I type this thought merely from observation and opinion, not from fact. So please don’t shed tears from the idea.
It’s no secret New Fantasyland was going to be a hit. But to have had such an impact as it’s had the past 2 months is beyond what I could’ve imagined. Every day, they have changed the park hours to later because the number of guests showing up for the day surpassed the budgeted and forecasted amount. There have been almost 50k people every single day at the MK the past few months. Yesterday, an unheard of for February, over 70k showed up. To put that number into perspective, that is 4k short of what Christmas day was forecasted. Why do I bring this up? Jan and Feb are regularly regarded as “slow months” at our parks, but MK has been anything but slow. I can’t speak for the other parks since I’m always at MK, but from what I’ve seen, it’s like regular summer crowds on a daily basis in the middle of winter.
I know there are always circumstances to better help our crowds (IE a lot of schools get out for Presidents Day, different holidays, Brazillian tours), but in my 9 years of working here, I’ve NEVER seen the crowds, and the way they effect our work schedule, that I’ve seen during this normal “slow season.”
Maybe it’s all part of the newness. Maybe after Seven Dwarves opens early next year, the hype will be over and slow down. But for now, MK is in business, and business is BOOMING!
Again, just an observation. There are still slow days, so just be smart when you plan your trip