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Old 12-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #1
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Crowd levels early Jan. & fastpass+ ?

We'll be in Disney January 5th - 8th. Normally, we have been there the third week of January (last 7 years). The crowds at that time have steadily increased to the point that there have been 90 minute waits for major attractions and last year when we got to the Animal Kingdom, we turned around and left when we saw the crowds at the entrance.

My question is do you think I will need to book the fastpass ahead of time. Or, should we take our chances that the wait times will be low. We don't spend all day in the parks so scheduling this in advance is difficult. I can't imagine leaving the resort just to get on a ride at a scheduled time. If we're in the park that's fine but this is so restrictive.

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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Go to www.easywdw.com and look at the free crowd calendar, that will help you plan your visit.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:07 AM   #3
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We'll be in Disney January 5th - 8th. Normally, we have been there the third week of January (last 7 years). The crowds at that time have steadily increased to the point that there have been 90 minute waits for major attractions and last year when we got to the Animal Kingdom, we turned around and left when we saw the crowds at the entrance.

My question is do you think I will need to book the fastpass ahead of time. Or, should we take our chances that the wait times will be low. We don't spend all day in the parks so scheduling this in advance is difficult. I can't imagine leaving the resort just to get on a ride at a scheduled time. If we're in the park that's fine but this is so restrictive.

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I will be there then as well

I booked my FP+ for evenings and will hit the parks at rope drops for other rides we like. I tried this in November and it worked well.

You don't have to use the passes so why not try for a few must do's?

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for the information! I can't believe I waited so long to book (last night).
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
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If you can, I would book your FP+. If you don't I'm sure you will still be able to survive just fine.

We've traveled in early January and found the crowds to be very manageable except for the days of the marathon when the crowds do increase. As I'm sure you know your dates do coincide a bit with the marathon.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #6
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If you can, I would book your FP+. If you don't I'm sure you will still be able to survive just fine.

We've traveled in early January and found the crowds to be very manageable except for the days of the marathon when the crowds do increase. As I'm sure you know your dates do coincide a bit with the marathon.


Thanks for the reassurance I'm glad we're missing the marathon and MLK week-end this year. It has been interesting to see how when we first started going during MLK week (went then because of my son's school schedule) very manageable to the point 7 years later where it felt like high season.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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How do you book FP+?

We are booking a trip now for Jan 23rd...usually I plan for Months!

We haven't been since 2007, so I have no idea how the new FP system works, of if I even need it Jan 24 through 28, since crowds will be lighter.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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How do you book FP+?

We are booking a trip now for Jan 23rd...usually I plan for Months!

We haven't been since 2007, so I have no idea how the new FP system works, of if I even need it Jan 24 through 28, since crowds will be lighter.
You have to go to the MY Disney Experience website and create your account. You link your reservations confirmation and if you already have your tickets you link them also using the number on the back of the tickets. After linking your reservation, tickets and selecting your magic bands you may make your FP+ reservations.
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I would book fastpasses for sure. We went that same week last year and even though, during marathon, it looked like more people were in the parks, the wait times were still manageable. We loved it and are planning for the same week in 2015
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We go in January and we are rope drop people. I have a low line tolerance, so I get the headliners done first, at opening. I'll book FP late morning/early afternoon for my favs, cause riding once is just not enough!

So yes, I'd book FP. Especially if you don't plan on getting out early. At least you'll be guaranteed some attractions with minimal wait.
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We'll be in Disney January 5th - 8th. Normally, we have been there the third week of January (last 7 years). The crowds at that time have steadily increased to the point that there have been 90 minute waits for major attractions and last year when we got to the Animal Kingdom, we turned around and left when we saw the crowds at the entrance.

My question is do you think I will need to book the fastpass ahead of time. Or, should we take our chances that the wait times will be low. We don't spend all day in the parks so scheduling this in advance is difficult. I can't imagine leaving the resort just to get on a ride at a scheduled time. If we're in the park that's fine but this is so restrictive.

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If you were going to rope drop I would say FP+ isn't a must. But it sounds like you arrive in the late morning, early afternoon when lines will be longer and FP+ will be booking up.

I'm not too concerned about FP+ because we're rope drop people and not ride demons. We make a list of our must-do attractions (and thankfully we're the type of family that enjoys Small World and Monster's Inc Laugh Floor! ) and we've always been able to ride every single one, even without the old FP system.

But again, if you want to sleep in, FP+ was actually made for your family. The idea is to make reservations for a later time so you can sleep longer and move at your own pace without worrying about Fast Passes running out at 10 am.
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