How to Handle Crowds at Disney

Disney World is the most magical place on Earth.

It is also one of the most crowded places on Earth.

Even the thought of the crowds at Disney World can be intimidating, but it doesn't mean that it has to ruin your trip.

Crowds are simply a part of Disney World. But there are things you can do to make your time in the parks feel less hectic. Here I'll discuss ways to manage crowds, quiet places you can step away, and things you can do if you feel overwhelmed by all of the other happy park-goers.

Know Approximate Crowd Levels Before You Go

While there are never "slow" times at Disney World, there are times of the year where crowds are higher or lower.

As a quick and easy rule, if school is out expect larger crowds. This goes for school breaks and also holidays and long weekends.

You can check out my month by month comparison here to get full look at crowds, weather, and more.

Have a Plan in Place

I always recommend a good touring plan no matter what, but if you are looking to avoid crowds, and being shoulder to shoulder in a two hour line for a ride, you'll want to come up with a plan.

For sample touring plans, check out my full list of touring plans here.

Know Where the Quiet Spots Are

Disney is both the Most Magical Place on Earth, and also one of the most crowded places on Earth. Know there will always be crowds. Come to terms with the fact that you won't be able to completely avoid crowds. Mentally prepare yourself before your trip.

While you can never totally avoid people at Disney World, there are places you can step away at the parks. Quiet places around the park exist! You just have to know where to find them. Some of my favorites are:

  • Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom
  • The Railroad at Magic Kingdom
  • Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom
  • Victoria Gardens at Epcot
  • Stop at Impressions De France or O' Canada in Epcot
  • One of the many trails in Animal Kingdom
  • The Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios

Find them on a map before your trip so if you suddenly become overwhelmed you can step away.

When in doubt, just ask a Cast Member where a quiet spot is and they'll help you out.

Baby Care Centers are also a great option if you have little ones. These centers have locations at each park. It's a quiet place where you can feed, change, or nurse your little one. You can also purchase baby essentials.

Take a Break

Sometimes taking a break during your trip is the best way to recoup when crowds get hectic at the parks. Crowds will tend to peak in the early afternoon. So I like to get to the parks early, and head back to my resort in the afternoon just as crowds are getting heavy.

Taking an afternoon nap, hitting the pool, or just strolling around your resort is the perfect way to enjoy a little quiet time away from the crowds.

Many of the resorts even have a "quiet pool" on property. While you wont find any water slides or pool bars at these pools, you will find fewer (if any) splashing kids or families hogging the lounge chairs.

Bottom Line

Even though Disney World has crowds, you can still have an amazing trip. Just come prepared with a plan.

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