March 2017 Disney World Crowd Calendar

This is the Free March 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. 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 March. The current operating schedule is available here: https://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDW_TAC_2017mar.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 March 1

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10.

Crowds remain below average during the weekdays before spring break starts in about ten days.

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

Expected Average Wait: 17 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a great day to visit Animal Kingdom with nothing specific attracting anyone. Expect some of the lowest waits of the week.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow and yesterday will be more popular with Disney resort guests and we don’t have to be concerned with the elevated crowd level this weekend. Epcot makes a lot of sense.

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. . Take advantage of low waits in the first hour of operation as well as after 6:30pm.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

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

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 9pm-11pm, 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.

Thursday March 2

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10.

Crowds remain decidedly below average heading into the weekend.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 18 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 today. 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: 25 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 29 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 March 3

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

We see a slight bump to an average crowd level heading into what should be another weekend with above average crowds and wait times.

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

Expected Average Wait: 21 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 most other days this week. With the average overall crowd level, standby waits will accelerate relatively slowly in the morning, though afternoon peaks will be longer than you might like to wait. Use FastPass+ beginning around 11am in addition to seeing the anytime shows and high capacity rides. Wait times will decrease as early as 5pm with incredibly low waits at most attractions after 6:30pm.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot is the most recommended Park as we come off an Extra Magic Hour morning that will increase crowds slightly and cause some complications for most guests, even if it means waking up an hour earlier and relying on a Disney bus that may or may not arrive in time to transport you to Epcot before 8am. Afternoon revelers in World Showcase are also less common than Saturdays, which makes today a better day to visit for most guests.

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Disney has not yet scheduled evening Extra Magic Hours at the Studios in March, but this is the day that the Park usually hosts them. The evening EMH doesn’t affect morning touring much, but should increase wait times from 11am and cause heavier congestion in the evening as more and more people arrive. If you’re planning FastPass+ and dining reservations in advance, then it makes sense to plan to visit the Studios on a day when these complications are less likely. But it is possible that Disney will not end up scheduling evening EMH and the Studios will see average wait times like most other days this month. If you’re planning on a rope drop or otherwise arriving to use FastPass+, eat, and/or see some shows, then you’ll be just fine regardless. But those looking for the shortest waits and fewest complications may want to select another day if possible.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 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 March 4

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

Crowds rise to above average levels as local visitors pour into the Parks.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 32 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: 28 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 have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as other nights 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: 8pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom should see longer waits than any other day during the week with the higher crowd level and longer operating hours. It’s still doable from 9am-11am and 8pm-11pm seeing shorter waits, but the afternoon will be particularly congested and is best skipped. At a minimum, plan on using FastPass+ and visiting the anytime attractions from 12pm-8pm.

Sunday March 5

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10.

Above average crowds persist over the weekend.

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

Expected Average Wait: 25 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.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sundays typically see lower crowds and shorter waits than Saturdays, though tomorrow would be even better. But you can do just fine today executing the usual morning touring strategies or opt for a late arrival. There’s nothing specific attracting anyone.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 8pm

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 – 8pm (Most Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: ?, Wishes: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 29 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park as waits should be lower than either yesterday or tomorrow, though guests able to stay out late may want to take advantage of the late night hours elsewhere. Today will be a better blend of lower crowds, shorter waits, and more doable operating hours for those that need to be on their way earlier evening. It’s more than doable with an intelligent touring plan.

Monday March 6

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

We’re still a solid week away from spring break with virtually no schools off this week. If the weather isn’t beautiful, we’ll be on the “4” side of a “5.”

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Expected Average Wait: 25 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 there’s much less of a concern that local visitors will prop up attendance like the last couple of days.

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

Fantasmic: 7pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 8pm

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 – 8pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 31 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 March 7

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10.

Crowds remain below average on weekdays.

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

Expected Average Wait: 22 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom could probably be “recommended” today with the below average overall crowd level, but it’s worth noting how much better tomorrow should be and how much most people should be looking at visiting Magic Kingdom. If Animal Kingdom is your choice today, expect a mild uptick in afternoon and crowds and waits, but nothing daunting.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 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: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 36 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 – 8pm (Highly Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 29 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 March 8

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10.

Crowds remain below average during the weekdays before spring break starts in about ten days.

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

Expected Average Wait: 18 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

It’s a great day to visit Animal Kingdom with nothing specific attracting anyone. Expect some of the lowest waits of the week.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 21 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow and yesterday will be more popular with Disney resort guests and we don’t have to be concerned with the elevated crowd level this weekend. Epcot makes a lot of sense.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 7:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of. . 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

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

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. 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.

Thursday March 9

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

Tomorrow is the first day of “Peak Season” at the resorts as we head into several weeks of high spring break crowds. Today should still be somewhere between slightly below average and average as it isn’t like schools start their breaks on a Thursday, but we do see an increase heading into the weekend.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Yesterday would have been slightly better, but Animal Kingdom shouldn’t be a problem if you decide it’s where you belong today. 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: 28 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: 7:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 33 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 with the average overall crowd level. The early morning is your best bet though evening crowds won’t approach “crazy.”

Friday March 10

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10.

We shouldn’t see a significant bump in attendance quite yet as those arriving for their spring break week visit will begin arriving tomorrow and Sunday. Expect average crowds.

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

Expected Average Wait: 21 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 most other days this week. With the average overall crowd level, standby waits will accelerate relatively slowly in the morning, though afternoon peaks will be longer than you might like to wait. Use FastPass+ beginning around 11am in addition to seeing the anytime shows and high capacity rides. Wait times will decrease as early as 5pm with incredibly low waits at most attractions after 6:30pm.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot is the most recommended Park as we come off an Extra Magic Hour morning that will increase crowds slightly and cause some complications for most guests, even if it means waking up an hour earlier and relying on a Disney bus that may or may not arrive in time to transport you to Epcot before 8am. Afternoon revelers in World Showcase are also less common than Saturdays, which makes today a better day to visit for most guests.

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

Fantasmic: 7:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Disney has not yet scheduled evening Extra Magic Hours at the Studios in March, but this is the day that the Park usually hosts them. The evening EMH doesn’t affect morning touring much, but should increase wait times from 11am and cause heavier congestion in the evening as more and more people arrive. If you’re planning FastPass+ and dining reservations in advance, then it makes sense to plan to visit the Studios on a day when these complications are less likely. But it is possible that Disney will not end up scheduling evening EMH and the Studios will see average wait times like most other days this month. If you’re planning on a rope drop or otherwise arriving to use FastPass+, eat, and/or see some shows, then you’ll be just fine regardless. But those looking for the shortest waits and fewest complications may want to select another day if possible.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 33 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 March 11

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

Crowds rise to above average levels as many guests arrive for traditional week-long spring break trips.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 32 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

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.

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

Fantasmic: 7:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 8pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as other nights 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Frankly, Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park on Saturdays during spring break because each Saturday during this time period has seen lower waits than other days during the week over the last two years. And that’s good. There are probably a number of reasons for why this is, but it’s likely due to increased staffing and the fact that many people visiting for a week are traveling and don’t make it out to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Also note that wait times are only going to increase as the overall crowd level increases, making today an attractive day to visit. With the high overall crowd level, crowds are still going to be extremely thick today like they will be other days. Take advantage of the early morning and late evening when waits are shorter.

Sunday March 12

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

This should be the second busiest spring break week at Disney World behind Easter week due to the high number of schools out on spring break that feed Disney World crowds.

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

Expected Average Wait: 34 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 high overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will still be 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 (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sundays see lower wait times and less hassle than Saturdays resulting in a positive recommendation. Tomorrow would be even better for those with plans to do something else today.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 48 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: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: ?, Wishes: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park again with lower wait times than we’ll see during the week, which may be surprising. It’s likely due to the number of people traveling and only spending part, if any, of their last day at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Locals are less of an issue than “less crowded times” because they know how crowded it will be. Still, with the above average overall crowd level, you’ll either want to be back at your resort resting between 1pm and 7pm or visiting only the high capacity/low priority attractions while mixing in FastPass+ choices.

Monday March 13

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

Crowds are heavy this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Expected Average Wait: 43 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, but the high crowd level and elevated number of resort guests means long afternoon waits that will mostly eliminate any benefit from the first hour unless you plan on being on your way by 1pm.

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 high overall crowd level. If you do arrive late, strongly consider staying through close to take advantage of the shorter wait times after 6pm.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and locals are much less of a concern than they were on Saturday and Sunday. Still, expect long waits at the headliners from immediately after Park open through just before close and high peak waits at secondary attractions from 10:30am-4pm.

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 55 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. With the limited number of rides, wait times will be particularly inflated with the high overall crowd level.

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 43 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With so many people arriving over the weekend for a traditional week-long vacation, we’re going to see an overwhelming number of people spend their first full day at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Expect the longest waits of the week.

Tuesday March 14

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

Crowds are heavy this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Expected Average Wait: 41 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

If you need to visit Animal Kingdom today, then wait times should only be slightly higher than recommended days later in the week, which isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. You can do well with the usual touring techniques, but an efficient plan for at least 9am-11am and/or 5:30pm-7pm will be the key to success. Wait times are well above average.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 50 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 long 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 (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 42 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 nothing specific attracting anyone. 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.

Wednesday March 15

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

Crowds are heavy this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Expected Average Wait: 39 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. 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: 39 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 – 9pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 50 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of though the fact that today sees the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment as other days this week doesn’t make the Park overly unattractive either. 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 – 9pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

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

Expected Average Wait: 43 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 9pm-11pm, 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+.

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 March 16

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

Crowds are heavy this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom is recommended again with nothing specific attracting anyone and waits that will be shorter than this weekend. Still, expect a lot of people milling about with the high overall crowd level.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 44 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 – 9pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 41 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 March 17

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10.

Crowds are heavy this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 37 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 7pm should find much shorter waits in the last 90 minutes of operation as well as the first hour of operation.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 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. With nothing specific attracting anyone to Epcot, it’s a good day to visit, despite the crowd level.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 52 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: If it’s a cold night, crowds will thin considerably after 9:30pm. If it’s warmer, expect on-site guests to linger around for a while longer as the 9pm-11pm 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 9pm to 10pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 10:15pm.

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 – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 45 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.

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.

Saturday March 18

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds drop slightly over the weekendwith so many people traveling.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 36 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 seen higher crowds and longer waits than the crowd level would otherwise indicate. 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: 34 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.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 44 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as other nights 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Frankly, Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park on Saturdays during spring break because each Saturday during this time period has seen lower waits than other days during the week over the last two years. And that’s good. There are probably a number of reasons for why this is, but it’s likely due to increased staffing and the fact that many people visiting for a week are traveling and don’t make it out to the Most Magical Place on Earth. With the high overall crowd level, crowds are still going to be extremely thick today like they will be other days. Take advantage of the early morning and late evening when waits are shorter.

Sunday March 19

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds remain heavy for spring break with a lower overall crowd level than coming weekdays.

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

Expected Average Wait: 34 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 high overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will still be 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 (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sundays see lower wait times and less hassle than Saturdays resulting in a positive recommendation. Tomorrow would be even better for those with plans to do something else today.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 48 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: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: ?, Wishes: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park again with lower wait times than we’ll see during the week, which may be surprising. It’s likely due to the number of people traveling and only spending part, if any, of their last day at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Locals are less of an issue than “less crowded times” because they know how crowded it will be. Still, with the above average overall crowd level, you’ll either want to be back at your resort resting between 1pm and 7pm or visiting only the high capacity/low priority attractions while mixing in FastPass+ choices.

Monday March 20

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Not 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, but the high crowd level and elevated number of resort guests means long afternoon waits that will mostly eliminate any benefit from the first hour unless you plan on being on your way by 1pm.

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 high overall crowd level. If you do arrive late, strongly consider staying through close to take advantage of the shorter wait times after 6pm.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and locals are much less of a concern than they were on Saturday and Sunday. Still, expect long waits at the headliners from immediately after Park open through just before close and high peak waits at secondary attractions from 10:30am-4pm.

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 47 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. With the limited number of rides, wait times will be particularly inflated with the high overall crowd level.

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With so many people arriving over the weekend for a traditional week-long vacation, we’re going to see an overwhelming number of people spend their first full day at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Expect some of the longest waits of the week.

Tuesday March 21

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

If you need to visit Animal Kingdom today, then wait times should only be slightly higher than recommended days later in the week, which isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. You can do well with the usual touring techniques, but an efficient plan for at least 9am-11am and/or 5:30pm-7pm will be the key to success. Wait times are well above average.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 36 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 44 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 long 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 (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 36 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 nothing specific attracting anyone. 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.

Wednesday March 22

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Expected Average Wait: 33 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. 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: 31 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 – 9pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 47 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of though the fact that today sees the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment as other days this week doesn’t make the Park overly unattractive either. 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 – 9pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

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

Expected Average Wait: 38 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 9pm-11pm, 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+.

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 March 23

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom is recommended again with nothing specific attracting anyone and waits that will be shorter than this weekend. Still, expect a lot of people milling about with the high overall crowd level.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 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 – 9pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 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 March 24

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 35 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 7pm should find much shorter waits in the last 90 minutes of operation as well as the first hour of operation.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 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. With nothing specific attracting anyone to Epcot, it’s a good day to visit, despite the crowd level.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 50 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: If it’s a cold night, crowds will thin considerably after 9:30pm. If it’s warmer, expect on-site guests to linger around for a while longer as the 9pm-11pm 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 9pm to 10pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 10:15pm.

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 – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 39 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.

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.

Saturday March 25

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

Crowds drop slightly over the weekendwith so many people traveling.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 34 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 seen higher crowds and longer waits than the crowd level would otherwise indicate. 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: 32 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.

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 41 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

We have a morning Extra Magic Hour tomorrow which should prove more popular with Disney resort guests. However, with the same operating hours/nighttime entertainment as other nights 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Frankly, Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park on Saturdays during spring break because each Saturday during this time period has seen lower waits than other days during the week over the last two years. And that’s good. There are probably a number of reasons for why this is, but it’s likely due to increased staffing and the fact that many people visiting for a week are traveling and don’t make it out to the Most Magical Place on Earth. With the high overall crowd level, crowds are still going to be extremely thick today like they will be other days. Take advantage of the early morning and late evening when waits are shorter.

Sunday March 26

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10.

Crowds remain heavy for spring break with a lower overall crowd level than coming weekdays.

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

Expected Average Wait: 31 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 high overall crowd level, afternoon wait times will still be 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 (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sundays see lower wait times and less hassle than Saturdays resulting in a positive recommendation. Tomorrow would be even better for those with plans to do something else today.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 46 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: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: ?, Wishes: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park again with lower wait times than we’ll see during the week, which may be surprising. It’s likely due to the number of people traveling and only spending part, if any, of their last day at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Locals are less of an issue than “less crowded times” because they know how crowded it will be. Still, with the above average overall crowd level, you’ll either want to be back at your resort resting between 1pm and 7pm or visiting only the high capacity/low priority attractions while mixing in FastPass+ choices.

Monday March 27

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Not 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, but the high crowd level and elevated number of resort guests means long afternoon waits that will mostly eliminate any benefit from the first hour unless you plan on being on your way by 1pm.

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 high overall crowd level. If you do arrive late, strongly consider staying through close to take advantage of the shorter wait times after 6pm.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tomorrow should prove more popular with Disney resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours attached and locals are much less of a concern than they were on Saturday and Sunday. Still, expect long waits at the headliners from immediately after Park open through just before close and high peak waits at secondary attractions from 10:30am-4pm.

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 47 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. With the limited number of rides, wait times will be particularly inflated with the high overall crowd level.

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

With so many people arriving over the weekend for a traditional week-long vacation, we’re going to see an overwhelming number of people spend their first full day at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Expect some of the longest waits of the week.

Tuesday March 28

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

If you need to visit Animal Kingdom today, then wait times should only be slightly higher than recommended days later in the week, which isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. You can do well with the usual touring techniques, but an efficient plan for at least 9am-11am and/or 5:30pm-7pm will be the key to success. Wait times are well above average.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 36 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 44 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 long 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 (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 36 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 nothing specific attracting anyone. 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.

Wednesday March 29

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

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

Expected Average Wait: 33 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. 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: 31 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 – 9pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 47 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

This is another adequate day to visit the Studios with no overt complications to speak of though the fact that today sees the same operating hours and nighttime entertainment as other days this week doesn’t make the Park overly unattractive either. 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 – 9pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

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

Expected Average Wait: 38 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 9pm-11pm, 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+.

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 March 30

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Animal Kingdom is recommended again with nothing specific attracting anyone and waits that will be shorter than this weekend. Still, expect a lot of people milling about with the high overall crowd level.

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 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 – 9pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 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 – 9pm (Most Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 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 March 31

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10.

Crowds are above average this week with so many schools out on spring break.

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Recommended)

Expected Average Wait: 35 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 7pm should find much shorter waits in the last 90 minutes of operation as well as the first hour of operation.

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 32 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. With nothing specific attracting anyone to Epcot, it’s a good day to visit, despite the crowd level.

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Fantasmic: 8:30pm, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 50 minutes

Actual Average Wait: TBD

On-site visitors: If it’s a cold night, crowds will thin considerably after 9:30pm. If it’s warmer, expect on-site guests to linger around for a while longer as the 9pm-11pm 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 9pm to 10pm or see Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Muppet Vision 3D. Actual waits should be under 20 minutes at all attractions by 10:15pm.

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 – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 39 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.

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.

Comments

  1. gail dumoulin!!! says

    3/9 is my only opportunity to visit Epcot on my next trip. Really only want to do the new Soarin’ and Spaceship Earth. the rest of the day will be checking out Flower & Garden & some eating & drinking! Looks like it will be a fine day to do that. thanks Josh.

  2. projectx says

    I noticed at the end of the month you have Wishes at 9:00, and OUAT at 9:45(?). Considering the current schedule is 9-9, are you just anticipating that Disney will extend hours to 10 or 11pm?

  3. Paulo silva says

    I saw a few websites saying different about the last week of march

    “March 27-31 – a break in the spring break crowds with hardly any school breaks scheduled during the last few days of March”
    “We looked at dozens of the largest districts. Only 2 have the last week of March off, and only 1 has the week after Easter off. I’m assuming other sites are just blocking out the whole period and calling it a busy spring break time, but the school calendars for 2017 don’t show that.”

    I did a small research using universities Spring break dates and found that of 815 universities +-5% only will have break at This week

    I got a little confused now :/
    Anyone cam help me?

    Sorry for the bad english

  4. erika says

    Glad to see March..I know May/June are coming..hopiing for advice for Memorial Day weekend…Ive read that the crowds aren’t too bad…But I have become ridiculously dependent on you Josh.. So far I plan to be in Epcot on Mem day Mon w a 2 pm ADR at the GG…(using my what has Josh thought me in the past 5 years about the WDW crowds method)

  5. Anne says

    Are the last 3 tuesdays on the calendar a typo with epcot listed both first and last? Are they supposed to be the same order as the first tuesday; Epcot/HS AK MK?

  6. Callie says

    The View is scheduled to be taping the same day we are at AK (3/6). Do you think this will have an impact on crowds or our ability to tour effectively?

  7. Dawn says

    Just wondering if it shouldn’t say “Explicitly Not Recommended” rather than “Not Explicitly Recommended”? ha! LOL

    • Amy says

      I’m a little confused by this wording. I can’t tell if it means that park will be worse than Not Recommended or better.

      • Amy says

        Okay – looking back at the details for each day, the hierachy is Most Recommended, Recommended, Not Explicitly Recommended, then Not Recommended.

  8. Jimmy says

    Josh – glad to see your calendars are back. They are soooo valuable to your fans. Just curious as to why you skipped February? Obviously at this point our FEB trip is planned, but there is always time to make minor adjustments here and there based on your expertise. THANKS for everything you do on this site!

  9. TiredMother says

    Also noticed that EP is listed as both the best and worst park some days. I think you meant it just to be the best.

  10. Heather says

    I noticed that on March 31, you have Hollywood Studios listed as having evening EMH. When I checked the Disney site they do not list that for that day. If there isn’t the EMH at Hollywood Studios that day, how does much does that impact the park? Thanks!

  11. Sara says

    I have been using your calendars for years! Looking forward to August 2017 – I hope you continue with them. Do you plan on preparing the calendars for this year?

  12. Bernadette says

    I pray that you will continue doing the calendars. We have used them every time we went and they by far are the most accurate. I would even be willing to pay for them!!! :-) Just saying!!

  13. Carole Kaufman says

    Are you going to do any more crowd calendars? We are going in September. I can make dining reservations on the 23rd and would like to know which parks you reccommend, Thanks.

  14. Shawna says

    I understand it’s early in the season but was wondering when you plan on creating a calendar for October 2017?

  15. Renato says

    Hey, I hope everything is fine with you guys.

    Our family usually visits disney once a year, and I’ve always used your crowd calendar to build our schedule.

    I am hoping you post the May 2017 calendar soon.

    Thank you for your great work.

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