I already formally invited you to spring break at Walt Disney World yesterday, so we are done with the niceties. Today, the overall crowd level is ratcheted up to a “9,” indicating the highest possible crowds without risk that one of the theme parks would close to capacity. According to the March Crowd Calendar, Magic Kingdom was the least recommended theme park.
Haha. These are the ticket booths outside the Transportation and Ticket Center around 1:40pm. You’re looking at a one to two hour wait before you even enter Magic Kingdom if you don’t have tickets. And it’s pretty late in the afternoon to be seeing this many people that aren’t even in the theme parks yet.
Via Twitter, the Monorails were actually operating in the afternoon, which is unusual this month as we’ve seen. With the heavy crowds, Disney had Magical Express and Cruise Line buses on hand in the Ticket and Transportation Center. I think demand was so high that they had no other choice but to shut down construction over at the Grand Floridian and open up the Monorails. I saw some pictures via Twitter this morning of the line at the Ferry and it was positively horrifying. The type of stuff that nightmares are made of. Staffing was so tight that I saw upper management sweeping in front of the Express Monorail.
Since the Ferry had just pulled up and the line for the Express Monorail was back to the pavement below, I opted to ride the boat.
Looking across at DVC construction, you can see that there’s a very long red crane that’s sitting horizontally on the ground over at the Grand Floridian Disney Vacation Club construction site.
The view from the Monorail. Caterpillar at the ready.
I’m still not convinced this website can be trusted, but it looks busy from here on the boat.
Disney is running buses to the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary from Magic Kingdom or the Ticket/Transportation Center while the Monorails aren’t operating.
Another reason to arrive early if you’re relying on an ECV and visiting during a busy time. They’re out at 1pm.
This is a really long line to meet Pluto. Ordinarily, the line is maybe 10 to 15 minutes long at this time of day. This is closer to 30 (or more) minutes.
Up Main Street. Maybe there is free ice cream or something ahead.
Posted wait times just before 2pm:
Only 55 minutes at it’s a small world. Maybe we should head there? Or is two hours at Space Mountain more your thing?
Standing on a bench looking at Tomorrowland. There’s a little space there on the right. Not so much to the left.
With Storybook Circus and the heavy crowds, the queue for Mad Tea Party is facing a completely different direction than it has over the past year. It wraps all the way around the exterior of the attraction.
A 135 minute posted wait at Space Mountain. FASTPASS enforcement seems to be going well too. The line over there is only 30ish people out the door.
This is the end of the line for the Tomorrowland PeopleMover. Where is the entrance? You don’t even want to know.
I honestly don’t see it.
Only 70 minutes at Buzz and less likely to cause permanent back pain than Space Mountain.
Just after 3:30pm.
Outside Buzz Lightyear, where the FASTPASS line is only about 20 people out the door.
Only 30 minutes at Stitch and Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor.
Only 5.31 million people outside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
40 minutes at Snow White.
Tomorrowland Terrace is open from 11am to 4pm all this week. It wouldn’t be open if crowds were any less than bananas. This is right at 4pm so they’re looking to be open quite a bit longer.
So Peak Season pricing at Disney resorts, 30+ minute waits at basically every single attraction in the afternoon, and massive crowds everywhere you look. Family fun time!
We’ll just link people here the next time someone comes home from a September vacation trying to tell us it was “crazy crowded even though Space Mountain had a 10 minute wait at 3:30pm,” okay?