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MOM POPPINS
05-16-2010, 03:33 PM
We were at Epcot today and the wait for Figment was 20 minutes at noon, nemo and friends was 40 and Soarin 80.. the land boat ride was 35. I know it is the last day of the flower festival but it's really crowded!

Last night at Magic Kingdom it was horrible crowded as well. We only went in for the Fireworks and parade at 6:00 and people were already lining the streets for the 9:00 parade. We watched from Peocs Bill in Adventureland.

The park closed at 11:00... Wishes was at 10:00 and we decided to wait and exit at 10:45 before the 11:00 Spectro and we had to wait almost an hour for the Ferry boat to get to our van.

I sure hope tomorrow gets better around here! We are waking up early and going into the Magic Kingdom. Rope drop for the whole week! :thumbsup2

:goodvibes

SignMeUp
05-16-2010, 03:39 PM
Doesn't MK close early tonight? Maybe that is what is impacting the crowds at Epcot today and why everyone decided to go to MK yesterday?

MOM POPPINS
05-16-2010, 03:41 PM
Yes your right it does maybe that is what is going on... in all the trips we have been here 19 times in 10 years. I have never seen crowds like I have seen yesterday and today. :)

Disney Vegas
05-16-2010, 03:59 PM
My sisters friend just went at the end of April and she said it was empty. I figured it would be busy this summer...even during times it's not supposed to be busy, because of all of the promo's. I hope it isn't as crowded in 25 days when we go.

earthfaries
05-16-2010, 03:59 PM
Going by the crowd calendar the next few days are supposed to be a crowd level 4 ~ so you should have no problems with big crowds :goodvibes
Have fun! :wizard:

VirataMama4
05-16-2010, 04:23 PM
Epcot was one of the parks to avoid today... So hopefully the crowds thin out for you!

livndisney
05-16-2010, 04:58 PM
We were at the Studios and Epcot today. Crowded and crazy people. Just really ODD interactions with people. Has me wondering if it is a full moon or something.......:lmao:

monarchsfan16
05-16-2010, 06:28 PM
Yeah, I'm here now and am stunned by the crowds. I was here for the last weekend of the F&G festival last year, and I swear that was nothing compared to this year. Last night the single rider line for Test Track was posted as being a 40 min wait at 7pm. I was shocked. Friday night I gave up on Epcot, could barely walk through there. Went to MK and that was much better. I spent this morning at MK, and I wanted to see Illuminations tonight, but I think I'm going to pass on that and hang out at the hotel. Granted, the storm probably helped clear people out, but I'm not going to test it out.

SaraJayne
05-16-2010, 06:40 PM
We were there last week M-F and the longest wait we had all week was 40 mins for Soarin.

Even Toy Story only had a 20 min line. :laughing:

Sounds like we went at a great time.

emmababy
05-16-2010, 06:57 PM
Wow!!! I have NEVER seen a wait at Figment or Nemo!

baby1disney
05-16-2010, 08:20 PM
Wow!!! I have NEVER seen a wait at Figment or Nemo!

I have to agree with you on that one!!! The only time I remember waiting was for Nemo..but that was because the CMs were helping a boy in a wheelchair get on a ride and they had to stop it for about 5-10mins. Other than that, never had to wait for those two rides.:thumbsup2

lunapnp
05-16-2010, 08:53 PM
Yes your right it does maybe that is what is going on... in all the trips we have been here 19 times in 10 years. I have never seen crowds like I have seen yesterday and today. :)

We were at MK last night...and all I can say is OMG!! The FASTPASS line for BTMRR was out past the FP ticket kiosk! It was elbow to elbow through the entire park. The rest of the weekend wasn't too bad.

tarrbear
05-16-2010, 09:01 PM
I just got back from a quick weekend trip, we went to DHS EHM rope drop and we were able to fp Toy Story then walk right on it, we walked on ToT multiple times and walked right on Star Tours and basically everything else that day at DHS, even though DHS was the park to avoid the crowds were very low! Then we hopped to the recommended park of the day, Epcot, and the crowds were just unbearable. We only did a few things then went back to the hotel then made our way to the MK. And OMG, I thought Epcot was bad.... In three hours we were able to do Tomorrowland, but only Space Mountain, Buzz, and Astro Orbiter. The crowds were just terrible yesterday. This morning we did rope drop for AK, the crowds were great, longest we waited for anything was 20 minutes and we were out bu 1 pm.

MOM POPPINS
05-16-2010, 09:25 PM
We are back in from our night at Epcot. We used our fast passes for Soarin and Test Track and Mission Space and headed out after Illuminations. The crowds were not to bad after the rain. Tomorrow we are going to try to rope drop Magic until noon and then leave. I know it's a Monday and it's yellow but it should not be to bad until noon. :)

Neverland98
05-16-2010, 10:07 PM
Where are you getting the "Parks to Avoid" information? Who uses red, yellow, and green levels for the parks?

I have our days lined out for November, and it isn't supposed to be too crowded. But, we hit the last weekend of f&w, so that will be packed, but we want to try it, so we'll go for a bit and the atmosphere with no expectations.

I basically had to pick parks based on EMH, showings of Spectro/Wishes (with MVMCP it isn't showing a lot), and Fantasmic! We have PH and plan to do mornings somewhere, break in the mid-day, and then go somewhere in the evening, maybe just for the parade, Illuminations, Fantasmic, etc. Does this sound like a good basic plan for first-timers (and some returners, but not since the 80's!)?:confused3

Disney Vegas
05-16-2010, 10:16 PM
We are back in from our night at Epcot. We used our fast passes for Soarin and Test Track and Mission Space and headed out after Illuminations. The crowds were not to bad after the rain. Tomorrow we are going to try to rope drop Magic until noon and then leave. I know it's a Monday and it's yellow but it should not be to bad until noon. :)
What is rope drop?

Maggie'sMom
05-16-2010, 10:53 PM
What is rope drop?

Rope drop refers to the park opening. They let people through the turnstiles a little before the actual opening, but have ropes up so you can't proceed past a certain point. At the opening time, they "drop the rope" and everyone stampedes, oops I meant politely hurries, to their first attraction of choice.

blu3d3vil
05-17-2010, 06:44 AM
I'm glad I went last week!! Most rides were walk-on at all parks.

MrsLS
05-17-2010, 07:46 AM
wow I've always seen Figment empty and I mean empty like we are there with another family of 2-4 people both years during busy spring break.

For parks to avoid - touringplans, but they only give you 30 days unless you pay for the full year.

Praying Colonel
05-17-2010, 07:59 AM
Going by the crowd calendar the next few days are supposed to be a crowd level 4 ~ so you should have no problems with big crowds :goodvibes
Have fun! :wizard:

FWIW, the crowd calendar has some 4s but also has some 6s and 7s:

http://www.touringplans.com/tp2/UG2_index.php?PageID=14

All of this just points out the importance of basic park-touring protocol: rope drop, have a basic idea of what you want to do, strategic use of FP, etc. If you show up at noon in a park with an evening EMH and have no idea what FP is and what you want to do first, you may not have as much fun.

SDSorority
05-17-2010, 08:44 AM
We were at Epcot today and the wait for Figment was 20 minutes at noon, nemo and friends was 40 and Soarin 80.. the land boat ride was 35. I know it is the last day of the flower festival but it's really crowded!

Last night at Magic Kingdom it was horrible crowded as well. We only went in for the Fireworks and parade at 6:00 and people were already lining the streets for the 9:00 parade. We watched from Peocs Bill in Adventureland.

The park closed at 11:00... Wishes was at 10:00 and we decided to wait and exit at 10:45 before the 11:00 Spectro and we had to wait almost an hour for the Ferry boat to get to our van.

I sure hope tomorrow gets better around here! We are waking up early and going into the Magic Kingdom. Rope drop for the whole week! :thumbsup2

:goodvibes

YIKES! Rope drop is the way to go.

With lines like that it almost (ALMOST) takes the fun away. Almost...

We go gung-ho at ropedrop grabbing fast passes, riding, using fastpasses... exausted by noon.... but we get to see everything we want to see.

By the way, I LOVE your avatar ;)

FlightlessDuck
05-17-2010, 09:30 AM
Sounds like late June to me.

loveysbydesign
05-17-2010, 10:20 AM
Where are you getting the "Parks to Avoid" information? Who uses red, yellow, and green levels for the parks?

I have our days lined out for November, and it isn't supposed to be too crowded. But, we hit the last weekend of f&w, so that will be packed, but we want to try it, so we'll go for a bit and the atmosphere with no expectations.

I basically had to pick parks based on EMH, showings of Spectro/Wishes (with MVMCP it isn't showing a lot), and Fantasmic! We have PH and plan to do mornings somewhere, break in the mid-day, and then go somewhere in the evening, maybe just for the parade, Illuminations, Fantasmic, etc. Does this sound like a good basic plan for first-timers (and some returners, but not since the 80's!)?:confused3
Tour Guide Mike uses those colors to help you choose which parks to go to on which days! Worth every penny! Use the banner link above to save $3...so I think it;s around $20 then!:goodvibes

cruisingkat
05-17-2010, 11:07 AM
Yeah, I'm here now and am stunned by the crowds. I was here for the last weekend of the F&G festival last year, and I swear that was nothing compared to this year. Last night the single rider line for Test Track was posted as being a 40 min wait at 7pm. I was shocked. Friday night I gave up on Epcot, could barely walk through there. Went to MK and that was much better. I spent this morning at MK, and I wanted to see Illuminations tonight, but I think I'm going to pass on that and hang out at the hotel. Granted, the storm probably helped clear people out, but I'm not going to test it out.

We alos were there over this past weekend (we usually go at the end of F&G but the end this year is two weeks earlier).
One thing we did notice is that there was a lot of kids groups - school field trips, school grad trips, even scout trips (could tell they were groups because they were wearing shirts that stated the trip and traveled around together).

dianne1974
05-17-2010, 11:22 AM
We took a very impromptu trip to Epcot on Friday afternoon. It was crowded, but not to the point of not being able to move crowded. I heard from a friend that it was so bad yesterday, glad we decided to go friday. Hope you are having a great time!

Coach81
05-17-2010, 11:26 AM
Wow.. hoping for good weather, and lower crowds starting Saturday!!!

surfsidesindy
05-17-2010, 11:53 AM
We were at EPCOT Sat. and it was very crowded. We went Sat. because Epcot was the recommended park, but crowd level was predicted to be a 7. Fast passed our way through the rides in the am, but by the afternoon Soarin' was 100 min standby and Test Track 90 min. Test Track did still have fast pass available late in the day, Soarin' was out by around 12:30. My theory is that there were a TON of FL residents there, like myself, trying to use up their FL Res. Dream passes that will expire 5/25. I expect this coming weekend to be a ZOO at the parks because of this, especially HS because of Star Wars, but I will be there Sat. anyways! :)

KimK2006
05-17-2010, 12:28 PM
:eek: I was pumped to see some 4's during our upcoming trip (arrive Saturday). We have NEVER had a wait for Figment!!!

MOM POPPINS
05-17-2010, 03:21 PM
Today went really well, We did everything in Fantasyland by 10:00!!! Rope drop still works at Magic Kingdom.. :) After the past few days I told my DH I wouldn't be surprised if Fantasyland was packed by 10:00. :) Thank goodness that was not the case. We usually do not go to MK on Monday and it's an EMH night Spectro and Wishes and Yellow rating... but with all of this considered we thought we would be ok until noon and we were.

It's raining here now we are hoping to go back into Epcot for dinner tonight for a few hours. Next up tomorrow at AK.. Green rating and no EMH conflicts. :)

Brian_WDW74
05-17-2010, 04:04 PM
I've moved this thread to the Trip Reports board. :)

v_gan
05-17-2010, 05:40 PM
We were there all of last week. The first few days were great, but as the week went on, the parks got more and more crowded. I didn't know what was going on!

SplashMtnCrew
05-17-2010, 06:54 PM
We were there all of last week. The first few days were great, but as the week went on, the parks got more and more crowded. I didn't know what was going on!

Yep! We were there all last week too. DHS on Monday night, TSM had a 40 min wait. Tuesday at MK the longest wait I saw was 30 mins at space mtn. We rode splash mtn twice in 23 mins and a total of 4 times that day. Thursday at epcot was a 30 min wait for soarin, and I noticed the crowds increasing. By Friday at AK there was an 80 min wait for Kali and the people seemed to be everywhere. We only used fastpass for one ride all week and that was for soarin. The weather was great and the crowds weren't as bad as they are when we go in January. We are now going to try to visit during the first or second week of May. Only one thing down for rehab and was finally warm enough to enjoy TL :cool1:

gwmom
05-17-2010, 07:21 PM
We were there Saturday and Sunday..... a couple of things contributing to the HUGE crowds, Ironman 1/2 Marathon, last weekend of Flower and Garden, and last weekend for the Florida residents 4 day for $99 promotion.... traffic was all messed up due to some road construction delays in front of the TTC and Poly and the roads closed for the Marathon... it was the worst we have ever seen even during the Holidays. It was CRAZY!!!