When do the waterparks start to thin out?
I hate the idea of standing in lines all day long at the waterparks. We did TL last year and it about killed me. The best thing was a rain storm hit around 3 and by 4 we had the park to ourselves. That about killed me because my son kept going on ride after ride after ride with my fat rear following.
So my thought was instead of going early and staying all day, why not go at 4 or 5 and stay for the evening? Has anyone done this? Is it still just as packed?
07-20-2012 11:59 AM
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While the WP's do tend to thin out towards the latter part of the day (your mileage may vary), their park hours tend to be shorter. Therefore, if you wait till the latter part of the day, you probably wont get much value out of your park admission before the park closes.
Personally, I would say that you would really be better enjoying water parks during the peak heat of the day and hitting another park in the evening. Ive just paced myself and kinda planned out my attack throughout the day. ie: Hit rides early on then enjoy the main pool / lazy river for the second part or after lunch.
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Yesterday both BB and TL were at a Stage 4 Closing due to full to capacity. The parks were reopened about 2:15 pm.
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In my experience water parks are the same as all the others. Get there first and you'll clear the headliners with minimal lines before the crowds. We found morning EMH very quiet at the water parks so a good investment of time.
I usually don't do the water parks, as they aren't included with the basic AP for WDW. But with the huge increase in the DL AP, I'm strongly considering getting a Premier for next year, which will include the water parks. And heading in around 3 or 4pm and staying a couple hours after most folks have left sounds like a great plan!
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Another thing to consider is there are a ton of FL residents with the after 2pm FL Res AP's for the water parks. We have found that getting there at opening is the best way to deal with the crowds in the summer.
Oh, and we have been there when they close all the attractions because of lightning. Summer afternoons showers in FL can be hit or miss when it comes to the blessing of emptying out the water parks. Great if it's just rain but it stinks if lightning messes with the area and closes the attractions.