Walt Disney World’s Low Attendance With High Wait Times

Nearly three months after the Walt Disney World parks have reopened, Disney is experiencing historical low attendance, while wait times grow.


As shared by OrlandoSentinel: The parks are more crowded since the initial reopening, but attendance is still at a historical low, said Len Testa, an expert on lines at theme parks. “You’re never going to see crowds this low again,” said Testa, who runs a website and app called Touring Plans that closely follows ride wait times to help people plan their vacations.

On a recent weekend at Magic Kingdom, daily attendance was similar to a special ticketed event, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, with about 19,000 people a day at the park instead of the typical 60,000. And Hollywood Studios is attracting about 11,000 customers, or about a third of normal.

Others wonder that since Disney World is limiting crowds, can’t I just walk up directly onto the rides without any wait? Despite the smaller crowds, wait times aren’t diminishing, Testa said.

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Disney has limited the number of riders per vehicle for most all of their attractions. For example, instead of filling up Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run with all six guests, each ride is limited per family. If you’re a party of one, you’ll be flying the Falcon solo. On top of that, some entertainment options such as Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular which normally could seat 3,000 people have yet to reopen. This means more people are standing in lines for other attractions.

Source: OrlandoSentinel

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.