Walt Disney World Sees Extreme Drop In Crowds Ahead of Holiday Weekend

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As Floridians have officially gone back to school, Walt Disney World theme parks are looking like a ghost town ahead of Labor Day Weekend.

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Walt Disney World is home to four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests from all around the world travel to Orlando, Florida to experience the magic of Disney World and everything it has to offer, including its one-of-a-kind nighttime spectaculars.

On October 1, 2021 Magic Kingdom debuted a brand-new fireworks show, Disney Enchantment, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. In order to make way for this new nighttime spectacular, we had to say goodbye to the fan-favorite show, Happily Ever After, which sparkled into Disney history on September 29, 2021.

If you have not yet seen Disney Enchantment, the official Walt Disney World website describes it as:

Watch in awe as Cinderella Castle comes to life with magical effects that—for the first time ever—extend down Main Street, U.S.A.! Plus, enjoy dazzling new lighting that illuminates the Castle courtyard and stunning fireworks that light up the night sky. All the while, classic and reimagined Disney songs will sweep you up into the adventure of a lifetime, along with an original new song by 7-time Grammy award-winning songwriter Philip Lawrence.

Disney Enchantment, presented by Pandora, is truly a celebration of magic, imagination, joy and hope for all who carry dreams in their hearts. Throughout your journey, favorite Disney Characters like Raya, Moana and Joe Gardner from Soul will join as you explore a world of wonder filled with friendship, love and fun. And if darkness tries to hold you back, you’ll discover you only have to look within to find the power to believe and make your dreams come true. The magic has been inside you all along!

This nighttime spectacular debuted as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration—the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary.

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Despite the backlash Disney Enchantment has received from fans, Magic Kingdom Guests continue to line up along Main Street, U.S.A. every evening to watch the night sky light up with fireworks.

However, because many Floridians have gone back to school, the last week of August at Walt Disney World is considered a “low crowd” week, and that is definitely shown in the video shared to Twitter by RandomDisneyDude:

Even though it looks like there are many Guests lined up on Main Street, U.S.A., waiting to witness Disney Enchantment, this is nothing compared to what an average summer evening typically looks like. Guests are usually packed in, shoulder to shoulder, making it very difficult to walk through. However, in the video above, you can see that Guests are able to walk down Main Street, U.S.A. with ease.

Additionally, wait times have been lower than average as many Magic Kingdom attractions posted a 5-20 minute StandBy line.

This is a great sign for those visiting Walt Disney World this week ahead of Labor Day Weekend.

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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.

Keep in mind, if you plan on visiting Walt Disney World, you will need a valid Park ticket as well as a Park Pass reservation. The new Disney Park Pass reservation system was introduced when the theme parks reopened after temporarily closing due to the ongoing pandemic. The reasoning behind this new system is to help Disney monitor and control the crowd levels and capacity on any given day.

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.

As we approach the holiday season, we expect to see the Park Pass availability continue to sell out so if you are planning on visiting Walt Disney World and its four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — be sure to secure your Park Passes as soon as possible.

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When visiting Magic Kingdom, Guests can ride attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, “it’s a small world”, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Carousel of Progress, and more. Or if they have the Park Hopper option, after 2 p.m., hop over to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom for even more Walt Disney World fun!

Do you have plans to visit Walt Disney World this week? Let us know in the comments below.

If you want to visit Walt Disney World and its four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — on your next family vacation to experience everything the Parks have to offer, visit the official Walt Disney World website to start planning today.

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