Florida parks at Thanksgiving

Sunday, August 13, 2006 5:22 PM
I am planning a vacation to Florida leaving from OH on Thanksgiving and traveling to Florida. I have heard from some friends of mine that the parks are typically very slow around this time and the week after. We were planning on buying the Busch passports on the monthly charge plan to save money up front ( Iknow they are good for 12 months from date of purchase for the FL parks but are they good at BGE as well for the 2007 season?) Universal is also in our plans for the week and a half that we are down there (probably the buy 2 get 3days free tickets). what are the lines generally like for BGA, SWO, and the 2 USF parks like this time of year? Are the Meal ticket plans @ USF worth the $18/day? Any tips or recommendations on helping to save money would be appreciated. We were also planning if we have time and money to do so , hitting up Disney for two days with the park hopper option. My main concern is would two adults (no kids ) that are just looking to ride the major attractions (not really into shows or small rides) be able to do evrything that the four disney parks have to offer for larger attractions in two days time? If so how would you go about doing this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Sunday, August 13, 2006 5:55 PM
I've never been to a park during Thanksgiving weekend, so I cannot say how the crowds are then. Since the Florida Parks are open all year I CAN tell you the best times to visit the parks are when School is in Session. Rides that garner 90 Minute waits during the summer become walk-ons the rest of the year. (Weekends, as usual will be busier than weekdays but even then the waiting times for most rides are usually no longer than 30 minutes.) The biggest risk you run during an off-season visit is a lot of parks will do extensive overhauls of rides during this period. Do not go to a park bent on a specific ride, or you may end up disappointed. However, if you buy a Season Pass that will be nothing to worry about, as you can always visit the park later! In my book the off-season is the best time to come, as shorter waiting periods mean you'll get to enjoy more Rides and Shows, thus giving you the most "Bang for the Buck" :)

Easter, Summer Vacation and Christmas are the WORST times to visit the Florida Parks, in my book if you visit then there is a word that describes the kind of person you are, MASOCHIST! :( *** Edited 8/14/2006 12:48:24 AM UTC by Borntocoast***

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Sunday, August 13, 2006 6:35 PM
Thanksgiving weekend is generally quite busy at WDW but as soon as the this time is over the crowds drop to their lowest levels of the entire year. The first 3 weeks of December are very slow compared to almost any other time. Check the "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" for advice regarding this.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006 10:34 PM
For UniversaL I recommend staying at one of there hotels as youg ain front of the line access.
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Monday, August 14, 2006 10:41 AM
We did them all last Thanksgiving (Orlando parks) and while crowded, none were unbearable.
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