Disney World Park Abandoned, Empty

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An empty Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom

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Thanksgiving week has historically been one of the busiest times at the Disney parks, and this year was no different. But a new report alleges that the week after the November holiday might be the best time to visit Walt Disney World Resort with no crowds.

Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom went viral this summer after experiencing unseasonably low attendance. Even during the Fourth of July weekend, attraction wait times were lower than ever.

The Walt Disney Company tried everything to entice potential visitors, from Resort hotel room discounts to the cheapest Disney Park tickets in years to discounted VIP Tours. Some Disney Parks fans blamed heat, others blamed politics—but no one could explain the troubled theme parks.

Fall brought the always-popular Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which sold out every night. September and October experienced a few slow days, though not unusual, as kids returned to school across the United States. This month and next, the completely sold-out Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the biggest draw for guests.

Mickey and Minnie dressed up in their Halloween costumes during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
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Still, the special event might not be enough to draw Walt Disney World Resort’s usual crowds. Even with the new Disney Jollywood Nights event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, attendance plummeted at the Central Florida Disney park after Thanksgiving.

Rachel (@intothemagicvacations on TikTok) shared a video from Magic Kingdom Park on Tuesday, where guests enjoyed low wait times for popular rides and walked on to everything else.

@intothemagicvacations

Can you believe Space Mountain was that short?!! #disney #disneyworld #disneyparks #magickingdom #disneywaittimes

♬ MONACO – Bad Bunny

The Pirates of the Caribbean wait time was five minutes. Mickey Mouse’s popular meet-and-greet? Ten minutes. Big Thunder Mountain? Also, ten minutes. Even Space Mountain sat at a five-minute wait during the day. And anyone who knows Walt Disney World Resort knows a five-minute wait means walking onto the ride.

“We went to MK Sunday, did the whole park by 2:00 PM,” @themnoir commented. “It was great.”

“We always go the’ week after,’” @val.scat.shops replied. “After the marathon is the best week of all. No people, no heat.”

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World with crowds in front
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Magic Kingdom Park wasn’t alone.

“I was at EPCOT today… it’s DEAD,” @theluckmanlife said. “…And also freezing.”

Things at “the other theme park” weren’t as quiet, but crowd levels were still down. As Universal Orlando Resort saw four-hour wait times for The Grinch, its most popular holiday character meet-and-greet, other attractions felt the crowd lull.

Low crowds at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Credit: Alice S.

“I work at universal and mummy was a walk on in the middle of the day,” said @laobansanta. “I left the office and rode it twice.”

At the time of this article’s publication, Magic Kingdom Park is a bit busier. The highest wait time is 105 minutes for Seven Dwarves Mine Train. EPCOT is quieter, with 20-minute or less wait times for all attractions except Frozen Ever After and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which have 65-minute waits.

Have you noticed lower Walt Disney World crowd levels this week? Share your experience with Inside the Magic in the comments.

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks guest experience. No two guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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