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  1. Paul Dean
    March 4, 2020

    I can speak for the crowds at the Magic Kingdom the second week of February 2020. We were there. ., Terrible. Based on the crowds. one might have thought this was June or July, not a winter month. Lines to major attractions were terrible. the people mover exceeded 45-minutes! Its quit obvious that parents pulled kids out of school to go to the Magic Kingdom during off season -all good. That said, when should retirees who grew up with Disney come to the parks? February????

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    • Dave
      March 4, 2020

      Hey Paul, you are right–crowds have been much higher than anyone expected so far this year. Parents take their kids out of school all the time. The guess is that this year so far was a combo of people re-booking their trips after the Star Wars land announcements (either to avoid September or to get to WDW after all the pieces were opened), re-booking related to Hurricane Dorian, and Star Wars itself–especially Rise of the Resistance–being quite the draw. Meanwhile hours have been cut….

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  2. michael angelo
    February 4, 2020

    Hey Dave. Had a little change of plans. going to Orlando. How are the crowds looks for the week of 11-13th? Any events going on/ I can actually go later in the month if need be. What say you and thank you so much for your time!

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    • Dave
      February 5, 2020

      Hey Michael! February crowds will be worst between 2/13 and 2/22.

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  3. michael angelo
    January 4, 2020

    Thanks Dave. Just wasn’t sure. Seems those weeks were your best picks.

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  4. michael angelo
    January 3, 2020

    Hey Dave…Happy New Year!!! i’m planning on going to DW soon. I see Jan 26th and Feb 1st are the lowest crowds? I can go either week. Which week would you suggest? Thank you again for all your help! Mike

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    • Dave
      January 4, 2020

      Hey Mike, I don’t see much difference between the weeks! Lots closed for refurb both weeks–e.g. Splash, Kali, Test Track; prices and crowds about the same

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  5. Dave
    November 10, 2019

    Great, Jim!!

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  6. Jim F
    November 9, 2019

    Ok. Thank you for that explanation. I really like the information that you have here Dave. Thank you!

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  7. Jim F
    November 7, 2019

    Why is the week of 2/1/2020 ranked so low (48th worst out of 52) if the crowds are so low? Is that because the weather isn’t as nice or because of the potential for ride closures? Thank you.

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    • Dave
      November 9, 2019

      Hey Jim, my week rankings are for first time visitors who may never return, so they heavily weight possible ride closures.

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  8. Amy
    September 5, 2019

    Awesome, thanks so much for that chart. I love your site and appreciate your response!

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    • Dave
      September 8, 2019

      🙂 Amy

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  9. Amy
    September 3, 2019

    Hi Dave, I see that you’re recommending the week of 2/22 even though Mardi Gras falls in the middle of that week. I thought Mardi Gras typically brings crowds from the gulf coast vacationers that week? Is there something different going on with their time off this year?
    Thanks so much!

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    • Dave
      September 4, 2019

      Hi Amy, so few people have Mardi Gras off–and those for so short a time–that it does not have much of an effect of Disney World. See this for the numbers, where the chart below comes from (2/25 is marked in red)

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