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Old 02-03-2013, 08:11 AM   #2491
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I'm getting a little concerned about crowd levels during the week of 4/20-4/27. My brother is bringing his family down an is staying at POP. His reservations were originally for 4/21-4/27. He called Friday to add 4/20 and they told him POP was completely booked. He then called AoA to check on a room there since that's where we are staying, and they told him the same thing. I am just hoping that 4/20 is just the last night for Spring Breakers and most are leaving on 4/21. Historically, the week of 4/20-4/27 has pretty low crowd levels. Have things changed?

Ahhhh I hope it's not bad.. We have done this week most years we have went and have never had a problem.
I am worried now Bc we are looking at 4/23-4/30 but haven't booked yet!!!!! I am waiting my tax return I will heartbroken if we can't get into aoa. As of the other day when I called a few agents, rooms were still available for our week. Praying for our return to make it into our account ASAP!!! It's driving me nuts Bc I want plans in stone and want to make my adrs!
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the crowd levels still look to be low for that week. Maybe there's a cheering competition or something that is staying at those hotels?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:41 AM   #2493
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I'm getting a little concerned about crowd levels during the week of 4/20-4/27. My brother is bringing his family down an is staying at POP. His reservations were originally for 4/21-4/27. He called Friday to add 4/20 and they told him POP was completely booked. He then called AoA to check on a room there since that's where we are staying, and they told him the same thing. I am just hoping that 4/20 is just the last night for Spring Breakers and most are leaving on 4/21. Historically, the week of 4/20-4/27 has pretty low crowd levels. Have things changed?
Is it possible that he has a promo code that just has no rooms available at THAT RATE? I just went on the website and put in the date, and both resorts are showing availablity for the 20th. But if he is using a discount code...there may not be any rooms at that rate available. Have him call again and try the full price rate. The week before isn't a peak week either, most of the spring break crowds should be gone by the 8th. There are a few after that, but the craziness should be fading by the 8th. I am sure it has to be that the promo your brother is using is the same one that everyone is using, so there are just no discounted rooms left. From what I have been told, Disney only allows XX amount of rooms at each resort to be booked under each promo. So there may still be half the resort still available, but none under that discount.
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actually I think I read that there is a cheering comp on. I'll see if I can dig out the article...
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actually I think I read that there is a cheering comp on. I'll see if I can dig out the article...
I think there is a dance group the weekend of the 26th-28th??? We actually moved our trip to the 15-25 to avoid it.
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I think there is a dance group the weekend of the 26th-28th??? We actually moved our trip to the 15-25 to avoid it.
That's the main one I noted down, There's some smaller groups earlier on but nothing that looks like it would fill all the hotels!
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Eeeeee, I didn't think the dance/cheer groups would make that big a difference. Did I make a mistake? We were there during one once and it was a bit more congested at the one park (Hollywood Studios), but otherwise just fine.

I tried really hard to book a time when it wouldn't be too congested for the sake of the kids ... and DH, who hates crowds.
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Eeeeee, I didn't think the dance/cheer groups would make that big a difference. Did I make a mistake? We were there during one once and it was a bit more congested at the one park (Hollywood Studios), but otherwise just fine.

I tried really hard to book a time when it wouldn't be too congested for the sake of the kids ... and DH, who hates crowds.
We have been there before with the cheer group and it wasn't that bad. In the parks it didn't make much difference. The one night at the hotel they all decided to take a late night swim and were very loud but that's the only issue we had.
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He is using a discount code. I will tell him to try without it.
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Smile I just can hardly wait!

Trying my first post. Not sure about the signature, ticker, etc. I'll try to learn from you guys. DH and I will be staying in a Royal Guest Garden View at POR 4/20-27. We stayed at POFQ in May, 2009. It was my husbands 1st visit. OMG, the whole week it was near 100 degrees and it was really hard for us to enjoy our vacation. I so hope the weather will be 80ish this time. Anyhow, I am so, so excited to go. We are in our 50's and kids at heart!
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actually I think I read that there is a cheering comp on. I'll see if I can dig out the article...
Umm, check the first post of this thread. It has been linked there almost from the beginning of this thread.

http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events...-championships

According to easywdw, this competition should not affect the crowd levels in the parks. DHS's morning EMH has been switched from Saturday 9/27 to Wednesday that week because of the activities that will be taking place at DHS (if I recall, they will be in the Indiana Jones theater).

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Trying my first post. Not sure about the signature, ticker, etc. I'll try to learn from you guys. DH and I will be staying in a Royal Guest Garden View at POR 4/20-27. We stayed at POFQ in May, 2009. It was my husbands 1st visit. OMG, the whole week it was near 100 degrees and it was really hard for us to enjoy our vacation. I so hope the weather will be 80ish this time. Anyhow, I am so, so excited to go. We are in our 50's and kids at heart!
I'm 57 and dh turns 60 while we are there. We will be at POFQ from the 15th through the 26th, so maybe we will run into each on the bus.

I had to laugh at something on another thread. Someone coming from Maine wanted to know if they would need sweatshirts in May. I think not! We were there in April 2009 and I said it was a little too warm for me then. I know I would never schedule a trip between May and September because of the heat. I'm hoping for 70ish for this trip.
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Hi everyone! I am doing my happy dance because we just booked today! It is our first trip without our 5 kiddos b/c it is our 15 year anniversary celebration! Woot, woot!! We are going April 19-27th and staying at POR. We booked a River view room, got WPF&M tickets with our MYW package, and the dining plan!

I made most of my reservations last week, and so far we are eating at Teppan Edo, Sci-Fi, T-REX, Narcoossee's, Raglan Road, and Mama Melrose with the Fantasmic Dinner Package. We are tryint two new restaurants this year: Narcoossee's and Raglan Road, so we are excited! I have one more reservation to make, so I am trying to figure out where we want to go!

See ya real soon!
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Thanks for the reminder. Although, I'm not sure if I was to go for the dinner ADR at BoG or not. I'm just getting mixed signals about what it's like for lunch.

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I'm getting a little concerned about crowd levels during the week of 4/20-4/27. My brother is bringing his family down an is staying at POP. His reservations were originally for 4/21-4/27. He called Friday to add 4/20 and they told him POP was completely booked. He then called AoA to check on a room there since that's where we are staying, and they told him the same thing. I am just hoping that 4/20 is just the last night for Spring Breakers and most are leaving on 4/21. Historically, the week of 4/20-4/27 has pretty low crowd levels. Have things changed?
It could just be that one night. The 20th is a Saturday, and since it's Flower & Garden there are probably some AP holders who plan weekend trips just for that. I just booked POFQ a few days ago for April 13-20th and didn't have any trouble getting availability.
I got a little concerned a few years ago, because AKL was booked for my dates a few weeks in advanced. I changed to just looking at a few nights midweek, and loads popped open. It was marathon weekend in January, so AKL was packed on those particular days, but the parks were almost completely dead (except when they were running through the parks).

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Eeeeee, I didn't think the dance/cheer groups would make that big a difference. Did I make a mistake? We were there during one once and it was a bit more congested at the one park (Hollywood Studios), but otherwise just fine.

I tried really hard to book a time when it wouldn't be too congested for the sake of the kids ... and DH, who hates crowds.
From my understanding, they only make a difference if you're staying at the same resort as they are. The parks aren't bad.

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I'm 57 and dh turns 60 while we are there. We will be at POFQ from the 15th through the 26th, so maybe we will run into each on the bus.

I had to laugh at something on another thread. Someone coming from Maine wanted to know if they would need sweatshirts in May. I think not! We were there in April 2009 and I said it was a little too warm for me then. I know I would never schedule a trip between May and September because of the heat. I'm hoping for 70ish for this trip.
Yeah, I'm a bit worried about the warmth in April. However, I don't want it to be too cold either. I'll probably pack a sweatshirt just because I'm prone to being cold. DH wore shorts pretty much every day, even when we went in January.
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Does anyone need to make any changes to their ADR list? I know we've added quite a few new folks lately, so if you want me to list your ADRs here, either post it to the thread here or send me a PM.

If you would, make it easy on me and use this format: Date -- Place -- Time.

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ADR changes!

I have made some changes to our ADR's, now that my family has decided to have an opinion about 2 months out.

4/20 - Biergarten - 1:35 pm
4/22 - Via Napoli - 12:45 pm
4/24 - Yachtsman Steakhouse - 5:30 pm
4/26 - 50's Prime Time Diner - 12:05 pm
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