I know it’s been discussed over and over, but I just wanted to post about our recent crowd experience vs. TP estimates and also vs. our own prior experiences with the first week in March for the past several years. I don’t mean for this to be a bashing of TP crowd estimates – that is what it is, and I’m not smart enough to know whether something could have been properly estimated or predicted better than it was.
With that said, crowds were significantly worse than our prior experiences. You could have filled the LSU football stadium with the amount of LSU fans alone who were there. This wasn’t what I had “hoped” for in terms of the crowd estimates – that it would just be longer ride wait times but not actually a ton of people. Nope, there were a ton of people. (By our standards for this week anyway).
The lines themselves were obviously longer, even for rides like Small World and Dumbo (85 min for Dumbo at one point, were in prior trips, we had never seen more than about 45). But it was really the sheer number of people that was so noteworthy. Harder to get around. Longer lines for food at Epcot. Longer lines to enter parks. Those sorts of things.
And again, not trying to turn this into a “I’m cancelling my subscription” thread, but bottom line, when we planned this trip we were expecting crowds of 4-6 and we ended up with a lot of 8-9. Simply put, we wouldn’t have gone to Disney had we known the crowds were going to be like that.
Now to be fair, YES a good touring plan can alleviate much of this, and I’m thankful for that aspect of TP. But a good touring plan doesn’t help you push a stroller through a wall of people.