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    I thought February was a slower time. I've been checking the app for wait times and it seems crowded now. Anyone there that can say how crowded it really is? Thinking of going end of Feb. Thanks.

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    Parks have been very busy. We went to early extra magic hour at Magic Kingdom earlier this week. Just after 8 am, the line for 7 Dwarves was at 50 minutes. By time the park officially opened an hour later, most of the popular rides were anywhere from 40 - 110 minutes for standby. Presidents' week is coming up soon and that usually marks the beginning of the very busy spring break season. If current crowd levels are any indicator, I can only guess it will be even busier very soon.
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    Thank you Linda!!

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    Think I read recently on a crowd calendar that February is one of the changing months - historically a quiet one but getting busier, not sure on the exact reasons why.

    Have a great time in any case, even if it's a busy day I'm sure you can make the best of it with a bit of strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggy View Post
    Think I read recently on a crowd calendar that February is one of the changing months - historically a quiet one but getting busier, not sure on the exact reasons why.
    It's The Star Wars stuff.

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    Disney's demand-based pricing has done such a good job of pushing budget-minded consumers away from the peak demand times that there is legitimately no more slow times at the parks. That combined with an economy / stock market / housing values that have been expanding for the past decade and you have the perfect recipe for crowds in early February.

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    We were there the second half of January - after MLK weekend this year. That has been a slightly slower time for us to visit in the past - not so this year. Whether it's Star Wars or the festivals or other factors - it seems much busier this winter. I'm not surprised February would be any different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missymouseworld View Post
    It's The Star Wars stuff.
    I agree with MissyMouseWorld that SWL is probably driving more traffic to WDW overall. I would suspect that this will only get worse as we go on through 2021 and The House of Mouse continues to push marketing for WDW's 50th anniversary next year. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by missymouseworld View Post
    It's The Star Wars stuff.
    I mean as a trend for February over the last few years - not the crowd bump this year due to Star Wars. February was traditionally quieter than the months around it but supposedly (even before Star Wars) that was changing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggy View Post
    I mean as a trend for February over the last few years - not the crowd bump this year due to Star Wars. February was traditionally quieter than the months around it but supposedly (even before Star Wars) that was changing.
    You're absolutely right. In fact Disney management has been disappointed at how little the Star Wars bump ended up being. There's a crowd at Hollywood Studios every morning at 7 AM of course, but on a resort-wide basis, Star Wars didn't move the needle nearly as much as Disney was expecting.

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    We just got back from 2/1-2/8 stay and were shocked at crowd levels. Wait times were longer than expected for everything and the fireworks crowd at MK was on par for the opening night of Wishes! I was pleasantly surprised that Galaxy's Edge was not wall to wall people and we did get to do both rides and Oga's Cantina. We definitely took a more casual approach to the parks this time, but if this was my once in a lifetime trip I think I would be quite disillusioned by the whole experience. Many times we observed the Fast Pass lines were longer than Stand By, I think the whole system needs revamped.

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    If you watch recent videos from Universal now it looks dead, no crowds at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    If you watch recent videos from Universal now it looks dead, no crowds at all.


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    Thanks Linda! Keep up the good work. As really you know your way around Disney!
    Keep Calm and Happy July 4th!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    If you watch recent videos from Universal now it looks dead, no crowds at all.
    I just received an email from Universal with a ticket offer, buy two days, get two free. They must be trying to generate more visitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missymouseworld View Post
    I just received an email from Universal with a ticket offer, buy two days, get two free. They must be trying to generate more visitors.
    I got that one too.
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    Schools in the north are on winter break, I heard it’s crazy busy right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptSmee View Post
    Schools in the north are on winter break, I heard it’s crazy busy right now
    It is. We went to Disney Studios the other day. Essentially, we wandered through the shops, had lunch at Tune In Lounge the minute it opened, wandered through the Star Wars section and went home. We did not go on a single ride or attraction. Even the shows had no fastpasses left for the day. Rides like Star Tours had standby waits of about 85 minutes. The lines waiting to get on Millenium Falcon and into the Canteen stretched way around. Even the Muppets show had a line that extended into the exterior of the building. We did have one fastpass for Tower of Terror but decided to leave before our fastpass time so canceled it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mydisneygirls View Post
    I thought February was a slower time. I've been checking the app for wait times and it seems crowded now. Anyone there that can say how crowded it really is? Thinking of going end of Feb. Thanks.
    We just got back & crowds were crazy. It took us an hour & a half to get from TTC into MK. On top of the crowds there are a fair number of rides that are down being refurbished so that puts more stress on the rides that were up so wait times were long all over the place.
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    We were there for Mardi Gras week the last week in February. We go every Mardi Gras because our kids are out of school for the week. The only time that we avoid going is if Mardi Gras week and President's Week fall on the same week. Honestly, the crowds this past week were unlike anything we've seen this time of year. We also visit in July, so I'm used to crowds, but I was honestly surprised last week. At least in the summer, the park hours are a little longer to help with the demand.
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