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  • On Apr 3, 2022
    Allison from MO Asked

    Hi Andrew, Looking for some information about traveling to the Magic Kingdom, Orlando in mid May with a toddler. 1. What should we expect the crowds to be like? Trying to anticipate wait times and lines with covid.

    Hello there, Allison, and welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad you stopped by with your questions about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort! I noticed you asked a few, so we'll answer them in two steps - after all, like Ariel, you're "ready to know what the people know, ask 'em my questions and get some answers!" Let's get right to it! 

    You've picked a great time to come to Walt Disney World Resort: not only is it still "The World's Most Magical Celebration," but it looks like you've hit what is usually a sweet spot in late Spring where the weather is hot, but manageable, and before Memorial day where the crowds (and the heat" really start to take off! I say "usually" because the last two years have led to some wild crowds during some of the typically more moderate times of year. That said, I'd still always consider early to mid-May if I were planning a trip for my own family, so you've definitely got the "planDrew-approved" stamp on this one!

    As a fellow toddler-haver (er...you know what I mean) I know that the thought of crowds anywhere - especially when it comes to still being cautious about Covid - can be a bit daunting, so my main tip: use the sleep deprivation you've become accustomed to as an advantage! While crowds can fluctuate, getting an early start can help you beat any crowd and make the most of every day of your vacation! If you're planning on staying in one of the Walt Disney World Resort Collection hotels, you'll also be able to partake in Early Entry privileges - we can talk about this more in your second question, but that extra 30 minutes in the morning can really help you beat crowds for some of the must-do attractions!

    No matter which of the Theme Parks you choose to visit, "rope dropping" will always net you an extra opportunity to get through a few extra attractions! So while the wait times can - and will - get a bit crazy in the afternoon, you and your family should be in great shape. Oh, and speaking of beating crowds, another way to save time in lines is to upgrade your Theme Park Ticket with Genie+! With this upgrade, you can choose a window of time to return to the attractions you choose and enter the Lightning Lane, bypassing the standby line!  This feature can be a huge time saver - and there's a lot to learn about it, my fellow Panelist Phillip just did a great job explaining the process for another Guest, so I definitely suggest you check his answer out! 

    Oh, and speaking of "a friend like me," nothing makes dealing with an early park entry to beat crowds and wait times with a toddler than taking advantage of the Rider Switch service. Once you check off the boxes of your little one's must-dos, make sure to treat yourself to something a bit more thrilling! If a short recharge is needed before leaving the parks for a nap, don't pass up a stop at the Baby Care Centers!

    Thank you so much for your question, Allison! I hope that puts you at a bit more ease and makes you feel good about your decision to visit before Memorial Day. I can't wait to hear more about your plans...oh right, your other question! Guess I'll be hearing about those plans in just a sec, haha! Your next answer will be coming right up - so while you take a sigh of relief about crowd sizes, take a minute to dream of the magical memories you'll be making in just a few short weeks! 

    See Ya Real Soon! 

    Andrew

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Meet the Panelist: Andrew, Missouri

Anchors aweigh! I’m Andrew - but you can call me PLANdrew! I’m a Disney husband and dad who’s been sailing with Disney Cruise Line since I was 15 years old. My family and I have embarked on incredible itineraries around the world, making magical memories on each exciting adventure. So, if “the line where the sky meets the sea calls you," I’m here to be your guide! As Maui would say, “You’re Welcome!” Learn More About Andrew

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