Huge crowds gather to ring in 2014 on New Year’s Eve, but no records were broken
Social media was a frenzy of incredible wait times and photos of the enormous crowds that flooded the local area theme parks. Some rides and attractions at Walt Disney World surpassed a 5 hour wait. Even though there were huge crowds, local parks are not reporting any records being broken. No official numbers have been released, but it was surely a busy day at the big three, Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld.
A spokesperson for SeaWorld said that yesterday was one of their best days ever, comparing to the holiday season 2012.
“We’ve been thrilled to host near-record numbers of visitors and fans this week, each of whom leaves our park more enriched by our unique experiences and entertainment,” SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said. “So far, holiday attendance has exceeded our high expectations.”
Universal had to close Islands of Adventure in 2011 and 2012 to control crowds visiting the then new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal mentioned that they have not had to close the parks down this holiday season.
“Our entire destination is busy — and we are seeing tremendous excitement around our new Transformers The Ride: 3D attraction and for the Transformer character meet-and-greets we do with guests,” Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said.
Over at Disney, the resort had to close down Magic Kingdom several times due to capacity issues, limiting admission to just on-site hotel guests and annual passholders. Epcot and Hollywood Studios were extremely busy as well being the other two parks with firework shows for New Year’s Eve.
As you can imagine, the holidays are always a popular time to visit a Disney theme park,” Disney spokeswoman Kathleen Prihoda said.
Did you brave the crowds at the parks for New Year’s eve?
via Orlando Sentinel