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  • On Apr 16, 2022
    Viviana from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m planning a visit to Walt Disney World at the beginning of May. I wanted to know, if the capacity of visitors allowed into the parks, vary depending on the day of the week.

    Hey Howdy Hey Viviana and welcome to planDisney!

    Alright, alright Viviana, in just a few short weeks it looks like you will be visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth! How incredibly exciting! Capacity in the parks at Walt Disney World Resort has been a more closely watched topic and communicated much more from Disney with the reopening after the Covid-19 closures in 2020. Since mid to late last year, this closely watched metric has become less communicated and less watched, but Disney does have some ways that they might communicate their expectations that we may read into to speculate on capacity. 

    So specifically to your point, we know generally that more people usually visit the parks on weekends and holidays as there are a lot of Annual Passholders in Florida that like to visit the parks which can affect capacity. That being said since the reopening of Disney since the Covid-19 closures and the loosening of restrictions from international travelers, Disney parks and resorts have been uncharacteristically and consistently busy! 

    It is not super clear if Disney does vary capacity depending on days of the week and so forth as the resort as a whole has been super busy for most of this year. One thing that you can note is the park hours. Park hours may tend to increase as crowd levels increase and decrease in hours with decreased levels as well. Recently for May, Disney has updated and extended a lot of the park hours which we MIGHT read into that Disney is expecting quite a big crowd. Most of this is an assumption and relies on historical behaviors and nothing specific from Disney mind you. 

    As the rush of Disney travelers continues, we can only watch and see how Disney continues to handle the Theme Park Reservation system as well as Park Hours and any announcements they share to give us a glimpse as to how things are being managed. I would plan on seeing a lot of people in the parks with weekend days comparable to weekdays with this in mind. You can also look at the specific days you will be in the parks and see if there still are Theme Park Passes available which also may give you some insight as to what to expect as well. But I would not expect any official from Disney to discuss park capacity daily. 

    Sorry, this was somewhat of a nonanswer answer, but most of what we have to go off of is based on assumptions and behaviors rather than very specific numbers that are not shared. So keep an eye on the Theme Park Reservation availability and Park Hours that may give you an insight into what to expect. What I can tell you to expect is a Magical time on your trip coming up. If there is anything else we can help you with for your upcoming trip let us know, we are happy to help!

    Have a Magical Day, 

    Nick 
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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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