Just a quick update because I know a lot of people have been concerned that January crowds have been heavier “than usual” thus far. Crowds have been in line with easyWDW’s original predictions. We had the holiday crowds thinning out slower than several other crowd prediction websites and it looks like that is exactly what happened. Crowds remained heavy on January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, but began dissipating on January 5th as predicted. Crowds then began to build again going into Marathon Weekend, which saw crowds that were below average, but still evident.
Today was a “2” on the Crowd Calendar, which means crowds were predicted to be lower than just about any other time of year. Lines at the recommended Parks have been extremely manageable today. As of 6pm, Tower of Terror had a posted wait time of 5 minutes, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster was at 15 minutes, and Toy Story Mania was at 40 minutes. At 3pm at Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest had a wait of 15 minutes, Kilimanjaro Safaris had a wait time of 20 minutes, and Dinosaur had a wait time of 10 minutes. Also at 6pm, Magic Kingdom had wait times of 20 minutes at Space Mountain, 10 minutes at Buzz Lightyear, and 10 minutes at Winnie the Pooh. For the afternoon and early evening, that’s as short as you can expect waits to be. At Epcot (the only expressly not recommended Park on Tuesday), Soarin’ had a wait of 75 minutes at 6pm and Test Track stood tall with waits in the 50-60 minute range. That’s why it’s important to not only plan to visit during an “uncrowded” time, but also follow the recommended theme park advice. Individual theme parks can still be much busier than the “overall” crowd number would indicate.
We’ll be heading into Martin Luther King Weekend in a few days and we can expect crowds to spike again, up to “average to above average” levels and then work their way back down going into the last week of January. Overall, you don’t have a lot to worry about if your January or early February vacation is still in front of you. Arriving at the recommended Parks early is more important over Martin Luther King weekend, but crowds will remain manageable for the most part. If you have individual itinerary questions, feel free to email me at the address located in the “About Me” tab at the top of any page.