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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

Toy Story Land

2. Attraction Openings If there’s anything that recent history has taught us, it’s that the Disney parks are changing! The debut of exclusive attractions and new lands bring in first-timers and old pros alike. The first day an attraction opens, there’s likely to be congestion not only in the queue, but at the entry and parking of the theme park ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

runDisney

3. Marathon Weekends (Princess, Star Wars, Wine & Dine) Perhaps it’s no accident that with the growth of food-related events at Disney World, there are also more runDisney events! Thankfully, since the races happen in the early morning, the course is unlikely to affect your ability to travel smoothly on property. Expect detours if you have an early breakfast reservation, ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

Food and Wine Festival At Epcot In Walt Disney World

4. Food and Wine With the dawn of social media and hundreds of publications dedicated to all things culinary, The Food and Wine Festival at Epcot has become the premier event on property. Not only this, but during this extended period (about 10 weeks) there are several additional events, including Swan & Dolphin’s Food and Wine Classic, several runDisney races, ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

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5. 3-Day Weekends Think Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or Memorial Day. All of these extended weekends entice plenty of spontaneous travelers, especially from neighboring areas. If you like to sojourn by car, these can be especially difficult times to ingress and egress from Disney property. Precise planning can become unraveled by unexpected accidents and traffic ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

6. Spring Break/Easter For reasons much like summertime, spring naturally attracts many families. Schools both near and far offer week-long breaks throughout the season, and the opportunity to spend it at the parks is one that Disney fanatics of all ages can’t resist. Add in holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter along with special events like Epcot’s Flower and Garden ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

Animal Kingdom Crowd

7. Summer From fireworks, we naturally transition to the season of July 4th: summertime. Yes, this entire season has long been known to crawl with an excess of guests, off from school and vacationing with family. In spite of the insufferable heat, this time of year is accessible to families with school-aged children, so it will likely always remain one ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

8. New Year’s What could be better than watching an over-the-top fireworks show for New Year’s Eve? Watching it at Disney, of course! If you agree with this statement, you’re not alone. This is such a bustling time at Disney World that they offer the same fireworks on multiple nights with several different showtimes. Not only this, but guests will ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

9. Thanksgiving With exception to a few pockets before and after the actual day, Thanksgiving itself truly earns its spot on this list. Many restaurants on property offer special menus in celebration of the holiday. These reservations are highly coveted, and often booked months in advance.

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

10. Christmas Arguably the biggest holiday for travel, Christmas is always packed at Disney parks. In spite of blockout dates for certain passholders and higher ticket prices for everyone else, guests still show up in hoards. Add Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to the mix, and you’ve got a perfect storm. Year after year, visitors come (with their entire family ...

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10 Times Disney is Totally Swamped

Main St. USA

Some things cannot be controlled: the weather, the progression of time… crowds at Walt Disney World. If you’re aware of what times are most chaotic however, you can prepare properly and control the tone of your trip. Of course, many other factors can affect the daily influx of guests- but here’s a simple guideline to get you started. Let’s begin ...

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