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Porphyro 06-29-2012 07:23 AM

TourGuideMike - Stay Away
 
I have tried to carefully review the guidelines and I think I'm in compliance with this post, and I think this qualifies as a "Disney World Tip". If not, please delete.

For anyone looking to plan their Disney vacation, I recommend avoiding TourGuideMike.com. Mike has been having prolonged issues and the site has fallen into complete disarray. I feel sorry for his issues but that doesn't excuse misrepresentation of the site's accuracy and usefulness. He continues to take money for something he knows is incorrect. I used to be a big proponent of his site, but I can no longer recommend it.

zaz 06-29-2012 08:47 AM

Unfortunately, I will have to support the OP. I did register, and have had better info. I am quite sorry about that.

KatyTheFairyPrincess 06-29-2012 09:00 AM

It's a shame, we relied on it heavily for our trip to WDW over July 4th week 4 years ago. I was considering it this trip but I've managed to find just as good (if not better) info for free elsewhere for this trip. I'd be interested to know what how inaccurate the current info was though? If you're paying for a service like that you deserve 100% accurate info!

Porphyro 06-29-2012 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by KatyTheFairyPrincess (Post 45323916)
I'd be interested to know what how inaccurate the current info was though? If you're paying for a service like that you deserve 100% accurate info!

In the touring plans section, there is no mention of the Test Track renovation, the new fantasy land, the fastpass changes to the Princesses, etc. If you dig into the forums there is an updates section there but the information is presented in a "shotgun" sort of approach and doesn't lay it out in a way for the first time visitor to understand.

KatyTheFairyPrincess 06-29-2012 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Porphyro (Post 45323980)
In the touring plans section, there is no mention of the Test Track renovation, the new fantasy land, the fastpass changes to the Princesses, etc. If you dig into the forums there is an updates section there but the information is presented in a "shotgun" sort of approach and doesn't lay it out in a way for the first time visitor to understand.

Wow. A lot of first timers will rely on a service like that and they wouldn't ever think that the info might not be correct. Surely if its charging for a service thats not up-to-date it should be shut down until its sorted?

WDW1979 06-29-2012 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Porphyro (Post 45323980)
In the touring plans section, there is no mention of the Test Track renovation, the new fantasy land, the fastpass changes to the Princesses, etc. If you dig into the forums there is an updates section there but the information is presented in a "shotgun" sort of approach and doesn't lay it out in a way for the first time visitor to understand.

meh...the above is not enough reason for me to stop using Tour Guide Mike. I use his site for the "what parks to visit / what parks to avoid on each morning/afternoon/evening" info and accompanying reasons. I don't need Tour Guide Mike to tell me there is a new Fantasyland coming.

Porphyro 06-29-2012 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by WDW1979 (Post 45324093)
meh...the above is not enough reason for me to stop using Tour Guide Mike. I use his site for the "what parks to visit / what parks to avoid on each morning/afternoon/evening" info and accompanying reasons. I don't need Tour Guide Mike to tell me there is a new Fantasyland coming.

You can get that information for free from other sites. I am not going to advertise them, but they exist. And while you and I know enough to fill in the gaps, first-time-user expecting up to date information is going to have quite the shock when they try to use a touring plan!

MHSweb79 06-29-2012 10:50 AM

I use easywdw.com for my park day recommendations. They have always been spot-on for us.


And FREE! :goodvibes

KatyTheFairyPrincess 06-29-2012 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MHSweb79 (Post 45325007)
I use easywdw.com for my park day recommendations. They have always been spot-on for us.


And FREE! :goodvibes

This. :thumbsup2

Porphyro 06-29-2012 11:13 AM

That's the place. I didn't mention names because I wasn't sure if that counted as an advertisement. I did a survey of the two major paid sites and then EasyWDW, it was inline with both of the paid 90% of the time and when it wasn't Josh was able to make a compelling argument for why his was correct.

Of course, the proof is in the pudding and we'll see how it works out...in just 36 days!

joanchris 06-29-2012 07:51 PM

I used TGM for our last (only recent) two trips, we did well, esp the first one as it was a busy long weekend for part of it. Hard to say if we would not have done as well without.
The TGM and EasyWDW recommended parks differ somewhat for our upcoming trip, and I've gone with TGM's recommendations while making my plans and ADRs, as that part is updated, and I like that he gives reasons behind his recommendations. I'm sticking with him for this trip, we'll see how it goes. I only recently joined and have a while before my trip, maybe his personal issues will be resolved as it gets closer, and the site will not continue to suffer. All that said, I think the general information on the site is useful, even if some of it can be found elsewhere, again, I like the explanations of WHY to do certain things in certain ways....

tracies 06-29-2012 09:23 PM

Thank you for this thread! We're first-timers going this November, and I was seriously considering buying TGM. Won't be doing that now, as we'll need accurate, current info on just about everything.

reelmom 06-30-2012 08:12 PM

I have always been a huge TGM supporter, having used his site for years. I cannot in good faith anymore recommend his site to people who are NEW to Disney. If you are familiar with Disney, you can still find some useful info, especially on the forums. However, if you are new to Disney, the site is so out of date. I used it only for his Least Crowded Parks guide up until recently. Once my membership runs out, I will not be renewing. I understand and sympathize with his issues of depression. I feel sorry for him in that aspect but to continue taking people's money for a service he is no longer providing is wrong.

skriegerjr 07-01-2012 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by tracies
Thank you for this thread! We're first-timers going this November, and I was seriously considering buying TGM. Won't be doing that now, as we'll need accurate, current info on just about everything.

We have used Touringplans.com and have had tremendous success using their parks to avoid/Best park recos. Plus their phone app, Lines, rocks...

Sent from my Toshiba Thrive 32GB using the DISBoards App

the_green_machine 07-01-2012 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MHSweb79 (Post 45325007)
I use easywdw.com for my park day recommendations. They have always been spot-on for us.


And FREE! :goodvibes

:thumbsup2:banana::thumbsup2:banana::thumbsup2:
Awesome site!


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