We’ve reported in from the Annual Passholder preview in Disney World’s wildest park, but today we’re here as the general public is welcomed back for the first time. All guests attending need a Disney Park Pass reservation so that capacity is limited. We’re wondering, what does that limited capacity mean for Animal Kingdom crowds? Let’s take a look!
As we entered the park, we noticed that there were a good number of folks headed in through Discovery Island and past the Tree of Life — but still, no more than you would see on a relatively slow day in the parks. Of course, we followed most of the other guests over at Pandora to see if the most popular land would warrant any congestion.
Pandora was no ghost town, but it was pretty sparse. Looking around, we saw a lot of other guests but it was oddly few and far between. Typically, Pandora sees a wave of people first thing in the morning. It was easy for us to social distance ourselves.
Sometimes, you could even find some areas of Pandora where there wasn’t another soul in sight! Maybe that’s because they’re all on Flight of Passage — except for it only had a 10-minute wait when we rode it!
Exploring the rest of the park, we definitely found some areas that were pretty deserted.
That’s not to say there’s NOBODY here. The park has enough guests that you’re not alone for too long. Animal Kingdom is HUGE and guests tend to head to more popular attractions and areas so we did see some queues lined up. We spotted a social distancing queue in use for a PhotoPass photographer!
But we’re not kidding when we say you CAN find some alone time so far this morning. Now, Dinoland U.S.A. tends to have lighter crowds than other areas of the park on a normal day, but we’re not sure we’ve EVER seen it this empty during normal park hours.
And the crowds continued to stay super light throughout the afternoon! Here’s a look at the entrance to Expedition Everest — which has steadily hovered around a 5-minute wait all day.
There wasn’t much action around the dining locations either! Here’s a look at the line for the Yak and Yeti quick service around mid-day.
Crowd levels throughout the park have been noticeably light throughout the afternoon!
And this trend continued all the way through park close at 6PM! Now that reopening day is under our belt, take a look back at what we experienced in Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom — oh, AND keep an eye on DFB for additional coverage in a REOPENED DISNEY WORLD.
What do you think of the crowd levels in Animal Kingdom? Tell us in the comments!