Okay, so we're going to Disneyland for 4 days at January 6-9, since it would be very quiet at those times. However it turns out that my bro-in-law and his family would like to join us at Disneyland on the weekend (Jan 4-5) so we will add another 2 days at the park. So our party will include 5 adults and 4 kids (age 6,4,3,1). My question is how crazy will the last holiday weekend be? With small kids will it be unwise to go ? Will the wait times be unreasonable or it will be difficult to get a table for lunch/dinner? Sorry if I don't make sense, English is not my first language. Thank you all.:)
Hoping to squeeze in one day at disney for my birthday , Nov. 8,9,10,11 or 12. Will any of these days give me a "holidays at disneyland" experience? I would really love to see dl decorated for Christmas but it looks like the 8th is the most convenient day, also , crowd levels on these days? In comparison to like early June? (when I was there last)
Swampy, just circling back to confirm your thoughts (or anyone else who is reading this) on going to DLR on either: Sat. Nov 23, Mon. Nov 25, or Sat Nov 30- which do you feel is the least crazy, busy day?
I'm inclined to try 11/23, but the DL Update this past week suggested that Thanksgivng and AFTER would be less busy than the weekdays leading up to it b/c of the drastic AP blockouts that start on Thanksgiving. Looking at the blackout calendar, I can see that all the passes (except Premium) are restricted Thanksgiving weekend from Thurs - Sunday. Makes me think that 11/30 might be okay, too (though perhaps with more vacationers.)
My office has Thankgiving Day Off, and is closed on Black Friday. Wednesday we excuse everyone at noon, as some take time to travel we don't want anyone to feel obligated to work. Monday and Tuesday are business as usual and employees have to take vacation days if they want them off, not too popular for this time of year.
Thanks again, Swampy. Appreciate the quick advice! :thumbup:
The whole thought that Disneyland would be LESS busy the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving is more proof that things have really changed there since "my day".
Radiobarry, the "conventional wisdom" (and my expectation before reading that DD post the other week) would have been the same: DLR will be just as busy, if not busier, following Thanksgiving. But, when I consider the AP blackouts and that there are more than a million AP's now, the suggestion that the weekend after Thanksgiving may actually have smaller attendance figures makes some sense. I've noticed for most of the last decade (when I moved to SoCal) that going the weekend before or after a "long, holiday weekend" seems to be a great time to go to the parks, attendance-wise. But, I haven't been getting to the Parks as much the last 18 months as I used to and with guests coming, I wanted to follow-up on the suggestion that post-Thanksgiving might be "better" from an attendance standpoint.
Anyway, looks like I'll be going on Saturday 11/23 b/c that works best for our guests from out of town, but I'll be really curious to try and find out after the holiday what the attendance counts were prior and after. Not to prove anyone right or wrong, just because I'm genuinely curious about the outcome of the "experiment." :) I'll certainly report back here on what the crowds are like this coming Saturday.
Ello ello, quick question about busy times and such for spring 2014.
Hoping to go to DLR for about 4-5 days somewhere in the area of mid-Feb to Mid-March, any suggestions on which time would be the best to go? I haven't officially planned anything yet so dates are totally flexible at this point. Looking for light crowds, and if there are going to be any major attractions under construction then?
Thanks so much for any info.
Fantasmic and Fireworks will only be on the weekends, so a couple weekend nights are good. I suggest starting on a Saturday and finishing on a slow Tuesday or Wednesday for your 4th or 5th day.
So, I was at DL on Saturday Nov 23 and the crowd level was definitely managable. Not sure what the attendance was for the day, but I've been there when it's at 50,000+ and it was nothing like that. I'd guess maybe in the high 20k's / low 30k's? At 10am, Star Tours stand by was a 15 minute wait (which I can personally verify the accuracy of) and Haunted Mansion Holiday posted a 15 minute wait (was 30mins around 1pm.) Space Mountain was a 40 minute wait at 10:30. Indy was 40 minutes all day. In fact, I never saw any wait times over 40 minutes. Given the make-up of the crowd and its minor new overlay, "Jingle" Cruise had a not-too-surprising 40 minute wait at 3 pm.
So, overall, it was a great day, crowdwise. And, the weather held out nicely! Conclusion: I would do the Saturday before Tgiving again, if necessary.
Thanks for all the tips and advice here!
Ok, so I know it's well established that the parks will be packed on Thanksgiving Day, but does anyone know if traffic will be terrible? Normally I think of the bad traffic day as Wednesday. I've been guessing most people in the park on Thanksgiving will either be out of towners staying at hotels, or locals who are having dinner with their families (midafternoon as most do) and then going to the park after football's over, since there is nothing else to do besides stand around in lines for black Friday sales. Does that sound about right? I'm trying to figure out if I should expect major gridlock traffic trying to get to the park before opening on Thursday. Anybody know?