Walt Disney World is more crowded since the initial reopening but attendance is still at a historical low

Walt Disney World looked almost empty when turnstiles began turning again in July after closing down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost 3 months later, the parks are more crowded since the former reopening, but attendance is still at a historical low.

Daily attendance on a recent weekend at Magic Kingdom was similar to a special ticketed event, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, with about 19K visitors a day at the park instead of the typical 60K. And Hollywood Studios is attracting about 11K vacationers, or about a 3rd of normal.

For Disney, the reopening has been an unprecedented balancing act as it tries to rebound financially while the firm limits crowds & maintains social distancing as health concerns persist about large gatherings & no vaccine is available yet.