Planning to visit Disney World sometime in 2018 or 2019 and worried about crowds?
If you choose your dates wisely, you can avoid peak crowd times and make your trip much easier.
To help you do that, we've got a Disney World crowd calendar of predicted crowds based on school calendars of many of the biggest districts, holidays, runDisney races, and years of experience being in the parks at all times of the year.
Let's dive in...
Disney World crowd calendar notes
Star Wars Land opening
Although Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is slated to open in 2019, it will likely be in late 2019 and therefore wasn't considered when putting together this chart. Check our guide to Star Wars at Disney World to keep up with the progress.
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- September 1-3 - some light crowds appear through Labor Day
- September 4-30 - very light crowds for most of September before the fall break crowds appear in October
Get more info on the September dashboard.
While the Food and Wine Festival is going on at Epcot throughout the month of October, it doesn't necessarily create an overall surge in crowd levels at all of Disney World as much as it creates a surge of locals going to Epcot on the weekends. That's why Epcot on the weekends isn't recommended during this time.
- October 1-4 - the first few days of October should be light crowds before fall breaks
- October 5 - some crowds arriving for long holiday weekend
- October 6-8 - peak Columbus Day weekend crowd levels
- October 9-21 - some schools have fall breaks scheduled in mid-October so expect moderate crowds
- October 22-31 - after the fall break crowds leave, late October sees light crowds for most of the last part of the month
Get more info on the October dashboard.
While the Food and Wine Festival takes place at Epcot for the beginning of November, it doesn't necessarily create an overall surge in crowds at all of Disney World as much as it creates a surge of locals going to Epcot on the weekends. That's why Epcot on the weekends isn't recommended during this time.
- November 1-5 - the Wine and Dine Half Marathon sells out faster than just about any race and many hotels will be fully booked during these dates
- November 6-12 - many schools in New Jersey have a couple of days off of school this week and families often take advantage and spend part or all of this week at Disney World in what's commonly called "Jersey Week." This time period also sees an influx of crowds for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.
- November 13-16 - light crowds just before the Thanksgiving visitors arrive
- November 17-21 - Thanksgiving week is busy, but these days leading up to Thanksgiving aren't quite as busy as the last half of the week
- November 22-25 - heavy Thanksgiving crowd levels
- November 26-30 - crowds drop off significantly once the weekend after Thanksgiving has passed
Get more info on the November dashboard.
- December 1-20 - moderate crowds appear in the first part of December for Pop Warner events, plus crowds in early December have increased over the last few years as people travel to see Disney World for the holidays
- December 21-31 - very busy time at Disney World as people spend their days off of work/school to vacation at Disney World for the holidays
Get more info on the December dashboard.
- January 1 - busy holiday crowds linger
- January 2-13 - heavy crowds remain as many school districts are still on break, plus Marathon Weekend where thousands of people show up to run 1 or more races and the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship will be taking place
- January 14 - some Marathon Weekend crowds remain after the weekend
- January 15-18 - a little break between the busy times
- January 19-21 - a 3-day weekend due to Martin Luther King Day. Many people go to Disney World during this time expecting light crowds, but it's actually a very busy time to be there.
- January 22-25 - light crowds return for the end of the month except for a little break for the Pro Bowl
- January 26-27 - moderate crowd levels as Pro Bowl fans arrive for the weekend
- January 28-31 - light crowds to end the month
Get more info on the January dashboard.
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- February 1-3 - moderate surge in crowds as the National Dance Team Championship takes place
- February 4-8 - light crowds between cheer/dance events
- February 9-10 - moderate crowd levels during the National High School Cheerleading Championship
- February 11-14 - break in the crowds before the long holiday weekend
- February 15 - some crowds start to appear for the long weekend
- February 16-19 - the heaviest crowds of President's Day Weekend
- February 20-25 - some President's Day Weekend crowds remain and Princess Half Marathon crowds appear to make it a moderately busy time
- February 26-28 - finishing out the month with light crowds
Get more info on the February dashboard.
- March 1-24 - the first few weeks of March should be moderately busy due to a combination of Mardi Gras crowds, Contest of Champions National Dance Competition, UCA International All Star Championship, AmeriCheer & AmeriDance International Championship, and some districts having spring break
- March 25-31 - lighter crowds as almost no districts have this time off in 2019
Get more info on the March dashboard.
- April 1-3 - light crowds before things start to get busy
- April 4-8 - moderate crowds due to the Star Wars Half Marathon
- April 9-12 - light crowds before spring breakers arrive
- April 13-21 - busy spring break time the week before Easter
- April 22 - some post-Easter crowds will remain
- April 23-29 - moderate crowds as ICU Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship takes place, followed by USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship
- April 30 - ending April on a less crowded note as we head into May
Get more info on the April dashboard.
- May 1-2 - light crowds as we enter May
- May 3-5 - moderate crowd levels during The Summit - All Star Championship cheerleading competition
- May 6-9 - light crowds between competitions
- May 10-12 - moderate crowds during the D2 Summit Championship cheer competition
- May 13-22 - light crowds until Memorial Day weekend crowds show up
- May 23-24 - some districts are already out and will start to show up around this time
- May 25-31 - Memorial Day weekend and summer crowds start to appear
Get more info on the May dashboard.
- June 1-30 - summer used to be super busy, but crowds have been dispersed a bit differently in recent years, so expect fairly busy crowd levels in June, but not as busy as in past years
Get more info on the June dashboard.
- July 1-2 - busy but not peak busy crowds to start off the month before July 4 crowds arrive
- July 3-7 - the busiest time in the summer is over July 4 when people visit to enjoy the impressive fireworks
- July 6-31 - summer used to be super busy, but crowds have been dispersed a bit differently in recent years, so expect fairly busy crowds throughout most of July, but not as busy as in past years
Get more info on the July dashboard.
- August 1-11 - heavy crowds that are common in the summer continue for the first half of the month
- August 12-25 - summer crowds start to decrease as some districts return to school
- August 26-31 - the last few days of August enjoys light crowds as many school districts are back in session
Get more info on the August dashboard.
2018-2019 crowd calendar chart
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When do you plan to visit? Any questions about our Disney World crowd calendar?
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, but please don't ask us to compare to crowd calendars from other sites. We've explained the reasoning behind our calendar here and won't be commenting on how other sites do things.