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    Thanksgiving 2013 2 years 4 weeks ago #36671

    My family has planned a trip for the week of Thanksgiving. I know that it's going to be busy but HOW busy will it truly be? We've been during Fall Break (2nd week of October) and the week prior to Christmas, but never in November. Any advice would be helpful.

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    Thanksgiving 2013 2 years 4 weeks ago #36672

    Yes, it will be busy. Use the best park each day guides out there.
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    Thanksgiving 2013 2 years 4 weeks ago #36674

    What are your dates, meaning are you arriving Thanksgiving? Avoid the Magic Kingdom Thursday - Sunday if you can. You'll also want to watch the booking window for ADR's... are you staying at a Disney a resort?
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    Thanksgiving 2013 2 years 3 weeks ago #36675

    We are arriving the Sunday November 24 and leaving Saturday November 30. We are wanting to have our Thanksgiving meal at Liberty Tree Tavern. We are staying onsite at Pop Century and we can book our ADR's on May 28th. I will be doing that as early as they will let me on that day. I know the phone lines do not open until 7:30 but is online reservations open 24/7?
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    Thanksgiving 2013 2 years 3 weeks ago #36680

    Online reservations are open 24/7 however, the system also abides by the 180 day rule. So, after 7am EST you should be able to make reservations 180 days out. If you book with us, we can also take care of this for you free of charge. We have a direct line into Disney Dining so we can connect with them faster than calling the consumer line.

    In terms of crowds, I agree with the others. This is a crowded week as many parents take their kids out of school Mon-Wed. If you want Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique or Pirates League, you'll also want to call on the 180 day mark as those definitely will book up quickly. I had a client last year who couldn't get her daughter into Pirates League during this same timeframe.
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    Thanksgiving 2013 1 year 11 months ago #36701

    Actual Thanksgiving weekend will be much more crowded than October or Dec 1-14.

    But it is what it is. The week after thanksgiving is much less crowded than the week before. Basically, September is the least crowded month. October, November, and through December 14 are also not very crowded, with the exception of Thanksgiving day through Sunday.

    But FL resident season passes with blackout dates don't black out Thanksgiving. So, it must not be that crowded if Disney doesn't black out those dates. This means Thanksgiving is less crowded than mid July or Easter or Christmas.

    Basically, Thanksgiving feels like typical summer crowds. But they open the parks a little longer.

    I haven't been on the day. But I've personally seen June crowds and Sunday after Thanksgiving in the last few years, and I was just there a few weeks ago. Basically, the park is crowded with long lines, but you can get around and with a good touring plan you could do all the attractions, especially within the span of a week. A few weeks ago the crowds were lighter than June and thanksgiving, but during the mid day peaks, it felt just as busy as Sunday after thanksgiving and early June.

    In more concrete terms, toy story mania in DHS will be more than 1 hour wait. Some shows like little mermaid at DHS will require you to wait through a 15 minute show before it's your turn. You should show up to shows that only run a few times a day about 30 - 40 early instead of 10 or 15 minutes early.

    There will be a 15 minute wait for small world instead of walk on. Peter Pan will be an hour. Pirates will be 15 minutes instead of a walk on.

    But the biggest difference: For parades and fireworks at MK, it will be wall to wall people. And the log jam to get out after will be fierce. In October or early December, the parades and fireworks can be viewed without too much staking out ahead of time. On a crowded day, if you want the best spots, you'll need to stake them out for at least an hour. Possibly 2 hours.

    My tip is to get a few of these:

    Hunting stools!!! I don't hunt. I have 2 of these specifically for Disney. Found em for $8 on clearance one year. They are VERY portable. Easily fit a few under the stroller or stash in a locker or just carry around.

    They even work for those slow moving ride queus or when you're in the pre-show area waiting to be let into the show (like hall of pres or country bears or memaid or ellen etc...)

    Funny enough, we did get hassled by a cast member about sitting parade side in these stools but only after the parade had started. So, we just stood up at that point. (We weren't going to sit on the pavement or give up the spot we staked out for an hour.) She didn't make us give them up or really do anything else.

    I recommend using the travel agency because their access to systems is so much less of a pain in the butt. But you don't get instantaneous control that way.

    For ADRs, I would recommend suggesting or planning out at least 5 or 6 places for Thanksgiving day in an order of priority. That way you'll probably land a reservation.
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