2014 Walt Disney World Crowd Chart from WDW Prep School

If you ask any Disney vet if they would go to Disney on Holidays, Presidents Day Week, Christmas through New Years, or Spring Break and they would empatically say NO!  This is something you just don’t do.

Just look at this crowd chart from WDW Prep School  and you will get a good idea of when not to travel to Disney if you are afraid of crowds.

But sometimes that is just not possible and you have to head to Disney when everyone thinks you are crazy.  But with a little planning you can actually enjoy yourself when those around you are fighting the crowds.

Here is a breakdown of what your day should look like if you know the parks are going to be crowded:

Tips for Planning Your Day at Disney when the Crowds are HighEarly Morning : Take Advantage of Morning Extra Magic Hours

If staying on property take advantage of these at the parks and water parks.  But note you won’t want to stay in that park much past 11 am as it is going to fill up fast.

AM : Ride Your ‘Must Do’ Rides

Between park opening and 11 am you will be able to ride the majority of your top rides.  Fastpasses are optional during these hours.  There are tons of touring plans out there that will help your optimize the sequence of these rides.  You can find some of them on WDW Prep School.

Midday : Have a Long Sit Down Lunch

If you have not gotten ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations) at the 180 day mark you may have trouble getting dinner reservations.  So have your sit down meals at lunch.  This will give you more options and you will miss the worst of the park crowds.

Afternoon : Relax Back in the Room or Enjoy the Pools

Afternoons are for staying away from the parks and peak crowds.  Take this time to relax, swim, or go shopping.

Late Afternoon/Early Evening : Use Your Fastpasses

Late afternoon and evening are great times to use your Fastpasses for any rides you missed in the morning.  Crowds are still pretty high but lighter than the afternoon.  Grad dinner at one of the quick service restaurants.

Evening : Take in the Shows

 If there are two seatings for Fantasmic, Main Street Electircal Parade, etc. go to the later one as the first ones are always more crowded.

Late Night :Take Advantage of Evening Extra Magic Hours

If staying on property and you still aren’t tired head over to the park with evening extra magic hours and enjoy the crowds as they thin out.


Disney's Animal Kingdom Crowd

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd (Photo credit: Michael Kappel)

These are basic rules for managing the crowds. Do you have any tips to share on how you have managed crowds in the past?




For more tips on surviving the crowds and going to Disney for Spring Break head over to Magical Blogorail and Ride the Rails.

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