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MICKFan 11-18-2012 03:21 PM

How Are The Crowds?
Looking at a possible trip January 13 - January 19. How are the crowds at this time? Looked at allears and historic attendance is low all Janauary. Any replies are greatly appreciated :)

twoplustwins 11-18-2012 03:29 PM

We were there that week this past January for my daughter's soccer tournament. I have to say that it was WAY busier (1-2+ hours wait for most rides, 2-3+ hours for EE, ToT, TSM, PP, SM) than we thought it would be. Fastpasses were gone soon after opening. In the evenings, it was madness trying to attend Illuminations and Wishes. Evidently, we were also there with several different high school and college sport teams. We asked a CM and she said that just the college cheerleading nationals brought over 50,000 people not to mention the thousands from the other events.

I would imagine that midweek would be tolerable though. I would go with a good plan and utilize FP if you can get them. Have a great time! Even with crowds, WDW is better than home or work! ::yes::

MICKFan 11-18-2012 03:34 PM

Is there a site to see if anything is going on that week? :confused3 I did see that the weekend is Marathon weekend but should end on my arrival day.

Tarheel girl 1975 11-18-2012 04:23 PM

Just wanted to point out that January 13th was the beginning of MLK weekend this year and President Obama's visited MK on the 18th. This year MLK day is the 21st.

jessic2422 11-18-2012 05:07 PM

I am going this same time this year. I have been for marathon weekend before and it is slightly busy but nothing like holiday and summer days. I know that MLK weekend is busy. My mom was there last year and she said it was pretty crowded. I too am curious to see how it is this year...

stewoo 11-18-2012 05:19 PM

I was there last year from January 8-15. The first weekend we got there was Marathon weekend and we left right after all the cheerleading crowds started to arrive. Honestly, the week was the least crowded I've seen the parks.

I don't know if it was the luck of the draw for which parks we went to which day, but the longest we waited in line for anything was 45 minutes for Toy Story Mania and there is always a line there.

I'd definitely consider going during this time again, but we could tell the crowds picked up towards the end of the week so I can imagine that the cheer competition makes a huge difference. As far as the marathon crowds go there are better people to ask than I because we got there during the marathon and barely noticed an influx of runners that night (they probably did the parks the days before we were there) so if there's a way to avoid the event packed weekends you should be in for a great time I think!

tinkbyday 11-18-2012 05:29 PM

My DDs birthday is the 16th, so we've gone twice during that week and both times were moderate crowds. Brazil is off school during January and with that, they tend to bring large groups to tour Disney - if you happen to avoid the same park on the same day, it will be fine - being in the same park on the same day can make things a little crazy.

In addition to this, there are dance, cheer and other events that occur during the winter months - I would suggest looking on to see what may be going on.

twinboysmom 11-18-2012 05:38 PM

I looked at the crowd calendar on To me, it looks like manageable crowds. It won't be dead but should be ok.

DemoBri1 11-18-2012 09:44 PM

If the marathon is there right before your stay the crowds might be somewhat elevated with some of the marathoners staying over. We just got back from a stay at BCV and we had both Food and Wine and the 1/2 marathon, and it was fairly crowded in the first part of our stay.

Seeing as though MLK is right after your stay you might see elevated crowds nearer the end of your stay as people would be trying to take advantage of the off day on the 21st.

DisneyRunnerChick 11-19-2012 09:04 AM

I'll be going down for my third marathon weekend, and the parks are always surprisingly slow during that time. Disney schedules all the races during off peak times, and the racers don't make that big of a difference. However, since Sunday is the marathon, you might want to look at your park schedule since pathways will be blocked for the racers in the morning, particularly at Epcot. Last year, they still had the ropes up at 1 and were signaling people around the runners.

shyeyes 11-19-2012 11:07 AM

how about first week of feb?
we're going in first week of feb/2013... anyone have experience with crowd levels then?

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