Aerial View Reveals Just How Crowded Disney World Is Right Now

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We have been reporting on spring break crowd levels at the Walt Disney World theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And as we approach summertime, we expect those crowd levels to continue.

In new aerial photos shared to social media by bioreconstruct, we can see just how crowded the Disney Parks currently are.

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Related: Guest Says They Will Not Return Until Disney Gets Crowds “Under Control”

We have seen a massive increase in crowd levels at Walt Disney World’s theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — over these last few months, which is frustrating many Guests. Now, new aerial photos are revealing just how crowded Disney’s Hollywood Studios is.

Biorecontruct shared images to Twitter flying over the parking lot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They write:

Aerial overview of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Arrows at Blizzard Beach and Expedition Everest.

In the image above, you can see that a majority of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is packed in with cars; however, there are still some open spaces, especially in the bottom left parking lot. This makes sense as Disney has confirmed that they are not currently operating at full capacity, and they might never again as they are “managing things differently now”.

Bioreconstruct shared another aerial photo of the parking usage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, writing:

Parking usage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Related: Pre-Pandemic Levels Return as Disney Park Opens to Massive Crowds

Keep in mind that when Walt Disney World and Disneyland reopened to Guests after temporarily closing due to the ongoing pandemic, the theme parks implemented a new reservation system to help monitor Park capacity called the Park Pass system.

Now, in order to enter a theme park — including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure at Disneyland, Guests must not only have valid Park admission, but a valid Park Pass reservation.

And in 2020, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro indicated that the newly implemented Park Pass system is a “new normal” that isn’t going away anytime soon, if ever, so Guests should get accustomed to utilizing the Disney Park Pass system if they are planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

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Additionally, we do want to note that recently, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy stated that Park’s capacity would never return to normal as they are “managing things differently now”. This sparked quite the conversation amongst Disney fans as many can’t imagine what “full capacity” would look like considering how packed the Parks are now.

Have you visited Walt Disney World recently? Let us know your thoughts on the current crowd levels in the comments below.

If you want to visit Walt Disney World on your next vacation, let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation. You won’t want to miss everything the Parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district has to offer!

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