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Old 12-26-2012, 01:32 PM   #76
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stupid question of the day because I'm just curious - would most of those unhappy looking people (from the 12:30 pm picture) be resort guests? I gotta think locals would know to stay the heck away on Xmas day....

and now just wondering, are the 4 parks physically capable of handling ALL resort guests at the same time? what I mean is, if all WDW resorts were full to capacity, and each and every single resort guest decided to hit a park on Xmas day - would they all be accommodated, or would some get turned away due to park closures?
Actually, a lot of locals go for holidays as a tradition. We know to make ADRs in advance, how to use fast pass, and since we've been on all the rides, going just for Christmas breakfast or lunch with the characters, a few fav rides, and the Christmas parade is a fine day.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:43 PM   #77
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How did the other parks do - anybody know? Any other park closures?
We are Florida resident annual passholders. We were there 12/22 through 12/25 (left last night). We purposely stayed away from MK - done that before and will never do it again. Way too crowded for our liking but it's just hubby and me, no kids. Our two favorite parks are Epcot and HS and we alternated those two over the four days. Did HS on Christmas Eve and Epcot Christmas day. Found both to be crowded but not obnoxiously so. In fact, yesterday at Epcot was not as crowded as Food and Wine festival, in our opinion. I was a bit worried about crowds prior to the trip but we had no problems. In fact it was much less than I expected. We drove down on December 29th a few years ago, just for the day, to celebrate a milestone birthday. Did Epcot and it was so crowded we left after a few hours. Otherwise, we have no experience with the New Year's crowds. To all who are still there, hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying WDW. Wish we were still there for sure!!! Why does it always go by so fast??
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #78
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We usually go during Easter week and use EMH both early and late. Friends of ours were there the same week one year and they had such a different experience because they had a leisurely breakfast and got to the parks ~11am; we were getting ready to go back to the resort at that time. You can't go late and get on many rides during peak times.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:28 PM   #79
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Here you go. All these were taken near Liberty Tree Tavern:

Finally, around 12:30 p.m.

I absolutely LOVE "MY" World, but the crowds...

Over the course of my lifetime I've been subjected to many shoulder-to-shoulder crowd levels, but as someone who desires to take her daughter during the Christmas season, it definitely won't be Christmas week! I've enjoyed the Christmas decor many times over before DD was born! I can only hope to share that magic with her in the future!
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #80
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Yea, really huh?

Question since I haven't stayed offsite, were you able to get in at 7am and get on rides without being a resort guest?
No they held us at TTC until 745 then let us on the monorail. Got to the park did space mtn then buzz, did haunted mansion then big thunder from there did pirates jungle cruise and Aladdin. From there got a fastpass for little mermaid and did pooh and dumbo. Once off dumbo went to mermaid then got back to main st at 1140 got a great spot for the 1230 parade but that ended up being cancelled due to the rain. We left then and are planning on heading back later tonite for the light parade and wishes.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:43 PM   #81
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We also did make stops for dole whips and lefou brew
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:13 PM   #82
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Thanks for reinforcing why we never visit after 2nd week in December.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #83
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Thanks for reinforcing why we never visit after 2nd week in December.
My DD is in school that week, so we come over Christmas and New Years. It's crowded but if you understand park dynamics and how to use fast passes you're fine. We were at the Studios on Sunday and literally walked on to everything (including TSM) for the first 2 hours.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:30 PM   #84
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And I thought the World of Disney Store was packed two weeks ago!! I'll keep my pre-Christmas time, thank you!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:44 PM   #85
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The only way that could happen is if there were no fire codes.

I was going to start another thread to ask this, but I have read that at one time maybe the late 70 to maybe the early 80's, no one went to WDW over Xmas. It was so dead that CM's out numbered guests.

Can any one confirm this?
Well, I was there for a three day Christmas weekend in the mid-80's, pre-FP of course, and the crowds were so bad we didn't go in a single attraction the entire weekend. That was back when they actually did broadcast the Christmas parade live on Christmas day, so we went to MK for the parade (which we videotaped at home so we could see ourselves on TV, lol), and the rest of the time just wandered around, spent time at the resort, etc.
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Non-resort guests are not the same as locals. Lots of options to staying off-site.

I've never heard of all 4 parks closing at capacity at the same time.
The worst I've heard of is three out of four closed. That happened a few years ago during Christmas week - maybe 2009ish? AK was the only park open for a few hours, the other three were closed.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #87
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The worst I've heard of is three out of four closed. That happened a few years ago during Christmas week - maybe 2009ish? AK was the only park open for a few hours, the other three were closed.
I'm pretty sure three of the four closed last year right around New Year's Eve also.
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Epcot was dead today. Got there at 9:30 ~ did everything.... left at 6:00.

Even had a snack in each country... not one person... but with 12 of us someone was hungry every country.

Including a sitdown meal in Mexico, Soarin, Test Track and Mission Space.
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The worst I've heard of is three out of four closed. That happened a few years ago during Christmas week - maybe 2009ish? AK was the only park open for a few hours, the other three were closed.
Last year DAK, DHS, MK, IoA, and Legoland all closed to capacity. I believe it was on the 27th, 28th, or 30th.
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Last year DAK, DHS, MK, IoA, and Legoland all closed to capacity. I believe it was on the 27th, 28th, or 30th.
Yes, Dec. 28th 2011 DAK, DHS, and MK were all stage 4 for a period of time.
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