rides like jungle cruise, haunted mansion, pirates, pooh etc. Thanks.

16 Dave { 03.07.15 at 8:13 am }

Pete, on average, just five to ten few minutes per ride.

17 Steve { 03.17.15 at 6:38 am }

Hi Dave, Use your site every year we go -so helpfull!!
Can i ask when exactly will you be doing the revised draft of the crowd calender 2016? We are planning on going late April/Early May 2016 (which looks ok from the above draft) have you any idea if this is likely to change by a large margin? We would love to start booking but wish to avoide US school closures to keep crowds to a minimum!
Thanks again for all your information your site provides.
Steve, from not so sunny England!

18 Dave { 03.17.15 at 8:09 am }

Hi Steve, and so glad the site is helping! I revise the crowd calendar in the summer–when the calendars of the 180 or so US school district I track are complete. (Some districts do calendars years ahead, some wait until June or later).

That said, the only weeks of 2016 I worry about changing much are in early April. Late April and early May are very stable and they won’t materially change.

19 Melissa { 03.18.15 at 10:44 pm }

What’s going on Feb 13th 2016 week that has the crowd estimate so high?

20 Dave { 03.20.15 at 9:43 am }

The week of Presidents Day is mobbed at Disney World every year, Melissa, as many NE school districts have the whole week off.

21 Jason { 03.26.15 at 10:16 am }

Hi Dave,

I am looking to take my kids to Disney for the first time next winter for a week. I had seen a couple of other sights list the last 2 weeks of Feb and first 2 weeks of March as generally lighter crowds. We had been looking at the last week of Feb, 1st week of March roughly, but was curious as to why the first week in March was so heavy? I just want to make sure I am making the right decision. I was trying not to do too early in Feb as I know there are a lot of elementary schools that do winter vacation in New England in early Feb. Thanks.

22 Dave { 03.26.15 at 4:46 pm }

Jason, see this. One thing I have learned doing this site over the years is that kids have wildly different breaks, so you can’t predict crowds based on breaks in your own area. Hardly anyone is on break in early Feb, tons of people are in early March.

23 vanessa { 06.08.15 at 12:16 pm }

planning on going feb. 20 through the 27 based on your calendar hopefully those days are good!

24 Dave { 06.09.15 at 7:52 am }

Great dates, Vanessa!

25 HeidI theriot { 06.09.15 at 2:05 pm }

Hey well we plan on going April 30th to the 7th what will it be like then and will they have promotions then

26 Dave { 06.11.15 at 7:22 am }

Heidi, crowds will be fine then, and I expect a room rate deal for then too.

27 JennyJ { 06.12.15 at 12:56 pm }

Hello! We are planning a WDW trip for Jan 30th-Feb4th. It looks as if the crowd level is a 1 at that time, correct? Can you tell me which parks to AVOID during our vacation? Also, can you tell me which rides/attractions are scheduled to be closed for refurbishment those days? Thank you much for any information you are able to come up with!

28 Dave { 06.13.15 at 8:07 am }

Jenny, neither the refurbs nor the calendar is out yet, so I can’t tell you either. Refurbs may not be announced until December. The Feb calendar will be out in mid-August, and I can help you with parks to avoid then!!

29 JennyJ { 06.13.15 at 5:02 pm }

Ok thank you! I will check back in with you in a few months :)

30 Shannon { 06.14.15 at 6:48 pm }

Any ideas on when the Brazil tour runs through Walt Disney World this year? I think it may be an international dance competition? Each year we have been going to Disney one of the last few weeks of January. It is hit or miss whether we beat the influx on Brazilian teenagers. Do you know if they are just on holiday or if there is an event? I have tried to Google it, but I haven’t hit on anything.

31 Dave { 06.15.15 at 8:01 am }

Shannon, you will find Brazilians and tour groups at WDW year round, but particularly in December and January when they have their summer vacation.

32 Vicki Calter { 06.15.15 at 1:17 pm }

Hi Dave,We visited WDW in 2013 for the first time from the UK. I followed the advice of another Touring Plan site and ended up with up to 120 mins wait for some rides and running around with one husband and two kids, 5yrs and 9yrs, for two weeks not really seeing the Magic. We are returning in October 2016 and are hoping for a more relaxed holiday that allows us to do everything and have time for family time. I’ve bought the book and every weekend I’m following the web sites. Your advise and Joss just seems to make sense. Sorry for my ramble but my question is when will the plans be out for next year. We land on the 27th October and leave on the 10th November. Also we are hoping to do the Mnsshp and Mickeys Xmas party, do you have touring plans for them. Thank you

33 Dave { 06.17.15 at 7:23 am }

Hi Vicki and I’m glad the site and book is helping! I won’t have any specific advice for October/November 2016 until Disney’s calendars for then come out–which should be in March and April 2016 respectively.

I don’t have touring plans for the two parties, but do have suggestions. See this and this.

34 pauline { 06.22.15 at 5:40 pm }

Hi Dave,
I am thinking of coming to Disneyworld august 21 to September 4. We have three kids (10,16,17) and wonder when the best time to book is? Do you have any idea? I want to take advantage of the deals they have on right now (free disney dining) but for 2016. I am anxious to book now, but would it be better to wait? Or book now and ask for the discount later when they are published? Thanks!

35 Dave { 06.24.15 at 7:10 am }

Pauline, it doesn’t matter when you book so far as discounts go. When they are announced, you have to compete for the limited inventory whether or not you already have a booking. Book more than 180 days ahead to get the best dining selections–see this .

36 Pauline { 06.24.15 at 10:21 am }

thanks Dave! I will review your notes!

37 Steve { 07.03.15 at 5:23 am }

Hi Dave, i posted above a while back about late April, we have now booked to go on 5th April, it shows ok on your crowd calender at the moment but remember you mentioned about the first two weeks of April can change on your revised calender. Do you know when it will be revised? Can you put me out of my misery and confirm if 5th-19th will be simlar to what you show currently? I hope so……! p.s As above, love the site i recomend it to everyone. Keep up the good work!

38 Dave { 07.03.15 at 5:23 pm }

Hey Steve and thanks!! This is now updated as of about a week ago. But see also this.

39 Marisa { 07.05.15 at 1:41 pm }

I really want to book April 18th-24th, it looks like great time to go. My only worry is school breaks? Do school breaks not really effect crowds much?

40 Dave { 07.07.15 at 7:49 am }

Marisa, see this

41 Melissa { 07.10.15 at 12:01 pm }

So I was wondering why the week of 5/28 has a higher crowd level than 6/4?

42 Dave { 07.11.15 at 9:35 am }

Melissa, because of the three day weekend, which makes it easier for parents to go.

43 Julianna { 07.24.15 at 3:34 pm }

Hi Dave, I absolutely love your site. It was very helpful for planning our trip we took this May! We are planning a trip for October 2017. Any idea when you will have your 2017 crowd calendar out?

44 Dave { 07.25.15 at 7:37 am }

Hi Julianna, and thanks!! I typically put a draft version out about 15 months before, in September, and then a final version about 6 months before the year begins, in the summer.

45 Julianna { 07.25.15 at 10:14 am }

Thank you so much for the fast reply Dave!!

46 Stephan { 07.25.15 at 11:24 am }

Hi Dave,
We’re planning our next trip to WDW for the beginning of December 2016. Altough we’ll go with our grandkids, I would prefer avoid staying at the same hotel(s) as all the Pop Warner Superbowl teams. We do hesitate between Disney Caribbean and Disney Port Orleans. Do they always stay at the same hotels? Or do they change every year? If so, how and when can I find out? Thank you very much for you help.

47 Dave { 07.26.15 at 9:20 am }

Hi Stephan! I don’t have perfect info on this, but what I hear is that the kids are predominately at the All-Stars, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach. So that would push you to one of the Port Orleans resorts.

48 amanda { 08.03.15 at 8:41 pm }

We’re planning a trip for 1/30-2/5. We usually like to go to 1 park in the morning, take naps over the lunch hour and then go back to a different park usually in the afternoon. WDW has just posted park hours, but I just can’t figure out which days to go to which park. Do you have suggestions?

49 Dave { 08.05.15 at 8:06 am }

Hi Amanda!

1/30 avoid AK and MK
1/31 avoid HS
2/1 avoid AK
2/2 avoid Epcot
2/3 avoid MK
2/4 avoid Epcot
2/5 avoid MK and HS

50 Danielle { 08.07.15 at 6:52 pm }

Hi! Just a heads up… We are planning a trip for spring 2016- school kids in the northeast will be on spring break April 23-25! It maybe a packed week that week!!

51 Dan { 08.07.15 at 10:06 pm }

The week of 4 -9-16 is looking a bit on the light side? What are you thinking are the best park days? Most likely going to do magic kingdom twice and Epcot one day.

52 Dave { 08.09.15 at 9:37 am }

Danielle, thanks, but it won’t. I analyze the school breaks of 10 million kids befroe publishing my final crowd calendars, and outside of NY state, hardly anyone has break then. See this!

53 Dave { 08.09.15 at 9:38 am }

Dan, I won’t know the best days for each park until Disney publishes its operating calendar for April, which it will do in about 5 weeks, so check back then!

54 Danielle { 08.15.15 at 6:07 am }

Such good news then, Dave!!!! (Regarding spring break in NY)! I was considering taking two days off a different week from work (bc I work in a school)! That makes me so happy!!!!

55 Marta { 08.25.15 at 3:57 pm }

i am planning the trip of muy life, with my four granddaughters, ages 9, 11, 12 and 17, May 15 to 27. The problem is that the two youngest don’t understand English. Which rides or shows would you recomend to stay away from?

56 Dave { 08.26.15 at 12:10 pm }

Marta, you can get translators for the most “talk” focused attractions covering 5 languages: German, Japanese, Spanish, French and Portuguese. See this.

57 Steve { 08.26.15 at 9:32 pm }

Took all your advice thus far. Booked a week at Pop Century starting the 27th. Looking forward to the trip with 4 kids (9,7,4,2) and their grandparents. Trying to plan which parks for which days so I can book the dining reservations. Was looking to do MK 3 days, Epcot 2 days, and HS 1 day. AK 1 day and then the day we leave. (3/5) Any suggestions in regards to which parks to visit which day and any idea if the fireworks and parades happen every night during that time of year. Thanks in advance for any input.

58 Dave { 08.27.15 at 6:40 pm }

Steve–just to make sure–you are arriving 2/27/2016?

59 Steve { 08.27.15 at 8:17 pm }

Yes, we are arriving on the 27th, hopefully around 9 am at orlando airport. Leaving on the 5th in the afternoon. 8 days, 7 nights! :-)

60 Dave { 08.28.15 at 8:00 am }

K Steve,

The 27th avoid AK and MK
The 28th avoid HS
The 29th avoid AK and MK
3/1 Avoid Epcot
3/2 Avoid MK
3/3 Avoid Epcot
3/4 avoid MK and HS
3/5 Avoid AK and MK

Note a lot of “avoid MK” here. So pick your dates there first, then fill in around them! E.g.
2/27 Epcot
2/28 MK
2/29 HS
3/1 MK
3/2 Epcot
3/3 MK
3/4 AK

61 Jennifer { 09.02.15 at 10:34 am }

Hi Dave, you have a great site. My family of 8 is at Disney World April 29th -May 5th. Could you tell me what parks to avoid. Thanks

62 Dave { 09.03.15 at 12:19 pm }

Hi Jennifer and thanks!

I can’t help until Disney posts its calendars for April (in a week or so) and May (in about 5 weeks). So come back in a bit!

63 Carolyn { 09.06.15 at 2:24 pm }

What would be your suggestions for a visit jan2,3,4,5,6? Am interested in crowd levels and which parks to visit each day . We don’t mind hopping to avoid crowds. Also are the park hours going to move to 8:00 am opening times for all? Thanks so much!

64 Dave { 09.08.15 at 12:27 pm }

Carolyn, there may be 8a opens the 2nd, but not the rest of your dates.

Jan 2 will be, by far, the most crowded day, and will be worst at MK.
Jan 3 avoid HS and MK
Jan 4 avoid Ak and Mk
Jan 5 avoid Epcot
Jan 6 avoid MK

There’s not ewnough good MK days in this, so go there the 4th and 5th. Do Epcot the 2nd, AK the 3rd, and HS the 6th.

65 Melody { 09.13.15 at 4:12 pm }

Hi Dave, thanks for all the info! How busy do you think the parks will be MLK weekend 2016? Any parks better than others those days? thanks!

66 Dave { 09.14.15 at 6:58 am }

Melody, they aren’t terrible, just worse than the rest of January except the first few days of the month. See Josh’s recommended parks by day here.

67 Chrystal Dupree { 09.14.15 at 11:34 am }

Hi Dave,
We are planning another trip 4/9/16-4/16/16. Please advise which parks to visit on what days. We will have park hopper. Thank you again :-). Your help was appreciated for our last trip and I look forward to your recommendations again.

68 Chrystal Dupree { 09.15.15 at 10:17 am }

Hi Dave,

I would also like to know if you feel the park hopper is needed for this trip. Is the dining plan worth it? I am not interested in repeating some of the table service restaurants that we have done numerous times. I am only really interested in Be Our Guest for dinner and Ohana for breakfast and dinner. I may do 1 other table service meal. Of course we will be purchasing counter service meals, eating 2x per day. I will also bring a few snacks, but will probably still purchase 1 snack a day for each of us. I have a family of four, 2 adults and 2 kids, ages 13 and 8. Thank you!

69 Chrystal Dupree { 09.15.15 at 10:18 am }

Only 2 meals per day total being purchased and snacks. I just wanted to clarify.

70 Dave { 09.16.15 at 10:50 am }

Hi Chrystal! The April calendar is not out yet, so check back in a week?

71 Dave { 09.16.15 at 11:06 am }

Chrystal, a hopper is not necessary, and you likely will lose money on the dining plan.

72 Hayley { 09.17.15 at 11:51 am }

Hi, how much difference in crowd level is there between early April ’16 and end of May? this will be our second trip,,,thanks

73 Dave { 09.17.15 at 1:31 pm }

Sorry, Hayley–I need your exact dates, as there are huge differences each month…

74 Hayley { 09.21.15 at 1:34 pm }

Right ok it will be 1st Apr-15th compared to last week of May-first week of June ’16……could you compare the waits for queues please as it is a big factor for when we choose……many thanks :)

75 Dave { 09.22.15 at 4:08 pm }

OK Hayley. April 1 and 2 will be terrible, but the rest of it will be much better than the end of May/beginning of June. Weather is better in April also.

76 Heather { 09.23.15 at 8:14 pm }

We are planning a trip to Disney May 13- May 21 2016. How this that week in regards to the crowd?
Would you also recommend the meal plan? My husband and I will be going along with a 5 yr old.


77 Melanie { 09.23.15 at 9:44 pm }

Hi Dave my family will be going to Disney February 20-27 in 2016. Wondering what days to avoid what parks. This is our first time so want it to be perfect! Going with a 2 year old and 5 year old :)

78 Dave { 09.24.15 at 7:54 am }

Hi Heather, on that week, see this. If you get the regular dining plan, and if you book many one credit buffets/character meals, then you may come out ahead on the dining plan.

79 Dave { 09.24.15 at 7:56 am }


2/20 avoid Epcot and MK
2/21 avoid HS
2/22 avoid MK and AK
2/23 avoid Epcot
2/24 avoid MK
2/25 avoid Epcot
2/26 avoid MK and HS
2/27 avoid AK and MK

80 Chrystal Dupree { 09.24.15 at 3:07 pm }

Is the April calendar out yet?

81 Dave { 09.25.15 at 8:27 am }


4/9 avoid AK and MK
4/10 avoid HS
4/11 avoid AK and MK
4/12 avoid Epcot
4/13 avoid MK
4/14 avoid Epcot
4/15 avoid MK and HS
4/16 avoid HS

Note these include all EMH days. With your hopper, you can attend an am EMH park if you arrive well before open, then hop to another park at mid-day…

82 Romo Ruz { 09.25.15 at 8:39 pm }

Just got back from a wonderful 12 days vacation in the Happiest Place on Earth.
Thanks to your crowd graphics, I plan accordingly. See, my daughter is a kidney transplant patient and was having a rejection episode, so the doctors gave her medication killing all her immune system, therefore recommended NOT going to Disney. We already had reservations, plane tickets, hotel, everything planned and paid. After studying your crowd graphics, the doctor said she could go.
The lines were minimal. Soaring was the longest wait, 20 minutes. Between fast pass and my scooter, we manage to avoid lines in 95% of the time.
Thank you for doing a great job. Keep it up.
Waiting for the free dining offer in 2016.

83 Chrystal Dupree { 09.26.15 at 8:52 am }

Thanks Dave! I think we are going to skip the hopper this trip. Would that change anything?

84 Dave { 09.27.15 at 9:51 am }

Romo, I’m so glad you had such a great trip!

85 Dave { 09.27.15 at 9:51 am }

Chrystal, nope!!

86 Renae { 10.06.15 at 10:06 am }

According to this, you expect crowds to be heavier the 1st week of March, than they will be the 1st week of April. That’s just crazy, why do you predict that?

87 Dave { 10.06.15 at 10:35 am }

Renae, see this for the why behind these predictions.

88 Melissa { 10.08.15 at 6:38 pm }

We are considering taking our kids 15,11 and 8 back to DW June 12-18 of 2016. We have usually gone in the spring (2010 and 2008) but do to school schedules can not come until summer. Are we crazy to go during this time?

89 Michele { 10.09.15 at 6:38 am }

We’re planning on bringing our boys (10 and 8) down from 1/30-2/6/16. It doesn’t look like a lot of rides are scheduled for closure at this point, but will we be able to truly enjoy the parks during this time? Character meet and greets (especially with the princesses) are NOT of interest to them. Thanks!!

90 Dave { 10.10.15 at 9:59 am }

Michele, sure you will. You might miss a bit, but you will be able to see the vast majority of the good stuff.

91 Kati { 10.12.15 at 10:20 pm }

I’m a first time disney goer with my husband and 2 boys, 6 &1. I was thinking of going March 8-15? Is this a bad week as far as crowds?

92 Dave { 10.13.15 at 9:24 am }

Kati, in yes it is.

93 Ted { 10.13.15 at 10:06 am }

We’re visiting for our second time Jan 29th, 30th,31st and Feb1st 2016. This is supposed to be more of a stress-free trip than our last in June 2015, which was a mess of crowds and heat. So we picked January, and we’re going for fewer dinner reservations and just enjoying the parks on our own time this time instead of rushing from breakfast res, to lunch res to dinner res all day. Anyway, which parks should we definetely avoid during which days on this trip? Our plan is to do two full days MK, one full day at Epcot and one day split between AK and HS.

94 Dave { 10.13.15 at 10:16 am }

Hi Ted, sounds like a great plan!

1/29 avoid MK and HS
1/30 avoid AK and MK
1/31 avoid HS
2/1 avoid AK and MK

Note there’s no good AK/HS day among these, and only one good MK day. Tell me two things: are you eligible for EMH (and willing to get up for an early one) and how old are any kids? With that info, I can help with the days a little more…

95 Marie { 10.13.15 at 11:23 am }

Hi Dave, my family and I will be traveling to Walt Disney World Feb 29 – Mar 8. We are wondering what days to avoid what parks. We are traveling with a 6 month old, 18 month old, 3 year old, and 6 year old. Thanks in advance!

96 Dave { 10.14.15 at 4:57 pm }

Marie with kids that young, you might want to focus just on MK. Those dates, MK will be best the 1st, 3rd 6th, and 8th.

Otherwise, the 29th avoid MK and AK
The 1st avoid Epcot
The 2nd avoid MK
The 3rd avoid Epcot
The 4th avoid MK and HS
The 5th avoid AK and MK
The 6th avoid HS
The 7th avoid MK and AK
The 8th avoid Epcot

97 Erin { 10.15.15 at 5:19 pm }

Hi! We visited WDW with our 5 and 2yo last spring the last week of April going into the first couple days of May. It was a bit hot our last couple of days but I’m more concerned about crowds than anything. This year I can’t decide between 4/18-4/29 or 5/3-5/13. Would you recommend one over the other? And if you do would you mind telling me which parks to avoid for either week? Thanks so much for all your help!

98 Lauren { 10.15.15 at 11:01 pm }

Hi Dave!
I am planning on going to Orlando for a wedding the week of June 12th through the 19th, Looking at going to Magic Kingdom and Epcot either the 13th, 16th,17th, or 18, Do you have any recommendations on when to go to either park? This will be our first trip going and have 4 kids. ALL ADVICE WELCOME and needed :) Thank you!

99 Dave { 10.16.15 at 8:22 am }

Erin, as you can see from this I like the April weeks a little better:

Let me know what you decide and I can then guide you on parks (May data is not out yet, but should be out soon).

100 Dave { 10.16.15 at 8:24 am }

Lauren, I won’t be able to help until Disney releases its June claendar, which it will do in about a month–so come back then, OK? In the meantime, you might want to check this out

101 Erin { 10.16.15 at 9:01 pm }

Thanks so much, Dave! Well looking at your calendar I decided on 4/12-4/21.

102 Hala { 10.21.15 at 11:04 pm }

Planning our first family trip with my 3 boys ( aged 10,7 & 4 ). We can only go during March 2016 break . Plan so far is March 7-14. Would you be able to suggest what parks to visit ? We also plan to get the fast/flash pass & meal plan. Any thoughts on those?. We will probably be out all day and going back at night to the hotel. Since I only have boys , is there anything we can avoid seeing to gain more time at another place?.

Thanks a bunch!

103 Sherry { 10.22.15 at 9:47 am }

Hi, Dave!
Your site has been very helpful, and so has your book!
We have decided to visit from October 22-29, 2016, staying at the Beach Club (myself, husband, and 2 kids aged 10 and 7). Not planning to go to the Halloween party, but instead plan to park hop to try to avoid the MK on the busy days, and still see Wishes, etc. We also wanted to have a water park day; are the water parks generally very crowded in October?
When will Disney release it’s calendar for October? I want to be able to plan everything prior to making our dining reservations, and want to try to align them with our park days. I’ve noticed this year, that the Halloween party tends to fall on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; do you think this will also be the case for 2016?
Also wanted to ask if Be Our Guest is a must-do? If so, I was considering a lunch reservation.

104 Dave { 10.23.15 at 8:12 am }

Hi Hala! Those dates, avoid the following parks:

3/7 avoid Ak and MK
3/8 avoid Epcot
3/9 avoid MK
3/10 avoid Epcot
3/11 avoid HS and MK
3/12 avoid AK and MK
3/13 avoid HS
3/14 avoid AK and MK

It’ll be tough to design daily plans that suit both the 4 year old and the ten year old. I have some thoughts on this here and there’s more in Chapter 2 of my book.

You may save money on the dining plan. But for sure you need to use FastPass+. See this.

105 Dave { 10.23.15 at 8:18 am }

Hi Sherry and so glad the site and book are helping!!

The October calendar should be out in mid-March.

In the past, the most common days for the Halloween Party indeed have been Sun/Tues/Thurs/Fri. The pattern, though, is typically is a little different Columbus Day week, and the week of Halloween itself. The 23rd, 28th and 25th are good bets.

Sorry that I don’t track water park crowds…

I myself don’t consider BOG a must do… the menu is somewhat limited for kids. But if someone in your crew is a big Beauty and the Beast fan, go for it!

106 Michelle { 10.23.15 at 12:38 pm }

My daughter’s bday id Feb 7th. When around this time is most reasonable for a 5 to 7 day stay?

107 michelle { 10.25.15 at 9:51 am }

Hi! Do you have any information regarding Star Wars weekends for 2016? I heard rumor it may not happen or this year might be the last year. We are planning to take our boys (who worship star wars) May 13-May 18. Hope it’s still up and running. Could you also give suggestions which parks are best which day? Thanks!

108 Dave { 10.26.15 at 8:09 am }

Michelle, see this (page down to the “May 2016 Special Events” section.

109 Cat { 10.27.15 at 9:22 am }

Hi! My husband and I will be taking our almost two year old to disney 2/6/16 – 2/10/16. Can you please tell me what parks to avoid on those dates? Also, does the cheerleading competition have a big impact on the crowds? Thanks so much!

110 Dave { 10.27.15 at 9:43 am }

Cat, the various cheerleading, running, etc events have next to no impact on waits. See this for why. I’d take a two year old only to MK, and at MK the worst dates are the 6th, 8th, and 10th.

More broadly,

2/6 avoid MK and AK
2/7 avoid HS
2/8 avoid MK and AK
2/9 avoid Epcot
2/10 avoid MK

111 Douglas { 11.09.15 at 2:11 pm }

My fiance and I are visiting the parks Sun June 12- Sun June 19, 2016. The two Sundays are travel days so we will be visiting the parks Mon-Sat. We plan on using a 6 Day Park Hopper with one day at one of the Waterparks (most likely Blizzard Beach). We are getting the premium meal plan so we can go to some of the character meals. From what it looks like, this is one of the busier weeks during June. Can you please suggest the best plan of attack?

112 Lori { 11.09.15 at 2:39 pm }

Hi Dave, I just saw your page regarding “Spring Break Crowd 2016”. Very helpful and confirms my week this year in April – thanks!!

113 Dave { 11.10.15 at 6:27 pm }

Douglas, I’ll be able to advise after Disney publishes its operating schedule for then–which it should do any day now. So ping me back say Monday the 16th??

114 Dave { 11.10.15 at 6:28 pm }

Oops Lori I should have read all the comments before I responded to your first one!! Well, maybe that response will help others!

115 Lori { 11.11.15 at 8:49 pm }

Hi Dave – I don’t see my original submitted question but am very curious how you answered it (as I do not see that either). Need all the help I can get. Possible I posted on another page?

116 Dave { 11.12.15 at 10:30 am }
117 Douglas { 11.14.15 at 1:10 pm }

Per suggestions from the Easy Guide, we have extended our trip a few days so now we will be there June 12-21, with the 12th and 21st as travel days, giving us 8 days in the parks. I will check back once you have the June park info.

118 Lori { 11.15.15 at 12:05 pm }

Thanks Dave ! And love your site, so helpful!!

119 Dave { 11.17.15 at 11:17 am }

Thanks Lori!!!

120 Douglas { 11.20.15 at 3:54 pm }

I read that the park bus system is spotty early in the morning. We are staying at the All Star Movies in June 2016 and there are a few mornings where we will be going to the early breakfast character meals. Should we drive our own car to the park from the hotel or wait for a bus to come get us?

121 Dave { 11.22.15 at 11:47 am }

Douglas, there’s a special set of buses that go to early character meals. Check in with the concierges in the lobby the day before your first one to find out the specifics.

122 Beth { 11.24.15 at 12:52 am }

Hi Dave,
My husband and I plus my 3 boys (10, 3, & 2) are going 2/2- 2/9. I am worried because of the 2 & 3 yo’s. I think we are going to book a suite at the A of A which you seem to recommend. Also we are going to these parks, based off what i’ve see on your site:
Feb 3 – AK
4 -MK
5 – Epcot
6 – HS
7 – MK
8 Epcot.
Thoughts on the itinerary based on the days I have to work with? Also, when you say to avoid a certain park is that because it is generally the busiest that day? I would like another day at MK but not sure there is a good day to go.

123 Dave { 11.25.15 at 7:30 am }

Beth, yes my “avoids” are based on relative crowds. Your day/park choices are great, but you likely have too much Epcot and not enough MK. While there are no good MK dates left your week, that’s common–most end up with a couple of good days and one bad day. With an early arrival and FastPass+ you can still see a bunch even on a bad day.

None of my itineraries works your dates. My book has both one and two day park plans, plus also suggestions on how to cope with kids of such wildly different ages. It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats here, and as a PDF here.

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