When it comes to planning a 2024 Disney World vacation, you must consider many things. One of the main things you need to decide is when you take your vacation. Before you settle on a date for your trip to Disney World, you should take a look at a Disney Crowd Calendar.
What is a Disney Crowd Calendar?
If you aren’t familiar with crowd calendars, they are a prediction of when park attendance will be either less than normal or greater than normal.
The predictions are made based on several factors including previous years’ attendance and events taking place, among other things.
How to use a Disney World Crowd Calendar
When you are planning your trip to Disney and trying to decide when to go, you will have several factors to take into account.
If you have some flexibility, then you should try to book your trip during the slower months at Disney World.
At the very least, you are going to want to take a look at a Disney Crowd Calendar to see which dates are more crowded at each park.
Disney World Crowd Calendar (2024)
You can expect the Disney World parks to be more crowded on these dates. This information is based on previous years’ levels of crowds, seasonal anticipations, and popular Disney events.
Next to the dates listed, you will find the reasoning behind the crowd predictions.
January 1-2: Holiday Break
January 3-7: Disney World Marathon
January 12-14: UCA & UDA Nationals (Cheer and Dance)
January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 9-12: National High School Cheerleading Championship
February 16-19: President’s Day Weekend
February 22-26: Princess Half Marathon weekend
March 8-10 All-Star Cheer Championship
March 15-24: Florida Public Schools out for Spring Break (lots of locals)
March 29-31: Easter Weekend
April 13-16: Springtime Surprise Marathon
April 18-21: RunDisney Spring Marathon
May 24-27 Memorial Day Weekend
June 1-30: Summer
July 1-31: Summer
August 1-30: Summer
August 30-31: Labor Day Weekend
September 1-2: Labor Day Weekend
September 5-8: RunDisney Halloween Marathon (NEW)
October 11-14: Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend
October 31: Halloween and RunDisney Wine & Dine Marathon
November 1-3: RunDisney Marathon
November 8-11: Veterans Day Weekend
November 20-25: Thanksgiving
December 20-31: Christmas
Best Time to Go to Disney World in 2024
If you are planning your trip to Disney World in 2024 and wondering what dates you expect the least crowds, check out our WDW Crowd Calendar below.
You will notice that July & August don’t really have any good dates for low crowds. This is because it is summer and the parks are crowded for nearly the entire two months.
Things to Keep in Mind with Crowd Calendars
- Crowd calendar predictions are based on previous park attendance.
- Parks are generally more crowded when school is out (summer, winter break & holidays)
- Parks are generally more crowded when new things are opening (like Tron Lightcycle Run).
- Disney Special Events (Food & Wine, Christmas Party) draw in thousands of people, especially locals on the weekends!
The reason there are peak days when tickets cost more is that they know, based on past attendance records, that they will have no problem selling tickets for these dates.
On the other hand, February is a typically slower month, so you will find that Disney World will throw all sorts of vacation package deals for that time of year!
If you can base your Disney Vacation dates using the Disney Crowd Calendar, you may find that you are saving quite a bit of money!
How to Avoid Crowds at Disney World
If you have no choice but to go on a Disney vacation during peak crowd times, there are a few tips you should know about to avoid the worst of the crowds.
Be sure to take advantage of this extra time at the park when only Disney resort guests can enter!
- Morning Hours: Resort guests can arrive up to an hour before the Disney theme park is scheduled to open.
- Evening Hours: Resort Guests can remain at the Disney theme park for up to 2 hours after the park closes.
If you aren’t staying at one of the many Disney Resorts or can’t get to the park during the extra park hours, make sure you get there before the Rope Drop.
The Rope Drop is when Disney actually allows you into the park.
We always make sure to get to the park early and get in line for one of our favorite rides,
Tip #2 Opt for Shows in the Afternoon
While rides are always crowded, the shows are not. If you don’t want to stand in line, consider seeing some of the fabulous live shows at Disney parks.
Remember there are plenty of other things to do at the parks besides rides!
Disney has wonderful shows and experiences where you don’t have to wait more than 20 minutes in the shade.
Tip #3: Skip the Parade & ride the rides
The one time in the afternoon that you might be able to find a shorter ride line is during the parade.
Parades at Disney World are a huge fan draw. People start lining up almost an hour ahead of parade time. Use this to your advantage.
If you don’t care to sit and watch the parade, you will be able to get in a few more rides, especially in those areas furthest from the parade route!
We’ve always believed that the best time to go to Disney World is when the crowds are less. Everyone is more relaxed and the park is that much more enjoyable.
We understand that not everyone has that flexibility, but we hope our Disney crowd calendar sheds a little light on what to expect when it comes to crowds at Disney World.
Those of you who have already chosen the best time to visit Disney World should read more about how to dress for Disney World each month.
Disney World Planning Information
There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.
Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.
Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.
Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.
We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.
Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..
Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.