Crowds are decreasing significantly from their summer peak as we head into September. September is one of my favorite months in Disney World. It’s so refreshing after the nuttiness of summer. To be perfectly candid, I don’t even particularly like going to the Parks in July. It’s hot. And crowded. Hot. And crowded. Hot. And crowded. Every day. There’s nothing out of the ordinary going on. Disney doesn’t need to do anything special to attract crowds that would be heavy either way. By overall attendance, September is the least crowded month of the year and has been every year for at least the last five years. There are a few contributing factors at play – the most obvious being the school year. Kids are back in school after a lengthy summer vacation and there are no major holidays. While it’s technically not September yet, let’s see what Magic Kingdom looks like today. I was sort of photo’d out after the big Halloween spread and lunch at Columbia Harbour House/Cosmic Ray’s, so we just have a few to look at.
Granted it’s five minutes to the next show, but I don’t think you could say the “new” Tiki Room is playing to packed audiences at the moment. It’s about 1:30pm, which should be peak-Tiki-time.
Nominal waits for Pirates of the Caribbean. Actual wait was four minutes.
A ten minute standby wait at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at 1:40pm is about as short as it gets. Actual wait time was 13 minutes. Rewind one month (five Tuesdays ago) to July 26th and the posted wait time was 50 minutes.
Here we are with FASTPASS return times just 40 minutes out at Splash Mountain. On July 26th, the standby wait was 70 minutes and the FASTPASS return time was 5:45pm – 6:45pm. The actual wait time here was 19 minutes.
More of the same.
There’s really no way around a wait time of 30+ minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight in the afternoon. On July 26th, it was 70 minutes at the same time.
FASTPASSes just 40 minutes out at Winnie the Pooh.
Sorry, more merchandise. I just thought this was a really cute coffee mug.
Disney is supposedly cutting corners left and right, but here’s an example of where the “magic” is still alive. These musicians are entertaining people in the Snow White queue. There was a similar band playing country music in Frontierland.
Friar’s Nook was operating today. Both Casey’s Corner and The Lunching Pad are closed for refurbishment, so Disney needs the additional capacity. I was surprised that neither Diamond Horseshoe nor Tomorrowland Terrace were operating. It wasn’t much of an issue for me at either Columbia Harbour House or Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe though – I encountered a total of one person in line in front of me at both.
Construction continues on the new Fantasyland behind this wall. I’m not a big construction person, which is why you don’t see me taking a lot of photos of walls and such around the Park. New Fantasyland is definitely coming along though. It helps that Beast’s Castle is around three feet tall.
Not much of a line waiting for the next Rapunzel Meet and Greet. It’s possible she was taking one of her 40,000 breaks during the day after this group, which could be the reason for the lack of a line.
Heading out of Tomorrowland. Buzz Lightyear is at 15 minutes, Space Mountain is at 30 minutes, Astro Orbiter is at 25 minutes, Stitch is at 10 minutes.
People getting ready for the 3pm Parade.
Short waits at Mickey and the Princesses too.
As expected, waits and crowds are significantly lower this week than they have been over the last three months. It also helps that Magic Kingdom is our most recommended Park today. This trend should continue through September and into the beginning of October.