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Lincoln Dawson
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disney world around thanksgiving
let me first start off by saying this trip isn't for me. it would be for my kids and i just happen to have them this year around thanksgiving so i am looking to do something different.

i am thinking staying on property is the way to go especially on the monorail for convenience purposes.

i've read articles that dw was at capacity over labor day but when i dug into it more, it seemed like that was because they are at a severely reduced capacity levels.

-are wait times less because of this?
-are masks required while walking in the park? i can maybe understand when in closer proximity and on rides that it may be?
-are there any hotels on monorail system that have been updated and "worth" booking at? i know this is subjective and yes, maybe none are truly worth it.
-lasty, is the meal plan something we should buy? i suspect that we will be gone from sun up to sun down and i don't think our hotel room will have a kitchen - nor do i really want to cook while away. thoughts?
- any discount sites to look at for tickets?

haven't made up my mind definitively yet but think this would be something they would enjoy at the ages they are at now. just trying to learn if covid overprecautionary measures will make it less enjoyable?


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-are wait times less because of this?


Depends since you are going around Thanksgiving which is one their busiest periods they might not be.

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-are masks required while walking in the park?


Yes and they enforce it. The only time you can take them off is if you are eating or drinking, and even then you have to be off to the side and not walking around.

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-are there any hotels on monorail system that have been updated and "worth" booking at? i know this is subjective and yes, maybe none are truly worth it.


I think the only monorail hotels that are open now are the Contemporary and the Grand Floridian. The Poly is closed until next year.


Lincoln Dawson
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
yeah i have always heard that thanksgiving time is one of their busiest time of year. i'm just trying to decifier since travel is down by 70 to 80 percent in the disney parks this year, would it be a good time so to speak to go?

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Yes and they enforce it. The only time you can take them off is if you are eating or drinking, and even then you have to be off to the side and not walking around.



that blows. i don't like masks, don't believe they are effective but whatever. have to play by their rules if i want to go.

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I think the only monorail hotels that are open now are the Contemporary and the Grand Floridian. The Poly is closed until next year.


damn didn't know that. polynesian i thought just got a redo a few years ago? are these hotels closed because of covid?


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DingLeeBerry
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
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lasty, is the meal plan something we should buy? i suspect that we will be gone from sun up to sun down and i don't think our hotel room will have a kitchen - nor do i really want to cook while away.


Meal plans are not currently offered. Also park hours are reduced to 8 or 9’hours per day depending on the park. They may open it back up some by then, not sure. But, you can book dining reservations 60 days out. Character dining/ buffets are shut down Too for now so the restaurants are limited, but still a good selection of options in Epcot.
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DingLeeBerry
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And in addition to your park tickets, you’ll need to make park reservations for each day. You will need the tickets before you can do that. They have 3 categories of reservations, annual pass holders, single day ticket holders, and resort guests with tickets. Several days the week of Thanksgiving are already showing only limited parks available. You can check it here.

LINK
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LSUfan4444
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
You've got alot of research to do but I'll start just by answering your questions. My advice is to start digging in heavily to either a Disney specific message board ( DisBoards) and/or spending alot of time researching things here Touring Plans.


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are wait times less because of this?


Usually yes but Thanksgiving has traditionally been a very big week for the parks, by November they may increase guest capacity but wait times arent solely dependent on how many guests are there. They are loading less people on each attraction and often times, reduce the capacity on attractions. They have also furloughed thousands of workers so there are less employees to handle the guests they do have. That being said, for now, the wait times have been less but alot can/will change between now and Thanksgiving. I would not expect to go to Disney World during one what is one of their busiest weeks of the year and experience low wait times just because of COVID 19 capacity restrictions. Also keep in mind, right now there is no park hopping. Not even for annual passholders.


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-are masks required while walking in the park? i can maybe understand when in closer proximity and on rides that it may be?


Yes, at all times unless sitting or standing off to the side eating or drinking and it is heavily enforced.


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-are there any hotels on monorail system that have been updated and "worth" booking at? i know this is subjective and yes, maybe none are truly worth it.


Personally, I think you can find a better bang for your buck at the deluxe resorts near Epcot. Yacht/Beach Club & Boardwalk

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-lasty, is the meal plan something we should buy? i suspect that we will be gone from sun up to sun down and i don't think our hotel room will have a kitchen - nor do i really want to cook while away. thoughts?

No...don't get the meal plan. If you do splurge and get a onebedroom villa at a DVC resort the full kitchen is great and we use ours ALOT just not for dinner. Mainly for breakfast and sometimes for mid day lunch when we take a swim or nap break but again...with reduced park hours a bid day break right now isnt the best idea.

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- any discount sites to look at for tickets?


Undercover Tourist

Not many...but savings are minimal at best. My advice if you want to stay on grounds is to book a package that includes tickets and resort either yourself or by using a Disney specific travel agent.

A good Disney travel agent can advise you as to the best deals you are eligible for, don't cost you anything, help with dining reservations and can make your FP+ if available. A few I can recommend are:

MEI

Dreams Unlimited


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re: disney world around thanksgiving
My wife wanted to go bring the kids around the same time, so we booked last week at Coronado Springs. Look on the WDW site, there's deals right now for residents of the surrounding states. It's called "Magic is Here".

Eligibility
This offer is valid for residents of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


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LSUfan4444
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
Check out the wait times right now...this is a Wednesday during traditionally one of the slowest weeks of the year



SLafourche07
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
We're going in a couple of weeks so I've been keeping my eyes on the wait times and Hollywood Studios has been the worst one by far the last few days.

It makes sense. It has all of the new rides. Toy Story Land, Galaxy's Edge, and Mickey and Minnie are all the newest things across all of the parks.

Magic Kingdom usually has a couple of rides with ~50 minute waits, but for the most part everything else is less than 30. Right now Pirates is 55, Mine Train is 35 and everything else is under 30.

Epcot and especially Animal Kingdom have been having really low wait times. Right now Soarin is 10 minutes, Frozen is 20 minutes, and Flight of Passage is 30 minutes.


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I'm really curious how strict they are on the mask policy with small kids. My son is 2 (26 months) and there's no way he'll keep a mask on. He's just not gonna understand. I have no problems wearing one but that could get tricky if they are nazis about it. Maybe I could just say he's under 2? He'll be in a stroller. Has anyone had any experience with this so far this year ?


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SLafourche07
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I’ll know better in a couple of week. 3 year old here.


jkylejohnson
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When yall goin ? We'll be in the parks oct 8&9th. (Epcot then mk) . Then one day at universal studios/islands of adventure.


SLafourche07
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
End of this month. 27th-3rd.


dallastiger55
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
My kid is obsessed with Disney and watches this one guy’s YouTube channel that gives daily Disney updates.

I recommend watching it. He posted one yesterday that said DisneyWorld had its busiest week of 2020 this past week and he was wondering if this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the year.

Our good friend is a Disney travel agent and she said she’s booked a ton of trips for Thanksgiving and Christmas


SLafourche07
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Tim Tracker?


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imjustafatkid
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
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-are wait times less because of this?


"At capacity" right now would be the slowest Thanksgiving week at Disney World ever. I would never suggest going the week of Thanksgiving in a normal year, but I see no reason not to this year.

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-are masks required while walking in the park? i can maybe understand when in closer proximity and on rides that it may be?



At all times, and they will remove you and trespass you from the park.

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-are there any hotels on monorail system that have been updated and "worth" booking at? i know this is subjective and yes, maybe none are truly worth it.



All of the hotels on the monorail are really nice. My family always stays on property with DVC, but the benefits are fewer right now. Lots of hotels in the area have Disney shuttles, and the dining at Disney resorts is extremely scaled down. I would look into what restaurants are available at the resorts you're looking at before making a decision. We went in August, and it was the first time we had ever left property to eat a meal. There simply weren't enough options at our resort due to so many things being closed.

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-lasty, is the meal plan something we should buy? i suspect that we will be gone from sun up to sun down and i don't think our hotel room will have a kitchen - nor do i really want to cook while away. thoughts?


The meal plan is never worth it (especially with kids), but it also isn't available right now.

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- any discount sites to look at for tickets?


Not really. If you're a Sam's Club member you can save a little bit on the tickets by purchasing through them. It would have only ended up saving us about $50 for 4 6-day passes, so we just went ahead and bought from Disney. This was very good for us because we had to reschedule our trip 3-4 times and did not have the issues with this that some people did. I don't know that I'll ever buy third party again after this experience.

On the other hand, buying Disney gift cards from Sam's is something I would definitely recommend. We do this every time we go. Sam's sells them for less than a $ for $ value, so you are basically making money on the purchase. If you're staying on property, you can charge things to your room and then head up to the front desk and clear the balance with the gift cards whenever you have time (with the lessened park hours, you will have plenty of time).

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haven't made up my mind definitively yet but think this would be something they would enjoy at the ages they are at now. just trying to learn if covid overprecautionary measures will make it less enjoyable?


Honestly, it was fantastic and the COVID measures made it more enjoyable. People aren't in your personal space in the lines for rides, you never have to wait in line for a character interaction (instead they're doing mini-parades called "character cavalcades" where they all walk by and wave at your kids), the stupid playgrounds are closed, and there aren't large parades either.

The only real negative is there aren't nighttime fireworks shows. The rest made Disney an even better experience than it usually is. Honestly, the masks aren't that big of a deal.

If this is their first time ever going, and you want them to have the full experience, then wait till another time. If you think they would love being able to ride the rides as many times as they want and you want to go without having to worry about booking fastpasses and stuff like that, do it now. Don't wait. It won't be like this again.
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imjustafatkid
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End of this month. 27th-3rd.


If they have Halloween Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom cards available, I'll pay you to get me one. They did not have them when we were there. We had tickets to the Halloween party that they had to cancel on us and no Halloween stuff was happening yet.
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imjustafatkid
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I recommend watching it. He posted one yesterday that said DisneyWorld had its busiest week of 2020 this past week and he was wondering if this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the year.


Mickey Views?


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imjustafatkid
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I'm really curious how strict they are on the mask policy with small kids. My son is 2 (26 months) and there's no way he'll keep a mask on. He's just not gonna understand. I have no problems wearing one but that could get tricky if they are nazis about it. Maybe I could just say he's under 2? He'll be in a stroller. Has anyone had any experience with this so far this year ?


My wife saw them make a lady put a mask on her 2 year old who was sleeping in the stroller. Mask was on, but it had fallen below his nose. Kid woke up when the mom did it.

If you can pull off the "he's only 1" trick, then more power to you, but I honestly wouldn't take a kid who won't wear a mask right now. They'll kick you out and trespass you.


dallastiger55
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
I just can’t justify spending that kind of money when the parks are only open till 6-8pm

We are the type to close it down every night and spend 12-15 hours at a park

I can’t imagine leaving a park at 6pm


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