Bad economy? Doesn’t appear that way based on the number of tourists hitting the parks and other tour destinations in Florida.
Massive crowds packed theme parks this week, causing parks to have to temporarily restrict access. Long lines were reported at parks, parking was an issue at two parks, and long lines at rides were reported.
Three of Disney’s parks had to restrict access earlier this week because of the number of visitors. The Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom were limited to guests staying at Disney hotels, premium ticket holders, and to guest with dinner reservations, among others, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
LegoLand Florida also had to limit access to its new park on Wednesday, said the Sentinel. LegoLand’s parking lot was closed about 12:30pm, and the entry to the park was closed about 1:25pm. The park extended it’s opening hours from 7pm to 8:30pm to help ease demand. LegoLand Florid took over the property that used to be Calloway Gardens several years ago and just opened in October. NFS staff visited the park recently and we’ll be publishing a review within the next few weeks.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park, also hit its maximum capacity on Wednesday and had visitors wait outside until the crowed eased up. Like LegoLand, they extended their hours, from 11pm to 12 midnight.
Busch Gardens, over in Tampa, also had a full parking lot and had to send visitors over to Adventure Island for parking, but the park gates remained open.