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Anyone visited recently and can comment on general crowd levels? Overall attendance seems to be down but first hand experience is always better. Putting together a visit for the Fall festival.

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We visited this past weekend for the Harvest Festival.   We had a good but not great time.  Good because the park decorations are beautiful, the weather was great (although a bit hot), and riding at n

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Nice report! Is this one of those rapids rides where you're guaranteed to come of soaked (like Popeye or Infinity Falls) or is it luck of the draw who gets drenched?

 

When I rode there were 4 of us and we all got absolutely soaked. Water *aggressively* pours over the side of the boat with every rapid.

 

There were definitely points when I thought we might sink and drown. Super fun though! Lol

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It's fun at the moment. After that, you have to walk around with swamp ass and blistering soggy shoes.
Obviously appropriate dress is helpful. Shoes that won't get/stay soggy, pants & shirts that dry quickly.

 

Does SDC have a dryer nearby? DW has one near the rapids ride and (I think) the log flume. They had one near the water battle too.

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I know people joke about wearing Crocs, but if you like to ride water rides at theme parks as well as like your feet to feel relatively painless after a 12hr day of walking around a park... I very, very highly recommend Crocs. I actually started wearing them after looking for suggestions for footwear to wear to SDC so I can ride the water rides but not have squishy feet afterward. Several different Disney boards came up with everyone raving about Crocs. I got myself a pair and now I've been wearing Crocs nearly exclusively for over a decade now.

 

I did open-to-close, seven days in a row of Disney World in my Crocs, and I came home with only a single blister, and it wasn't the shoes' fault. I cannot recommend them enough.

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Does SDC have a dryer nearby? DW has one near the rapids ride and (I think) the log flume. They had one near the water battle too.

 

Yes, there are a couple of $5 dryers right next to the entrance.

 

Does it have a foot bar like some rafts do, where you can at least have a chance of keeping your shoes dry?

 

There is a small foot bar a few inches above the floor, but it's not very large in diameter. If the raft was loaded with the full 8 people there probably wouldn't be room for everyone.

 

Anyone visited recently and can comment on general crowd levels? Overall attendance seems to be down but first hand experience is always better. Putting together a visit for the Fall festival.

 

Crowds this afternoon were extremely light, everything was a walk on.

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I know people joke about wearing Crocs, but if you like to ride water rides at theme parks as well as like your feet to feel relatively painless after a 12hr day of walking around a park... I very, very highly recommend Crocs.

 

That was my main though when I said shoes that don't stay wet.

 

Water shoes, like for rafting, would also work though really good ones cost more. Sure $10-20 versions exist, but so do $100+ versions.

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I've been wearing Crocs nearly exclusively for over a decade now.

You're talking about wearing them exclusively in parks, or everywhere? Because...

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Exclusively everywhere. I have a lot of pain I deal with from fibromyalgia, and the Crocs support my feet better than any other shoes I've worn. I couldn't even tell you the last time I wore a pair of sneakers.

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Have you tried to go to a dedicated running/athletic shoe store? I get sore arches when I run, which bleeds over into normal walking if I push myself too hard. Spending $150 for a pair of shoes once seemed crazy to me, until I realized how much better I walk, run, and exercise in them.

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It's fun at the moment. After that, you have to walk around with swamp ass and blistering soggy shoes.
Obviously appropriate dress is helpful. Shoes that won't get/stay soggy, pants & shirts that dry quickly.

 

Does SDC have a dryer nearby? DW has one near the rapids ride and (I think) the log flume. They had one near the water battle too.

 

 

Here is a pic of the dryers right by the entrance I took earlier this year.

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Word. I saw those, but it's going to take a lot of wind to dry off and get the shoes. It's just not worth the trouble for me.

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For water rides you can also wear hiking type sandals, they are waterproof and comfortable or water tennis shoes that are designed to be worn without socks and are water proof. Yes, they exist just google them. And if you don't want Zach's all day swamp ass you can also buy water shorts......look like shorts but made out of swimsuit material. Lands End has them for women, men, and kids. Although you do sacrifice getting as many pockets as say cargo shorts. I wear my "water gear" for water ride heavy parks.

 

Of course this is for people who really want to ride the water rides, just not worth it to some.

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My recent trip to SDC/Mystic River Falls experience has convinced me to get some Chacos before heading to Orlando next month. They’re supposed to be really comfy and only somewhat ugly.

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^ My only concern is those who insist on wearing gawd-knows-the-height in high heels in any park! Eep.

 

Any of the Klassy Kruise line patrons we know and love, I just can't figure out,

when it comes to comfortable clothing and shoes to wear to these parks.....WHY?

 

My 4-3/4 cents.

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We visited this past weekend for the Harvest Festival.   We had a good but not great time.  Good because the park decorations are beautiful, the weather was great (although a bit hot), and riding at night is just wonderful at SDC.   Not great because, similar to my Spring visit, people's behavior is AWFUL.  If anything it's gotten much worse than Spring.   Next to no mask enforcement, you need one to get in but once inside the park then pretty much nothing.  And forget social distancing, almost every ride we went on people were just flat out ignoring the spacing markers and one group actually got belligerent with us when we politely asked for some room.  We were planning on a Christmas lights visit as well but are now reconsidering. Just very wearying having to deal with such disrespect towards the park and other guests.

The park had a rough weekend for ride operations as well, pretty much every big ride was down at some point and Time Traveler flat out broke Saturday night and didn't reopen on Sunday (at least not before 6 when we left).  This as you might imagine led to pretty hefty wait times as once one or more ride went down, everyone would flock to the ones still running. Mystic River Falls got up to 3.5 hours on Sunday!  The wait time estimator was pretty much useless because of this, other than being able to determine whether a ride was open at the moment or not.  

I don't want this to sound TOO negative, we had fun despite all of this.  But the confluence of behavior and operations trouble was disappointing. 

Both Sat and Sun were very foggy in the morning, Wildfire in particular was amazing to ride in that condition.

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Subtle reminder that yes, there are pumpkins here

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The jackolanterns are the stars of the show but I like the simple yet effective way they light the trees themselves.

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After some back and forth we decided to visit one last time for the year for Christmas in the park, and glad we did! We went on Sat 11/14 and had a wonderful time overall.
Crowds were pretty low despite reservations theoretically filling up; I say theoretically because they weren't even checking reservations on park entry.  I suspect the weather kept a bunch of people away, it was a little rainy in the AM, cleared up during the day, but we finished the night literally fleeing the park due to a tornado warning.  Riding the parking tram while sirens were going off and my umbrella being destroyed by wind was an experience I won't soon forget.

As said it wasn't terribly busy and I noticed a marked improvement in mask wearing, but line distancing was still the hit-or-miss-mostly-miss it's been the whole year.  Not much waiting; Fire in the Hole had a bit of a line early on due to it being the only thing running during the rain.  Rides were working much better than our previous visit with hardly any down time anywhere.  They did seem to be having some electrical trouble though, some trees were out and most notably the big centerpiece tree had lots of dark sections on it (see pic below).   Some of the holiday booths never opened either which was a bit of a downer, but wassail was open so I was happy.

 

 

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^Nice report! I was there this past weekend as well and the storm/possible tornado on Saturday night about an hour after closing ripped the roof off the station at Wildfire and also did quite a bit of damage from the exit/observation deck platform as well, all according to the ride op manning the entrance, which was caution-taped off all day on Sunday. He said something about it ripping a hole in the water tower too, but I didn't realize they have a water tower there.

The good news is that they already have people working on it and they expect the repairs to be done some time by next week.

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