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What will the crowds be like at Walt Disney World in 2017? That’s the ques­tion we try to an­swer this month in our an­nual Crowds at WDW is­sue!

One of the most im­por­tant things to know be­fore you plan a Walt Disney World vacation is what the crowd lev­els be like when you get there. It af­fects ev­ery­thing from the dis­counts that will be avail­able, to the like­li­hood of snag­ging that Cin­derella’s Royal Ta­ble reser­va­tion. Not to men­tion how long you will have to stand in line.

That’s why we like to end each year with our Crowds at WDW is­sue. It’s that im­por­tant. So let’s talk about the 2017 crowds at Walt Disney World.


What will the crowds be like in 2017? Was 2016 an aber­ra­tion or the new nor­mal? Let’s ask two of the big­gest names in WDW crowd track­ing, Dave Shute from your­ and Carl Trent from Dad’s Guide to WDW. Dave and Carl go through the year and give their crowd pre­dic­tions for each month.

Next, we look at what’s new in 2017. This year was huge for Walt Disney World ex­pan­sion, es­pe­cially at Disney Springs. There are a lot of new projects on the board, so which ones will open in 2017? Let’s see…

Once you know what the crowd lev­els are go­ing to be, you might want to know how that will af­fect your trip. What to ex­pect in Peak, Mid, and Low Sea­sons will show what hap­pens to prices, dis­counts, hours, events, and more when the crowd lev­els change.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands kicks off this month with a look at what are the best dining reservations (ADR’S) to make at the 180-day mark. That’s a good one.

Ex­tra Magic Hours is a nice perk for Disney Resort guests. Get into the parks early or stay late af­ter ev­ery­one leaves. Nice. But would you pay for a spe­cial event that let you in be­fore the crowds? Are you a Scrooge or a Splurge when it comes to Early Morn­ing Magic?

Have you ever vis­ited Bay Lake Tower? Did you know there is a Disney Vacation Club mem­bers-only lounge at the top of Bay Lake Tower? The Top of the World Lounge of­fers an in­cred­i­ble view of the Magic King­dom, and all of Walt Disney World.

The Best of WDW

This month we have an­other great lineup in our Best of WDW section. It starts with a look at the Lib­erty Belle river­boat in the Magic King­dom. Take a ride around Tom Sawyer Is­land on this his­toric pad­dle­boat. What a ride.

“Do you dream of be­ing whisked away to a trop­i­cal par­adise?” That’s the way the Best of WDW ho­tel ar­ti­cle starts this month as we look at the 10 Rea­sons to Love the

Caribbean Beach Resort. Did you know the kid’s meals in the food court come with a bucket and shovel? How fun!

Cos­mic Ray’s Starlight Café is one of the most “out- of- this- world” dining ex­pe­ri­ences in Walt Disney World. It’s also one of our fa­vorite places to eat in the Magic King­dom. Sonny Eclipse rocks out the Starlight Lounge with some un­for­get­table en­ter­tain­ment. Come check out this in­ter­plan­e­tary To­mor­row­land gem.

One of the new­est at­trac­tions at Walt Disney World is the Launch Bay in Disney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios. In­side Launch Bay is a Star Wars lovers dream. Not only can you meet char­ac­ters from the movies, walk through ex­hibits, and watch movies on how the saga was built, you can also do some shop­ping. It wouldn’t be Walt Disney World with­out a lit­tle shop­ping. Launch Bay Cargo is the gift shop of the month this month. Come see all the cool Star Wars gear. ( I’m still wait­ing for that work­ing lightsaber, or maybe not.)


This month we asked our Face­book page fol­low­ers (check it out!) sev­eral ques­tions about plan­ning a WDW trip. What’s most im­por­tant? What are your must-do dining reservations? Would you pay more for a low crowd event? Lots of good ques­tions and an­swers.

Would you like to know how to make Cot­tage Pie? Rose & Crown Pub in the United King­dom Pav­il­ion at Ep­cot makes a mean Cot­tage Pie, and this month we share the

recipe and show you how to make one. Yummy.

In the Vinyl­ma­tion and Tsum Tsum Corners, we re­view the year in Vinyl­ma­tion and Tsum Tsums. It was a very good year.

Spe­cial In­sert – rundis­ney Events

Have you ever con­sid­ered doing a rundis­ney Event? They re­ally are pretty cool. Each event has some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing events for the kid­dos.

In our Spe­cial In­sert this month, we walk through the whole process— from sign­ing up to ac­tu­ally run­ning the event and even what hap­pens af­ter. Let the train­ing be­gin.

Section k!

Call the kid­dos over and get started with Section k! This month you’ll find car­toons, col­or­ing pages, down­load­able games and puz­zles, and how to build a Count­down to Disney vacation chart with re­cy­cled K- Cups. That is go­ing to be fun.

This should keep the kids busy for a while.

Around the World

Go­ing Around the World is the per­fect way to wrap up an­other mag­i­cal is­sue of WDW Mag­a­zine. This month is not ex­cep­tion.

Have you seen the lat­est news from WDW? We have it. Did you know that the Walt Disney World Rail­road car­ries around 1.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers ev­ery year? Have you ever heard the Dapper Dan’s sing? This bar­ber­shop quar­tet has been de­light WDW crowds since open­ing day at the Magic King­dom! Per­form­ing along Main Street, U. S. A. ev­ery day, nine times a day, in their sig­na­ture cos­tumes, it’s hard to miss the col­or­ful Dapper Dan’s!

We've got it all cov­ered in this month’s Around The World.

And that’s a wrap. Wow. Thank you for stop­ping by and I hope you en­joy.

Carl Trent, Pub­lisher

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