Category — Times to Visit Disney World
OVERVIEW: NOVEMBER 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD
April 16, 2013 10 Comments
OVERVIEW: OCTOBER 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD
March 19, 2013 8 Comments
The weeks before and after Easter are two of the most wildly crowded weeks at Walt Disney World.
The common-sense approach to handling them is to run, screaming, back home.
But if that’s not an option for you, here’s some more common sense that might help.
HANDLING YOUR DAYS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD DURING EASTER WEEK
You need a good plan for each day. I’ve already covered this here, but the basics are
- Arrive at the turnstiles well before the park is scheduled to open
- See the rides that build long lines quickly first
- Use Disney’s free FASTPASSES to manage the rest of the long-line rides, until they run out
- Consider buying your way out of the problem of all FASTPASSES being taken early
PICKING WHICH PARK TO VISIT WHICH DAY
Don’t let me mislead you–from March 23, 2013 through April 6, 2013 every day is gonna be just rotten. But some days are better than others.
The trick to finding the best days to visit the parks is to figure out what everyone else will do, and do the opposite. This is the “judo” of Walt Disney World.
The best days at a given park will have three characteristics:
- They’ll have no color at all
- Other parks will have lots of color
- The day will be right after, right before, or ideally, sandwiched between, days at the same park with lots of color
Epcot on March 27 is a perfect example of this.
BUILDING THE DAILY CROWD FORECASTS
The chart is built on the five common sense items that drive crowds at Walt Disney World:
- The basic patterning of visits: The most common full day is Sunday, and people tend to see the Magic Kingdom and Epcot the first few days of their trip, and Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom after
- The effect of Extra Magic Hours: Extra Magic Hours draw people staying in the ~30,000 Disney World hotel rooms, and those without hoppers then stay all day. So crowds are higher than on on-EMH days. Note that the Magic Kingdom has Extra Magic Hours every single day, which makes things rough for those staying off site. I’ve given the Magic Kingdom the darkest color here only on days with both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours
- The extra attractiveness of days with longer operating hours–a big issue at some times of the year, not much of a factor these weeks, because operating hours and evening shows are pretty consistent.
- The holiday effect–people are drawn to the Magic Kingdom in particular, and also to Epcot, on major family holidays
- The weekend effect: both longer and shorter visits tend to include weekends, so Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are particularly crowded days.
Combine all these drivers, and you can see how some days will be worse, and some better. The weeks overall will be horrible–but having a plan will help a lot, and picking your days carefully will help some too!
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March 14, 2013 2 Comments
THE FOURTH OF JULY 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, the Magic Kingdom has a special fireworks show “Celebrate America” at 9p.
On Thursday, July 4, 2013
- The Magic Kingdom has the same show at the same time–”Celebrate America” at 9p
- Epcot’s Illuminations has a special holiday ending added, and is shifted from its normal 9p time to 10p, and
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have a special 4th of July fireworks presentation at 10.15p
Those following this site’s summer itinerary for Walt Disney World will be in Downtown Disney for Cirque du Soleil July 3rd, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 4.
Sensible people might swap all this around, and see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom on the 3rd, and do what the itinerary has written for the 3rd on the 4th…
FOURTH OF JULY CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
July is the most consistently crowded month at Disney World, and in the month, the week that includes the 4th of July is the most crowded week.
July is the most crowded month because every US schoolkid on a typical (that is, not year-round) calendar has the entire month off. This is not true of either June or August.
Within July, many parents gravitate towards the week of the 4th for their vacations, because since the 4th is a holiday, they need to take one fewer vacation day to get a week off.
And people want to see fireworks on the 4th…so the Disney World parks offering fireworks on the 4th of July will be packed!
For more on July 2013 at Walt Disney World, see this.
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February 27, 2013 2 Comments
OVERVIEW: SUMMER 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Summer crowds at Disney World are very high most of the summer–lightest in the last part of August, and also lighter in early June. They peak over the Fourth of July holiday.
Disney World summer prices show a different pattern in 2013 than in prior years, and begin high only at the value resorts. They drop to near their lowest level of the year at the deluxe resorts resorts in mid-July, and at the moderate resorts and value resorts in early August.
Deals and discounts are available for parts of this period.
January 30, 2013 6 Comments
OVERVIEW: AUGUST 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD
January 15, 2013 No Comments