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Disney World Crowds in 2019



By Dave Shute

2019 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The chart lower on the page shows my forecasts for 2019 crowds by week at Walt Disney World. Updated in early July 2018, I may need to update it again, particularly for the last quarter, as more news about the new Star Wars land comes out.

There’s no formal opening date yet for this land — “late fall 2019” is current plan. I expect it to unfold much like Harry Potter did at Universal–with crushing crowds in the actual land, but not a huge spillover effect on the other parks–or even the rest of Hollywood Studios. If I’m wrong, expect to see an increase of a point or two in the crowd levels after it opens.

THE 2019 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR

Dates in the Disney World Crowd Calendar are the beginning of the week, and the forecast covers the recommended Saturday-Sunday 9 day stays from that beginning.

(For 2018 Disney World 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

HOW TO INTERPRET THE 2019 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. 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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43 comments

1 Cooper { 07.20.18 at 4:01 pm }

we have been to Disney 4 or 5 times so we do know where to go and what to do, however I have never gone in the summer. I am planning on going late may/ early june of next year. do you have any articles displaying how to do it efficiently for summer crowds? or do you have any partner websites you suggest I look at?

Thanks!

2 Dave { 07.22.18 at 12:18 pm }

Cooper, the principles don’t much change, with the exception being that the heat, humidity and afternoon thunderstorms, when combined with later closures, make the idea of taking some or all of the afternoons off even better than other times of the year. For an example itinerary, see this.

3 James { 07.23.18 at 1:54 pm }

Dave,

My wife and I were continuing the debate on the value-adding an extra day to spend in MK on January 13 as part of the week-long vacation. We original only budgeted for 5 days but are contemplating adding a 6th day. If you had a choice that Sunday with the Half Marathon going on, would you go to MK or what Park would you recommend? Thanks for any guidance on this.

4 Dave { 07.24.18 at 7:42 am }

James, the half marathon is Saturday the 12th, the full is the 13th. The principal impact of the races is to clot up the roads, so allow extra time to get around in the mornings. The marathon route in the past has gone through all four parks, starting and ending in EPcot. Avoiding Epcot might be wise, and HS has morning EMH, so avoiding it might be a good idea as well. Either MK or AK would be the best choice.

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