Orlando parks end year on attendance boost

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Orlando's theme parks appear to be ending a lackluster year on a positive note. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are all experiencing thick crowds and long lines this holiday week. The region's most popular theme park, the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, has been forced to close its gates multiple times this week after hitting capacity, including on Tuesday morning.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

I go to WDW every early/mid December as it is usually one of the slowest times of the year. And I have to say, I was surprised at the crowds during my most recent trip. While I certainly wouldn't say the parks were "packed", it was obvious that more and more people were visiting WDW than in years past during that same time. Perhpas more and more people are learning about the "pre-Christmas" slow period or perhaps the deep discounting and packages are putting more butts in beds around the resort. While the deep discounting may not help top line revenue, it appears to at least be driving visitation and turnstyle clicks. The big question is when disney begins to pull back from the discounting, will the masses still visit. I know that over the past few years, I have been "spoiled" by the deep discounts and taking a WDW vacation for a pretty good price.

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