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Old 11-28-2009, 10:34 AM   #29
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I have been attending the parks since 1976 and have never not been admitted due to capacity issues, let alone been told sorry, come back tomorrow.
It is during the holidays/peak periods of the year that they fill to capacity. This capacity is set by the fire marshall.

At Christmas 1996 we entered the Magic Kingdom during Early Entry but one of my coworkers that was staying off property was turned away at 10:30 AM (regular entry that morning was 9:00 AM). During Christmas '04 we didn't get to do everything we wanted at the Magic Kingdom so we went back at the end of the day that we were at the Animal Kingdom to do those attractions. We were told by the bus driver that the Magic Kingdom had reached capacity early in the morning that day, but they should be allowing more guest by that time of day. Guest will leave in the middle of the afternoon for naps, etc., and Disney keeps track of those numbers so they can allow new guest to enter. However, we were told at the gate that day that we could enter because we were staying on property. We heard the same cast member tell one group that was ahead of us that they couldn't enter.

During our Christmas '05 we left for the Disney Studios from the Swan's boat dock at 8:15 AM and heard the boat captain say that we were lucky to be staying at property with guaranteed entry privileges because they were expecting to close to the non-Disney resort guest at 9:00. In other words they were expecting so many guests that they weren't going to allow non-Disney guest into the Studios. He said this was based on attendance the day before when they closed to non-Disney guest at 9:30 AM.

I don't know if it is this way every Christmas, but it seems that it has been a regular happening since we have been going at Christmas every year since '96. We learned how to schedule the parks based on what usually happens with the crowds at that time of year. Also, it pays to be there at gate opening to get ahead of the late sleepers. This has also occurred during Easter Week and sometimes on the 4th of July.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:30 PM   #30
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Thanks for the pictures nynick52. We are visiting DW next week 12/4-12/12 and have one breakfast sched. at Chef Mickey. Glad to know you had a great time.

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It is during the holidays/peak periods of the year that they fill to capacity. This capacity is set by the fire marshall.
Since this is an outdoor park, there is no 'official capacity', though individual buildings are monitored for maximum capacity. Since Disney is an incorporated county (Reedy Creek) and is not suject to county or local codes (building or otherwise as set up by Walt in the 60's), Disney stops admissions to the Magic Kingdom parking lot at 75,000 and allowing for another 25,000 resort guests by bus, watercraft and Monorail.

As I mentioned, I've been on property during some very busy times, including around Christmas but never on Christmas and never encountered an issue. The bigger question is why anyone would want to be in the park with 100,000 people! We were there in October when Florida was out of school and it was a zoo. Fantasy Land rides had six hour waits with fast pass! I can't imagine the parks at their self-imposed capacity.

I am a Disney Fanatic and always temper my enthusiasm durning park down times.

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Old 11-30-2009, 12:24 PM   #32
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Our favorite character meal location (everyone will have their own) is Breakfast with the Characters at Chrystal Palace. We always book late in the morning around 10:30 or 11:00 so it's more like a lunch - we eat at the campsite before 8AM so we can be at the gates early. The characters are great - we did not have our daughter in August of this year but plan a trip soon to get her into the Disney mode - looks like early 2010 for us to go again.

We tried the Lunch with the Pricesses at Norway in EPCOT - found it a little cramped and rushed.

The food is never an issue, always good.
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Crystal Palace is always a great stop. Plus it's been real consistant over the years. Grand Floridian also has great character meals, but is pricey.

You're right though, hard to go wron at Disney!
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Just got back from a wonderful 7 day vacation to Disney and Fort Wilderness. This was a first trip for our daughter and seeing it through the eyes of a 6 (soon to be six) year old was magical.

FW set us up in the 200 loop - you can request a loop - not a site - if you press real hard and have a viable reason. I was not willing to pay the $65 a day for a cart and told them so - so I wanted a loop within easy walking distance to the boats to MK. They understood and offered the 100 or 200 which is very near the camp store on that end of the park which was very nice - no driving off site this trip with a kid.

The kennel is still open for now and may be well into next year - the new combined kennel at a central location is near completion - the kennel employees say it will be much nicer but I don't see how. The rate last week was $21 a day - much cheaper than the $45 a day my local vet offered - and the treatment and kennel conditions were much nicer.

We took advantage of the pool, campfire, Chip and Dale show, kids bingo with prizes, bike rides, boat rides and just the fun of this campground. Facilities were great - we had site 230, no pets but Boudreaux was in the camper each night from the kennel (along with many other dogs in the "no pet" loop).

Store prices were very fair - ice was $2 but the same bag at WalMart was $1.98 - bring your own bottled water and sodas as those were not cheap in the campground and not in small sizes. No open fires (too dry) but BBQ's were alowed.

It was hot - June is a busy and hot month - won't do it with a kid in this month again. Parks were fun, we had a Salute pass (DOD or military) for $99 which gave us access to 4 days of parks (non-parkhopper).

Disney is Disney - it's a money drain - but the smiles and the joy of having a kid along for the trip was well worth it. My wife and I went last August together, this time with our new little girl was the best time we have had in a long time.

Going soon???? - PM for some info if you want.

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Spend many weekends there. can give you a great travel agent that gives good discounts on sites, I am going this weekend for 65.00 per night with a 40' trailer
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So glad to hear that you had a great trip...any trip to Disney is a great trip, but when you are with a child...well, it just doesn't get any better. Well, I guess a second honey moon would be up there.

Post some photos of your daughter in her Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo regalia. I bet she and Tina were so cute together. With two boys, we have never had opportunity to do BBB, but I understand they do have a "Prince" package for boys. Our boys wouldn't have had any of that...they are both all boy.
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