Category — 2. Labor Day at Walt Disney World
OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD
September combines low crowds with low prices, and typically also has OK room rates and free dining deals as well.
This makes it a great month for returning visitors.
But it has lousy weather, combining continuing summer heat and humidity with the peak of the hurricane season, making me not so keen on the month for first time visitors who may never return.
February 15, 2017 8 Comments
This site’s Disney World crowd calendars always show crowds dropping off in later August.
For example, in 2015, crowd rankings go from 8/high-minus at the beginning of August down to 2/lower in early September.
This page both explain how that comes about and also reviews how the site’s crowd calendars are built.
END OF SUMMER 2015 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
The highest-crowd periods at Walt Disney World all have one thing in common: they are convenient times for parents to take their kids to Orlando. That is, they are times that kids are out of school and that parents traditionally can take off of work.
What’s not so clear until you do the numbers is that actual school vacation dates are much more varied than you’d think. And there’s no good source you can go to that explains what all these varied dates are.
So every year about this time one of my nieces goes to more than 180 school district websites and captures all the key vacation dates for the upcoming academic year.
(This time of year because you’d be surprised many districts don’t put their calendars up for the upcoming year until June; this year, 170 of the 186 had their calendars out by the time we agreed to stop collecting data.)
These include the 100 largest school districts in the U.S., plus almost 90 more of the next largest school districts in the more highly-populated states east of the Mississippi–that is, the states from which in particular Walt Disney World draws its visitors.
I then create a database that shows based on district enrollment every kid who is off on every date, sum these by state, and weight them based on the state’s proportion of total US visits to this website (because Disney won’t tell me actual visitation by state!). See the image above for a screenshot example.
Finally, I calculate percentage of total weighted kids on break by date and use that to inform the crowd calendars. (There’s about 12.4 million actual kids in the database.)
Above are the results of this for when kids go back to school in 2015.
So you can see that
- Kids don’t start going back to school in real numbers until Monday 8/10
- More than a third are back in school the week beginning 8/15
- Almost 60% are back during the week beginning 8/22, and
- More than 80% are back in school before Labor Day.
In 2015, pretty much all kids are back in school by the Wednesday after Labor Day.
Moreover, vacation patterns typically don’t have people returning from their vacation the night before school begins, so the effect of these back-to-school dates is offset into earlier August by around a week.
Thus, in the 2015 crowd calendar, the week of 8/1 is rated 8/high-minus crowds, the week of 8/8 7/moderate-plus crowds, the week of 8/15 6/moderate crowds and the week of 8/22 4/low crowds.
June 8, 2015 No Comments
OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD
February 25, 2013 8 Comments
OVERVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2011 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
March 7, 2011 No Comments
Also in September is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a special evening event–with its own ticket–that has become a family tradition for many.
March 7, 2010 No Comments