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Any Experiences in WDW During Jersey Week?

Walt Disney World: Has anyone been to Walt Disney World during Jersey Week, with or without knowing?

From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso
Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM
Hello, everyone at TPI!

I'm heading off to DHS (Disney's Hollywood Studios) on November 1.

Besides the fact that it's All Saints Day, the last day of MNSSHP, and what not, it lies squarely on what is called "Jersey Week." As a former New Jerseyan myself, I had been out of state to see Mickey before moving to my current home in Tampa. I traveled nearly a thousand miles to get there. I even went on a car trip there!

But in between the times I have been born in NJ and the time I moved to Florida, I had not been to WDW on that week or weekend in the first week of November when schools close for the convention hosted by the state's Educational Association. For 2010, the dates of when it's held are November 4 and 5.

But many New Jerseyans take it to the max and high-tail it to the parks even on the days preceding and a day following the convention (that is, Oct. 30-Nov. 6). The influx of out-of-state people can spell out moderately high to even high crowds, especially dead on convention dates.

So, if you had traveled to WDW for Jersey Week or not intentionally knowing that it was, can you share your stories or experiences regarding this time of the year? If you are a New Jerseyan, mention it!


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM
Never heard it referred to as JERSEY WEEK.

Well, learn something new every day, I guess.

Mike in Jersey

From Nick Markham
Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:53 PM
Ha, I like how not only people who aren't from New Jersey have no idea what Jersey Week is, but those who live there don't either!

So what is Jersey Week? That's what I would like to know!

From Russell Meyer
Posted October 29, 2010 at 9:24 PM
We've been before, and it's not too bad. However, this year, it doesn't correspond to Veteran's Day, so it might be even less of an impact than in years past. However, even on the slowest of days, it is essential to get to DHS at rope drop and go immediately to Toy Story Mania to get a Fastpass and ride in the standby line, especially if you're going on a Fantasmic night.

From Reggie R
Posted November 2, 2010 at 9:36 PM
When I worked at Disney s a CP, I was taken aback by the random LARGE AND NOTICEABLE New Jersey presence during the first week of November. So, after looking at the calendar, I asked one of my home staters if the teacher's convention happened to be that week. After getting that first "yes", it all snapped into place. I never heard of anyone planning trips to Disney during those days, but I guess a lot of us Jerseyans just think alike!

From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso
Posted November 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM
Went to DHS on that aforementioned and found moderate crowds - comparable to the few weeks following Spring Break. I just faced an hour wait on Toy Story Mania (a majority of them were probably eating at the time i went there) and a 13-minute one on Tower of Terror (due to the Block Party Bash parade). But I discreetly eavesdropped on conversations of families and most of them said (or implicitly said) that they were from New Jersey.

Well, it would be a different story if I were to go this weekend, the days of the convention!

From Timothy McLain
Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:20 AM
Just returned from WDW and it WAS Jersey Week. We never heard of Jersey Week before, but completely understand.

Being a native “Garden Stater”, now living in Indiana, I was surprised by the number NJ residents. There seemed to be a large representation of Police and Firefighters.

The crowds were larger than anticipated, but the East Coasters know how to wait in line and not cause a ruckus. Plus, there are not as many scooters - my major pain point.

Of nearly equal representation were guest from Great Britain. This made for an interesting combination of accents.

HP was crowded (and a disappointment) with both NJ and UK guests.

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