September 2016 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar

This is the Free September 2016 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, Fantasmic Show Times, Holidays, and Special Events.

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 than usual, 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. 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 the 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 show times at the Hollywood Studios.
  • The eighth line lists the start time of Main Street Electrical Parade (MSEP:) and Wishes Fireworks at Magic Kingdom(W:). For example, if you see, MSEP: 9pm & 11pm W: 10pm, it would mean that Main Street Electrical Parade begins at 9pm and 11pm and Wishes begins at 10pm.

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

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Thursday September 1

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended as Epcot proves more popular with Disney resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour and Magic Kingdom sees higher attendance with the later close and Wishes. As always, those arriving prior to Park opening will have the easiest time touring and most will want to begin at Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest. Use FastPass+ beginning in the late morning to save the most time and take advantage of short standby waits earlier in the day.

Epcot is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting a lot of Disney resort guests and in turn complicating morning touring. While most of the resort guests that do visit will arrive after their extra hour has ended, they will still fill the Park and clog up lines from 10:30am through close. You can do well if you truly arrive by 7:25am and move quickly through the open attractions, but most people will want to sleep in an extra hour and take advantage of one of the better days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom and see Wishes. Average and peak waits will be considerably higher than they were yesterday or tomorrow.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will be a bigger draw with Disney resort guests. Keep in mind that with the mostly standardized schedule every day, and Fantasmic scheduled every night, that crowds won’t be overwhelmingly lower today compared to other days this week. Because of that, your touring plan is more important than which day you decide to visit. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. Star Wars Launch Bay is a nice air-conditioned diversion in the afternoon when waits peak elsewhere. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, Fantasmic, and the fireworks show. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.

Magic Kingdom is recommended as we come off a busier day yesterday with evening Extra Magic Hours and look towards tomorrow, when attendance will again be propped up by the morning Extra Magic Hour. However, the Park will prove busier than tomorrow with the later close and Wishes, neither of which will be offered tomorrow with the 7pm close. As always, plan to arrive no later than 8:20am with an efficient touring plan in hand, whether you want to begin in Frontierland with Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain, Fantasyland for Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight, or Tomorrowland for Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear. You may also want to prioritize a character that doesn’t offer FastPass+. Begin using FP+ as early as around 10am to maximize future selections. Consider an afternoon break from around 1pm to around 5pm to rest up for the evening and return for dinner, some late night rides, and the fireworks. If you have no interest in Wishes, visit Tomorrowland or Fantasyland in the last hour of operation to find much lower waits than the afternoon.

Friday September 2

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Highly Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm-10pm

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Possible Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is highly recommended. Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of Disney resort guests and there’s nothing specific attracting people today. Tomorrow will be more popular with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. As always, you’ll have the most success arriving prior to Park opening and using an efficient touring plan that probably starts at Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest.

Epcot is the most recommended Park as we come off a more popular day yesterday with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom will be attracting most of the resort crowd, which opens up Epcot for an excellent day. Still, with exactly two rides most people are interested in, you’ll want to arrive no later than 8:15am with plans to head to Soarin’ or Test Track immediately after Park open. With two days to tour, you can easily compartmentalize the Park by touring one side each day. With one day, try to tour Future World through 11am, then head up to World Showcase to tour with light crowds until around 5pm. Then return to Future World to finish what you want to do there, keeping in mind that Living with the Land, Circle of Life, Pixar Shorts, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and both Innoventions buildings usually close at 7pm. Visit those attractions through 7pm and then move on to the likes of Mission: SPACE, The Seas with Nemo, Turtle Talk, and Character Spot. Either head back to World Showcase for dinner and IllumiNations or continue touring Future World with dinner at Sunshine Seasons. Waits at Soarin’ or Test Track will be nearly nonexistent if you get in line around 8:55pm or you can still finish the night out with IllumiNations.

Hollywood Studios will be busy due to the evening Extra Magic Hours that are popular with Disney resort guests and the likelihood that the close will be extended and a second Fantasmic will be added, which will attract off-site guess as well. The morning will be an okay time to tour, but crowds will increase around 10am as more and more Disney resort guests arrive. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. There are only a few attractions open and the waits for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours will likely be just as long as they were during the day, at least until 10pm when people begin to give up and exit. In addition, 9,000+ people will exit Fantasmic at 9pm, right as evening Extra Magic Hours gets underway. The Fantasmic Theater is located right on Sunset Boulevard, across from the entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. While not everyone seeing Fantasmic will be a Disney resort guest, many of them will be, and a ton will be headed to Tower of Tower and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster because they truly believe it’s the best time to get in line. Unfortunately, they’ll find themselves lined up with a few thousand of their new best friends. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, your best bet is always to save these headlining attractions for the very end of the night and visit Toy Story Mania last. While you could theoretically have success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for the headliners, the same will be true other days this week and you won’t have to deal with the significantly heavier afternoon and evening crowds. Yesterday or tomorrow would be significantly better.

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended, particularly if you are a resort guest and can arrive no later than 7:30am to take advantage of it. Most Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions will operate during the Extra Magic Hour and it’s a good opportunity to visit popular attractions with short durations like Peter Pan’s Flight and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Those ineligible for the Extra Magic Hour or arriving closer to 9am may want to begin in Frontierland or Adventureland since those attractions aren’t open during the Extra Magic Hour and resort guests already in the Park won’t be able to beat you in line. By 9am, rides like Peter Pan’s Flight will already have 45+ minute waits. Consider staying right through close and end the day by getting in line for something like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train right around 6:55pm. Everyone in line will get to ride and you won’ be wasting precious touring time in a 60+ minute line like you would be riding Mine Train in the heart of the afternoon. Otherwise, consider using FP+ as early as 10am at a high priority attraction and plan to use additional selections in the afternoon while mixing in some of the low priority/high capacity attractions like Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, and the like.

Saturday September 3

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 10pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Yesterday and tomorrow are significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.

Epcot is recommended with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom proving more popular. Arrive by 8:20am and you should have no trouble hitting Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ first thing in the morning or whatever else you plan to do. Try to move up to World Showcase as close to 11am as possible to beat the crowds and return to Future World after 5pm after most casual vacationers have moved up for dinner and IllumiNations.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park as we come off a busier day with evening Extra Magic Hours attached. Tomorrow will also be busier with morning Extra Magic Hour. Today, Magic Kingdom will be attractive with the long hours of operation and both nighttime spectaculars and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 10am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Saturdays are naturally the busiest day of the week at the Magic Kingdom. We have longer hours of operation, visiting locals, and a lot of vacationers who will be visiting the Magic Kingdom for a second time before returning home tomorrow. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney’s least popular theme park will pull a few thousand people away, but not enough to make up for everything else bringing people in. With that said, you can have a moderate amount of success today if you arrive prior to 9am and head straight for the headlining or Fantasyland attractions. The afternoon will be busier than any other day this week and you’ll either want to take a break and return for the Electrical Parade and Wishes or visit the less popular attractions from 2pm – 6pm. It’s easiest to see Main Street Electrical Parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square because the majority of people flock to Main Street.

Sunday September 4

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Most Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 10pm

Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. We’re coming off a popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday and have another tomorrow, both of which will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s also unlikely anyone arriving over the weekend will begin their vacation with Disney’s least popular theme park. You should be able to do just about everything the Park has to offer if you arrive prior to Park opening. Focus on riding Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest as early as possible or use FastPass+. After getting those out of the way, move on to DinoLand USA or one of the more popular shows – either Finding Nemo the Musical or Festival of the Lion King and you’ll be set for the rest of the day.

Epcot is recommended, though it isn’t necessarily the best day of the week there. A Wednesday or Friday would be better with more attracting casual visitors to other Parks. Still, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of off-site and on-site visitors with long hours and plentiful evening entertainment. Take full advantage by arriving prior to Park opening and head straight to Test Track, followed by Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or on the other side of the Park with Soarin’. If Character Spot is a priority, visit after 7pm when waits will be shorter than the afternoon and you won’t have to waste precious morning time. It’s also an excellent day to stay for IllumiNations and enjoy the World Showcase in the afternoon because a lot of people will have their eyes on the Electrical Parade and Fantasmic.

Hollywood Studios is not recommended. The sizable Disney resort contingent numbers 75,000+ people. Because Disney sells the Extra Magic Hour program so well in its marketing materials, many of these Disney resort guests follow the Extra Magic Hours schedule because they think it’s Disney telling them where they belong each day. While you can have success if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and arrive by 7:15am, most people will want to visit another day. Avoid it unless you can’t visit any other day or are certain you’ll arrive by 7:15am and plan to hit Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours first thing in the morning. Yesterday was a better day to visit with fewer complications touring in the morning.

Magic Kingdom is not recommended with the extended hours and both nighttime spectaculars. With more and more people arriving on Saturday instead of Sunday, today will be popular with those that have arrived for a traditional weeklong vacation and want to visit the world’s most popular theme park first thing. You can still make today work by arriving no later than 8:20an and touring efficiently in the morning. Take advantage of FastPass+ in the late morning and early afternoon and you’re in great shape. Take a break from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner, some late night attractions, the Electrical Parade and Wishes. This coming Tuesday would be much less crowded overall.

Monday September 5

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Tomorrow is significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.

Epcot is highly recommended with Magic Kingdom proving more popular with those that arrived over the weekend and Animal Kingdom attracting resort guests. Tomorrow will be more popular with resort guests for evening Extra Magic Hours. To have the most success, arrive prior to opening and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or follow one of the touring plans. Single Rider at Test Track is also a good option and will often result in a shorter wait than the standby or FastPass+ lines. It’s more important to arrive early and take care of the headliners first thing than it is to pick the “right” day. You’ll run into lines at the headliners in Future World if you don’t arrive until 10:30am with everyone else. To stay ahead of the crowds for the longest amount of time, move up through the World Showcase beginning at 11am. Return to Future World after 5pm to see anything you missed, but make sure you check your Times Guide because some attractions close at 7pm, including Pixar Shorts, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Circle of Life, both Innoventions buildings, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. If you’re interested in re-riding Soarin’ or Test Track, plan to use FastPass+, single rider at Test Track, or get in line around 8:55pm.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Magic Kingdom will be popular with those that arrived over the weekend and want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. We’re also coming off a morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday that will prove more popular with resort guests. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is not recommended due to the number of people that will arrive over the weekend and naturally want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney World’s least popular theme park will help pull away a few thousand people, but won’t do much to ease Magic Kingdom crowds. Tomorrow will be significantly less busy. You can still make today work by arriving no later than 8:20am and touring efficiently in the morning. Take advantage of FastPass+ in the late morning and early afternoon and you’re in great shape. Take a break from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner and some late night attractions.

Tuesday September 6

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We don’t have special events, Extra Magic Hours, or anything specific drawing people toward it. Yesterday’s morning Extra Magic Hour will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s early enough in the week that many people on weeklong vacations will be saving Animal Kingdom for later in the week. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. You’ll have no trouble riding both with very low waits before 10am. Once you get through these two attractions, you have little to worry about other than trying to get to the scheduled shows. Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King do get busy during the afternoon shows, so try to see the first or last show of the day. You’ll also want to get to DinoLand USA before 10:30am to ride Primeval Whirl and DINOSAUR because those two attractions are popular. Still, they aren’t necessarily your top morning priorities. You should have no trouble experiencing most everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in one day, provided you arrive early in the morning, tour efficiently, use FastPass+ intelligently, and keep an eye on the time in order to see the scheduled stage shows.

Epcot is not recommended. Disney is extremely good at selling the Extra Magic Hours program in its marketing materials. Even people that have no idea what “Soaring” is and think they’ll be riding the monorail from Animal Kingdom to Epcot know about Extra Magic Hours. Even when overall crowds are low, Disney still enjoys 85% occupancy over 25,000 rooms resort-wide. And guess where a lot of those 75,000+ people are going to be headed? The increased crowds lead to longer lines, heavier congestion in common areas, and an overall less pleasant touring experience. With that said, you can still do well from 9am-11am. Most Disney resort guests will sleep in and arrive around 10:30am in anticipation of staying through IllumiNations. The morning will be a decent time to tour, but you’ll probably want to Park Hop elsewhere after lunch or you’ll be stuck in significantly larger-than-usual crowds. You might also consider an afternoon break from 2pm-6pm when crowds will be at their largest. You could then return in the early evening for dinner and Extra Magic Hours. Alternatively, you could also Park Hop over in the evening for Extra Magic Hours, provided you’re aware of how busy it will be. With Extra Magic Hours only being two hours now, wait times at Soarin’ and Test Track won’t ease much until after 10:15pm. However, other attractions will see nominal waits and it’s a great time to take in Epcot’s natural ambiance and hit a few of the less popular/high capacity attractions. Skip Illuminations if you’ll be here on another night because it will be more crowded than usual. Overall, there’s no reason to visit Epcot today because crowds will be higher than just about any other day during the week and waits at Soarin’ and Test Track will be just as long as they were during the day until at least 10pm.

Hollywood Studios is recommended. Epcot will prove popular with evening Extra Magic Hours and there’s nothing specific attracting people with Fantasmic scheduled every night along with similar operating hours. Keep in mind that what you do is far more important than which day you do it. To have the most success, arrive by 8:15am and head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania along with 30+ minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters like Woody/Buzz and Sofia the First may also be a morning priority. While it’s a recommended day, it’s still more important to arrive early and tour efficiently than it is to pick the “right” day, even when overall crowds are low.

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park. We have an earlier close and no Electrical Parade, which will turn off a lot of casual visitors who prefer to visit when the Park is open later and offers both nighttime spectaculars, even if they plan to leave early. Tomorrow will also be attracting a lot of resort guests with evening Extra Magic Hours. As always, you’ll have the most success if you arrive no later than 8:20am with an efficient touring plan. Use FastPass+ in the late morning and afternoon and you’re in good shape. Consider an afternoon break from 1pm to 5pm or to rest up for the evening. This is the busiest and hottest part of the day. Visit Tomorrowland with two hours to close and Fantasyland in the final hour to find much lower waits than the morning. Even with the recommendation, wait times will be relatively long in the afternoon. Stick to the high capacity attractions and use FastPass+ as much as you can to reduce waits.

Wednesday September 7

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended, though it isn’t the best day of the week there. But with Magic Kingdom attracting so many Disney resort guests with the evening Extra Magic Hours, it still works provided you arrive prior to opening and tour efficiently in the morning, followed by intelligent FastPass+ choices in the late morning or afternoon when crowds peak. Stay through close because waits will only drop in the last hour.

Epcot is the most recommended Park. We’re in between yesterday’s evening Extra Magic Hours and tomorrow’s morning Extra Magic Hour, both of which will be more popular with resort guests. Today, Magic Kingdom will prove popular with evening Extra Magic Hours. Take full advantage by arriving by 8:15am and head straight for Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and consider using FP+ at Soarin’. Head up through World Showcase as close to 11am as possible to beat the crowds to as many Pavilions as possible. While traditional lines are not much of a concern at the attractions, lower crowds mean an easier touring experience in all other facets. Return to Future World after 5pm to find lower crowds there than the afternoon, keeping in mind that only Soarin’, Test Track, Spaceship Earth, Mission: Space, Character Spot, Turtle Talk, and The Seas usually continue operating after 7pm. Hit the other Future World attractions from 5pm – 7pm and then return to Soarin’ and Test Track after 8pm to find shorter waits, use FastPass+, or take advantage of single rider at Test Track. It’s also an excellent night to stay for IllumiNations.

Hollywood Studios is recommended, though this past Monday would have been better. Magic Kingdom will be popular with evening Extra Magic Hours, but not as popular as it would be with a later close and the Electrical Parade. As always, what you do is more important than which day you do it. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is going to busier than yesterday with the addition of evening Extra Magic Hours. A lot of Disney resort guests believe that the Extra Magic Hours schedule is Disney’s way of telling them where they belong each day and they flock to that Park even if they have no intention of taking advantage of their extra time. While the Park will be busier than yesterday or tomorrow from 11am-8pm, you can still do very well in the early morning and in the final three hours of operation. Still, most people will want to visit on a day with fewer complications. Disney may end up adding the Electrical Parade, which would increase attendance as those that want to see the Parade won’t be avoiding today specifically because the Parade isn’t offered.

Thursday September 8

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Possible Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is not explicitly recommended, though it isn’t the worst day of the week to visit. There isn’t anything specific attracting anyone, but there isn’t anything unique going on elsewhere, which means more people than usual will default to Disney’s least popular theme park. Epcot’s morning Extra Magic Hour will help pull some Disney resort guests, but morning Extra Magic Hours are much less popular than evening Extra Magic Hours and it’s late enough in the week that most people on standard weeklong vacations will be interested in visiting Disney’s less popular Parks. Most people will want to take advantage of one of the two best days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom. But you can still do very well with an arrival prior to Park opening and an efficient touring plan or a late arrival with plans to stay through close to take advantage of short waits in the evening. Average and peak waits will just be a bit longer than recommended days.

Epcot is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting a lot of Disney resort guests and in turn complicating morning touring. While most of the resort guests that do visit will arrive after their extra hour has ended, they will still fill the Park and clog up lines from 10:30am through close. You can do well if you truly arrive by 7:25am and move quickly through the open attractions, but most people will want to sleep in an extra hour and take advantage of one of the better days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom. Average and peak waits will be considerably higher than they were yesterday or tomorrow.

Hollywood Studios is recommended. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will be a bigger draw with Disney resort guests. Keep in mind that with the mostly standardized schedule every day, and Fantasmic scheduled every night, that crowds won’t be overwhelmingly lower today compared to other days this week. Because of that, your touring plan is more important than which day you decide to visit. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. Star Wars Launch Bay is a nice air-conditioned diversion in the afternoon when waits peak elsewhere. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, Fantasmic, and the fireworks show. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.

Magic Kingdom is our best choice as far as crowds are concerned. This may seem like an odd statement, considering that the operating hours are just 9am to 7pm, but that’s precisely why crowds will be so low. The great majority of Disney vacationers would prefer to visit the Parks when the hours are longer because it seems like more time in the Parks equates to higher value for your money. That seems logical considering the cost to enter the Parks is the same, regardless if Magic Kingdom is open from 8am to 1am or 9am to 7pm. However, crowds are so much lower on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party days that you’ll actually be able to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Most off-site vacationers will hold off until tomorrow for the longer hours and morning Extra Magic Hour enticing Disney resort guests. All of this leaves us with ample opportunity to get on the headlining and Fantasyland rides with minimal waits. As always, you’ll find the most success if you arrive prior to opening with an efficient touring plan in mind. Use FastPass+ in the afternoon when wait times peak and you should be able to do just about every major ride and many of the secondary attractions as well.

Friday September 9

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Most Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm-10pm

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of Disney resort guests and there’s nothing specific attracting people today. Tomorrow will be more popular with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. As always, you’ll have the most success arriving prior to Park opening and using an efficient touring plan that probably starts at Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest.

Epcot is highly recommended as we come off a more popular day yesterday with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom will be attracting most of the resort crowd, which opens up Epcot for an excellent day. Still, you’ll want to arrive no later than 8:15am with plans to head to Soarin’ or Test Track immediately after Park open. With two days to tour, you can easily compartmentalize the Park by touring one side each day. With one day, try to tour Future World through 11am, then head up to World Showcase to tour with light crowds until around 5pm. Then return to Future World to finish what you want to do there, keeping in mind that Living with the Land, Circle of Life, Pixar Shorts, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and both Innoventions buildings usually close at 7pm. Visit those attractions through 7pm and then move on to the likes of Mission: SPACE, The Seas with Nemo, Turtle Talk, and Character Spot. Either head back to World Showcase for dinner and IllumiNations or continue touring Future World with dinner at Sunshine Seasons. Waits at Soarin’ or Test Track will be nearly nonexistent if you get in line around 8:55pm or you can still finish the night out with IllumiNations.

Hollywood Studios will be busy due to the evening Extra Magic Hours that are popular with Disney resort guests and the likelihood that the close will be extended and a second Fantasmic will be added, which will attract off-site guess as well. The morning will be an okay time to tour, but crowds will increase around 10am as more and more Disney resort guests arrive. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. There are only a few attractions open and the waits for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours will likely be just as long as they were during the day, at least until 10pm when people begin to give up and exit. In addition, 9,000+ people will exit Fantasmic at 9pm, right as evening Extra Magic Hours gets underway. The Fantasmic Theater is located right on Sunset Boulevard, across from the entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. While not everyone seeing Fantasmic will be a Disney resort guest, many of them will be, and a ton will be headed to Tower of Tower and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster because they truly believe it’s the best time to get in line. Unfortunately, they’ll find themselves lined up with a few thousand of their new best friends. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, your best bet is always to save these headlining attractions for the very end of the night and visit Toy Story Mania last. While you could theoretically have success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for the headliners, the same will be true other days this week and you won’t have to deal with the significantly heavier afternoon and evening crowds. Yesterday or tomorrow would be significantly better.

Magic Kingdom is not explicitly recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and the likelihood that the Park will see increased attendance from those visiting the Wide World of Sports for Night of Joy in the evening. Those that are eligible for the morning Extra Magic Hour and able to arrive no later than 7:30am can do well in the morning, but the Park will be significantly busier in the afternoon than it was yesterday. Tomorrow will be even busier.

Saturday September 10

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Yesterday and tomorrow are significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.

Epcot is recommended with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom proving more popular. Arrive by 8:20am and you should have no trouble hitting Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ first thing in the morning or whatever else you plan to do. Try to move up to World Showcase as close to 11am as possible to beat the crowds and return to Future World after 5pm after most casual vacationers have moved up for dinner and IllumiNations.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park as we come off a busier day with evening Extra Magic Hours attached. Tomorrow will also be busier with morning Extra Magic Hour. Today, Magic Kingdom will be attractive with the longer hours of operation and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 10am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Saturdays are naturally the busiest day of the week at the Magic Kingdom. We have longer hours of operation, visiting locals, and a lot of vacationers who will be visiting the Magic Kingdom for a second time before returning home tomorrow. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney’s least popular theme park will pull a few thousand people away, but not enough to make up for everything else bringing people in. With that said, you can have a moderate amount of success today if you arrive prior to 9am and head straight for the headlining or Fantasyland attractions. The afternoon will be busier than any other day this week and you’ll either want to take a break and return in the evening or visit the less popular attractions from 2pm – 6pm. We’ll also see increased attendance from Night of Joy attendees that spend their afternoon at the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Sunday September 11

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Possible Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We’re coming off a popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday and have another tomorrow, both of which will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s also unlikely anyone arriving over the weekend will begin their vacation with Disney’s least popular theme park. You should be able to do just about everything the Park has to offer if you arrive prior to Park opening. Focus on riding Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest as early as possible or use FastPass+. After getting those out of the way, move on to DinoLand USA or one of the more popular shows – either Finding Nemo the Musical or Festival of the Lion King and you’ll be set for the rest of the day.

Epcot is recommended and those that want to avoid the Food and Wine Festival should visit today or tomorrow while those looking to visit with the Food and Wine Festival should look at a Wednesday or Thursday visit. Today, Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of off-site and on-site visitors with long hours and plentiful evening entertainment. Take full advantage by arriving prior to Park opening and head straight to Test Track, followed by Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or on the other side of the Park with Soarin’. If Character Spot is a priority, visit after 7pm when waits will be shorter than the afternoon and you won’t have to waste precious morning time. It’s also an excellent day to stay for IllumiNations and enjoy the World Showcase in the afternoon.

Hollywood Studios is not recommended. The sizable Disney resort contingent numbers 75,000+ people. Because Disney sells the Extra Magic Hour program so well in its marketing materials, many of these Disney resort guests follow the Extra Magic Hours schedule because they think it’s Disney telling them where they belong each day. While you can have success if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and arrive by 7:15am, most people will want to visit another day. Avoid it unless you can’t visit any other day or are certain you’ll arrive by 7:15am and plan to hit Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours first thing in the morning. Yesterday was a better day to visit with fewer complications touring in the morning.

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park. The short hours and lack of evening entertainment will cause a lot of casual vacationers to head elsewhere. We’re in between yesterday’s very popular longer hours of operation and have a similar schedule tomorrow. On top of that, Sunday is a major travel day for those on a standard weeklong Disney vacation. With the early close, virtually none of them will start out with an abbreviated day at Magic Kingdom. Few people that arrived on Saturday will also visit a theme park with a seemingly short day and no nighttime spectaculars. Tomorrow will be significantly more crowded. If you’re looking to visit Magic Kingdom over two days, then you may want to visit on a Mickey’s Party date and another day where you can potentially enjoy the nighttime spectaculars, assuming Disney adds them. If you’re planning just one day at Magic Kingdom, then you’ll need to weigh whether you’re willing to put up with heavier crowds in order to enjoy both nighttime spectaculars. While the 7pm close may seem like a truncated day, I can assure you that ten hours is a long time to spend in a theme park. If you arrive by 8:25am, you’ll be able to accomplish an amazing number of attractions in a short period of time if you head straight for Fantasyland or other important attractions, use FastPass+ in the afternoon when crowds peak, and visit the less popular attractions in the afternoon. Crowds will only diminish from 4pm to 6pm as people leave for dining reservations and other activities. Around 6pm you will begin to see an influx of people arriving for the Halloween Party, but they tend to congregate on Main Street waiting for their Party to begin, rather than heading for the attractions. Stay through 7pm because wait times will only decrease from their afternoon highs as it gets closer to 7pm. One thing about staying through 7pm is that at exactly 7pm (and possibly a couple of minutes before), the special characters will begin appearing for the Party. If you’re not planning to do the Party and have kids, you may want to leave around 6:30pm. Otherwise, your children may encounter a bunch of characters that they won’t be allowed to visit because you must have a Party ticket to get in line. There are no exceptions. Other than those minor inconveniences, this is going to be one of the three least crowded days of the week at Magic Kingdom.

Monday September 12

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Tomorrow is significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.

Epcot is highly recommended with Magic Kingdom proving more popular with those that arrived over the weekend and Animal Kingdom attracting resort guests. Tomorrow will be more popular with resort guests for evening Extra Magic Hours. To have the most success, arrive prior to opening and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or follow one of the touring plans. Single Rider at Test Track is also a good option and will often result in a shorter wait than the standby or FastPass+ lines. It’s more important to arrive early and take care of the headliners first thing than it is to pick the “right” day. You’ll run into lines at the headliners in Future World if you don’t arrive until 10:30am with everyone else. To stay ahead of the crowds for the longest amount of time, move up through the World Showcase beginning at 11am. Return to Future World after 5pm to see anything you missed, but make sure you check your Times Guide because some attractions close at 7pm, including Pixar Shorts, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Circle of Life, both Innoventions buildings, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. If you’re interested in re-riding Soarin’ or Test Track, plan to use FastPass+, single rider at Test Track, or get in line around 8:55pm.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Magic Kingdom will be popular with those that arrived over the weekend and want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. We’re also coming off a morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday that will prove more popular with resort guests. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is not recommended due to the number of people that will arrive over the weekend and naturally want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney World’s least popular theme park will help pull away a few thousand people, but won’t do much to ease Magic Kingdom crowds. Tomorrow will be significantly less busy. You can still make today work by arriving no later than 8:20am and touring efficiently in the morning. Take advantage of FastPass+ in the late morning and early afternoon and you’re in great shape. Take a break from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner and some late night attractions.

Tuesday September 13

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Possible Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We don’t have special events, Extra Magic Hours, or anything specific drawing people toward it. Yesterday’s morning Extra Magic Hour will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s early enough in the week that many people on weeklong vacations will be saving Animal Kingdom for later in the week. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. You’ll have no trouble riding both with very low waits before 10am. Once you get through these two attractions, you have little to worry about other than trying to get to the scheduled shows. Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King do get busy during the afternoon shows, so try to see the first or last show of the day. You’ll also want to get to DinoLand USA before 10:30am to ride Primeval Whirl and DINOSAUR because those two attractions are popular. Still, they aren’t necessarily your top morning priorities. You should have no trouble experiencing most everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in one day, provided you arrive early in the morning, tour efficiently, use FastPass+ intelligently, and keep an eye on the time in order to see the scheduled stage shows.

Epcot is not recommended. In past years, Disney has offered a preview of the Food and Wine Festival by opening the various booths in the afternoon and allowing cast members to bring in additional guests as part of an official “cast member preview.” In past years, this has occurred on a Thursday and it’s currently unclear whether we’ll see that again this year, but it seems likely. In addition, Disney is extremely good at selling the Extra Magic Hours program in its marketing materials. Even people that have no idea what “Soaring” is and think they’ll be riding the monorail from Animal Kingdom to Epcot know about Extra Magic Hours. Even when overall crowds are low, Disney still enjoys 85% occupancy over 25,000 rooms resort-wide. And guess where a lot of those 75,000+ people are going to be headed? The increased crowds lead to longer lines, heavier congestion in common areas, and an overall less pleasant touring experience. With that said, you can still do well from 9am-11am. Most Disney resort guests will sleep in and arrive around 10:30am in anticipation of staying through IllumiNations. The morning will be a decent time to tour, but you’ll probably want to Park Hop elsewhere after lunch or you’ll be stuck in significantly larger-than-usual crowds. You might also consider an afternoon break from 2pm-6pm when crowds will be at their largest. You could then return in the early evening for dinner and Extra Magic Hours. Alternatively, you could also Park Hop over in the evening for Extra Magic Hours, provided you’re aware of how busy it will be. With Extra Magic Hours only being two hours now, wait times at Soarin’ and Test Track won’t ease much until after 10:15pm. However, other attractions will see nominal waits and it’s a great time to take in Epcot’s natural ambiance and hit a few of the less popular/high capacity attractions. Skip Illuminations if you’ll be here on another night because it will be more crowded than usual. Overall, there’s no reason to visit Epcot today because crowds will be higher than just about any other day during the week and waits at Soarin’ and Test Track will be just as long as they were during the day until at least 10pm.

Hollywood Studios is recommended. Epcot will prove popular with evening Extra Magic Hours and there’s nothing specific attracting people with Fantasmic scheduled every night along with similar operating hours. Keep in mind that what you do is far more important than which day you do it. To have the most success, arrive by 8:15am and head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania along with 30+ minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters like Woody/Buzz and Sofia the First may also be a morning priority. While it’s a recommended day, it’s still more important to arrive early and tour efficiently than it is to pick the “right” day, even when overall crowds are low.

Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm and doesn’t offer either nighttime spectacular during regular Park hours because it’s hosting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This will deter the majority of casual vacationers who prefer to visit when the Park is open later and the fireworks are scheduled during regular hours, even if they don’t plan to take advantage of either. Many guests equate longer hours to a better value for their money. Unfortunately, the heavier crowds that show up on those days lead to longer lines at rides, stores, and quick services, in addition to increased congestion in walkways and fuller shows. I can assure you that a 9am – 7pm day at Magic Kingdom is plenty long and you’ll be able to get more done in those 10 hours than you possibly could hope to on a non-recommended day with 9am – 10pm hours because wait times are so much shorter park-wide. If you’re looking to extend your day, consider taking the monorail or boat to one of the Deluxe resorts. The Wave, Kona Café, ‘Ohana, and Whispering Canyon are all fun casual table service restaurants. For a nicer (and more expensive) meal, consider California Grill, Citricos, or Artist Point. Otherwise, stay through 7pm because crowds will only dissipate with few people Park Hopping over in the afternoon. Just about everyone arriving for the Halloween Party will congregate on Main Street waiting for the Party or head to a character to get in line. Save Fantasyland for after 6pm to find lower waits than any part of the day other than the first hour. With only one day at the Park, you’ll need to decide whether putting up with heavier crowds and longer lines is worth seeing the nighttime entertainment.

Wednesday September 14

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Most Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Tentatively Recommended)

First Day Food and Wine Festival

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 8pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 10pm – 12am

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 10pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park with Magic Kingdom attracting so many Disney resort guests with the evening Extra Magic Hours and Epcot attracting those that want to partake in the first day of Epcot’s most popular annual event. You’ll be in the best shape provided you arrive prior to opening and tour efficiently in the morning, followed by intelligent FastPass+ choices in the late morning or afternoon when crowds peak.

Epcot is tentatively recommended as it will be less crowded than this coming Friday/Saturday(in particular) and Sunday and doesn’t share the touring complication with tomorrow. Being a Wednesday, Future World shouldn’t prove too busy though the Park will see increased attendance in World Showcase beginning at 5pm and continuing through IllumiNations. Those wishing to stay away from the incoming crowds should tour World Showcase through 10:45am and then head up to World Showcase. Return to Future World by 5pm when crowds will begin to dissipate there and you won’t have to deal with those moving on to their tenth drink of the day. If you’d prefer to miss the Festival in its entirety, this past Monday was best. But today is the best day until next Monday.

Hollywood Studios is recommended, though this past Monday would have been better. Magic Kingdom will be popular with evening Extra Magic Hours, but not as popular as it would be with a later close and the Electrical Parade. As always, what you do is more important than which day you do it. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is going to busier than yesterday with the addition of evening Extra Magic Hours. A lot of Disney resort guests believe that the Extra Magic Hours schedule is Disney’s way of telling them where they belong each day and they flock to that Park even if they have no intention of taking advantage of their extra time. While the Park will be busier than yesterday or tomorrow from 11am-8pm, you can still do very well in the early morning and in the final three hours of operation. Still, most people will want to visit on a day with fewer complications. Disney may end up adding the Electrical Parade, which would increase attendance as those that want to see the Parade won’t be avoiding today specifically because the Parade isn’t offered.

Thursday September 15

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

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

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended, though it isn’t the best day of the week to visit. There isn’t anything specific attracting anyone, but there isn’t anything unique going on elsewhere, which means a few more people than usual will default to Disney’s least popular theme park. Epcot’s morning Extra Magic Hour will help pull some Disney resort guests, but morning Extra Magic Hours are much less popular than evening Extra Magic Hours and it’s late enough in the week that most people on standard weeklong vacations will be interested in visiting Disney’s less popular Parks. But you can still do very well with an arrival prior to Park opening and an efficient touring plan or a late arrival with plans to stay through close to take advantage of short waits in the evening. Average and peak waits will just be a bit longer than recommended days.

Epcot is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting a lot of Disney resort guests and in turn complicating morning touring on top of a more popular day for the Food and Wine Festival. While most of the resort guests that do visit will arrive after their extra hour has ended, they will still fill the Park and clog up lines from 10:30am through close. You can do well if you truly arrive by 7:25am and move quickly through the open attractions, but most people will want to sleep in an extra hour and take advantage of one of the better days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom. Average and peak waits will be considerably higher than they were yesterday or tomorrow.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will be a bigger draw with Disney resort guests. Keep in mind that with the mostly standardized schedule every day, and Fantasmic scheduled every night, that crowds won’t be overwhelmingly lower today compared to other days this week. Because of that, your touring plan is more important than which day you decide to visit. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. Star Wars Launch Bay is a nice air-conditioned diversion in the afternoon when waits peak elsewhere. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, Fantasmic, and the fireworks show. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.

Magic Kingdom is recommended with the low overall crowd level and Epcot proving more popular with Food/Wine and the Extra Magic Hour. Tomorrow will be better, particularly if Disney ends up adding at least Wishes to the schedule today. Still, you can have a fantastic day today following the usual advice.

Friday September 16

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Most Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Likely 10pm) (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm (Likely 10pm)

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm-10pm

Fantasmic: 8:30pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of Disney resort guests and there’s nothing specific attracting people today. Tomorrow will be more popular with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. As always, you’ll have the most success arriving prior to Park opening and using an efficient touring plan that probably starts at Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest.

Epcot isn’t recommended, though it will be less busy than either of the next two days. If you’re trying to decide between today, tomorrow, and Sunday, then today would be best. However Fridays, particularly in World Showcase in the evening, are crowded. Most people will want to take advantage of the lower crowds at Magic Kingdom because it’s going to be much, much, much busier there tomorrow. If you are headed to Epcot today, you’ll want to arrive before Park opening and take care of Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ first thing in the morning. Plan to move up through World Showcase right at 11am if you have business up there, whether it be the attractions and shopping or the Food and Wine Festival booths. Crowds in World Showcase are only going to get larger as it gets later in the day. Plan to return to Future World at or before 5pm to avoid the heavy congestion in World Showcase. Overall, there are going to be a lot of people in Epcot, but you can “beat” them by arriving early and touring efficiently. If possible, try to see IllumiNations on another night because crowds will be thick in World Showcase from 5pm through close.

Hollywood Studios will be busy due to the evening Extra Magic Hours that are popular with Disney resort guests and the likelihood that the close will be extended and a second Fantasmic will be added, which will attract off-site guess as well. The morning will be an okay time to tour, but crowds will increase around 10am as more and more Disney resort guests arrive. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. There are only a few attractions open and the waits for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours will likely be just as long as they were during the day, at least until 10pm when people begin to give up and exit. In addition, 9,000+ people will exit Fantasmic at 9pm, right as evening Extra Magic Hours gets underway. The Fantasmic Theater is located right on Sunset Boulevard, across from the entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. While not everyone seeing Fantasmic will be a Disney resort guest, many of them will be, and a ton will be headed to Tower of Tower and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster because they truly believe it’s the best time to get in line. Unfortunately, they’ll find themselves lined up with a few thousand of their new best friends. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, your best bet is always to save these headlining attractions for the very end of the night and visit Toy Story Mania last. While you could theoretically have success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for the headliners, the same will be true other days this week and you won’t have to deal with the significantly heavier afternoon and evening crowds. Yesterday or tomorrow would be significantly better.

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended, particularly if you are a resort guest and can arrive no later than 7:30am to take advantage of it. Most Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions will operate during the Extra Magic Hour and it’s a good opportunity to visit popular attractions with short durations like Peter Pan’s Flight and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Those ineligible for the Extra Magic Hour or arriving closer to 9am may want to begin in Frontierland or Adventureland since those attractions aren’t open during the Extra Magic Hour and resort guests already in the Park won’t be able to beat you in line. By 9am, rides like Peter Pan’s Flight will already have 45+ minute waits. Consider staying right through close and end the day by getting in line for something like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train right around 6:55pm. Everyone in line will get to ride and you won’ be wasting precious touring time in a 60+ minute line like you would be riding Mine Train in the heart of the afternoon. Otherwise, consider using FP+ as early as 10am at a high priority attraction and plan to use additional selections in the afternoon while mixing in some of the low priority/high capacity attractions like Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, and the like.

Saturday September 17

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Likely 10pm) (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm (Likely 10pm)

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Yesterday and tomorrow are significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am though a late arrival is also doable.

Epcot will be considerably busier than usual due to the incredibly popular International Food and Wine Festival. The event attracts tons of locals, especially in the afternoon and evening in the World Showcase where the majority of the Food and Wine events take place. Although the effect on Future World and the headlining attractions isn’t as great, we’re still much better off waiting until Monday to visit. Expect incredibly heavy crowds from 1pm through IllumiNations. If you can’t visit Epcot any other day, make sure you arrive prior to Park opening and visit Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission Space, and Soarin’ immediately in the morning or follow a touring plan. Use FastPass+ in the late morning and afternoon when crowds and waits peak. Move up to the World Showcase at 11am if you can’t get to the World Showcase on another day. The World Showcase will be buzzing from 1pm through close and it will be very difficult to move around with the heavier crowds, even if the attractions won’t necessarily be that much busier than usual. Try to move through World Showcase as quickly as possible and then return to Future World. If you’re trying to decide between visiting Epcot on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, I would recommend Friday and then Sunday over Saturday.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park as we come off a busier day with evening Extra Magic Hours attached. Tomorrow will also be busier with morning Extra Magic Hour. Today, Magic Kingdom will be attractive with the longer hours of operation and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour, in addition to locals headed to Epcot Food/Wine. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 10am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Saturdays are naturally the busiest day of the week at the Magic Kingdom. We have longer hours of operation, visiting locals, and a lot of vacationers who will be visiting the Magic Kingdom for a second time before returning home tomorrow. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney’s least popular theme park will pull a few thousand people away, but not enough to make up for everything else bringing people in. With that said, you can have a moderate amount of success today if you arrive prior to 9am and head straight for the headlining or Fantasyland attractions. The afternoon will be busier than any other day this week and you’ll either want to take a break and return in the evening or visit the less popular attractions from 2pm – 6pm.

Sunday September 18

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We’re coming off a popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday and have another tomorrow, both of which will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s also unlikely anyone arriving over the weekend will begin their vacation with Disney’s least popular theme park. You should be able to do just about everything the Park has to offer if you arrive prior to Park opening. Focus on riding Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest as early as possible or use FastPass+. After getting those out of the way, move on to DinoLand USA or one of the more popular shows – either Finding Nemo the Musical or Festival of the Lion King and you’ll be set for the rest of the day.

Epcot will be busy again for the International Food and Wine Festival. Many locals know how busy Saturdays are and they wait until Sunday to visit. Others will wait until Sunday to visit because they’re more interested in the special events scheduled that day. Because the Food and Wine Festival runs every day during the week, there’s really no benefit to visiting over the weekend if you have flexibility in which day you visit, unless you’re planning to attend a special event or workshop that is only offered on the weekend. For most locals, visiting on the weekend is much more convenient than trying to swing a weekday visit. You can find success if you arrive by 8:15am and head straight for Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission Space, and Soarin’, but you would be much better off waiting until tomorrow to visit when you won’t need to worry as much about Food and Wine crowds. The World Showcase will be busier than usual in the afternoon and evening.

Hollywood Studios is not recommended. The sizable Disney resort contingent numbers 75,000+ people. Because Disney sells the Extra Magic Hour program so well in its marketing materials, many of these Disney resort guests follow the Extra Magic Hours schedule because they think it’s Disney telling them where they belong each day. While you can have success if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and arrive by 7:15am, most people will want to visit another day. Avoid it unless you can’t visit any other day or are certain you’ll arrive by 7:15am and plan to hit Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours first thing in the morning. Yesterday was a better day to visit with fewer complications touring in the morning.

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park. The short hours and lack of evening entertainment will cause a lot of casual vacationers to head elsewhere. We’re in between yesterday’s very popular longer hours of operation and have a similar schedule tomorrow. On top of that, Sunday is a major travel day for those on a standard weeklong Disney vacation. With the early close, virtually none of them will start out with an abbreviated day at Magic Kingdom. Few people that arrived on Saturday will also visit a theme park with a seemingly short day and no nighttime spectaculars. Tomorrow will be significantly more crowded. If you’re looking to visit Magic Kingdom over two days, then you may want to visit on a Mickey’s Party date and another day where you can potentially enjoy the nighttime spectaculars, assuming Disney adds them. If you’re planning just one day at Magic Kingdom, then you’ll need to weigh whether you’re willing to put up with heavier crowds in order to enjoy both nighttime spectaculars. While the 7pm close may seem like a truncated day, I can assure you that ten hours is a long time to spend in a theme park. If you arrive by 8:25am, you’ll be able to accomplish an amazing number of attractions in a short period of time if you head straight for Fantasyland or other important attractions, use FastPass+ in the afternoon when crowds peak, and visit the less popular attractions in the afternoon. Crowds will only diminish from 4pm to 6pm as people leave for dining reservations and other activities. Around 6pm you will begin to see an influx of people arriving for the Halloween Party, but they tend to congregate on Main Street waiting for their Party to begin, rather than heading for the attractions. Stay through 7pm because wait times will only decrease from their afternoon highs as it gets closer to 7pm. One thing about staying through 7pm is that at exactly 7pm (and possibly a couple of minutes before), the special characters will begin appearing for the Party. If you’re not planning to do the Party and have kids, you may want to leave around 6:30pm. Otherwise, your children may encounter a bunch of characters that they won’t be allowed to visit because you must have a Party ticket to get in line. There are no exceptions. Other than those minor inconveniences, this is going to be one of the three least crowded days of the week at Magic Kingdom.

Monday September 19

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Highly Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Tomorrow is significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.

Epcot is highly recommended with Magic Kingdom proving more popular with those that arrived over the weekend and Animal Kingdom attracting resort guests. Tomorrow will be more popular with resort guests for evening Extra Magic Hours. Keep in mind that the Park is busier with the Food and Wine Festival going on and it’s more important to move up through World Showcase as close to 11am as possible. To have the most success, arrive prior to opening and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or follow one of the touring plans. Single Rider at Test Track is also a good option and will often result in a shorter wait than the standby or FastPass+ lines. It’s more important to arrive early and take care of the headliners first thing than it is to pick the “right” day. You’ll run into lines at the headliners in Future World if you don’t arrive until 10:30am with everyone else. To stay ahead of the crowds for the longest amount of time, move up through the World Showcase beginning at 11am. Return to Future World after 5pm to see anything you missed, but make sure you check your Times Guide because some attractions close at 7pm, including Pixar Shorts, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Circle of Life, both Innoventions buildings, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. If you’re interested in re-riding Soarin’ or Test Track, plan to use FastPass+, single rider at Test Track, or get in line around 8:55pm.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Magic Kingdom will be popular with those that arrived over the weekend and want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. We’re also coming off a morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday that will prove more popular with resort guests. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is not recommended due to the number of people that will arrive over the weekend and naturally want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. We’re also in between two days with 7pm closes, both of which will be less attractive to casual visitors. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney World’s least popular theme park will help pull away a few thousand people, but won’t do much to ease Magic Kingdom crowds. Tomorrow will be significantly less busy. You can still make today work by arriving no later than 8:20am and touring efficiently in the morning. Take advantage of FastPass+ in the late morning and early afternoon and you’re in great shape. Take a break from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner and some late night attractions.

Tuesday September 20

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We don’t have special events, Extra Magic Hours, or anything specific drawing people toward it. Yesterday’s morning Extra Magic Hour will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s early enough in the week that many people on weeklong vacations will be saving Animal Kingdom for later in the week. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. You’ll have no trouble riding both with very low waits before 10am. Once you get through these two attractions, you have little to worry about other than trying to get to the scheduled shows. Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King do get busy during the afternoon shows, so try to see the first or last show of the day. You’ll also want to get to DinoLand USA before 10:30am to ride Primeval Whirl and DINOSAUR because those two attractions are popular. Still, they aren’t necessarily your top morning priorities. You should have no trouble experiencing most everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in one day, provided you arrive early in the morning, tour efficiently, use FastPass+ intelligently, and keep an eye on the time in order to see the scheduled stage shows.

Epcot is not recommended. Disney is extremely good at selling the Extra Magic Hours program in its marketing materials. Even people that have no idea what “Soaring” is and think they’ll be riding the monorail from Animal Kingdom to Epcot know about Extra Magic Hours. Even when overall crowds are low, Disney still enjoys 85% occupancy over 25,000 rooms resort-wide. And guess where a lot of those 75,000+ people are going to be headed? The increased crowds lead to longer lines, heavier congestion in common areas, and an overall less pleasant touring experience. With that said, you can still do well from 9am-11am. Most Disney resort guests will sleep in and arrive around 10:30am in anticipation of staying through IllumiNations. The morning will be a decent time to tour, but you’ll probably want to Park Hop elsewhere after lunch or you’ll be stuck in significantly larger-than-usual crowds. You might also consider an afternoon break from 2pm-6pm when crowds will be at their largest. You could then return in the early evening for dinner and Extra Magic Hours. Alternatively, you could also Park Hop over in the evening for Extra Magic Hours, provided you’re aware of how busy it will be. With Extra Magic Hours only being two hours now, wait times at Soarin’ and Test Track won’t ease much until after 10:15pm. However, other attractions will see nominal waits and it’s a great time to take in Epcot’s natural ambiance and hit a few of the less popular/high capacity attractions. Skip Illuminations if you’ll be here on another night because it will be more crowded than usual. Overall, there’s no reason to visit Epcot today because crowds will be higher than just about any other day during the week and waits at Soarin’ and Test Track will be just as long as they were during the day until at least 10pm.

Hollywood Studios is recommended. Epcot will prove popular with evening Extra Magic Hours and there’s nothing specific attracting people with Fantasmic scheduled every night along with similar operating hours. Keep in mind that what you do is far more important than which day you do it. To have the most success, arrive by 8:15am and head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania along with 30+ minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters like Woody/Buzz and Sofia the First may also be a morning priority. While it’s a recommended day, it’s still more important to arrive early and tour efficiently than it is to pick the “right” day, even when overall crowds are low.

Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm and doesn’t offer either nighttime spectacular during regular Park hours because it’s hosting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This will deter the majority of casual vacationers who prefer to visit when the Park is open later and the fireworks are scheduled during regular hours, even if they don’t plan to take advantage of either. Many guests equate longer hours to a better value for their money. Unfortunately, the heavier crowds that show up on those days lead to longer lines at rides, stores, and quick services, in addition to increased congestion in walkways and fuller shows. I can assure you that a 9am – 7pm day at Magic Kingdom is plenty long and you’ll be able to get more done in those 10 hours than you possibly could hope to on a non-recommended day with 9am – 10pm hours because wait times are so much shorter park-wide. If you’re looking to extend your day, consider taking the monorail or boat to one of the Deluxe resorts. The Wave, Kona Café, ‘Ohana, and Whispering Canyon are all fun casual table service restaurants. For a nicer (and more expensive) meal, consider California Grill, Citricos, or Artist Point. Otherwise, stay through 7pm because crowds will only dissipate with few people Park Hopping over in the afternoon. Just about everyone arriving for the Halloween Party will congregate on Main Street waiting for the Party or head to a character to get in line. Save Fantasyland for after 6pm to find lower waits than any part of the day other than the first hour. With only one day at the Park, you’ll need to decide whether putting up with heavier crowds and longer lines is worth seeing the nighttime entertainment.

Wednesday September 21

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 8pm – 10pm

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended, though it isn’t the best day of the week there. But with Magic Kingdom attracting so many Disney resort guests with the evening Extra Magic Hours, it still works provided you arrive prior to opening and tour efficiently in the morning, followed by intelligent FastPass+ choices in the late morning or afternoon when crowds peak. Stay through close because waits will only drop in the last hour.

Epcot is the most recommended Park as it will be less crowded than this coming Friday/Saturday(in particular)/Sunday and doesn’t share the touring complication with tomorrow. Being a Wednesday, Future World shouldn’t prove too busy though the Park will see increased attendance in World Showcase because of the immense popularity of the Food and Wine Festival. Those wishing to stay ahead of the incoming crowds should tour Future World through 10:45am and then head up to World Showcase. Return to Future World by 5pm when crowds will begin to dissipate there and you won’t have to deal with those moving on to their tenth drink of the day. Today is the best day to visit until next Monday.

Hollywood Studios is recommended, though this past Monday would have been better. Magic Kingdom will be popular with evening Extra Magic Hours, but not as popular as it would be with a later close and the Electrical Parade. As always, what you do is more important than which day you do it. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is going to busier than yesterday with the addition of evening Extra Magic Hours. A lot of Disney resort guests believe that the Extra Magic Hours schedule is Disney’s way of telling them where they belong each day and they flock to that Park even if they have no intention of taking advantage of their extra time. While the Park will be busier than yesterday or tomorrow from 11am-8pm, you can still do very well in the early morning and in the final three hours of operation. Still, most people will want to visit on a day with fewer complications. Disney may end up adding the Electrical Parade, which would increase attendance as those that want to see the Parade won’t be avoiding today specifically because the Parade isn’t offered.

Thursday September 22

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 9pm (Recommended)

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 9pm, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended, though it isn’t the best day of the week to visit. There isn’t anything specific attracting anyone, but there isn’t anything unique going on elsewhere, which means a few more people than usual will default to Disney’s least popular theme park. Epcot’s morning Extra Magic Hour will help pull some Disney resort guests, but morning Extra Magic Hours are much less popular than evening Extra Magic Hours and it’s late enough in the week that most people on standard weeklong vacations will be interested in visiting Disney’s less popular Parks. But you can still do very well with an arrival prior to Park opening and an efficient touring plan or a late arrival with plans to stay through close to take advantage of short waits in the evening. Average and peak waits will just be a bit longer than recommended days.

Epcot is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting a lot of Disney resort guests and in turn complicating morning touring on top of a more popular day for the Food and Wine Festival. While most of the resort guests that do visit will arrive after their extra hour has ended, they will still fill the Park and clog up lines from 10:30am through close. You can do well if you truly arrive by 7:25am and move quickly through the open attractions, but most people will want to sleep in an extra hour and take advantage of one of the better days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom. Average and peak waits will be higher than they were yesterday or tomorrow. Keep in mind that today would be a bit better overall than tomorrow and significantly less crowded than Saturday if you need to decide between visiting on one of those three days.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will be a bigger draw with Disney resort guests. Keep in mind that with the mostly standardized schedule every day, and Fantasmic scheduled every night, that crowds won’t be overwhelmingly lower today compared to other days this week. Because of that, your touring plan is more important than which day you decide to visit. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. Star Wars Launch Bay is a nice air-conditioned diversion in the afternoon when waits peak elsewhere. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, Fantasmic, and the fireworks show. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.

Magic Kingdom is recommended with the low overall crowd level and Epcot proving more popular with Food/Wine and the Extra Magic Hour. Tomorrow will be better, particularly if Disney ends up adding at least Wishes to the schedule today. Still, you can have a fantastic day today following the usual advice.

Friday September 23

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Most Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Likely 10pm) (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm (Likely 10pm)

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Fantasmic: 8pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of Disney resort guests and there’s nothing specific attracting people today. Tomorrow will be more popular with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. As always, you’ll have the most success arriving prior to Park opening and using an efficient touring plan that probably starts at Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest.

Epcot isn’t recommended, though it will be less busy than either of the next two days. If you’re trying to decide between today, tomorrow, and Sunday, then today would be best. However Fridays, particularly in World Showcase in the evening, are crowded. Most people will want to take advantage of the lower crowds at Magic Kingdom because it’s going to be much, much, much busier there tomorrow. If you are headed to Epcot today, you’ll want to arrive before Park opening and take care of Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ first thing in the morning. Plan to move up through World Showcase right at 11am if you have business up there, whether it be the attractions and shopping or the Food and Wine Festival booths. Crowds in World Showcase are only going to get larger as it gets later in the day. Plan to return to Future World at or before 5pm to avoid the heavy congestion in World Showcase. Overall, there are going to be a lot of people in Epcot, but you can “beat” them by arriving early and touring efficiently. If possible, try to see IllumiNations on another night because crowds will be thick in World Showcase from 5pm through close.

Hollywood Studios will be busy due to the evening Extra Magic Hours that are popular with Disney resort guests and the likelihood that the close will be extended and a second Fantasmic will be added, which will attract off-site guess as well. The morning will be an okay time to tour, but crowds will increase around 10am as more and more Disney resort guests arrive. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. There are only a few attractions open and the waits for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours will likely be just as long as they were during the day, at least until 10pm when people begin to give up and exit. In addition, 9,000+ people will exit Fantasmic at 8:30pm, right as evening Extra Magic Hours gets underway. The Fantasmic Theater is located right on Sunset Boulevard, across from the entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. While not everyone seeing Fantasmic will be a Disney resort guest, many of them will be, and a ton will be headed to Tower of Tower and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster because they truly believe it’s the best time to get in line. Unfortunately, they’ll find themselves lined up with a few thousand of their new best friends. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, your best bet is always to save these headlining attractions for the very end of the night and visit Toy Story Mania last. While you could theoretically have success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for the headliners, the same will be true other days this week and you won’t have to deal with the significantly heavier afternoon and evening crowds. Yesterday or tomorrow would be significantly better.

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended, particularly if you are a resort guest and can arrive no later than 7:30am to take advantage of it. Most Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions will operate during the Extra Magic Hour and it’s a good opportunity to visit popular attractions with short durations like Peter Pan’s Flight and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Those ineligible for the Extra Magic Hour or arriving closer to 9am may want to begin in Frontierland or Adventureland since those attractions aren’t open during the Extra Magic Hour and resort guests already in the Park won’t be able to beat you in line. By 9am, rides like Peter Pan’s Flight will already have 45+ minute waits. Consider staying right through close and end the day by getting in line for something like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train right around 6:55pm. Everyone in line will get to ride and you won’ be wasting precious touring time in a 60+ minute line like you would be riding Mine Train in the heart of the afternoon. Otherwise, consider using FP+ as early as 10am at a high priority attraction and plan to use additional selections in the afternoon while mixing in some of the low priority/high capacity attractions like Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, and the like.

Saturday September 24

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Likely 10pm) (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm (Likely 10pm)

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Most Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 8pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Yesterday and tomorrow are significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am though a late arrival is also doable.

Epcot will be considerably busier than usual due to the incredibly popular International Food and Wine Festival. The event attracts tons of locals, especially in the afternoon and evening in the World Showcase where the majority of the Food and Wine events take place. Although the effect on Future World and the headlining attractions isn’t as great, we’re still much better off waiting until Monday to visit. Expect incredibly heavy crowds from 1pm through IllumiNations. If you can’t visit Epcot any other day, make sure you arrive prior to Park opening and visit Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission Space, and Soarin’ immediately in the morning or follow a touring plan. Use FastPass+ in the late morning and afternoon when crowds and waits peak. Move up to the World Showcase at 11am if you can’t get to the World Showcase on another day. The World Showcase will be buzzing from 1pm through close and it will be very difficult to move around with the heavier crowds, even if the attractions won’t necessarily be that much busier than usual. Try to move through World Showcase as quickly as possible and then return to Future World. If you’re trying to decide between visiting Epcot on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, I would recommend Friday and then Sunday over Saturday.

Hollywood Studios is the most recommended Park as we come off a busier day with evening Extra Magic Hours attached. Tomorrow will also be busier with morning Extra Magic Hour. Today, Magic Kingdom will be attractive with the longer hours of operation and both nighttime spectaculars and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour, in addition to locals headed to Epcot Food/Wine. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 10am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Saturdays are naturally the busiest day of the week at the Magic Kingdom. We have longer hours of operation, both nighttime spectaculars, visiting locals, and a lot of vacationers who will be visiting the Magic Kingdom for a second time before returning home tomorrow. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney’s least popular theme park will pull a few thousand people away, but not enough to make up for everything else bringing people in. We’re also in between two less popular days with the 7pm closes. With that said, you can have a moderate amount of success today if you arrive prior to 9am and head straight for the headlining or Fantasyland attractions. The afternoon will be busier than any other day this week and you’ll either want to take a break and return in the evening or visit the less popular attractions from 2pm – 6pm.

Sunday September 25

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We’re coming off a popular morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday and have another tomorrow, both of which will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s also unlikely anyone arriving over the weekend will begin their vacation with Disney’s least popular theme park. You should be able to do just about everything the Park has to offer if you arrive prior to Park opening. Focus on riding Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest as early as possible or use FastPass+. After getting those out of the way, move on to DinoLand USA or one of the more popular shows – either Finding Nemo the Musical or Festival of the Lion King and you’ll be set for the rest of the day.

Epcot will be busy again for the International Food and Wine Festival. Many locals know how busy Saturdays are and they wait until Sunday to visit. Others will wait until Sunday to visit because they’re more interested in the special events scheduled that day. Because the Food and Wine Festival runs every day during the week, there’s really no benefit to visiting over the weekend if you have flexibility in which day you visit, unless you’re planning to attend a special event or workshop that is only offered on the weekend. For most locals, visiting on the weekend is much more convenient than trying to swing a weekday visit. You can find success if you arrive by 8:15am and head straight for Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission Space, and Soarin’, but you would be much better off waiting until tomorrow to visit when you won’t need to worry as much about Food and Wine crowds. The World Showcase will be busier than usual in the afternoon and evening.

Hollywood Studios is not recommended. The sizable Disney resort contingent numbers 75,000+ people. Because Disney sells the Extra Magic Hour program so well in its marketing materials, many of these Disney resort guests follow the Extra Magic Hours schedule because they think it’s Disney telling them where they belong each day. While you can have success if you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and arrive by 7:15am, most people will want to visit another day. Avoid it unless you can’t visit any other day or are certain you’ll arrive by 7:15am and plan to hit Toy Story Midway Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours first thing in the morning. Yesterday was a better day to visit with fewer complications touring in the morning.

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park. The short hours and lack of evening entertainment will cause a lot of casual vacationers to head elsewhere. We’re in between yesterday’s very popular longer hours of operation with both nighttime spectaculars and have a similar schedule tomorrow. On top of that, Sunday is a major travel day for those on a standard weeklong Disney vacation. With the early close, virtually none of them will start out with an abbreviated day at Magic Kingdom. Few people that arrived on Saturday will also visit a theme park with a seemingly short day and no nighttime spectaculars. Tomorrow will be significantly more crowded. If you’re looking to visit Magic Kingdom over two days, then you may want to visit on a Mickey’s Party date and another day where you can potentially enjoy the nighttime spectaculars. If you’re planning just one day at Magic Kingdom, then you’ll need to weigh whether you’re willing to put up with heavier crowds in order to enjoy the fireworks and/or Electrical Parade. While the 7pm close may seem like a truncated day, I can assure you that ten hours is a long time to spend in a theme park. If you arrive by 8:25am, you’ll be able to accomplish an amazing number of attractions in a short period of time if you head straight for Fantasyland or other important attractions, use FastPass+ in the afternoon when crowds peak, and visit the less popular attractions in the afternoon. Crowds will only diminish from 4pm to 6pm as people leave for dining reservations and other activities. Around 6pm you will begin to see an influx of people arriving for the Halloween Party, but they tend to congregate on Main Street waiting for their Party to begin, rather than heading for the attractions. Stay through 7pm because wait times will only decrease from their afternoon highs as it gets closer to 7pm. One thing about staying through 7pm is that at exactly 7pm (and possibly a couple of minutes before), the special characters will begin appearing for the Party. If you’re not planning to do the Party and have kids, you may want to leave around 6:30pm. Otherwise, your children may encounter a bunch of characters that they won’t be allowed to visit because you must have a Party ticket to get in line. There are no exceptions. Other than those minor inconveniences, this is going to be one of the three least crowded days of the week at Magic Kingdom.

Monday September 26

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am-9am

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Highly Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 8pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests and complicating morning touring. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and certain that you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of it, then you can have a tremendous amount of success touring before 10am, but the afternoon is going to be busier than recommended days. Tomorrow is significantly better for those planning to arrive after 8am.

Epcot is the most recommended Park with Magic Kingdom proving more popular with those that arrived over the weekend and Animal Kingdom attracting resort guests. Tomorrow will be more popular with resort guests for evening Extra Magic Hours. Keep in mind that the Park is busier with the Food and Wine Festival going on and it’s more important to move up through World Showcase as close to 11am as possible. To have the most success, arrive prior to opening and head straight to Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ with FastPass+ or follow one of the touring plans. Single Rider at Test Track is also a good option and will often result in a shorter wait than the standby or FastPass+ lines. It’s more important to arrive early and take care of the headliners first thing than it is to pick the “right” day. You’ll run into lines at the headliners in Future World if you don’t arrive until 10:30am with everyone else. To stay ahead of the crowds for the longest amount of time, move up through the World Showcase beginning at 11am. Return to Future World after 5pm to see anything you missed, but make sure you check your Times Guide because some attractions close at 7pm, including Pixar Shorts, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Circle of Life, both Innoventions buildings, and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. If you’re interested in re-riding Soarin’ or Test Track, plan to use FastPass+, single rider at Test Track, or get in line around 8:55pm.

Hollywood Studios is highly recommended. Magic Kingdom will be popular with those that arrived over the weekend and want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day and Animal Kingdom will be attracting a sizable number of resort guests with the morning Extra Magic Hour. We’re also coming off a morning Extra Magic Hour yesterday that will prove more popular with resort guests. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful at both attractions and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is not recommended due to the number of people that will arrive over the weekend and naturally want to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth on their first full day. We’re also coming off a 7pm close yesterday that will be unpopular with casual vacationers and have the first Main Street Electrical Parade scheduled until Wednesday. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney World’s least popular theme park will help pull away a few thousand people, but won’t do much to ease Magic Kingdom crowds. Tomorrow will be significantly less busy and Thursday and Friday are the best days of the week to visit overall. You can still make today work by arriving no later than 8:20am and touring efficiently in the morning. Take advantage of FastPass+ in the late morning and early afternoon and you’re in great shape. Take a break from 1pm to 6pm or so and return in the evening for dinner, some late night attractions, and the nighttime spectaculars.

Tuesday September 27

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm-11pm

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: 8pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended. We don’t have special events, Extra Magic Hours, or anything specific drawing people toward it. Yesterday’s morning Extra Magic Hour will be more popular with Disney resort guests. It’s early enough in the week that many people on weeklong vacations will be saving Animal Kingdom for later in the week. To have the most success, arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. You’ll have no trouble riding both with very low waits before 10am. Once you get through these two attractions, you have little to worry about other than trying to get to the scheduled shows. Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King do get busy during the afternoon shows, so try to see the first or last show of the day. You’ll also want to get to DinoLand USA before 10:30am to ride Primeval Whirl and DINOSAUR because those two attractions are popular. Still, they aren’t necessarily your top morning priorities. You should have no trouble experiencing most everything Animal Kingdom has to offer in one day, provided you arrive early in the morning, tour efficiently, use FastPass+ intelligently, and keep an eye on the time in order to see the scheduled stage shows.

Epcot is not recommended. Disney is extremely good at selling the Extra Magic Hours program in its marketing materials. Even people that have no idea what “Soaring” is and think they’ll be riding the monorail from Animal Kingdom to Epcot know about Extra Magic Hours. Even when overall crowds are low, Disney still enjoys 85% occupancy over 25,000 rooms resort-wide. And guess where a lot of those 75,000+ people are going to be headed? The increased crowds lead to longer lines, heavier congestion in common areas, and an overall less pleasant touring experience. With that said, you can still do well from 9am-11am. Most Disney resort guests will sleep in and arrive around 10:30am in anticipation of staying through IllumiNations. The morning will be a decent time to tour, but you’ll probably want to Park Hop elsewhere after lunch or you’ll be stuck in significantly larger-than-usual crowds. You might also consider an afternoon break from 2pm-6pm when crowds will be at their largest. You could then return in the early evening for dinner and Extra Magic Hours. Alternatively, you could also Park Hop over in the evening for Extra Magic Hours, provided you’re aware of how busy it will be. With Extra Magic Hours only being two hours now, wait times at Soarin’ and Test Track won’t ease much until after 10:15pm. However, other attractions will see nominal waits and it’s a great time to take in Epcot’s natural ambiance and hit a few of the less popular/high capacity attractions. Skip Illuminations if you’ll be here on another night because it will be more crowded than usual. Overall, there’s no reason to visit Epcot today because crowds will be higher than just about any other day during the week and waits at Soarin’ and Test Track will be just as long as they were during the day until at least 10pm.

Hollywood Studios is recommended. Epcot will prove popular with evening Extra Magic Hours and there’s nothing specific attracting people with Fantasmic scheduled every night along with similar operating hours. Keep in mind that what you do is far more important than which day you do it. To have the most success, arrive by 8:15am and head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania along with 30+ minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters like Woody/Buzz and Sofia the First may also be a morning priority. While it’s a recommended day, it’s still more important to arrive early and tour efficiently than it is to pick the “right” day, even when overall crowds are low.

Magic Kingdom is the most recommended Park for those that want to see Wishes. We’re in between yesterday with the extended close and the Electrical Parade and tomorrow with the Electrical Parade and evening Extra Magic Hours, both of which will be more popular. For those willing to skip the fireworks in order to enjoy the lowest crowds possible, this coming Thursday would be best.

Wednesday September 28

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Most Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 9pm – 11pm

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: 8pm, Wishes Fireworks: 9pm

Animal Kingdom is recommended, though it isn’t the best day of the week there. But with Magic Kingdom attracting so many Disney resort guests with the evening Extra Magic Hours and both nighttime spectaculars, it still works provided you arrive prior to opening and tour efficiently in the morning, followed by intelligent FastPass+ choices in the late morning or afternoon when crowds peak.

Epcot is the most recommended Park as it will be less crowded than this coming Friday/Saturday(in particular)/Sunday and doesn’t share the touring complication with tomorrow. Being a Wednesday, Future World shouldn’t prove too busy though the Park will see increased attendance in World Showcase because of the immense popularity of the Food and Wine Festival. Those wishing to stay ahead of the incoming crowds should tour Future World through 10:45am and then head up to World Showcase. Return to Future World by 5pm when crowds will begin to dissipate there and you won’t have to deal with those moving on to their tenth drink of the day. Today is the best day to visit until next Monday.

Hollywood Studios is recommended, though this past Monday would have been better. Magic Kingdom will be incredibly popular with evening Extra Magic Hours and both nighttime spectaculars, neither of which is offered either of the next two days. As always, what you do is more important than which day you do it. In order to find the shortest waits, you’ll need to arrive by 8:15am and head straight to Toy Story Mania. Because of its popularity and extremely limited capacity, Toy Story Mania almost always has afternoon waits of 60 or more minutes, even when crowds are relatively low and the Studios is recommended. There’s no way around that with its limited capacity and the even more limited number of things to do with kids. It’s always your top priority. The second attraction with the longest peak wait is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which should be ridden immediately after Toy Story Mania in the morning or with FastPass+. Other priorities are Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours, though FastPass+ are more plentiful and standby waits are usually lower. After you get through these four headliners, it’s just a matter of arriving in time to see the various stage shows that run on a set schedule and getting over to the Studios’ high capacity attractions. You may also have characters to visit before lines get longer. While it’s officially a recommended day, arriving prior to Park opening and hitting the headliners first thing is more important than which day you pick. Arrive at 11am, no matter the recommendation or the overall crowd level, and you’ll be looking at long lines at Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Magic Kingdom is going to busier than yesterday or tomorrow with the addition of evening Extra Magic Hours and the Electrical Parade. A lot of Disney resort guests believe that the Extra Magic Hours schedule is Disney’s way of telling them where they belong each day and they flock to that Park even if they have no intention of taking advantage of their extra time. With two days in a row with 7pm closes coming up, today will be even more attractive to those that want to stay out late and see both nighttime spectaculars. While the Park will be busier than yesterday or tomorrow from 11am-8pm, you can still do well in the early morning and in the final three hours of operation. Still, most people will want to visit on a day with fewer complications.

Thursday September 29

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Not Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Not Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Illuminations: 9pm

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Recommended)

Fantasmic: 8pm

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

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is not expressly recommended, though it won’t be a terrible day there. The morning Extra Magic Hour at Epcot won’t draw a ton of people and we also don’t have evening Extra Magic Hours scheduled anywhere. Tomorrow will be a little better with more going on at the other Parks followed by the morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom on Saturday proving more attractive with Disney resort guests. You can still do well by arriving prior to Park opening and taking care of the main priorities first thing in the morning, but it will be busier than the many recommended days during the week. Most people will want to take advantage of one of the least crowded days of the week at Magic Kingdom.

Epcot is not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting a lot of Disney resort guests and in turn complicating morning touring on top of a more popular day for the Food and Wine Festival. While most of the resort guests that do visit will arrive after their extra hour has ended, they will still fill the Park and clog up lines from 10:30am through close. You can do well if you truly arrive by 7:25am and move quickly through the open attractions, but most people will want to sleep in an extra hour and take advantage of one of the better days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom. Average and peak waits will be higher than they were yesterday or tomorrow. Keep in mind that today would be a bit better overall than tomorrow and significantly less crowded than Saturday if you need to decide between visiting on one of those three days.

Hollywood Studios is recommended. Tomorrow’s evening Extra Magic Hours will be a bigger draw with Disney resort guests. Keep in mind that with the mostly standardized schedule every day, and Fantasmic scheduled every night, that crowds won’t be overwhelmingly lower today compared to other days this week. Because of that, your touring plan is more important than which day you decide to visit. Arrive by 8:15am, head directly to Toy Story Mania, and then visit Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Do this, and you’ll be in great shape for the rest of the day. Don’t arrive until 10am and you’ll end up with a 60+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and potentially Tower of Terror. After getting through the headliners, focus on the Studios’ stage shows and high capacity attractions like Muppet Vision 3D. Popular characters may also be a morning priority. Star Wars Launch Bay is a nice air-conditioned diversion in the afternoon when waits peak elsewhere. You may want to take a break in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm or so when crowds get heavier. Return for dinner, some evening rides, Fantasmic, and the fireworks show. Overall, it’s a recommended day because it would be better than tomorrow, but what you do is more important than arriving on the “right” day.

Magic Kingdom is our best choice as far as crowds are concerned. This may seem like an odd statement, considering that the operating hours are just 9am to 7pm, but that’s precisely why crowds will be so low. The great majority of Disney vacationers would prefer to visit the Parks when the hours are longer because it seems like more time in the Parks equates to higher value for your money. That seems logical considering the cost to enter the Parks is the same, regardless if Magic Kingdom is open from 8am to 1am or 9am to 7pm. However, crowds are so much lower on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party days that you’ll actually be able to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Most off-site vacationers will hold off until Saturday for the longer hours, Main Street Electrical Parade, and Wishes and a lot of Disney resort guests will have visited yesterday for the evening Extra Magic Hours and the Electrical Parade. All of this leaves us with ample opportunity to get on the headlining and Fantasyland rides with minimal waits. As always, you’ll find the most success if you arrive prior to opening with an intelligent touring plan in hand. Use FastPass+ in the afternoon when wait times peak and you should be able to do just about every major ride and many of the secondary attractions as well. If you would also like to see the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes, consider spending a second day at the Magic Kingdom when those nighttime spectaculars are scheduled. With only one day to spend at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll need to decide whether seeing Wishes and the Main Street Electrical Parade are worth spending the day in heavier crowds. For those looking to see the fireworks, this past Tuesday is overwhelmingly the best day. Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday would be significantly more crowded.

Friday September 30

Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm (Most Recommended)

Epcot: 9am – 9pm (Likely 10pm) (Not Recommended)

Illuminations: 9pm (Likely 10pm)

Hollywood Studios: 9am – 7:30pm (Not Recommended)

Evening Extra Magic Hours: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Fantasmic: 8pm

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 7pm (Tentatively Recommended)

Morning Extra Magic Hour: 8am – 9am

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Festival of Fantasy Parade: 3pm, Main Street Electrical Parade: None, Wishes Fireworks: None

Animal Kingdom is the most recommended Park. Hollywood Studios will be attracting the majority of Disney resort guests and there’s nothing specific attracting people today. Tomorrow will be more popular with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests. As always, you’ll have the most success arriving prior to Park opening and using an efficient touring plan that probably starts at Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest.

Epcot isn’t recommended, though it will be less busy than either of the next two days. If you’re trying to decide between today, tomorrow, and Sunday, then today would be best. However Fridays, particularly in World Showcase in the evening, are crowded. Most people will want to take advantage of the lower crowds at Magic Kingdom because it’s going to be much, much, much busier there tomorrow or at Animal Kingdom. If you are headed to Epcot today, you’ll want to arrive before Park opening and take care of Test Track, Sum of All Thrills, Mission: Space, and Soarin’ first thing in the morning. Plan to move up through World Showcase right at 11am if you have business up there, whether it be the attractions and shopping or the Food and Wine Festival booths. Crowds in World Showcase are only going to get larger as it gets later in the day. Plan to return to Future World at or before 5pm to avoid the heavy congestion in World Showcase. Overall, there are going to be a lot of people in Epcot, but you can “beat” them by arriving early and touring efficiently. If possible, try to see IllumiNations on another night because crowds will be thick in World Showcase from 5pm through close.

Hollywood Studios will be busy due to the evening Extra Magic Hours that are popular with Disney resort guests and the likelihood that the close will be extended and a second Fantasmic will be added, which will attract off-site guess as well. The morning will be an okay time to tour, but crowds will increase around 10am as more and more Disney resort guests arrive. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. There are only a few attractions open and the waits for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours will likely be just as long as they were during the day, at least until 10pm when people begin to give up and exit. In addition, 9,000+ people will exit Fantasmic at 8:30pm, right as evening Extra Magic Hours gets underway. The Fantasmic Theater is located right on Sunset Boulevard, across from the entrances to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. While not everyone seeing Fantasmic will be a Disney resort guest, many of them will be, and a ton will be headed to Tower of Tower and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster because they truly believe it’s the best time to get in line. Unfortunately, they’ll find themselves lined up with a few thousand of their new best friends. If you’re staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, your best bet is always to save these headlining attractions for the very end of the night and visit Toy Story Mania last. While you could theoretically have success if you arrive prior to Park opening and head straight for the headliners, the same will be true other days this week and you won’t have to deal with the significantly heavier afternoon and evening crowds. Yesterday or tomorrow would be significantly better.

Magic Kingdom is tentatively recommended, particularly if you are a resort guest and can arrive no later than 7:30am to take advantage of it. Most Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions will operate during the Extra Magic Hour and it’s a good opportunity to visit popular attractions with short durations like Peter Pan’s Flight and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Those ineligible for the Extra Magic Hour or arriving closer to 9am may want to begin in Frontierland or Adventureland since those attractions aren’t open during the Extra Magic Hour and resort guests already in the Park won’t be able to beat you in line. By 9am, rides like Peter Pan’s Flight will already have 45+ minute waits. Consider staying right through close and end the day by getting in line for something like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train right around 6:55pm. Everyone in line will get to ride and you won’ be wasting precious touring time in a 60+ minute line like you would be riding Mine Train in the heart of the afternoon. Otherwise, consider using FP+ as early as 10am at a high priority attraction and plan to use additional selections in the afternoon while mixing in some of the low priority/high capacity attractions like Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, and the like.

Comments

  1. Sarah Urban says

    Is there really no Wishes for September 7-14? That is one of our favorite things to see at Disney and to not see it once during our trip would be devastating ?

  2. Jim says

    I just looked at Disney World’s website a few minutes ago (03/07/16 @1930) for our trip from September 9th to the 18th, and they have the hours up to the 13th on the park schedules. And between the 8th and the 13th there is wishes and MSEP listed for the 9th, 10th and 12th, but not the 8th (it shows MK closing @1900), 11th or 13th (again MK closing @1900). I know things can change, but I’m wondering if they are still working out all the Halloween party details since the rest of September is not listed as of this date.

  3. Jared Stone says

    Your Calendar has Wishes on September 27th and MK closing @ 8pm. The calendar on DisneyWorld.com shows no Wishes on the 27th.

  4. Tanya Hunter says

    This is such helpful information. Coming from Australia with no idea at all of any of the goings on this information is just fantastic! Thank you so much. Our first time ever at WDW is September 10-18 turns out…best time to go…YAY!

  5. Denise Minge says

    Thank you for such a fabulous, detailed calendar and your explanations. I’m now looking at changing the dates of our upcoming vacation to fit into the earlier value days in September. You might just have saved me some money! Thanks!

  6. Tammy says

    Question about the September calendar. We had to rearrange our dates in order to take advantage of free dining! But it puts us doing the Halloween party on Friday September 23rd. I am trying to decide which days to attend Epcot and which day to attend MK. I could do Epcot on Thursday the 22nd. I see that it has morning EMH. We would not be doing any of the Food and Wine and hope to be able to leave the park by the afternoon. Or we could do MK that day and do Epcot on Friday the 23rd before we go to the Halloween party that night. Which day do you suggest doing Epcot and which day would you do MK? Thanks!

  7. Wes says

    I trust your judgement…. Just one question….. Is Monday, September 5th an accurate crowd level assumption, with it being Labor Day? A 3 just seems very low for a holiday.

    • Heather says

      That Sunday before Labor Day 2015 was the busiest.
      The Sat & Mon (Labor Day) were a bit less crowded.
      All of the weekdays immediately before & after the holiday were CL 1s & 2s 😀

      Interesting, MK was open to 12am both Sat & Sun, and Sat had EMH to 2am. Wonder if WDW will extend hours at some point?

  8. Shannon says

    I noticed on a day we want to go to magic kingdom, it does not list the MSEP or wishes. Does that mean they will not take place on that night? We’re looking at going to MK on Friday, September 2nd.
    Thank you!
    Shannon

    • Heather says

      MK is closing at 7pm on Friday Sept 2nd. From 7pm to 12pm you need a hard ticket for the first night of MNSSHP (Halloween Party).
      The Hallowishes Fireworks are set to go off at 10pm.

      MSEP does not show everyday in Sept, it’s scattered dates. MSEP’s *LAST* showing in WDW is on October 9th, 2016.

  9. Erin says

    I’m sure you don’t want to go back and change all the times for AK, but according to Disney’s website, at least through the first week of September it’s showing Animal Kingdom open until 8pm, not 5.

  10. Jeanna says

    My Disney Experience app says AK will be opened until 11:00 on 9/4… Is that right? I can’t imagine being there that long, and I honestly trust your info better than their glitchy site. :-)

  11. Ryan says

    Hi Josh,

    Is a re-analysis of September possible? I know that a lot has changed since you posted this in February.

  12. Holly says

    I am also interested in knowing whether September crowd calendars should be updated. I got off the phone with a CM earlier and she said that this September and October had more reservations than she had ever seen in the 7 years she has worked for Disney. I am hoping she was mistaken!

    • pete says

      i don’t trust CM’s info but i personally noticed a lot of hotels that i usually book in sept were pretty much booked up. this is first sept my 1st and 2nd choices were not available as they usually are. i am going in late sept, early oct. other sites have upgraded sept info but don’t see any of that here.

      • Holly says

        I normally don’t trust them either, but I have noticed that the hotels are pretty full, and the fact that the summer crowds have been unexpectedly low make me think she may be right.

  13. Michaelle says

    We are getting anxious about the crowds 9/10-17. It appears that the resorts are fully booked and the crowds will be increasing off a low in August. Do you have any insight or predictions for this timeframe. We chose this week because our son has special needs,(autism) and crowds are really not a good thing.

    • Jennifer says

      Castmembers have confirmed that it is going to be packed. That is why they are extending the park hours. It is definitely going to be ugly.

  14. Jennifer says

    EVERYONE: this guy is obviously never going to update this calendar. It was made it February and there have been so many changes that have basically rendered it useless. He won’t even answer questions. For anyone who is interested in reliable, UPDATED crowd calenders from people who actually answer questions, please check out Kenny the Pirate, WDW Prep School, and Touring Plans.

    • pete says

      jennifer, I agree. I think he is more interested in other areas of disney now rather then worrying about the crowd calendars. all three you mentioned I am using now.

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