This weekend brought a HUGE runDisney event, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, to Disney World!
Hundreds of runners got on their marks, got set, and WENT running through Disney World in hopes of getting a cool medal, fun merchandise, and even some discounts on water park tickets and food! But how did that affect crowds in the parks? Let’s find out!
When we started our morning at the Transportation and Ticket Center, we saw that the line to get on the Monorail to Magic Kingdom was crowded and long. There were a LOT of people here this morning!
Likewise, when we finally got to Magic Kingdom later, Main Street, U.S.A. also felt very crowded.
Fantasyland, which has its share of areas where people bottleneck, was a sea of people.
Adventureland was the same.
Of all the parks today, Magic Kingdom was certainly the busiest!
EPCOT wasn’t quite as bad. There were spots where it almost felt peaceful. But there are a lot of open spaces around World Showcase, which means it doesn’t feel as crowded.
However, the view from the Mexico Pavilion tells a different story, but it’s still not as bad as what we saw in Magic Kingdom.
Note that there’s OFTEN a line to get into the Mexico Pavilion — it’s VERY popular (it’s gotta’ be the margaritas, right?).
We popped into Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios because that’s usually where we can get a good idea of what the crowds are like in the park. There were definitely a lot of people there, but we’ve seen it much more packed!
If you’re headed to Disney World, you may realize that running into crowds could be inevitable. There are ways to avoid crowds, though, especially if you know about all these secret walkways that will take you AROUND them.
Sometimes, it’s also just nice to take a break — leave the parks, go resort-hopping, hit up Disney Springs, or take a dive in your hotel’s pool. You don’t have to stay in the park from opening to closing — you can enjoy many activities outside of the parks, too, that won’t have as many people!
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What’s your best tip for dealing with crowds in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!