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Disney World Crowds in 2020



By Dave Shute

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2020 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The chart lower on the page shows my forecasts for 2020 crowds by week at Walt Disney World.

2020 will be an interesting year at Disney World, with the new land Galaxy’s Edge dominating the news early in the year, but after that other new rides opening, and Disney World beginning its 50th anniversary celebration later in the year.

More on 2020 at Walt Disney World is here.

THE 2020 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.

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 2020 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR

Dates are the beginning of the week.

As is the case in almost 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 good plans. However, I’d go during such weeks myself with no hesitation, and think these levels are totally 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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84 comments

1 Kelsey { 01.11.20 at 3:22 am }

Hi, we have a family of 4 coming down + grandma. (Ages almost 1 and 4.5) We are coming down February 22-29 this year. We plan on doing 2 days at Universal, and 2 days at Disney (HS and MK). Do you have any tips for which day for which parks to have lowest crowds? Thanks!

2 Dave { 01.11.20 at 10:51 am }

Hi Kelsey, I’m commenting only on WDW here, as I have little useful to say about Universal. By far the busiest days at WDW will be 2/22, 2/23, and 2/29, and the least busy days will be 2/25 through 2/27. Of those three, HS will be about the same each day, maybe better on 2/26, and MK will be best 2/25 and 2/27.

3 Angela Kurzhal { 01.18.20 at 1:36 am }

Hi Dave,
My husband and I are planning a trip November 27- December 4th. We are only playing at the four main parks, no H2o for us. What days should we plan on visiting each park?

4 Dave { 01.18.20 at 8:35 am }

Hi Angela, I can help, but not precisely until Disney’s calendar for then comes out, which it should in late May (recently, it’s been released about 190 days ahead)

Your dates, precision matters, as it is during the late August-mid-December party season, when picking the right park each day is particularly important. See this for more.

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