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Hello, and thank you for visiting easyWDW. This website is currently under heavy construction and I am trying my best to fill it with content. If you have a question, comment, or have anything else you would like to contact me about, you can reach me at josh@easywdw.com. Feel free to send me an email about anything and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Michelle December 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

We just returned from an 11 day Disney trip – staying at the Boardwalk. We used your crowd calendar and it was right on! The day we were in Magic Kingdom we literally had Adventureland to ourselves for the first hour. Three times on Big Thunder (with no one else riding on it), Splash Mtn., Jingle Cruise, Pirates, and when we went on the Magic Carpets we were told to sit where we wanted (because they weren’t all filled!)! I have pictures of Adventureland empty – no one around but the cast members. It was awesome! We went into all the parks, rode all the rollar coasters multiple times with no problems and really no waits. We had a great trip and much of it is due to your site. Thank you!

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Dan Shannon December 20, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hello,
I am wondering why you have the Majic Kingdom posted as red and last choice on the calendar for Jan. 5, 2015? Thank you so much for the wonderful service you provide!

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Scott December 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Dan,
I’m not sure whether you got an answer or not…

Scroll down to the daily description for January.
http://www.easywdw.com/calendar/january-2015-walt-disney-world-crowd-calendar/#more-13807

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Helen January 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Can I change my tickets from March to February 2015 due to work conflict

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Pam Johnson January 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

A friend recommended your site. While there are quite a few good items of information there is also a lot of information that is old or out of date. Hopefully you are working on improving this. Information from 2012 & 2013 just isn’t very current.
I do like your crowd calendar. A lot of information that is very easy to decipher. Looks to be accurate too.

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christina anderson January 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Hello
A lot has changed since we have been to Disney in 2012….any recommendations of what the good days are to visit the water parks? (blizzard beach, wet n wild, etc)
Thanks

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JG January 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Where do you source the data for the wait times?

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Chris M January 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Also curious about this. I think running some regressions and machine learning algorithms on the data to see how well predictions can be made would be quite enjoyable.

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Aileen January 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

Josh, most of us are freezing. We need a nice warm update with lots of pictures, preferably some pool shots to make us feel better and pretend we’re at Disney. Please help!

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Amy January 9, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Hi Scott,

We always us your great wisdom when we plan all of our trips so I needed to run something by you. In November 2015 I think Jersey week will be the first week of Nov. and then Veterans day will be on Wed. the 11th this year do you think that will have much of a impact on the crowds for that week? We are trying to decide between the 2nd and 3rd week and only having to miss 4 days of work for me would be nice but that is probably the same for a lot of people. Thanks!!!

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Bart January 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Just wanted to get an early idea of what the best week in September will be by crowd standards. You have never steered me wrong with your info on your site ,but never have we traveled in that month. Thank you!

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Dan Shannon January 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

First, I have to say that I think your site is excellent. The information you provide is invaluable. I just completed a one week stay from 1/3/2015 to 1/9/2015. I wanted to share an observance that we made while at the parks during that week. I did not expect the parks to be too crowded by looking at most of the crowd calendars. I was very surprised to find all of the parks very crowded during this recent stay with mostly Spanish or Portugese speaking tourists. What I learned is that the months of December and January are the two peak months for Central and South American tourists to travel to Disney. Obviously, it is summer in the southern hemisphere and many families are traveling to Disney World for their summer vacation. I spoke with several different families and interns in the parks and they all concurred that this was the reason for the high crowd levels. I am not sure if this is a new trend or not but be prepared because crowd levels are much higher than I anticipated. Many of the more popular attractions had wait times of well over an hour. I hope this helps some folks with their future planning.

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Maria Paula January 13, 2015 at 2:49 am

I use your crowd calendar. To february 5th you post that there isn´t electrical parade. But, in Disney website a parade is schedule for this day.

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Pete Chisholm January 15, 2015 at 1:12 am

Just a note to say we visited Disney World to Celebrate Christmas and my retirement as a Police officer. Your Crowd Calendar saved the day we studied it in depth before we went and selected a park each day. Christmas Day in Animal Kingdom was great. Thank you for the obvious time and effort you put into this. Happy New Year! Pete

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M S January 15, 2015 at 8:28 am

We are on a budget – Can we pack pb&j sandwiches to bring in?
We arrive on Thursday, want to visit MK on Fri, Sat and Sun. Where should we buy our tickets so we don’t have to wait in line at park opening?
I can buy them at AAA, but have to puck them up at Will Call…how long does that take?

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Donna January 16, 2015 at 6:22 am

Hello-we have not purchased a dining plan and wanted to know if my 13 year old can order from the kids menu 9 and under?

Thanks

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Maria February 4, 2015 at 4:51 am

*I* have ordered off the kids’ menu for my 40-something-yr.-old self!! lol! If you are worried about it, have him go find seats while you order. One party member can order for everyone and they are not going to ask you to prove who you are ordering for. I have been given flack for kid vs. adult meals while on the DDP, but since you don’t that I wouldn’t worry about it at all.

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Sue January 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Going in August 2015 with an 8 year girl and 6 year old boy, as well as a 42 year old husband. All of whom are Star Wars fanatics! Can you confirm, the only Star Wars things to do in HS are Jedi Academy, Star Tours, and maybe a character breakfast, but even thta doesn’t seem to be available during the time we’re going. Am I missing anything? It’s also my husbands birthday while we’re there. Any thoughts on how I could get some special Star Wars attention for the adult birthday boy? Thanks. Great site!

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Tammy January 27, 2015 at 9:24 am

I am looking for pics of the most up to date Bus Information/Transportation Boards for each of the parks. Downtown Disney & Typhoon Lagoon for WDW guest transportation. I was searching this site and found 1 or 2, and I Googled the images etc. but I am not seeing anything under a year old. Josh is busy man (I know) but I had to ask. :)

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Lacee January 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Hey, please settle something for me. Some people are saying that FP+ is the cause of longer wait times at WDW. How can this be? If people are waiting in line (either FP+ OR standby) for Pirates how can the lines at Peter Pan ALSO be longer if there are not more people than ever in the parks? How could FP+ create longer wait times across the board unless there or more people or rides are moving slower or something??

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Terry Cressman January 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

Your website is awesome!! It helped with planning so much the last couple times we went and your info is SPOT on!! Thanks so much!!

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Martha irvin January 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

I was wondering about fantasmic. Do you have to have a ticket to a theme park to see it. We are going to Magic Kingdom on the 5th but will be at Downtown Disney on the 7th. Could we see it on the 7th or do we need to see it while we at Magic Kingdom.

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Maria February 4, 2015 at 4:47 am

Fantasmic is the fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park and yes, you need to have park admission to see it.
The fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom is called Wishes! and that can be viewed from several out-of-park locations (I don’t know what the best ones are, but I know the beach at Fort Wilderness is one, and also the beach at the Polynesian Resort but that may be closed due to all the construction going on). Regardless, it is best viewed from within the park!

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Jayme February 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Depends. Where are you staying? You can see the Wishes fireworks show from around the resort areas near MK, but you will miss most elements and the music. If you stay at Bay Lake Tower, you can either watch from their lounge on the roof or you can watch from your room if you have a theme park view. The best option in my opinion for watching Wishes outside of the park is after dinner at the California Grill from their balcony.

Fantasmic is at Hollywood Studios and really the only way to see it is from within the park.

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Lori B. February 1, 2015 at 6:10 am

Alot of people have been complaining this week on how bad the crowds are right now. Huge groups of cheerleaders I guess is what seems to be the problem. Is this the time they usually are there. It’s difficult to figure out when is the best time to go when you see many crowd calenders with a crowd level of two’s and three’s when it looks like a 8-9

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Mara February 3, 2015 at 7:51 am

Just back from a stay at POFQ and wanted to join those praising the site. We did find things crowded at times – though the wait times weren’t awful and we were able to use additional fast passes to get into most top attractions. We saw groups of cheerleaders and the notorious Brazilians but didn’t have too much trouble avoiding them. The only groups that bothered us were rowdy drinkers in Epcot – that really ruined the experience of the World Showcase for me.

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Ian February 6, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Request for edit: see updated park hours for March 2015:
http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_march.pdf

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Richard M February 10, 2015 at 3:57 am

HELP!!

WE are planning on going to Disney World for 2 days only before taking a Disney Cruise out of Port Canaveral in mid-September (2015).

Our children (… twins!!), are 6 years-old. We are first-timers at DW.

Does anyone out there know where we can find a really, really, good and do-able itinerary for a 2 day visit with 6 year-olds before leaving for our Disney Cruise?

Help!!

Thank you all so, so much in advance for your time and effort of this one.

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Jayme February 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Define “do Disney World”? Do you want to hit just hit Magic Kingdom or 2 parks? Many of us could send you a doable itinerary or you can follow some of Josh’s priority lists for parks.

If you want to just token taste all 4 parks–it’s hard. I’ve done 4 in one day just cause and I was beat. And I’m 34 and used to walking. I wouldn’t recommend with a couple of 6 year olds in tow. Just do MK or *maybe* MK and Animal Kingdom (AK is the most unique for Florida)

Let us know if we can help you more!

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Jayme February 10, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Josh,

What kind of camera are using right now? Your pics at Saratoga and OKW were just gorgeous. (Might have something to do with the skill of the photographer too!)

As always, thanks for entertaining me with your blog! Thank you!

best regards,

Jayme

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Jos February 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Do you have any guides about using Disney transport? I have some early breakfast reservations and I don’t know if I can rely on the busses, or if I should reschedule or even cancel. I’d really like to avoid spending money on taxis if I can.

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Rachna February 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

Hi Josh! Love your site. Just wondering, can we see Princess Fairytale Hall without actually visiting the princesses? It seems like a nice thing to see and my daughter would love to see Cinderella’s glass slipper. I have booked lunch at Akershus and I believe Cinderella will be there, so we just want to visit the hall without having to deal with the line-ups for princesses. Would you recommend we just get a FP+ for Cinderella to visit the hall?

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Marina February 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

HI: we are visiting Disney with my family on may (16 to 22) we are staying at Art of ANimation resort. We are schedulling the itineraries and dinners and I’m not shure if I have to take and advantage of extra magic hours or not. Someones recommend to avoid those parks but I understood that was a great beneffit for people staying at disney resorts. What do you reccomend? My original plans are to use them cause I also have park hooper to move to other for dinner or in the afternoons when its more crowded. PLeas opinions!!!!!!

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Jos March 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Since you have park hoppers you should go to a park for morning EMH, then hop to a recommended park when it gets busy.

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Becky March 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Thanks for the answer as I was wondering this myself.

Some of the guidebooks tell you if you are staying on property to avoid EMH but I know we want to take advantage of as many hours as possible.

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dusty cheatham March 28, 2015 at 2:20 am

early morning magic hours are the best . if you are there at rope drop. the problems arise around 10: 00 when the general public is let in = lots of people .most emwh are 8:00 am you will have walkon at just about every attraction until 10:00 then all bets are off.

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Lucy March 1, 2015 at 10:20 am

I have a question–when trying to see Anna and Elsa first thing after rope drop–is it quicker to follow the cast member person through the castle or branch off earlier (right towards tea party and then left at cosmic rays)–I’d like to have my game plan ready! thanks–this site is absolutely incredible!!

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Paul March 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I just read here that the opening hours were extended for some of the days in March. For example, on March 17th, the Magic Kingdom now has hours listed from 8:00am – 12:00am instead of 9:00am- 11:00pm Do those early hours apply to everyone or just for people staying at Disney resorts/hotels? Thank you.

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Shauna March 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

Do you have suggestions on which way to go- Rental car or rely solely on Disney Transport? We are going in Oct. with a 4 yr old and almost 2 yr old, staying at the All Star Movie Resort. Thank you!!

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Cantrece March 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

When will you have the crowd calendar post for September 2015?

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Carolyn March 3, 2015 at 9:09 am

Looking to take the kids to a character breakfest while we are on our trip. My kids will be 6 and 7. Trying to decide between Chef Mickey’s or Ohana? This will be our frist trip to Disney – any thoughts?

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Ben Vanoy March 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

http://www.todaysparent.com/family/how-to-do-disney-without-losing-your-mind/

• easywdw.com: Run by a statistician, this site is known for its accurate crowd-predictor calendars and park-specific cheat sheets.

Josh = Statistician—hmmmm. not real sure about this one.

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Shawna March 4, 2015 at 8:21 am

Hello. When will the September 2015 info be available? I’m helping a friend plan for their trip and the 180 mark is coming 3/17. Any info would be great! Thank you!

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Anthony March 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Hi Josh

We will have 4 days in Orlando and are planning what theme parks to hit in that time. Initial thoughts are 2 days in Universal and 2 days Disney (d1:Magic Kingdom, d2: Epcot & Animal Kingdom). What are your tips for maximizing our 2 days in Disney. Is Epcot & Animal Kingdom doable in 1 day.

Thanks

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Samantha jones March 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Hi,mi use your website every year for my park planning for September and i was just wondering when you are planning to put up September 2015 park predicter calender , I haven’t even got to make my list yet for days and ad dinners and now Saturday is almost here and it’s time to make reservations lol , help me please , we are going sept 3-10. Thanks.

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Amy R March 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Hi.. We are booked for 9/26-10/3Do you know when you will post Oct 1st-Oct 3rd? Trying to figure out our schedules before we make ADR’s ! Thanks!

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Vicky March 9, 2015 at 2:43 am

I was wondering when the September 2015 crowd calendar would be available. I completely planned our trip around it two years ago, and it was wonderful. I would like to do the same again. Thanks!

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spsras March 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

Hi Josh – have you ever done a review of Il Mulino? I tried to search through your restaurant reviews but couldn’t find one. If you can post the link that would be helpful. I now rely on your advice so much I can’t bring myself to reserve a restaurant til I’ve seen what you have to say first!! Many thanks

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Joe B March 11, 2015 at 6:56 am

I just read that WDW is doing another 24 hour day starting 5/22. How does that affect crowds the rest of the weekend, if at all? My assumption is that the parks will be packed that day so the crowds may be just a bit lighter than normal the rest of the weekend. Wishful thinking on my part? We check in 5/23.

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Becky March 25, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Wondering the same myself but we check in on 5/21.

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Rachel Brockman March 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

Hi Josh, a quick question for you. I was thinking of visiting MK on a day with Night of Joy. We are not participating in Night of Joy. With the park closing at 7pm, would I still be able to make ADR, say for 7pm , have dinner, then leave? Thankyou so much!

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Jennifer March 15, 2015 at 7:26 am

Hello
I am so impressed with your website. I’ve only started planning for our epic family vacation to WDW in 18 months and love your calendars. I can’t figure our with the Orange letters in the top right of each day refer to – can you please tell me.
Sorry to be a pain. Thanks for all your valuable info!

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Ann March 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

we are Disney Vacation Club members. We have never been to Disney World in November just two trips on our Vacation Club belt. We were hoping to go the first week of November but we are wondering if this is a good choice due to the crowds from Jersey week, Veterans Day, and the Disney race. We do have the ability to go a different week in November. But our booking time at 7 months is coming up very quickly. Wondering if anyone has any insights to these weeks? I am also wondering about the weather these 3 weeks is it possible to do some swimming?

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John March 21, 2015 at 4:51 am

We have been at WDW during this period each of the last two years and found the crowds to be very manageable. We are used to visiting during holiday times (Christmas and Easter) so almost anything slower than that seems relatively uncrowded to us. We like to get to the parks early and have been able to do the major attractions at each park with short waits before using our FPs.

If crowd size is the deciding factor, the full week before Thanksgiving might be a little lower. But, by then, Food and Wine is over.

Weather is not that predictable but, depending on how warm you need it to be, swimming is possible. The normal high at that time of year is about 80.

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Ann March 22, 2015 at 6:11 am

Thank you

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Tim Tracy March 21, 2015 at 5:37 am

noticed your september 2015 EMHs for MK calendar is not the same as WDW website showing EP closing at 11pm friday the 11th and MK open til 11pm that Tuesday the 8th.

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anna March 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

do you have any information on the 24hour party this year?

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