Our Crowd Calendar is here to help you Skip the Lines!
We’ve taken our extensive in-park research as well as data from our top-selling Disney World mobile apps and developed this powerful planning tool. Bear in mind that the crowd calendar is updated as we get closer to an actual date, usually after Disney has published updated operating hours, which provide another indication of how busy the parks will be.
Here are a few tips for using Leap’s Crowd Calendar (gosh, I love the sound of that) as you plan your vacation…
- On the left side of the Crowd Calendar, you’ll see the expected crowd level for the week. For example, the week beginning Monday, Dec. 21 is “Red.” This week is part of the high season. The Orlando theme park area as a whole is expected to be busy and bustling with holiday travelers.
Now look at the week beginning Monday, Sept. 14. It’s a “Green” week. Overall crowds are expected to be light.
- In the top right corner of each day in the Crowd Calendar, you’ll notice a colored tab with a number. This indicates the expected crowd level for that particular day. Let’s look at Saturday, Jan. 3, 2014. It’s a “Red” day with an expected crowd level of 8. This means it’s on the medium side of the “high” rating, but it’ll still be a fairly busy day overall. Now look at Friday, Jan. 5. It’s a “Yellow” day with an expected crowd level of 5; many holiday travelers are returning home and the parks are entering into a relatively quiet period.
- Within each day’s block on the Crowd Calendar, you’ll see ‘Traffic Light’ recommendations at the park level. (The parks are abbreviated with two letters; there’s a key at the bottom of the Crowd Calendar page.) Take Dec. 21 for example: Magic Kingdom® Park is “Red,” which means it is not a recommended park to visit that day. Epcot, Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios would be better choices.
- Where the “Traffic Light” recommendations get tricky: The park levels are relative to the overall crowd level. When crowd levels are the same over a period of days, the “Traffic Light” recommendations are quite useful. However, the park level difference between a “Green” day and a “Yellow” day or a “Yellow” day and a “Red” day is rather small for a given crowd level.
When there is a difference of two between daily crowd levels, the park recommendations are less important. For example, if you were visiting the parks on Dec. 7 and 8 and were set on visiting Magic Kingdom® Park, the lowest crowds for that park would be on Dec. 8 (even though it is a “Green” park in comparison to the other parks on Dec. 7) because the overall daily crowd level on Dec. 8 is significantly lower.
Want to know how to Skip the Lines with 6 easy tips? From deciding when to visit to eating an early lunch, you’ll find my best tips for saving lots of time at the top of Leap’s Crowd Calendar page. You’ll also find helpful information for planning your visit at the bottom of Leap’s Crowd Calendar Page.