Orlando parks experience holiday closures

Posted Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:15 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has turned some guests away at times, and SeaWorld Orlando recorded the second-best day in its history during the annual holiday crunch at Central Florida theme parks.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:25 PM

Just think of the day Sea World mighta had if it hadn't been for that darned Blackfish movie...

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Sunday, January 5, 2014 10:37 AM

We did EPCOT for NYE evening and it was just as insane as imagined. Still had a fun time, though, just went in with the right expectations (not actually doing anything - although we did get to see The Seas and Imagination after only about 10 minute waits which was a pleasant surprise).

Surprisingly enough the evening of X-Mas eve was among the best nights I've had at WDW in quite sometime and it was extremely light crowds at Studios and Magic Kingdom.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014 4:42 PM

I was following some of the Christmas Week wait times with the new MyMagic mobile app and I too was surprised that for the most part, many of the lines at MK were fairly manageable, especially after 7-8pm. I can only assume that after dinner, many families with kids head back to their hotels for the night which clears out the park a bit.

I too have done NYE at Epcot several times and you are correct in that if you set your expectations correctly, you can have a great time. NYE at Epcot isn't about the attractions, it is about the atmosphere in my opinion. It blows me away that people actually wait 3-4 hours to ride Soarin or Test Track.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014 10:23 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't go expecting to do attractions, but being local, I've literally gone just to walk. I noticed a lot of light rigging in a few countries the next day... I assume that was for NYE?

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Monday, January 6, 2014 9:02 AM

When I lived in Michigan I found out if I flew to Florida on the Friday before Christmas I'd get some pretty good park conditions (Read Light Crowds and/or Minimal Waiting Times on the various Rides and Attractions) Also, The Saturday after New Years Day also had Reasonable Park Conditions. There were some "Flukes", In 1976 I experienced minimal waiting times even though it was three days past Christmas (The two days before the news was telling about people getting turned away because of excessive crowds, the day after I visited people were getting turned away again!). On Inauguration Day in 2009 I visited EPCOT and found the park PACKED! The most popular rides had up to 45 minutes waiting time. (The next day, while reading a newspaper, which had an article stating that many "Attractions" (That's Disney, Busch/Sea World, and Universal for those of you in Rio Linda!) experienced their biggest off-season weekday attendances ever!). I wonder what caused this to occur? <ROTFLMAO>!!!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5:37 AM

The Blackfish movie and protesters didn't really make much of a dent. The people who protest Sea World are the same people who would never go there to begin with, nor do they attend zoos or the circus. Everyone knows enough about Sea World to have made up their minds and if Sea World parks were doing something bad it would be all over the news. It's like when gays picket Chick Fil A, everyone has long known they are Christian so it is no surprise they stand for traditional marriage. It's all a no brainer and just some political stunt that is a bunch of noise but nothing more. If only those people dedicated their time into serving people, fostering animals, getting after politicians to make animal abuse punishment equal to human abuse punishment for adults and older teens, and volunteer at a shelter, local not for profit animal rescue, or help the elderly. By the way, yes, I do volunteer work.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:59 AM

You sure are making a lot of broad generalizations.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:54 AM

As a gay Christian who believes in gay rights, I am going to agree with Jeff. I do, however, see a great point in your post. The people complaining should work to make the world a better place instead of complaining. That is kind of inspiring.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:03 AM

That's culturally our biggest problem. All people do is talk. There is no leadership or action.

Except for Elon Musk. He is Tony Stark.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:09 PM

CoasterGoddess said:

getting after politicians to make animal abuse punishment equal to human abuse punishment for adults and older teens

Egad. No.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:57 PM

Vater said:

CoasterGoddess said:

getting after politicians to make animal abuse punishment equal to human abuse punishment for adults and older teens

Egad. No.

Well, IMO I think those people who for no reason but fun seriously abuse or kill people, pets, or animals should be put down, period. Why should we accept such behavior and when they can't nor won't be rehabilitated. I can somewhat understand people attacking people due to drama that happened and losing their cool, but animals' can't say "F*** Y**" nor can they steal, cheat, lie.... you get what I'm saying, so when someone has it in their head that serious abuse or killing an animal is just for fun, those are the punks that need to be put down rather than slapped on the wrist and free again to kill a child, a woman, or the elderly. Those types prey on the innocent and those who can't protect themselves. They are dangerous and evil and yes, Vader like your character it's do doubt you would belittle evil. I stand for tougher penalties and even death. To protect our weakest from these vile creatures with no conscious. Maybe you don't have children or pets, but just because they are small don't mean their life or pain should weigh differently. When someone proves they are that evil and dangerous why must they live to have another chance? I'm one of the many who are fed up with those who feel sorry for the poor criminal or protest their execution. I love it when a criminal chooses the wrong victim and pays the price for it. That's the only way to protect the law abiding citizens.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:03 PM

Good thing you're not in charge.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:39 PM

CoasterGoddess said:

those are the punks that need to be put down rather than slapped on the wrist and free again to kill a child, a woman, or the elderly.

Cool. There's a number of dudes my age that I'd like to kill, so good to know they're not off limits...

Maybe you don't have children or pets, but just because they are small don't mean their life or pain should weigh differently.

I have children and pets. Try as I might, there is no way in hell I can equate the physical harm of my cat to that of my son or daughter.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:04 PM

You're really no different than the "vile creatures" you condemn. You have a different reason then they do for killing other people, but you're still advocating killing other people.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:03 AM

I just realized that we have a new opinionated nutty poster who has a lot of time on there hands and even more to say. I can predict how this will turn out.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:20 AM

You mean "her little brother" is going to start voting up all of her posts??

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