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Can we talk crowds?

I know, I know, there's hardly ever an "empty" park day, but I was just wanted to get your feedback on something:

Is it less crowded Spring Break (either side of Easter) or Thanksgiving Week?

Thanks for your advice!!

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I think you will hear different opinions. I personally think it's CRAZY the week of Thanksgiving (and both weekends too), but less crazy during Spring Break, since spring break is REEEEAAALLLLY spread out throughout the country. It's busier at that time, but not "I want to smack someone" busy, imo.

What do the rest of you say? Since I'm blacked out at the busiest times with my seasonal pass, it doesn't really impact me.

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I am curious also. We went to Disney as a kid during Spring Break, but as a child I didn't mind crowds or really pay attention to them. For our next Disney Trip we are going during my son's Spring Break, and I wondering if I am going to regret it. We usually go in May and wait time for rides are at most an hour but usually more like 10 to 30 mins. So I want to hear everyone's feedback that has been during Spring Break.

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MicRac wrote:
I am curious also. We went to Disney as a kid during Spring Break, but as a child I didn't mind crowds or really pay attention to them. For our next Disney Trip we are going during my son's Spring Break, and I wondering if I am going to regret it. We usually go in May and wait time for rides are at most an hour but usually more like 10 to 30 mins. So I want to hear everyone's feedback that has been during Spring Break.

Have never been at Thanksgiving so I can't speak to that, but spring break is pretty packed, but Christmas week is MUCH worse. I agree with LizzyB - spring break is sort of like riding waves. There are surges then some relative slack time. Ride times fluctuate from an hour or more down to 10 - 15 minutes, and that, too, rolls in waves.
I'd go at spring break again, but would think twice about holidays.

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It may depend on what exact week you consider Spring Break. Every school district has a different week that it's out, some have separate Spring & Easter Breaks, and some combine them for a longer break. ...so some weeks of Spring Break may be more crowded than others.

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I agree, official spring break season down here is Feb 28 to the end of April, so it's a wide spread of time. It's probably busiest around Easter, but not as bad before or after, it really depends, everyone has different spring breaks, even down here. Thanksgiving is always busy, no matter what. We've been there all times in the spring and some days were busier than others, hard to find a cycle since we go randomly. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas don't seem as bad, beginning of Dec is a little less crowded. Take your pick and plan for crowds and maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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We have only been either BEFORE Thanksgiving or AFTER Thanksgiving... so I have no clue, but id assume Spring Break would be better.

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Lizzy_B wrote:
but not "I want to smack someone" busy, imo.

I've never heard it described that way, Lizzy_B, but I had to tell you that made me laugh out loud!

Okay, so I'm thinking that even though Spring Break is nuts, it's LESS nuts, because it's variable, whereas Thanksgiving is a constant.

Got it. I'm gonna start my plans in that direction, and see what I come up with. I've been in mid-October, and it. was. FABULOUS! But, I'm trying to avoid taking kids out of school again for this trip.

Thanks for all the advice, guys! I'll send y'all a trip report to let you know the Crazy Factor when I return, post-Spring Break! (And also whether I felt the urge to smack anyone.) Smile

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Nancy D wrote:
Lizzy_B wrote:
but not "I want to smack someone" busy, imo.

I've never heard it described that way, Lizzy_B, but I had to tell you that made me laugh out loud!

Okay, so I'm thinking that even though Spring Break is nuts, it's LESS nuts, because it's variable, whereas Thanksgiving is a constant.

Got it. I'm gonna start my plans in that direction, and see what I come up with. I've been in mid-October, and it. was. FABULOUS! But, I'm trying to avoid taking kids out of school again for this trip.

Thanks for all the advice, guys! I'll send y'all a trip report to let you know the Crazy Factor when I return, post-Spring Break! (And also whether I felt the urge to smack anyone.) Smile

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Have a great trip! Can't wait for the report!

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We always go either the week before or the week after Thanksgiving and it's usually not bad at all but if you are going on the actual day of Thanksgiving i've heard can be very busy

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I'd also thing Spring Break is the less-crazy crowd-wise. When we go in the Spring, it's usually a week or 2 after Easter, so we miss the bulk of the Spring Break crowds. But we tend to run into alot of end-of-year school trips at that time as well.

We've never been around Thanksgiving, so I can't compare the 2.