Is US a bad idea on a Saturday?

RitaZ.

Move on don't hesitate, break out.
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Sep 20, 2000
We have been to IOA, but never to US. We wanted to give it a try next weekend, but I wanted to know if Saturday tends to be a crowded day at US.

Opinions?:sunny:
 

Slacking

Secretly has the hots for Bloody Mary
Joined
Feb 2, 2004
If you get their at/before opening and get on all the major attractions early in the day, you should have no problem.

Other than that, this saturday may be a bit busy due to Mardi Gras, but it should be a good day to visit.
 

the Dark Marauder

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Sep 14, 2002
What he said. And by noon or so is when the crowds hit their peak.

Expect LONG lines if you go on Saturday...
 

essmom

DIS Veteran
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Jul 14, 2003
How long are the waits with FOTL on Saturday during Mardi Gras?Is it so crowded that you need to go back to hotel? We plan to get to Universal around 11 on 3/20 (our flight gets in at 9:30). We had planned to go ahead and start our 5 day pass on Sat. but if it's too crowded maybe we'll just buy a Mardi gras ticket for that night and start our pass on Sunday. What do you think?
 

robvia

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Here's what happens essmom. The major crowd arrives at 11am. They sleep in, wake up late, and wait for the park to open. What are they thinking?
I've been to IOA many times where I get there at opening, take a lap, and I'm walking out the exit at 11am, and the crowd arriving is massive. At 11am, the line just to get a ticket is half an hour. The crowds on the moving sidewalks are solid.

If arriving around 11:00am, take your time getting to HRH. Have the driver stop at a grocery store, like Publix. They know where to go, there's one 1 mile north of USF on the west side of Kirkman Road. Get a cheap styrophone cooler, buy beer, juice, snacks, all that stuff. Try to check in, your room may be ready. If not, go to lunch at an HRH restaurant. By now it will be 2pm or so. Your room should be ready, check in. Get your magic keys and go to USF, will probably be 4pm or so.

You'll get on all the rides fast because the express pass machines will be sold out and shut off. The regular crowd will have used their express passes, they'll be tired, and leaving. Then you can go to the concert. When you get back to your room, you'll have a cooler of drinks and snacks.
 

essmom

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Jul 14, 2003
Thanks Robvia- so do you think i should start my 5 day pass that late in the day or wait til Sunday and just buy a Mardi Gras pass.Also, my neighbors are coming Sunday night leaving Thursday. Do they check names on 5 day passes? She will have 1 day left on passes. I was wondering b/c we could use them on Thursday if they don't check names on them then we could use our 5 day pass beginning Sat and ending on Wednesday.Sorry about the confusion.
 

robvia

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May 7, 2001
They check the names on the passes by making you sign it each day.
You will have seen everything by Wednesday. Start your pass on Saturday afternoon, you'll be at USF around 4pm, you'll get some rides, see the parade, then you can catch the concert.
On Thursday, you can visit SWF if you want one more park to visit.

Oh, and you can get subs at the Publix deli when you arrive. That will be your lunch instead of going to an HRH restaurant, which will save you some money. If your room isn't ready, have them hold your luggage, change cloths in a bathroom, go out to the pool, put your cooler down next to your chair, and start drinking. You can get ice at the hotel.
 

essmom

DIS Veteran
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Jul 14, 2003
Thanks a ton for the advice Robvia. How long are the waits with FOTL around noon on Sat?Just curious b/c I now the kids will want to go anyway.
 

Slacking

Secretly has the hots for Bloody Mary
Joined
Feb 2, 2004
It shouldn't make it that much worse if it amkes a difference at all.
 

highlander447

<font color=green>It's a dirty job but someones go
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Apr 3, 2003
Also Essmom if u are a Lowes member u can use the fitness room showers etc if room not ready:jester:
 









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