I'm sure you've noticed in my posts that I place a high importance on getting to the Studios (or any Disney Park) for rope drop. It is the easiest way to ensure that you'll get to do all that you had planned in the Park that day. Getting there so early is no easy feat, though. Especially when there are diapers to change, bottles to make, mouths to feed, and tantrums to be had all before 9am.
This post is all about what feels like the never-ending wait which occurs at the turnstiles before the Park opens. Let's start at the beginning. First off, when I say I get to the Studios for rope drop, I don't mean I get to the Park just before park opening. This, to me, does not constitute being there for rope drop (even though you are still there for the actual dropping of the rope). Making rope drop to me, means being close enough to the front of the crowd to actually see that rope get collected by the Cast...
I'm honored to have a special guest blogger today, Fred Hazelton, statistician for the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World! I've known Fred for over five years and no one knows crowd levels at Walt Disney World better than he does. Thank you Fred for this great write up!
Gathering information about crowds at Disney Theme Parks is an ever-changing challenge. From day to day and year to year park hours, park schedules, holiday patterns and weather can all change. We at TouringPlans.com have been in the crowd tracking game since the turn of the millennium and we have not seen a change as dramatic as when Fantasmic! show schedules changed to a few times a week in January 2009.
Before that, when Fantasmic! was held each night, crowds at the...