We live in Arizona. Our kids did so awesome at Disneyland when we visited with friends in December (level 7/8 crowds), we purchased annual passes. We went to Disneyland January 26th-29th, expecting low to reasonable crowds based on the crowd calendar. While Thursday and Friday were “manageable”, Saturday was a nightmare. 2 and a half hour wait on Space Mountain, fast passes all gone by noon, mosh-pit type crowds in the evening…(I feel we did well, considering, but it wasn’t our most pleasant Disney experience). Looking back, we’re thinking that the MSEP return, the Lunar New Year Event, and the inclement weather the previous weekend probably led to the high crowds.
Our next planned trip is May 29th-June 1st (currently predicted to be level 7/8 crowds, which we have found to be fine). We can’t change the dates, as we have planned travel with my brother’s family, and they have plane tickets. Disney just announced that the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will be opening May 27th, Monday is a holiday, and there are three grad nights during our visit. Did I just set myself up for misery? Should I just start assuming that whatever crowd level Touring Plans has predicted for Disneyland, it’ll be 2-4 levels more crowded in 2017?