How Crowded Is it in Disney World Right Now?

The summer heat has arrived in Disney World, bringing the crowds with it as people head to the parks for their vacations!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

But, the parks are still not completely back to normal, even though Disney World has started to shift many things to how they were pre-closures. Right now, the biggest changes that we’ve seen as of late are the fact that masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests (except on transportation) and Cast Members outdoorsDistancing measures have been significantly reducedtemperature checks are no longer in place, markers have been removed from many locations, and more people are able to stand in a queue and board attractions.

So, how does that affect crowds? Let’s break it down!

Disney World is still operating at a limited capacity, even though the parks will be increasing that in the low double digits throughout the year. Regardless, that has allowed more guests to come into the parks, meaning bigger crowds!

Magic Kingdom Crowds

The summer has historically been one of the busiest times of the year with a peak amount of people heading to Disney World. Since kids are off from school, it’s the most plausible time of the year to take the time to head to the parks together. Park Passes have continued to sell out quickly, especially now that the summer will bring the return of fireworks to Disney World.

EPCOT Rope Drop

When Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Forever both return on July 1st, you can already expect an influx of guests as Park Passes have begun to fill up. Disney World has even extended its park hours to accommodate the amount of guests heading to the parks with the return of fireworks.

Frontierland

Right after fireworks debut on July 1st, the 4th of July will bring plenty of additional guests as well for the holiday weekend. After the crowds we saw on Memorial Day Weekend recently, it can only be a sign of the crowds to come in July. However, up until then, we’ve already seen PLENTY of people in the parks for the summer ahead of the debut of the fireworks.

Mexico Pavilion Crowds

The amount of crowds in the parks also lends to the idea that park hopping is going to get more and more difficult too. Since guests must check into the theme park they have a Park Pass for first, the second park of choice depends on whether it’s hit capacity. And, now that more guests will be heading to Disney World with limited capacities still in place, we could see less availability for Park Hopping.

Splash Mountain Queue

That means the next few months are going to take more planning before heading to the parks as you take into account everything you want to do during the day. You can call (407) 560-5000 to see if your second park choice of the day is at capacity or not before you make your way there.

Park Hopping Information

However, the crowds aren’t probably going to stop in the summer. October will bring the beginning of Disney World’s 18-month long 50th anniversary celebrations. Plus, Remy’s Ratatouille Attraction and La Crêperie de Paris will be opening on October 1st in EPCOT too with Space 220 coming sometime this Fall (and we know that new things typically attract more people)!

EPCOT Crowds

The BOO Bash After Hours event will also kick off from August to September, which has already given us the hint that it’s popular with tickets selling out, call lines going down, and additional dates being added to the event. Since Halloween is another popular time of the year, the combination of the Fall festivities with new entertainment and restaurants is basically an equation for a continual influx of busy crowds throughout the rest of the year.

Animal Kingdom Crowds

While the crowds might seem a bit overwhelming, they’re actually more similar to how they were prior to Disney World’s closure last year! And, there are still capacity measures in place, so there isn’t nearly the same amount of people in the parks as we’ve seen previously. Of course, we’ll continue to update you on what the crowd levels look like over the summer and throughout the rest of the year. In the meantime, stay tuned with All Ears for the latest Disney entertainment and news!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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2 Replies to “How Crowded Is it in Disney World Right Now?”

  1. We’ve been going to Disney World every year since 1992. JMO, but I think the fastpasses (the way they were before the pandemic) increased the wait times for the standby lines. When a cast member allows 15 fastpasses to walk in front of people in the standby line it’s common sense the standby line will get longer and longer. Sure, it’s great to be one of those 15. On our last trip, I was talking to a cast member and she agreed with fastpasses are making the lines longer. I’d like to see Disney do away with preplanning fastpasses. Use the app the same way it was when they gave out paper fastpasses. If the line is too long, go to your app and get a fastpass. Similar to the virtual line. Then you know the guest is in that park and not at some other park.

  2. We will see how it goes without having fast pass and dining plans if everything else is crowded and the wait times are to long we might just have to find another yearly place for vacations it will not be worth the prices to continue at Disney World without anything to show for it.