6 Days You May Not Be Expecting Crowds in Disney World

When planning a trip to Disney World, there are a lot of things to considerAre you planning your vacation around the school calendar? Waiting for a holiday break? Trying to avoid crowdsOr maybe you’re waiting for the weather to cool down in Florida! 

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to planning a Disney vacation!

Even the most organized Disney planner can’t think of everything, though! 

Here are a few days that might draw some pretty big crowds in Disney World that you might not have expected! 

Dapper Day

Dapper Day is a fan-created holiday in Disney World and Disneyland that typically happens in the spring and fall each year. During this event, guests visit the parks dressed in their fanciest (usually Disney-themed) attire!

Some ADORABLE Beauty and the Beast Dapper Day looks!

While many park-goers might not think about Dapper Day when planning their vacation, these days definitely attract a pretty large group of fashionable Disney fans, so keep that in mind!  

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runDisney weekends

For those of us that aren’t as athletically inclined, you might not think about the crowds that arrive for runDisney events! For example, The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend happened Jan 5th-9th in 2022, and this event, like all of the runDisney events, brought in some extra guests! 

Make sure to RUN through those dates before you book park passes!

Then in February, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is happening from the 24th to the 27th. Finally, be on the lookout for the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend happening from March 31st to April 3rd! As you can see, there are a number of weekends throughout the year that might make the parks a little fuller than usual, so make sure to check the calendar while you’re planning your trip!

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Star Wars Day

May 4th (May the fourth) is Star Wars day! During this mini holiday, Disney usually has a few special surprises for Star Wars fans. 

Some fans even dress for the occasion!

Most of the action takes place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so keep that in mind if you’re visiting Disney World in early May!

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Park Anniversaries 

Disney also likes to celebrate special anniversaries and birthdays, like the opening day of each park! You’re probably familiar with the grand 50th Anniversary celebration over in the Magic Kingdom, but the other parks have their own birthday celebrations, too!

We love a birthday celebration!

The opening day anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is April 22nd (Earth Day), and the opening day of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is May 1. Both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT share a birthday on October 1st!

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First day of EPCOT festivals 

EPCOT has four festivals each year: Festival of the Arts, Flower and Garden Festival, Food and Wine Festival, and Festival of the Holidays!

Festival of the Holidays is the last festival of the year!

Each of these food-filled festivals kicks off the start of a new season, and the opening day can bring some pretty big crowds to EPCOT.

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Super Bowl Weekend 

As you may know, the winning NFL team always visits Disney World after the Super Bowl! 

MVP Parade in Magic Kingdom 2020

In 2022, Super Bowl Sunday will be February 13th, so be on the lookout for that iconic Super Bowl parade/cavalcade shortly thereafter if you’re in the Magic Kingdom!

Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday at Disney World!

While these random days throughout the year may bring in some larger crowds, it can still be LOTS of fun to visit Disney World during these special events and holidays! Be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for more Disney news, updates, and more!

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Have you ever visited Disney World during any of these special days? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Replies to “6 Days You May Not Be Expecting Crowds in Disney World”

  1. I was in Epcot on January 9, 2022, the day of the marathon in that park. While there were plenty of runners and families during and after the event, the lines were the shortest I can remember. Mission: Space had NO line, Test Track never got above 45 minutes, and was a direct walk-on for single riders. Soarin’ was 20 minutes most of the day and even Frozen never rose much above an hour. Ratatouille was still using the virtual queue, so I can’t compare that with currently, but the paid line (which I didn’t do) was again no real wait.

  2. Super Bowl Sunday is usually sparsely attended in the parks. But the day they have the parade, expect crowds of fans from the winning team to invade the Magic Kingdom.

  3. We were just down at Disney world for Marathon weekend. We had a nice time running the 1/2 marathon and going to all the parks and Disney springs.