Vacation Planning Tips & Tricks Discuss What Should we do to max our time in the Vacation Planning forums; Hi, Chris,
Being a from an area where the schools open after labor day, the last week of August is our preferred time to visit. Crowds are generally light - ...
Being a from an area where the schools open after labor day, the last week of August is our preferred time to visit. Crowds are generally light - almost everyone was from NY, NJ, England or Australia last year. We didn't have to worry about day of the week or park order - most lines were well under 30 minutes, many were walk-on. MK was the busiest, of course, any day of the week.
Park hours are shorter, though, except on Labor Day weekend itself when they were open later.
Epcot is always open until 9 (when Illuminations begins); MK closes as early as 7; AK as early as 5; and MGM was a little later at 8:30pm. (From a printout of 2003's hours for August, 2004 was roughly the same.)
Fantasmic and Illuminations ran every night, but Spectromagic ran only once or twice that week. I think Wishes! ran every night, but the old Fantasy in the Sky did not.
It is generally believed that with the new Extra Magic Hours in the evenings, E-ride nights have been discontinued.
We'll be back again August 23-30th, so maybe we'll see you there!
Hope this helps!
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I would save MK for later in the week.. Sunday is normally busy because a lot of people arrive late in the day on Saturday and wait to go to the MK on Saunday..
I usually begin with MGM Studios.. I love fantasmic and I try to see it the first night I am there. I onced waited to see it later in the trip and it was rained out!!! I would also wait and see which park has the extra hours.. Some people enjoy stay out late.. If you are NOT one to take advantage of the extra time in the park then go to a different park that day to beat the crowds!!
I live close to Albany... About 25 minutes from Saratoga... I take a yearly trip every January to Lake Placid.. I love it there...
Ok. Just came back from the world. April 28th to May 2nd. August will be very hot. Drink plenty of liquids. We were very hot last Friday. It was almost 87 degrees down in Orlando. Remember the humidity makes it hotter. I like the hopper passes because you can go to two parks on the same day. I would go to the pool the first day. Reason. Because your feet will thank you. My husband and I wore out our 16 yr old son down at WDW. We like to go to the park when it opens ride the most crowded rides, then hop over to Epcot for dinner. WS opens at 11AM most days. All the times at all the parks are different from day to day, and staying at a WDW resort is sooo much more convenient then at off property resort.
Later part of August is good if you can tolerate the heat and humidity. The crowds should be small. The only real problem would be a hurricane. Hopefully, all that nonsense is gone from Florida for 2005.
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I'm hoping that if there are any Hurricanes....that they would come later. Not the end of August or first couple of days of Sept. (God Forbid.......don't want them at all)
Does anybody know of any tricks to getting them to give you a poolside room at the All Star Sports?. We have paid for the preferred room in the Surf's Up Building.....But considering the park may be closing at 7pm between 8-28 and 9-4, I think it would be so much nicer if we could send our 9, 13 and 15 year old out the door of our hotel room to the pool in the eve.....if it was close.....I have heard it is worth it to send a fax 4 days before you go to the hotel with your request. Considering I have already requested it on my room reservation, is that worth it???.....kinda like the squeeky wheel gets the grease ?
Since it is Aug why not go to one of the water parks.
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I know it sounds a little obsessive but I actually typed out a list of attractions, shows, shops, and eateries for each park and gave each a star rating (5 highest, etc.) as to importance and interest. This way we can eliminate those which have interest to us and prioritize those that we definately want to see and do. We can only afford a few days at the World and want to get the most for our money without running willy-nilly or trying to stuff all in those days. We don't have the passes you spoke about so we are spending our first day just exploring Downtown Disney, having a meal at a different resort then ours, and going to see the Electrical water parade. So we will have a relatively relaxing day for our first after an almost 24 hour drive down