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    Not really....but it sure felt like it.
    Last week we had the latest reservation at teppan edo. When we left the pavillion the park was empty! There were several security guards within site but noone else. We finally saw a family in france but then didnt see anyone till canada. It was one of the coolest times in Epcot ever. There might have been a total of thirty people between spaceship earth and the bus.
    I need to remember to do that late ressie again!

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    I love that! We had a late reservation at Rose & Crown one trip, and there was a mix-up with our food, so we were the last people leaving ... and it felt like we walked through an empty park. The CM even met us at the bus stop to get a personal bus back to the resort. It was awesome!
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    We had a private bus ride home as well!

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    I honestly often walk around Epcot for an hour or more after park closing taking pictures. They usually are in no hurry to kick you out. Great time to soak it all in.
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    That happened to us after a late night meal once but no one warned us that the bridge was open where they bring the barges through. Had to turn around and walk all the way around. It was pretty cool.

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    It happened once to me in MK, but because of weather not a late meal.

    It was one of those rare instances where central Florida gets into the 20's, by time Spectral Magic rolled at 9pm the park was nearly empty in Frotierland. I was sitting on a bench near Pecos Bills's, the closest guest to me was in front of the shooting gallery. It was like having a private showing of the parade. I also got some great picks because all the characters in the parade would stop and pose for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    I honestly often walk around Epcot for an hour or more after park closing taking pictures. They usually are in no hurry to kick you out. Great time to soak it all in.
    Once I wanted to see how long I could stay until they asked me to leave. After Illuminations I sat on a bench somewhere near Japan I think. And sat... and sat... and sat... Eventually CM's started cleaning and moving things all around and it was like I was invisible. It was around 11:30 and I couldn't take it any more so I left without anyone ever saying a word to me.
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    Being (nearly) alone in the parks late at night is kinda cool. You get a feeling for what it would be like all by yourself. One night (morning) my son an I stayed in MK 'til 3.a.m. (EMH during Christmas week). Our last ride of the night was at Splash Mountain. WE were the only riders we could see on the attarction. We had ponchos and didn't care about getting wet. We got off about 2:45 a.m., and as we walked back to the front of the park there was literally no one on the streets in Frontierland or Liberty Square. NOBODY. We saw only one other person in those two lands, a lonely CM standing at the door to Country Bear Jamboree, which for some reason was still open during EMH. It was eerie. We finally saw a few other guests straggling out of the park when we got up by 7DMT in Fantasyland. It had rained that evening , so I'm sure that eroded the crowd numbers. We took some selfies in the empty streets, I'm sure I'll probably never experience that again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy1998 View Post
    It happened once to me in MK, but because of weather not a late meal.

    It was one of those rare instances where central Florida gets into the 20's, by time Spectral Magic rolled at 9pm the park was nearly empty in Frotierland. I was sitting on a bench near Pecos Bills's, the closest guest to me was in front of the shooting gallery. It was like having a private showing of the parade. I also got some great picks because all the characters in the parade would stop and pose for me.
    I too got a nearly private viewing of SpectroMagic late one night, right in front of Pecos Bill! It's a memory locked in the vault. That night it wasn't weather that dictated the crowds. It was an 11oclock (second run) of SpectroMagic during EMH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    I honestly often walk around Epcot for an hour or more after park closing taking pictures. They usually are in no hurry to kick you out. Great time to soak it all in.
    I agree with John. My family will often take a leisurely stroll around WS at park closing. It's very relaxing!
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    That's awesome, A few years ago I went to An American Adventure, it was the last show of the night that began at the exact time the park closed. By the time it ended the country side was empty. It was such a magical moment. i took my time and walked to one end then back to the another. Kind of erie but cool all the same.
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    I was at Epcot once during Illuminations, I had seen the show many times, so I decided to walk over to Future World, and there was hardly anyone around. I decided to ride Test Track, and I tried to time it so I was outside on the loop while fireworks were going off. I got on the ride with no one in line, no one on the ride. Only CMs were around. I remember riding the ride all by myself, it was very weird but cool. It's almost like I had my own Test Track ride to myself. Sure enough when I emerged to the outside fireworks were going off during Illuminations, pretty awesome.

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    Funny how impactful these moments can be ... I still to this day tell the story of when my brother and I did an "E-Ticket Night" (how many people remember those??) in early September. It honestly felt like we'd rented out the entire park for just us. There was NO ONE around anywhere.

    I remember us coming off of Haunted Mansion (where they had let us ride around five times in a row without getting out of our Doom Buggy) and there was just no one anywhere in sight. It was so empty it almost felt like we were doing something wrong lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Funny how impactful these moments can be ... I still to this day tell the story of when my brother and I did an "E-Ticket Night" (how many people remember those??)
    And remembering that they were like, $15 per person!!

    I have a story similar to others - It was June of 2004, I believe, leaving the MK on a night it closed at 2am. We were the last people (so far as we could tell) on Splash and walked, all by ourselves, out of the park. So weird and so cool. Still have the castle pictures from that night sitting around somewhere.

    I can't even conceive of MK being open at 2am these days and not being completely crammed. In fact, I'd be surprised to hear a story like mine or the others above from MK from the last five years.
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    Believe it or not, at 3am during Christmas week 2014 MK was pretty much empty. It did clear out a lot during that last hour from 2am to 3 am though. It was still an eerie feeling to be when nobody is around.
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    One of the best events we've ever been to... the 999 happy haunts ball. My family was in the stretching room all alone. Wish they hadn't stopped that event.
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    My son-in-law and me went to EMH the week before Christmas in 2015 and literally walked onto Space Mountain and Big Thunder alone. So, yes, there are still times when you feel like you're by yourself...
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    We had a great day in September 2010 at Animal Kingdom, arrived at the start of the day and no queues! We literally walked on Expedition Everest, then did the exact same thing a second time, then grabbed a Fastpass for later in the day! Assuming with the new Pandora area Animal Kingdom will not be anything like that this year!
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