Disney is ‘slowing down visitors’ at parks, according to multiple reports

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There’s so much to see and do when visiting Walt Disney World Resort, but many report that Disney “slows visitors down” when visiting the parks.

If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you know there are so many fun experiences to be had.

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From iconic attractions like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, “It’s a Small World”, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain to magical nighttime spectaculars like Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Harmonious, and everything in between, you’ll never have a boring moment when visiting a Disney park.

However, some guests are starting to notice what they think is a trend.

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A guest recently said he thinks Disney is “slowing down guests” whether it was intentional or not.

I’ve noticed over the past few days at WDW that meals and transportation are taking much longer than on previous trips,” User U/brantmacga said in a Reddit post. “All of our restaurant reservations took several hours a day. We were on average 2/hrs per restaurant. Be Our Guest was the worst at 3am. Space 220 was 2.5/hr. Liberty Tree was 2 hours etc and the LL bookings overlapped as well. They let you into the LL if you bring your detailed receipt from the restaurant.

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The Disney Park guest shared that his monorail ride from EPCOT to Magic Kingdom took nearly 90 minutes and he ended up booking Lyft rides multiple times.

“The monorail from Epcot to MK took almost 90 minutes when we were going through the parks; mostly due to staying inactive,” the guest said. “The buses were also parked longer than usual. We waited quite a while on the boats too. Probably due to personnel issues; but be aware that there is nothing “fast” in the park right now, especially when jumping in the park. Many times I ended up booking Lyft rides.

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Several other guests in the thread also reported having similar issues during their visit.

One guest said it was all about crowd control, but others noted they believe Disney was actually trying to expedite guests through table-service restaurants in order to keep tables open.

Last year, Disney unveiled Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane. Paid services, which have received a lot of backlash, are supposed to save visitors time at attractions through reservations.

Have you noticed that you are slowed down during your visits to the Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments!

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