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Old 12-03-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Can you count on TouringPlans for dates over Christmas-New Years?

I am trying to make some different touring plans and the expected "wait times" are not right. There's no WAY they can be. 5 minutes for Star Tours at 1pm on Dec 30? I don't think so.

Before I continue trying, I'm wondering if it's reliable? I know it's not foolproof, but I'm just wondering if it's worth trying?

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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I am trying to make some different touring plans and the expected "wait times" are not right. There's no WAY they can be. 5 minutes for Star Tours at 1pm on Dec 30? I don't think so.

Before I continue trying, I'm wondering if it's reliable? I know it's not foolproof, but I'm just wondering if it's worth trying?

Thanks!
Lots of posters here swear by them, and I would think Christmas week would be a great time to be a subscriber and use their plans. However I agree with you--that particular estimate is laughable.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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I am trying to make some different touring plans and the expected "wait times" are not right. There's no WAY they can be. 5 minutes for Star Tours at 1pm on Dec 30? I don't think so.
You must be reading it incorrectly. I just looked up their estimated wait time for Star Tours at 1pm on Dec. 30. It's 33 minutes.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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You must be reading it incorrectly. I just looked up their estimated wait time for Star Tours at 1pm on Dec. 30. It's 33 minutes.
No..I did a "personalized plan" on touringplans.com for Dec 30 and it told me that it would be a 5 minute wait for Star Tours at 1pm. LOL

How do you look up an estimated wait time by date and time for an attraction? This was just on my supposedly "optimized" touring plan.
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I'm trying to rely on it - we're there on the 22nd, and the 24th - 26th, but it says that EPCOT is a 10 on Xmas Day, whereas MK is a 9 point something - but we'd been hoping that EPCOT might be less overwhelming that day. Maybe we'll just skip both and head to AK - has anyone done the parks on Xmas Day and what do you think we should do? It's me, DH and three kids (7, 9, 13) but none of them like the coasters, and they all love EPCOT, and Star Tours.
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Does your plan call for you to get a fastpass for Star Tours earlier in the day?

Remember that a 10 in Epcot feels very different than a 10 at MK.

Touring Plans have worked very well for us, even on Thanksgiving Day in MK.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:51 PM   #7
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We've done Christmas week multiple times. I have never used a "touring plan" - HOWEVER, we do make a pretty good plan for ourselves. I would say it's worth a try, but also keep an eye on the situation on the ground and be ready to change if situation warrants. We find rope drop, good FP planning, and park hoppers to be key at this time. Also - making sure everyone in your group realizes you may not get to do all you want to in each park. Pick the most important stuff and do that first. Our attitude is the rest is gravy. And once we get our personal headliners done, we try and go with the flow (and for us, the flow is generally away from the onslaught of crowds and in another direction! )

We plan our park days by AM EMH, and we go into the week knowing we are going to be up at the crack of dawn. We con-fab on the bus (or the night before) about which attractions are a must do and come with an order for riding/FP'ing those...and then go from there.

If you are interested in trying a touring plan, I agree with Mesaboy...now's the time to give it a shot! Just know you'll have to be flexible, prepare your party for possible snafus (the more you prepare them, the more they'll pleased with whatever you get to do) ...and then just try and relax and enjoy!

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Oh...and if I had to pick Christmas Day at MK, EP, or AK, I'd go with EP. While AK may technically have less of a crowd, it it the park that feels the most crowded to me when it fills up. The walkways are narrow in places, and just not many places to stop in along the way. Whereas Epcot has much wider areas to walk in, plus, in the WS, there's so much to look at and distract you even when it's crowded. Just MHO.
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