2018 Disney World crowd calendarPlanning to visit Disney World sometime in 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, ticket prices, and years of experience being in the parks at all times of the year.

Let's dive in...

Important Disney World crowd calendar notes

How opening and closings affect crowds

As you can imagine, anytime something major opens or something popular closes the crowds are impacted.

In 2019 there are several attractions and nighttime shows that are doing just that.

In general, the parks where the attraction or show is located will see the largest impact, but it isn't unusual for all the parks to see a temporary surge in crowds.

Here are the openings and closures we think may have an impact on the overall crowds in the months ahead:

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth final performance & Epcot Forever begins

Fall 2019 (no specific date yet)

We saw a dramatic increase in the crowds in the final days of Wishes at Magic Kingdom and while we don't think we will see the same level of increase in the crowds for the end of Illuminations and the beginning of Epcot Forever (a temporary show that will run until the replacement for Illuminations is completed in 2020) you should still plan for higher-than-anticipated crowds if traveling during that time.

Star Wars Land opening

Late fall 2019 (no specific date yet)

Although Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is slated to open in 2019, it will likely be in late 2019. Check our guide to Star Wars at Disney World to keep up with the progress.

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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

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the December crowd calendar.

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

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the January crowd calendar.

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February 2019

  • February 1-3 - moderate surge in crowds as the National Dance Team Championship takes place
  • February 4-7 - light crowds between cheer/dance events
  • February 8-10 - 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

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the February crowd calendar.

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 25-30 - spring break crowds bring moderate crowds
  • March 31 - light crowds before things pick up for the Star Wars Half Marathon and late spring break/Easter crowds

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the March crowd calendar.

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 - crowds decrease slightly after the race but begin to build again as Easter approaches
  • April 13-21 - busy spring break time the week before Easter
  • April 22 - some post-Easter crowds will remain
  • April 23-27 - crowds increase again as ICU Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship takes place, followed by USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship
  • April 28-30 - ending April on a less crowded note as we head into May

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the April crowd calendar.

May 2019

  • May 1-2 - lighter 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 13-16 - lighter crowds
  • May 17-22 - crowds increase as we get closer to the end of school for some districts
  • May 23-24 - moderate crowds as some districts are already out and will start to show up around this time
  • May 25-31 - heavy Memorial Day weekend and summer crowds start to appear

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the May crowd calendar.

June 2019

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

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the June crowd calendar.

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 8-27 - 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
  • July 28-31 - summer crowds begin to drop off slightly

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the July crowd calendar.

August 2019

  • August 1-11 - moderate to heavy crowds that are common in the summer continue for the first half of the month
  • August 12-30 - summer crowds start to decrease as some districts return to school
  • August 31 - the last few days of August see crowds increase slightly for the Labor Day holiday

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the August crowd calendar.

September 2019

  • September 1-2 - moderate Labor Day holiday crowds
  • September 3-6 - very light crowds as many schools are now in session
  • September 7-8 - bump in crowds for the weekend
  • September 9-30 - very light crowds for most of September before the fall break crowds appear in October

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the September crowd calendar.

October 2019

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 1-2 - the first few days of October should be light crowds before fall school breaks begin
  • October 3-10 - light crowds slowly increasing as the holiday weekend approaches
  • October 11 - moderate crowds as holiday weekend travelers begin arriving
  • October 12-14 - peak Columbus Day weekend crowd levels
  • October 15-30 - some schools have fall breaks scheduled in mid-October so expect moderate crowds
  • October 31 - the Wine and Dine Half Marathon sells out faster than just about any race and many hotels will be fully booked during these dates

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the October crowd calendar.

November 2019

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 1-3 - 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 4-7 - 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 remaining from the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.
  • November 8-11 - heavy crowds over the Veterans Day weekend
  • November 12-17 - moderate crowds return
  • November 18-21 - light crowds just before the Thanksgiving visitors arrive
  • November 22 - Thanksgiving crowds begin to arrive
  • November 23-26 - heavy crowds as guests visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday arrive
  • November 27-30 - very heavy Thanksgiving crowd levels

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the November crowd calendar.

December 2019

  • December 1 - heavy Thanksgiving crowds remain
  • December 2-12 - 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 holiday offerings
  • December 13-16 - holiday crowds and rumors of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening will create heavy crowds
  • December 17-31 - very busy time as people use their days off of work/school to vacation at Disney World for the holidays

Find out which parks are recommended each day (plus lots more info) on the December crowd calendar.

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2018 Disney World crowd calendar

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