Good time for a IOA trip?

Thursday, December 13, 2001 8:50 PM
Hey!  Could anyone please tell me how crowded the parks in Florida will be between Christmas and New Year's Eve?  I am planning on going to IOA on December 26, but wasn't sure how smart it would be to go the day after Christmas.  I was also going to hit Busch Gardens and MGM Studios sometime that week as well. 

I've never been to Florida in my life, but am going there for Christmas with my roommate.  Also, while we are at it, is Daytona Beach a pretty decent spot for nightlife?  This is where I will be staying and was just curious if there was a lot of craziness there.  Any feedback would help.  Thanks. 


*** This post was edited by Koppman on 12/14/2001. ***

Friday, December 14, 2001 2:09 AM
Its a pretty safe bet that they will be very crowded that week. I was there last Saturday and the crowds werent to bad. It wont be like that during that week though.
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Friday, December 14, 2001 10:03 AM
Yeah, that is what I pretty much figured.  I was thinking that with the lower attendence this year however, it might be down at least a little hopefully.  Oh well, I guess I'll see soon.......
Friday, December 14, 2001 11:09 AM
Best times to hit Florida parks is any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday after the holiday rush (Mid January until Spring Break) or after summer (Sept through Halloween)

Just my experiences. Keeping in those time frames you'll find next to no crowds. Last year we visited IOA, all 4 Disney parks, BGT and Sea World Orlando in those time frames and in all those trips never waited more than 20 minutes for a ride. We got to ride Spiderman as a walk-on and only the 4 of us in our group in one car by ourselves last March. We got 4 rides on Tower of Terror in 45 minutes a week before the terrorist attacks. We exited and walked back onto Montu more times than we cared to in February. We saw no more than a ten minute wait for Kraken a week before Halloween. You get the point. 3 years in Florida and between fastpasses and smart trip planning we've never had any real wait for anything.

Friday, December 14, 2001 2:02 PM
That pretty much sounds like how the California parks are when I visit them.  February is always an awesome time to head out there.  Last year, we went to SFMM and KBF the week after Christmas, and it was pretty crazy.  I figured that Florida would be the same, but figured that the crowds would be smaller due to the fact that there are so many parks that close to eachother and the fact that Disneyworld is so huge.  So, how long approximately will the ride lines be at IOA and BGT???

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