Oh its definitely more crowded. Its not just the feel thats Disney has manufactured. It used to be a pleasure to stroll around the uncrowded walkways, you could take your time finding a place to watch fireworks and shows, you never had to compete for reservations or search endlessly for outdoor QS table space. Now you can barely maneuver through the sidewalks and streets without bumping into someone. And just try taking a decent photo now without massive bodies messing up the shot. It's been a long time since the parks were uncrowded to the point that it was a relaxing, pleasurable experience.The idea that WDW is overcrowded because it’s over populated all year is not based in reality. It FEELS over crowded bc Disney wants it to feel that way. They staff the park in such a way that it always feels crowded now. It’s a choice.