Disney World Shut Down: Police Investigation Seals Off Entrance

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It appears that some guests may have an issue navigating around Walt Disney World Resort this long weekend due to a recent accident that has left multiple injured.

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When guests arrive at Walt Disney World Resort, many tend to forget the sheer size of the resort. Not only is it home to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but there are also multiple golf courses, over 25 massive resorts, two water parks, Disney Springs, and so much more.

Disney World is actually the size of San Francisco, with a plethora of roadways constructed to move guests from destination to destination as efficiently as possible.

It may be the most magical place on earth, but even with Mickey Mouse in charge, there are still instances in which things may go awry.

According to Walt Disney World Resort fan site Blog Mickey, a car crash has taken over a section of World Drive, affecting guests on their way to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a very short walk to the Magic Kingdom.

The blog post shared, “Guests driving to Disney’s Contemporary Resort should be aware that a crash along World Drive North is blocking both lanes of traffic this morning. The Florida Highway Patrol is on the scene of a vehicle crash with injuries reported.”

Disney's Contemporary Resort at night with a monorail running through the lobby
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Please be advised of a temporary rerouting for guests traveling to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Southbound Approach:

If you are approaching from the south on W. Wilderness Road, you will be rerouted at Topiary Lane. Access to the resort is currently unavailable from this direction.

Northbound Approach:

For those approaching from the north, access to Disney’s Contemporary Resort remains open. Utilize either Floridian Way or Center Drive to reach the designated route. This road will take you past backstage areas for TRON Lightcycle Run and Space Mountain before arriving at the resort.

If you are staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, buses are still very much in operation. Additionally, guests can utilize the walkway to the Magic Kingdom if they are planning on visiting Cinderella Castle today or the monorail system, which can also take them to EPCOT, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the Ticket and Transportation Center.

While the accident has caused traffic issues, the Florida Highway Patrol is reportedly working on clearing everything up.

If you are planning on visiting Walt Disney World today, it, surprisingly, may be a good day to do so. Typically, Memorial Day weekend sees very high crowd levels as it is a long weekend, meaning many kids and some parents have an elongated holiday, and extra time to travel.

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Whenever there is a holiday at Disney, crowds naturally tend to pick up. That being said, we did see a large drop in spring break crowds after recent price-hike complaints, and now, the same is happening this weekend. 

Disney fan RodrigoBro took a screenshot of the My Disney Experience app to display the current wait times at the theme parks, and was shocked to see Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Jungle Cruise all around the 30-minute wait time mark, as they are among the most popular attractions in the theme park, and typically boast long waits.

Rogrido seemed to think that perhaps the new Disability Access Service policy change, which only allows guests with developmental disabilities to obtain a DAS pass to possibly be the reason.

But as we recently heard from Disney CEO Bob Iger, overall attendance at Disney World has been down in this post-COVID era: “We still see in the bookings we look ahead towards indicate healthy growth in the business. So we still certainly feel good about the opportunities for continued strong growth.”

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He continued, “I feel like the parks business is still doing very very well. We’ve got the best in the business in terms of product. People still have a strong desire to basically go on vacation and come to see us.”

That being said, we had seen Disney surge their Disney Genie+ prices prior to Easter weekend in anticipation for the demand and crowds, and yet, the massive crowds did not dominate as the park would have expected.

It appears that the same is happening this Memorial Day weekend, and Disney is aware of it. Today, the highest Disney Genie+ pricing is at $29 for Magic Kingdom or the multi-park option, whereas Easter weekend was priced $10 higher at $39. 

Either attendance is down or the DAS changes are working. Three major Etix Memorial Day Sat pic.twitter.com/PTVf5lRHyq

However, to look at the new DAS policy argument, it was reported that 60% of guests who were entering the Lightning Lane queue were not Disney Genie+ guests but DAS guests. So theoretically, if the Lightning Lane lines are now far shorter, the regular queue would break less to allow Lightning Lane guests onto the attraction first.

After speaking to a guest at Disney Springs this past weekend who was visiting from another state, it seems that the price is the main reason to not go to the parks.

The guest and her husband came to Orlando, but ended up deciding to skip out on the Disney parks, as they said even one day would run them almost $400, which seemed unaffordable, so even though 1 million travelers are coming into the city, many of them are now opting out of Disney. 

Are you planning on heading to Disney World this holiday weekend?

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