If you’ve been following the news out of Walt Disney World this past week, you probably know that guest levels this holiday season have far exceeded what was expected, with Disney dealing with phase closures, traffic issues, five hour wait times and more. And unfortunately, the worst is yet to come, as this weekend will bring the New Year’s Eve holiday as well as New Year’s Day, which has historically been the busiest day of the year for Walt Disney World.
And though a lot of changes have already been made to try and cope with the throngs of guests flooding the parks, Disney is making the following temporary changes to its resort operations for this weekend only to try and keep things as under control as possible
1 Traffic pattern changes are announced for several parks and Disney Springs
Though we’ve seen some serious gridlock inside Disney parks, outside the parks traffic has been nothing short of a nightmare, with guests waiting hours in traffic as intersections along World Drive have been jamming up during busy parts of the day. However, Disney has confirmed that they will be making the following traffic changes this weekend to try and deal with congestion:
- All Magic Kingdom Guests will be routed to exit property via southbound World Drive. All eastbound exits from southbound World Drive will be unavailable.
- Epcot guests will need to exit via the Wonder Lot’s Epcot Center Drive as the exit onto Backstage Lane will be unavailable.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests will be directed to exit onto eastbound Buena Vista Drive, skipping World Drive completely, and will then be directed onto Victory Way toward Osceola Parkway
- Disney Springs guests will be directed to exit in both directions onto Buena Vista Drive. Eastbound Buena Vista Drive traffic will be routed toward Hotel Plaza Boulevard. Westbound Buena Vista Drive traffic be routed toward the new Epcot Center Drive access ramps.
In addition to these traffic changes, guest parking at Disney resorts will be more strictly monitored, with only guests with confirmed hotel and dining reservations being admitted to hotel parking lots during this busy weekend.