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Old 01-27-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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Need Dis experts...on best time to go to parks...

This will have been our last trip in January (08), this year from 1/13-1/21 the parks were crazy busy.....There was a 200 minute wait (????) on Soarin on the 27th...It was unbelievable. I need some real travel experts out there to tell me any weeks to travel that are slow now???? (I thought January was the slow season???)
You would never ever know there was anything slowing in our economy from the numbers of people there!
I think if we can't find a time that is less busy our Disney travel days may be done. My family really wants to still go, but honestly fighting crowds all day-not my idea of fun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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Omgosh!
I can only imagine it was because of MLK weekend, I've heard that is very busy.
Who waits 200 minutes?
That, it obsurd.

Hope you had a great time anyway..
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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well cross another holiday weekend off the crowd calendar.
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:12 PM   #4
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I think the only slow time in January any more is maybe the first week after the 3rd when New Years crowds leave. Personally I think the days have having the parks to yourself are gone. Disney does everything it possible can to get people into the parks(why wouldn't they? they are a business.)

They have all the special festivals, Pirate Princess Parties, special pin events at certain times of the year for a reason, to get people in the parks on what use to be slow times of the year.

Of course none of us want to stand in line for 200 minutes but honeslty the shortest line for Soarnin I've seen other than when Epcot first opens has been 50 minutes. Popular rides=long lines. Do your homework, use fastpass and don't let crowds ruin your time.

I'm glad to see they are packing the parks, the more people the more money they get the more new attractions, resorts, and maybe some day new parks they can build for us to enjoy
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:50 PM   #5
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I am a big fan of May (with the exception of Memeorial Day weekend. The crowds are managable for us. With the use of a few strategic fastpasses we did not wait longer than 20 min for anything except Fantasmic. We also like this month because it is the lowest month in regards to avg rainfall, and not usually brutally hot either.
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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We might just have to give May a try!!

Thanks!!
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:07 PM   #7
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Remember, Disney isn't solely reliant on our economy. WDW is a great travel value for countries whose currency is stomping all over the dollar right now.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:23 PM   #8
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Wow . . . it must really vary from week to week. We just got back; did the MK on Wednesday and Thursday, and it was really uncrowded (even though Thursday was an EMH morning). I'll post in Trip Reports in a couple of days when I've recovered.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:26 PM   #9
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We really like going in October and really don't think the crowds are that bad that time of year. We do always avoid the week of Columbus day, as I think the crowds are worse that week then the rest of October because of the holiday. We don't like waiting in long lines, and this past October, we never waited in line for a ride more than 20 minutes. The "headliners" (like Space Mtn, Splash Mts, Soarin, Everest) usually had a long wait, but we just fastpassed those (or rode them first thing in the morning).

I don't think Disney is ever "empty" anymore, but we have had good luck with October for the past several years. Plus you get the added bonus of the Food & Wine festival and the Halloween Party.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:31 PM   #10
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Got to say EPCOT was uncrowded today. Soarin' was 50 minutes but everything else was 30 minutes or less, many attractions were walk on. I know the Sunday before MLK Monday it was very crowded at MK but usually early December before the last couple of days before Christmas week and this time in January are pretty good choices, also early February before winter break begins for states other than FL.

Also November before Thanksgiving week is usually a good time at the parks. Every year the less crowded times to vist gets fewer and fewer as people try and take advantage of the times that were good in the past.
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I am a big fan of May (with the exception of Memeorial Day weekend. The crowds are managable for us. With the use of a few strategic fastpasses we did not wait longer than 20 min for anything except Fantasmic. We also like this month because it is the lowest month in regards to avg rainfall, and not usually brutally hot either.
We were there in May 2007 and I agree with everything you say. It was fantastic. Although we could return this fall, I would rather wait until May 2009 to go (and pay more for it too!).
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:41 PM   #12
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I like the second half of October through the first week or so of November. We were at WDW from 10/27 through 11/4 this past year, and the longest line we encountered all week was 40 minutes at Peter Pan one evening (we didn't wait, since we had done it in the AM with no wait at all). We pretty much walked on to everything else all week- didn't have to use any FPs because of long lines, either. We did, of course, do all the common sense things- got to the parks at rope drop, and didn't queue up for any of the big headliners during the busiest part of the day.
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Remember, Disney isn't solely reliant on our economy. WDW is a great travel value for countries whose currency is stomping all over the dollar right now.
Yes, with the dollar as it is, and South America in their Summer, and more likely to travel, I can imagine that WDW is seeing an impact on crowd levels.
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:09 AM   #14
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I'm a big fan of late september - october. When we went none of the ride waits were more than 20 minutes. Even Soarin' was only 20 minutes when we went.
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