WDW Vacation

Walt Disney World: Planning a vacation, wondering about crowds

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted November 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM
I was unsuccessful at convincing the family to take a Disney cruise, so we compromised on a week long WDW vacation. We chose dates already; we're arriving January 29 and leaving February 5. We're getting 4day park hoppers and we also plan to visit Sea World for a day. My question is what crowds will be like? It seems like a slow time of year. But Feb 5 is some sort of Duffy merchandise event at EPCOT. Will that affect the crowds the week before?

From Nick Markham
Posted November 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM
It will be WDW's slowest time of the year so you are visiting at a great time!

From Carrie Hood
Posted November 28, 2010 at 4:42 AM
It may be a little crowded for a special event but odd's are it won't be a massive crowd. That time of year is traditionally the least busy time of the year for attractions, you should be able to hint everything easily.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted November 28, 2010 at 6:57 AM
Awesome! Looking forward to it then. Thank you! Any requests/suggestions for things to do/see? We try to not spend too much on vacations, so no fancy restaurants.

From David L.
Posted November 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM
Can you see how the Fantasyland expansion is coming along? in particular how the Winnie the Pooh queue looks? Can you see if there is anything new being built in the Innoventions as well? thanks.

From Carrie Hood
Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM
A few of my favorite spots for a good bite of food that isn't overly expensive. In Epcot the Kringla Bakery in Norway, they had the most amazing snacks and deserts! The Cafe in Morocco isn't overly expensive and gives a nice taste of something new and is also a personal favorite of mine. If it's not to cool a winter, don't forget to try the Juice Slushies at the Cafe beside Tiki Room, they're great too.

Since it won't be busy, I wouldn't even worry about a fast pass unless you want a free and cool addition to a scrap book. You may have to use it at most once per park for the big attractions (Toy Story Mania, Test Track).

And yes, please, check on the Fantasyland Expansion for us all!

David, Orlando Sentinel posted up picks of the new Pooh queue. :)

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted November 28, 2010 at 3:39 PM
The Winnie the Pooh queue looks so awesome! I'm dragging the rest of the family on that ride and it will probably take us forever to get through the line even though it will be empty.

Thank you for the suggestions on restaurants!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted November 28, 2010 at 4:22 PM
I would also consider bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt because it might be a bit cold at nights.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted November 29, 2010 at 1:52 PM
Thank you for the suggestion on the weather, I am very unfamiliar with Florida weather. Especially in the winter.

We booked our hotel, we're staying at the pop century resort in 2 adjoining rooms. Has anyone stayed here that can kinda tell us what to expect? Any advice on buses would be great too, like how early should we be at the bus pick up? etc.

Also, has anyone been on Sum of All Thrills in Innoventions? And what else is in Innoventions?

Thanks again for all the responses!

From Anne Duncan
Posted December 1, 2010 at 2:16 PM
You have picked a great time of year to visit! It will be one of the lowest attendance times of the year and the weather should be very pleasant. As stated above, bring a light jacket for evenings.

Sounds like you are on a budget so Pop Century will be perfect for you! The rooms are pretty basic but you aren't there to sit in the hotel all day! It's very clean and a fun place. The food court is mobbed with kids during breakfast so eat in your room or go on to the parks. The bus system is fine! The nice thing about Pop Century is that it only has the one stop at the hotel so as soon as you board you go direct to your destination without additional stops. I love it and the price cannot be beat!

I have not been to Sum of All Thrills but there is something I imagine is similar at Disney Quest where you build your own coaster. I enjoyed the Disney Quest simulator but I don't think I will go out of my way to ride again. I would rather the actual ride than virtual. That said, the simulators are pretty amazing in what they can be programmed to do.

Have fun!

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