When to arrive for a late start?


#1

Hello everyone~

Please give me some advice! I will be at AK on New Year’s Day and my first FFP starts at 10:15am, 2nd @ 11:15. AK opens at 8am that day so what time should I arrive? This is the first time I’ve ever done a late start and have no idea what the entrances will be like!!!


#2

You’re asking about New Years Day so my information may not hold up but by and large after the rope drop rush most parks tapstiles are a walk-on. I would say arrive 10-15 mins before you want to ride


#3

Yes I agree.


#4

Dear God it was not like that at all 2 weeks ago !!! I thought it was not normal and thank you for confirming. AK entrance at 10-10:30 AM took us almost half an hour on Nov. 8 and 9…HS was not much better the same week. MK was 10-15 minutes.


#5

Oh my!


#6

Wasn’t that race weekend?


#7

AK is projected to be a 5 (Overall crowds = 9) and the park hours have changed since I made my FPP. Wish I’d made them later b/c I’d planned a much later start BUT was making my selections when not fully awake! :roll_eyes:


#8

The race was the previous week-end and it was Jersey week, whatever that truly entails (I have a lot of trouble believing one state has an effect on DW). CLs predicted by TP were low to mid but it felt pretty darn busy !!! :wink:


#9

Wow! At 9.30 at MK last trip I got a castle pic without a single person in it, it was completely dead.


#10

My 2 days there were 4 and 5 but with overall 3-4, if that helps.


#11

Can you modify them to later? I know it’s New Years Day but it’s still a pretty low crowd level.


#12

Wow indeed !!! I am SO jealous. MK at 10:00, main street was like subway at rush hour. Difficult to move with the stroller. :frowning:


#13

Actually, I didn’t even know that was still possible !!! When did you go ???


#14

That’s mad. I think our day was a 7 - summer trip so every day was in the 7-8 range.


#15

August 2016. I was shocked to be honest, our pre RD breakfast pics were really crowded, then a couple of days later, empty castle!


#16

I think we hit the sweet spot, after the RD crowd but too early for the late arrivals.


#17

New Years Day is a great day to go to the parks! Up until around 10 / 11am there won’t be many people around other than families with little ones who weren’t up the night before! Even up until mid-day should be fine.


#18

Good to know! We are sleeping in b/c of a late night at EP.


#19

There are no more FPP for KS. I already changed one b/c some for FOP opened up in the evening and I’ve heard that is a can’t-miss attraction!