Disney World Turns to Dirt as Guests Overtake Theme Park

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If you were at EPCOT this past weekend, you were probably taken aback by what was happening at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park.

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Throughout the year, waves of guests flock to Disney World Resort, each with their own reasons for embarking on this enchanting adventure. Families with wide-eyed children in tow, couples seeking romantic trips, and friends on exhilarating vacations all converge upon this sprawling playground of imagination.

Walt Disney World is known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” and sees thousands of guests daily. Disney World is home to four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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While Disney World is a world of wonder, crowds can sometimes damper a guest’s vacation. Recently, @bioreconstruct shared a photo of a major overflow happening. This overflow shows the massive EPCOT ball and guests heading to the parks but sadly, they were forced to park on the grass.

That’s right, Disney World had to turn to the dirt to deal with the overflow in the theme park.

EPCOT (originally known as the ‘Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow’), the iconic theme park located in Walt Disney World Resort, is no stranger to bustling crowds. Throughout the year, especially during peak seasons and holidays, the park draws in thousands of guests worldwide, eager to explore its futuristic attractions, cultural showcases, and innovative entertainment.

EPCOT is home to four neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase. Each location offers different attractions for guests to experience.

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As guests follow the guidance of parking attendants, they navigated through the maze of vehicles to find a spot in the overflow parking area. While it may not offer the convenience of the main parking lots, the overflow area still provides ample space for guests to park their vehicles and proceed to the park entrance safely.

Disney World runs trams at each of their parks which allows guests easy and safe transport for guests from the overflow parking to the entrance of EPCOT, ensuring that even those parked further away can reach the park without difficulty.

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Even if you were one of the guests who had to park in the overflow lot, Disney will still provide a ride to the front of the parks.

If you’re trying to beat the crowds at EPCOT or any of the Disney World theme parks, guests can purchase Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane passes for certain attractions to allow for shorter wait times in line.

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About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.