OK, we took our then 6 year old and 3 year old to Disney World 2 summers ago on the week of July 4th. Was it packed and crowded? Most definitely, but we had a blast and really learned how to use the FastPass system.
Christmas of 09’ I wanted to go back. I wanted to wake up Christmas morning and open gifts and then go to eat lunch with family and open gifts…and then load up in the van and just start driving but not saying ANYTHING about Disney World. Then after an hour or so they will wonder why we haven’t made it home and spilling the beans then. (btw it takes me 12 hours to drive it).
I have read sooo much about it being so crowded, but how much more crowded can it be than on the 4th of July. I can handle up to 20% more crowded, but not like double what it was on the 4th.
We are taking my mom this time around…so we can get 5 FastPasses and for many rides only 2 or three of us will ride. I think this will help alot. Also, we know the things we HAVE to see and ride.
Lastly, we found a few ways to kill the time. The Disney Dining Plan was a great break and we would routinely get a FastPass for a ride around 11:00am that might have hour wait and then we would just get lunch and by the time we were through it was time for the ride. Also, we got our boys the starter packs for the trading pins and they went crazy with it. They were always looking for pins and would routinely kill time in line by trading pins with park employees. Then finally, Extra Magic Hours…we used the late night hours as opposed to the early hours - so we would sleep late and be rested and not grumpy.
Also, the family sized room that sleeps 6 at All-Star Music, has anyone stayed in it? Opinions?
Will we be OK having experienced the crowds on the 4th or will this week shock us? Btw, my wife is a school teacher so going at an off-time is really not an option anyway.