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Disney in brief
I'm writing this on the plane home from Florida. S, J, and I had a lovely visit with my folks. We took J to Disney World for the first time. Ugh, what a mess. It took an hour to get from the car to the entrance of Magic Kingdom. That is assinine. I despise huge crowds and this was one enormous crowd. I'd like to say it was all worth it to see Julian having a great time, but to be honest, it was a bit much for him too.

We rode on two rides (teacups and racecars). While he loved the rides, he was so anxious and upset about the lines and waiting and the fact that the rides didn't last nearly as long as the waits. It was very frustrating for him. It's hard to be three, you know? Anyway, we'd planned on half a day there, figuring we might stretch it to a full day if J wanted to, but after lunch, we asked him what he'd like to do next and he said he wanted to go home. We even offered another ride on the racecars, but he was determined to go home.

I think he had the most fun on the monorail from the Magic Kingdom entrance back to the "ticketing and transportation area" than anywhere else. Definitely an expensive half a day, also. I'm not entirely convinced that it's worth the money for Magic Kingdom, but I'm willing to try going back when J gets a little older. I think we would have been better off going to Seaworld. I think he might have gotten more out of that. Ah well. At least my father paid for the Disney tickets.

More later, I suspect.

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From: stormkitten Date: February 21st, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I had no idea that Magic Kingdom was that crowded. I have never been -- Mom didn't want to drive that far with kids in the car and was afraid to fly, so we never went. I've always wanted to go, but I dunno if that would be all that much fun.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 21st, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recommend going in the winter when it isn't a federal holiday. My father said he's never seen the place quite so crowded, but he's only been there in the winter in the middle of the week (on a non-holiday). It would have been too hard for us to arrange a mid-week, non-holiday visit this time and I figured President's day wasn't a huge travel holiday. I was, apparently, incorrect. I can see how it could have been fun. It's just that it was far too crowded for my tastes.

We arrived in the parking lot at 9:15, entered the main entrance to Magic Kingdom after 10:15. Went directly to the Teacups and stood in line. We got on the Teacup Ride at 11am. We walked directly from there to the racecar ride (next ride over, very short walk) and stood in line for a long time. We got on the race car ride at noon. Then we had lunch and Julian was done for.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: February 22nd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recommend going in the winter when it isn't a federal holiday.

I recommend, emphatically, going to another park first and then switching to Magic Kingdom later in the day.
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: February 21st, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never been when it has been really crowded. Somehow our trips managed to happen when it was off-season. October used to be a great month to go, now it is a big honeymoon trip and many couples get married in October so I have heard it is more crowded than it used to be but still not over-crowded.

It can be overwhelming to a young child with all the crowds, pushing, and waits.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 21st, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
This just happened to be the time I could squeeze in a quick trip to my father without messing up work schedules or Jewish holiday schedules or general life issues. It didn't entirely occur to me that we'd be there on a holiday, and even the part of me that did realize that didn't figure it would be that hot a weekend to go!

J still enjoyed himself, but I think he'll get more out of it when he's a teeney bit older.
stone_ From: stone_ Date: February 21st, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just read that topic as "Disney in Briefs" and thought they had created an adult version of Disney on Ice.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: February 22nd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
My niece toured with Disney on Ice several years back (as a costumer). I even went to one of the shows when it came through the area (because she gave me free tickets). Apparently, at the next show after the one I attended, Snow White had a wardrobe malfunction.
magid From: magid Date: February 21st, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if they still have it, but I remember running around on some island (Tom Sawyer's? Huck Finn's? Some pirate's? Not sure.), and my mom loved that, because we could run around as long as we wanted rather than waiting in line for a gazillion years for a ride that was five seconds long (approximately :-).

That said, yeah, going some non-school-vacation week is likely to be a whole lot better with the lines.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: February 22nd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
They don't have that anymore, but there are other places in DisneyWorld where kids can be set loose to run around – among them are the Boneyard in Dinoland USA (at Disney's Animal Kingdom), the Honey I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure (at Disney-MGM Studios), and both Winnie the Pooh's house and part of Toontown (at Disney's Magic Kingdom). I don't recall anywhere like that at EPCOT off the top of my head, though.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 21st, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
got your phone message, but it was too late for me to call you back, in my opinion.

I'll be home tonight if you want to give me a call. When are you joining us for Shabbos again? Are you joining us for Pesach?
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know you can always call me whenever. I'm such a heavy sleeper that it's not going to wake me up if you do call ;-)

I don't know about Shabbos, but if you're offer still stands for Pesach, that would be teh bomb :) Oh and, week before Pesach...not holding my breath, you know.
chite From: chite Date: February 21st, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
We accidentally went to Disney World over President's Day weekend, I can tell you it's the worst time ever to go. It's the same weekend as the Daytona 500, and the place is much more packed than usual.

It's definitely worth it to go if it is not a holiday weekend.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 21st, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
duh. I didn't even consider the relationship to the Daytona 500. Whoops.

At any rate, I'm not sorry we went, but I still think J would have gotten more out of Seaworld.
chite From: chite Date: February 21st, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, we were there for that weekend a few years ago. Animal Kingdom was actually the least crowded that weekend, and it's become our favorite park.

I've also been at the Magic Kingdom on Christmas and New Year's, and Daytona 500 weekend was worse than either of them.
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