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Year over year, Walt Disney World breaks records when it comes to increased attendance. Though nearby Universal Orlando Resort has been gaining in percentage growth in recent years, the four parks that make up Walt Disney World have all seen consecutive year over year growth, and the number of visitors that will flow through the #1 theme park destination in the world is expected to reach critical mass in the near future, especially with Epcot’s new Frozen ride set to debut in 2016, Pandora: The World of Avatar opening in 2017, and Star Wars Land farther out on the horizon.

Though many current guests complain that Walt Disney World is too crowded as it is, these new attractions will bring more visitors to the resort than ever before, which sounds like a recipie for disaster. Fortunately, Walt Disney World has a multi-pronged strategy for dealing with the massive influx of guests that are predicted to flood the resort over the next few years. 

1. A new entrance for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Though Disney's Hollywood Studios is on the cusp of a major reboot that will include new attractions and a new name, it looks increasingly likely that a new entrance will be part of that plan too. Currently, the main entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios is off of World Drive, which is a terrible location that creates massive traffic backups during special events and during park closing on crowded days. 

Fortunately, it looks like work has begun on a new entrance that will help direct traffic away from World Drive. In the above image (taken via Google Earth screenshot) it is clear that trees are being cleared to make a pathway from Victory Way to the Disney's Hollywood Studios' parking lot. Though the image above is likely a few weeks old, several Cast Members have said (unofficially) that they have been informed that a new entrance is on the way soon that should relieve the traffic snarl that the World Drive entrance causes on a regular basis. 

2. Additional parking at the Magic Kingdom

A frequent factoid trotted out by tram operators when guests are en route to the Ticket and Transportation Center from the Magic Kingdom parking lot is that this lot is the second largest in the US, dwarfed only by the Mall of America parking lot. However, Walt Disney World may be giving the Mall of America lot a run for this title, as plans are in the works to expand their already massive parking lot. 

When the Richard Petty Driving Experience attraction is removed (which is rumored to happen in the very near future) work will begin on making the area formerly occupied by this third-party experience into more parking spaces. Though most guests might not see a need for extra parking spaces, those of us who have been to Walt Disney World during the holiday season know that this massive parking lot does indeed fill up. Last year, during the Christmas-New Year's period, Cast Members actually resorted to parking guests on the lawn behind the Mulan section of the parking lot, which was pretty crazy considering this grassy area is quite far from a tram stop! 

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Disney is not too expensive and all you whiners need to grow up- our combined household income is just a little over $200,000, less than most of our social group, and somehow we are able to go to WDW. If you really pledged your allegiance and your faith to Disney, as you should, then you would do what you need to do to get there.

Either you live with no expenses and in extremely low cost of living, I find that very hard to believe. Just our rent alone is about 14000 a year ( basic two bedroom ). That does not include water, gas, electric, gas for our one car, insurance,food, clothing, cleaning and personal care, school projects and field trips, etc.

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Cheryl - The mortgage on my 2,500 square foot (4 bedroom) house in suburban Philadelphia is almost HALF of your rent payment, and will be paid off by the end of the year. Of course, I too, pay for water, natural gas, electric, gasoline, insurance, food, clothing, etc. Philadelphia is not Manhattan ($$$), but it is not rural mid-west (cheap) either. We purchased DVC in 1994 ... just returned from a 2 bedroom villa at Grand Floridian, followed by 15 night TransAtlantic cruise on the Disney Magic. Plan your vacation, and work your plan!

I'm sorry but these comments are making me LOL. We are a family of 3, live on one income of less than 40k, live off the government in no way, and we are able to afford Disney every 2 years. No, we dont stay at Deluxe resorts, but we want to go so we make due and sacrifice in other ways. It averages out to cost 100 a month. I'm sure if you make more you can afford the nicer hotels and dining plans and it wouldnt be a big deal.

Wow, your comments are all soooo negative. Truth everyone wants to be part of the magic...Con over crowding is unfortunately a side effect of this. I'm technically "poverty" level. I live paycheck to paycheck, owe almost 50 grand in school loans still and I still manage it. Takes hard work and lots of planing. I do a lot of side work and so do my kids to make it happen. Oh not to mention I'm single mom. So I hate hearing people say "it can't be done, it's too expensive and they don't care and make it impossible" cause you just don't want it bad enough. You spend your money on other things and that's fine not judging but your priorities are different then a true Disney lover. "If you can dream it, you can do it" and Disney gives me so many tools to make happen with Disney vacation accounts, and their travel company. I have no credit cards it's so hard to stay at any hotel with no credit card but Disney holds none of my funds when I check in and have my debit card on file. I'm pinch pennies, and craft, and get 2nd jobs and my kids recycle and help pick up my slack around the house so we can go. And it's worth every second we are there.

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