When should you go to Magic Kingdom? What are the best days of the week to visit Disney World’s most popular theme park. If you want to avoid long lines, we have a complete guide on which are the least crowded days at Magic Kingdom.

Using wait time data from Thrill-Data.com, we’ve compared the average wait time at Magic Kingdom based on day of the week for the past three and a half years. We’ve also broken down crowd patterns by month, and looked at how the introduction of Lightning Lane affected average wait time. Our recommendations put an emphasis on the past 12 months, as visiting habits have greatly changed since 2020.

Read on to find out the best days of the week to visit Magic Kingdom, as well as which days to avoid.

Average Wait Time by Day of the Week at Magic Kingdom

From January 1, 2019 through July 31, 2022, here is the average wait time at Magic Kingdom for each day of the week.

  • Monday: 36 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 33 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 33 Minutes
  • Thursday: 32 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Friday: 32 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Saturday: 35 Minutes
  • Sunday: 33 Minutes

Recent crowd patterns tell a slightly different story. This date range is from October 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022, as that is when Disney World launched its 50th Anniversary celebration and introduced Lightning Lane, which had an impact on wait times.

  • Monday: 41 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 37 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 36 Minutes
  • Thursday: 36 Minutes
  • Friday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Saturday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Sunday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)

While Monday still has the longest wait times, there has been a distinct shift towards lower wait times and lower crowds on Friday-Sunday within recent months.

The Best Days to Visit Magic Kingdom in 2022: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

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If you look at the past 12 months, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the days with lowest crowds on average at Magic Kingdom.

Fridays have been consistently among the least crowded days at Magic Kingdom. Friday has had the lowest wait time or second lowest wait time of any day for each of the last three and a half years except 2020, which is something of an outlier. For four out of the last 12 months, Fridays have had the lowest crowds at Magic Kingdom. When planning my Disney World vacations, Friday is my first pick for Magic Kingdom.

Saturdays are a bit weirder. If you look just at the last 12 months, Saturdays also have had the lowest wait time for four months. However, Saturdays had the longest wait times at Magic Kingdom in September 2021. And if you average the last three and a half years, Saturdays have had the second highest wait times of any day of the week. In 2019, Saturdays were the 2nd most crowded day of the week, and in 2020, Saturdays were the most crowded day of the week.

So if you just look at recent history, Saturdays are a good pick. However, if Magic Kingdom returns to historical averages, Saturdays could get more crowded.

Sundays follow closely behind as good days to visit Magic Kingdom. Sundays have had the lowest wait times three out of the last twelve months.

Wednesdays and Thursdays are also solid days to pick to visit Magic Kingdom. Thursday had the lowest wait times of any day through 2021, second shortest in 2019, and tied for shortest on average through the last 3.5 years.

Wednesdays had the lowest wait times on average in 2020 and 2021, and the lowest wait times in September and October 2021.

The Worst Day to Visit Magic Kingdom in 2022: Monday

Crowded Fantasyland - Magic Kingdom Worst Day to Visit

Mondays have long had a reputation as the worst day of the week to visit Magic Kingdom. One of our longest-held Magic Kingdom tips was to avoid Mondays at MK. Monday is typically a first day of someone’s vacation (or at least the first day they go into the parks), and most people visit Magic Kingdom first.

The data backs this up. Mondays will have the heaviest crowds at Magic Kingdom.

Tuesdays are currently the second worst day to visit Magic Kingdom. Tuesdays were the second most crowded day of the week at the park in 2021, and it’s been the the same situation since the parks introduced Lightning Lane. Tuesdays actually had the shortest wait times in February 2022, but the longest wait times in March and July 2022.

Magic Kingdom Day of the Week – Average Wait Time Based on Month

Of course, these recommendations are based on an average of recent history. Crowd patterns shift based on time of the year. Below are the last twelve months of average wait time at Magic Kingdom, broken out by day of the week. As you can see, the above recommendations would shift based on which month of the year you visit.

January 2022

  • Monday: 42 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 36 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 35 Minutes
  • Thursday: 36 Minutes
  • Friday: 39 Minutes
  • Saturday: 35 Minutes
  • Sunday: 32 Minutes (Shortest)

February 2022

  • Monday: 48 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 37 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Wednesday: 42 Minutes
  • Thursday: 41 Minutes
  • Friday: 42 Minutes
  • Saturday: 38 Minutes
  • Sunday: 40 Minutes

March 2022

  • Monday: 43 Minutes
  • Tuesday: 45 Minutes (Longest)
  • Wednesday: 41 Minutes
  • Thursday: 40 Minutes
  • Friday: 40 Minutes
  • Saturday: 38 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Sunday: 32 Minutes

April 2022

  • Monday: 42 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 41 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 39 Minutes
  • Thursday: 39 Minutes
  • Friday: 37 Minutes
  • Saturday: 36 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Sunday: 32 Minutes

May 2022

  • Monday: 36 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 34 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 34 Minutes
  • Thursday: 34 Minutes
  • Friday: 32 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Saturday: 35 Minutes
  • Sunday: 32 Minutes (Shortest)

June 2022

  • Monday: 41 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 38 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 36 Minutes
  • Thursday: 36 Minutes
  • Friday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Saturday: 37 Minutes
  • Sunday: 36 Minutes

July 2022

  • Monday: 38 Minutes
  • Tuesday: 39 Minutes (Longest)
  • Wednesday: 36 Minutes
  • Thursday: 37 Minutes
  • Friday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Saturday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Sunday: 35 Minutes (Shortest)

August 2021

  • Monday: 30 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 26 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 28 Minutes
  • Thursday: 26 Minutes
  • Friday: 24 Minutes
  • Saturday: 20 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Sunday: 25 Minutes

September 2021

  • Monday: 23 Minutes
  • Tuesday: 18 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 14 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Thursday: 15 Minutes
  • Friday: 18 Minutes
  • Saturday: 25 Minutes (Longest)
  • Sunday: 23 Minutes

October 2021

  • Monday: 38 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 30 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 26 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Thursday: 30 Minutes
  • Friday: 29 Minutes
  • Saturday: 32 Minutes
  • Sunday: 29 Minutes

November 2021

  • Monday: 39 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 34 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 32 Minutes
  • Thursday: 32 Minutes
  • Friday: 30 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Saturday: 34 Minutes
  • Sunday: 34 Minutes

December 2021

  • Monday: 40 Minutes (Longest)
  • Tuesday: 34 Minutes
  • Wednesday: 38 Minutes
  • Thursday: 33 Minutes (Shortest)
  • Friday: 34 Minutes
  • Saturday: 35 Minutes
  • Sunday: 34 Minutes

Other days to avoid at Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022
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Pay attention to which dates Magic Kingdom hosts the Not So Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas Party. If you do not have a ticket to these events, you have to leave the park by 7 pm. This means that you will not be able to watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom that day. If you have a park hopper, you can just go to another park. But if you have a single park ticket, going to Magic Kingdom on party days can feel like a waste of your ticket.

Also pay attention to which dates Magic Kingdom has Extended Evening Hours for Deluxe Resort guests. Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on these dates. If you don’t have access to this Deluxe resort perk, then avoid the park on these days.

Crowds will be at their absolute highest on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Magic Kingdom regularly reaches capacity on the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you want to avoid crowds, avoid Magic Kingdom on these holidays.

How to plan a Magical Magic Kingdom Day

Magic Kingdom - 50th Anniversary Castle Decor
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Planning a trip to Disney World? Figuring out when to go is just the beginning. Get in touch with our friends at Vacationeer for free Disney World vacation planning. Their travel agents can help you plan your vacation for no extra cost, including helping get park reservations for the best days to visit Magic Kingdom. They’ll make sure you get the most out of your visit to Magic Kingdom and the other WDW theme parks. Plus, they are Disney experts, so they’ll have their own recommendations and advice.

Don’t miss our Magic Kingdom Tips & Tricks so you can visit like an expert. We also have free Disney World guides, which help you learn the basics of planning a WDW vacation. Our Guide 2 Disney Genie and Magic Kingdom Lightning Lane Guide will help you spend less time waiting in line for Magic Kingdom’s best rides and attractions. Plus, we have an in-depth section on Magic Kingdom Rides & Attractions, a Magic Kingdom Character Guide, as well as Magic Kingdom Dining and Restaurants.

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