Disney World Quick Tips – How to pick the least busiest park

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In this digital age with Websites and Apps from Touring Plans to long articles like Easy WDW with their Extended Crowd Calendar. Everyone seems to know which park will have the least amount of people for that day. Let me say that after a little trial and error last week I have determined which park will be the least busiest at any given day at Walt Disney World!

None of them!

According to all the websites, apps, magic eight balls they all said last week was going to be completely dead at Walt Disney World. But let me just tell you it was not! It wasn’t Christmas busy but everyday the big rides at all 4 parks were at 60-90 minute waits.

So before you just give up going let me offer you a few tips on how to pick the best park and make your trip a bit more enjoyable as your banging elbows with that Brazilian Tour Group.

Tip #1 – If a park was open late the night before most times it will be less busy the next day. Most people won’t go back to the same park the next day if they were there till midnight the night before.

Tip #2 – Take advantage of Morning Magic Hours! I have noticed that most people come walking in the park around 10-11am. Which means if you are there for Extra Morning Magic Hours that you will most times have the run of the park for an hour or two before the crowds show up.

Tip #3 – Use Touring Plans Lines App – If we are in a park that seems packed what I will do is whip out the Touring Plans Line App and check the Big 4 Rides. Which are Soarin, Dinosaur, Tower or Terror, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Most times if those lines are over 90 minutes that park will be way to crowded for my tastes. Ok before you ask me about Toy Story Midway Mania, Peter Pan and Expedition Everest keep in mind those rides are always going to be slammed no matter how busy the park attendance.

If you follow those 3 tips you can pretty much avoid most crowds at Disney World. Unfortunately with the invention of Crowd Calendars and Disney Free Dining you can pretty much expect crowds at all parks 365 days a year.


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2 thoughts on “Disney World Quick Tips – How to pick the least busiest park

  1. I followed tips #1 and #2, for the most part it worked. But Touring plans was a waste of money and time. I bought the 800 page book, then paid more to access the touring plans info, and it was wrong almost every single day we were there!!!! Next time, I’m saving my time and money, we’ll get up early every day, avoid emh park of the day and wing it from there. Why read all that, waste your money only to be disappointed and blamed by everyone else in the group when they were way off? To be somewhat fair, touring plans could not have predicted that the monorail would be broken one day, and 4 rides would be down for maintenance in one day at Hollywood Studios. So of course the few things that were working were nearly 2 hour long wait time.

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