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Old 02-11-2013, 03:43 PM   #31
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It could be surprising if you don't use sites like Touring Plans or easywdw. Not everyone that goes uses these sites or knows about them.
Or if people don't understand what the numbers mean. A "1" doesn't mean the park is empty by any means. But some people don't look at what the difference between a "1" and a "5" is. Or a "3" and a "9". Etc.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:49 PM   #32
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On Saturday 2/9 the wait times were 75 minutes for Buzz, 90 for space mountain, 120 for under the sea which I thought was very cheesy, 90 for Big thunder mountain and about 45+ for Haunted Mansion. The weekdays were manageable in MK. On 2/2 it also was very crowded - we had to activate our passes at guest relations and the lines were unbelievable. Cast members were not expecting the crowds to be that large.
MK is always going to be really crowded on a Saturday, at whatever time of year pretty much. You said yourself the weekdays were manageable. Weekends are always always busy at a park like MK.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:58 PM   #33
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We were just there from 1/26 - 2/3 and thought this was our best trip ever! We've been going to WDW in January and February for years - it's always been our favorite time of year to go. But we've also been in March, April, May, July, August, October and December.

I do agree we no longer experience the truly "slow" times that we did in the past. But we still don't wait in lines any longer than 10-15 minutes. At this point, we're only in MK, DHS or AK in the morning and bailing after our lunch ADR. Epcot is usually fine for us at any time of day in January and February. With this strategy, we had a great trip and no problems with crowds.

There was one exception. I was a little surprised by MK the evening of Monday, 1/28. We usually avoid MK at night entirely, but we had a BOG ADR, so we went. Loved BOG, and dinner was relaxed so we ended up staying longer than expected. That meant we were leaving around the time Wishes was wrapping up. It was very crowded, and took us 1.5 hours to get back to Poly.

We're back to avoiding MK at night. We'll watch Wishes from the Poly beach from now on! Maybe this isn't surprising to evening MK fans, but as a loyal MK rope drop family, we were surprised:





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Old 02-11-2013, 04:02 PM   #34
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I should have mentioned in my PP that crowds were very manageable (the 3s and 4s that TP predicted) during the week (2/5-2/8 ). We have classically gone during "low crowds" times and, with e exception of MK on 2/9, it was a totally normal low crowd feel to the parks.

And really, the tour groups stuff is really nothing to freak out about. We've gone three different times during the foreign tour group season. They are large groups of excited and loud teens. They will get out of hand, get in your way, and maybe even do a few things that infringe on your cultural Norma. We haven't allowed them to get in the way of our enjoyment, even when we have encountered what may be labeled "rude" (most over and misused word on the DIS) behavior.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:08 PM   #35
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It could be surprising if you don't use sites like Touring Plans or easywdw. Not everyone that goes uses these sites or knows about them.
Which goes without saying. I guess I would research the crowds and best park days for my trips before declaring I'd never go in a certain month ever again. My point is that if you do that type of research it is going to be more enjoyable and easier to manage. I don't doubt that it was a miserable experience. I was pointing out that it doesn't have to be.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:08 PM   #36
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It was certainly more crowded than I am used to when we were there the end of January. However, I was aware that we were in the "wrong" parks, on the wrong days, crowd-wise. But we really didn't have a choice since we were there for only a long weekend. We still managed to do everything we wanted without any significant waits.

Tour groups were definitely in abundance, but were not a problem in the parks at all. They were disruptive at the bust stop at Epcot and in the PoR room next to ours.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:09 PM   #37
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There was one exception. I was a little surprised by MK the evening of Monday, 1/28. We usually avoid MK at night entirely, but we had a BOG ADR, so we went. Loved BOG, and dinner was relaxed so we ended up staying longer than expected. That meant we were leaving around the time Wishes was wrapping up. It was very crowded, and took us 1.5 hours to get back to Poly.
We were at MK that night too. It was so crowded. I think I know why. The MSEP was that night. Disney only had the MSEP a few nights that week: Sat, Mon, and Thurs. I'm guessing that attracted a larger crowd.
We weren't planning to go to the MK that night, but I wanted to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. Yikes! Me and thousands of other guests apparently.

On the other hand, we had a surprisingly easy exit. We caught a bus (to Boardwalk) right away and were back at the hotel by 8:35PM. We walked to Epcot and watched Illuminations too. That was kind of awesome.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #38
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I was at MK for part of the period from 1/20 through 1/25. Aside from MLK Jr Day, I did not feel that the crowds were especially out of line with previous January trips. One thing I did notice was that ETWB had to be done right at rope drop or you were looking at 45 minutes minimum, sometimes much more. Now and then Buzz would go to 30 minutes or more. Coming back later (or FP) generally took care of that. Under the Sea frequently had long waits, but FP took care of that easily enough.

I did see the tour groups. However, I did not see any of the aggravating misbehavior (arm-locking, chanting....) that many people here have noted. Maybe the chaperones are starting to put their foot down.

And in the interest of off-topicness, I'll mention very briefly that I made it to just over 239,000 on the classic Donkey Kong machine in the Space Mountain arcade, my best score in probably 30 years.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:35 PM   #39
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I used to love going to WDW in February for my birthday (Feb 13) but has gotten too crowded that time of year.

Now we ditch the birthday trip and go Labor Day!
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:43 PM   #40
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We were there 2/3 to 2/9. It was not bad at all. We took EasyWDW's advice on what park to visit which day. Our longest wait was to meet Ariel in Fantasyland. With the use of FP, we hit everything we wanted as many times as we could. We walked on many rides, and others took at most 15 minutes or so.

I have definitely gone during lower crowds (Labor Day week, Week before Thanksgiving) but this was by far the best weather we have ever experienced. I'd rather wait 10 minutes for a ride in perfect weather instead of walking on everything while I'm sweating and miserable.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #41
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We always enjoyed January and February except we didn't ever go on weekends. We lived down there for 5 years and we could pick and choose. However, the slow times and small crowds are becoming more scarce all the time. Used to be able to know when the tour groups would be at the highest level. Now I'm not so sure.
We rarely had a problem with the cheer/dance groups because they did a lot of their competition during the day and didn't go the parks when we were there.
We thoroughly dislike extreme crowds of any kind and that's why we were usually very careful to watch for the crowd predictions and find out what was going on at ESPN wide world of sports, etc. Still it's difficult to avoid all the crowds.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #42
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We were at MK that night too. It was so crowded. I think I know why. The MSEP was that night. Disney only had the MSEP a few nights that week: Sat, Mon, and Thurs. I'm guessing that attracted a larger crowd.
Yep. (This comes from EasyWDW, too.) Mondays in the off season are always really busy at MK because you have people who want to see the parade - which is only offered a few times a week - combined with a crowd of people who arrived the day before and want to start their vacation at the MK.

I have found that the people who post on here about how there aren't any slow times anymore, or about how crowded their recent trip was...are the same people who refuse to use crowd calendars to plan their trips, or who go to every EMH.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:51 PM   #43
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We were there too and the crowds were insane. We had less people back when I was going in late may for star wars weekends!

I was a little disapointed, but it didn't let us down. Still better be in Disney than home, dealing with snow suits.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:53 PM   #44
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I used easyWDW for my trip, with recommended parks for each days exept for monday.

Each days ended up being "red" in my line app. I was not happy.
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Just posting what we experienced and for those of you who did not experience what we did - great!
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