Gaining and Losing Trees at the Magic Kingdom

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

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Published on December 20, 2013 at 2:00 am with 14 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • clewandowski

    Another good post. Really wish we could get more updates on the four Florida parks. Disneyland seems to get much more time. I want more Disney World!!!! Thanks!!

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    You are definitely right about the Magic Kingdom feeling crowded. During a moderately busy week in October I found that Magic Kingdom was the only park that felt hard to navigate due to the crowds.

  • ParkerMonroe

    What’s up with the walls around Stitch? Chili-dog refurbishment… or are they finally gutting that space and replacing it with something worthwhile?

    • TOONager

      They are putting in a FP+ kiosk…

  • a-mad

    Its interesting we often here about drops in attendance at WDW due to better product from the competition, dissatisfaction with current conditions, services, attractions, etc. and yet updates like this show that attendance seems to be doing extremely well.

    We timed our recent trip (early February) to try and take advantage of “light” crowds… and yet every park (especially MK…. but not just MK) had very healthy attendance for an off-peak period. The competition? Everything was a walk-on (including a major attraction about a boy wizard).

    Does this mean WDW should rest on their laurels? Hell no… they should be adding outstanding product on a regular basis… and right now Universal is doing much better in that area. I just don’t think that the increase in Universal attendance/spending is resulting in a corresponding decrease at WDW… and hey that’s good, right? – don’t we all want both of them to succeed? At least I do. (I know some that don’t….)

    • Sifferz

      I do want both to ultimately succeed, but I can say that I would love to see Universal nip at the heels of WDW parks attendance, if not surpass DAK/DHS at some point in annual attendance, as I think that could give the Disney execs a wake-up call that they need to kick it in to gear and get back to actually building interesting things, as MyMagic+ has been the most frustrating project in recent times for the parks.

  • bryanintowson

    “Sometimes it feels like the Magic Kingdom crowds are outgrowing the park.”

    Spot on. If you aren’t there at rope drop – forget it. It’s actually miserable.

  • Malin

    The one thing I do give credit to at WDW is the constant minor improvements being made to improve the Guests experience like removing that tree. It has now cleared some much needed space to help with crowd congestion. And WDW has from the above pictures added a lot of new foilage to Fantasyland.

    I agree with the comments from a-mad and Sifferz. Looking at last years unofficial attendance numbers both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios were by a small number slightly ahead of Universal Studios Japan. Next year the Park in Japan opens Harry Potter and this could really have an impact on rankings. Regarding the US Universal Parks in Orlando I’m not quite convinced. I don’t consider IOA to be a strong Park although I respect thousands will disagree with me on this subject. But my concern is that instead of growing attendance it might just move crowds around the Resort. Although I think the real purpose of Diagon Alley isn’t so much to grow attendance as it is to keep people at Universal for an extra day. And with that in mind I think Universal is one to a winner. New Fantasyland is great but it won’t keep me at the Magic Kingdom any longer then I would usually stay here. Avatar might be the answer but its a few years away from opening. In between this time Disney Springs might have the potential to keep me on site longer depending on whats coming. Right now Downtown Disney for me is visiting the Earl of Sandwich and Disney Store.

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    When I was at the Magic Kingdom last Friday, it was crazy and it wasn’t even noon. I stayed for maybe an hour, tops before heading to Epcot for the rest of the day. That park was busy too, but it’s so big it eats the crowds pretty good and it doesn’t *feel* as busy as it actually is.