Saturday night, Tadd and I and a couple of friends braved the ominous-looking weather forecast to hang out for a few hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM). I had noticed on Friday that the crowd calendar over at touringplans.com (which rates the crowd levels at Walt Disney World on a scale of 1 to 10 each day) was showing a 1. One out of TEN! I have been using that site for years to get an idea of what crowds would be like at the Disney theme parks on any given day and I had never in my life seen a 1. Late September, aside from the weather, is the BEST time to go to the parks. Extremely low crowds, plus you get Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and sometimes you can still catch the first couple of days of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. You just have to be able to deal with the heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.
Anyways, we entered the park under blue skies…
Saturday turned out to be a 3 on the crowd calendar, but it was still definitely a great day as far as lines and crowds. In the span of a couple hours, we made it onto Toy Story Midway Mania, the newly revamped Star Tours, and The Great Movie Ride before going over to the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater to get our seats for Fantasmic (which is the nighttime show at DHS). At that point, the weather had held up nicely, although it was still pretty warm. As we were sitting there, giant dark clouds rolled in and the wind picked up. Pretty soon there was lightning everywhere, but still no rain. We decided not to chance it waiting for the show to start on metal benches, so we left the amphitheater and rode Rockin’ Roller Coaster instead, which was only about a 10 min wait, if that. Just as we left RRC (still no rain), we heard the announcement that Fantasmic had been canceled. At that point it was 9pm and the park was closed and we headed over to World of Beer in the Dr. Phillips area for some drinks. It was only after we had gotten our beers and sat down that it started to rain. It rained lightly for about 20 min, and that was it.
Oh well…We will have to go back another time for Fantasmic, as some of our friends who are WDW passholders still haven’t seen it.