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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer and is almost always a busy weekend for Disney parks. However, in the past, though the parks have been busy (especially the Magic Kingdom) Disney really hasn't had to deal with capacity-related closures for the most part during this season. However, 2017 could actually be the year to break that trend. And here’s why:

A record number of tourists are projected to be coming to central Florida for this holiday

Just a few weeks ago, travel club AAA reported that by their estimates that 2017 will be a record year for Florida tourism, with central Florida specifically making big gains this year when compared to 2016 and 2015, which both saw steady declines. According to their research, improvements in the economy, lower travel costs, and even the greater availability of discounts and deals are also helping to drive more interest in visiting central Florida. But while this is good news for the region as a whole, what does this mean for Walt Disney World specifically?

Attendance at Walt Disney World is poised for more growth

Earlier this month Disney revealed that after several quarters of attendance losses in 2015 and 2016, this year has finally brought guests back to Walt Disney World in a meaningful way. Attendance so far this year at domestic theme parks (which also includes the Disneyland Resort as well as Walt Disney World) rose 4 percent in Disney’s second quarter.

Now while past growth doesn’t always indicate future performance, this surprising uptick in the traditionally “slow” season (which did not include the Easter holiday this year) is especially promising for Walt Disney World, especially because they are about ready to kick things into very high gear with…

The grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar is set for Memorial Day Weekend

In case you haven’t heard, Disney is finally opening its much-anticipated Pandora – The World of Avatar land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Memorial Day weekend, and based on what we’ve seen during the technical rehearsals that have been going on this past month, guests are going to flock to this new land in droves. While there may have been some skepticism at first about whether this new land actually “belonged” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney has really created something special in Pandora – The World of Avatar, and opening weekend is pretty much guaranteed to be intense for anyone brave enough to face the crowds during this new land’s first official days open.

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