Disney World 2018-2019 crowd calendar

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...

A few Disney World crowd calendar notes

Cheer and dance competition dates

Since many aren't available more than a year ahead of time, most of them were guessed based on schedules in previous years.

Toy Story Land opening

As of July 2017 we now have a rough estimate as to when the opening of the new Toy Story Land will occur. According to news released at the D23 Expo, we can expect Toy Story Land to open up sometime in the early summer of 2018. Because of this opening expect higher than originally anticipated crowds for that time period. Check our guide to Toy Story Land at Disney World to keep up with the progress.

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.

When to visit Disney World in 2018

Check out this video about the best times to visit Disney World in 2018.

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January 2018

  • January 1-4 - the last bits of the holiday crowds will remain
  • January 5-7 - Marathon Weekend where thousands of people show up to run 1 or more races
  • January 8-10 - Marathon Weekend has ended but attendees often linger for a couple of days to enjoy the parks
  • January 11-12 - light crowds between busier times
  • January 13-15 - 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 1 of the busiest times I've ever seen.
  • January 16-31 - light crowds return for the end of the month

Get more info on the January dashboard.

February 2018

  • February 1-15 - light crowds kick off February
  • February 10-16 - some moderate crowds due to Mardi Gras and many Louisiana districts being out
  • February 17-19 - President's Day Weekend is very busy, especially with it overlapping so many longer winter breaks
  • February 20-25 - the heaviest crowds of President's Day Weekend will subside as Princess Half Marathon crowds show up
  • February 26-28 - light crowds to finish up February

Get more info on the February dashboard.

March 2018

  • March 1-9 - light crowds to start March before spring breakers start to show up
  • March 10-16 - spring break crowds will show up during the last part of March, but not the heaviest spring break crowds which appear the first week of April
  • March 17-29 - heavier spring break crowds will appear in the parks
  • March 30-31 - peak spring break crowd levels

Get more info on the March dashboard.

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April 2018

  • April 1-8 - peak Spring Break crowds for Easter week
  • April 9-18 - very few schools have scheduled breaks during this time, so crowd levels should be much more manageable
  • April 19-22 - moderate crowds due to the Star Wars Half Marathon
  • April 23-30 - April should finish off with light crowds

Get more info on the April dashboard.

May 2018

  • May 1-22 - light crowds as we enter May
  • May 23-24 - some school districts start their summers on these days and moderate crowds will appear in the parks
  • May 25-31 - Memorial Day weekend and summer crowd levels start to appear

Get more info on the May dashboard.

June 2018

  • June 1-30 - summer used to be super busy, but crowds have been dispersed a bit differently in recent years, so expect fairly busy crowds in June, but not as busy as in past years

Get more info on the June dashboard.

July 2018

  • July 1-5 - 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.

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August 2018

  • August 1-12 - heavy crowds that are common in the summer continue for the first half of the month
  • August 13-26 - summer crowds start to decrease as some districts return to school
  • August 27-31 - the last few days of August enjoys light crowds as many school districts are back in session

Get more info on the August dashboard.

September 2018

  • 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.

October 2018

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.

November 2018

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 2018

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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.

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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.

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Do you think the Star Wars land will be open by July 2019???

FYI – I was just there in DW from 1/28 until 2/2… it was NOT lightest crowds. After the park being open for about an hour, many rides were close to or over an hour wait. Of course there was the usual… Mine Train, Flight of Passage, Toy Story Mania & Peter Pan, but others too… Dumbo, Barn Stormer, Soarn’, Test Track, meet and greets with Characters. I have gone at this time of year in the past and never saw crowds like I saw when I was there. Even Living with the Land was 45 mins at one point.… Read more »

Hello, thank you for the helpful information! I’ve looked around a bit but have not noticed a historical crowd calendar. If you have one from 2017, will you please paste a link? Thanks so much!!

I was just wondering if toy story land potentially opening on Memorial Day and the soft openings that will be offered for it before hand were taken into account for may 2018 crowds? It shows lots of green the first half of may, do you think these previews and openings will have an effect on the crowds

It looks like dashboards beginning w/ August 2018 don’t contain suggested park recommendations. Do I just need to be patient? 🙂

I love the thoughtful explanations of busy/lighter times. You’ve even got cheerleading/dance competitions! Too many crowd calendars eschew the context. Yours is one of the few we recommend using.

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