• On Oct 8, 2018
    Brian from NY 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.

    Good morning. Reading so many conflicting opinions about which parks are best crowd wise on which day. We will be at WDW Jan4 through Jan8. Two adults. You have been helpful. What do you think? Thank you. Joy

    Hiya, Joy!

    One reason you may have conflicting opinions is because it's hard to pin down which park to go to which day! A lot of factors go into picking the best day at each park, including major holidays. Your dates fall at the end of the Christmas season, so it's different than recommending days another time of the year. 

    I tell people to try to avoid the park that has Extra Magic Hours in the evening. It may be the better park to go to in the morning, but as the day goes by, you'll find that guests gravitate toward the park that will be open later, making that park a bit more crowded.

    I like to avoid the Magic Kingdom on the weekend, if I can. Many guests arrive over the weekend, and many guests also choose to start their vacation with this park. Because the park is smaller, it can feel more crowded on the weekend with the influx of guests beginning their vacation. On the weekends, I recommend either Epcot or Disney's Animal Kingdom. Those parks are larger, so even on a more crowded weekend day, you won't feel as tightly packed in, since there's a lot of space to spread out.

    Disney's Hollywood Studios is also on the smaller side. I definitely say skip this one on the weekends or on a day the park has extra magic hours. With the new Toy Story Land, it'll feel crowded.

    Have a wonderful time, Joy!

thumbnail image for Anna

Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

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

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.