End-of-summer crowds tested Walt Disney World’s lower COVID-era attendance limits this Labor Day, as all four theme parks and even the Disney Springs shopping complex reached capacity at points during the holiday weekend.
Disney’s theme parks have operated at an extremely reduced capacity since reopening in July, capping attendance at a number reportedly around 25% or less of each park’s usual maximum. To help limit crowd size, Disney requires visitors to make a theme Park Pass reservation and have valid admission media before visiting a park. As of last week, Park Pass reservations were scarce, with no same-day slots available over the weekend.
Walt Disney World resort hotels and Disney Vacation Club properties were also sold out over the weekend, though several hotels remain closed and we know Disney is not booking the remaining properties to their maximum capacity.
In Disney Springs, capacity is throttled at the parking entrances, which also serve as the health screening checkpoint for the shopping area. Photos posted to social media throughout the weekend showed long lines to even get into the parking structures.
Social media reports indicated that Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the City Walk shopping complex all saw capacity crowds over the weekend as well.
Our takeaway from this is, « if you open it, they will come. » If you are comfortable making a trip to Walt Disney World this fall, and especially if you are targeting a holiday weekend like Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving week or even looking towards the winter holiday season, make sure to make reservations.
…Tomorrowland Transit Authority is now scheduled to be closed through November 21. The ride has not reopened since Magic Kingdom resumed operations in July.
…One of the longest lines at the Magic Kingdom this weekend was for a new Madame Leota collectible sipper mug. The was supposed to have arrived at the Sleepy Hollow counter this week, but materialized a few days early in time for Labor Day crowds.
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