Magic Kingdom Eerily Empty on AP Preview Day

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The day is finally here! Annual Passholders at Walt Disney World have graced the gates of Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom parks. Some of our team were lucky enough to be on the ground and will be reporting throughout the day, revealing all the details of how the parks have adapted to the new, strict health and safety measures brought on by the pandemic.

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Crowds at Walt Disney World

Parks will formally reopen to the rest of the public on Saturday, despite the spike in infection cases in Florida, which has extended its state of emergency. Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom will kick off the first stage of a phased reopening, followed by Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT on July 15, providing all goes to plan.

Let’s take a look at how the crowds were looking at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park, on its first preview day for Annual Passholders.

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No crowds at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park

Perhaps unsurprisingly, very few Guests are at the Magic Kingdom today for the Annual Passholders preview. Walt Disney World staples like Space Mountain and even Main Street, U.S.A. were nearly deserted as only a few dedicated AP holders were present on this exclusive, low-capacity day.

Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro

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Few Annual Passholders back at Walt Disney World

It’s very eerie to see the park so empty, especially on a day that was supposed to herald a joyous reopening of the happiest place on Earth.

Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
Credit: TJ Muscaro
magic kingdom entrance
Credit: ITM
magic kingdom entrance
Credit: ITM

A couple rides saw some crowding, including Jungle Cruise (Perhaps these AP holders heard that the ride could be next to be reimagined?). And of course, the longest wait time we have seen so far is for Splash Mountain. The Haunted Mansion was also reportedly sitting at a 25 minute line, though this has since passed and ride times are falling fast.

Crowds at Walt Disney World
Jungle Cruise. Credit: TJ Muscaro
Crowds at Walt Disney World
The Haunted Mansion. Credit: ITM

We’ll continue to provide further updates on everything to do with Walt Disney World’s phased reopening, including the AP preview day as we hear it.

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