One question that always comes up when planning a Disney vacation is “what are the best days of the week to visit the parks?” While we could argue that any day at Disney is a good day, there are certain days for each park that are better than others. Everyone wants their Disney vacation to go as smoothly as possible. Some advanced planning can definitely help guests navigate the parks. This is especially important now that FastPasses have been suspended. So what days are the best to visit each park? Let’s break it down!
First, it’s important to know about the special extra magic half-hour coming soon to Disney resort guests. This extra half hour will give you extra time to ride your favorite attraction before the park opens to everyone. This extra magic half-hour will be very convenient because it will apply to every park-not just one! This will eliminate the normal “rope-drop” crowds we used to see for morning extra magic hours. Plan to arrive early and get in line for the attraction that has the longest wait times. You can keep up with wait times by checking the My Disney Experience app. You can find the list of resort hotels that will likely offer the extra magic half-hour here.
If at all possible, try to avoid large holidays or large breaks from school. Spring break and winter break tend to be very busy. Holiday weekends can also get very crowded.
Now let’s look at each park…
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park- Since Magic Kingdom is the park many tend to think of as their must-do park, we will start there. Mondays tend to be a very busy day at Magic Kingdom. We can guess this is due to the travel schedule of families arriving Sunday or Monday. We have found that Tuesday is usually the best day to visit Magic Kingdom Park. If Tuesday does not work for your traveling party, we suggest Thursday, wednesday or Sunday (in that order).
Disney’s EPCOT Park- It is important to factor in festivals that may be taking place when visiting EPCOT. For instance, a Saturday during EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival can get extremely busy. This goes for all of the festivals. Saturday just tends to be a very busy park day in general. We have found Mondays and Wednesdays to be the least busy days at EPCOT.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park- Hollywood Studios has consistently had the longest attraction wait times and been the hardest park pass reservation to obtain since reopening. Due to this, we recommend trying to avoid this park on weekends. Try to book your Hollywood Studios park pass for Tuesday or Thursday.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park- We have found that Fridays and Sundays tend to be a great days to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom. With the new 35% capacity we have seen wait times for popular attractions such as Avatar’s Flight of Passage drop exponentially. The days of 3 hour lines seem to be behind us (for now anyways). While both Pandora attractions can still have wait times reaching 90 minutes or more, they are much more manageable. Saturdays and Mondays tend to be the busiest days.
Be sure to utilize a park crowd calander and the My Disney Experience app for acturate crowd levels and wait times. With a little bit of planning, you should be able to ride all of your favorite attractions during yournext Disney vacation!