Did You Know? This Month in Disney History
CROWD-LEVEL FUN FACTS!
Walt Disney World first opened the gates to the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Adult admission cost $3.50 and approximately 10,000 guests visited the park on opening day. Today, an average of 48,000 guests visit the Magic Kingdom per day. However, in peak seasons, Level 1 capacity begins at 65,000, with a maximum capacity set at 100,000!
Approximately 48 million people visit the Walt Disney World Resort–including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs–annually.
On average, Epcot has 30,000 guests visit per day, while Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have approximately 27,000 visitors per day. Keep in mind that these are the average attendance numbers–maximum capacity, which is set near 75,000 for these parks, is often reached during peak crowd season.
The Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom serves approximately 1.5 million passengers annually.
There are several attractions with large-capacity theaters that are great for giving your feet a rest. The Hall of Presidents contains a 700-seat theater, Finding Nemo the Musical theater can hold up to 1,500 guests, The American Adventure theater can hold 1,024 guests per show, and there are 6 theaters on the Carousel of Progress—each one holds 240 people. Did you know that the audio animatronic dog in the Carousel of Progress is named “Rover”?
There are 15 Jungle Cruise riverboats, which are named Amazon Annie, Bomokandi Bertha, Congo Connie, Ganges Gertie, Irrawaddy Irma, Mongala Millie, Nile Nelly, Orinoco Ida, Rutshuru Ruby, Sankuru Sadie, Senegel Sal, Ucvali Lolly, Volta Val, Wamba Wanda and Zambesi Zelda. A boat named Kwango Kate retired in 2010. Ten of these 15 boats are always in operation at the Jungle Cruise, with a typical passenger load of 30 people.
Did you know that Space Mountain was the first rollercoaster controlled by a computer? Space Mountain has brake zones that can determine the weight in each rocket ship and control how fast it will move down the track, depending on where the other ships are on the track. This is commonplace today, but almost 40 years ago, it was groundbreaking. Space Mountain’s capacity is 900-1,200 guests each hour when only one track is open, and 2,057-2,500 guests per hour when both tracks are open. The left track is named Alpha and the right track is Omega, the two are nearly mirror images of each other, with Alpha being about 10.5 feet longer to accommodate crossing over the Omega track at the ride’s “launch.”
During peak times (such as major holidays), Walt Disney World may need to “close” the parks to certain guests. Easter weekend and July 4th almost always cause the Magic Kingdom to reach capacity, in which they must turn away some guests. All four parks risk reaching partial closure during the week between Christmas and New Years.
The best way to ensure that you get into the parks during these high-peak, crowded times are:
Be sure to stay at a WDW Resort (Resort Guests are given priority for entrance to the parks.
Be a WDW Premier, Annual, or Premium Passholder.
Have a dining reservation in the park.
Have a reservation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barber Shop, or The Pirates League.