Crowds are something you usually have to deal with when visiting Disney World.
We usually see the biggest around Spring Break, the summer, and the holidays. They contribute to long wait times for rides and food, and sometimes even merchandise! But, there are some times of the year that are less crowded than others. We usually think of right now (late January) as one of the least crowded times of the year in the parks, but that is definitely NOT the case today in Disney World!
It is BUSY in Disney World today!
This is kind of odd for this time of year. It’s late January and it’s not a holiday weekend or anything, so what is going on?
We really noticed the crowds in Magic Kingdom this morning. When we first walked on to Main Street, U.S.A. it was very busy.
And, the crowds just got worse as we continued down the street…
…and got closer to Cinderella Castle.
Over in Adventureland, it didn’t seem as crowded, but there were still a lot of people around. At 1PM, Jungle Cruise had a wait time of 90 minutes, Pirates of the Caribbean had a wait time of 60 minutes…
…and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin had a wait time of 55 minutes — yikes!
We made our way around to Frontierland, where crowds weren’t any better.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had a wait time of 80 minutes around 1PM.
Then, we moved down to Liberty Square, where there were still a LOT of people around! Haunted Mansion was at a 65 minute wait.
It was even crowded in the stores!
But, the crowds were REALLY big once we got into Fantasyland. The area between Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world” was packed!
The wait times around 1PM for the rides in Fantasyland included Peter Pan’s Flight at 120 minutes, “it’s a small world” at 65 minutes, PhilharMagic at 65 minutes, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at a whopping 145 minutes!
Over by Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, it was a sea of strollers!
Look at all those strollers Magic Kingdom is PACKED today pic.twitter.com/mGZMABsNal
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So, we walked down to Tomorrowland to see if crowds were any better. But, we were met with more people!
There was a very long line for Space Mountain, which was at an 80 minute wait around 1PM…
…and for the PeopleMover, which had a wait of 35 minutes (one of the lowest in the park!).
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin was also very busy, with a wait time of 75 minutes.
So, if you’re planning on going to Magic Kingdom today, just be ready for these crowds!
Over in Hollywood Studios, we found it was less crowded than Magic Kingdom, but still busy.
This was especially true in Galaxy’s Edge.
The line for Rise of the Resistance was far back into the extended queue section in the morning.
But, unfortunately the ride was down in the early afternoon.
Over in Toy Story Land, we saw even MORE people!
It’s crowded in Andy’s backyard — the wait time for Alien Swirling Saucers was 60 minutes and Toy Story Mania was at 70 minutes around 1PM.
Slinky Dog Dash was at a 90 minute wait this morning, then went down in the early afternoon.
And finally, in EPCOT we noticed some long lines, too! The Seas with Nemo and Friends had a line extended all the way out of the building! But, the wait time around 1PM was only 10 minutes, so the crowds did die down.
We’re not sure why exactly it’s so busy in the parks on this Monday in late January, but we’ll be on the lookout for a specific reason. Stay tuned to DFB for news and updates.