DataViz: 2014 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar

From blog by Dave Shute.


Mr. Shute has provided his projections for Walt Disney World 2014 weekly crowds. Dates in it are the beginning of the week, and the forecast covers the following 9 days.

Crowd levels are ranked by week from 1-11 in the following way:

1: Lowest of the year

2: Lower

3: Low

4: Low-plus

5: Moderate-minus

6: Moderate

7: Moderate-plus

8: High-minus

9: High

10: Higher

11: Highest


Dates are the beginning of the week.

The “low crowd” weeks–those colored green, and rated 1-4–represent the only crowd levels a family visiting for the first time, and unsure if it will ever return, should consider.

However, lower crowds, especially lowest crowds, do not always mean a better week. The lowest weeks are low for a reason–typically because they are in the hurricane or the ride closure seasons.

The “moderate crowd” weeks–those in black and rated 5-7–have crowd levels I would not recommend to first time visitors. However, I’d go during such weeks myself with no hesitation, and think these levels are OK for returning visitors who don’t need to see everything and already know how to work Walt Disney World.

The “high crowd” weeks–those in red, rated 8-11–should be avoided by everyone. They aren’t, which is why they are so high.

NOTE: The 2015 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar can be see here.


Disney World 2014 Crowd Calendar

15 thoughts on “DataViz: 2014 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar

  1. It would be great to be able to visit at a time when there is less of a crowd, however as a teacher I can’t just take a week off in March or May, so I have to visit in the “red” weeks. Still always fun!

  2. I would disagree with your analysis on one point, the statement that “The lowest weeks are low for a reason.” You point out that people stay away from certain times of year because it is “ride closure season.” I think that the relationship is actually that they close the rides during that time of year knowing that the fewer people are there. The park capacity varies depending on what rides/shops/vendors are open, so if you need to close a ride (and lower the capacity of your park) for routine refurbishing, you do so knowing that there will be fewer people….so not over Christmas break, or summer break when kids are out of school.

    1. Hi Dave. I need to commend you on your data visualization. It has been quite a hit these past few days. You did a great job on this.

      For those of you reading this, Dave Shute, developed this infographic as well as the initial one I first saw for 2013.



  3. It doesn’t matter that much when you go. You’ll have a fabulous time. No one can be unhappy at Disney. The park employees work hard at any time of the year to ensure that you have a Magical vacation. Best family experience I’ve ever had!

  4. It looks like this data is for the Magic Kingdom, not all four parks. There are events at Studios & Epcot that are extremely busy, especially the Food & Wine Festival in the fall that are not reflected here.

  5. Save the agrivation on your nerves and knees not to mention saving a bundle of money and disappointment. DON’t GO. Stay home or enjoy a much nicer vacation at a more reasonable price elsewhere. Of course with all the HYPE kids think they just have to go! Once is definitely enough for that place. Just not my kind of place-standing in long lines for everything.

  6. I was going to ask, is this for all parks or just Magic? I think it would be a great idea to notate that and to mention how the other parks compare at the same time (Like Hollywood is jam packed for Stars Wars weekends which occur in June.) We just went over the break to Hollywood (twice) and Animal Kingdom. While the wait times were longer for rides than expected, it certainly wasn’t the wall to wall people that Magic experienced.

    Also, I have to wonder about March. I know last year we went the last week in March for a friend’s birthday and it was crazy busy. I am not sure when those counties have Spring break, but many in FL are the week of March 22

  7. Disney is a rip off same rides events etc. go on a cruise for less money. Just to enter the gates is much more Han the average family can afford.

  8. Not sure why those not liking Disney are even bothering to read a blog about Disney. But to each their own. Less crowds for me! Oh and ride lines can be long but if you get advice and use fastpasses they are very manageable.

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