May the Fourth 2022

Last year, May 4th was CL 2 overall, with CL 2 at MK, HS, AK and CL 4 at EP… Somehow, with all the craziness of this very busy mid-winter/spring, I would expect more than a 4/10 for HS on the 4th, especially with the hoopla of the Starcruiser actually “cruising.”

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Apparently everyone will be in MK on May 4.
It just went from a 5 to 10/10.
Clearly they need a better appreciation of SW


Apparently, Disney IT is hiding under their desks.
This morning I made ADRs for May 4.

But now, even though I logged into MDE and followed the same steps, I can’t even bring up May 4 to see what’s available.

Clearly, they should not be too proud of this technological terror they’ve constructed.


I just got updates, overnight, from TP on all my trips WDW/UO/DLR. So… check your crowd calendar to see if it has changed.

Most people don’t seem to know what May the Fourth means. “True” Star Wars fans would put more significance on May 25. The people I know who even bring up May the Fourth as somehow significant to Star Wars fans are from “mild” Star Wars fans, or those who hear you are a Star Wars fan (even though they aren’t) and assume the date has some actual meaning.

It doesn’t.

As such, I don’t really think May the Fourth to be that much more crowded than any other day at HS.


I’d anticipate there’s more than enough mild SW fans to leave your Galaxy’s Edge overflowing.

As for crowds there on May 25… sure. That could happen too.

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Yeah my UOR dates are now rockin’ solid 7s across the board.
Unleash the dementors!

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That’s an interesting take, and I see what you mean. However, I would expect the crowds to be driven more by Disney’s marketing / special events / commercial efforts than anything. I would expect them to use any excuse (like May 4) to get some extra excitement (and cash) from the mild SW fans. But I would hope that you’re right, as that would make HS a better option for that day. I’ll keep an eye on special events and see if there’s much buzz.

I’m pretty sure that last year there was some guest-generated buzz around being there for May 4 but nothing official or events done by Disney.

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Alright, good to know! Thanks!

Mind you last year was last year. My notes say that all parks were CL 2 except EPCOT was 4.


MK on May 4 2022 – on the Crowd Calendar it has been changed from a crowd level of 5 to a crowd level of 10!! As this is the ONLY change on the Crowd Calendar for my trip since I last checked, this is very dubious. It would only make sense if the entire state of Rhode Island is spending the day there or something similar.

Someone suggested that this is because MK is closing early on May 3 for a CM event.

@GreyingMouser is exactly right. MK closes early (4:30pm) on May 3. This has had a drastic effect on the MK Crowd Calendar for that week:
MK Monday May 2: 10
MK Monday May 3: 2 (Closing Early)
MK Monday May 4: 10

Thanks for responses! Will likely change to another park.

I should change it… but I’m hoping that when we get there around 7:30 PM that the crowds will have dissipated…

Thanks for the information! Do you believe this 10 crowd level is accurate? This is totally ruining my plans :frowning:

It has definitely thrown a wrench into my plans as well. :confused: It’s hard to say how accurate this particular Crowd Level 10 will be.

There is definitely a certain margin for error in Crowd Calendar predictions. This post from a month ago gives an interesting example of how that might look in a given week.

However, there’s no question that early closures at MK cause crowds to gravitate toward the other parks and away from MK on the day of, and also increases MK crowds the day before and after, so I would trust TP to be close.

I was able to find one really comparable example of a past MK early closure when searching the forum, and I used TP Historical Crowd data to take a look.

Notice that MK was the busiest park the day before and after the early closing. The day after this 2018 early closing was an overall 5 at Disney World. This is also the prediction for May 4, 2022. So maybe this gives us reason to expect something like a 7 (like in 2018) rather than a 10 (what is currently predicted). Here’s more data on the day after that early closure. It shows you that TP predicted MK would be a 5 the day after, and it was actually a 7. I’m wondering if they’d rather be wrong the other way this time around. There are a few more factors:

  • Will overall crowds continue to increase as post-COVID travel ramps up?
  • Will crowds be trying to avoid HS because it’s “May the Fourth,” causing MK crowds to increase further?

However, looking at all of this, my thought is: If the overall crowd level really is a 5, I think I would prepare for MK to be at least an 8 on May 4. But I think I’d be surprised if it was a 10.

UPDATE - Something I hadn’t considered. Something that differentiates upcoming May 4th from my 2018 example is that May 4, 2022 is a day for extended hours in MK for qualifying guests. Factoring that in, I could understand why the crowd could be closer to 10 rather than the 7 or 8.

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So I’m there this whole week. I’ve decided to go to MK on May 3rd then hop some where or do a special dinner. I will do AK on May 4th then hop to HS after hopefully stacking some LL. Hopefully this works in my favor but who knows. :woman_shrugging:

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Thank you so much for the great data! If it weren’t extended evening hours I wouldn’t even consider doing MK that day. We have a split stay with 3 nights at a deluxe- so that’s the only extended evening we can do.