– A new wave of visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort is coming in from all over the world, but Wisconsin residents have found their way to the Magic City for some special events and family-friendly activities.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, Wisconsin residents are spending $7.4 billion a year at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, an increase of nearly 50 percent over last year.
Wisconsinites are spending more money than any other state in the country, and they are spending money on things they would otherwise spend money on, according to Pew.
Wisconsin’s economic outlook is bright, said Laura Smith, a spokeswoman for the Walt and Disney Imagineering Group.
She said the state is one of only three states in the nation that has experienced economic growth in each of the last two years.
But with such a strong economy, Wisconsinites also seem to want to get to the park as quickly as possible.
Smith said the Disney Resort has been working with its theme park partners to accommodate guests during peak season.
She said the company will have additional events in the coming months that are intended to help guests enjoy the park during peak seasons.
But many visitors don’t have the luxury of having the option of traveling on the Magic Cruise.
Those guests who do have a ride at Walt and Disneyland Resort are required to have a ticket purchased in advance at the resort, which means some may be delayed if the park is closed.
On Friday, the Magic Island of Adventure opened to the public and it will be open during a limited number of events this week.
It’s expected to open in the fall.
Smith also said the Disneyland Resort is open during peak time, which is also when the park opens for public events.
She noted that the Disneyland Hotel also is open to the general public during peak hours, but the resort is not open during weekends or holidays.
Visitors can get in touch with the Disneyland Visitor Center at (414) 537-6970 for more information on how to get in line and park in advance.
For more information about Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com.
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