By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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Disney World Crowds in 2018

2018 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The chart lower on the page shows my draft forecasts for 2018 crowds by week at Walt Disney World.

These forecasts will be revised in the summer of 2017, when the full suite of 2018 school year calendars comes out.

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

(For 2017 crowds click here. )

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

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HOW TO INTERPRET THE 2018 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR

Dates are the beginning of the week.

As is the case in every good Disney World crowd calendar, the forecasts are about wait times on rides–not about how crowded the areas outside the rides might be.

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 peak 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. 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.

MY DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR GOES UP TO “11”

The influence of the Unofficial Guide  and TouringPlans.com 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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October 30, 2016   18 Comments

Disney World 2018 Price Seasons

2018 PROJECTED RESORT PRICE SEASONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The material below shows my forecasts of resort price seasons at Walt Disney World at different times of the year in 2018.

(For 2017 price seasons, see this.)

Forecasts are based on recent Disney World practices, and will be updated when the actual seasons and prices come out, likely in the early summer of 2017.

In the material below, “X% Higher” means compared to the lowest prices of the year.

In addition to the detailed forecasts presented below, Disney ups prices even more during certain weekends and holidays–particularly over the Marathon weekend, Martin Luther King Day weekend, President’s Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Columbus Day weekend, and Veterans Day weekend.

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2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: VALUE RESORTS

  • 40-45% higher–the peak season–begins 1/1/2018
  • Lowest of year–the value season–begins 1/2/18
  • 40-45% higher–the peak season–begins 2/15/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season-begins 2/25/18
  • 40-45% higher–the peak season–begins 3/9/18
  • 55-75% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/25/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 4/8/18
  • 30-45% higher–the summer season–begins 5/25/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 8/12/18
  • 5-10% higher–the fall season–begins 8/24/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 9/16/18
  • 5-10% higher–the fall season– begins 10/28/18
  • 20-40% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/17/18
  • 5-10% higher–the fall seasonbegins 11/24/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 12/9/18
  • 40-45% higher–the peak season–begins 12/14/18
  • 60-75% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/21/18

Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: DELUXE RESORTS

  • 25-35% higher–the peak season–begins 1/1/18
  • Lowest of year–the value season–begins 1/2/18
  • 25-35% higher–the peak season–begins 2/15/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 2/25/18
  • 25-35% higher–the peak season–begins 3/9/18
  • 35-55% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/25/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 4/8/18
  • 10% higher–the summer season–begins 5/25/18
  • 0-5% highernear-lowest of year–the value season 2–begins 7/6/18
  • Lowest of year–the value seasonbegins 8/24/18
  • 5-20% higher–the regular season 2–begins 9/21/18
  • 5-15% higher–the fall season–begins 10/14/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 11/2/18
  • 5-15% higher–the fall season–begins 11/12/18
  • 20-25% higher during Thanksgiving begins 11/20/18
  • 5-15% higher–the fall season–begins 11/24/18
  • 20% higher–the regular season–beings 12/9/18
  • 25-35% higher–the peak season–begins 12/14/18
  • 40-60% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/21/18

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: MODERATE RESORTS

  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 1/1/18
  • Lowest of year–the value seasonbegins 1/2/18
  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 2/15/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season-begins 2/25/18
  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 3/9/18
  • 45-50% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/25/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 4/8/18
  • 15-20% higher–the summer season–begins 5/25/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 8/12/18
  • 10-15% higher–the fall season–begins 8/24/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 9/16/18
  • 10-15% higher–the fall season–begins 10/28/18
  • 20-25% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/17/18
  • 10-15% higher–the fall seasonbegins 11/24/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–beings 12/9/18
  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 12/14/18
  • 50-55% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/21/18

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October 25, 2016   14 Comments

May 2017 at Walt Disney World

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OVERVIEW: MAY 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD

may-2017-at-disney-world-from-yourfirstvisit-netThis page reviews May 2017 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

Earlier May is a great time to visit Walt Disney World, with low crowds, moderate prices, and good weather.

Crowds build over the month, and the end of the month sees high crowds from Memorial Day, and the beginning of humid and rainy summer weather.

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October 17, 2016   21 Comments

When to Go to Disney World from The easy Guide

You won’t find two people more qualified to advise you on when to go to Disney World than me and my co-author Josh of easyWDW. (The photo below is of neither of us.)

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We worked together to make Chapter 4 of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017 the best and most succinct guide to when to go to Disney World that you can find.

The chapter has sections covering crowds, prices and weather, and then, most valuably, goes through 2017 month by month.  Here’s an example:

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This chapter is the only part of The easy Guide that’s solely about 2017. All the other key material in the book–hotel reviews, park touring plans, dining reviews–works right now, this instant, so the book is also a great guide for those making visits later in 2016.

There will be changes–we’ve already seen a couple since we published in early August.

But ours is the only guidebook that can help you with those changes, because as noted here we will prove free updates to purchasers when we update the book!

Here’s the scoop from the book itself:

Updating your easy Guide

Ok, that’s it for now. More to come on other changes in the 2017 easy Guide later! Meanwhile, buy the book, OK?
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September 25, 2016   No Comments

April 2017 at Walt Disney World

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OVERVIEW: APRIL 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD

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This page reviews April 2017 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

The late Easter in 2017 and the pattern of pricing and spring breaks before and after it means that the only period in the month that I recommend is the end of the month–April 22 and later.

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September 21, 2016   82 Comments

March 2017 at Walt Disney World

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OVERVIEW: MARCH 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD

March 2017 at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.net

This page reviews March 2017 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

The first week of March can be a great time to go to Disney World, and is so in 2017, up until March 10.  The rest of the month will be lousy–with high prices and high crowds.

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August 21, 2016   24 Comments