February 2017 Disney World Crowd Calendar

2/9/17 Update: Crowd calendar updated with Rivers of Light dates and times from February 17th with some modifications to the recommendations.

1/25/17 Update: Crowd calendar updated with operating schedule changes.

This is the Free February 2017 Disney World Crowd Calendar that shows the Recommended Parks to Visit, Overall Crowd Level Estimation, Cost, Historic High/Low Temperature, Historic Chance of Precipitation, Extra Magic Hours Schedule, and Nighttime Spectacular Showtimes.

Make sure you first read my month-by-month overview of visiting Disney World, located here. The overview will give you an idea of what to expect in terms of cost, crowds, weather, and special events on a broader scale. Once you figure out when you would like to visit, you can move on to this more detailed look.

Here’s a quick explanation of how to read the calendar and what the numbers mean. It may seem like it’s a little long, but you’ll only need to read the explanation once.

  • The first line in each box is the date.
  • The second line shows the cost to book a room at a Disney-owned resort. $ = Value Season, $$ = Regular Season, $$$ = Summer Season, $$$$ = Peak Season, and $$$$$ = Holiday Season. Occasionally there will be a + or – after the $$$ to show that the cost is slightly higher or lower due to special event pricing, but not by enough to raise it another $ notch.
  • The third line is the average high and low temperature and the chance of precipitation for dates through February 16th. After that, the line is eliminated so there’s room for Rivers of Light. All data is based on the last 15 years. I wouldn’t read too much into the precipitation percentages for each day because just one or two additional days of rain in the last 15 years can raise the percentage substantially. I included it so you can look at the precipitation trends throughout the month(s) and take it into consideration when deciding when to book your vacation. For a broader overview of the month, read the month-by-month overview I linked to above.
  • The fourth line is an estimation of the overall crowd level and wait times. A “5″ refers to average crowds. Numbers above 5 refer to a larger than average overall crowd level and numbers below 5 refer to lower than average overall crowds. A day with an overall crowd level of “1″ means that the crowds are expected to be the absolute lowest of the year and a “10″ means crowds are expected to be at their largest of the year. In other words, the overall crowd level estimation will give you an idea of how many people are in the four major theme parks. Individual theme parks can have smaller or larger crowds than the overall estimation, which is where the theme park recommendations come in.
  • The fifth line shows the theme parks I recommend visiting in green and the theme parks I recommend avoiding in red. There is also a | sign that splits up the recommended and not recommended Parks for the color blind or those printing in black and white (the Parks to the left of the | sign are recommended). I use the usual abbreviations for the Parks; AK is the Animal Kingdom, EP is Epcot, HS is Hollywood Studios, and MK is the Magic Kingdom. In addition to the colors, the Park on the far left is the most recommended Park to visit that day. The Park second to the left is the second most recommended and so on. For example, if the line reads AK EP | HS MK then the Animal Kingdom is the most recommended and Epcot is the second most recommended. On the other side of the | sign, Hollywood Studios is not recommended and the Magic Kingdom is expressly not recommended even more. If possible, I would strongly recommend you visit the Park that is most recommended each day. Please read below the calendar for an overview of how I’ve selected the recommended Parks and also a day-by-day explanation.
  • The sixth line lists which Parks have Extra Magic Hours and at what time they start. Morning Extra Magic Hour lasts one hour and usually starts at 8am. Evening Extra Magic Hours last two hours from the start time. For example, if you see AK:8am EP:9pm, that means Animal Kingdom has a morning Extra Magic Hour from 8am-9am and Epcot has evening Extra Magic Hours from 9pm-11pm.
  • The seventh line lists the Fantasmic and Nighttime SPectacular show times at Hollywood Studios.
  • The eighth line lists the start time of the Wishes Fireworks (W:) and Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show (OUAT:) at Magic Kingdom. For example, if you see, W: 9pm OUAT: 9:45pm, it would mean that Wishes begins at 9pm and Once Upon A Time begins at 9:45pm.

The Calendar is also available in an easy to view and print PDF file, Here.

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Above is what we’re looking at for February. The current operating schedule is available here: https://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDW_TAC_2017Feb.pdf. and those times can be confirmed at DisneyWorld.com here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/ by changing the date at the top.

Wednesday February 1

4 Park Crowd Level: 2 out of 10.

Crowds drop off significantly during the week as we enjoy some of the lowest crowds of the year.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Highly Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 13 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Wednesdays usually see the lowest wait times of the week at Animal Kingdom as Magic Kingdom draws the majority of Disney resort guests. As always, 9am-11am and 5:30pm-7:30pm are your friends.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 19 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow will be more popular with Disney resort guests and we don’t have any of the complications that come with visiting Epcot on a weekend during the new Arts Festival. This is one of the two easiest days to visit this week with some of the lowest wait times.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of. Tomorrow should see slightly higher attendance and longer wait times to go with it. Still, take advantage of low waits in the first hour of operation as well as after 6:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: The rope drop and early morning experience should be similar to most other days this week with a slight uptick in the afternoon as Disney resort guests arrive to see the nighttime entertainment and potentially stay for evening Extra Magic Hours. With the EMH running from 8pm-10pm, it isn’t late enough to dissuade the majority of people from attending, but wait times should be shorter than most of the day with the lack of FastPass+. If the weather is relatively cool, crowds and waits will also be lower. With the low overall crowd level and better staffing, today will be just fine most of the day.

Off-site visitors: Expect heavier crowds for the nighttime entertainment as Disney resort guests head in late for evening Extra Magic Hours, but the morning will be similar to other days this week and the afternoon will be far from unmanageable. One potential bonus is that fewer people will be heading to the buses/boats/monorails immediately after Wishes and Once Upon A Time(?) since many will be staying for at least a couple of rides during the EMH. It’s not the “best” day to visit, but it’s not going to be bad enough that it’s worth specifically avoiding if you need to visit.

Thursday February 2

4 Park Crowd Level: 3 out of 10.

Crowds remain decidedly below average heading into the weekend but there is a slight uptick.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 15 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Yesterday would have been slightly better, but with the low overall crowd level, Animal Kingdom shouldn’t be a problem if you decide it’s where you belong each day. There’s nothing attracting anyone today – there’s just nothing really pulling people in other directions either.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 22 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those that can arrive by 7:30am will find success touring during the EMH without FastPass+ bogging down standby wait times and fewer people at rope drop than usual. Afternoon waits will be a smidgen higher than recommended days, but not so much that it makes the Park “feel” much more crowded than other days. A late arrival for some attractions, dinner, and IllumiNations is also fine.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop for those that aren’t eligible for the morning Extra Magic Hour as anybody inside the Park will be headed to Frozen, Soarin’, and Test Track. Soarin’ will still be viable at 9am, but Frozen will already be rough and Test Track doesn’t have the capacity to keep up with the number of people interested in riding come 9:15am. Still, a late arrival is fine and those relying on FastPass+ or visiting the anytime attractions/World Showcase can still put together a fine day.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios doesn’t have anything attracting anyone to it specifically with Fantasmic and the Star Wars Fireworks scheduled every night this week, in addition to the consistent operating hours. What you do will end up being more important than the day you do it with easy touring in the first hour and after 6:30pm. If you’re not interested in Fantasmic or Galactic Spectacular, you’ll have Toy Story Mania more or less to yourself after 7:30pm with short waits at other attractions as well.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re in between yesterday’s evening Extra Magic Hours and tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour, which makes today see fewer complications for off-site visitors and those unable to arrive very early or stay late. Still, with similar operating hours and the same nighttime entertainment, the Park will be far from empty even given a below average overall crowd level. The early morning is your best bet though evening crowds won’t approach “crazy.”

Friday February 3

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

Crowds increase to slightly average levels as we head into what is historically a busier weekend. Colder temperatures or lousy weather will push crowds down a level, while a “6” is what we can expect from a sunny, mild day.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re in business at Animal Kingdom with tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour pushing resort guests to Saturday and the same operating hours as every other day this week. With the above average overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will be on the long side at the majority of the rides, but those able to stay through 7:30pm should find much shorter waits in the last 90 minutes of operation.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is the first day of the weekend’s Festival of the Arts, but it shouldn’t have much of an impact on crowds in the Park and today will be significantly less busy than either of the next two days, making it the best day of the weekend to attend the event if you have interest. If you’d prefer to visit without any of the festivities “getting in the way,” then any of the previous few days would be fine even if they are not explicitly recommended. But the Arts Festival should add some interesting things to look at around World Showcase and shouldn’t adversely affect Future World wait times. World Showcase and the IllumiNations crowd will be a little heavier than they would be otherwise, particularly with the higher overall crowd level, but the Park will still be manageable.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: If it’s a cold night, crowds will thin considerably after 8:30pm. If it’s warmer, expect on-site guests to linger around for a while longer as the 8pm-10pm time frame isn’t necessarily late enough for most people to naturally head to the exit because it’s time for bed. Those that stay for the evening EMH will have the most success if they save Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for the final hour. Ride Star Tours a couple of times along with The Great Movie Ride from 8pm to 9pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 9:15pm.

Off-site visitors: The morning will be similar to other days this week, so if you have in mind to arrive by 8:15am and tour from 9am-1pm or something before heading out then you’ll be just fine. Afternoon crowds will be heavier with more people in the Park, but wait times shouldn’t suffer excessively as capacity is ramped up at variable capacity attractions like Great Movie Ride and Star Tours. Still, shows will be a bit busier and FastPass+ harder to come by. You can still do just fine with a smart touring plan, but other recommended days should offer a better afternoon experience and the nighttime spectaculars will be considerably busier than days without evening Extra Magic Hours.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open during the morning EMH and the hour is a good opportunity to visit several of the headlining Fantasyland attractions in a short amount of time, particularly without FastPass+ to bog down standby waits. On-site visitors able to arrive by 7:30am may want to consider visiting, particularly if they can be elsewhere from 1pm to 7pm when wait times are a bit higher than recommended days. The evening shouldn’t be appreciably busier than other days during the week, though the weather may come into play.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop as thousands of Disney Resort guests will have a head start. But if you need to visit today, starting in Frontierland, Adventureland, or Liberty Square is viable and Tomorrowland won’t be too bad either. Most Fantasyland attractions are best skipped until the evening or with FastPass+. Afternoon crowds will be heavier than recommended days, but wait times shouldn’t be too adversely affected with a ramp up in staffing.

Saturday February 4

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

We see a significant increase in overall crowd level on Saturdays and Sundays in February as local visitors fill the Parks. Cooler weather will push crowds down a level.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Ordinarily, we wouldn’t expect the morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom to have an appreciable effect on wait times, but Saturdays at the Park have far and away seen higher wait times than any other day during the week. If you can make it here by 7:45am then you can do very well before 10am, but expect surprisingly long wait times from 11am-5pm.

Off-site visitors: Those visiting for regular rope drop will be at a disadvantage and wait times will be higher than recommended days in the afternoon. Most other days this week are better, but intelligent FastPass+ usage and staying through close can make the day work.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 29 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

While the Arts Festival itself should not prove to boost attendance significantly, wait times have been higher at Epcot on most Saturdays over the last year with an increase in local visitors. You’re also more likely to run into a rowdier experience in World Showcase with the heavier amount of alcohol served. Future World crowds should remain manageable, but expect higher than average wait times and a more congested experience in World Showcase. It’s still more than doable with an intelligent touring plan and the drinking and shenanigans in World Showcase can be fun if you appreciate the atmosphere.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re coming off evening Extra Magic Hours yesterday and have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow, each of which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as every other night and exactly five rides, decent afternoon wait times will materialize. Take advantage of the first morning hour and/or the last 90 minutes of operation. With Fantasmic and Star Wars Fireworks attracting so many people, the headliners will see short waits after 6:30pm and there will be just a handful of people in line at Toy Story Mania after 7:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With increased staffing and longer hours, there are more opportunities to enjoy shorter waits than on several other days this week, even given the higher crowd level and fact that it’s a Saturday. Today is a better day to visit if you can take advantage of shorter waits after 8:30pm, but you’ll want to stick with a more-recommended weekday if you’re going to be primarily visiting in the late morning and afternoon. Attendance will be higher today than other days, but wait times should remain average.

Sunday February 5

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

The Super Bowl doesn’t have much of an effect on attendance over the course of the day, but the evening is typically less crowded than the afternoon as people leave to watch the Big Game around 5pm. Expect higher than average wait times from 11am-5pm and below average wait times after.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom makes a lot of sense as we’re in between two morning Extra Magic Hours that are more popular with Disney resort guests. With the above average overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will still be relatively high, but you can do very well from 9am-10:30am and 5:30pm-7pm. Overall waits should be lower than yesterday or tomorrow.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot will see a slight uptick in crowds for the Arts Festival, but it should be far more manageable than yesterday and the effect on Future World should be even less. Those that don’t have interest in the Festival may want to hold off until Wednesday when it’s not an issue, but wait times will be relatively reasonable given the above average crowd level.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: You can accomplish more on a morning Extra Magic Hour day than a regular opening if you actually arrive by 7:30am and take advantage of it. But only plan on visiting if you are pretty certain that you can accomplish that as you’ll be at a disadvantage if you’re inside the Park any later than 8am. Afternoon waits will be slightly higher than more-recommended days, but it isn’t like a 50-minute posted wait at Toy Story Mania is that much worse than a 45-minute wait. The evening should be similarly crowded.

Off-site visitors: This is a really lousy rope drop situation in most scenarios as 2,000+ Disney resort guests will already be inside the Park by 9am, even if they don’t get there until closer to 8:45am. They’ll be clogging up lines and increasing wait times before you have any hope of arriving at a priority. You could show up later to do a couple of things with FastPass+ and potentially see a couple of shows, but expect long wait times and a lot of crowding in common areas.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended with the 10pm close benefiting those that can stay out late. Wait times will peak higher and crowds will be heavier than more-recommended days later in the week, but you won’t benefit from lower wait times after 8pm on a Tuesday-Thursday. The longer hours should also help spread crowds out over the course of the day better than when the close was 8pm.

Monday February 6

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

Crowds drop a bit to average levels, but longer Magic Kingdom waits and higher attendance should pull us up closer to a “5” than a “4.”

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those able to arrive by 7:45am may want to take advantage of nonexistent waits during the morning Extra Magic Hour and short waits continuing through 10am. The afternoon will see a slight uptick as more Disney resort guests fill the Park, but it will still be more than manageable with an intelligent touring plan and FastPass+. Wait times may linger a bit later into the evening, but expect short waits everywhere after 5:30pm.

Off-site visitors: A late arrival would be fine with the average overall crowd level, but afternoon waits will be slightly longer than a recommended day later in the week. This obviously isn’t a great day for a regular rope drop as there will be some Disney resort guests in the Park before 9am, but it shouldn’t be that detrimental. It can come together, but it’s going to take some more work and you’ll end up waiting a few more minutes in line throughout the day.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and the Arts Festival is much less of a concern than it would be on a Saturday or Sunday. Wednesday is the best day to visit for relatively short waits and no complications from the Festival for those that want to avoid it entirely. Today is the best day to visit for those that do want to check out what the Festival has to offer.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a bit curious that the Studios wait times are so much longer on Mondays than most other days during the week, including those with Extra Magic Hours attached. But casual vacationers continue to swarm the Park that they expect to see the strongest Star Wars presence. Longer wait times may also be indicative of reduced staffing earlier in the week.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Mondays typically see higher waits at Magic Kingdom due to the number of people that travel over the weekend and elect to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. While wait times will be higher than recommended days later in the week with a similar crowd level, the day won’t be unmanageable overall with a similar rope drop experience and similar crowds for the evening spectaculars. Expect average to slightly above average waits from 11am-7pm.

Tuesday February 7

4 Park Crowd Level: 3 out of 10.

We enjoy a big drop in crowds as this is one of the least crowded times of the year, particularly with lower South American attendance.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 13 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With the drop in crowd level, Animal Kingdom will be just fine today as we come off a more popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday. While the Park won’t see anything close to peak level staffing, crowds should be low enough that it’s not much of an issue from waits at attractions to restaurants or quick services.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 22 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: When Epcot is hosting evening Extra Magic Hours, there is typically a slight uptick in average wait times over the course of the day, which translates to the Park being “not explicitly recommended” since you could experience shorter waits and lower crowds on another day. That’s partially offset by lower wait times at secondary attractions during the evening Extra Magic Hours themselves and the fact that attractions like Living with the Land and Journey into Imagination with Figment don’t close at 7pm like they normally do. Soarin’, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After typically see relatively high wait times during the first hour of the EMH, but wait times after 10:15pm are typically much shorter. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, consider visiting secondary attractions or enjoying World Showcase from 9pm to 10pm and then hit the headliners in the last hour. Frozen Ever After is best when you get in line around 10:55pm as Disney will allow anyone in line before 11pm to ride regardless of how long the line is, but you do risk the attraction going down. It may be worth the risk to ride with a relatively short wait, particularly if you have another opportunity to ride.

Off-site visitors: Rope drop crowds and wait times will be similar to other days this week before 11am, but afternoon wait times and crowds will be heavier than recommended days with a similar crowd level due to the number of Disney resort guests streaming in throughout the late morning and afternoon. The day is still more than doable with an efficient touring plan and intelligent FastPass+ choices, but those not planning on taking advantage of the evening EMH may want to pick a day with shorter waits and fewer people in the Park. Dinnertime crowds will be heavier, but not necessarily prohibitive.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park with nothing specific attracting anyone and nearby Epcot proving more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment as every other day this week, wait times will be moderate in the afternoon with the few rides in the Park. Take advantage of the first hour and last 90 minutes of operation.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours should prove more popular with Disney resort guests and we’re coming off of what is historically the second busiest day of the week at Magic Kingdom, in addition to the heavier weekend crowds. It’s a better day than most others to visit the world’s most popular theme park with below average wait times.

Wednesday February 8

4 Park Crowd Level: 3 out of 10.

Crowds drop off significantly during the week as we enjoy some of the lowest crowds of the year.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Highly Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 15 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Wednesdays usually see the lowest wait times of the week at Animal Kingdom as Magic Kingdom draws the majority of Disney resort guests. As always, 9am-11am and 5:30pm-7pm are your friends.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 22 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow will be more popular with Disney resort guests and we don’t have any of the complications that come with visiting Epcot on a weekend during the new Arts Festival. This is one of the two easiest days to visit this week with some of the lowest wait times.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of. Tomorrow should see slightly higher attendance and longer wait times to go with it. Still, take advantage of low waits in the first hour of operation as well as after 6:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: The rope drop and early morning experience should be similar to most other days this week with a slight uptick in the afternoon as Disney resort guests arrive to see the nighttime entertainment and potentially stay for evening Extra Magic Hours. With the EMH running from 8pm-10pm, it isn’t late enough to dissuade the majority of people from attending, but wait times should be shorter than most of the day with the lack of FastPass+. If the weather is relatively cool, crowds and waits will also be lower. With the low overall crowd level and better staffing, today will be just fine most of the day.

Off-site visitors: Expect heavier crowds for the nighttime entertainment as Disney resort guests head in late for evening Extra Magic Hours, but the morning will be similar to other days this week and the afternoon will be far from unmanageable. One potential bonus is that fewer people will be heading to the buses/boats/monorails immediately after Wishes and Once Upon A Time(?) since many will be staying for at least a couple of rides during the EMH. It’s not the “best” day to visit, but it’s not going to be bad enough that it’s worth specifically avoiding if you need to visit.

Thursday February 9

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10.

Crowds remain decidedly below average heading into the weekend but there is a slight uptick.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 17 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Yesterday would have been slightly better, but with the low overall crowd level, Animal Kingdom shouldn’t be a problem if you decide it’s where you belong each day. There’s nothing attracting anyone today – there’s just nothing really pulling people in other directions either.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those that can arrive by 7:30am will find success touring during the EMH without FastPass+ bogging down standby wait times and fewer people at rope drop than usual. Afternoon waits will be a smidgen higher than recommended days, but not so much that it makes the Park “feel” much more crowded than other days. A late arrival for some attractions, dinner, and IllumiNations is also fine.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop for those that aren’t eligible for the morning Extra Magic Hour as anybody inside the Park will be headed to Frozen, Soarin’, and Test Track. Soarin’ will still be viable at 9am, but Frozen will already be rough and Test Track doesn’t have the capacity to keep up with the number of people interested in riding come 9:15am. Still, a late arrival is fine and those relying on FastPass+ or visiting the anytime attractions/World Showcase can still put together a fine day.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios doesn’t have anything attracting anyone to it specifically with Fantasmic and the Star Wars Fireworks scheduled every night this week, in addition to the consistent operating hours. What you do will end up being more important than the day you do it with easy touring in the first hour and after 6:30pm. If you’re not interested in Fantasmic or Galactic Spectacular, you’ll have Toy Story Mania more or less to yourself after 7:30pm with short waits at other attractions as well.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re in between yesterday’s evening Extra Magic Hours and tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour, which makes today see fewer complications for off-site visitors and those unable to arrive very early or stay late. Still, with similar operating hours and the same nighttime entertainment, the Park will be far from empty even given a below average overall crowd level. The early morning is your best bet though evening crowds won’t approach “crazy.”

Friday February 10

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

Crowds increase to slightly average levels as we head into what is historically a busier weekend. Colder temperatures or lousy weather will push crowds down a level, while a “6” is what we can expect from a sunny, mild day.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re in business at Animal Kingdom with tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour pushing resort guests to Saturday and the same operating hours as every other day this week. With the above average overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will be on the long side at the majority of the rides, but those able to stay through 7:30pm should find much shorter waits in the last 90 minutes of operation.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is the first day of the weekend’s Festival of the Arts, but it shouldn’t have much of an impact on crowds in the Park and today will be significantly less busy than either of the next two days, making it the best day of the weekend to attend the event if you have interest. If you’d prefer to visit without any of the festivities “getting in the way,” then any of the previous few days would be fine even if they are not explicitly recommended. But the Arts Festival should add some interesting things to look at around World Showcase and shouldn’t adversely affect Future World wait times. World Showcase and the IllumiNations crowd will be a little heavier than they would be otherwise, particularly with the higher overall crowd level, but the Park will still be manageable.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: If it’s a cold night, crowds will thin considerably after 8:30pm. If it’s warmer, expect on-site guests to linger around for a while longer as the 8pm-10pm time frame isn’t necessarily late enough for most people to naturally head to the exit because it’s time for bed. Those that stay for the evening EMH will have the most success if they save Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for the final hour. Ride Star Tours a couple of times along with The Great Movie Ride from 8pm to 9pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 9:15pm.

Off-site visitors: The morning will be similar to other days this week, so if you have in mind to arrive by 8:15am and tour from 9am-1pm or something before heading out then you’ll be just fine. Afternoon crowds will be heavier with more people in the Park, but wait times shouldn’t suffer excessively as capacity is ramped up at variable capacity attractions like Great Movie Ride and Star Tours. Still, shows will be a bit busier and FastPass+ harder to come by. You can still do just fine with a smart touring plan, but other recommended days should offer a better afternoon experience and the nighttime spectaculars will be considerably busier than days without evening Extra Magic Hours.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open during the morning EMH and the hour is a good opportunity to visit several of the headlining Fantasyland attractions in a short amount of time, particularly without FastPass+ to bog down standby waits. On-site visitors able to arrive by 7:30am may want to consider visiting, particularly if they can be elsewhere from 1pm to 7pm when wait times are a bit higher than recommended days. The evening shouldn’t be appreciably busier than other days during the week, though the weather may come into play. Stay through 10pm if you can because crowds will drop off significantly after 8pm.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop as thousands of Disney Resort guests will have a head start. But if you need to visit today, starting in Frontierland, Adventureland, or Liberty Square is viable and Tomorrowland won’t be too bad either. Most Fantasyland attractions are best skipped until the evening or with FastPass+. Afternoon crowds will be heavier than recommended days, but wait times shouldn’t be too adversely affected with a ramp up in staffing.

Saturday February 11

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

We see a significant increase in overall crowd level on Saturdays and Sundays in February as local visitors fill the Parks. Cooler weather will push crowds down a level.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Ordinarily, we wouldn’t expect the morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom to have an appreciable effect on wait times, but Saturdays at the Park have far and away seen higher wait times than any other day during the week. If you can make it here by 7:45am then you can do very well before 10am, but expect surprisingly long wait times from 11am-5pm.

Off-site visitors: Those visiting for regular rope drop will be at a disadvantage and wait times will be higher than recommended days in the afternoon. Most other days this week are better, but intelligent FastPass+ usage and staying through close can make the day work.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 29 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

While the Arts Festival itself should not prove to boost attendance significantly, wait times have been higher at Epcot on most Saturdays over the last year with an increase in local visitors. You’re also more likely to run into a rowdier experience in World Showcase with the heavier amount of alcohol served. Future World crowds should remain manageable, but expect higher than average wait times and a more congested experience in World Showcase. It’s still more than doable with an intelligent touring plan and the drinking and shenanigans in World Showcase can be fun if you appreciate the atmosphere.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re coming off evening Extra Magic Hours yesterday and have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow, each of which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as every other night and exactly five rides, decent afternoon wait times will materialize. Take advantage of the first morning hour and/or the last 90 minutes of operation. With Fantasmic and Star Wars Fireworks attracting so many people, the headliners will see short waits after 6:30pm and there will be just a handful of people in line at Toy Story Mania after 7:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With increased staffing and longer hours, there are more opportunities to enjoy shorter waits than on several other days this week, even given the higher crowd level and fact that it’s a Saturday. Today is a better day to visit if you can take advantage of shorter waits after 8:30pm, but you’ll want to stick with a more-recommended weekday if you’re going to be primarily visiting in the late morning and afternoon. Attendance will be higher today than other days, but wait times should remain average.

Sunday February 12

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

Above average weekend crowds continue.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom makes a lot of sense as we’re in between two morning Extra Magic Hours that are more popular with Disney resort guests. With the above average overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will still be relatively high, but you can do very well from 9am-10:30am and 5:30pm-7pm. Overall waits should be lower than yesterday or tomorrow.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot will see a slight uptick in crowds for the Arts Festival, but it should be far more manageable than yesterday and the effect on Future World should be even less. Those that don’t have interest in the Festival may want to hold off until Wednesday when it’s not an issue, but wait times will be relatively reasonable given the above average crowd level.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: You can accomplish more on a morning Extra Magic Hour day than a regular opening if you actually arrive by 7:30am and take advantage of it. But only plan on visiting if you are pretty certain that you can accomplish that as you’ll be at a disadvantage if you’re inside the Park any later than 8am. Afternoon waits will be slightly higher than more-recommended days, but it isn’t like a 50-minute posted wait at Toy Story Mania is that much worse than a 45-minute wait. The evening should be similarly crowded.

Off-site visitors: This is a really lousy rope drop situation in most scenarios as 2,000+ Disney resort guests will already be inside the Park by 9am, even if they don’t get there until closer to 8:45am. They’ll be clogging up lines and increasing wait times before you have any hope of arriving at a priority. You could show up later to do a couple of things with FastPass+ and potentially see a couple of shows, but expect long wait times and a lot of crowding in common areas.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended with the 10pm close benefiting those that can stay out late. Wait times will peak higher and crowds will be heavier than more-recommended days later in the week, but you won’t benefit from lower wait times after 8pm on a Tuesday-Thursday. The longer hours should also help spread crowds out over the course of the day better than when the close was 8pm.

Monday February 13

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

Crowds drop a bit to average levels, but longer Magic Kingdom waits and higher attendance should pull us up closer to a “5” than a “4.”

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those able to arrive by 7:45am may want to take advantage of nonexistent waits during the morning Extra Magic Hour and short waits continuing through 10am. The afternoon will see a slight uptick as more Disney resort guests fill the Park, but it will still be more than manageable with an intelligent touring plan and FastPass+. Wait times may linger a bit later into the evening, but expect short waits everywhere after 5:30pm.

Off-site visitors: A late arrival would be fine with the average overall crowd level, but afternoon waits will be slightly longer than a recommended day later in the week. This obviously isn’t a great day for a regular rope drop as there will be some Disney resort guests in the Park before 9am, but it shouldn’t be that detrimental. It can come together, but it’s going to take some more work and you’ll end up waiting a few more minutes in line throughout the day.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and the Arts Festival is much less of a concern than it would be on a Saturday or Sunday. Wednesday is the best day to visit for relatively short waits and no complications from the Festival for those that want to avoid it entirely. Today is the best day to visit for those that do want to check out what the Festival has to offer.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a bit curious that the Studios wait times are so much longer on Mondays than most other days during the week, including those with Extra Magic Hours attached. But casual vacationers continue to swarm the Park that they expect to see the strongest Star Wars presence. Longer wait times may also be indicative of reduced staffing earlier in the week.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Mondays typically see higher waits at Magic Kingdom due to the number of people that travel over the weekend and elect to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. While wait times will be higher than recommended days later in the week with a similar crowd level, the day won’t be unmanageable overall with a similar rope drop experience and similar crowds for the evening spectaculars. Expect average to slightly above average waits from 11am-7pm.

4 Park Crowd Level: 3 out of 10.

Crowds drop further before rising ahead of the holiday weekend.

Tuesday February 14

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 13 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With the drop in crowd level, Animal Kingdom will be just fine today as we come off a more popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday. While the Park won’t see anything close to peak level staffing, crowds should be low enough that it’s not much of an issue from waits at attractions to restaurants or quick services.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 22 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: When Epcot is hosting evening Extra Magic Hours, there is typically a slight uptick in average wait times over the course of the day, which translates to the Park being “not explicitly recommended” since you could experience shorter waits and lower crowds on another day. That’s partially offset by lower wait times at secondary attractions during the evening Extra Magic Hours themselves and the fact that attractions like Living with the Land and Journey into Imagination with Figment don’t close at 7pm like they normally do. Soarin’, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After typically see relatively high wait times during the first hour of the EMH, but wait times after 10:15pm are typically much shorter. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, consider visiting secondary attractions or enjoying World Showcase from 9pm to 10pm and then hit the headliners in the last hour. Frozen Ever After is best when you get in line around 10:55pm as Disney will allow anyone in line before 11pm to ride regardless of how long the line is, but you do risk the attraction going down. It may be worth the risk to ride with a relatively short wait, particularly if you have another opportunity to ride.

Off-site visitors: Rope drop crowds and wait times will be similar to other days this week before 11am, but afternoon wait times and crowds will be heavier than recommended days with a similar crowd level due to the number of Disney resort guests streaming in throughout the late morning and afternoon. The day is still more than doable with an efficient touring plan and intelligent FastPass+ choices, but those not planning on taking advantage of the evening EMH may want to pick a day with shorter waits and fewer people in the Park. Dinnertime crowds will be heavier, but not necessarily prohibitive.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park with nothing specific attracting anyone and nearby Epcot proving more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment as every other day this week, wait times will be moderate in the afternoon with the few rides in the Park. Take advantage of the first hour and last 90 minutes of operation.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Highly Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours should prove more popular with Disney resort guests and we’re coming off of what is historically the second busiest day of the week at Magic Kingdom, in addition to the heavier weekend crowds. It’s a better day than most others to visit the world’s most popular theme park with below average wait times.

Wednesday February 15

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10.

With crowds rising significantly beginning tomorrow and hitting peak levels over the weekend, whichever Park you visit today will be significantly less crowded than any day until late next week.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Highly Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 19 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a great day to visit Animal Kingdom with what will easily be the lowest waits for about ten days. With the higher crowd level, they’re a little higher than earlier in the week in places, but still more than manageable.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow will be more popular with Disney resort guests and we don’t have any of the complications that come with visiting Epcot on a weekend during the new Arts Festival. This is one of the two easiest days to visit this week with some of the lowest wait times.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of. The Studios will struggle this weekend to keep up with the heavier crowds and the relatively limited number of attractions that it offers. Still, take advantage of low waits in the first hour of operation as well as after 6:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 29 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: The rope drop and early morning experience should be similar to most other days this week with a slight uptick in the afternoon as Disney resort guests arrive to see the nighttime entertainment and potentially stay for evening Extra Magic Hours. With the EMH running from 8pm-10pm, it isn’t late enough to dissuade the majority of people from attending, but wait times should be shorter than most of the day with the lack of FastPass+. If the weather is relatively cool, crowds and waits will also be lower. With the below average crowd level and better staffing, today will be just fine most of the day.

Off-site visitors: Expect heavier crowds for the nighttime entertainment as Disney resort guests head in late for evening Extra Magic Hours, but the morning will be similar to other days this week and the afternoon will be far from unmanageable. One potential bonus is that fewer people will be heading to the buses/boats/monorails immediately after Wishes and Once Upon A Time(?) since many will be staying for at least a couple of rides during the EMH. It will be two weeks before crowds drop back to anything approaching what today looks like.

Thursday February 16

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

We see a significant uptick in crowds as Disney resort pricing increases to Presidents Weekend levels.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom will see a good first and last 90 minutes of operation as it usually does, but the afternoon will be crowded with the higher overall crowd level. Still, it’s doable as waits will only increase over the weekend, but expect a lot of people milling about come 11am.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those that can arrive by 7:30am will find success touring during the EMH without FastPass+ bogging down standby wait times and fewer people at rope drop than usual. Afternoon waits will be higher as resort guests fill the Park throughout the morning. A late arrival for some attractions, dinner, and IllumiNations will be just as good as any other day over the weekend if that’s what you want to do.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop for those that aren’t eligible for the morning Extra Magic Hour as anybody inside the Park will be headed to Frozen, Soarin’, and Test Track. Soarin’ will still be viable at 9am, but Frozen will already be rough and Test Track doesn’t have the capacity to keep up with the number of people interested in riding come 9:15am. Still, a late arrival is okay with reasonable expectations and intelligent FastPass+ choices and World Showcase in the evening won’t be any busier than other days over the next week or so.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 48 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios doesn’t have anything attracting anyone to it specifically with Fantasmic and the Star Wars Fireworks scheduled every night this week, in addition to the consistent operating hours. What you do will end up being more important than the day you do it with easy touring in the first hour and after 6:30pm. If you’re not interested in Fantasmic or Galactic Spectacular, you’ll have Toy Story Mania more or less to yourself after 7:30pm with short waits at other attractions as well. With the limited number of attractions, wait times will be incredibly high at the five rides, despite the recommendation, but there isn’t much we can do with these higher crowd levels.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 7:30pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

While the wait time is higher than days earlier in the week, it’s still the best we’re going to see until next week. Those just arriving may want to take advantage of a day without Extra Magic Hours complications. Those able to take advantage of the full morning Extra Magic Hour and have plans to take an afternoon break may want to key in on tomorrow, but today remains a smart choice in the grand scheme of things. Try to avoid being in the Park during the busiest part of the day, which is 12pm to 6pm or stick to the high capacity/low priority attractions while mixing in available FastPass+ experiences.

Friday February 17

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Overall crowds continue increasing as we head into one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Rivers of Light, the new nighttime spectacular, officially debuts tonight and it’s a Friday during a holiday weekend. The morning should be just as doable as it would be if the show wasn’t debuting, so you’re okay during the first two hours of operation and waits at the attractions should also drop after 6:30pm as people either leave or head to the show. But expect a stifling crowd “feel” in DinoLand, Asia, and Discovery Island after 5pm as locals and guests flock to the Rivers of Light theater for the show debut.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is the first day of the weekend’s Festival of the Arts, but it shouldn’t have much of an impact on crowds in the Park and today will be significantly less busy than either of the next two days, making it the best day of the weekend to attend the event if you have interest. If you’d prefer to visit without any of the festivities “getting in the way,” then any of the previous few days would be fine even if they are not explicitly recommended. But the Arts Festival should add some interesting things to look at around World Showcase and shouldn’t adversely affect Future World wait times. World Showcase and the IllumiNations crowd will be a little heavier than they would be otherwise, particularly with the higher overall crowd level, but the Park will still be manageable.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Rivers of Light should pull a lot of the nighttime crowd away and wait times should be relatively short as early as 8:30pm. Those that stay for the evening EMH will have the most success if they save Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for the final hour. Ride Star Tours a couple of times along with The Great Movie Ride from 8pm to 9pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 9:15pm.

Off-site visitors: The morning will be similar to other busier days over the weekend, but expect higher afternoon and evening waits from 12pm-6pm. More people will also be around for Fantasmic and the Star Wars Fireworks, making it more difficult to see either show. You’re okay in the morning and early afternoon with an intelligent touring plan, but things will be rough come noon.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open during the morning EMH and the hour is a good opportunity to visit several of the headlining Fantasyland attractions in a short amount of time, particularly without FastPass+ to bog down standby waits. On-site visitors able to arrive by 7:30am may want to consider visiting, particularly if they can be elsewhere from 1pm to 7pm when wait times are higher than recommended days. With the high overall crowd level, most guests will want to be elsewhere during the busy afternoon. Waits will drop again after 8:30pm and continue to drop through close.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop as thousands of Disney Resort guests will have a head start. But if you need to visit today, starting in Frontierland, Adventureland, or Liberty Square is viable and Tomorrowland won’t be too bad either. Most Fantasyland attractions are best skipped until the evening or with FastPass+. Afternoon crowds will be heavier than recommended days, but wait times should still be shorter than tomorrow or Sunday, each of which see a higher crowd level.

Saturday February 18

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

It’s the Saturday of Presidents Day Weekend, which is one of the busiest days of the year given decent weather.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Ordinarily, we wouldn’t expect the morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom to have an appreciable effect on wait times, but Saturdays at the Park have far and away seen higher wait times than any other day during the week. If you can make it here by 7:45am then you can do very well before 10am, but expect surprisingly long wait times from 11am-5pm. The first Saturday with Rivers of Light attached will also increase local visitation.

Off-site visitors: Those visiting for regular rope drop will be at a disadvantage and wait times will be higher than recommended days in the afternoon. Most other days this week are better, but intelligent FastPass+ usage and staying through close can make the day work.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

The Park is going to be swamped with the holiday, Arts Festival, and the fact that it’s a Saturday, which intrinsically increases local attendance. The Park won’t be incredibly more crowded than the days around it, but expect more people in World Showcase and higher wait times than recommended days. Monday is looking better.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re coming off evening Extra Magic Hours yesterday and have another morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow, each of which should prove slightly more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as every other night and exactly five rides, high afternoon wait times will materialize given the high crowd level. Take advantage of the first morning hour and/or the last 90 minutes of operation. With Fantasmic and Star Wars Fireworks attracting so many people, the headliners will see relatively short waits after 6:30pm and there will be far fewer people in line at Toy Story Mania after 7:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Very Tentatively Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Anyone just finishing up their vacation will likely want to visit Magic Kingdom much earlier in the week when the overall crowd level is substantially lower. But the 8am open offers an extra hour of low waits in the morning for those able to truly arrive by 7:30am and potentially leave after lunch. Waits will also be low after 9pm and those able to stay through 12am will have more luck than they would with the 8pm close earlier in the week. But it can’t be overstated how busy it will “feel” from 11am-8pm. You’ll either want to spend the majority of that time back at your resort or visit only the high capacity/low priority attractions while mixing in available FastPass+ opportunities.

Sunday February 19

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

The very busy holiday weekend continues.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 44 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Rivers of Light is still a concern over a holiday weekend given the show’s debut just two days ago, but guests that want to see the show over the weekend are best served waiting until now. The morning will be fine for rope droppers and while common areas in Asia, DinoLand, and Discovery Island will be crowded after 5pm, the attractions should still see reduced wait times. Try to get FastPass+ or a Dining Package for Rivers of Light. Standby should prove to be a nightmare.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explictly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We see slightly different crowd patterns over the holiday weekend, which should mean that today actually sees slightly higher waits than Saturday. Ordinarily, the Sunday would be a better choice. Today will be similar, but expect lower waits on Monday if you can wait until then to visit.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 55 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: You can accomplish more on a morning Extra Magic Hour day than a regular opening if you actually arrive by 7:30am and take advantage of it. But only plan on visiting if you are pretty certain that you can accomplish that as you’ll be at a disadvantage if you’re inside the Park any later than 8am. Afternoon waits will be incredibly high with the crowd level and limited number of attractions.

Off-site visitors: This is a really lousy rope drop situation in most scenarios as 2,000+ Disney resort guests will already be inside the Park by 9am, even if they don’t get there until closer to 8:45am. They’ll be clogging up lines and increasing wait times before you have any hope of arriving at a priority. You could show up later to do a couple of things with FastPass+ and potentially see a couple of shows, but expect long wait times and a lot of crowding in common areas.

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 41 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

8am-11am and/or 9pm-12am are the key time frames today as crowds will be extremely heavy during the bulk of the afternoon. Do whatever you can to either arrive very early or stay very late. Magic Kingdom gets more of a nod than yesterday as waits and crowds should be a sliver shorter. But be ready.

Monday February 20

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

High crowd levels continue for Presidents Day.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those able to arrive by 7:45am may want to take advantage of mostly nonexistent waits through 9am and relatively short waits through 10am. The current lack of a Rivers of Light show also means fewer people sticking around into the evening and very few people Park Hopping over after 5pm, making it a less crowded day overall than yesterday or tomorrow.

Off-site visitors: A late arrival would be okay with FastPass+ and reasonable expectations about what you can accomplish, but standby waits will be long from 11am-5pm with the above average overall crowd level. If you do arrive late, strongly consider staying through close to take advantage of the shorter wait times after 6pm. You would be at a disadvantage with a regular rope drop, but it should still be mostly doable.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and the Arts Festival is much less of a concern than it would be on a Saturday or Sunday. Wednesday is the best day to visit for relatively short waits and no complications from the Festival for those that want to avoid it entirely. Today is the best day to visit for those that do want to check out what the Festival has to offer. The fact that it’s the last day of the event shouldn’t adversely affect attendance.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: None

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios is closing earlier and doesn’t offer the Star Wars Fireworks in the evening. This will likely reduce daytime crowds compared to other days as those that want to see the show will visit on a day that they can see it. But with the high overall crowd level, it won’t make afternoon standby waits appreciably more manageable with just five rides distributed around the Park. And we won’t benefit from the nighttime entertainment pulling people away from the rides or Fantasmic. If your itinerary has you visiting from rope drop through 5pm or so, then today will have lower peak waits. But those planning on seeing the Fireworks or plan to take advantage of low waits after 6:30pm should consider other days, even if today’s attendance is lower.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 8pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Yes, it’s a holiday and yes, the overall crowd level is incredibly high, but for whatever reason wait times have been lower at Magic Kingdom on Presidents Day than the days around it for years. There will still be an overwhelming number of people in the Park, which means the early morning and late evening are key, but afternoon waits should be lower and 4th FastPass+ availability better than other days during the week.

Tuesday February 21

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Rivers of Light currently isn’t scheduled yesterday or tomorrow, which will drive crowds up today with the show scheduled. The morning will still be more than fine and wait times will still drop at the attractions after 6pm, but common areas will be congested from 5pm through close, particularly in DinoLand, Discovery Island, and Asia.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: The morning will be similar to other days this week, though wait times will increase as early as 10am as more and more resort guests swoop in. Those increases are partially offset by lower wait times at secondary attractions during the evening Extra Magic Hours themselves and the fact that attractions like Living with the Land and Journey into Imagination with Figment don’t close at 7pm like they normally do. Soarin’, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After typically see relatively high wait times during the first hour of the EMH, but wait times after 10:15pm are typically much shorter. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, consider visiting secondary attractions or enjoying World Showcase from 9pm to 10pm and then hit the headliners in the last hour. Frozen Ever After is best when you get in line around 10:55pm as Disney will allow anyone in line before 11pm to ride regardless of how long the line is, but you do risk the attraction going down. It may be worth the risk to ride with a relatively short wait, particularly if you have another opportunity to ride.

Off-site visitors: Rope drop is fine this morning, though efficient touring and being mindful of making it up to World Showcase as close to 11am as possible are more important with the high crowd level and the fact that wait times and crowds will be higher than recommended days in the afternoon. Most off-site visitors will want to consider visiting on another day, but morning touring will be okay and a late arrival for dinner and IllumiNations will only be marginally worse than other days during the week.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 43 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios is recommended, though we can expect it to be busier as we come off a rare day with the Star Wars Fireworks not scheduled. Still, the morning will go as well as other days this week and the evening will be similarly crowded. Take advantage of short waits in the first hour and after 6:30pm to have the most success.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Most Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 8pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Today should prove to be one of the least complicated days to tour this week without any complications from Extra Magic Hours and a lower overall crowd level than the busy weekend. Waits will still be above average given the high crowd level, but it’s hard to scoff at lower wait times, easier touring, and more FastPass+ availability, even if it’s not a night and day difference compared to other weekdays. Take advantage of low waits during the first hour and after 9pm.

Wednesday February 22

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

With crowds rising significantly beginning tomorrow and hitting peak levels over the weekend, whichever Park you visit today will be significantly less crowded than any day until late next week.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Highly Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a great day to visit Animal Kingdom as Wednesdays typically see the lowest wait times of the week at the Park and there’s nothing specific attracting anyone to visit today. The current lack of Rivers of Light also means fewer people Park Hopping in the evening or sticking around to see the show. As usual, 9am-10:30am and 5:30p-7pm are the time periods to take advantage of with lower waits than the afternoon, which will be crowded with the high overall crowd level.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow will be more popular with Disney resort guests and we don’t have any of the complications that come with Extra Magic Hours or elevated weekend crowds. This is one of the two easiest days to visit this week with some of the lowest wait times.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 46 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of, though tomorrow will be less popular without the Star Wars Fireworks and some of the people that would otherwise choose tomorrow will pick today because the show is scheduled. Still, the overall experience and wait times will be similar to other recommended days. Take advantage of low waits in the first hour of operation as well as after 6:30pm. With the high overall crowd level and limited attractions, afternoon waits will remain above average.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 10pm – 12am

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: The rope drop and early morning experience should be similar to most other days this week with a slight uptick in the afternoon as Disney resort guests arrive to see the nighttime entertainment and potentially stay for evening Extra Magic Hours. The late night evening Extra Magic Hours will also see relatively low waits, particularly after 11pm, though you’ll still want to save Peter Pan’s Flight and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the very end of the night.

Off-site visitors: Expect heavier crowds for the nighttime entertainment as Disney resort guests head in late for evening Extra Magic Hours, but the morning will be similar to other days this week and the afternoon will be far from unmanageable. One potential bonus is that fewer people will be heading to the buses/boats/monorails immediately after Wishes and Once Upon A Time(?) since many will be staying for at least a couple of rides during the EMH.

Thursday February 23

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

We see a significant uptick in crowds as Disney resort pricing increases to Presidents Weekend levels.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom is tentatively recommended with Rivers of Light increasing attendance in the afternoon and evening. But for guests that want to see the show, locals are less of an issue and we enjoy a lower overall crowd level, both of which should contribute to the show being easier to see. For those with no interest in the show, 9am-4pm should go about how it would without River of Light scheduled, but expect a higher crowd “feel” in the evening with more and more people streaming in and an increased number of people sticking around into the evening.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those that can arrive by 7:30am will find success touring during the EMH without FastPass+ bogging down standby wait times and fewer people at rope drop than usual. Afternoon waits will be higher as resort guests fill the Park throughout the morning. A late arrival for some attractions, dinner, and IllumiNations will be just as good as any other day over the weekend if that’s what you want to do.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop for those that aren’t eligible for the morning Extra Magic Hour as anybody inside the Park will be headed to Frozen, Soarin’, and Test Track. Soarin’ will still be viable at 9am, but Frozen will already be rough and Test Track doesn’t have the capacity to keep up with the number of people interested in riding come 9:15am. Still, a late arrival is okay with reasonable expectations and intelligent FastPass+ choices and World Showcase in the evening won’t overwhelmingly busy compared to other days this week.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: None

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Note that the Studios is closing earlier than other days this week and doesn’t offer the Star Wars Fireworks in the evening. This should turn some number of people that want to see the show away, which will in turn reduce crowds and wait times But with the high overall crowd level, standby waits will still be intolerable at the rides for the majority of the day. But fewer people in the Park means additional FastPass+ availability and an easier overall touring experience.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Most Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re in between yesterday’s evening Extra Magic Hours and tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour, which makes today see fewer complications for off-site visitors and those unable to arrive very early or stay late. Still, with the high overall crowd level, wait times will be above average. Those that are EMH eligible and able to arrive by 7:30am tomorrow or can stay through close yesterday may elect to visit on one or both of those dates, but today is going to be easier sailing and it will also see slightly lower wait times during the afternoon.

Friday February 24

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

Crowds remain at above average levels as Presidents Day Week comes to a close. There is a 5K race at Epcot as part of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend that will have no substantial impact on crowds or wait times.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re in business at Animal Kingdom with tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour pushing resort guests to Saturday and the lack of Rivers of Light meaning fewer people Park Hopping and staying later into the evening. With the above average overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will be on the long side at the majority of the rides, but those able to stay through 8pm should find much shorter waits in the last 90 minutes of operation as well as the first hour of operation.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot is recommended as we come off a more popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday and shouldn’t have the World Showcase crowding that is more typical of Saturdays. The Arts Festival also ended last week, so it’s no longer an issue. With nothing specific attracting anyone to Epcot, it’s a good day to visit, despite the crowd level.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 49 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: If it’s a cold night, crowds will thin considerably after 8:30pm. If it’s warmer, expect on-site guests to linger around for a while longer as the 8pm-10pm time frame isn’t necessarily late enough for most people to naturally head to the exit because it’s time for bed. Those that stay for the evening EMH will have the most success if they save Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for the final hour. Ride Star Tours a couple of times along with The Great Movie Ride from 8pm to 9pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 9:15pm.

Off-site visitors: The morning will be similar to other days this week with the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment, but expect higher afternoon and evening waits. More people will also be around for Fantasmic and the Star Wars Fireworks, making it more difficult to see either show. You’re okay in the morning and early afternoon with an intelligent touring plan, but things will be rough come noon.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open during the morning EMH and the hour is a good opportunity to visit several of the headlining Fantasyland attractions in a short amount of time, particularly without FastPass+ to bog down standby waits. On-site visitors able to arrive by 7:30am may want to consider visiting, particularly if they can be elsewhere from 1pm to 7pm when wait times are higher than recommended days. With the high overall crowd level, most guests will want to be elsewhere during the busy afternoon though waits will return to manageable levels after 9pm.

Off-site visitors: This is not an ideal rope drop as thousands of Disney Resort guests will have a head start. But if you need to visit today, starting in Frontierland, Adventureland, or Liberty Square is viable and Tomorrowland won’t be too bad either. Most Fantasyland attractions are best skipped until the evening or with FastPass+. Afternoon crowds will be heavier than recommended days, but wait times should be similar to tomorrow.

Saturday February 25

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

Above average crowds continue into the weekend with the Princess Half Marathon and Mardi Gras crowds impacting attendance and wait times.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Ordinarily, we wouldn’t expect the morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom to have an appreciable effect on wait times, but Saturdays at the Park have far and away seen higher wait times than any other day during the week. Rivers of Light will also prop up afternoon and evening crowds. If you can make it here by 7:45am then you can do very well before 10am, but expect surprisingly long wait times from 11am-5pm.

Off-site visitors: Those visiting for regular rope drop will be at a disadvantage and wait times will be higher than recommended days in the afternoon. Most other days this week are better, but intelligent FastPass+ usage and staying through close can make the day work.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot is not explicitly recommended as wait times have been higher on most Saturdays over the last year with an increase in local visitors. You’re also more likely to run into a rowdier experience in World Showcase with the heavier amount of alcohol served. Future World crowds should remain manageable, but expect higher than average wait times and a more congested experience in World Showcase. It’s still more than doable with an intelligent touring plan and the drinking and shenanigans in World Showcase can be fun if you appreciate the atmosphere. The 10K event in the morning should not adversely affect the day whatsoever.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re coming off evening Extra Magic Hours yesterday and have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow, each of which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as every other night and exactly five rides, decent afternoon wait times will materialize. Take advantage of the first morning hour and/or the last 90 minutes of operation. With Fantasmic and Star Wars Fireworks attracting so many people, the headliners will see short waits after 6:30pm and there will be just a handful of people in line at Toy Story Mania after 7:30pm.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 9pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We’re going to have a lot of runners in town for tomorrow’s Half Marathon and most of the ones visiting the Parks are going to find themselves at Magic Kingdom today. A weekday would be better for anyone that can swing it, though with the 11pm close, 9am-11am and 9pm-11pm will still see relatively short waits and crowds.

Sunday February 26

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

Above average crowds continue for today’s Half Marathon

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Rivers of Light is still a concern over a marathon weekend, but guests that want to see the show over the weekend are best served waiting until now. The morning will be fine for rope droppers and while common areas in Asia, DinoLand, and Discovery Island will be crowded after 5pm, the attractions should still see reduced wait times. Try to get FastPass+ or a Dining Package for Rivers of Light. Standby should prove to be a nightmare.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

The Half Marathon that starts and ends here will have little impact on crowd level or wait times during the day. In 2016, wait times were lower today than any day over the previous two weeks. It bodes well, but crowds will be average to slightly above average overall. Take advantage of rope drop or the last hour of operation when wait times are shorter and think about heading up to World Showcase when the majority of it opens at 11am for the easiest touring experience.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: You can accomplish more on a morning Extra Magic Hour day than a regular opening if you actually arrive by 7:30am and take advantage of it. But only plan on visiting if you are pretty certain that you can accomplish that as you’ll be at a disadvantage if you’re inside the Park any later than 8am. Afternoon waits will be slightly higher than more-recommended days, but it isn’t like a 50-minute posted wait at Toy Story Mania is that much worse than a 45-minute wait. The evening should be similarly crowded.

Off-site visitors: This is a really lousy rope drop situation in most scenarios as 2,000+ Disney resort guests will already be inside the Park by 9am, even if they don’t get there until closer to 8:45am. They’ll be clogging up lines and increasing wait times before you have any hope of arriving at a priority. You could show up later to do a couple of things with FastPass+ and potentially see a couple of shows, but expect long wait times and a lot of crowding in common areas.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 8pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended as we can expect lower attendance than any day over the last ten days and no complications from Extra Magic Hours. Still, an above average number of people will be in the Park in the afternoon and wait times will be slightly above average. It’s a doable day with an intelligent touring plan and weather permitting, should be a slightly better day to visit than the alternatives if you want to try and make it work. Stay through 11pm if you can because crowds will be lower in the late evening.

Monday February 27

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

Crowds remain above average with the lingering Half Marathon crowds and Louisiana school closures for Mardi Gras helping to prop up attendance.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: Those able to arrive by 7:45am may want to take advantage of mostly nonexistent waits through 9am and relatively short waits through 10am. The current lack of a Rivers of Light show also means fewer people sticking around into the evening and very few people Park Hopping over after 5pm, making it a less crowded day overall than yesterday or tomorrow.

Off-site visitors: A late arrival would be okay with FastPass+ and reasonable expectations about what you can accomplish, but standby waits will be long from 11am-5pm with the above average overall crowd level. If you do arrive late, strongly consider staying through close to take advantage of the shorter wait times after 6pm. You would be at a disadvantage with a regular rope drop, but it should still be mostly doable.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 29 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and there’s nothing drawing anyone to Epcot specifically today. Expect below average crowd levels and wait times.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a bit curious that the Studios wait times are so much longer on Mondays than most other days during the week, including those with Extra Magic Hours attached. But casual vacationers continue to swarm the Park that they expect to see the strongest Star Wars presence. Longer wait times may also be indicative of reduced staffing earlier in the week.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 8pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Mondays typically see higher waits at Magic Kingdom due to the number of people that travel over the weekend and elect to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. While wait times will be higher than recommended days later in the week with a similar crowd level, the day won’t be unmanageable overall with a similar rope drop experience and similar crowds for the evening spectaculars. Expect average to slightly above average waits from 11am-7pm.

Tuesday February 28

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

Expect average attendance with crowds propelled upwards by many Louisiana schools seeing time off.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 7:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Rivers of Light currently isn’t scheduled yesterday or tomorrow, which will drive crowds up today with the show scheduled. The morning will still be more than fine and wait times will still drop at the attractions after 6pm, but common areas will be congested from 5pm through close, particularly in DinoLand, Discovery Island, and Asia.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: When Epcot is hosting evening Extra Magic Hours, there is typically a slight uptick in average wait times over the course of the day, which translates to the Park being “not explicitly recommended” since you could experience shorter waits and lower crowds on another day. That’s partially offset by lower wait times at secondary attractions during the evening Extra Magic Hours themselves and the fact that attractions like Living with the Land and Journey into Imagination with Figment don’t close at 7pm like they normally do. Soarin’, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After typically see relatively high wait times during the first hour of the EMH, but wait times after 10:15pm are typically much shorter. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, consider visiting secondary attractions or enjoying World Showcase from 9pm to 10pm and then hit the headliners in the last hour. Frozen Ever After is best when you get in line around 10:55pm as Disney will allow anyone in line before 11pm to ride regardless of how long the line is, but you do risk the attraction going down. It may be worth the risk to ride with a relatively short wait, particularly if you have another opportunity to ride.

Off-site visitors: Rope drop crowds and wait times will be similar to other days this week before 11am, but afternoon wait times and crowds will be heavier than recommended days with a similar crowd level due to the number of Disney resort guests streaming in throughout the late morning and afternoon. The day is still more than doable with an efficient touring plan and intelligent FastPass+ choices, but those not planning on taking advantage of the evening EMH may want to pick a day with shorter waits and fewer people in the Park. Dinnertime crowds will be heavier, but not necessarily prohibitive.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 7:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park with nothing specific attracting anyone and nearby Epcot proving more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment as other days this week, wait times will be moderate in the afternoon with the few rides in the Park. Take advantage of the first hour and last 90 minutes of operation.

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 11pm (Highly Recommended)

Wishes Fireworks: 8pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours should prove more popular with Disney resort guests and we’re coming off of what is historically the second busiest day of the week at Magic Kingdom, in addition to the heavier weekend crowds. It’s a better day than most others to visit the world’s most popular theme park with below average wait times.

Comments

  1. EB says

    Minor typo – “Above is what we’re looking at for January” and the PDF is January. Feel free to delete this and/or not approve it as a comment. Thanks Josh!

  2. EKB says

    Question: Did you used to post these earlier? I remember using them as a tool to plan dining for upcoming trips based on what parks are best to be in on each day. Am I remembering wrong? (Trying to plan a June trip) TIA!!

    • Jim says

      He just restarted doing these, so it will probably be a bit before he gets them back up to speed. If Josh doesn’t plan on posting calendars that far in advance again, I am sure he will let us know, but for now I’d just say be patient until he is able to get caught up.

      • EKB says

        That makes sense. I have planned previous trips by his calendars and they have been wonderful! I can’t imagine planning this trip without it!

  3. Lisa says

    I see you have Star Wars fireworks listed on 2/20 which I do not see anywhere else, do you think they will be adding this?

  4. says

    If we are going during an exceptionally busy time at WDW (8/10 on the crowd calendar), is there one park in particular that is easiest to navigate during crowded times? We are looking at a day where you suggest AK and Epcot. Is one of these better than the other in terms of crowds? I know Epcot is LARGER so I assume that may help with crowds, but it also seems to be more popular. Just thought I’d ask!

  5. Krista says

    Can’take wait for more! I can’t plan a Disney trip without Josh’s crowd calendar. Fingers cross that Oct and Nov pop up once you get back.

  6. Happy Daddy says

    Josh

    Your basic message for longer range planning (think early June) has been, given Disney’s unpredictability of schedules, we should rely less on your calendars and more on an efficient touring plan. That said, would you say the latest plans from 2015 are up to date? I remember you testing them out at some point and still having the actual times work within a few minutes of the plan. Basically trying to see if the sequencing/timing you suggest should still apply in a crowd level 7 recommended park.

    Thanks!

  7. Cafeeney says

    Josh- we are heading down for the DVC member party on 2/25. I thought the park closed early that day?
    Thanks for bringing back the calendars!!!

  8. Denny says

    Thanks for the updated calendars. Used the old ones and did pretty well. Good to know the “arts” at Epcot shouldn’t effect the crowds too much on a Friday

  9. KathleenG says

    Glad to see your new crowd calendars, Josh! Even though you’ve tried to teach us the “rules,” it’s nice to see the Master’s thoughts.

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