April 2017 Disney World Crowd Calendar

This is the Free April 2017 Disney World Crowd Calendar that shows the Recommended Parks to Visit, Overall Crowd Level Estimation, Cost, Extra Magic Hours Schedule, and Nighttime Spectacular Showtimes.

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 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 fourth 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 Animal Kingdom, EP is Epcot, HS is Hollywood Studios, and MK is 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 fifth 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 sixth line lists the Fantasmic(!) and Nighttime Spectacular and Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks (SWAGS) show times at Hollywood Studios.
  • The seventh 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 eighth line lists Rivers of Light (RoL) start times at Animal Kingdom.

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

Click the image to enlarge it.

Above is what we’re looking at for April. The current operating schedule is available here: https://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDW_TAC_2017apr.pdf. and those times can be confirmed at DisneyWorld.com here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/ by changing the date at the top.

Saturday April 1

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm and 10pm

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sunday April 2

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm and 10pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Monday April 3

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: None

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 11pm (Not Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tuesday April 4

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm and 10pm

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Wednesday April 5

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: None

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 11pm-1am

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

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Thursday April 6

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm and 10pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Friday April 7

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: None

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 11pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

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

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Saturday April 8

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm and 10pm

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sunday April 9

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 55 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Monday April 10

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 75 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tuesday April 11

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 65 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Highly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Wednesday April 12

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 68 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 12am – 2am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Thursday April 13

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 44 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 72 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Most Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 43 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Friday April 14

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7pm (Tentatively Recommended)

After Hours Star Wars Event

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

Expected Average Wait: 55 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 48 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Saturday April 15

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 50 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Most Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 36 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sunday April 16

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait:

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

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

Expected Average Wait: 55 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD.

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Most Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Monday April 17

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 11pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tuesday April 18

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 42 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 65 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 12am (Highly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Wednesday April 19

4 Park Crowd Level: 9 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 38 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 68 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 12am-2am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Thursday April 20

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 39 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 60 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD.

Magic Kingdom: 8am – 11pm (Most Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 7am-8am

Wishes Fireworks: 10pm, Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show: 10:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Friday April 21

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 50 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Saturday April 22

4 Park Crowd Level: 8 out of 10

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: 8:30pm and 9:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 31 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sunday April 23

4 Park Crowd Level: 7 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Most Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 10pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Monday April 24

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 24 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Tuesday April 25

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 18 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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: 34 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Wednesday April 26

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Most Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 18 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 10pm-12am

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

Expected Average Wait: 32 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Thursday April 27

4 Park Crowd Level: 4 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 20 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 27 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

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

Expected Average Wait: 35 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 30 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Friday April 28

4 Park Crowd Level: 5 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Recommended)

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 23 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 34 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Saturday April 29

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 8:30pm (Not Explicitly Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Rivers of Light: 8:45pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 28 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 40 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 37 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Sunday April 30

4 Park Crowd Level: 6 out of 10

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

Rivers of Light: 9:15pm

Expected Average Wait: 26 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Expected Average Wait: 25 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 9:30pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

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

Expected Average Wait: 45 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

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

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

Expected Average Wait: 33 minutes.

Actual Average Wait: TBD

Comments

  1. Joe says

    Thanks for putting this out, Josh. I know it’s gotta suck putting these together every month with little appreciation. From my family to you and yours, thank you for helping make our trip as worthwhile as possible, sir. Cheers.

  2. Brian says

    Thanks for all your effort, I’ve been looking forward to this. Seems like it’s all nines for our trip in a couple weeks. :-)

    Do you have a better link for the pdf version? I keep getting redirected to the main page. Cheers!

  3. JMumford says

    Spring Break in my area is the first week in April, I imagine other areas have break that week as well. I wouldn’t be shocked if crowd levels are higher.

  4. Paul says

    I did pretty well in my planning, except I reversed 4/29 and 4/30, having MK 4/29 and HS 4/30. Significantly different enough where it’s worth trying to switch up FP+?

  5. Mrs. S. says

    You trained me well Josh! I followed your advice and planned my April park days on my own. I am happy to see 3 of my 5 park days are Most Recommended & the other 2 are Highly Recommended. Thanks for all of your insight!

  6. scott says

    I love your crowd calendars! Why do you wait so late to post them? It seems that that is a lot of work for you but by the time you post them, everyone has already made their dining and fast pass reservations so it might be too late. That’s a lot of work on your part if people can’t use it.

    • Pete says

      Disney post opening hours, parade and “show” (such as wishes or fantasmic) here:
      https://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDW_TAC_2017Apr.pdf

      They only update them once a month and until yesterday only had realistic times up to April 8th (last Friday they updated all the MK hours on the website and yesterday updated the media release to include EMH on every day for the 2 weeks of Easter.
      He can’t post anything until Disney announce it and for over a year now they only do that weeks before

      Basically if he’d have released anything before yesterday it would have been guess-work (and by the looks of how many additions were added, would have been massively wrong)

      • Mike says

        That makes these calendars a lot less useful unless you are planning a last minute trip. Still appreciate the work.

        • Tracy says

          Pretty much. The October calendar doesn’t even list Rivers of Light so I’m sure it’s not the final schedule.

        • Pete says

          It’ll be pretty accurate, it’ll just get tweeked a little, the problem with April is Easter and they made lots of late additions
          The updates on the 2 months prior will change the hours and add most things, it won’t be massive change for Oct

  7. Melissa says

    LOVE THESE CALENDARS! I a surprised though that you are predicting the crowds so high…Most colleges are done with Spring Break and the biggest school districts in the country already had their breaks as well.

      • Sarah says

        The Dark Side marathon in the weekend of the 21st-23rd. I imagine that is what is influencing after Easter. Plus the state of Massachusetts has school vacation the week after Easter.

    • DInnocentOne says

      Most of the schools in the Washington DC area have Spring Break the week before Easter, so there still some large school districts that have not yet had Spring Break.

  8. Jen B says

    Thank you Josh!

    Looking forward to Easter week and CL 9’s… LOL! This will be my first time going at serious peak times. But I am sure it will still be manageable… :/

    I decided to make Sat 4/22 my Sea World day which looks like a good choice, since 3/4 of the WDW parks are not recommended that day. Thank you again for the calendars! Can’t wait to go !

  9. Brittney says

    Is there a particular reason Hollywood Studios is explicitly not recommended on 4/28? This is our 1st trip there and already have fast passes and dining booked. Same for 4/29 our Epcot day. Is it worth trying to swap and see what fast passes are left and swap our Ep and Hs days around or will we manage? Helppp

    • GrumpyDad4 says

      Do you follow a prescribed touring plan that starts you early in the park or do you arrive late and tour as you please? We have toured the parks on recommend days and those that were not and just started early and worked the tour plan. Ride breakdowns and weather can’t be factored in so as long as our highlights are planned to be covered (attractions and dining), we believe we were successful.

      • Brittney says

        We usually try and start early. We have early breakfast planned on our Epcot day at 8:20 am at Garden Grill and didn’t really want to give that up was hoping to ride Soarin first thing without Fastpass and keep our Frozen tier 1 Fast pass. At least that’s the plan it’s our first time in both parks and we are just excited to try them out

        • GrumpyDad4 says

          If you haven’t done so already, utilizing the forums for feedback on your touring plans is beneficial as everyone has faced similar issues in the past. It may be suggested that you arrive early for breakfast so that you are done by 9 a.m. Garden Grill, lunch or dinner, has been a must do for us, for food and character interaction, for ten years now.

          • Brittney says

            Really wow thanks for the feedback! We are excited to eat there.. my self and children are more breakfast people so hoping its great. I will definitely check out the forums thank you!

  10. DLS says

    Thank you! These calendars are very helpful. I do have one question…if HS is predicted to have an average wait time of 40 minutes on 4/29 (longest of all the parks), why is it the most recommended? My trip is 4/26-5/1 so I was just curious. TIA.

    • Linkura says

      It’s always going to have the longest due to the low number of attractions, which reduces ride capacity compared to other parks.

  11. Stephanie T says

    Planning a September trip and my 180 day dining reservation window opened last week. So sad to see you did not have the calendars up yet. I had to wing it without you and now praying I did okay. I have used your calendars religiously for many years and have helped tons of friends with planning. I always send them straight here first.

  12. Cindy Amburgey says

    We are trying to decide between Animal Kingdom and Epcot on Friday, May 26. Wondering how opening of Pandora the next day would affect crowd levels. Any help would be appreciated very much. Really like your site.

  13. Truly says

    I wasn’t able to find the overview under the calendar with explanations of why certain parks are recommended on certain days. I am looking at April 2017 information. Could anyone tell me where to find this for this month?

  14. Bridget says

    When will you be releasing May/June crowd calendars? Going May 28- Jun 02 and trying to do fast pass and decide which are the best days to visit MK & AK.

  15. CJ Jones says

    Are you going to put out a May 2017 crowd calendar? We are going next week and have already bought Touring Plans, but I used your calendar last time and it was brilliant.

  16. Melanie says

    Hi there. I was just wondering if there isn’t going to be a may 2017 calendar? I figured not because we are already in May. Thanks.

  17. Melissa says

    I have used your calendars for every trip we have made to Disney World!! Do you know when the November and December 2017 calendars will be available? I so appreciate all your hard work!

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