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Old 03-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #31
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its tough for first timers I'm sure. I was nervous this year when we took an impromptu trip for new years. It was crowded, but we still think it was one of our better trips. Honestly, we thought crowds at the end of September were awful. We're going again over 4th of July and the only concern I have is heat-not crowds.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:39 PM   #32
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check the calendars on the right side here:

If this week is a 10, next week is an 9.
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Thanks for the information next week is a 9. I has been quite a few years since we have been there during April Break. Luckly we have no small children with us.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #33
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Just signed into the MDE app to see how bad it really is...

at 1pm
BTMRR- 85min
Buzz- 65min
HM- 60min
Peter Pan- 105min
SpaceM- 125min
Jungle Cruise- 105min

Soarin'- 155min
TT- 150min
MS- 105min

RnR- 90min
ToT- 90min
TSMM: 165min
Star Tours: 60min

Dinosaur- 70min
EE- 85min
Safari- 110min
Kali- 5min (must be too cold??)
Holy cow..........70min for Dinosaur! Even in July(2nd week) Dinosaur was at 15min tops

We are on Spring break now. DH and I talked about taking the kids down to Disney this week, so glad we did not go with this week!
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #34
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Wooooooooooowwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hollywood Studios doesnt look much better

TSM 154 Minutes FP GONE
ToT 100 Minutes FP 720
RR COASTER 90 Min FP 640
Star Tours 60 min FP 225

EPCOT
SPACE Orange 105 min FP 445
Soarin 155min FP GONE
Sum of All Thrills 70 min
Test Track 150 min FP GONE

AK
DINO 70 min
Everest 85 min FP 640
Safari 110 min FP 400
Primevil Whirl 60 min FP205
RIver Rapids 5 min Thats where i would go

MK
Ariel 30 min
astro 60min
barnstormer 90 FP 300
Thunder 85min FP 5
Buzz 65min FP 500
dumbo 50 min FP 330
Haunted 60 min
Small World 75 min
Jungle Cruise 110 min FP315
Ench Tales with Belle 60 min
Peter Pan 105 min FP 755 Never understood this one
Pirates 60 min
Space 130 min FP 855
Splash 35 min FP 210


This is why my kid will come out of school i couldnt deal with all this
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #35
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Yeah, if my kid didn't struggle academically, I'd take her out in a second! But we usually go Pres week and end of August. Not empty by any means, but totally manageable for an experienced park goer.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:56 PM   #36
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Yeah, if my kid didn't struggle academically, I'd take her out in a second! But we usually go Pres week and end of August. Not empty by any means, but totally manageable for an experienced park goer.
If I had to go only during school breaks, it would def. be Pres. week or end of August like you said. Still crowded yes, but NOT like this!
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:00 PM   #37
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Wow, wonder how much good the newly opened areas did? They must of increased capacity in the park at least a little?
Just shows that they need to add more to the MK or they are in essence losing money. That or pull a DCA and spread the love out to the other parks by making them more attractive.
But they can't build based upon crowd levels for two weeks out of the year.

It would end up costing them more money then they could recover.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:01 PM   #38
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I'm so intrigued by the Phase thing.

Can someone explain to me what Phase 1, 2 and 3 are?

Thanks to the DIS I doubt I will ever go during these Phase weeks. Although it's going to get harder to pull the kids out of school once they start going to public school.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:04 PM   #39
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I'm so intrigued by the Phase thing.

Can someone explain to me what Phase 1, 2 and 3 are?

Thanks to the DIS I doubt I will ever go during these Phase weeks. Although it's going to get harder to pull the kids out of school once they start going to public school.
Very crowded, extremely crowded, and stupid crowded, respectively.

You didn't ask, but Phase 4 is you-couldn't-pay-me-enough-to-be-there crowded.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:04 PM   #40
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We just left at 12:30...

They were holding all cars and buses at the parking entry gate. NOBODY was moving through. We got to MK before 8am (staying offsite), DD and I did BTMRR 2x, HM, POTC, PeopleMover 2x, and Buzz. While we were doing BTMRR, DH and DS were doing SM, then they got FP for SM. Then together we did BTMRR one more time, and they did SM 2x with FP. Then we picked up Wizards cards and boogied out of there. It was busy, Tomorrowland was a nightmare to get through.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #41
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We were at MK Fri 03/22/13

We were at MK Fri 03/22/2013, the estimated arrival day for the heaviest of the Spring Breakers. We had an early pre-open breakfast ressie at Crystal Palace, and were inside the park for rope drop. That seemed to give us an edge on getting pretty smoothly to all the E-ticket rides before about 11:00am-ish when the heaviest of the crowds started arriving.

The rest of the day, and especially in areas where parades/shows que up, was "sardines in a can" packed with guests. We used the railroad to get around the park, because the forward progress walking was down to a shuffle, and our group of four kept getting forcibly separated by various combinations of strollers, double-strollers, scooters, school groups, etc. Thank goodness we did not have any small kids with us or it would have been very stressful keeping track of everyone. The crowd stayed shoulder to shoulder until around 6-7pm when the light rain came. By fireworks time, the park had thinned considerably, but was still "busy" until close.

IMHO, if you are OK with being in a shopping mall at Christmas, stuck in a packed elevator, or at Times Square New Years Eve, then don't let a phase 3 Spring Break crowd stop you from the fun of MK. We had a blast and would do it again with an small group of older kids and/or adults. Do not waste your time or money if you have crowd issues, or get easily frustrated with waiting for things. There are much better times to go.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:18 PM   #42
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When we were at DHS in February during President's weekend, my husband and I heard the CM's by ToT mention that the park was in phase III. We just looked at each other and said "Well, that can't be good!". The crowd levels for the day were listed at a 9 and I figured that phase III must have some correlation to park capacity. It was very crowded but thank goodness we knew how to make the most of our day with our previous experiences and advice from the Disboards!
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:20 PM   #43
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When we were at DHS in February during President's weekend, my husband and I heard the CM's by ToT mention that the park was in phase III. We just looked at each other and said "Well, that can't be good!". The crowd levels for the day were listed at a 9 and I figured that phase III must have some correlation to park capacity. It was very crowded but thank goodness we knew how to make the most of our day with our previous experiences and advice from the Disboards!
Was that this year? I was in Disney - must have happened while I was in a different park - it was DHS that went to phase 3?
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:30 PM   #44
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We're going to be there next week, and plan to arrive well before rope drop on our Magic Kingdom day (the park opens at 7 am every day that week for morning EMH). What time does it start to get really bad? I know it's obviously impossible to pinpoint, but I'm wondering if I can reasonably plan to hit the big name rides quickly, eat lunch, then get the heck outta there... or if it will be impassable by 10 am.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:34 PM   #45
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[QUOTE=mesaboy2;47916481]Very crowded, extremely crowded, and stupid crowded, respectively.

You didn't ask, but Phase 4 is you-couldn't-pay-me-enough-to-be-there crowded.[/QUOTE]


I think the bolded is my feelings towards any day with closures. Mesaboy is clearly tougher than we are!
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