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Old 02-10-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Does the slow season exist anymore?

I'm a so cal deluxe passholder. My family and I love Disneyland. I try to take my kids as much as I can. We were really looking forward to the "old days" when you could go in Jan/Feb and have low crowds. Since Carsland opened in DCA it seems like there isn't really a slow season anymore. Am I wrong? I check the crowd levels on a few apps I have on my iPhone and even on a weekday they are usually at 80% plus. The days we have gone this past month have all been moderately busy to very busy. Just wondering everyone's thoughts, experiences and suggestions.

There are days where we may have gone, but the app said 89% or something so we decided not to. Wondering if these apps are accurate, if there are better days to go, etc. We are passholders again, but just moved back to CA after being out of state for 5 years so I know things have changed. My crowd level gauge is always how long I have to wait for Winnie the Pooh, which my 4 year old loves. If I have to wait longer than 5 minutes, the park is reasonably crowded as it used to be you could walk on to that ride anytime in Jan/Feb.

My disclaimer: I understand we are very spoiled to live so close to Disneyland and the fact that we can take advantage of the park as much as we do. We truly wish everyone could experience the magic as often as we can.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #2
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I am not sure how Mousewait calculates their overall park ratings but I have definitely wondered.

We were there in Jan (this year) on 1/3-1/6 and the park was PACKED. Mousewait was showing the parks in the upper 80s. We were there again on 1/26 and it was not bad at all. Almost everything in DCA (except RSR of course- though we arrived at 10am- 1hr after park opening and 2hrs after APEE began and we walked right up to the RSR FP machine and pulled times for 1:45pm) was near a walk on. DL was a little more crowded but not bad. And Mousewait showed both as mid 80's.

This experience has definitely made me wonder/a little wary of putting too much stock in the overall rating on MW.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:12 PM   #3
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I was wondering the same thing. I guess Carsland has paid off pretty well for Disney.

We are going this Wed-Fri, my father is actually at the parks today and said it was quite busy lots of people and long lines. When he called us he was in line for Tower of Terror- 60 minutes.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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Based on my experience, the MouseWait Crowd Index is meaningless. Sometimes it shows a very high index, but when you look at the wait times, they are short. And then vice versa. It makes no sense. I have learned just to look at the wait times and ignore the index altogether.

I visited the parks on Wednesday, January 30th, and it was definitely off season. I think the longest wait we had was ~20 minutes, and that was in the RSR FastPass return line. Peter Pan was ~15 minutes. Everything else we rode was a shorter wait than 15 min, usually a "walk on" (which is less than 5 minute wait for me). I will add, however, that we skip a lot of the "E Ticket" rides because DS(4) isn't into them. But those lines looked really short or non-existant as well.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:35 PM   #5
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I have no idea but I'm getting OCD and checking all the apps a few times a day to see what the wait times are. I want to be able to pack as much into our vacation as I possibly can. I did buy a membership to touring plans but I'm thinking about getting the ridemax thing too?
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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See you in the parks Wednesday,Thursday will not be bad.Fri, Sat, Sunday will be packed pretty much.Son works there.Thursday it rained nobody there, Friday, Saturday, today packed pretty much.The weekdays in winter are really slower, son says Monday-Tuesday pretty slow.They run some of the rides half speed like Soaring...
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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Most schools are still out the first week of January so the second and third weeks are better. Carsland I hear is still packed so we have avoided it. Super bowl Sunday used to be good but have not tried that in awhile.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #8
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We were there yesterday too and it was so busy it was frustrating. That's what prompted this thread. Someone had posted last Saturday wasn't that busy so we took a chance yesterday. I feel like I'm missing out on info that can help plan out trips better. Will have to try a tues or weds next time and stop counting on mouse wait. Thanks for all the responses!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:12 PM   #9
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Or at least look at individual wait times on MW rather than their overall 'score'?
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:05 AM   #10
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This weekend and next probably aren't the best ones to gauge the "slow" season. I've never been in Feb but I read on here quite a bit that Jan, Feb and most of march are slow except on holiday weekend. I have Monday off this week and next (Im a HS teacher) so I'm sure there are plenty of others who have it off as well. I would have expected this weekend and next to be fairly busy. Maybe not packed but busier than most expect this time of year.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:24 PM   #11
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We were there Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tues morning. Sat, Sun, and Mon were pretty full. Tues we were supposed to have Magic Morning. The lines did not even begin to move until 9:15 and then very slowly. Their photo system was down and it was holding everything up. They kept trying to match pictures to tickets even though the whole system was down. DH and I have APs but our daughter and her fiancée had three day park hoppers. My husband and I were waved through but we had to stand there and wait while the cast member kept trying the obviously down photo system. We didn't all make it into the park until after 9:30 from a line where we should have been in before 9:10.

I found out later that many schools in CA had a furlough day Monday and then Tuesday off for Lincoln's Birthday. I bet a lot of people used the four day weekend to visit the parks. I had no notion there could be a four day weekend last weekend.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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I look at individual times as well, but have found they're not very accurate either. I've found they usually vary ten to twenty minutes plus OR minus.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:33 AM   #13
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I too have wondered this myself. It used to be empty in October, but then I went a few years ago and the park reached capacity! However, I just went on January 29th and found it to be AMAZING. Yes, there were lots of people, but Disneyland is larger than we give it credit for. The longest line I had to wait in all day was MAYBE 15 minutes and that was only for slow loading rides like the Nemo submarines and Peter Pan because it just always has a line. Big Thunder, Small World, Splash Mountain, Mark Twain, tea cups and Tom Sawyer Island were all closed, but it didn't cause a problem at all. We literally walked right on to Indiana, Pirates and Space Mountain all twice, and this was during a ten hour operating day. The website I use to find out about crowds is http://www.isitpacked.com/live-crowd...rs/disneyland/

It provides live crowd and line updates from guests inside the park. It also has a month by month, day by day crowd predicting calendar that I have found to be highly accurate. Here is a link to this month's crowd calendar: http://www.isitpacked.com/disneyland...ctor-calendar/
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:08 AM   #14
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Does the slow season exist anymore? Well, that depends on what your definition of the word "season" is. We have found that there are patterns of slow days. The weekdays between MLK and President's Day weekend, for instance.

We went 1/26-2/1 and never waited more than 15 minutes for any ride in 5 days in the parks until one 25 minute wait at RSR that we got in a few minutes before the park closed, so that wait didn't count against our park time.

There were wait times longer than 15 minutes (Toy Story Midway Mania, RSR), but with so much to do, we just moved on and rode something else. Even with all the closures, there were always new things for us to do each day.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:03 PM   #15
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We went last Tuesday, February 5th. It was a chilly day which may have helped lower the crowd level. The parks were EMPTY. At 11:00, there was no line for RSR fast passes. We just walked up to the machines and got fast passes (return time 7pm). I have never seen that before. At 11:30, Toy Story said 45 minutes but it was clearly shorter so we got in line and it ended up being 15 minutes. That was our longest line all day. We went over to Disneyland around 12:30, and main street was shockingly sparse. Pluto was literally standing there with no one in line to see him (he was very cute about it too-throwing his hands up in the air). We waited less than 5 minutes for Pooh, most fantasyland rides, Haunted Mansion, Pirates. Peter Pan was 30 minutes I think though.
It was so nice to be there on a light day. There were plenty of tables at all restaurants, benches to sit on all over the parks, no lines for food, and tons of prime spots for the parade. Lots of rides closures, but not a problem for us since we are locals with APs.
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