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Disney World Crowds in 2023



By Dave Shute

2023 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The chart lower on the page shows my current forecasts for 2023 crowds by week at Walt Disney World.

I’m forecasting another busy summer in particular, as pent-up demand remains from the pandemic at the same time as parents are more resistant than ever to taking their kids out of school.

 

THE 2023 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR

Dates in the 2023 Disney World Crowd Calendar are the Saturday at the beginning of the week, and cover that Saturday through the following Sunday, as that nine-day period matches my suggested itineraries.

Crowd levels are ranked by week from 1-11 in the following way:

1: Lowest of the year

2: Low-minus

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 2023 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 for 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 best crowd levels for a family visiting for the first time and unsure if it will ever return.

However, lower crowds do not always mean a better week to visit. Some low-crowd weeks best avoided by first timers who may never return because they are in the mid-August to mid-October peak hurricane or the early January-early February  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 even more emphasis.

So, in homage to Spinal Tap, I assigned 11 to “highest.”

 

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