Mayhem at Disney: Wait Times Surge as Crowds Flood the Parks

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January is a great time to visit the Disney theme parks, but in this week’s case, it seems that too many great minds are thinking alike.

Despite the “slow season” label, both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort have experienced a surprising influx of visitors this late January People have been taken aback by the sheer volume of guests and the resulting extended wait times they have encountered. Whether it’s the allure of the theme parks or the thought that the parks would be empty, one thing is sure – crowds have flocked to the parks, ready to immerse themselves in the whimsical world of Disney.

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Radiator Springs Racers

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Tis the Post Holiday-Season!

At Disneyland Resort, the typical serene post-holiday ambiance has been temporarily transformed into a bustling hub of activity. From Main Street, U.S.A., to Tomorrowland, each corner of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park has been enlivened by eager visitors eager to embark on their magical adventures. Earlier today, the lines for attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers and the Star Wars attraction seemed to stretch on endlessly as thrill-seekers patiently waited their turn to experience the exhilaration that awaited them.

Meanwhile, over at Walt Disney World Resort, the same story unfolds. With its iconic Cinderella Castle serving as a beacon of wonder, the Magic Kingdom drew in crowds like moths to a flame despite the season. In Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park, Tower of Terror, Rise of the Resistance, and Slinky Dog Dash were all over 100 minutes in wait times this afternoon!

Insanely busy during middle of the week in January
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Will the Madness Ever End?

The surging attendance at both resorts has inevitably led to prolonged wait times for many popular attractions. This has prompted some visitors to alter their plans, adjusting their schedules to make the most of their time and maximize their chances of experiencing as many rides as possible. For those seeking a more strategic approach, utilizing the Disney Genie Plus service or Individual Lightning Lane reservations can prove to be invaluable.

Slinky Dog Dash Rollercoaster

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One thing is clear, both United States Disney theme parks have seemingly returned to their full pre-pandemic state. Despite rising COVID-19 and Flu cases nationally, fans are still flocking to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort for their vacations.

It’s essential for visitors to manage their expectations during crowded periods, as the popularity of Disney parks shows no signs of waning. Planning ahead, arriving early, and taking advantage of Genie Plus or Lightning Lane reservations can help mitigate wait times and ensure a more seamless visit.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.