Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jul 18, 2009
    Kevin Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We will be traveling to WDW Sept 12-19. We would like to go to the evening parades and fireworks, but are worried that it will be crazy crowded when exiting the park. Any tips on exiting the park after the parades and fireworks?

    Hi Kevin,

    How exciting, you are just a couple of months from a magical Disney World vacation. The nighttime shows, fireworks and parade are amazing and are some of our favorite things. This includes Wishes (fireworks) and SpectroMagic (electric parade) at Magic Kingdom, Illuminations (lasers and fireworks) at Epcot, and Fantasmic (stage show with fireworks, lasers, floats and more) at Hollywood Studios.  They are all so fantastic that our family can't agree on one favorite and must see all of them.

    The crowds will certainly be heavy exiting the parks once the shows are over. The great thing is Disney knows this and plans ahead. Typically there is an increase in transportation buses, boats and monorails following the nighttime shows. While the lines to board a bus back to your resort may be longer, you will find the buses run closer together and the wait is usually minimal. I can't recall ever waiting more than approximately fifteen minutes for a ride.

    A great way to avoid the initial mass exodus is to take your time leaving the park. We like to sit and enjoy a cold drink or ice cream treat and watch the crowds. At the Magic Kingdom, it is a perfect time to enjoy the Kiss Goodnight (the Castle changing colors), or just soak in the beauty and sounds of the parks. This is also a great time to do a little end of the night shopping. The stores will be crowded, however take your time and browse. After the initial masses leave, the crowds thin quickly and you will find it much less crowded. Disney's rule of thumb is that the transportation runs at least an hour after the park closes, but I promise no guest has ever been left behind.

    So be sure to stay and enjoy the shows and then relax and leisurely head out of the parks. The shows will be well worth the longer line back to the resort.
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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