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Old 04-29-2009, 03:41 PM   #16
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I'm with the PP who loves TGM. But I think all the touring plans offer some great information. For the price of any of these planning resources it's well worth what you can gain. Sure I can get a lot of the information on how to tour the parks from the DIS, in fact I have. But I trully believe the least crowded park days that TGM puts out are the best and as long as I believe that's all that matters to my family. Good luck on what ever planning guide you try. The bottom line answer is they can be very beneficial to how much you get done in the parks.

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Old 04-29-2009, 04:34 PM   #17
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That was certainly helpful.....
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:36 PM   #18
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Splash Mountain you can wait 1-2 hours in mid afternoon or wait 5-10 minutes in the morning or evening.

I can't imagine anyone spending 1-2 hours in line for SM; at least not me.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:44 PM   #19
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How do these work? I am new to this. Are they books, pamphlets or online updates or what exactly? Do I need to enter my specific dates, or do they have a general plan for a week?

It's been 5 years since we were last at WDW. I feel we do a good job with fastpasses. If I know my way around, will I get a lot of benefit from it?

TIA for your help!
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #20
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How do these work? I am new to this. Are they books, pamphlets or online updates or what exactly? Do I need to enter my specific dates, or do they have a general plan for a week?

It's been 5 years since we were last at WDW. I feel we do a good job with fastpasses. If I know my way around, will I get a lot of benefit from it?

TIA for your help!
there are various plans for various groups; adults, kids, adults with kids, thrill rides, etc. find the one that fits you best, plug in the date and it will give you a list. there are sample plans on the website that you can see no problem. If you have a copy of unofficial guide, there are some in the book.

The basic idea is to hit the rides at the time of day when the lines are shortest. IE Dumbo is best first thing in the mroning, because it is slow to load, and has a small capacity. Where as Haunted mansion is continuous loading so you get more people on in less time. there is a lot of math and science behind how they make their choices... it is game theory and queuing theory, etc.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:29 PM   #21
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I can't imagine anyone spending 1-2 hours in line for SM; at least not me.
I've seen the standy by queue wrap all around that maze and out towards BTMRR. I went in July though on a hot day so maybe that was it. I remember it being really long a few years back as well.
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I have bought the Unofficial Guide to WDW and was wondering if the touring plans are really as effective as they claim. It seems unlikely that someone can save 4 hours in queue time just by doing things in a certain order.
well I don't know how much time we have saved because we've always used the Unofficial Guide...but I can tell you at MK we've done 10-12 attractions in 3-4 hours in the A.M. every time we've gone to WDW - following the suggestions in the book. Last May, starting at 8:00 a.m., we did Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan, Snow White, Pooh, IASW, Haunted Mansion, Splash, Big Thunder, Pirates, Swiss Fam. Treehouse, Aladdin & Mickey's Philharmagic -- 13 attractions including all the headliners at MK - all before lunch on an morning EMH that was rated as an "8" crowd day.

We have friends who have gone to WDW on similar crowd days with no plan (and no clue) who got 6 attractions done in 12 hours...and they swear they will never, ever go back.

When we went last year, DD's best friend was with us, he'd been to WDW many times with non-planning family. After the first 1.5 hours, when we'd already done 5 rides, he called his mom to tell her she wouldn't believe what he'd done already when it was just 9:30
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They have worked whenever my family has used them.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:38 PM   #24
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We use the UG plans at MK and AK. We think they work very well for those parks. The other parks not so good. The last time we were at MK we rode everything we wanted by noon and waited in very few lines.
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I've tried both UoG and TGM. I found UoG to be very straightforward and easy to follow, TGM not so much. I know that many people feel this way, and many others feel the opposite. It might just have to do with the fact that, while I feel that the advice is quite similar, their "interface" is quite different from one another.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:24 AM   #26
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I've been wondering if I even need a big plan. We're going mid-September. I still plan to knock a couple of headliners first at each park, but I know the rest of my party would really like to relax and you know, come what may.
Well, you already took the best advice for touring: Go during the SLOWEST season of the year!

Next step: Pick the right parks on the right days. If it's a EMH, either be there for EMH rope drop or choose another park. Use your touring plan's recommended parks for the day.

From there, hit the headliners early, use fast pass, and you'll be fine.

I think the more specific tour plans are really critical if you're travelling during peak season, which September is not. Yeah! (Since I'm going then too....)
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