Disney World Crowds 2021

Are you planning a Walt Disney World vacation for 2021?  This is the best place to start!  Walt Disney World Resort crowds can vary during the year based on holidays, cheer-leading events, special events, marathons, Brazilian tourists, Spring Break dates, and more. In January 2020 we did see Disney Free Dining Vacation packages come out to book for select dates in 2020 and we hope Disney Free Dining comes out again in 2021 but we will have to wait and see.

We have but together the full 2020 Disney World Crowd calendar for you here.  The 2021 Disney Crowd Calendar below and is also broken down by month.  So you can search Disney World crowd levels by day, by week, by month, or scan over the entire 2021 Disney Crowd Calendar.

We don’t have magical Pixie Dust to predict the Disney World crowd levels but we do know from previous years what estimated crowd levels will be in 2021 at the Disney Resort overall.  I also recommend you research each Disney park on the dates you are going to Disney World.  A Disney Park with Extra Magical hours in the morning can get you on and off some top attractions before the general public is allowed in, then leave that park and park hop to another to avoid the higher afternoon crowds in the Extra Magic Hours Morning park.  We have more Disney Park Tips and Fastpass strategies to help you with your Disney vacation.

2021 Disney World Crowd Calendar by Month:

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Here is a sample of the WDW Crowd Calendar:

Disney World Historical Crowd Levels

When I was a castmember working at Walt Disney World in the 1990’s the traditional Disney World crowds were in the Summer.  Families are off in the Summer and Walt Disney World was the vacation destination they went to.  In 2019 & 2020 the Summer at Disney World is much slower.  It is also hot in Florida in the Summer.  You also use to be able to go to Disney World and find low crowds in September, October and November.  The crowds at Disney World in the Fall and Winter were so low that Epcot created the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to draw crowds to come to Disney World.  Disney World also added Halloween Parties, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and also a Christmas Party – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  That along with the Wide World of Sports ESPN complex brings in crowds and groups to fill the slow periods at Walt Disney World.

No Longer in Fall the light crowd season at Walt Disney World and as Disney keeps adding and moving special events the Disney crowds follow.

Don’t worry, that’s why you are here.  We have a Disney Crowd Calendar to help you find a perfect time to visit Walt Disney World.

This WDW crowd calendar is based off past data estimates for Disney World attendance.  Nobody knows what future Disney World crowd levels will be and this calendar should not be used solely to plan and book a Disney vacation.

2021 is the 50th Anniversary for Walt Disney World

We expect 2021 to be an amazing time to plan a Disney World Vacation.  Disney World opened on October 1, 1971 and this 50th anniversary at Walt Disney World has so much in store for you.  As more details about the Walt Disney World 50th come out we will be sure to update you here.

January at Disney World brings in the start of a new year and one of the most amazing firework shows I have ever seen.  I do love watching New Years ring in at Walt Disney World, but my tip to you is to book a night, or an entire vacation at one of the Disney World monorail resorts.  Then after an amazing dinner, walk out to the beach area, or to the viewing area at the Contemporary if that’s the resort you book, and watch New Years ring in from there.  You will avoid the Disney New Years crowds and it’s the perfect way to start the year.

Also January crowds at Disney World are pretty light for most of the year.  It can be cold in Orlando Florida in January, especially at night, so pack some jackets, hats and maybe some gloves to be safe.  But also bring your swim suite.  I have been swimming in 82 degrees in December and January sometimes at Disney World.

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