Memorial Day weekend at Disney World...Walt Disney World: How are crowds during Memorial Day weekend?
From Derek MorseNot sure if anyone ever uses the Walt Disney World crowd calendar website (http://www.touringplans.com), but it looks like they are predicting moderate crowds for Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31)...is this normal? Seems to me I've always heard Memorial Day weekend is one of the worst weekends to visit Disney World as far as crowds go. I've personally never visited during that time, is this accurate, or is anyone using the "crowd calendar" to plan there visit in for an unpleasant surprise?
Posted April 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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From Ben VanoyI would say that a visit to Disney around any major holiday could end up being crowded.
Posted April 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM
From Derek MorseI would agree, although many people swear by the "crowd calendar" from that website and I was just wondering if anyone knew of any reason the crwod would NOT be as crowded on that weekend as you would expect it to be.
Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:13 PM
From Anthony MurphyI have been there during that time and it is pretty crowded, but not too bad! Usually it is one park or so. The issue with Memorial Day and the time afterwards is:
Posted April 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM
Flower and Garden Festival (though I think it ends before this year)
Star Wars Weekends
"Gay Days" (June)- Usually its one park per day if you are worried about having to explain to the kids (though,it really is not that obvious)
The reason I bring up these three is because they tend to be very popular with Floridians which usually are the determining factor for whether a park is crowded
As long as you show up early and stay late, you should be fine. Just remember that it might rain around 2pm each day for about an hour or so.
The most crowded I have ever seen Disney World is New Years' Eve and Day. Very popular for guests, floridians, and football fans (outback and orange bowl are very close)
From Tim OdomI've been there during that week, it is moderately crowded. The worst part (at least for me) was the large amount of school field trips there. This just meant a whole hoard of unsupervised kids willing to run you down, making walking through crowds a bit of an adventure sometimes.
Posted April 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM
From Michael SmithYeah, I don't remember it being quite as crowded for memorial day as it is for other holidays, and my personal theory is because the school year is close to ending in most places. It's harder for people to pull their kids out of school for a couple of days because they will be missing things they can't make up.
Posted April 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM
From Deborah DavisWe went on a Saturday during a Memorial Day Weekend many years ago, and it was more crowded than I had ever seen it. We had park-hopper passes, started at the Studios, then couldn't get into MK because it was at capacity.
Posted April 23, 2010 at 5:47 AM
We were able to get into MK later (around dinner time) and it was so crowded, it was scary. When we tried to leave, we had to abandon the rented stroller on the castle end of main street because we couldn't get it thru the crowd.
Finally, a CM opened a wooden gate on the side and we exited by walking behind main street. I swore then, I would never go on a holiday weekend again.
From Don NealThis isn't the most encouraging thread I have ever read. LOL :D We are headed there Memorial Day weekend. Flying in Saturday, then starting our visit to WDW on Sunday @ AK. Then MK on Monday and the other parks the rest of the week. Six days total. I never thought Memorial Day would be much of an issue with kids still in school.
Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM
Looks like we might have our hands full. :/
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