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Comments for Disney World Draws Massive Crowds as Long Lines Take Over the Parks

Long lines at WDW and Mickey Mouse

Credit: @pagingmrmorrow TikTok (left) / Disney (middle) / @expedition_neverland TikTok (right)

23 Comments

  1. F.

    Long lines at at theme park in the Summer? No way!!

  2. Indy

    So what was the actual wait time, because that is what matters. Looking at that line it was very spaced out (socially distanced despite there not being markers on the ground).
    Sections of the switchbacks were very sparse and moving at walking speed. I would venture to say that lines wait time is not anymore than the usual wait time for SM. Even if people are only twice as far away from the next group as usual then the line becomes twice as long.

  3. They need to bring back fast pass!!! They are making guests make reservations to come to the parks, but it looks like it is a sham. Parks are probably at full capacity or just under. It’s funny how the park reservation system gets full and then magically more capacity opens for pass holders or Florida residents. Shows take some of the crowds from the lines, so it will probably get better as the entertainment venues open in August. Riding attractions during parades is also good. I saw that character cavalcades are now posting their times (they may take some of the crowds).

    1. Jamie

      Fast Pass helped spread the crowds through out the park keeping huge numbers from flocking to the big rides at the same time. Hopefully this will prove to Disney that a free Fast Pass system must return.

      1. Jaren

        Return the free pass system. It only makes sense!

  4. Bob

    One reason why lines and wait times are so long is because summer will be ending in a few weeks and kids will. be going back to school. Also, more shows and venues like parades and fireworks are starting. Lines will get shorter as the summer ends.

  5. Wankers

    Lol what a bunch of dummies Disney world sucks

  6. Michael J Baaden

    We were there just over a week ago. Never have I seen the lines so bad before. Let alone Disney absolutely lying bout there wait times. They def need to reopen the Shows, princess meet and greets, etc. On top of that pirates on a daily basis kept shutting down due to Ride failure. It was so bad lol

  7. EM

    Open EVERYTHING up and lines will get shorter. Parades, Shows and Restaurants and shops. Bring back FREE Fast Pass+ and lines will be even shorter. There, problem solved.

  8. Karen

    It was awful before the pandemic. I’ve visited WDW in May with 3 different generations since 1978. The weather was perfect and the crowds were manageable. In May 2019 it was simply awful. Even with Fast Pass we wound around lines for hours for a 7 minute ride. That’s Disney making money. P.S. I’ve NEVER experienced so many rude people.

  9. Dave

    Long lines? Yep.
    As weird as it might seem, I am glad to see the lines. This is an excellent indicator that we are getting back to normal.
    We have been here all week. The lines have been consistently long for all the most popular rides. People have been patient, understanding and friendly.
    We are glad we invested the time and money to be here.

  10. Nick

    Anyone going to WDW during mid to late summer and not expecting to encounter long lines isn’t living in the real world.
    Yes, FP would have, could have made wait times more manageable and it’s nothing other than Disney’s mismanagement preventing that.

  11. Gary

    It’s to be expected. The same thing has happened after nearly every recession, tragedy, etc. Things have been tough for a while, people are starting to have discretionary income again and they want an escape from the real world. Queue everyone suddenly planning a vacay to a theme park ASAP. Theme parks will be busier than usual for the next year or two because of this.

  12. Mb

    We were there a week ago and the lines were almost unbearable! Stood in line for 40 minutes for a ride to have it shut down because of a problem. Way too much $$$ to spend standing in lines.

  13. Brent

    We were there just this week and I thought lines were fine. They were longer but you kept moving..More walking than standing. Made it seem to go faster. I think fast pass slows the process like a traffic jam. Almost every line was quicker than the expected wait time. More shows and character greeting would spread people out too.

  14. Anne

    Yeah, we were there at the end of June and Space Mountain was 55 mins for us, as was Jungle Cruise. Smuggler’s Run and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Train were also 55 mins. Some rides were longer, and we passed on those. Not going back until FP is back in place. We still love it, but it was hard to get rides in and enjoy other things.

  15. SG

    Yep, terribly long lines. As APs we go often and hardly ride the popular rides because the lines are TOO LONG and in the heat can be dangerous if you don’t hydrate. FREE Fast Pass needs to return. And lets face it, everyone is back, there’s no limited capacity, we’ve never had an issue getting a reservation to get in, including making them the day of! Get your vaccine, wear your mask (little ones can’t get the vaccine and can be asymptomatic), spread out, put on your sunscreen, hydrate and have a great time!

  16. jo

    can you imagine having a 6 yr. old in those lines? Bring back fast pass. Its not looking good right now for little ones.

  17. P Jones

    We were there last week. It was our first trip to WDW Orlando in 10 years. We were at Disneyland Paris in 2018. We thought it was bad with 1/2 the rides shut down for refurbishment or needing it. When we rode the Paris Rock and Roll roller coaster there was no music. When the ride was over we told the employee who shrugged her shoulders and said ‘Yeah, that happens’. Just a tough crap attitude. That was sooo much better than WDW Orlando. We had stopped going because my kids had school and the lines are crazy in the summer. I promised my youngest Universal for her high school graduation. My oldest informed us we hadn’t been to Disney in 10 years. I checked the wait times and they were great. I booked the trip for 2 weeks later. In that time, Disney let everyone in (with park reservations). The wait times exploded to 60, 90 minutes waits. On our reservation day at Hollywood studios we tried at 7am to get the virtual line for the newest Star Wars ride. We couldn’t get in. They said they would open up the virtual line again at 1:00. But they didn’t. One shot to get it. No chance of riding it. Universal was also doing a virtual line. Theirs was for the new Hagrid ride. It had times opening up all day. Giving a chance for everyone to get in. Their park to park was only 50% the cost of a new ticket. Also, you can easily move back and forth. It is a trek at Disney to go to another park. And Disney’s park hopper is approximately 70% the cost of a ticket, plus you have to have park reservations. Even if we wanted to wait in a huge line we couldn’t, the virtual line was full. We felt the money spent at Universal was absolutely worth it. We go to Universal about every 3 years. You absolutely do Not get value for your money at Disney. Hour long rides in the blazing sun. At Magic kingdom I rode 2 lines before I had to leave. I had gotten overheated waiting in line at the Haunted Mansion. My daughters were at the Hollywood Studio park all day. They rode 4 rides. That’s ridiculous. For dinner they charged $59 per person for the Crystal Palace. There were no characters at all. We were charge character dinner prices for no characters. I have never felt more ripped off. There was no Disney ‘magic’. The employees looked and acted like Six Flags Employees. Disney doesn’t value their guests or employees. I’m done. I’m not going back. Outrageous wait times with the attitude that you should be thrilled because you are at Disney.

    1. Shellie M Moore-hernandez

      we were there for a week in July and I couldn’t agree more. the staff has definitely changed, I felt I was at Busch Gardens. we were actually told by a waitress at the Wave that the kitchen was closed and they should have never sat us and that she was working on her day off and she needed to leave to pick her kid up from daycare. I am a DVC and have NEVER in 21 yrs EVER been treated so rudely. even when I reported it to the manager she seemed unfazed. we saw may staff members with “earning my ears” pins but almost seems a little to late.DW should have seen the rush coming and planned better. and what is up with the daily “wellness checks” in our rooms? nice being caught with my pants down, literally.

  18. Shellie M Moore-hernandez

    we were there for a week in July and I couldn’t agree more. the staff has definitely changed, I felt I was at Busch Gardens. we were actually told by a waitress at the Wave that the kitchen was closed and they should have never sat us and that she was working on her day off and she needed to leave to pick her kid up from daycare. I am a DVC and have NEVER in 21 yrs EVER been treated so rudely. even when I reported it to the manager she seemed unfazed. we saw may staff members with “earning my ears” pins but almost seems a little to late.DW should have seen the rush coming and planned better. and what is up with the daily “wellness checks” in our rooms? nice being caught with my pants down, literally.

  19. FG Jr

    We took the kids to WDW in early December and it was perfect. Cool weather(75 degrees), small lines and we rode everything twice. The lines that were long moved fast because of 6 feet between parties. So it seemed long but moved quickly. We will never go in the summer, insanely hot. It’s a lot of money for a vacation, you have to enjoy it. Imagine suffering on vacation, can’t do it. Go to Orlando in the winter.

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