If you are planning a vacation to Walt Disney World it is only natural to wonder what the crowds are going to be like for the dates you will be there. This is where the importance of a Disney crowd calendar comes in. For my family crowd levels was always a huge deciding factor on when we would pick to go. It seems the growing trend is that the fall months are getting busier at Disney than they were in the past and in turn the summer months are starting to be less crowded than they used to be.
Why do people want to avoid the crowds at Disney? Crowds at Disney mean longer wait times in line, hard to find good dining options and causes you to get less of what you wanted done on your vacation.
It’s important to remember that the following information is just a prediction based on historical data, Disney events, holidays, school vacations, as well as years of experience visiting Disney World.
2017 Crowd Calendar Predictions
September 2017 Crowds at Disney World
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins just in time for September. Be careful of Epcot during this time. The weekends for this entire month will be extra crowded at Epcot. We recommend trying to make it over to Epcot during a week day and doing what you want in the countries BEFORE evening hours. A lot of locals will trickle in even during the evening hours of weeknights to sample the new food offerings.
Crowd calendar for September.
September 1-15 – Watch for some light crowds appear through Labor Day. This is when a lot of locals visit and take advantage of the long weekend they get off of work. As well this marks the beginning of the Food and Wine Festival so Epcot should have heavier crowds than normal.
September 16-30 – School fall break crowds will start to appear in late September. As well as many people coming in to celebrate Epcot’s 35 anniversary this year. There are several fan events planned to draw in some extra crowds.
For more information look at what to expect in September at Disney World.
October 2017 Crowds at Disney World
During this month Disney starts to ramp up their Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party schedule. Be careful not to plan your Magic Kingdom day on a party day unless you plan on attending the event. The Magic Kingdom does close at 7 p.m. on these party days.
October 1-4 – the first few days of October should be moderately busy with some schools having fall break.
October 5-16 – Heavy crowds during Columbus Day weekend. Being the peak fall school breaks, this also contributes to the higher crowds we see during this time.
October 17-31 – Moderate crowds for most of the last part of the month.
For more information read Disney World in October
November 2017 Crowds at Disney World
Since this is the last month of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival you don’t have to worry so much about weekend crowds at Epcot. Much of the traffic has died down at this point. Do be careful of scheduling a trip during the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. All Marathon weekends throughout the year make the parks and surrounding roads busy.
November 2-5 – Due to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon many hotels will be fully booked during these dates. Since it is so popular you can expect heavy crowds in the parks, especially Epcot where the various weekend races start from.
November 6-17 – There will be some lingering marathon visitors but crowds should remain light until Thanksgiving visitors arrive.
November 18-26 – Heavy crowds for the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 27-30 – Crowds drop off significantly once the weekend after Thanksgiving has passed.
For more information read Disney World in November
December 2017 Crowds at Disney World
December is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Disney World. But beware the closer to Christmas it is the busier it is! Expect to find lots of extra festivities for the holidays. It’s also great weather this time of year, expect cooler temperatures and less of those heat wave days.
December 1-15 – December begins with relatively light crowds before the peak holiday crowds arrive. Great opportunity to catch all the holiday festivities around the Disney World Resort.
December 16-21 – Some moderate holiday crowds start to show up as some schools (especially college) release students for holiday break.
December 22-31 – The BUSIEST time at Disney World. Year after year it never ceases to amaze me how many people chose to spend their holiday here at Disney World. With majority of the work force having vacation time around now it makes Orlando as a whole extremely crowded – expect longer than usual wait times for all rides.
For more information read Disney World in December
2018 Crowd Calendar Predictions
January 2018 Crowds at Disney World
January at Disney World can best be described relatively light crowds with perfect temperatures. The downside to this time of year is that there is often several major refurbishments taking place due to the light traffic.
January 2018 Disney Crowd Calendar
January 1-4 – Very busy from the holiday crowds that will remain.
January 5-7 – Crowds aren’t as bad but remain heavy with Disney’s Marathon Weekend. Thousands of people arrive to run in the race events throughout the weekend.
January 8-10 – Marathon Weekend has ended but attendees often linger for a couple of days to enjoy the parks.
January 13-15 – Crowds pick up due to the 3-day weekend for Martin Luther King Day. Many people go to Disney World during this time expecting light crowds, but it’s actually one of the busiest times of the year.
For more information read Disney World in January
February 2018 Crowds at Disney World
February 1-15 – Light crowds start off the month of February.
February 10-16 – Expect moderate crowds due to Mardi Gras and Louisiana districts being out.
February 17-19 – President’s Day Weekend is one of the busiest holiday weekends. This is mainly due to many school winter breaks falling during this time.
February 20-25 – Crowds decrease from Presidents day but then gear up for the weekends Princess Half Marathon.
February 26-28 – Mostly light crowds to finish up the month of February.
For more information read Disney World in February
March 2018 Crowds at Disney World
Disney World Crowd Calendar for March 2018.
March 1-9 – Light crowds continue from the lull at the end of February.
March 10-16 – Spring break crowds will show up during the last part of March as schools and colleges start to go on vacation.
March 17-29 – Heavier spring break crowds will appear in the parks.
March 30-31 – The start of the peak spring break crowds.
April 2018 Crowds at Disney World
Disney World crowd calendar for April 2018.
April 1-8 – Extremely heavy crowds for the peak of Spring Break crowds, Easter week.
April 9-18 – Crowd levels die down quickly and go back to calm.
April 19-22 – Moderate crowd increase due to the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon.
April 23-30 – Light crowds, some northern schools have their spring break at this time.
May 2018 Crowds at Disney World
Disney World crowd calendar for May 2018.
May 1-22 – Light crowds kick off the month.
May 23-24 – School start to get released for the summer and moderate crowds will appear.
May 25-31 – Memorial Day weekend officially marks the kickoff of summer crowds.
June 2018 Crowds at Disney World
There are no major holidays or events to watch out for during this month. However, due to just about every kid being out on school break expect fairly busy crowds in June.
June Disney World Crowd Calendar
July 2018 Crowds at Disney World
July 1-5 – Very heavy crowds for the fourth of July holiday. Many people get extra days off of work and enjoy coming to see the special fireworks shown.
July 6-31 – Expect fairly busy crowds throughout the rest of the month, though summer crowds have been improving compared to prior years.
For more information read Visiting Disney in July
August 2018 Crowds at Disney World
We are waiting for the announcement of the start of Mickey’s not So Scary Halloween Party and Food and Wine Festival these will determine if when we should expect heavy traffic weekends.
For more information read Visiting Disney in August