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Old 07-22-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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Is Disney crazy busy over Thanksgiving?

Hi everyone! Just wondering if it is really busy over the Thanksgiving holiday? The whole week or just Thanksgiving weekend?
Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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I arrive the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

People say it ramps up as you get close to the holiday and then stays steady through that Saturday. People start leaving the resorts Saturday, but locals with visiting family for the holiday stays steady though Sunday.

Sunday is still very busy at MK and DHS.

It is probably a bit behind Christmas or Spring Break, but still busy. Not at all unusual to have 90 - 120 minute waits for rides, even through Saturday.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:27 PM   #3
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The busiest I've ever seen a park was Epcot on Thanksgiving Day a few years ago; and we've been a Christmas a few times too. You literally had to wedge yourself sideways through a solid wall of people to get past the pyramid in Mexico. Part of it was that the weather was perfect and part of our problem was we didn't get there until around 11:00 a.m. after getting off of a cruise.

The PP is correct in that it ramps up as you get closer to Thursday and stays busy through Saturday. A LOT can depend on the weather, however. The Friday night after the above-referenced Epcot Thanksgiving, for example, a cold front came through and temperatures dropped more than 40 degrees. As a result, Saturday was very chilly and DHS was as empty as I've ever seen it. The only long line we waited in was at the one place in the park that was selling hot chocolate!
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:33 PM   #4
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This is a Question I've Been Wondering As Well...

Thank you for asking! This is something I've been wondering as well.

We're going to be there this year through Thanksgiving week, and for part of the following week. We might try Epcot on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

We do not have plans to visit the Disney parks for Thanksgiving or the two days following, but we were wondering whether its worth it to use those 'off' days to try Wet N Wild or IOA. Has anyone been to these parks during that time and are they as busy as the Disney parks on those days?
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:15 PM   #5
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We have only gone once for Thanksgiving, in 2009. I booked the trip late, in early September, because I saw the crowd levels were at 7, which were the same as my spring break (when I previously was thinking of going), and hey, November was closer than March! Plus, we thought it would be a nice opportunity to see the holiday decorations.

We don't have school the day before Thanksgiving so we left on Wednesday and came home Sunday.

By the time we left for the trip, the crowd number had gone up. But we really didn't think it was that bad. There were lots of people there, but we got there when the parks opened, left in the afternoon for a rest, used fast pass and single rider lines, made sure we had ADRs for dinner and ate lunches at counter service but made sure we ate at 11 when they first opened (after getting up early, it was not a problem to eat lunch at 11). We rented a car this time and and no problem with traffic or parking going to and from the parks. It was very smooth.

The only time we were frustrated by the crowds was when we left the property on Friday afternoon because my husband had forgotten his belt and was really missing it. So we went over to this outlet mall or something and it was a ZOO driving around there. Took forever! Waiting at the same light multiple times, etc. But then I remembered it was the day after Thanksgiving, which is a big shopping day, and that may be why. Once we got back onto the property it was smooth sailing again!
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:13 PM   #6
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I went in 2008. We arrive the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and left the Tuesday after.

Tuesday until Thursday were pretty quiet. MK was open until 11 or midnight every day, but after about 6:00pm, you had the parks to yourself. Thanksgiving Day was almost dead! Friday until Sunday was pretty busy, but again, the later you got to the parks the better. We went ot DHS during the day Friday and waited almost an hour for every ride. Saturday was an Epcot Day..pretty full and we could not get on Soarin or even get a FP. Sunday was MK..not too bad 30 -+ 40 minute waits. At MK after 8:00pm, we were bangin out 10 rides per hour! My oldest boys rode Splash Mt and Space Mt continuously with no wait.

Monday and Tuesday were again very quiet.

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Old 07-22-2010, 11:32 PM   #7
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Any holiday from my experience and reading is very busy...
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:47 PM   #8
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We went for Thanksgiving in 2009. I really did not think it was that mad....certainly not as bad as we were expecting!

We used Ridemax for our touring plan & didn't follow it perfectly and we managed to see and do everything we wanted. The only time it felt really crowded was mid-late afternoon for a few hours. We chose to take breaks at the Boardwalk and visit the holiday decorations in the hotels during those times and it was fine once we returned. We had a prime spot for Wishes and Illuminations just 25 minutes before the shows and the 2nd showing of Spectromagic felt basically all to ourselves!

We went to Boma for Thanksgiving night and we were amazed that they were accepting walk-ins!! & they do serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast BTW, in addition to their own yummy specialties. We also ate at Cape May on that trip and the restaurant was over half empty when we were there. The only long wait we had at a restaurant was 50's PTC, but we always encounter a long wait there, no matter what season we travel.

I would definitely do a Thanksgiving trip again!! Follow a plan and you will be fine!
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:55 PM   #9
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our last day was the Friday before Thanksgiving. We spent the morning at MK and the crowds were minimal - BUT around lunchtime it was getting crazy! We decided to go ahead and leave. While we were walking out of MK, it literally looked like thousands of people were waiting to get through the turnstiles and even more getting off the buses.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:37 PM   #10
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To sum it up:
it's a holiday week, kids are off of school at least two days and plenty of families like to vacation over that time period.

if you start with the Saturday before Thanksgiving, it will get busier / more crowded each day closer to Thanksgiving and the weekend following.

that being said, if you get there the Saturday before you can do a lot in the 3/4 days before the masses arrive.
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:01 PM   #11
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We've been four times during T-day week, our kids get the whole week off, and we'll be going again that week in 2011. Yes, its busy! Any holiday week is busy, but if you are prepared for it and know that going in I don't think you will have a bad trip. In fact some of our best trips have been during that week. I follow TGM's advice and all goes very smooth!!
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we were wondering whether its worth it to use those 'off' days to try Wet N Wild or IOA. Has anyone been to these parks during that time and are they as busy as the Disney parks on those days?
IoA is home to the new Harry Potter area... plus part I of the last HP movie is coming out Nov. 19th (the Friday before Thanksgiving). If Universal has any events surrounding the movie release and/or the movie hype simply stirs up more interest in HP (like there isn't enough!) you might not be able to use that park to avoid Disney crowds...
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How would you compare it to say....July in the summer? Busier? the same? Less crowded?

I ask because we always go in July and and now that the kids are gone, DH and I want to explore other time periods, but have heard that Thanksgiving is nutso. Thanks
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How would you compare it to say....July in the summer? Busier? the same? Less crowded?

I ask because we always go in July and and now that the kids are gone, DH and I want to explore other time periods, but have heard that Thanksgiving is nutso. Thanks
We've been in July and many times over T-week. I would always choose T-week over July simply b/c the weather is soooooo much better!!! No high humidity days, the chances of rain are much less and are not a daily occurance like in July, Nov. is still warm and so pleasant to walk around the parks. The parks may be a little more crowded over T-week, but I personally can stand those crowds more when I'm not sweltering!!
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IoA is home to the new Harry Potter area... plus part I of the last HP movie is coming out Nov. 19th (the Friday before Thanksgiving). If Universal has any events surrounding the movie release and/or the movie hype simply stirs up more interest in HP (like there isn't enough!) you might not be able to use that park to avoid Disney crowds...
That's a really good point - thanks for reminding me about the movie opening that week!
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