Disney World Crowds Disappear for the Start of Summer

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Memorial Day Weekend was a mixed bag at the Walt Disney World Resort. On Friday night, Disney World premiered “Disney Dreams That Soar” at Disney Springs.

An image shows a colorful drone light show creating the shape of a large robot against a dark, cloudy sky. The lights are predominantly red with some blue and white, outlining the head, body, arms, and legs of the robot.
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The new drone show blew away everyone in attendance; however, guests shared a common complaint: Disney Springs was just too small to handle such large crowds, and it ended up being a disaster. 

On Saturday night, the show had to be canceled because of high winds in the area, and guests were sent away disappointed. 

While Memorial Day is the official kick-off of summer, it appears that Disney World crowds did not realize it was a holiday weekend. 


According to social media posts and Disney World crowd calendars, the crowds were sparse, especially at the Magic Kingdom, where attendance never exceeded three for the entire weekend. 

Some guests attributed the lower crowd levels to the changes in Walt Disney World’s Disability Access Service program; however, guests who arrived at Disney World for Memorial Day Weekend would have been approved before the changes went into effect. 

Why Did Everyone Stay Away?

There are some explanations for the lower-than-average crowds at Disney World this weekend. The first, and perhaps the easiest, explanation is the heat. 

This weekend, Central Florida was under an extreme heat warning. The temperature was well above 90, and it felt like the 100s every day over Memorial Day weekend. 

Another possible explanation is that Passholders were blacked out for this weekend, keeping many locals at home or the beach. 


But the last and most plausible explanation for the low crowds is that people are waiting. There is nothing new at Disney World, and with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure coming to the Magic Kingdom next month, people are just waiting for their Walt Disney World vacation. 

Disney World saw a similar trend of lower crowds after Spring Break this year, but after a few weeks, the crowd level picked back up. 

Guests who were there this weekend pointed to low wait times for some of Disney’s most popular attractions, including only 28 minutes to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom. 

A close-up of the Tiana's Bayou Adventure exterior model at night
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EPCOT saw larger crowds, as it always does on the weekends, with locals coming to drink worldwide. With the International Flower and Garden Festival ending on Memorial Day, crowds wanted one last glimpse of the topiaries. 

With Florida’s school year ending and Disney bringing in a new attraction, expect heavy crowds to return to the parks in late June. For now, enjoy the lower crowd levels and get on as many rides as you can. This won’t last much longer.

How were the crowds this weekend at Walt Disney World?

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