We went on November 12 and I didn’t find the crowd level that bad. After FP time was over we stuck to rides like Jingle Cruise, Carpets, Teacups, Carrousel, Dumbo and they were fine but didn’t attempt anything that would have had a longer line. We watched the 1st parade in Liberty Square and it did take us a little time to find a decent viewing spot as it was close to parade time but we did find one. The parade was really good (I still give the edge to Boo to You, but it was close). We hit some of the treat spots (DD was a big fan of the snow cones), watched the fireworks from a side on view, and watched a little of the show on Main Street (and got to experience snow) on our way out. We debated staying for the 2nd parade there as we had a decent spot but decided DD needed to get to bed. Oh & this year I remembered to buy my party-exclusive merchandise rather than kick myself after the fact.