PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Is This REALLY Disney World’s Busiest Week of the Year?

It’s officially here — the most crowded week of the year in Disney World.

The most crowded week of the year!

We dealt with the masses throughout Christmas week, but now, the holiday is over, New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and millions of people are out of school and off work for a few days. It’s a recipe for a packed theme park. And we’re taking you along with us to see what it’s like!

Monday, December 27th

We’re kicking things off (as you do) on a Monday! It has been two days since Christmas, so the presents are unwrapped and everyone has had time to recover from the massive feast…so they’re heading to the parks. Here’s what’s going on:

Hollywood Studios

Starting out at Hollywood Studios, things are BUSY! We encountered quite the crowd when trying to enter the park this morning.

It was very crowded when we arrived.

If you’re coming this week, arrive extra early to get near the front of the line. And keep in mind that entering the park may take a little extra time.

Set that alarm 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to!

Hollywood Boulevard was basically a funnel for the crowds, but from there they started to disperse a bit.

Once you get into more wide-open spaces, it’s not quite so bad!

Ahh, now that’s better.

Echo Lake was a hotspot — with the Frozen Sing-Along show and the newly reopened Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, there’s a lot happening over here.

We saw a bunch of people over here.

And Galaxy’s Edge is always pretty popular. You’ll definitely need to watch where you’re going and stick with your family and friends while you’re in here!

You’ll see more folks over here too.


And over at EPCOT, things weren’t much better. Even though the park opened later in the day, we encountered the same crowd levels at the gate.

That’s a line!

Disney Springs

And we stopped by Disney Springs today as well! There were a few lines outside of stores before things started to open, but the crowd levels were surprisingly low.

Not too bad.

Just look how empty it is over by World of Disney!

Hardly any people over here!

Tuesday, December 28th

Three days after Christmas and three days before New Year’s Eve, Tuesday brought more crowds, with Monday’s holiday rush continuing throughout Disney World.

Magic Kingdom

Heading over to Magic Kingdom in the morning, we were met with some serious lines to get into the park! Things are staying busy around Disney World.

It’s looking extra peopley at Magic Kingdom this morning

Throughout Magic Kingdom, we saw lots of people and major crowds like the ones we spotted in Adventureland…


…and Tomorrowland! It continued to be busy well into the afternoon.


Speaking of which, here’s some footage from Magic Kingdom’s hub during the afternoon. As you can see, the holiday crowds were in full effect on Tuesday!

Hollywood Studios

We hopped over to Hollywood Studios in the afternoon and although it was pretty easy to get into the park…

A little bit easier to get into Hollywood Studios in the afternoon

…we started to run into crowds right away! Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard both had pretty sizeable crowds, but there was still some breathing room.

Busy day!

Popular areas like Toy Story Land saw crowds throughout the day, with plenty of people trying to hit up attractions like Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania.

Toy Story Land

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as usual, had major crowds! Pinch points like the marketplace area were especially crowded, with plenty of people doing some post-Christmas shopping.

Galaxy’s Edge

During the afternoon, there were some significant crowds, but things were still moving and grooving in terms of foot traffic.

Disney Springs

Things started to pick up a little bit more at Disney Springs on Tuesday, with somewhat larger crowds at the shopping and dining district. Still, it wasn’t anything too crazy in terms of crowds at Disney Springs.

Even Disney Springs was busy!

Wednesday, December 29th

The next day looked like more of the same when it comes to holiday crowds!

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom was pretty busy on Wednesday!

Crowds along Main Street U.S.A. and in the hub area in front of Cinderella Castle

The lines for popular rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad got pretty long!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad queue

Tomorrowland, which has a couple of notorious pinch spots, was noticeably busy.

This area of the park typically gets a little crowded!


Crowds were out in full force at EPCOT, too!

Spaceship Earth queue

Both the front half of the park as well as World Showcase looked pretty busy!

World Showcase

As you walked through World Showcase, it seems like there were very few areas where the crowds would thin out.

France Pavilion

Hollywood Studios

Despite the long wait times posted, Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios didn’t look that bad! We actually had a bit of elbow room walking through the area on December 29th.

Toy Story Land

Here’s a look at the crowd situation closer to the entrance of the park:

Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom was also crowded on December 29th. Many guests chose to start their day here!

The crowds continued throughout the park, including Africa:

Animal Kingdom holiday crowds

It seems like no one park was safe from the increased holiday foot traffic!

Animal Kingdom holiday crowds

We’ll keep updating this post throughout the week to let you know how things are going, so stay tuned to AllEars.

Click Here to See What Holiday Crowds Were Like Last Week!

Which crowds surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!

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