January 2009. . . Calling all Snowbirds ~ Part V

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  1. Kazooie01

    Kazooie01 "The way to get started is to quit talking and beg

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    We're back!!!

    Wow, that's the exact opposite of what we thought. Compared to the last two January's the crowds were very low. We never had a wait over 10 minutes for anything (of course we used Fast Passes for the "big" ticket rides). We walked on to 75% of all the rides (our entire stay). It was the slowest January since we started going in 2007.
     
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  3. coffeehousemom

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    I wonder if the crowds were less bothersome to the people that park hopped? I know as a rule if a park seems busy to us we just go to another park. That's why I don't plan out my days in full detail & play by ear.
     
  4. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Welcome back!:goodvibes

    Yeah, I was really expecting it to be more like the low May crowds we have experienced, or even lower. But that just wasn't the case. Even with fast passes we would wait 20-30 minutes. Very few walk ons - Nemo and Figment are the only ones I can think of. Oh well, I always wondered and now I know! At least the weather was sunny and great! Not sure what month we will try next!
     
  5. Kazooie01

    Kazooie01 "The way to get started is to quit talking and beg

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    We must have just been at the right parks each day. Even Toy Story MM was only about 5 minutes with Fast Pass (all three times we got on). Walked on Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Expedition Everest (1/21), Big Thunder Mountain, Kali River Rapids, and a whole bunch more.

    Did your boys get picked for the Jedi Training? Our Daughter did get picked and my Husband was as proud as a peacock!:thumbsup2
     
  6. Momof2Disneyboys

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  7. jenjolt

    jenjolt Loves All Things Disney!

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    I was there the 15th through the 21st and crowds were hit or miss for me...Thursday night and Friday MOrning were great days...EPCOT I got there at 1pm and was able to get a Soarin Fast pass for 3pm...walked on to TT and Mission Space and Spaceship Earth. Magic Kingdom mornings were good but by the afternoon it was packed so I went over to DHS where I did TOT, RnR Coaster, Great Movie Ride, Beauty and the Beast, Star Tours, and was able to explore places I had never seen before with little to no waits at all...it was amazing...I would recommend not going on a Fantasmic Night also!! Sunday at AK was crowded by the afternoon and Monday I did my tour so I didn't have to deal with crowds...Tuesday things calmed down and DHS I was able to once again do everything including TSM twice and Wednesday Morning was amazing at MK...I was first to meet Tink and the Faries and did both them and the princesses in less than 20 minutes!!! GREAT MORNING!!

    I was suprised though by the crowds for a "Low" time of year...next trip is end of September beginning of October...I know I will deal with more crowds for Food and Wine, but I'm hoping for a great Halloween Party and what not also LOL!!
     
  8. Pluto_fan

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    Hello Snowbirds! :cool1: :cool1: :banana: :banana:
    We're back! :sad:

    Had a GREAT time :cool1: , although it was chillier :cold: (at the beginning of our trip) and more crowded :crowded: than we would have liked.

    I'm SO sorry we missed the Snowbird meet at DHS...we were at MK for the morning and couldn't drag ourselves out of there. :sad2:

    I'll be back with more details later. :wave2:
     
  9. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Welcome back! :goodvibes

    Be glad you weren't at DHS on the 22nd, it was packed!!
     
  10. snykymom

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    We must have also been at the right parks at the right times - maybe not planning too much is a good thing! :rotfl2: We were there from Jan. 4-11. Sunday the 4th wasn't much busier than I had expected, since it was the Sunday of New Year's weekend. Monday the 5th, though, did surprise us! It was very busy at DHS, and now I realize that it was the beginning of the 2 day per week Fantasmic! and it was showing that Monday.

    After that, though, we found that the crowds dropped precipitously, though we still had waits at RnRC and at ToT. And of course at TSM, but we got to ride it 6 times anyway! Otherwise, everything was fast passes or 10 minute waits.

    I'd go again in January in a heartbeat!

    Welcome back everyone!
     
  11. dklam

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    We actually ended up not staying for Fantasmic, even though we had the Dinner Package. It was just too crowded and we were beat, as we had gotten up at 3:30 AM for our early flight. We did a few more rides (ToT and RRRC) between 6:00 and 7:00 and then left for the hotel. I believe that they added an 8:15 Fantasmic that night because it was so crowded.
     
  12. Momof2Disneyboys

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    I saw that they had added an extra show when we went into the theater. It was wall to wall people at DHS all day. They really need to show Fantasmic more than 2 times a week!
     
  13. Kazooie01

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    We avoided HS (during Fantasmic days) like the plague. We talked to a CM during the beginning of our trip and he said that “reducing Fantasmic to twice a week has accomplished making HS a whole lot busier (On show nights)!" It sure would have been nice if it was offered every other day (or more than twice a week).
     
  14. jenjolt

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    That is also what I was told about a CM...so I avoided DHS on those days...because I wanted to see the other shows and I was willing to miss Fantasmic this time around. Hopefully by my next visit they will change that up and have more shows!
     
  15. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Yeah I wish we would have avoided it. But we hadn't seen it since 2007 and wanted to see it. We will know better next time!

    Does anyone know if they are going to continue to only show Fantasmic twice a week all the time or just during "slow times"?
     
  16. Pluto_fan

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    We ended up arriving at DHS just before 6pm that night, and heard on the way in that they had added a second Fantasmic! that night. We had never seen it and it was high on my list. We went straight to the stadium (for the first show) and were able to find seats down near the front and to the right--it was pretty full when we arrived but people were still streaming in. I would guess that the second show was less crowded, but we didn't want to be out that late if we could help it. Anyway, we all enjoyed the show and were glad we had made it in! :thumbsup2
     
  17. RFrank9504

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    just got back-it was great-but maybe it was me-seemed awfully crowded-this 4/3 deal seemed to get enough people in, anyyway-got an awesome bounceback-returning in September!:cheer2:
     
  18. Momof2Disneyboys

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    No, it's not just you - it was crowded!!

    Glad you enjoyed your trip!


    Welcome back and congrats on the bounceback! :goodvibes
     
  19. jenjolt

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    Glad you had a great time...and no it wasn't just you who thought it was crowded at times.

    I'm kicking myself for not taking advantage of the bounceback offer I had because now I want to add days to my trip in Sept...my friend booked the package for us but I want to go a few days early and I should have booked the days....hopefully a pin code or a good AP rate will allieviate the price right now LOL
     
  20. dundeehunter

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    We are back as well. We actually crawled into our beds at 1:00am on the 28th. It was nice meeting Shelly at DHS briefly. I would have talked more, however, we were there for the opening and I knew we wanted to get to Toy Story as fast as possible. Sorry Shelly that I didn't chat.:sad2:

    This is my 2nd January visit and I will say is was definitely more crowded than 2007. Plus the weather was much colder:scared: ...actually only a few 10 degrees different than what I left in Wisconsin. But so glad that I packed mini-gloves and headbands! Disney made money on the 8.95 pair of mittens and hats!

    This was not the best trip for my family. My DH was not excited about the trip from the get-go and his 1st day certainly proved it. Then the 3rd day he got ill. So ill that he probably should have went to a clinic but didn't. So he spread his germs to me....:sad1: By the last day, we were both shot and spent the last 5 hours of our vacation on a pool chair at Pop Century in 85 degree weather wrapped up in towels. We could not get home fast enough. We went to the doctor yesterday. We both have sinus infections and I have a terrible ear infection. (I actually had one before I left, but this is in the other ear) My girls said they had a great time, but I think this is the last trip to Florida for a while.

    I was in DHS on the 22nd. We waited 1 1/2 hours for Fantasmic. We were in the stadium and got great seats in the middle on the end of a row so we would have to "slide all of the way to the left". I will send the annoying Tour Groups! Very rude the entire week.
    I am going to go back to bed for now. More later when my head doesn't feel like it's going to explode.
     
  21. crzyred

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    Oh you poor thing! I hate when I hear that people didn't have a good time. It stinks that you both got sick. Hope you feel better soon.
     

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