So, this is a question about the crowds level at DW. Family of 4 will be there October 15 – 22 and everything I have read is that the crowds will be low … but really what does low crowds at Walt Disney World mean??
I’ve read all of your advice on crowds and will follow them!
We will definitely take advantage of FastPass for the most popular rides (Soarin, Expedition Everest. Toy Story Mania). But what about the rides that don’t have FastPass available. Will we be able to just walk right on to the rides?
And, do I really need to show up 1+ hour(s) before the Fantasmic! show?
Oh, and one more, should we avoid Magic Kingdom during the day of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? Or is that a really good time to go to Magic Kingdom as everyone else will be waiting until the Party to start?
Low crowds at Walt Disney World occur in the spring and fall. When crowds are low, it feels almost like the picture above. You can walk through the parks very comfortably. Lines are so short you can walk on most rides. Even the rides that normally have hour long rides, you can walk on. (The Princess and Her Prince Charming were able to walk on to Expedition Everest and ride it a second time with a 5 minute ride at 10:00 in the morning and that was the norm for the week they were there.) This is what you should experience.
Medium crowds at Walt Disney World means you have to wait a while for some rides. The big rides, like Toy Story Mania will have lines that reach 20-45 minutes. You will start to get jostled occasionally when you are walking through the parks. Medium crowds can sometimes be annoying but not too bad.
High crowds start getting uncomfortable. This is when you start getting bumped by strollers. Where everywhere you walk you bump into people. Lines are long even on the slower rides. The biggies, like Rock 'n' Roller Coaster will have lines over an hour.
Outrageous crowds are just outrageous. When the crowds are this large, sometimes you can't get where you want to go. You just have to go where the herd is going. Lines are so long, you'll have to wait 30 minutes to see Carousel of Progress. Getting a hamburger can take over an hour.
About the Magic Kingdom on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party day. Remember, the park will close at 6 pm. So if this is your only day at the Magic Kingdom you won't get to see Wishes or any of the evening festivities. It is, however, a really good day to visit. Typically, because the park closes early, crowds are low on most party days.
Touringplans.com shows that on Party dates crowd levels are projected to be extremely low. Party days are great days to visit the Magic Kingdom.
The Fantasmic! question is a little trickier. Over the last year or more Disney has cut back on the number of Fantsamic! shows. Until this summer, they were only putting on the show one or two or three days per week. That meant that it was imperative to line up early to get a seat.
The week you will be there Fantasmic! is showing almost every night. While an hour might be a bit much, I'd be in line between 30 and 45 minutes before the show.
If you can go when Dad's Crowd Calendars, or Touringplans.com forecast low crowds you will find yourselves almost all alone in the parks. OK, maybe that's a bit of and exaggeration, but it's the Perfect time for a Perfect vacation.