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One of the very best pieces of information I can pass on to any Disney World newbie is this: Locate a great crowd calendar and plan out your trip accordingly.
And one of the most common questions I hear back from them is, “What in the heck is a crowd calendar!”
This is a crowd calendar (image courtesy of EasyWDW:
Look confusing? It really isn’t. Let me walk you through it.
Who: Instead of telling you to locate a great crowd calendar, I’ve done that for you. Josh over at EasyWDW.com has the very best calendars I’ve seen. Yes, there is a lot of information here, but once you understand what it means, you can sort through the pieces that matter the most to you easily.
What: What is a crowd calendar? This one gives you some vital information. First, it lets you know how busy the parks are on any given day by using a 1-10 rating. See the big blue number on the third line? That’s how busy the parks are expected to be. So, on November 24, the crowds will be surging in at a 9 on the calendar, whereas on the 17th, it’s only a 3.
This calendar also gives you the average temperature and humidity, as well as special park hours and events. In my opinion, the second most useful piece of information it gives you is a park by park rating. Let’s look at November 10th. See the green MK? That means that Josh is suggesting that the crowds at Magic Kingdom will probably be less busy that those at the other three parks and is expecting Hollywood Studios to be the busiest of the four.
When: When should you start consulting the calendars? Whenever I think that a Disney trip might be possible, the calendars are the first thing I look at. The dollar signs indicate what season you are in (Value, Regular, Season, Park or Holiday) and give an idea of what you might be looking at price wise for your stay. I usually have an idea of what season or a specific month that we will be looking at, so I start by looking at that (or those) calendars then narrowing it down based on price and expected crowds.
Where: Where can you find these awesome calendars? Just click here and then look on the right hand sidebar to locate your month.
Why: Our goal here at Real Mom’s Disney is to make your planning process a breeze and these calendars are one of the best tools in our arsenal! They’ve done a lot of the hard work for you which is one of our favorite tips -- let someone else do the heavy lifting!