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Old 03-26-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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magic kinhdom at phase three again today

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:56 AM   #2
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From the reports I saw and a posting on face book from some CM's it is expected to hit closures all week. I guess they determined it will be really packed based on room occupancy. While I love being at Disney, I'm glad we are not there now.

Thanks for the report.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:58 AM   #3
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WOW! I am so nervous about next year's Spring Break Family Reunion! I have tried to discourage my mom for booking it this week before Easter, but I cannot. Not only is it the week before Easter and the regular Spring Breakers... but schools that only do April vacations, regardless of the Easter holiday will be out too (which is us). So, 2014 will be miserably packed!

So, can someone tell me about the Phase closings, we will be off-site, so we would be out at Phase 1. When do they make these decisions? Before or after Rope Drop? As the parking lot fills?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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WOW! I am so nervous about next year's Spring Break Family Reunion! I have tried to discourage my mom for booking it this week before Easter, but I cannot. Not only is it the week before Easter and the regular Spring Breakers... but schools that only do April vacations, regardless of the Easter holiday will be out too (which is us). So, 2014 will be miserably packed!

So, can someone tell me about the Phase closings, we will be off-site, so we would be out at Phase 1. When do they make these decisions? Before or after Rope Drop? As the parking lot fills?
I don't think you'll be out at Phase 1 as long as everybody in your car has a valid, multi-day ticket. I'd plan on getting there as early as you can though so it doesn't go to Phase 2 before you get there.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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So, can someone tell me about the Phase closings, we will be off-site, so we would be out at Phase 1. When do they make these decisions? Before or after Rope Drop? As the parking lot fills?
Its based on how many people go through the turnstiles.

Just get there early and don't leave and you will OK. Well OK as in the park, not OK as in shoulder to shoulder people and 30 minute lines for the bathrooms.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Does anyone have any pics or links to someone with pics?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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As much as I love Disney and our experiences in the various parks, we NEVER and I do mean NEVER went to any of the parks during the highest level crowds of spring break.
Just didn't enjoy that packed in feeling. I know some people will say just go with the flow. It didn't flow!!
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #8
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We happened into the MK when it had closed for capacity during the 1st week of January. All I can say is that we could not get out of that park fast enough. We were trying to get to Splash Mountain, but were trapped by the parade. I can't accurately describe how crowded it was, and how many people were there - it was insane. When the parade passed, we looked down the path by Frontierland, and there literally was a person in every square inch of the path. It was scary - I felt like I couldn't keep up with my boys, there were just simply too many people. We decided that we would never vacation during a really busy time again - it just wasn't worth it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:33 PM   #9
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As much as I love Disney and our experiences in the various parks, we NEVER and I do mean NEVER went to any of the parks during the highest level crowds of spring break.
Just didn't enjoy that packed in feeling. I know some people will say just go with the flow. It didn't flow!!
I completely agree....we went over July 4th years ago and the park closed so early. It was just THAT packed. You couldn't sit down in the HUB to watch fireworks because people were literally standing too close to you so you couldn't bend. It was the worst feeling ever. the ride times were all over an hour and it was people soup. never again.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #10
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WOW! I am so nervous about next year's Spring Break Family Reunion! I have tried to discourage my mom for booking it this week before Easter, but I cannot. Not only is it the week before Easter and the regular Spring Breakers... but schools that only do April vacations, regardless of the Easter holiday will be out too (which is us). So, 2014 will be miserably packed!

So, can someone tell me about the Phase closings, we will be off-site, so we would be out at Phase 1. When do they make these decisions? Before or after Rope Drop? As the parking lot fills?
Not sure if anyone else answered this, but Easter is late next year, so you probably won't have college "spring break" kids to deal with. Of course, the Easter crowd will still be there.
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Not sure if anyone else answered this, but Easter is late next year, so you probably won't have college "spring break" kids to deal with. Of course, the Easter crowd will still be there.
So, is it this crowded because it's the last week of March, or because it's the week before Easter?

Our break is always the last week in March, and I thinking next year would not be as crowded because Easter is late. Now I'm not so sure!
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So, is it this crowded because it's the last week of March, or because it's the week before Easter?

Primarily because it's the week before Easter.

Last week of March next year should be a whole different story.
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So, is it this crowded because it's the last week of March, or because it's the week before Easter?

Our break is always the last week in March, and I thinking next year would not be as crowded because Easter is late. Now I'm not so sure!
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Primarily because it's the week before Easter.

Last week of March next year should be a whole different story.
Yes since Easter moves around the calendar, if its early like this year you get the perfect storm of Spring Break and Easter. If Easter is later, it just kind of extends the Spring Break Season not add to it.

Around here most K-12 schools seem to center their Spring Break around Easter either before of after. My sons' spring break at the Univ. of Pittsburgh was the second week of March, Penn State's, my niece, was the week before and they are always these weeks.
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WOW! I am so nervous about next year's Spring Break Family Reunion! I have tried to discourage my mom for booking it this week before Easter, but I cannot. Not only is it the week before Easter and the regular Spring Breakers... but schools that only do April vacations, regardless of the Easter holiday will be out too (which is us). So, 2014 will be miserably packed!

So, can someone tell me about the Phase closings, we will be off-site, so we would be out at Phase 1. When do they make these decisions? Before or after Rope Drop? As the parking lot fills?

Unless I can convince my wife to take my dd out of school, we are looking at the week before Easter, 2014. Anyone have any further thoughts on this? Is it possible that the madness be more spread out next year? Not sure if we will go if it's this crazy. We'd do RD for the most part, but still not sure I'd want to be there if the crowds were like this. The other time we went was a few weeks before Xmas and crowds were great, but that was before school was an issue. I won't go in summer.
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Unless I can convince my wife to take my dd out of school, we are looking at the week before Easter, 2014. Anyone have any further thoughts on this? Is it possible that the madness be more spread out next year? Not sure if we will go if it's this crazy. We'd do RD for the most part, but still not sure I'd want to be there if the crowds were like this. The other time we went was a few weeks before Xmas and crowds were great, but that was before school was an issue. I won't go in summer.
I had asked a similar question on here, didn't really get consistent feedback. My (optimistic) view is that it could be *slightly* better next year, for example perhaps college Spring Breaks would have already been done.

We'll be there next week for a few days after a cruise, meeting friends who are DVC and who go to WDW every Easter and every Halloween. Honestly, I don't know how they handle the crowds. But then again, they have the luxury of going twice a year, and if they can't get to something on one trip, they know they can hit it next time they're at WDW.
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