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Old 10-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #3496
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Ok, December peeps, I am experiencing some trip planning angst this morning. I had compared the crowd calendars from touring plans and Easy WDW - and they were very similar - to determine which park to visit which day. Then, today, I looked at Undercover Tourist's crowd calendar and it is drastically different from the other two calendars and pretty much contradicts my park picks. Do any of you use the crowd calendars and which one do you find to be most accurate? I should add that last year we used touring plan and it seemed pretty accurate.
I refuse to look at crowd calendars - I think it pushes you into overplanning. The way I see it, you have either booked low or high season ... how much more control can you have over the crowds?

As some know on here, I'm the one that does Disney wrong I always go to PM EMH, I don't do RD and I have scheduled MK for a Saturday (its our first full day, always start with MK) and we have an AWESOME time and don't feel stressed or that we missed anything.

Thing is, even on a low crowd day, it is going to be much more crowded than my usual everyday life so I just roll with it

Having said all that stuff that doesn't help you one little bit I read regularly that easywdw is normally accurate.

BUT .... how do they really know, are they psychic
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Good morning! 9 weeks here

Anyone driving down? How long is your drive and what time of the day do you plan on leaving? Any stops along the way?

googlemaps says we have a 451 mile trip (or 7hrs 41 mins). With a few reststops to fuel up and to grab lunch, we're probably looking at 8.5-9 hours. Of course I want to leave as early as possible in the morning. DBF on the other hand doesn't want to budge below 8 a.m.
We are driving from near Philadelphia PA, from what I figure it will take us around 17 hours driving with field and food stops (and a stop at the border for OJ, making DH cringe). We are leaving Sunday afternoon around dinner time and should get to POP around 10am on Monday
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #3498
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I refuse to look at crowd calendars - I think it pushes you into overplanning. The way I see it, you have either booked low or high season ... how much more control can you have over the crowds?

As some know on here, I'm the one that does Disney wrong I always go to PM EMH, I don't do RD and I have scheduled MK for a Saturday (its our first full day, always start with MK) and we have an AWESOME time and don't feel stressed or that we missed anything.

Thing is, even on a low crowd day, it is going to be much more crowded than my usual everyday life so I just roll with it

Having said all that stuff that doesn't help you one little bit I read regularly that easywdw is normally accurate.

BUT .... how do they really know, are they psychic

Ditto... Except out MK day is a Sunday, not Saturday.
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Yay!! One more thing to cross off the list.
But what am I going to do when I've crossed off the WHOLE list and still have 2 months to wait before our trip???
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:16 PM   #3500
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As some know on here, I'm the one that does Disney wrong I always go to PM EMH, I don't do RD and I have scheduled MK for a Saturday (its our first full day, always start with MK) and we have an AWESOME time and don't feel stressed or that we missed anything.

Thing is, even on a low crowd day, it is going to be much more crowded than my usual everyday life so I just roll with it

Question--Have you done PM EMH for DHS? I am definitely doing MK and Epcot. DHS just doesn't seem to have enough attractions and/or space to spread out the crowds. I had us going there that night, but then switched it. I think someone might have talked about this earlier in the week but I was too wrapped up in my resort drama to remember what was said.
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How in the world have I not been here in 2 days and now I have almost 25 pages to read ! AAAH!
Imagine how many pages you'll miss in 2 days when we get to Part 3...? The closer we get to Dec, the more questions, answers and updates. Never mind the posts that will occur when some of us start going down there.
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We are driving from near Philadelphia PA, from what I figure it will take us around 17 hours driving with field and food stops (and a stop at the border for OJ, making DH cringe). We are leaving Sunday afternoon around dinner time and should get to POP around 10am on Monday
We drove down last year and I made sure I was driving when we crossed the border so we could stop for the OJ.
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Me too. I think we can hit 4 before Thanksgiving.
Yeah because we'll be at 3 by the end of the weekend the rate we are going.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:38 PM   #3505
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I really wish I could get either an Akerhaus breakfast ADR or CRT breakfast ADR for my days. I keep checking every day (okay, maybe more than once a day ) but nothing is opening up.
I just got lucky last week and found Askershus for our Epcot day. Still trying for CRT or CP for MK day but if not its ok. But I like stalking the ADRs
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #3507
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Question--Have you done PM EMH for DHS? I am definitely doing MK and Epcot. DHS just doesn't seem to have enough attractions and/or space to spread out the crowds. I had us going there that night, but then switched it. I think someone might have talked about this earlier in the week but I was too wrapped up in my resort drama to remember what was said.
Yes. When we were there last year, we got to DHS at 10am and left at 1am. Its a great park to just take leisurely with lots of great shows and unusual shops (there is even a bookstore where you can sit and chill). We took a 2hr stop at Hollywood Brown Derby to eat .... it was a fantastic day and it was my hubby's fav.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #3508
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Huh........for my dates it was only $75 more that POP for a Little Mermaid room.......weird. I don't think I'll EVER understand hotel pricing!
Are the rooms bigger? Maybe that is the reason why it's more than the rest of the values
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:44 PM   #3509
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I refuse to look at crowd calendars - I think it pushes you into overplanning. The way I see it, you have either booked low or high season ... how much more control can you have over the crowds?
While I think this is still true for some low times (like late January), I'm finding that for Oct and early Dec there is increasingly a lot of variation between days in a given week. For example during my week, I have the option of MK at 1.5 0r 8. That's a huge swing.

Of course, it's all up to personal preference and how much the crowds affect your enjoyment. For me, I'm more affected by crowds, especially for things like Wishes. We've been on a 1 day and a 6. I would be hesitant to ever do it higher than a 4 again. The 6 day stressed us out too much to really enjoy it.

Mostly the ratings are based on Disney's projections and past numbers for similar days. But you're right that they can't always get it right. The 6 day we went to MK was slated as a 4. Disney ended up extending hours at the last minute. Still, that doesn't happen often. They're usually pretty accurate.
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getting closer.....just ordered my PP+.....
I gotta get on that too. It's a little pricey, but I think I'll make it back just in the ride pics alone.
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