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mcmac4
01-31-2008, 09:30 PM
I have done my research for 2 months in order to plan the perfect DL trip for my family. This is our Do Over trip. We took our kids for the 1st time in Dec. 2004 the week of Christmas, and they had to shut the park down because it was too crowded. I don't have one picture of my kids with one character, because we had to choose between rides or characters - it was that crowded. My dilema is - February is supposed to be one of the better times to go with the exception of President's Weekend, so I booked a trip for Feb. 26-March 2 (even though it's going into March, I think I'm pretty safe from Spring Break crowds). Last month, I couldn't figure out why the hotels were pretty much booked for the week of our trip - I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get my Entertainment card discount at HOJO (because it's over 80 % capacity) - I discovered why............ there is a Religious Education Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center, and they are expecting 40,000 people!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics! There is also a Youth Day planned! Do you think teenagers are going to go to their religious classes, or do you think they are going to skip and play at Disneyland!! Help!! I've ordered Ridemax, does that program know about this conference?

I felt guilty pulling my kids out for 3 days in order to avoid the crowds. Now I'm thinking, "What did I do?"

I never thought of checking the event calender of the Convention Center.

I looked at the website of the conference - they have a full itinerary, but I know people don't go to every meeting. And what about the spouses that are bringing their families to play at DL?

Has anyone ever experienced how this conference affects DL attendance and the lines?

Do AP's know about this conference, and avoid going to DL? Or do they brave the crowds and play at DL before Spring Break starts?

Thanks,

mcmac4

lovetoscrap
01-31-2008, 10:34 PM
I am going to move this over to our DisneyLand forum. They can probably give you more information about this. :)

Diznygrl
02-01-2008, 06:15 AM
I go during this time every year. My mom goes to the Religious Ed Congress and I tag along for an excuse to go to Disneyland. ;)

The crowds are not bad at all. All the convention goers are pretty much holed up all day over at the convention center. If any of them play hooky to go to Disneyland it's not enough to really be noticeable. Trust me, it's still a great time to go. Surprising but true.

audrabolster
02-01-2008, 09:18 AM
I really doubt you will have an issue. Maybe 1 day, but most conference go-ers visit the park after their day at the convention is over. I always check the black out dates for passes- if the deluxe pass is blocked out, you will probably have issues, but you look good!

There might be moderate lines, but nothing like December!

sandymandr
02-01-2008, 09:47 AM
And with ridemax, you should be even better! I agree that most folks will be in the conference during the day. I hope you have a wonderful trip!!

mcmac4
02-01-2008, 11:46 AM
I go during this time every year. My mom goes to the Religious Ed Congress and I tag along for an excuse to go to Disneyland. ;)

The crowds are not bad at all. All the convention goers are pretty much holed up all day over at the convention center. If any of them play hooky to go to Disneyland it's not enough to really be noticeable. Trust me, it's still a great time to go. Surprising but true.

Thanks for your input. I feel like I can breathe today, and not worry about it so much. I still can't believe 40,000 people don't really impact DL crowds.

mcmac4
02-01-2008, 11:48 AM
And with ridemax, you should be even better! I agree that most folks will be in the conference during the day. I hope you have a wonderful trip!!

What about at the end of the day/evening after the conference has been dismissed? Should we avoid the park?

DangerMouse
02-01-2008, 12:15 PM
What about at the end of the day/evening after the conference has been dismissed? Should we avoid the park?

Honestly, you're overreacting. All 40,000 people will not converge on Disneyland at the same time. Trust those who have been there during that time, and try to not worry about it. If you think Disneyland is getting a bit crowded for your tastes, head over to DCA for a few hours (it DEFINITELY will not be crowded there), then head back to DLR later.

DLR marketing is doing a fine job of filling the parks year round now. Outside of a rain storm, the parks will always be full of people (not croweded, just not empty). Quiet days at DLR are a thing of the past, I'm afraid.

februaryprincess
02-01-2008, 12:15 PM
I'm wondering about this too because we are going at the same time. Assumed it would be fairly quiet and couldn't figure out why it was so hard to get a hotel! Will night time parades and fireworks be a problem with everyone out of the convention for the day?

jocotter
02-01-2008, 03:05 PM
I went about 3 years ago with a conference of about 35,000 in early November. When we went to the parks, there really weren't any crowds. I didn't notice that they increased in the evenings either. This was an early childhood conference, and you would think that those attendees would be interested in Disneyland, but it didn't seem to affect the crowds in the parks much.

Quest4fun
02-01-2008, 07:13 PM
The Convention Center crowds don't usually bleed over into Disneyland unless there is a cheer convention or something.

February is usually pretty nice as long as you avoid Presidents Day weekend and even then you can still get on everything you want. You may want an extra day to sneak in anything you might have missed.

MATTERHORN
02-01-2008, 07:24 PM
I agree, I have gone that week two years in a row and had absolutely NO problems with crowds. Have fun!

Andrea