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Nothing says Hollywood Studios like July 4th

 Next month is July 4th, one of the busiest days at Walt Disney World during the entire year, and while there isn’t anything special going on this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there may yet be a very good reason to spending your July 4th at the Studios even if it doesn’t seem that way off hand.  During these incredibly busy times of the year like July 4th, it’s what isn’t happening at the Studios that’s important and not what is.

Last year at Hollywood Studios, the park featured a special fireworks show that was shown above the Great Movie Ride and there were similar special July 4th shows that were also shown at other parks and Downtown Disney.  This year, however, there is only a special July 4th fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, leaving the Studios relegated to being like “just another day” on July 4th.  And you may be wondering why I would recommend spending your July 4th at the Studios given the special events at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

The reason for my advice is a little bit of reverse psychology.  As I mentioned, July 4th is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World, perhaps only eclipsed in crowd size by Christmas or New Years Eve.  With those mega crowds come the reality that being in any theme park with huge numbers make for a rather aggravating experience.  Let’s face it, it’s not fun waiting in huge lines for everything.  So if Disney is only offering special July 4th fireworks in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, one has to assume most guests will want to be in one of those two parks that day to experience these special events, which would then leave you to believe that the Studios would be rather pleasant and relatively emptier.

Even with the fireworks show last year at Hollywood Studios, the crowds at Hollywood Studios were manageable all day and only picked up a few hours before the fireworks were scheduled to begin.  I was there last year to experience the day and found the whole experience to be a pleasant surprise since it was never the “sardine can” I had expected.  With no special fireworks this year, the silver lining to the situation is it looks to be a good guess that Hollywood Studios will be an easy day to spend on July 4th as the crowds wont be as full.

It certainly makes sense for you to want to be at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot  given the special fireworks but when I go to the theme parks, I have a much better time when I’m not waiting on huge lines all day long.  Of course, I can’t promise the Studios will have attractions with short waits by any means but it stands to reason that the crowds shouldn’t be that high given the situation.  So if you’re planning a trip to Disney World for July 4th, you may want to reconsider your plans so you can actually experience attractions without suffering through the mega lines that other parks may be suffering from. 

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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by