Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Mar 25, 2012
    Linda from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Arriving 6/19/12 @ noon, departing 6/26 @ 6 pm. 4 children 4-13 & know MK is a must the 1st day. What parks are the least crowded on a daily basis?

    Hi, Linda!  The busiest parks can really vary not only by season, but week to week as well.  It's hard to predict which may be least crowded on any given day, but I have a few tips.

    If you are not park hopping, you may want to avoid the park that has morning extra magic hours.  In my experience, the park opens to resort guests, and then fills with the general public, and it always feels busier to me by the time the afternoon rolls around.

    I like to visit a park that has had evening extra magic hours the night before.  I generally find that the crowds tend to not be quite as heavy, maybe because people have taken advantage of the extra magic hours the night before.

    I try to avoid the Magic Kingdom on Sundays.  This really is just based entirely on personal preference, but it seems to me that people do much of their traveling on Saturday, and the Magic Kingdom always feels like a bustling place on Sundays.

    There are websites, like Touring Plans, that do give predictions for which parks might be busiest on which days.  They do intensive research to track wait times and crowds, then based on their data, give their best guess as to which parks may be the best to visit on any given day.  You can do a Google search to find them.

    I hope this helps with your vacation planning!
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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