Is attendance really down at WDW this or…

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
I was there from Nov 4th to the 11th. I know it was Jersey week but I havent seen it that bust in I dont know when. It was almost unbearable to be there. The posted wait times were longer than advertised thanks to Lightning Lane.
…never go during jersey week
Interesting… I was there then and the crowds actually seemed better than Jersey Week 2022. We go mostly in the mornings and my son likes low-wait rides for the most part. (railroad, People Mover, etc.) so our experience may not be representative. I did note elsewhere that the lines for the Speedway and Barnstormer were getting up to 45 minutes by late morning / noonish, but Fantasyland overall didn’t have that 2022 scary claustrophobic feel to it. It seemed like lines for bigger ticket rides were high but not as bad as 2022. Thunder Mountain was around an hour at noon, Peter Pan was around an hour in the mornings (last year it was over 2 hours at rope drop, at least according to the CM at the entrance.)

One thing I’ve noticed is that I think more and more people are using crowd calendars. So there’s this weird effect where the days with the lowest predicted crowds feel packed, and vice versa. Anecdotal so maybe I’m imagining it, but I do wonder about the crowd calendar effect.
…never go during jersey week
 

DisneyHead123

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…never go during jersey week

…never go during jersey week
I keep doing it, since it works for our schedule. I tell myself it’ll be ok. The term “pixie duster” gets thrown around a lot, but I think that’s too delicate. When I’m headed to Disney I’m like that buzzed college kid wearing a beer bong hat (it dispenses the pixie dust) going “Wooooo! Woooo!! It’s gonna be grayt you guys!! What crowds y’all, I don’t see any stinking crowds!” The magic just takes over.

Hey, at least I admit it. 😂
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
I keep doing it, since it works for our schedule. I tell myself it’ll be ok. The term “pixie duster” gets thrown around a lot, but I think that’s too delicate. When I’m headed to Disney I’m like that buzzed college kid wearing a beer bong hat (it dispenses the pixie dust) going “Wooooo! Woooo!! It’s gonna be grayt you guys!! What crowds y’all, I don’t see any stinking crowds!” The magic just takes over.

Hey, at least I admit it. 😂

The point is…everyone got the same “great idea” about 15 years ago…so it sucks. Prior to that? Might have been the best week of the whole year.

I went to a wedding there once during that week and it was pleasant without too many high strung plebs around 😜
 

DisneyHead123

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The point is…everyone got the same “great idea” about 15 years ago…so it sucks. Prior to that? Might have been the best week of the whole year.

I went to a wedding there once during that week and it was pleasant without too many high strung plebs around 😜
In all seriousness, while Jersey gets the most publicity, a lot of school districts have gone to “no school November“. That’s why we end up going that week, because it works for members of our travel party.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

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In all seriousness, while Jersey gets the most publicity, a lot of school districts have gone to “no school November“. That’s why we end up going that week, because it works for members of our travel party.
No I hear you…

It just sucks as they’ve “transitioned” the calendar over the years.

I’ve traveled to Orlando on pretty much everyday of the year…but my “no way” months have evolved into February and October.

Nope. Too many people with a “great” idea and it ends in disaster.

November is getting close to that level…for my liking
 

Disstevefan1

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In all seriousness, while Jersey gets the most publicity, a lot of school districts have gone to “no school November“. That’s why we end up going that week, because it works for members of our travel party.
“no school November“ ?? if that was a thing when I was a kid, I would have surely forgotten everything by the time I went back; my locker combination, where my classes were, what classes I had, where are my notebooks etc. 🤣
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
“no school November“ ?? if that was a thing when I was a kid, I would have surely forgotten everything by the time I went back; my locker combination, where my classes were, what classes I had, where are my notebooks etc. 🤣
Well it isn’t as bad now…

But when my kids were in primary…it was jersey week…then a bunch of days halved or missed with conferences…then thanksgiving

So they were out more than they were in.

Some districts can the whole first week because they know people travel (95% to Florida and about 99% of that to lake Buena vista)…so they let the Fox guard the henhouse
 

DisneyHead123

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“no school November“ ?? if that was a thing when I was a kid, I would have surely forgotten everything by the time I went back; my locker combination, where my classes were, what classes I had, where are my notebooks etc. 🤣
Election Day, a day off for Veteran's Day, and Diwali typically fall close together, so a lot of times there's an added teacher workday and then it's almost a full week off in my area. Then not long after is Thanksgiving, hence the "no school", lol.

Summer break keeps getting shorter and shorter while other breaks keep getting longer - at some point I think they'll just make it official and have a "fall break".
 

Disstevefan1

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Well it isn’t as bad now…

But when my kids were in primary…it was jersey week…then a bunch of days halved or missed with conferences…then thanksgiving

So they were out more than they were in.

Some districts can the whole first week because they know people travel (95% to Florida and about 99% of that to lake Buena vista)…so they let the Fox guard the henhouse
Even as a kid, I thought the routine of getting up everyday and going to school prepared us for real life; getting up everyday for work etc.

I have heard talk of 4 day school weeks these days too.

I have also heard talk of some companies trying to go to 4 day work weeks too.
 

Lilofan

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Even as a kid, I thought the routine of getting up everyday and going to school prepared us for real life; getting up everyday for work etc.

I have heard talk of 4 day school weeks these days too.

I have also heard talk of some companies trying to go to 4 day work weeks too.
Some of the salaried exec assistants ( ie secretaries ) in my firm are on a 4 day work week , 10 hour days. They love their schedules and do important work.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
Even as a kid, I thought the routine of getting up everyday and going to school prepared us for real life; getting up everyday for work etc.

I have heard talk of 4 day school weeks these days too.

I have also heard talk of some companies trying to go to 4 day work weeks too.
4 days is due to lack of staffing/money…not convenience

That’s getting lost in translation a bit
Some of the salaried exec assistants ( ie secretaries ) in my firm are on a 4 day work week , 10 hour days. They love their schedules and do important work.
My company has been 4 days since the early 90’s

Hasn’t caused any “problems” that the slave drivers that make up the boogieman indicate
 

Lilofan

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4 days is due to lack of staffing/money…not convenience

That’s getting lost in translation a bit

My company has been 4 days since the early 90’s

Hasn’t caused any “problems” that the slave drivers that make up the boogieman indicate
Definitely a day off during the week is helpful to make car, doctor, dentist, shopping etc appts as opposed to trying to get this done on a Sat Sun.
 

Touchdown

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Early February is still fine, it’s late Feb that things get busy. You still have a winter dead period, it’s just shrunk from the first weekend after New Years-March to the week after MLK-The weekend before Presidents Day.
 

DisneyHead123

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Even as a kid, I thought the routine of getting up everyday and going to school prepared us for real life; getting up everyday for work etc.

I have heard talk of 4 day school weeks these days too.

I have also heard talk of some companies trying to go to 4 day work weeks too.
The overall days are the same if not more, they're just moving away from the summer. Summer break used to be about 12 weeks, now it's 8-9, and the other days are distributed throughout the rest of the year. I think it's a slooooow shift to year round school.

This may be why Disney crowds are down in the summer as well. Increasingly, other times are available for families to travel.
 

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