A few months ago I postponed our trip from starting this week, to next week. So, I am closely watching the crowds. Who would have thought? I had been scared that it would super crowded, but last week seemed encouraging.
In December we postponed our upcoming WDW trip planned for the end of this week and beginning of next week, but when that trip was planned, I picked those days because I thought the crowds would be lowest in the couple week period post-MLK/races and pre-Valentines Day. Maybe lots of people had the same idea.
Of course, it could be that park attendance wasn’t that high, but Disney “successfully” managed staff by reducing CMs working, artificially driving up the wait times. Driving up the impression of crowd levels and wait times drives more people into buying G+/ILLS, while still paying fewer CMs. It is a win for everyone! (Well, except guests…but what do they matter?)
Have the South American tour groups returned? I know that this is a school break for most SA countries, and the 15s and their groups have been a majority of park goers in years past for late Jan / early Feb.
It’s kind of exciting- last year was ghost town and made us a tad sad. (Although I really did enjoy the sweet spot of vacant spaces, walkways and walk-ons, during our summer 2020 trip right after the parks reopened.)
I was in MK yesterday and the sea of people was insane. Thought I had missed an event happening or something. Glad I didn’t have any real plans because I think they would have gone out the window if I had.
Posts like these make me need a paper bag to breathe in and out of. I totally rely on accurate crowd calendars and it is seeming more and more likely they won’t be accurate for my trip the first week of April. I blame Disney, and Covid, and Disney, and G+, and Disney, and $ILL, and Disney, and all you people who won’t postpone your trip so I can have less crowded parks
Like others we chose this week because it was supposed to be the lowest crowds— not just on the TP calendar but all the calendars we could find. We try to pick the park with the lowest crowd ratings to go to. It has been packed, even today in the cold rain. I’ve talked to a few CMs who said this was about the crowd level they had at Christmas! Not what we were expecting at all but trying to make the best of it.
As much as I think Disney controls everything they can, ride wait times were definitely not because of lack of staff. I was there and rode alot and the staff was hustling and The rides seemed seamless. Train in, load, out immediately. Food on the other hand.