Magic Kingdom Experiences CRAZY Crowd Surge Ahead of 50th Anniversary

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As Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — prepare for the property’s 50th anniversary celebration, crowds have been noticeably low in all four Parks.

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Now, just about a week and a half ahead of The Most Magical Celebration on Earth’s official kickoff on October 1, 2021, crowd levels at Magic Kingdom Park have significantly increased.

As you can see in the photos below, crowds throughout the Park were quite heavy throughout the day, including in the area near the popular Haunted Mansion ride and the Memento Mori gift shop.

magic kingdom crowds on september 22, 2021
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Slightly further down from Haunted Mansion, across from Tom Sawyer Island, crowds were also notably heavier than they have been in recent weeks. It is worth noting that these crowd levels were seen throughout the theme park on September 22, 2021.

magic kingdom crowds on september 22, 2021
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Crowds were also thick outside the Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street Train Station — the main Magic Kingdom entry and exit area — following the Happily Ever After Fireworks show.

magic kingdom crowds on september 22, 2021
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Happily Ever After will be permanently closing on September 29, 2021, so it is unsurprising that the fan-favorite nighttime spectacular is drawing huge crowds at this time. 

magic kingdom crowds on september 22, 2021
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The show’s replacement, Disney Enchantment is officially described as:

An Incredible Journey Awaits
Be swept up in a world of wonder filled with friendship, love and fun as you watch this nighttime spectacular unfold. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, Disney Enchantment will feature captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and—for the first time—immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom park.

It’s an awe-inspiring show you won’t want to miss—debuting October 1, 2021 during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration.

What do you think about crowds ramping up at Disney World ahead of the 50th anniversary?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district. 

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