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Old 06-29-2012, 08:23 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, I will have to support the OP. I did register, and have had better info. I am quite sorry about that.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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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!
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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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?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:19 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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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!
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
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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...

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


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Old 07-07-2012, 10:32 AM   #10
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My mother was a big fan of his site, now she recommends people that shes knows not to use it. Such a sad story.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:35 AM   #11
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It is so unDisneylike to hit a man when he is down. Shame! Mike is coping with his depression and working on updating his site. I enjoy reading it. It has entertainment value for me. I used his site for the first time years ago and weeks ago renewed for the trip I am planning which is still over a year away. That's right, Mike's terms run from when you start to plan until well after the planned trip. I feel good knowing I'm helping Mike.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:48 PM   #12
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I don't think we are hitting a man while he is down. We are stating a fact that his website is not what it used to be and people should be aware that it is not up to date.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:27 PM   #13
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It is so unDisneylike to hit a man when he is down. Shame! Mike is coping with his depression and working on updating his site. I enjoy reading it. It has entertainment value for me. I used his site for the first time years ago and weeks ago renewed for the trip I am planning which is still over a year away. That's right, Mike's terms run from when you start to plan until well after the planned trip. I feel good knowing I'm helping Mike.
I feel bad for him, but the fact is that he's taking people's money and not providing the promised service. That's stealing, plain and simple. He should take the website down and stop accepting people's money if his personal issues are preventing him from updating.
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It is so unDisneylike to hit a man when he is down. Shame! Mike is coping with his depression and working on updating his site. I enjoy reading it. It has entertainment value for me. I used his site for the first time years ago and weeks ago renewed for the trip I am planning which is still over a year away. That's right, Mike's terms run from when you start to plan until well after the planned trip. I feel good knowing I'm helping Mike.
I understand this but I have been hearing complaints about his site not being updated since we started going to Disney as a family over 6 years ago. If it has been an issue that long then perhaps he needs to rethink continuing to charge customers for the site. :
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Sorry to hear of his troubles, I have been a loyal customer for years and will evaluate later this year when my membership is up. Hope is ok and the site up to date then

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