Some totally unscientific observations on the U.S. economy, based upon a ridiculously narrow view from the past weekend:
1) Traffic on I-75, between Nashville and Wildwood, Florida, was sparse to say the least. Usually, Memorial Day and on this is a white-knuckle ride. The fewest cars on the road I have seen in many years for this trip.
2) Disney Parks. The longest wait for ANY ride across three days time was 10 minutes, and that was for the Harumbe African Safari. All other rides we basically walked on. This was for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during Peak Summer. Unheard of.
3) Disney Hotels. No waits to speak of in restaurant lines, and none of the pools crowded at all – at a Value Resort (Pop Century, in our case). Again, unbelievably sparse crowds during Peak Summer.
As a former Orlando resident, this reminds of the time immediately following 9/11 with regard to the drop in tourism – based upon my very small window on the world.
Any one else seeing this, or did we simply hit the “sweet spot?”