Labor Day Disney World “Crowdpocalypse” Report
Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah for summer crowds before off-season begins at Walt Disney World. Our Labor Day Crowd Predictions anticipated high attendance, long lines, and elevated wait times. After experiencing the ‘eye of the storm’ crowd-wise, let’s take a look at the holiday’s peak.
For starters, our expectation for heavy attendance was predicated on a few observable factors, which are relevant here because they’ll impact future holidays at Walt Disney World. Basically, the same story is likely to play out over Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
First, all hotels were sold out at Walt Disney World for Friday and Saturday nights. Same goes for Disney Vacation Club resorts. Third party hotels in the Bonnet Creek and Disney Springs areas did have availability, as did off-site properties, but options were limited.
Second, Disney Park Pass availability for Labor Day weekend was virtually non-existent. As you’re undoubtedly aware by now, there are three “buckets” of inventory for these theme park reservations. All of these showed “no parks available” for Saturday and Sunday, meaning all four parks were essentially sold out to capacity over the peak of Labor Day weekend.
These Walt Disney World-specific data points were reinforced by U.S. travel data. That included roundtrip flight reservations for September 4-8, which showed Orlando as the #3 destination (as compared to #14 last year). Likewise, 5 of the top 10 hotel reservation cities were in Florida, with four of them–Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Bay Lake, and Kissimmee–near Walt Disney World. All of these variables culminated into what we expected to be a crowdpocalypse scenario at Walt Disney World…
If that crowdpocalypse term sounds familiar, it’s because we used it to describe the situation when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened last year at Disneyland. In particular, as we asked Why Are Star Wars Land Crowds So Low? It’s sort of the same story here. Crowdpocalypse? No.
There are some pretty significant differences here, though. There was data to “prove” that Walt Disney World would be busy for Labor Day weekend, rather than just speculation about impending doom. Nor did we drone on for months about how busy Labor Day would be only to be proven wrong. There’s also the reality that unlike the opening months of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Walt Disney World was not a ghost town over Labor Day weekend.
One thing that should be clear from our recent Magic Kingdom Weekend Report: Low Crowds & Higher Waits is that photos can be misleading right now. In that, we share a series of images with lines spilling outside attractions and into extended queues. Then minutes later, totally empty walkways.
Additionally, photos can be used to further agendas. If the narrative or preconceived perspective is that Labor Day crowds will be hellaciously bad, there’s a tendency to find evidence to reinforce that. It’s not necessarily anything malicious or duplicitous–it’s a subconscious thing we all do to varying degrees.
Accordingly, rather than starting with my own anecdotal perceptions of crowds (those will follow), we’ll begin with a look at the objective numbers, courtesy of Thrill-Data.com:
First up, Magic Kingdom.
In all of these, what we’re doing is comparing Saturday of Labor Day weekend posted wait times to previous Saturdays in August. The blue line in each is Labor Day weekend. As you can see, wait times started higher Labor Day weekend in Magic Kingdom, before normalizing.
Next, Animal Kingdom.
We’re choosing Saturday for all parks for the sake of consistency and because it didn’t rain. Saturday was really hot, but that’s nothing new. (Sunday was similarly hot, but two heavy rain showers could skew mid-afternoon and early-evening numbers.)
Finally, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As you can see from these graphs, wait times ranged from slightly below average to slightly above average. Wait times over an hour were pretty rare, including for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Avatar Flight of Passage. With even a modest amount of strategy, you could easily “beat” these crowds.
In terms of my anecdotal or observational perspective, crowds were surprisingly low. In part, this is because I was bracing myself for the worst. After seeing all of the booking data, I expected a terrible weekend that would result in more unpleasant and embarrassing headlines for Walt Disney World.
Fearing the worst, we actually debated whether to go at all. While we have curiosity about crowd patterns and want to report on them, our health and safety is paramount. Accordingly, we stalked social media on Saturday morning, watching photos and videos of crowds, assessing whether we wanted to visit. When things didn’t seem too bad, we headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Saturday afternoon, just missing the second Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance drop.
By that point, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was a ghost town. The least or second-least busy we’ve seen it since reopening, with minimal wait times for everything. In fact, that graph doesn’t tell the full story because, despite posted wait times, most attractions were a walk-on after 4 pm. (Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway being the exception.)
It helped that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance had its most efficient day since reopening, getting through all 128 boarding groups hours before park closing. It speeding through the virtual queue plus low wait times on other attractions plus not much open in the park plus the heat probably resulted in guests heading for the exits earlier than normal at DHS.
Our experience was largely the same at Magic Kingdom on Sunday. We again erred on the side of caution and waited to see morning crowd photos “just in case.” When those didn’t look too bad, we headed to the park. (Right in time for the sky to get ugly and us to get drenched!)
Posted wait times were definitely longer than our post-reopening weekday visits, but pretty typical for recent weekends. (We should note that even weekends have been far below what’s normal for summer.)
At Magic Kingdom, the longest lines were literally for the new snacks and novelty food packaging. The Madame Leota Sipper at Sleepy Hollow is the hot thing right now, and its line had numerous switchbacks and at times stretched along the walkway back to Fantasyland.
In both parks, some gift shops had lines to enter. I’m not really sure what the deal was with those–I’m guessing a new merchandise release given that the eBay pirates were out in full force–and I didn’t care enough to find out. The crowds and wait times were low to moderate; that’s what matters. I doubt anyone’s Thanksgiving or Christmas week trip hinges on the status of lines for some random store.
There was plenty of evidence that Walt Disney World was prepared for something worse. Temporary switchbacks and new “please wait here” markers had been added to many attractions at both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The queues for Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and other attractions winded through their respective lands. In some cases, Disney got clever with minimal space, using a labyrinth of switchbacks and markers that randomly weaved through the parks. None of that proved necessary.
So…what happened? Clearly, “average post-reopening weekend” was not what all of the data points suggested. From hotel reservations to Park Pass availability to travel trends, there was every reason to believe Walt Disney World would be slammed this weekend.
There are some plausible theories. It’s possible that this is partly a redux of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland–locals feared crowds, so they stayed home. However, if that were the explanation, we would’ve seen cancellations of Park Pass reservations and availability open back up. That did not happen. So that is highly unlikely as the primary factor.
Cutting to the chase, the most likely scenario is that Walt Disney World leaders feared the worst, and restricted Park Pass inventory below the norm. While we don’t know the exact capacity cap in use right now, we know it’s 20-30% of normal levels–and this wouldn’t be the first time Walt Disney World further limited attendance (under those levels) since using this reservation system.
This would explain a lot–including why availability opened back up two weeks ago after previously being fully booked for every park. Rather than getting greedy and wanting to pack the parks, that release was probably a sign that Disney had been really cautious with Labor Day weekend inventory prior to that.
This would also explain why Walt Disney World just released more Park Pass availability for all four parks across all three buckets for Labor Day itself. Again, it probably isn’t about a desire to pack the parks, but instead a minor correction from an overly-cautious approach.
Disney leaders likely realized the previous two days were a little too conservative, and attendance could easily be increased by 10% or whatever without negatively impacting the guest experience or safety.
This is great news all around for anyone who does their homework and plans ahead prior to visiting Walt Disney World (if you’re reading this, that’s you). Annual Passholders had the opportunity to book Labor Day weekend reservations within the last couple of weeks, which is more than can be said for weekends in October.
Likewise, everyone staying on-site in Walt Disney World hotels had ample opportunity to make Park Pass reservations so long as they did so two weeks prior to traveling–and Disney’s email reminders would’ve been sent out well before then.
This second point is significant because it demonstrates in practice something we’ve been reiterating for years (usually with regard to construction of new ones): Disney-owned hotels are not the cause of attendance problems. Every single on-site hotel could be booked to capacity and every single one of those guests could go to the parks and that would still constitute less than 50% of daily theme park attendance.
While this does not definitively prove that–not all hotels are currently operating and theme parks are only operating at 20-30% of normal capacity–it comes as close as we’ll ever get. It also bodes well for guests traveling Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other peak periods when the resorts are likely to book up.
The biggest loser here is the uninformed visitor. People planning last-minute or arriving day-of to purchase tickets only to be turned away because the parks are at capacity and no Park Passes are available. That might sound like heresy to diehard Walt Disney World planners, but this does happen–more often than you’d probably think. (The fact that Disney increased signage on Sunday about the parks being ‘sold out’ suggests it happened a decent amount on Saturday.)
It’s unfortunate that this has to happen to anyone. Thinking about the disappointed kids missing out on their first visit is sad–we’re not saying anyone “deserves” to be shut out. But the unfortunate reality of limited capacity is that it’s going to happen. And the most equitable system is probably the one that ‘punishes’ those who don’t take 10-15 minutes to Google current policies right now, knowing that virtually nothing in the world is operating as normal.
The alternative is the chaotic scene that played out at Universal Orlando over the same days. Those parks do not have a reservation system, instead using a first-come, first-served system. Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay water park all hit capacity both days of the weekend and the crowd photos looked…not good.
Same thing happened with both CityWalk and Disney Springs (so Walt Disney World was not immune to crowds this weekend). Obviously, those malls also do not use a reservation system for entry.
Here’s where I need to admit that I was wrong. For weeks, I advocated for Universal Orlando’s regular entry and against theme park reservations. My argument was that Disney Park Pass would seldom be necessary, and instead add unnecessary friction to the process that would discourage visitors and further suppress attendance. (Sarah never agreed with me, for what it’s worth.)
That argument remains valid, but this weekend lays bare the pitfalls to such an approach. Disney Park Pass might be overly conservative and a hassle, but it underscores how Walt Disney World is emphasizing safety right now. Without question, Disney could see higher attendance and make more money by simply using a first-come, first-served system.
However, that would be reactive instead of proactive, and result in the scenes like those observed at Universal Orlando over the weekend. Universal was justifiably skewered in theme park circles on social media, but thus far we haven’t seen any mainstream coverage of the colossal crowds. (And if it does happen, we wouldn’t be surprised if the headlines include the word “Disney” while showcasing photos of Universal.)
When it comes to media coverage, Disney has a higher profile and is a larger target than Universal. We saw the same thing play out when Walt Disney World reopened right as Florida cases spiked. Disney fans might malign this practice as unfair, but it’s worth remembering that Disney also benefits tremendously from this type of coverage and its perception as a leader in safety. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Ultimately, we’ve been very pleased by what we’ve seen from crowds at Walt Disney World this holiday weekend. This makes us more optimistic about the Christmas-time holidays, which we previously recommended avoiding. While it’s possible that Disney will change its approach and elevate attendance caps too much, they’ve consistently prioritized safety thus far and there’s no reason to expect that to change.
We still find ourselves regularly annoyed by the Disney Park Pass system and think it could use tweaks to make it more guest and Annual Passholder-friendly. However, I’ve been wrong about Park Pass enough at this point that I’m now resigned to view it as a “necessary evil” that has some pretty tremendous upsides. Finally, you might notice that EPCOT is conspicuously absent from this Labor Day crowd report. That’s because we’re going there today, and because it has been something of an outlier. Not to the point of safety concerns or even heavy crowds–but this post is already long, so we’ll address it separately tomorrow.
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Did you visit Walt Disney World this weekend? What did you think of the crowds? Any parks or times of day noticeably worse than the others? Does this leave you optimistic about the Christmas season holiday weeks? More forgiving of the Disney Park Pass reservation system’s many woes? Do you agree or disagree with anything in our report? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
Another great article Tom (and Sarah!)
We stayed at WDW 2 weeks ago and are going again this next week. Park pass system worked fine keeping crowds at safer levels. We had average wait times at 20 minutes with the obvious exceptions Avatar, M&M Runaway Train, Mine Train, etc… those averaging 40+. With social distancing lines looked longer but felt faster as you are moving pretty steadily. I can see where park hopping is not a possibility right now – they would need 4x the busses they have now to accomplish safe transport of customers and with shorter park times it’s just not feasible or worth the extra cost. Social distancing of tables at the pool? Not such a big deal as surely half are IN the pool not at tables at any given time. We are older so didn’t experience the wait times for the younger rides or spinning rides, but it appeared to be the same wait times as the other rides. To finish – all of the safety precautions in the world are not going to “protect you” if you aren’t taking care of yourself! Boost your immune system, stay active, lose weight, be responsible for yourself and respectful of others.
We stayed at Kidani Village from 9/4-9/6. There was a message on our phone when we got to the room letting us know all the park passes were spoken for on Saturday and Sunday and that we wouldn’t be able to get into the parks without one. I think not accepting more hotel room reservations was the right call to make, even if they had more rooms available.
Case in point – the pool at Kidani was at capacity within the first hour of being open, and pretty much stayed that way all day. Sunday was again at capacity. I overheard them telling one family that it would be an hour wait and that they were welcome to wait at a table or go observe animals for a while instead. It’s fairly safe to say families that book a Disney hotel room are either planning on going to the parks or going to the pool; not being able to do either is not good for guest satisfaction (to say the least!).
Further on this point, the chairs at Kidani pool were set in groups of 2, 3, or 4 but were clearly not the same distance apart as at the other pools we visited at Yacht Club and Jambo House. Based on spacing we saw in place at other Disney properties last week, they crammed about twice the amount of people in there as they were allowing anywhere else.
Disney knew they were going to have issues with the crowds at Kidani and they were a lot more lax about their distancing rules in their attempt at appeasing guests. They need to be doing a better job of capping occupancy based on the new social distance guidelines in place.
Well, since I’m going mid-week in October, y’all can have the busy weekends in the Parks. I agree with seeing people become complacent with proper mask wearing now. Living here in NJ, we’ve been hit hard with COVID cases and after 5 months, it’s been much lower than many states now. Our gyms just reopened and I’ve been to mine again three times. Still plenty of (as we say in NJ) knuckleheads wearing masks below the nose (or as chin guards) and even no mask in crowded outside areas. Glad to hear CM are keeping an eye out for knuckleheads. At least the October weather isn’t as bad as now. Final question — getting a Boarding Group for ROTR. We will try to get there before 10 am to join a boarding group but IF you miss out, do you have to wait UNTIL 2 PM for 2nd try or can you try for 2 PM right away, like at 10:30 am? Thanks and again, I love reading your posts!
For the 2pm boarding groups for RoTR you have to wait until exactly 2pm to “enter” not a second before and not a minute after.. then they are full.
Having not been in the parks since opening week, I thought that it was much more crowded this weekend. Maintaining social distancing while walking through the park took patience. That said, the wait times in MK on Fri. and Sat. were lower than the posted wait times with one exception. (I knew 5 min for Peter Pan was too good to be true. Lol.) We planned to go back to MK on Sunday evening but because of the weather we just stayed at the resort. Today Epcot also seemed really crowded but we arrived at 11:30 which seemed to be when everyone arrived. Overall it was a great trip but if I didn’t have passes I would’ve skipped the parks entirely. It’s a great time to stay at VGF. Even with no boat transportation, limited dining and the big blue fence it felt like we had the resort to ourselves. We stayed in a grand villa as a birthday treat and didn’t want to go home.
I had the same experience as the post from Craig, it seems we went to the same parks on the same days. The wait times were higher than I expected. It felt like a usual weekend crowd but without fast passes. In hindsight I would have arrived today. I am so glad we are here until Sunday because there are so many rides that we didn’t ride. We walked 10 miles a day and accomplished much, much less than we usually do because there are no fast passes and I feel like we walk half a mile in each que, they are so zig zaggy to provide adequate space to distance. I have seen good compliance with the mask, not 100%, but good. I also think they need more indoor relaxation stations, in the heat we didn’t use any outside ones but we used the indoor ones at least once a day.
We spent Tuesday – Friday in the Disney parks last week and only saw a small bit of increase in people on Friday itself in the parks. Even then, it never felt overly crowded, there was plenty of room to distance and everyone seemed to be following the spacing and mask rules well. We stayed on property at Pop Century and it was lovely and quiet until Thursday when it seemed MANY Floridians showed up to have a weekend getaway. I say this based on the majority of plates I saw in the parking lot.
From Thursday until Sunday AM when we checked out, the resort was bustling with lots of people in line in the hotel lobby, lines to get mobile order pick-up of food, drinks from the poolside bar… etc.
Our room was beside one of the pools and on Saturday night there was long line to even get in to use the pool.
Oddly, I saw bigger issues with social distancing/ crowding at our resort from thurs – sun than the entire time we were in the parks.
Lastly, we went Universal Orlando on Saturday and BOY how different it was than Disney. So crowded, very few people following mask/distance rules at all, and INSANE wait times for every ride. I was not impressed with the way they handled things. Not that it’s any surprise, but Disney definitely wins out for a positive, low key covid vacation experience…. which, I decided to take mainly after reading your posts for the last couple of months… so thanks for all you do!!
I would really hope if they tweak the park reservation system, they figure out a way for resort guests to park hop. We have a reservation for early December and just not sure if we’ll keep it. Really like the ability to go to Epcot in the evening for dinner and a stroll after being at a different park during the day. We always used our park hoppers in past stays. Not sure yet if not having park hopper will be a deal breaker.
Having JUST returned from a four-day one park a day trip on Friday, I wholeheartedly applaud Disney for NOT allowing Park hopping. Yes, it means that you end up finished earlier–but with the lower caps, that doesn’t matter at all.
Conversely, it also allows you to organize each day to be focused on a special experience. There was something to be said about that right now.
I used to park hop every evening to EPCOT too and I park hop all the time now at Disneyland since I live in LA (when it’s open, of course.)
But right now, the reason for not allowing hopping is clear–it actuay allows Disney to have a HIGHER capacity than they would otherwise. They can track who is planned to be in the park each day number wise and work with those numbers. The moment, the INSTANT, they allow hopping again, all of that goes out the window. Unless they make “hopping” a 2-park reservation rather than one, now the numbers will be impossible to plan for. Not a great idea, IMO, until COVID is solved.
Great article. I was at the parks from Thursday to today. The crowds seemed heavier on Saturday and Sunday, but not crazy, at all. I thought Disney did a great job!!
Also, i had called disney reservations on Monday, prior to arrival , for a room request. The CM said I was very lucky to get a room, (i booked on Sunday) because they just received an email that they were not allowing any more room reservations for the weekend. Even though they still had rooms available. The CM assumed it was because they park reservations were full. I was super shocked that the CM told me that.
Tom, like others have said, we really appreciate your reviews. It really helps in these crazy times that we receive positive write ups from you. Heck. even the not so positive reviews are welcome! We’re debating about an early December trip not because of crowds, but being in the high risk group is keeping us from committing. We’re able to come on short notice so we’ll see. Enjoy for us until we can be there.
We hit the parks this weekend and it was great apart from being insanely hot . The wait times seemed to be overestimated on every attraction we rode.
Praying for some Christmas decorations right after Halloween like they usually do.
It’s only been the last few years that they put up Christmas decorations right after Halloween. When my son worked at the MK a few years ago, they didn’t put them up until around Thanksgiving.
Hope springs eternal for Veterans Day especially because it’s mid-week. Planning on Epcot for the day itself to miss weekend crowds and local interest in other parks like MK & DHS.
Tom, thanks! I wish I could buy you and Sarah dinner for all the great info and pics! Wow! I’m heading there next week, avoiding the weekends. I’m excited! I have not been since February, typically visit twice a year, and I’m very curious to see how things have changed. I was a bit worried about the increased park attendance numbers. It will be interesting to see what happens this week. Anyway, thanks again!
Universal has also been advertising nationally since they reopened in early June. I live in Illinois and the commercials are fairly common. I’m not what–if any– effect that has had.
Hmm, my family and I were at Animal Kingdom and saw a completely different story. It was busy! And busy wouldn’t have been as bad if you didn’t have the numerous chin warmers and drink / food wanderers. Unfortunately, as we saw a couple weeks ago at Epcot and this weekend at AK as well, it seems the cast members are not as vigilant to correct the idiotic behavior. We again, didn’t feel safe. As people become more comfortable with covid, more anxious to get out and holiday times coming, the irresponsible trend will continue. This is the first time in many years we are going to have to let our passes expire. Very sad.
I had a completely different experience as I struggled to keep my two year old in her mask on Saturday before she got used to it. I had probably a dozen different cast members say something to me over the course of the day. From my own experience and seeing them call our other people throughout the weekend at the parks. I think cast members are highly vigilant about ensuring everyone is wearing a mask.
Beginning Saturday at Epcot, it was extremely busy. Skyliner took forever. Mexico pavilion was impossible to get into. All 3 “top” rides were at least a 45-60 minute waits. Sunday at Animal Kingdom was the same. Thursday was very nice at AK and was able to ride everything in about 6 hours, some twice. But Sunday, couldn’t even ride Flight of Passage. Monday at Magic Kingdom was crowded as well. Consistent long wait times. Also, how are people obtaining fast passes? Disney also needs to make a rule that you cannot advance past everyone just to catch up to your party since you couldn’t arrive at the same time. We were constantly passed by people catching up to other people. Not only is it very annoying, but it negate the social distancing effort in lines since they walk right next to you often brushing up against you.
Had 100% different experience the Mon-Fri before Labor Day. Guests were about 95% masked correctly and in the parks themselves, they were fixed constantly by cast members.
The only place I saw rotten people was at the Swan (where I was staying,) where I saw quite a few entitled individuals who seemed to believe that they were excused from wearing a mask because they had a coffee in front of them that they didn’t drink for so long it got cold. I know, because I watched them do it.
Craig, that is called Cutting the Line and I thought that wasn’t permitted at WDW or DLR.
Great analysis! Love the post.
Just wondering, have you ever scored a RoTR pass at the 2pm drop? Wondering if it’s even worth trying to get there by 2 on the day we would be flying in. Thanks!
I was there 2 weeks ago & missed the 10am ROR boarding groups, but was able to get one at 2pm. My suggestion is to have one person on another phone doing a “countdown” to either 10 am (we got a 10am boarding group on our 2nd day) or 2pm, And have the other person on the MDE app and ready to hit the “join boarding group” button once the time hits. This system worked both times and we were able to ride each day we were there. Good luck! Nice thing is now it automatically adds everyone you have linked to your account (as long as they are in the park) to your boarding group without having the extra step of checking them off. This changed while we were there. Seconds do count!
@Emily, thank you!
i got one at 2pm yesterday (Sunday) i tried at 10am and no luck.
I was at HWS last week and was not able to get in the queue at 10 am, but did secure a spot in the 2pm release. It is worth trying for! You have to have your phone open and ready to request at EXACTLY 2pm, but I’m proof that you can get one. 🙂
We’re headed to WDW on Columbus Day for the week. I’m hoping it won’t be too busy with kids either back in school or required to do online learning.
Do you think Overall attendance increase as more resorts open? Or will they just change the allocation (more tickets going to the resort guests, fewer to AP holders and offsite guests?
Great post Tom! We just returned on 9/5 and there was adequate spacing in attraction lines, hand sanitizer everywhere and we saw very few guests not adhering to the mask policies- even in the scorching heat and humidity! The hotel and parks were meticulously clean -as always! Rides and attractions were sanitized often!! I wish our grocery stores up north could take a lesson from Disney! The attention to detail and cleanliness and wonderful cast members are what makes us repeat visitors!!
Thanks for the report – I was curious what the weekend looked it.
A photography note: so many of your pictures have beautiful Florida skies or nice sunsets (and those are awesome) but I enjoyed seeing the gloomy skies and ominous clouds in some of these pictures.
One last note: without being able to be enlarged, those waittimes graphs are really hard to see (though it is not hard to get the gist).
Thank you for you honest crowd review! Other sites tend to focus on the crowds even if it doesnt represent what is happening in the rest of the park. Taking picture and saying “wow look at this line” and only focusing on the negative aspects of the day ” parks at capacity! ” I was a little scared for ours weekend trip in a gew weeks. Your review help put my mind at ease. Thank you!