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Old 11-23-2012, 06:43 AM   #31
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I was there last year from December 16 to December 20 and didnt think the first couple of days were bad. It was also during FD. Crowds did start to pick up on our last day.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:24 AM   #32
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Just an update to this thread: We booked yesterday, checking in Dec 28th and out on Jan 4th! No matter how crowded it is, we're going to have fun!
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:04 PM   #33
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Just an update to this thread: We booked yesterday, checking in Dec 28th and out on Jan 4th! No matter how crowded it is, we're going to have fun!
Glad you're joining the craziness!

We'll be there 12/29-01/03. Which resort did you book?
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #34
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Glad you're joining the craziness!

We'll be there 12/29-01/03. Which resort did you book?
We got our favorite, Pop Century! We tried for the AoA but of course, being so new and having such short notice, we weren't holding our breath on that one! We have a 2020 mile drive each way, so we'll be leaving on the 26th and driving all day for a couple of days. I love driving long distances though, so I'm actually looking forward to that part!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #35
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Just an update to this thread: We booked yesterday, checking in Dec 28th and out on Jan 4th! No matter how crowded it is, we're going to have fun!
yeeee haw! you can be crazy and and crowded with us!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #36
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yeeee haw! you can be crazy and and crowded with us!
Fantastic! Hope you don't mind my elbows!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:36 PM   #37
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I've gone this time of year for about a decade now. It is amazing. I actually don't even know what the slow times there are like and can't imagine it. There is just something special about a crowd like that around the holidays and on New Years to make it special. Have fun. It is like nothing else
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #38
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Very very crowded!
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:25 PM   #39
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This crazy.
Now that IS crazy!

It will be beyond crazy. Christmas in on a Tuesday this year. I would guess it will be crazy all week. A lot of times due to the holiday near the start of the weekend you get some days less busy, but I know if I were going I would bookend both weekends with the kids off school making it busy the entire week. I am praying that the pixies send a little dust your way and the crowds are less than maximum.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #40
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Just an update to this thread: We booked yesterday, checking in Dec 28th and out on Jan 4th! No matter how crowded it is, we're going to have fun!
Woohooo..we will see you there!!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #41
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Just one example of how crazy It gets...You know the bridge in Magic Kingdom on the right going to Tomorrowland.It has to be at least 15 feet wide, at night it is a wall of people smoothed together like on the subway in rush hour.You literally baby step your way through most of park.We used to always go during holiday, than it just got to be too much, so we now go early December and get all same perks, just minus horrendous crowds.
This was the stand-by line for the safari on 12/20/2008. It went all the way through and out the queue, down through Africa, past the Dawa Bar and OVER THE BRIDGE!

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:39 PM   #42
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I went in 2010 the week before Christmas. The closer it got to Christmas, the more crowded it became. In general, though, tolerable crowds. The last day we toured was the 23rd.

This year we are going from January 1st through the 10th, but only touring starting on the 3rd. I'm hoping for moderate crowds like the crowd calendars suggest!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #43
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I found out that I'm getting a bonus some time in the next few weeks. All our bills are paid and we don't have any debt, so I'm thinking about blowing it on a surprise trip to WDW! The only problem is, the only time we'll both be able to go will be from December 26th until January 3rd. We've never been during this time but I understand it's seriously crowded. I'm not going to book until I find out for sure how much I'm getting, which will likely happen sometime around the first week of December. Do you think it will be possible to book onsite still? Are the parks packed from start to finish during this time frame? We've dealt with heavy crowds before and we've been to WDW quite a few times now, so I know we can handle it, but I'm just curious as to whether we're talking "turnaways at the gate" sort of crowds. I would really like to stay onsite but we've got several options in mind for offsite too if we must. (unless of course they're all booked up too! )
Hey this sounds exactly like us this year! We budget our Disney trips every year but this year with the extra money we said lets go somewhere and DD22 said lets do DW on NYE. If DD22 and bf wants to spend NYE with us at Disney we are there! So come on down and join our crazy family. I think no matter how crowded it will be an experience we will never forget!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:30 PM   #44
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That probably depends on how tall you are.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #45
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Do you enjoy waiting in line 45 minutes - one hour to USE THE BATHROOM? Yes, that's how crazy it is. Would never do it again. Must say we've been there the week BEFORE Christmas and was amazed at how much calmer it was. The week between Christmas and New Years was dreadful.
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