Disney World Crowds..

DW Teaser2Here I am about four weeks away from my visit to Disney World. Being on my bucket list I have high expectations for this visit. Our Magic Bands came in the mail today. These are wristwatch like  rf identifiers we will use for everything from getting into our hotel rooms and the parks to charging everything we buy there. It couldn’t be easier.  As usual they are of a very high quality.

2016-03-07_16-37-35.pngSo far I have found that the folks of DW treat their customers exceptionally well. I know I am only one of the 50,000 or so people who will visit the parks while I am there but they make me feel like a VIP. There is hardly a question that you could ask that isn’t already covered somewhere on their website. Their information materials are clear, concise and top notch.

I know from past experiences that the old saying “Things are never as good as you hope or as bad as you dread”. It is always somewhere in between but I am hoping that the good side wins out. 🙂

One thing I know I have to face is a LOT of people go to Disney World every year.

Here are the numbers for the Orlando theme parks for 2014:

  • Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom had 52,964 average visitors per day in 2014 totaling 19,332,000 for the year and is the #1 theme park in the world and North America by attendance.
  • EPCOT at Walt Disney World had 31,380 average visitors per day in 2014 totaling 11,454,000 for the year and is the #6 theme park in the world and the #3 theme park in North America by attendance.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom had 28,498 average visitors per day in 2014 totaling 10,402,000 for the year and is the #7 theme park in the world and the #4 theme park in North America by attendance.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios had 28,252 average visitors per day in 2014 totaling 10,312,000 for the year and is the #8 theme park in the world and the #5 theme park in North America by attendance.
  • Disney’s California Adventure had 24,024 average visitors per day in 2014 totaling 8,769,000 for the year and is the #10 theme park in the world and the #6 theme park in North America by attendance.
  • Universal Studios of Orlando had 22,638 average visitors per day in 2014 totaling 8,263,000 for the year and is the #11 theme park in the world and the #8 theme park in North America by attendance.

That totals out to about 50,000 park visits/day or almost 20 million/year and that is a LOT of people. Generally I am a crowd averse person. I just don’t like large crowds so that is something I will have to cope with during this visit. I am psyching myself up for the crowds and imagining the overall experience will be well worth the discomfort.  Since Disney World is about 25,000 acres and we are going during an official off-season I think I can manage it.

Next time I will be talking about the parks and what we have chosen to see in each one while we are there.

I’m dreaming of Disney World…….

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