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Magic Kingdom Crowd Calendar

My Magic Kingdom crowd calendar page projects crowd levels for Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida for the next few months based on historical data and known busy periods such as public and school holidays. Please note this page is only for Magic Kingdom and doesn’t apply to any other Disney theme parks worldwide as they will have their own park schedules and 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. It will be updated throughout the year as event dates are confirmed so please keep checking back.

Crowds waiting in line for Big Thunder Mountain. My Magic Kingdom crowd calendar will help you pinpoint especially busy days to avoid if you can.

How To Use

Using My Magic Kingdom Crowd Calendar

My Magic Kingdom 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 Magic Kingdom are:

  • August
  • September
  • October

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Busiest Months

The 3 busiest months to visit Magic Kingdom 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

Magic Kingdom’s events in January are:

  • Jan 3rd – 7th – runDisney Marathon Weekend
  • Jan 12th – 15th – MLK Junior Weekend
  • Jan 11th, 15th, 22nd – Magic Kingdom 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 Magic Kingdom with average or just above average crowds.

Crowds are heavier at the weekends’ thanks to past aggressive pricing for annual passes for Florida residents who like to visit outside of work hours but Disney has seriously limited the sale of annual passes now so the effects should become more subdued as previous pass holders opt not to renew.

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 Magic Kingdom 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

Magic Kingdoms events in February are:

  • Feb 2nd to 4th – National Dance Team Championships
  • Feb 9th to 11th – National High School Cheerleading Championship
  • Feb 16th to 19th – Twirlmania
  • Feb 19th to 25th – Mardi Gras Week
  • Feb 22nd to 25th – runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • Feb 1st, 5th, 12th, 29th – Magic Kingdom After Hours

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February 2024

February in Magic Kingdom laregly mirrors Januay with quieter week days and busier weekends.

The first 3 weeks is quiet compared to the preceding few weeks. 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 Magic Kingdom as people take the opportunity to get away without having to use as much annual leave.

February 2024 Magic Kingdom 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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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

Magic Kingdoms’s events in March are:

  • Mar 1st to 3rd – Contest Of Champions Nationals (at the Contemporary Resort)
  • Mar 9th – 11th – International All Star Cheerleading Championship
  • Mar 16th – Spring Break Starts
  • Mar 4th & 18th – Magic Kingdom After Hours

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March 2024

A quiet 10 days 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 especialy as 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.

March 2024 Magic Kingdom 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 1st – Easter Monday

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April Events

Magic Kingdom’s events in April are: 

  • Apr 18th to 22nd – runDisney Springtime Surprise Marathon Weekend
  • Apr 24th to 29th – Summit-Varsity All-Stars Cheerleading & Dance Championship (at ESPN)
  • Apr 8th, 22nd & 29th – Magic Kingdom After Hours

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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.

Expect April 3rd and 4th to be especially busy with crowds cramming the park to witness first the return of popular Happily Ever After fireworks then the official opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run. Annual Passholder reservations have already sold out for the first proper day of operation.

April 2024 Magic Kingdom 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

Magic Kingdom’s events in May are:

  • May 2nd – 5th – Varsity All-Star Dance Competition
  • May 13th – Magic Kingdom 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.

May 2024 Magic Kingdom 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

Magic Kingdom’s events in June are:

  • June 13th & 27th – Magic Kingdom 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 so if you are visiting during this time be sure to get your park reservations in early.

June 2024 Magic Kingdom 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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July

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July Holidays

Notable holiday dates in July are:

  • Jul 4th – Independence Day

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July Events

Magic Kingdom’s events in July are:

  • Jul 1st – 5th – 4th July Celebrations

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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 until around 10 pm or later to deal with the extra crowds.

The last week of July can be marginally busier once international schools are also on their summer holidays but there really is very little difference between the beginning or the end of the month.

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 Magic Kingdom 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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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

Magic Kingdom’s events in August are:

  • Aug 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th – Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party

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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. If you want to experience a lot of the fireworks and entertainment you will be better sticking to early August as park hours and entertainment budgets will be cut when US schools return to their classrooms.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) has been confirmed to start on August the 11th and runs on selected nights until November the 1st. This is a separately ticketed event and the park will shut at 6pm for those without a ticket.

August 2024 Magic Kingdom 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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September

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September Holidays

Notable holiday dates in September are:

  • Sep 2th – Labor Day

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September Events

Magic Kingdom’s events in September are:

  • Sep 2nd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 13th,  15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th – Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party

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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. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party runs on quite a few nights throughout September. Remember the park will shut at 6pm and there will be no standard fireworks show on these evenings.

If you would like to experience Halloween in the Magic Kingdom without the associated crowds and higher ticket prices in October, a MNSSHP event evening in September is a great call. Alternatively, Magic Kingdom is usually quieter on event days so you may be able to get more attractions in than a standard day, as long as you have already seen or are not bothered about the fireworks.

September 2024 Magic Kingdom 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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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

Magic Kingdom’s events in October are:

  • Oct 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 27th, 29th, 31st – Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party

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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.

2022 marked a milestone year for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in that every event date sold out despite prices being the highest they have ever been. Some nights in October even saw a 50% increase in ticket prices but the popularity on MNSSHP only continues to grow. Thankfully, Disney has kept prices the same this year although October has some of the highest prices for the event.

Tickets and more information for the event can be booked through the official Not So Scary Halloween Party page. You will need to use a VPN to book the experience direct but some UK ticket brokers may also offer tickets, 

October 2024 Magic Kingdom 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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November

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November Holidays

Notable holiday dates in November are:

  • Nov 11th – Veteren’s Day
  • Nov 28th – Thanksgiving

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November Events

Magic Kingdom’s events in November are:

  • Nov 1st – 3rd – runDinsey Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
  • Dates for Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be released later in the year

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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.

Mid to late November and the first half of December is a great time to visit Magic Kingdom to see the park in full Christmas mode without the crowds that throng to the area in late December.

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 preceeding week after so try to avoid this week if you can.

November 2024 Magic Kingdom 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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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

Magic Kingdom’s events in December are:

  • Dates for Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be released later in the year

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December 2024

The first fortnight is a great time to visit to see the Magic Kingdom 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. Magic Kingdom is the best park to get value for money out of Genie+ and the crowds in the last fortnight of December certainly warrant a little extra outlay to get some extra attractions in your day. 

December 2024 Magic Kingdom 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 Magic Kingdom 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 the Magic Kingdom “empty” as you may have done a few years ago. But crowd level patterns in Magic Kingdom do follow a lot 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.

For the main holidays, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party usually starts running on select nights in August all the way through to the end of October. In 2022 the event sold out completely despite record-setting entrance prices.

Early December gets you the Christmas overlay without the crowds later in the month but do check the event schedule for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as this will mean the park will close early and there will be no fireworks without an event ticket.

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. Magic Kingdom is the busiest theme park in the world and is far from the largest theme park you will visit, so even with a relatively low crowd score the park is going to feel crowded, especially if this is your first time visiting.

9 represents a day that is much busier than an average day where you can get most of he popular rides done (not every attraction as Magic Kingdom has more than 50!) 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 would 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.

Having said that, if you were thinking of purchasing Disney’s Genie+ service for only one park, make it Magic Kingdom.  As there are so many attractions and shows to choose from in Magic Kingdom, you will certainly get more value for money out of this park than any other Disney World theme park by quite a large margin.

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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