LOL! This paints a different picture as your first post led us to believe it was all about the drinking. I am also a Disneyland vet. I grew up 30 minutes from Disneyland and now I live 30 minutes from Disney World. Your friend is definitely used to crowds. Driving to Disneyland is a nightmare. She will be pleasantly surprised with the difference of getting to the parks.
As for going on Columbus Day weekend. Yeah, myself, I would avoid Saturday, but I’ve got to tell you,as a local Weekday Select Passholder, when I’m looking at the crowd levels on touring plans, lately the weekends have been less crowded, but beings that it’s a holiday, you will definitely need to bring your patience and a good touring plan.
That being said, this past year has shown me, as I go practically weekly when I’m not on blockout, that there are no low crowd times anymore. Everytime I have been expecting a level 3 crowd due to the predictions from Touring Plans, it has been a six or above.
Yesterday, my out-of-own visitors were miffed about the crowds at Animal Kingdom and blamed it on us locals, but I could tell that most of the people were visiting from out of town. The Annual passholder line to get in had five people to 50 in the other lines.
Disney is doing a lot of hotel building in the area. Some of that will be open before October, I believe, and as far as crowds, it’s only get worse.
Then, you have to make a decision, “Am I only going to go to WDW when it’s not crowded?” Because “that ain’t happening”, or am I going to go with a good attitude and tell myself, “A crowded day at WDW, is better than no day at WDW.”
I see the day coming, if WDW doesn’t fix the problem that I will no longer be willing to pay for an annual pass. I hope they do fix it.
The only day we have walked on the rides in the past year was the day after Hurricane Irma, and three weeks ago when it was storming (I’m not talking about a gentle rain like we had all day yesterday). I’m talking about lightning dancing all around us.
I agree with you on not scheduling Magic Kingdom. Epcot holds the crowds very well, but Magic Kingdom, yeah, it’s so much like DL, I would just do the Halloween Party. And yes, I agree with DS, it’s not an all day park.