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The Busiest And Quietest Times In Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

My Hollywood Studios crowd calendar page projects crowd levels for Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida for the next few months based on historical data and known busy periods such as public and school holidays. As well as projected crowds I also list the main US holidays that typically bumps attendance in the parks and may affect your plans. Most special events in Hollywood Studios such as the Osborne Lights Spectacle have been retired for years. Disney focuses on Magic Kingdom and EPCOT for special events and festivals now.

My easy to use Hollywood Studios crowd calendar page helps you decide when is best to go as well as managing expectations while you are there.

How To Use

Using My Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

My Hollywood Studios crowd calendar scores each day in the park on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being very quiet while 10 is as busy as it can get.

There is a lot of information to digest on this page so to help you scan the information quickly I have colour coded days depending on how busy it is.

Scanning the month overviews you may notice there are no longer many “quiet” days. Disney done a great job of spreading crowds out so there really is no such thing as a quiet day anymore.  But don’t fret, with a little planning you can still have a great day on even a moderate crowded day in the world’s busiest theme park.

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Crowds At A Glance

If you are basing your visit purely on when the quietest month is versus the busiest months below are the top 3 best and worst months to visit based purely on crowd levels.

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Quietest Months

The 3 quietest months to visit Hollywood Studios are:

  • August
  • September
  • October

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Busiest Months

The 3 busiest months to visit Hollywood Studios are:

  • June
  • July
  • December

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Crowd Calendar Yearly Overview Downloads

Click on an image below to download the current year’s crowd calendar forecast in either an image or a pdf format.

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Month By Month Breakdown

Each month is split into two sections. The first half details key holidays and events that will increase attendance in the park followed by a short monthly overview with screenshot so you can see at a glance the predicted crowd levels. Click on the monthly overview image to see it larger.

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January

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January Holidays

Notable holiday dates in January are:

  • Jan 1st – New Years Day

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January Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in January are:

  • Jan 1st to 3rd – runDisney Marathon Weekend
  • Jan 10th & 24th – Hollywood Studios After Hours

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January 2024

Aside from the first week which remains busy thanks to the ending of the holiday decorations, and runDisney’s first marathon weekend of the year, weekdays in January are typically a lovely time to visit Hollywood Studios with average or just above average crowds.

Crowds will decrease as the month goes on and peak season Christmas holiday crowds dissipate. Remember that January and February are peak months for attraction refurbishments so some headline attractions may be unavailable for all or part of the month.

January 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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February

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February Holidays

Notable holiday dates in February are:

  • Feb 11th – Super Bowl
  • Feb 14th – Valentines Day
  • Feb 19th – Presidents Day

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February Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in February are:

  • Feb 21st & 26th – Hollywood Studios After Hours
  • Feb 22nd – 26th – runDisney Half Marathon Weekend

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February 2024

February in Hollywood Studios largely mirrors January with quieter week days and busier weekends.

The first 3 weeks is quiet but the first public holiday of the year, Presidents Day (every third Monday in February), brings the first opportunity for people to get away for a break.

Consequently, the week following Presidents Day is busy in Hollywood Studios as people take the opportunity to get away without having to use as much annual leave.

February 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

March

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March Holidays

Notable holiday dates in March are:

  • Mar 2nd – Spring Break
  • Mar 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Mar 29th – Good Friday

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March Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in March are:

  • Mar 13th, 20th & 27th – Hollywood Studios After Hours
  • Mar 16th – Spring Break Starts

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March 2024

A quiet beginning precludes the end of a very busy month in the Disney World as Spring Break crowds descend on Orlando en masse to let off some steam for a week or two.

If you are looking for a quiet time in the parks you might want to give late March (and early April) a bit of a wide berth especially. Also note that the first 4 months of the year are busy in Disney World with dance championships bumping attendance at the hotels and theme parks over many weekends. You can find a complete list of dance championships on the Magic Kingdom crowd calendar page.

March 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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April

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April Holidays

Notable holiday dates in April are:

  •  Apr 9th – Easter Monday

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April Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in April are:

  • Apr 3rd & 10th – Hollywood Studios After Hours  
  • Apr 18th – 22nd – runDisney Springtime Surprise Marathon Weekend

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April 2024

April’s crowds are flipped compared to March as the continuation of the Spring Break holiday carries through the first fortnight of the month, also encompassing Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Avoiding the peak Spring Break crowds, late April is still a great time to visit for warm weather without the humidity of the summer months. As with most parks, weekends remain the busier times so try to visit in the week if you can.

April 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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May

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May Holidays

Notable holiday dates in May are:

  • May 12th – Mother’s Day
  • May 27th – Memorial Day

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May Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in May are:

  • May 22nd & 29th – Hollywood Studios After Hours

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May 2024

Low to moderate crowds coupled with fantastic weather and no significant public holidays until the end of the month make May a brilliant time to visit Orlando if you want to avoid peak crowds but still have the weather.

Also with most cheerleading championships being concluded, May is the first month of the year not to have a packed calendar somewhere on resort that may artificially bump up your accommodation pricing.

The better weather brings out more locals at the weekends but weekdays are a lot more crowd free aside from Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month.

May 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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June

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June Holidays

Notable holiday dates in June are:

  • Jun 3rd – US School Holidays Start
  • Jun 16th – Father’s Day

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June Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in June are:

  • Jun 12th, 19th & 26th – Hollywood Studios After Hours

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June 2024

June heralds the start of the US School holidays in many US States running through to the first week of August.

Expect very busy crowds and turbulent weather, especially in the afternoons, along with extended park opening hours and long lines for popular attractions. The park may feel that it is packed to bursting but Disney maintains they have limited capacity by 20% during June and July.

June 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

July

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July Holidays

Notable holiday dates in July are:

  • Jul 4th – Independence Day

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July Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in July are:

  • Jul 4th to 7th – Fourth Of July Weekend
  • Jul 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st – Hollywood Studios After Hours

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July 2024

Now every US state school is guaranteed to be off you can expect crowds to be uniformly busy throughout the whole month. Weekends are just as busy as weekdays with the park remaining open later than usual to deal with the extra crowds. You may also find there are 2 showings of ‘Fantasmic’ nightly to accommodate larger crowds and limited seating for each performance.

If you want to guarantee your attraction is going to be operating your best months to visit are June and July to coincide with the US School holiday system.

July 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

August

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August Holidays

Notable holiday dates in August are:

  • Aug 4th – US School holidays end

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August Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in August are:

  • 7th, 14th, 21st & 29th – Hollywood Studios After Hours

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August 2024

August is a quiet month to visit the parks if you need to visit during UK school summer holidays.

US School term starts the second week of August so the first week remains busy but crowds tail off very soon after schools return to classes.

Remember that hurricane season in Florida runs from June through September so there is a small chance your holiday may be impacted but it’s usually only one or 2 days as a worst case scenario. Days are also typically very hot and humid with afternoon downpours.

August 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

September

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September Holidays

Notable holiday dates in September are:

  • Sep 2nd – Labor Day

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September Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in September are:

  • There are currently no scheduled special events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in September

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September 2024

September is largely a buffer month between summer holiday madness and Halloween celebrations which actually start in some parks around the middle of the month.

Hollywood Studios’ Halloween celebrations are much more muted than Magic Kingdom’s so there are no specific Halloween events to look out for. 

September 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

October

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October Holidays

Notable holiday dates in October are:

  • Oct 14th – Columbus Day
  • Oct 31st – Halloween

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October Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in October are:

  • There are no special events planned for October

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October 2024

October has always been a popular time for people to visit Orlando because of separate ticketed events at Universal and Seaworld as well as at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

August to October in Hollywood Studios is actually the quietest time of the year for the park as there are no special events planned.

As always, weekends will be busier than weekdays but most of the attention for Halloween is directed at Magic Kingdom.

October 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

November

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November Holidays

Notable holiday dates in November are:

  • Nov 11th – Veteren’s Day
  • Nov 23rd – Thanksgiving

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November Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in November are:

  • Nov 1st to 3rd – runDinsey Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
  • Nov11th – Dec 20th – Jollywood Nights Speculative date range

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November 2024

November in Orlando is largely another buffer month in between two popular holiday celebrations. As soon as Halloween ends you will see parks preparing and launching Christmas celebrations soon after.

Weekends are typically moderately busy as locals flock to the parks outside of work for some Christmas cheer. Thanksgiving, a hugely popular public holiday in America, packs all the parks to bursting for one weekend and many days the proceeding week after so try to avoid this week if you can.

November 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

Hollywood Studios Key Dates

December

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December Holidays

Notable holiday dates in December are:

  • Dec 24th – Christmas Eve
  • Dec 25th – Christmas Day
  • Dec 31st – New Year’s Eve

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December Events

Hollywood Studios’ events in December are:

  • Nov11th – Dec 20th – Jollywood Nights Speculative date range

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December 2024

The first fortnight is a great time to visit to see the Hollywood Studios in full on Christmas mode without the crowds of the last fortnight but bear in mind the park may close earlier in December than later. 

If visiting later in December, and its within your budget, consider purchasing Genie+ for everyone in your party. Although Hollywood Studios isn’t the best park for Genie+ if you are going in late December you will likely save some time using it but reservations will finish quite early in the day with the amount of people using only a finite amount of capacity compared to Magic Kingdom’s more robust offering.

December 2024 Hollywood Studios Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I hope you have found the Hollywood Studios crowd calendar useful. Here are some popular questions that people usually ask but please reach out on the button below if you have any further questions.

Does Disney Publish A Crowd Calendar?

No, there is no official Disney crowd calendar for any of their parks, in the US or in any other country.

But using a crowd calendar combined with your own research will help you figure out the best time for you to go and, to a degree, manage your expectations.

If your dates are set a crowd calendar will help you get the most out of your time and manage expectations about how much you think you will get done versus the reality.

Overall when is the quietest month?

There are now seldom few days where you will find Hollywood Studios “empty” as you may have done a few years ago. But crowd-level patterns in Hollywood Studios follow many of the same general rules as other parks in the Orlando area.

Early March and late April are good if you want to avoid the heat and humidity of summer but, conversely, late March and early April is uber popular with university students on their Spring Break.

September is a good month to visit if you like the heat and don’t mind the possibility of a hurricane stopping your plans for a day or two.

If you need to visit in the school holidays late August is actually a lot quieter than July as US schools start the autumn term in early August but there is humidity, heat and a lot of rain to deal with.

Easter and May school holidays in the UK are good times to visit for decent weather (hot by our standards) without the crowds and peak rainfall. Remember this is the tropics and you should pack to expect rain any time of the year.

Early December gets you the Christmas overlay without the crowds later in the month.

How do you come to your scores?

Parks don’t release official crowd data so my score is a combination of historical data, special event announcements, daily entrance pricing and a little educated guessing.

The score is representative of this park only. 9 represents a day that is much busier than an average day where you can get most of the popular rides done. On days with scores of 7 or higher you may struggle to move freely around certain sections of the park and the most popular attractions could top 2 hour queues from mid-morning through the early afternoon.

Are premium queue options a necessity?

That’s going to depend foremost on your budget and then the time of year you are visiting.

Premium queue options are not cheap and please don’t ever get into debt because you feel pressured that you need to purchase it. You can still have a great holiday without purchasing up-charge experiences and add-ons.

Hollywood Studios doesn’t have anywhere near as many attractions to soak up capacity as Magic Kingdom does so you may find that the rides book up frustratingly fast to make a Genie+ booking cost-effective. Using early entry and having a decent plan for your day is as effective as using Genie+ while here.

How accurate is your crowd calendar?

No crowd calendar is an exact science. Crowd calendars should only be used as part of your own research to manage expectations on a given day.

Do crowd calendars help? Absolutely! But relying solely on a crowd calendar is nowhere near as effective as putting a little planning into your days in the parks. Knowing a little of the layout and top attractions to visit plus a not-visit list!

I know you don’t necessarily want to plan your holidays but an Orlando holiday is not your typical beach holiday. Even a little planning will go a long way.

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