It’s the start of spring break season in Disney World!
Even though a small majority of the U.S. population plans to travel this year, we’re still expecting MAJOR crowds in the parks. Disney’s been preparing, too: they’ve recently extended park hours and added Park Pass reservations. And guys, the time is HERE. Let’s take a look at how the crowds are shapin’ up for spring break in Disney World.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Buckle up, because it’s been a wild ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Just take a look at these crowds.
Animal Kingdom crowds right now 🦒 pic.twitter.com/8HnvRNKX4e
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) March 9, 2021
And the wait for TriceraTop Spin was a whopping 30 minutes!
We headed over to Asia to see if things looked any better. The wait for Expedition Everest was also 30 minutes, and the line wove through the Rivers of Light theater.
In Pandora, we waited in line for Na’vi River Journey for 90 minutes!
People, the line was so long it took us BACKSTAGE. When we checked up on it later in the day, that wait time had gone up to 2 hours.
We are in line for Na'vi River Journey! They have part of the queue looping into backstage. There’s markers on the ground so they have done this before! pic.twitter.com/80aBXGZgpI
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) March 9, 2021
You’re definitely not going anywhere fast in Animal Kingdom with these crowds.
And, crowds were back again the next day. Over in Dinoland U.S.A., there was a long line to take a terrifying ride through the pre-historic era. The line for Dinosaur was up to 55 minutes!
Over in Asia, we found a bit of a shorter line for Expedition Everest. It was at 25 minutes so we guess searching for a Yeti is scarier than it is for a Dinosaur? We say both are pretty terrifying.
As we wandered over to Africa, we found that the line for Kilimajaro Safaris was 35 minutes and extended all the way back to the Festival of the Lion King theater.
The line for Kilimanjaro Safaris was getting so close to the Flight of Passage line (which was 115 minutes) that we overheard the Cast Members joking with each other saying “your line better not touch my line!” At least someone is laughing, right?
And, you couldn’t even get lucky with the Na’vi River Journey line. The wait was 55 minutes and extended outside of Pandora — The World of Avatar.
Okay, so it’s safe to say Animal Kingdom has been PRETTY crowded. Let’s check up on some other parks!
On Thursday we returned to Animal Kingdom to find yet ANOTHER busy day.
Though you can occasionally find some elbow room, the major walkways are all pretty full of people.
Around 2PM, wait times were pretty high! Flight of Passage had a 75-minute wait, Na’vi River Journey had a 95-minute wait, and Dinosaur had a 50-minute wait. We even saw the Pandora rides spike above 100 minutes today.
Typically, we expect Dinoland to be a little less busy than the rest of the park, but that wasn’t the case today!
You can still distance, but it takes being a little bit more vigilant to avoid other guests.
So yes! The trend of a crowded spring break continues over in Disney World’s wildest park.
When we walked in, EPCOT seemed much quieter. Is that OPEN SPACE we see?!
We saw some thicker crowds in the World Showcase, such as over in the China Pavilion…
…but overall, the park seemed calmer. We even got a clear view at the American Adventure Pavilion!
However, the wait times were a bit higher than normal. Around 4PM, the wait for Test Track was 80 minutes…
…Soarin’ was 50 minutes…
…and Spaceship Earth was 35 minutes. Considering we’ve seen Spaceship Earth at a walk-up line in the last couple of weeks, we’re gonna say the park is definitely fuller today.
Let’s head over to Magic Kingdom and see how things are there!
Guys, Magic Kingdom felt SO crowded today. Over by Tomorrowland Speedway, there was barely even room to walk.
The wait times weren’t too pleasant, either. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was at 35 minutes…
…Splash Mountain was at 95 minutes…
…and Pirates of the Caribbean was at 75 minutes.
Hey, at least The Barnstormer was only at a 20-minute wait!
All in all, it felt very congested walking around the park throughout the day.
When we came back on Wednesday, so did the crowds. In Tomorrowland, the line for Space Mountain was up to 55 minutes and wrapped around the entire Galactic Gateway!
And, that wasn’t the only ride you’d be waiting a little while for during your day. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin had a 35-minute wait…
…the wait for Tomorrowland Speedway was up to 20 minutes and wrapped around outside of the queue…
…and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was back up to a wait of 30 minutes.
Oh, and don’t go thinking that this is the best time to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — the wait was up to 75 minutes.
We’d say that the spring break crowds are definitely here!
Aaaaaand back in Magic Kingdom on Thursday, we saw MORE of the crowds. As a note though, when we arrived early in the morning, Main Street, U.S.A. was actually pretty empty.
Seems like you can find some ebb and flow! Still, the longer we were there, the more crowds we saw.
Magic Kingdom has the benefit of having a LOT of rides which means that a lot of guests are in line at any given time rather than walking around.
But we still saw large crowds in kiosk lines…
…and waiting for Mobile Order pick up.
Wait times around 2PM were average to high with Splash Mountain sitting at a 95-minute wait and other attractions like “it’s a small world,” Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Jungle Cruise at around an hour.
That’s spring break for you!
Keep in mind that these lines all look EXTRA long due to social distancing — but the parks are still packed! We’ll keep an eye on these spring break crowds and keep updating this post throughout the week! We’re expecting the parks to get even busier over the next week or so. As always, stay tuned to DFB for more Disney news!
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Are you going to Disney World for spring break? Let us know in the comments!