- Apr 22, 2006
I agree with Sherry that October isn't really a "slow" period anymore. The first two wekends are busy, but I do think the weekdays and later part of the month might be more manageable. I would opt to make dining reservations if you know you want to eat at a specific TS location, but I wouldn't stress about it as much as one tends to need to plan WDW trips (ADRs, FP+). I went the week of CHOC walk last year and the weekend was busy, but the weekdays were generally manageable. I would make every effort to get there at rope drop and use FP wisely.Maybe others will chime in with specific recommendations on how to go "against the flow". The trip seems to be more and more planning and stress than it should be.
The closer we get to our travel dates, the worse things seem to get. Touring plans just now went from 3,2,2 on three of our travel dates to 6,5,4. Perhaps it's due to the fact they begin using "Crowd Calendar 4" today, whatever that is (would have been nice to get an email or posting to the dashboard of paying subscribers that this was happening don't you think?) Between the increasing crowd levels (I'm beginning to wonder if I need to ask for a refund from TP if they can't predict crowds any better than this, in fact Labor Day is listed as lower crowds), 3 parties with early park close over our travel dates when last year there would have only been two, etc. is making it nearly impossible to plan which days we should go to parks and which to other sites in the area.
I've gone back and forth and have multiple lunch reservations that I need to let go so someone else can have them, and the planning of trying to do what's best is worse than planning for WDW! So much for the "Oh it's DL, just go with the flow" attitude! Being from the East Coast, and with airfare, rental car expenses,I don't have the luxury of just enjoying Halloween time and then "dropping back by" later to enjoy attractions if it's too busy. I was much more excited for the trip several weeks ago.
If you want to eat at a TS location prior to the start of the start of the party, then I would make an ADR to avoid having to wait long or being told they are not taking walk-ups. There are also several very good QS options (I like French Market because you can see/hear HMH from the dining area).What do you MHP-experience people recommend for dinner plans? Would it be a good idea to make reservations for somewhere in Disneyland during the 3-hour overlap window before the MHP starts? Or what is the best thing to do during those 3 hours? We will be there for 5 days, so we won't want to be battling insane crowds to do rides we can do at other times. Thanks!
I think there was only one party specific items in the past year. For the most part, the options are the same during the day and the party.Thanks so much! I don't think we want to take much time out of the actual party time for a long meal. Are the special things they offer general counter service items?
I would opt to eat during the overlap. Aside from the Toontown pre-party (which hasn't been confirmed for this year), there aren't any special activities prior to the start of the party. You can watch some of the decor go up, but that's about it that I remember.Is anything special going on during the 3 hours where people with MHP tickets can come in, but MHP hasn't started yet? I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to make reservations for the 4-5 range, using that overlapping time (which I'm guessing is kind of crazy busy in the park?) to eat.
There is always a long line when the party goers are first allowed in (3pm or 4 pm). I'd probably wait until about 5 pm or so, but either way, it's probably not super bad.And when should we make sure to enter if we don't want an insane line to get back into Disneyland? We'll have AP's and PH's, so we'll go in the morning, probably run back to the room for a bit to get some warmer clothes for the evening and maybe rest a bit, but we will want to get back in before a huge amount of people are at the turnstiles and on Main Street.
Some of the TS locations stop seating guests about an hour before the party starts. Likewise, a few of the QSDP locations that will not be open for the party will also close early to get set-up for the party (Rancho del Zocalo is used as a dance party area for MHP). Things like Jolly Holiday and Redd Rockett are both open during the party (I've eaten at both just before and during the party).I think some of the resturants started closing at 4pm last year for the 6pm party. We ate dinner really early and when we were sitting there, they were tearing down all the outdoor sitting. We were the last ones served. This was at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland.