Amidst Crazy Crowds, Walt Disney World May Be Increasing Park Capacity

Whether you’ve visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or EPCOT, if you’ve been to Walt Disney World Resort recently, you’ve seen just how crowded the beloved theme parks have become. It’s no secret that Disney Parks are more crowded than they’ve been in years.

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As the world has adjusted to the new normal after the pandemic, those who couldn’t visit Walt Disney World during COVID-19 have been visiting in droves. The crowds are crazy, and inconsiderate behavior is unfortunately on the rise. Despite the large number of Walt Disney World Guests and the inconveniences that large groups can create within a Disney Park, the Resort may be raising capacity.


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As of yesterday (December 27, 2022), many sources reported that January 2 was the first date of the new year to be sold out. However, we can see that January is not sold out after all, after double-checking Walt Disney World Resort’s official website a day later (December 28, 2022).

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In fact, there is theme park availability for both EPCOT and the Animal Kingdom-Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios are still sold out. This leads us to wonder, did enough Guests cancel their reservations, creating room for more? Or has Walt Disney World Resort quietly raised its capacity?


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On the one hand, Walt Disney World will have to raise Park capacity to resume selling Annual Passes, but on the other hand, with fewer Cast Members and more Guests, the Parks will remain as crowded and uncomfortable as they currently are.

Only time will tell whether Walt Disney World’s Park capacity is increasing and whether Annual Passes will resume sales.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.