Pluto Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Jan 15, 2020
    Ann from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are coming in April, is there a way to see which parks will be busy on each day. 

    Hi Ann!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Oh, an April visit to Walt Disney World Resort sounds just perfect to me. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be in full swing, you can help the Resistance (or the Rebels, if you prefer) in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and hopefully you'll enjoy all around wonderful weather.

    There are various websites and blogs that offer crowd prediction calendars that consider a lot of factors when determining their data. School holidays, government holidays, big sporting match-ups, what this specific day saw traffic-wise last year. I do tend to peek at one or two when I start to plan my own magical vacations. However, keep in mind that the majority of these are conjecture as Disney itself doesn't release these stats. While I personally find the basis behind what they think will happen to be true, you'll never truly know until you're in the middle of the magic. Large conventions, sporting competitions and tour groups usually aren't factored into those predictions, and neither is the weather. And while I think every day is a great day to be at a Disney park, there are those who don't like to visit in the rain, or there are people like me (Texans) who don't know how to exist outside when the weather dips below 50 degrees. So definitely search 'crowd calendars' on the internet, but have a grain of salt (or glass of wine) while you're absorbing the info.

    A few tricks that I rely on is to look at the actual Walt Disney World Resort Five Day Calendar. You can set this view to show everything happening all day in each park, or just the bigger can't-miss going-ons like parades and fireworks. From here I usually plan to be in the park that is open the latest, but others choose to get up early and start with morning Extra Magic Hours and stay until they're about to turn into a pumpkin.

    My other trick is to look at Dining Reservations. Play around with trying to get a table at a Disney Dining Location that isn't in a Disney Theme Park. If you even have the option of moving on to book a reservation at a popular meal time, like 7:00 A.M. for Breakfast, Noon for lunch, or 7:00 P.M. for dinner, then to me that means the traffic in the parks will be a bit lighter.

    I hope this helped a bit, Ann, and if you have any more Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning questions, please send them our way. We're all Ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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