It’s Thanksgiving Day, which means lots of delicious food, early Black Friday sales, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and (if you’re at Disney World) …MULTITUDES.
We’ve been sharing updates on how many people are expected to travel to Orlando for Thanksgiving and how the crowds have been over the past few days. Now, let’s take a look at how the crowds are on Thanksgiving itself.
As we mentioned, over the last few days we’ve been watching the levels of people in the parks and seeing how things have tightened (or haven’t). We found that some places have been EXTREMELY full …
… while there were pockets of more empty spaces elsewhere.
We’ve also been watching these waiting times and seen how long the queues have lasted at some popular attractions.
Well, today we made our way to Magical Kingdom to see how bad the crowds were on Thanksgiving, and things were as you might expect … busy!
Crowds pour into the Magic Kingdom for Thanksgiving! 🍂 pic.twitter.com/5aT1Z2YriW
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While the main street vehicles were running, we noticed that some of the drivers had special difficulty getting down the street due to the heavy congestion.
We’ve also spotted some Thanksgiving photo opportunities available with special PhotoPass accessories!
In Fantasyland there were also quite large crowds.
There were some areas with a little more space but …
… As near the train entrance of the Seven Dwarfs mine.
Overall, though, things were pretty full!
Here’s a quick snapshot of the waiting times on Thanksgiving Day (we looked around 11:30 ET). Some trips had between 5 and 10 minutes of waiting …
… and others lasted up to 15 minutes or so (not bad at all).
But of course, many (if not most) rides had longer waits.
Living with the Land was a 35 minute wait …
… “it’s a small world” and Dumbo were 40 minutes away …
… and Soarin ‘Around the World lasted about 55 minutes.
Still, some rides had even longer waits.
Popular attractions like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster had a waiting time of over 60 minutes …
… and a few trips had waits of MORE THAN 100 minutes!
And this is a look at the crowds at Disney World during Thanksgiving. If you’re planning to visit Disney World during the upcoming holiday season, especially as we get closer to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, get ready to face some pretty big crowds.
Some tips for handling larger crowds:
We’ll be keeping an eye out for more updates at Disney World during the holiday season, so check back again for the latest news!
Click here to see our definitive guide to Black Friday sales!
Are you planning to visit Disney World during the holiday season? Tell us in the comments!