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Old 10-31-2012, 12:53 PM   #811
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I read some TR for the same time we were at Disney in January and they thought the tour groups had a huge impact on wait-times ... but I just didn't see that. Maybe we got lucky and just picked the opposite parks of the tour groups...
I agree with you. It's probably true that crowd levels have been increasing over the past couple of years for off-peak (value) seasons in part due to the increasing tour groups but also in part to the promotions Disney runs. But even with those increases, it's still a picnic in the park compared to the peak seasons.

The other thing I noted during our last trip is that the tour groups don't seem to follow the widely accepted touring plans and prioritize rides quite differently. So I think it was fairly easy to avoid crossing paths with them especially during the early parts of the morning. Not once during our last January trip did we find ourselves in the same line as them.
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Thanks for the replies and the info!!! I have done several major holidays at Disney...July 4 and Thanksgiving. We were in MK on Thanksgiving Morning. By noon their were THOUSANDS of people entering the park and heading down Main Street...an absoulute zoo!! We went to HS and the crowds were bad, but MUCH more bearable. I've also done Disney twice between Christmas and New Years, and twice in August. To walk on a ride etc just seems completely unbelieveable to me. LOL Even if the crowds are up for MLK weekend, Im guessing it will seem like nothing compared to years past. This is also the first time I will be having a kiddo in diapers in Disney!! LOL I cannot wait!!!

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We will be at POR from January 2 to the 8. Doing Disney and Universal.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:59 PM   #814
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:02 PM   #815
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So I just read where Splash Mountain and Mad Hatter Tea Party will be down in January ... and a rumor that there won't be Dessert party in MK b/c of a refurb for Tomorrowland Terrace. Also, the D-Tech Me, which my daughters really wanted to do ends this year.

Anybody hear of other closings for January?

I know there are always some big ones in January ...
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:17 PM   #816
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Forgot to mention we got free dining for that time frame. Helped a lot keeping the cost down.
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So I just read where Splash Mountain and Mad Hatter Tea Party will be down in January ... and a rumor that there won't be Dessert party in MK b/c of a refurb for Tomorrowland Terrace. Also, the D-Tech Me, which my daughters really wanted to do ends this year.

Anybody hear of other closings for January?

I know there are always some big ones in January ...
Splash and Tea Party are the ones I've heard as well. My kids are going to miss the Tea Party.

This January is unique than previous January months because for us the New FL and new Test Track will more than make up for all of the refurbs.

I'm remain skeptical of the rumors of the Dessert Party not being available as the threads I've read state that this is mostly coming from the CMs on the ADR phone lines, and they have in the past been unreliable when it comes to future refurbishment information. Have there been citing of other sources for this rumor to date? I'm just hoping that the rumors are not true.
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Just read WDW Magic's account of the lunch quick service experience at Be Our Guest, and I am very excited about this. I've been trying everyday to see if I can find a dinner ADR but nothing so far. But based on this report, I think I'll just be equally happy to have lunch at this restaurant. I'm guessing crowd levels will be extremely high the first few weeks if not months after opening so probably will have to plan for an early lunch.

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Old 11-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #819
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Splash and Tea Party are the ones I've heard as well. My kids are going to miss the Tea Party.

This January is unique than previous January months because for us the New FL and new Test Track will more than make up for all of the refurbs.

I'm remain skeptical of the rumors of the Dessert Party not being available as the threads I've read state that this is mostly coming from the CMs on the ADR phone lines, and they have in the past been unreliable when it comes to future refurbishment information. Have there been citing of other sources for this rumor to date? I'm just hoping that the rumors are not true.
Nope, just rumors on DIS. I keep calling every other day.

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Just read WDW Magic's account of the lunch quick service experience at Be Our Guest, and I am very excited about this. I've been trying everyday to see if I can find a dinner ADR but nothing so far. But based on this report, I think I'll just be equally happy to have lunch at this restaurant. I'm guessing crowd levels will be extremely high the first few weeks if not months after opening so probably will have to plan for an early lunch.

Here's the link to WDWMagic.com's report!
Hey, if I can get my Dessert Party for 1/21, I'll be giving up my BOG dinner that night. Stay tuned...

I'm also excited to try the lunch!
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Hey, if I can get my Dessert Party for 1/21, I'll be giving up my BOG dinner that night. Stay tuned...

I'm also excited to try the lunch!
So with this new seating we dont need reservations?? If so I might give it a try. We decided not to eat at BOG because we didnt want another sit down, but a QS would be awesome.
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So with this new seating we dont need reservations?? If so I might give it a try. We decided not to eat at BOG because we didnt want another sit down, but a QS would be awesome.
BoG lunch will be a QS meal and dinner would be a TS (requiring ADR) meal. So you won't need a ressie for a lunch meal, but I suspect things will be pretty darn crowded the first couple of months after opening.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:57 PM   #822
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Add me to the January list please! Just decided to do a quick trip 1/10-1/13 to run the 1/2 mararthon, staying at CSR. So excited to run through the castle!!!
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #823
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So I just read where Splash Mountain and Mad Hatter Tea Party will be down in January ... and a rumor that there won't be Dessert party in MK b/c of a refurb for Tomorrowland Terrace. Also, the D-Tech Me, which my daughters really wanted to do ends this year.

Anybody hear of other closings for January?

I know there are always some big ones in January ...
Have you heard anything more about FOTLK?
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:11 PM   #824
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Please add me to the list! We'll be there from 1/25-1/31 at POFQ!
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I just realized that I don't have my finalized days on the list! Well, we're going to be in AKL from 1/24-1/31...woot woot! It feels good to not be on the TBD list anymore!
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