Large Memorial Day Crowds Expected In Orlando Over the Weekend
Visit Orlando has told local news network WESH that they are bracing for a busy Memorial Day weekend which is backed up by the AAA who has said that Orlando is the top travel destination for Memorial Day Weekend 2022.
Industry insiders are expecting to see tourism numbers that mark a return to pre-pandemic levels this year. Denise Spiegel from Visit Orlando told the news network that hotel bookings are 97% of what they were back in 2019. This is a trend that is expected to continue through the Summer.
According to a press release published yesterday by the AAA, the year’s Memorial Day travel forecast marks the second largest single-year increase in traveling since 2010. Spiegel told WESH that seat capacity in Orlando is slightly above pre-pandemic levels. AAA is predicting that nearly 40 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles away from home this Memorial Day. WESH has said that this is up 8% since last year.
So what does this mean for Walt Disney World visitors? Because of Disney’s Park Pass Reservation System, park capacity should be an issue this Memorial Day Weekend. However, we always advise that guests arrive at the theme parks early during busy holiday weekends to avoid the late arriving crowds. The parks tend to reach capacity around noon!
We’ll be at the theme parks all weekend and will keep you updated on holiday crowds levels at the Disney World theme parks and beyond. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for further Walt Disney World news and updates. We’ll be coming to you LIVE from the parks throughout Memorial Day Weekend.
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