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Disney World Crowds in 2020

By Dave Shute


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

I will update this forecast at least once, in the summer of 2019, and may update it again after that.

2020 will be an interesting year at Disney World, with crowds from 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. For 2019 Disney World crowd forecasts, see this.


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


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. 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.


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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1 Lisa { 05.27.19 at 2:32 pm }

Last week of April or first week of May 2020….any real difference to make one more desirable over the other?

2 Dave { 05.28.19 at 7:57 am }

Lisa, not in 2020.

3 Annie { 06.18.19 at 2:48 pm }

Doing our first trip ever in February with our 3 kids. Was looking at feb 1 – feb 8 2020.




4 Dave { 06.19.19 at 10:28 am }

Annie, that is historically a good week!

5 Emma { 06.20.19 at 10:49 am }

Apologies for asking, as I think we are ok looking at your graph, but we are looking at coming for 2 weeks from the 21st April 2020. It’s the first time for our 9 year old son. What will the crowds be like? My worst fear is hours of queuing ?

6 Dave { 06.21.19 at 9:50 am }

Hi Emma, those are good dates, but you still need good daily plans to avoid queues–see this for the issues in general, and this–especially its links at the bottom to daily plans– for an example (which will be updated by the time you need to use it).

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