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Carolynleanne
05-16-2012, 12:50 AM
... Or am I the only one who isn't willing to deal with the crowds. Were hoping to experience it next year (just went a mont or so back aswell...)

Escape2Disney
05-16-2012, 01:40 AM
Sort of. I'm sure the hype will be around for a year or so, and I'm not waiting that long! We did change plans from summer to early December though in the hopes that it won't be as bad as opening week!

jdb in AZ
05-16-2012, 01:43 AM
I'm allergic to crowds so we're waiting til early February.

fctiger
05-16-2012, 02:43 AM
Well I'm one of those head cases that will be there opening day lol. NORMALLY I would wait it out at least a few weeks, but going with a friend and he loves all the opening day stuff. And to be honest, it is fun just being around the craziness. We are both excited just to be there on the 14th. Watch the media around, catch maybe a few celebrities, watch the REAL hardcore fans as they line up and spend the night on the ground for the night (no I wont be THERE lol) and just see how it all goes down! There is an excitement of just watching the excitement frankly!

That said, honestly by the end of the summer, early fall the park will fall into low season like everything does that time of year. September wont be very busy at all. Slightly busier, maybe, but like all things it will fall into its usual cycle. Kids still have to go back to school and parents only have so much vacation time. I say if you dont want to go at opening, but dont want to wait a year either, go after Labor day weekend. It will still be lines, but nothing out of the ordinary. I suspect by the end of August the crazy rush will be over!

SilentFeline
05-16-2012, 05:06 AM
I'm with you. My next trip will be to celebrate my graduation and I won't be done with school until May of next year, so my boyfriend and I will be going some time between the end of May and Christmas of 2013. Hopefully the crowds will be manageable by then. We could barely stand the crowds on the MLK holiday on our January trip! :scared1:

HydroGuy
05-16-2012, 07:40 AM
... Or am I the only one who isn't willing to deal with the crowds. Were hoping to experience it next year (just went a mont or so back aswell...)Finding Nemo Sub Voyages in 2007 brought huge crowds that summer and four hour waits. Toy Story Midway Mania brought crowds in 2008. WOC brought crowds in 2010. Star Tours and Little Mermaid brought crowds in 2011.

If you wait until "the crowds die out because of something new" you will never go. Folks waiting until the fall or next year for the crowds to die out - well, they always die down some then anyways. It is not because interest is lost in new things but because low season kicks in.

Most likely is that DL crowds this summer will look much like they normally do in summer. They might even be down a little. DCA crowds will be up but as DLR29 has speculated elsewhere they have a 12 acre expansion in Cars Land to handle 5000+ more people. So outside of CL crowds may look fairly normal.

The threads over the last few months about "insane crowds at DLR" - well, those threads happen just about every year at this time. And folks still go and aside from the particular new thing everything else just looks pretty normal and nothing at all like "insanity" - which in recent summers has meant quite manageable crowds.

The closest thing I have seen to summer insanity - if you want to call it that was in summer of 2005 during the DL 50th anniversary celebration. And Space Mtn had just re-opened and BLAB had just opened. That summer felt much more crowded than any summer since then. And, by the way, that was one of our best trips ever. :) So insanity - when it exists - does not equate with misery.

My two cents.

:wizard:

2boysmom1998
05-16-2012, 08:12 AM
I agree with HydroGuy, there will always be something new. I am going to be there the week of June 19th. I made my travel plans before I knew about Carsland opening. We will make the best of it. We were there last year the week after Star Tours and Little Mermaid opened. There were Grad Nights that week too, and the crowds weren't that bad.

One year we made the mistake of going to the Magic Kingdom on a Saturday. That was the worst experience I've had w/ crowds at a Disney Park. I gauge all my Disney visits off of that. That was bad!

subtchr
05-16-2012, 09:47 AM
I agree with HydroGuy, there will always be something new. I am going to be there the week of June 19th. I made my travel plans before I knew about Carsland opening. We will make the best of it.

This.

Exact same thing here - we made our CA visit plans for June 20 before I did any research into current DLR news. It was the time that fit best with my DH's work schedule.

And although I'm not crazy about crowds (who would be?), I am very excited to see all the changes to DCA. We first went to DCA in 2002, and in spite of the lukewarm reviews, we LOVED it. The atmosphere, the attractions, the "feel". And we have not visited since 2006, so we were fortunate to have never been there with all the walls up.

We are also doing several things that should help mitigate our negative experience with the crowds:

- Staying at GCH. Still expensive but the military discount helps a lot, and to us it is worth it, giving us...
- MM to DL on Thursday and EMH to DCA on Friday. We are early risers anyway, and being on east coast time, it will be very easy for us to hit the ground running before 7:00 am. Now, I know others will, too, but there are also a lot of people who have the best intentions, but when that alarm goes off at 6 am on vacation, especially after staying out late the night before, aren't leaping out of bed. An hour or two head start on the masses is a good thing.
- A great place to spend some recharge time in the afternoons. Starting at 7 am means by the time the crowds really kick in late morning or early afternoon, we can head back for a swim in one of those amazing looking pools, or to chill in the awesome lobby or even a little nap time. Then back out refreshed for the evening - with FPs in our pockets!

- Speaking of FP...over several WDW visits, we became pretty advanced FP tacticians ;). Now that they have closed the late use loophole at Mickey's Florida digs, we are happy to hear that has not yet occurred at DLR. (I know, I know, some people say they have been turned away late at certain attractions - if that is the case, we will smile and accept it!) And with the added benefit of easily accessible parks and non-connection between them, I can see us in the evenings with quite a few in our pockets.

- We are doing the F! dessert package and a WOC dining package as well. While I realize we still have to be early to optimize those, especially WOC, they do add a layer of reassurance about the evening shows.

I will definitely report back after our trip. I have been at WDW between Christmas and New Years, so I know "shoulder-to-shoulder, can't even walk down the sidewalk" crowds. I hope everyone has a great time no matter when they go!

larina
05-16-2012, 09:50 AM
We're waiting until next February. We were going to go in October, and I still may try to pull that off, but it isn't looking promising in terms of schedules for us, and I think we may appreciate it more if we wait a bit. Two trips last year may mean no trip this year.

perlster
05-16-2012, 09:59 AM
Someone needs to tell Disneyland that "there will always be something new". That memo didn't get to park management.

ValpoCory
05-16-2012, 10:05 AM
We are waiting until January to go, but not specifically to let Cars Land crowds to go down. We like to go to Disney while most U.S. kids are in school so lines in general are shorter. Our kids are young, so staying up past 10pm is not a factor anyway, so the shorter hours in the "offseason" do not bother us.

Mommy2PrincessAbby
05-16-2012, 10:07 AM
We've been going every year or so, after "new" things come open... did not go after Little Mermaid however in anticipation of Cars Land... We'll be there early December... I am expecting it to still be busier than our Oct and May trips however, just hoping it isn't too nuts--we want to see the Christmas decor this time, and in truth you would never catch me in DL in the heat of the summer... or pretty much any time all the schools are out... but that is just me!

lwilkison
05-16-2012, 10:23 AM
... Or am I the only one who isn't willing to deal with the crowds. Were hoping to experience it next year (just went a mont or so back aswell...)

We are waiting a little bit to go only because we can't get time off work until later in the year...the bonus is we are going in October so there shouldn't be all the hoop-lapixiedust:...but as Hydroguy says we went as well with the Anniversary and that was a great trip with all the hype that was up. Crowds can be great and besides everything was open.:confused3

lwilkison
05-16-2012, 10:26 AM
Someone needs to tell Disneyland that "there will always be something new". That memo didn't get to park management.

That is why Walt Disney left one spire of the castle unfinished...because he never wanted the DLR to be finished!:banana:

darph nader
05-16-2012, 10:32 AM
We're waitin until early Dec ourslves.

DisneyMomma81
05-16-2012, 11:01 AM
Would you consider a late Oct visit waiting? We'll be there Tue-Thur 10/23-25 :woohoo:

cfrith5
05-16-2012, 01:11 PM
Finding Nemo Sub Voyages in 2007 brought huge crowds that summer and four hour waits. Toy Story Midway Mania brought crowds in 2008. WOC brought crowds in 2010. Star Tours and Little Mermaid brought crowds in 2011.

If you wait until "the crowds die out because of something new" you will never go. Folks waiting until the fall or next year for the crowds to die out - well, they always die down some then anyways. It is not because interest is lost in new things but because low season kicks in.

Most likely is that DL crowds this summer will look much like they normally do in summer. They might even be down a little. DCA crowds will be up but as DLR29 has speculated elsewhere they have a 12 acre expansion in Cars Land to handle 5000+ more people. So outside of CL crowds may look fairly normal.

The threads over the last few months about "insane crowds at DLR" - well, those threads happen just about every year at this time. And folks still go and aside from the particular new thing everything else just looks pretty normal and nothing at all like "insanity" - which in recent summers has meant quite manageable crowds.

The closest thing I have seen to summer insanity - if you want to call it that was in summer of 2005 during the DL 50th anniversary celebration. And Space Mtn had just re-opened and BLAB had just opened. That summer felt much more crowded than any summer since then. And, by the way, that was one of our best trips ever. :) So insanity - when it exists - does not equate with misery.

My two cents.

:wizard:

Thank you HydroGuy! You just made me feel a lot better about coming this July! We were there in the summer of 2005 as well, and it was busy, but not terrible. So hopefully we won't encounter too much insanity this year!

Magalex
05-16-2012, 01:51 PM
We were planning to have our first visit to DL this summer but we held off because it was unclear when Carsland was going to be open. So we are planning July 2013. We live in Pittsburgh, PA & are WDW vets. We are going to WDW in a few weeks & jumping over to Universal Orlando. But I am very excited about next year:goodvibes

nannyz
05-16-2012, 02:27 PM
We were also there for the 50th anniversary (my husband was there the year DL opened so we had to be there for the 50th). The crowds were manageable.
We're going this summer and plan to devote one day to the CarsLand madness and spend the other 5 days elsewhere.

Liray777
05-16-2012, 02:32 PM
We decided to just do the World this year and save DL for next spring

kayleigh83
05-16-2012, 03:13 PM
We will be going this July and I'm not too worried about the crowds. To be honest, crowds don't really bother me though. I work in a very busy mall and if anything, crowds tend to energize me! I know I'm in the minority though! :lmao: I haven't gotten to go to DL since I was 11, and this will only be my third trip - DL is only a very occasional treat for me in my life. So just getting to go at all is such a great thing that I would deal with pretty well any crowd level just to get to be there - it's worth it to me!

CrazyDuck
05-16-2012, 03:15 PM
Toy Story Midway Mania brought crowds in 2008. WOC brought crowds in 2010. Star Tours and Little Mermaid brought crowds in 2011.

What are they planning for 2013? I have heard nothing new... and usually anything substantial (LM, WOC, CL) is already in the works more than 1 year out.

Goofy_Mom
05-16-2012, 03:24 PM
I wanted to see the opening, cause I've never been to one. However the schedule doesnt' allow for it. I may get to see a preview, but I'm not going to pay for it. We'll be back in October, December, and possibley January so we aren't going to miss out on seeing Carsland. Plus the soft opening of Mad T party and Carnation Cafe made me smile that I get to see some of the new stuff.

ValpoCory
05-16-2012, 03:32 PM
What are they planning for 2013? I have heard nothing new... and usually anything substantial (LM, WOC, CL) is already in the works more than 1 year out.

The renovated PFF opens in DL in 2013. Then, more Fantasyland improvements.

Drcell01
05-16-2012, 07:53 PM
How quickly people forget the crowds during the 50th Anniversary celebration...LOL

I really see the CARS opening being close to the same level of guests attending the opening.

We will be there from June 1st to the 4th. Just hoping to get a few pics of the DCA updates.

I would not want to be at rope drop on June 15, you might get trampled!

2boysmom1998
05-16-2012, 10:39 PM
I was there for the 35th anniversary. The crowds weren't bad then at all. I'm sure they were more people at the 50th anniversray. We will be there next month, June 20 and 25th. This will be my third trip to Disneyland, I've been to WDW twice. I am a little nervous about the crowds but, we will do the best we can.

friends with mickey
05-17-2012, 11:34 AM
Well I'm one of those head cases that will be there opening day lol. NORMALLY I would wait it out at least a few weeks, but going with a friend and he loves all the opening day stuff. And to be honest, it is fun just being around the craziness. We are both excited just to be there on the 14th. Watch the media around, catch maybe a few celebrities, watch the REAL hardcore fans as they line up and spend the night on the ground for the night (no I wont be THERE lol) and just see how it all goes down! There is an excitement of just watching the excitement frankly!

That said, honestly by the end of the summer, early fall the park will fall into low season like everything does that time of year. September wont be very busy at all. Slightly busier, maybe, but like all things it will fall into its usual cycle. Kids still have to go back to school and parents only have so much vacation time. I say if you dont want to go at opening, but dont want to wait a year either, go after Labor day weekend. It will still be lines, but nothing out of the ordinary. I suspect by the end of August the crazy rush will be over!

I really hope your take is correct. We will be there Sept 8 through Sept. 11. We like to go after the hottest summer months and when kids are in school. We are adults going to celebrate our 30th anniversary and can't wait to experience Carsland and everything else both parks provide

Corpsebride
05-17-2012, 01:29 PM
That is why Walt Disney left one spire of the castle unfinished...because he never wanted the DLR to be finished!:banana:

Oh I love this! I never noticed. Ill have to take a look. What a wonderful thing...:goodvibes

mybestieismickey
05-17-2012, 03:49 PM
We're going in July for a couple of days, but only because I have a cousin getting married in Long Beach. It just seemed natural that we should get AP's during our April trip so that we could swing over after the wedding and check out all the new happenings. I'm also looking forward to the improved Matterhorn seating! Normally, we would have waited to go in the fall or winter (maybe we still will ;)) just because we prefer lower crowd times. But long lines don't scare us. DH gets cranky if we ride too many rides anyway. He prefers people watching and checking out the magic the Imagineers leave behind.

So, that said, we're more excited about the new atmosphere than the new rides. And I'm super excited about the announced AP early mornings!

fctiger
05-17-2012, 05:40 PM
I really hope your take is correct. We will be there Sept 8 through Sept. 11. We like to go after the hottest summer months and when kids are in school. We are adults going to celebrate our 30th anniversary and can't wait to experience Carsland and everything else both parks provide

Well first off, happy 30th anniversary!!!!! :) That is an amazing accomplishment, especially these days!

And yes, dont worry crowds will definitely have died off by then. I'm NOT suggesting everything will be walk ons obviously, CL will still be busy but it wont be 2-4 hour lines and all the craziness people seem to think will happen for the next 6 months. If people are not sure DL will be less crowded, I always tell them is to simply look at the operating hours! That will tell you all you need to know! In the summer, it closes at midnight everyday! In September, the hours normally fall to around 8 p.m. on the weekdays but stay open until 11-12 on the weekends, which happens all year in low and high season. But it will fall to low season hours after Labor Day at both DL and DCA. I dont see that remotely changing!

But hysteria over lines and crowds always get a little over done on the internet. If you listen to people on internet boards, Finding Nemo was going to have 2 hour lines for the next 5 years! WOC was suppose to sell out ALL shows before noon everyday the first year, Star Tours 2 was going to have 3-4 hour lines the entire summer and so on and none of that happened. CL is definitely the biggest thing the resort added in a long time and RSR is suppose to be one of the top attraction at the resort now, but like everything, when everyone has done it, it will reach a peak and find a balance. It will be busy for a long time to come IF its good, but it will not be insane busy after the first few months!

And Hydroguy said it, the new stuff may be crazy in terms of crowds, but that usually mean everything else in the resort is quite managable! In fact, I was at DLR the second day Star Tours 2 opened on a Saturday and while that had 3-4 hour waits in the early afternoon, everything else was 45 mins or less basically minus maybe SM and Splash! And FPs lasted all day! I was surprised how easy it was to get FP for everything well into the night, but thats because everyone was focused on ST basically! So even if CL will be major busy, chances are everything else outside of it will be pretty managable! You may have to wait a little longer for Soarin than usual, but its not going to jump up to 2 hours either!

Anyway, have fun! :)

Brady's Mom
05-17-2012, 06:28 PM
The first part of October for us. We did just recently discover that our first day in the parks will be Columbus Day. But, schools in Utah don't get that as a vacation day (we used to in California - don't know if they still do), and our kids have Fall Break on Thurs and Friday that same week.

For us the benefits are - longer hours on Columbus Day, shorter hours for Tues and Weds, longer hours on Thurs and shorter hours on Friday. Tues and Friday will probably have the Halloween parties, so having Columbus Day in there to see the Remember Dreams Come True fireworks makes me happy. And having the Halloween parties at DL makes it seem easier to go to DCA and ride the Carsland rides.

We really feel like we are getting the best of all worlds - Holiday hours (Monday) and lower season (Tues thru Thurs) and Halloween decorations and parties - sounds wonderful to us!! :thumbsup2

ZanderMan
05-17-2012, 06:35 PM
We are also waiting until October. Going to try Hojo this time around. Also we'll have another chance to bring home 22lbs of candy. Woot woot!*

BayGirl22
05-17-2012, 06:44 PM
Yes, we're going in Sept just after Labor Day. We could easily have done this summer but with two little kids it will just be more enjoyable with less crowds. Hoping by Sept the newness will have died down and crowd levels will be like they were in the past.

I'm having trouble waiting that long, since we are driving I feel like we could jsut go at anytime. DS3 loves Cars though, so going after CarsLand instead of before is going to be totally worth it for us.

rtfelt
05-17-2012, 08:28 PM
That said, honestly by the end of the summer, early fall the park will fall into low season like everything does that time of year. September wont be very busy at all. Slightly busier, maybe, but like all things it will fall into its usual cycle. Kids still have to go back to school and parents only have so much vacation time. I say if you dont want to go at opening, but dont want to wait a year either, go after Labor day weekend. It will still be lines, but nothing out of the ordinary. I suspect by the end of August the crazy rush will be over!

I agree. If you don't want the crowds wait until after Labor Day. The end of August is not actually that great. The Southern California passes that have been blocked out all summer become valid and a huge crowd of locals descend on the park. This year, I would assume many of us locals, will go then because Cars Land opens June 15, but half of June is also blocked out for S. CA AP so they'll wait until the end of August to go.