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  • On Feb 22, 2024
    Ryan from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How are the crowds and wait times for rides during RunDisney in January 2025? We are visiting Dec. 30-Jan 5 and are considering changing dates due to the many reports I've read about the over crowded parks and very long waits during this event.

    Hey Howdy Hey Ryan and welcome to planDisney!

    Crowds in Walt Disney World Resort can significantly impact your theme park experience. While there are ways to navigate the crowds, being flexible with your travel dates and avoiding them would be a great start! Thank you for stopping by with your question on crowd expectations for your trip early in 2025. I will gladly give you more information to help set expectations accordingly. 

    Certain times of the year are busier than others in Walt Disney World. Many do coincide with national school schedules with spring breaks, summer vacations and such and are good starting points to avoid if your goal is to hit the parks with lower crowd levels. There are many resources available online if you do an internet search for "Crowd Calendars for Walt Disney World" which you can reference. They are usually pretty good at using historical data to plan out crowd levels throughout the year to give you an estimate of what to expect. 

    With the crowd calendars we have referenced for our trips, you are right Ryan that the end of December and the beginning of January are very busy times in the parks. Not only do you still have those celebrating the Christmas and New Year's holidays, but you also have a big crowd on hand for the typical RundDisney marathon. This time of year you will most likely see heavier crowds in the parks. If you wanted to try to avoid that level of crowds, towards the end of January would be a better bet. If you use Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as a starting point, most crowds after that tend to be on the lower side. There usually is not a whole lot going on at the resort and you may find lower crowd levels for an easier park experience. Things do pick up a little more around Mardi Gras and President's Day because of holiday travel and dance and cheer competitions, but you may find several weeks before that are not bad. 

    There are so many things that may go into the crowd levels in Walt Disney World and having a crowd calendar on hand will help you consider the times you visit. Disney does have things such as Genie+, Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours to help make the park experience efficient for many, but if you are flexible with your dates of travel, that would be the ultimate move! 

    While there is never a bad time to visit Disney World, I hope this information helped gauge a time to experience the Magic of a Walt Disney World with lower crowd levels. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach back out and let us know, we are always happy to help!

    To Infinity and Beyond, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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