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Disney World Crowd Calendar April 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar April 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar April 2018

The Disney World Crowd Calendar April 2019 begins as an extremely busy month and dies down to moderate levels toward the end of the month.  You’ll find that the Magic Kingdom offers Extra Magic Hours almost every day during the week of Easter (added later).  If you’re an onsite guest at a Disney World Resort, you should take advantage of that Extra Magic Hour morning during Easter week!  That first hour is a great time to visit a good number of Fantasyland attractions.  I would then plan my Fastpass+ in a different park and hop to the lower crowds in a BEST park.

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival runs from March to May and it includes a free concert series known as Garden Rocks concerts. Artists that perform are from the 60’s to the 80’s and offer genuine flashback music.  Check out the topiaries, take in a gardening seminar, walk through the butterfly garden and grab a bite to eat at the festival booths.

What will the weather be like during your April trip?

April is beautiful in Walt Disney World.  The weather is warm, but not hot and there’s beautiful flowers everywhere.  Epcot decorates really well for the Flower and Garden Festival and offers great topiaries and gardening seminars.  It is central Florida, so bring that poncho in case you get an afternoon shower.  Weather forecasts are under each date on the Crowd Calendar for April as well!

  • Average high temperature:  83°F
  • Average low temperature:  59°F
  • Mean temperature:  71°F
  • Record high temperature:  97°F (1968)
  • Record low temperature:  37°F (2001)
  • Average Precipitation:  2.28 in.

Will the park hours for Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom be extended?

Disney usually releases preliminary hours, then adds hours the closer you get to your trip.  With Animal Kingdom now offering “After dark” experiences, you can expect that park to stay open much later.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your trip

Updated frequently as needed.

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your trip?

Updated at the beginning of each month!

Disney World Resort Recreation Activities Guides, Disney World Resort Activities Calendar

Special April Events at Walt Disney World

  • Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – March  through May
  • Garden Rocks Concert Series – Weekends
  • Star Wars Half Marathon –  April 20-23

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

 

Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see more than one day at a time..

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

April 2019

Historic Disney World Park Hours

Disney World Crowd Calendar March 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar March 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar March 2019Spring Break Season!  Mid-March 2019 and early April 2018 are typically a BUSY time to visit Walt Disney World.  The crowds quickly move from Light to Moderate to Heavy to Insane.  Be sure to follow my recommendations here on the Disney World Crowd Calendar for March 2019

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins in March and runs until Late May and it creates a slight increase in crowds, but affects Epcot more on the weekends than at other times.  The concert lineup for Garden Rocks haven’t been announced yet.  It’s rare that rides are closed during this month, but check my Attraction Refurbishment page closer to your date to verify.  We do know that the Walt Disney World Railroad and Tomorrowland Speedway will be closed.

While March 2019 is typically busy, you can manage them with good touring plans and Fastpass+ usage.   I’ve set touring records during some of the busiest days, so I know what I’m talking about. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, rise early on your Magic Kingdom day and take advantage of the early opening of the Magic Kingdom.

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

What will the weather be like during your March trip?

  • Average high temperature:  78°F
  • Average low temperature:  54°F
  • Mean temperature:  66°F
  • Record high temperature:  92°F (1963)
  • Record low temperature:  25°F (1980)
  • Average Precipitation:  4.01 in.

Weather in Orlando in March tends to be mild, but evenings can feel chilly, so bring a hoodie or jacket.  It still rains some times, but not like it does here in the summer.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

If you are a Disney World hotel guest who is planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones.  The morning ones are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 12am to 2am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your March trip

Updated frequently as needed.

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your April trip?

Updated at the beginning of each month!

Disney World Resort Recreation Activities Guides, Disney World Resort Activities Calendar

Special April Events at Walt Disney World

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

 

Includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see more than one day at a time..

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

Disney World Crowd Calendar March 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar February 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar February 2019

February 2019 Disney World Crowd CalendarMy Disney World Crowd Calendar for February 2019 will be a mostly moderate crowd month, except President’s Week and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, when the crowds can become quite substantial.  The only event scheduled is the Epcot Festival of the Arts, so we might find a few attractions down for refurbishment.   Those refurbishments are typically listed a few months before hand.  Water rides may be closed.  Check my Attraction Refurbishment page closer to your date.

While President’s Week is typically insanely busy, you can manage them with good touring plans and Fastpass+ usage.   If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, rise early on your Magic Kingdom day and take advantage of the early opening of the Magic Kingdom.   When visiting the parks, I recommend that you avoid the Extra Magic Hour parks as they will draw in more guests.

What will the weather be like during your February trip?

  • Average high temperature:  73°F
  • Average low temperature:  50°F
  • Mean temperature:  62°F
  • Record high temperature:  89°F (1988)
  • Record low temperature:  17°F (2000)
  • Average Precipitation:  2.71 in.

The weather in February is quite cool and typically doesn’t rain as much.  Wear layers because 75 degrees with the sun shining on you in Florida feels hot and at night the damp air can feel pretty bitter with a light wind.  Be sure to bring a jacket and hat.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your April trip

Updated frequently as needed.

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your April trip?

Updated at the beginning of each month!

Disney World Resort Recreation Activities Guides, Disney World Resort Activities Calendar

Special February Events at Walt Disney World

  • Festival of the Arts – Weekends
  • Princess Half Marathon  – February 22-24

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

 

Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see full details in mobile view

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

February 2019 Disney World Crowd Calendar

Disney World Crowd Calendar January 2020

Disney World Crowd Calendar January 2020

The Disney World Crowd Calendar for January 2020 shows that this month is typically a pretty calm one at Walt Disney World.  The weather is cold and the crowds are average, except for the first few days, Marathon weekend and MLK Weekend.  Epcot offers the Festival of the Arts.  There’s no special parties, so many rides go down for refurbishment.   Those refurbishments are typically listed a few months before hand.  Water rides are typically closed most or all of January.

Disney World Crowd Calendar January 2020

While the final week of Christmas vacation is insanely busy, you can manage them with good touring plans and Fastpass+ usage.   If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, rise early on your Magic Kingdom day and take advantage of the early opening of the Magic Kingdom.   When visiting the parks, I recommend that you avoid the Extra Magic Hour parks as they will draw in more guests.

With lower hours than normal early in the month, it may be best to spend a day in the parks and spend an evening the Fort Wilderness Campfire.    

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.  The BEST day to visit the Magic Kingdom in terms of lines is a Christmas Party day.  Many attractions are walk-on.

What will the weather be like during your January trip?

  • Average high temperature:  71°F
  • Average low temperature:  47°F
  • Mean temperature:  59°F
  • Record high temperature:  89°F (2006)
  • Record low temperature:  18°F (1985)
  • Average Precipitation:  2.91 in.

January is the coldest month of the year in Orlando and oddly enough we still get a decent amount of rain too.  Be sure to dress for both warmer days and colder nights with a nice jacket and cap.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your trip

Updated frequently as needed.

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your  trip?

Updated at the beginning of each month!

Disney World Resort Recreation Activities Guides, Disney World Resort Activities Calendar

Special January Events at Walt Disney World

  • Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 9-12
  • Martin Luther King Weekend – January 17-20
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Begins Mid-January

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

 

Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see Friday/Saturday in Mobile View.

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

January 2020

Historic Disney World Park Hours

Disney World Crowd Calendar December 2019

Disney World Crowd Calendar December 2019

The first two and a half weeks of December are a nice time to visit Walt Disney World.  The crowds are more moderate, the weather is pleasant and the entire resort has been transformed into a Christmas/Winter Wonderland.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties runs on select nights through late December, as well as the always popular  Castle Dream Lighting Ceremony continuing throughout the month.  Holidays Around the World with the  Candlelight Processional and  Epcot Storytellers will continue through Christmas Eve.

December 2019 Disney World Crowd Calendar

The weeks two and three of December are usually a great time to be at the resort, but in recent years the crowds have increased with a great deal of South American friends on their Summer vacation.  It’s still a much better choice that the two weeks of Christmas vacation.  The crowds slowly begin to increase about mid week of the third week and grow to insane levels from Christmas through New Years.

The second week of December brings in a great deal of elementary and middle school children to participate in the Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading championships.  The kids don’t affect park attendance too much, but staying in an All Star Resort could be a bit of an encumbrance due to all the cheering and laughing.

Sunday Christmas Parties are generally the best if you’re vacationing here.  The Christmas Parties allow guests to see the Christmas Parade and Fireworks as well as meet special characters.  If you’re planning to attend a Christmas Party, you should either sleep in or take a mid-day nap.

The final two Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties are sure to sell out.  If you are planning to stay over after the final party, you really don’t need to purchase a ticket to the party.  You’ll get to see the Christmas Parade, Christmas Castle show and Tomorrowland Christmas show for free as a part of park admission.  The only benefit you would have is meeting a few rare characters and eating a bunch of cookies that are included with admission.

While the weeks of Christmas vacation are insanely busy, you can be manage them with good touring plans and Fastpass+ usage.   If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, rise early on your Magic Kingdom day and take advantage of the early opening of the Magic Kingdom.   The initial calendar doesn’t reflect the actual operating hours during the busiest time.  Including the Extra Magic Hours, the park can stay open from 7:00am until very late.  When visiting other parks, I recommend that you avoid the Extra Magic Hour parks as they will draw in more guests.

With lower hours than normal early in the month, it may be best to spend a day in the parks and spend an evening at the resort pool.  The Magic Kingdom will only offer Happily Ever After on select nights each week.  Those park days tend to be more busy than others.  If the evening spectaculars are important, chose the day with the lowest hours or park hop into the Magic Kingdom at night.

What will the weather be like during your December trip?

  • Average high temperature:  72°F
  • Average low temperature:  51°F
  • Mean temperature:  62°F
  • Record high temperature:  89°F (2000)
  • Record low temperature:  19°F (1989)
  • Average Precipitation:  2.89 in.

December tends to begin a chilly and less rainy season in Orlando.  You’ll want to bring a jacket for the evening because 50 degrees in Orlando feels like the 30′s up north.  There’s still a chance of rain, but it’s much less than summer season.

Will the park hours for Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom be extended?

Disney usually releases preliminary hours, then adds hours the closer you get to your trip.  With Animal Kingdom now offering “After dark” experiences, you can expect that park to stay open much later.  We will have to wait and see what impact Toy Story Land will have upon extended hours at Hollywood Studios.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

Disney World Extra magic hours attractions

A note on Fastpass+ Booking

Fastpass+ can be booked 60 days in advance for ONSITE guests and 30 days in advance forOFFSITE guests and Annual Passholders.  You can begin booking them at 7am Eastern Time.  The booking dates are included on my Disney Crowd Calendar below.

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your trip

Updated frequently as needed.

Disney World and Disneyland Attraction Refurbishments

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your  trip?

Updated at the beginning of each month!

Disney World Resort Recreation Activities Guides, Disney World Resort Activities Calendar

Special December Events at Walt Disney World

To read the crowd level, follow the DATE at the top!  The best park each day is marked in GREEN.

Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds / Best Park
Moderate Crowds / Median Park
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

 

Weekly view includes all entertainment options, weather and Fastpass/Dining booking dates!

Be sure to print in landscape mode with background image turned on!

If you are viewing on a desktop/laptop, you will see a week at a time with all the full details.  It is printable.  If you are on mobile, it will show in mobile format that will stream down the page.  You must subscribe to Character Locator in order to see Friday/Saturday in Mobile View.

My Crowd Calendar includes park hours, Extra Magic Hours, special entertainment options, 180 Days Dining Window, 60 and 30 Day Fastpass+ Booking Windows!

December 2019

Historic Disney World Park Hours