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Old 03-19-2013, 05:25 PM   #16
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I generally do follow the recommendations, and I use EasyWDW too. The only thing I don't follow is that we always begin and end the trip at MK regardless of crowd level, and also EasyWDW always recommends avoiding EMH parks but as we always stay on-site, I feel like morning EMH is invaluable for getting a lot done if you're there for the beginning of it. So we always do morning EMH, then around 11am or 12pm, we leave and head to the recommended park from then onwards
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #17
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I use them to help pick which park I will start with each day. If the crowds start feeling beyond what was predicted, I start park hopping. We had to do that a couple times, and it worked out great.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #18
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I looked at EasyWDW and as a newb I am more confused now then before.

Looked at May changes and see events after the park closes or at closing.

Is this normal? If I can see Fantasmic at 10:30 on a 10pm closing then why not as this would free up the day more.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:31 PM   #19
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We stay on-site so when we use EMH we go at rope drop other wise we pick from the list recommended by EasyWDW.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:05 PM   #20
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We plan as many days around evening EMH that we can. We LOVE evening EMH!!! The lines are nonexistent, and the parks have a wonderful ambiance in the evening. I use Touringplans.com, but not for the plans. I just use the crowd levels.

We sometimes go on the busiest days, but we usually decide to do that b/c of evening EMH. We tend to go at about 10 AM, do some fastpasses and low wait rides and attractions, then take a break and come back in the evening. Works for us, but not for everyone. Some people prefer to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn. NOT ME!!!! It's vacation, and I intend to treat it as such. I take a chill approach, and we never wait in long lines.

I feel Touringplans is very accurate.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:17 PM   #21
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Some people prefer to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn. NOT ME!!!! It's vacation, and I intend to treat it as such.
Why does every single thread, on every single topic, eventually end up with someone making some snarky comment that exaggeratedly insults anyone who doesn't prioritize sleep?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:32 PM   #22
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Why does every single thread, on every single topic, eventually end up with someone making some snarky comment that exaggeratedly insults anyone who doesn't prioritize sleep?
Well, I wouldn't take it personally. It's her honest opinion I'm sure.
I'm naturally an early riser and prefer not to sleep through the time I paid so much money for. If I want to sleep my vacation away, I'll stay home and save my money....
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:44 PM   #23
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Do you follow the crowd plan recommendations when deciding which park to go to a given day ? How accurate are the predictions ?
Didn't read through the thread my but my opinions...

Over the last 1-2 years, not accurate at all. I think things have greatly changed and the crowd predictors are struggling to keep up. I think the most value they can give is a very broad generalization of what things you can expect making the parks busier, i.e. holidays , summer, weekends, EMH, special events, etc.

I'm actually really liking the Disney app once I am in the parks. I can't always get it to connect to their wifi if I am at the outer edges of certain parks. But as a rule, I will look at the crowd predictors and see which parks are lighter and pick one. Then I will drive over and once I can connect to their wifi and app, I'll do a ride time check. If things are really busy, I will check wait times in other parks. If it's lighter elsewhere (often it is, AGAINST what the crowd predictors say), I will hitch a ride over.

Then again, I live here so don't make touring plans or worry too much about what we miss in transit. I'm more concerned with how long I have to wait in line. I'm too spoiled to wait more than 20 minutes in stand by or grab a fast pass that's over 2 hours, lol. I'll just commute elsewhere.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #24
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I do use EasyWDW but only because I feel like I need to start somewhere, lol! Otherwise I'd never be able to figure out where I'm going what day!

Plus, a lot of the reasonings do make sense if you read them. That said, I don't always follow them and for the times I go, the difference is probably pretty minimal.

I think having a park strategy - and by that, I mean knowing how the parks work (ie, if you want to not wait hours for ETWB, go there first apparently) - is more important.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #25
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I subscribe to Touring Plans and I use their best/worst park recommendations and I have never had a crowded park. We go in less busy times (except our next trip in 4 weeks) But even on our next trip I am using TP's best park days to decide what park we go to.
We do the same and usually travel in June. TP has never let us down. We don't do rigid touring we just follow the recommend order for the first few rides and then we wing it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:12 AM   #26
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We have a loose plan partly based on EasyWDW's predictions. But we are early risers and really like early EMH. Plus we always take midday breaks and will have hoppers.

So I planned based on what we want to do, the predictions but those mixed with our travelstyle. When it might get busy but not really until after 11 or 12 we're fine. By then we'll have done our fill of rides anyway!

I do take into account special events like the maraton at AK or star wars days at HS etc etc.

Check which are not-recommended and why. It might not affect you at all.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:43 AM   #27
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I've always been in moderate crowds, and I followed TP to begin with, and EasyWDW afterwards.
It seems to me they work, I've never been in a crowded park.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:14 AM   #28
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Why does every single thread, on every single topic, eventually end up with someone making some snarky comment that exaggeratedly insults anyone who doesn't prioritize sleep?
YOWZA!!!!! I never thought someone would be offended that I say I like to sleep in! I am sorry you felt that it was in some way "snarky" as that was never my intention. I really have never had anyone be offended by that. I am just surprised is all...

I am not a morning person. Period. Never have been, never will be. I wish I were someone who can get up early. I have several severe sleep disorders that prevent me from being able to handle it physically. That does not mean it is a bad thing for those who choose to get up early if I choose to sleep in. I am not sure why someone would be sensitive to how someone else does their vacation. I am not AGAINST getting up early, in fact, if I could, I would!

I just don't go into each thread saying: " I have narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and RLS, so I am not able to get up early every morning. I have to do late night EMH because my body just won't allow me to sleep at night, so I have to sleep when I can, and that is usually in the early morning hours. I usually can't sleep until about 3 AM, so I can't wake up at 7 AM to get to the parks early bc then my narcolepsy will act up all day." That's my reality, but instead I say I don't get up at the buttcrack of dawn bc it doesn't work for me. People don't need to know all the other details.

So...no intention of being "snarky". It is just how I do things. Have fun getting up early! I would love to, but until I can sleep without issue, I will stick to late night EMH. Honestly, I really wish I could be a morning person instead of a night owl. It is very frustrating.

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Well, I wouldn't take it personally. It's her honest opinion I'm sure.
I'm naturally an early riser and prefer not to sleep through the time I paid so much money for. If I want to sleep my vacation away, I'll stay home and save my money....
Thanks for the first part. It really was intended to just show the way someone else does the parks. Some people say getting up early is the ONLY way to avoid lines. I present another viewpoint. We never wait in lines, so it really was just another viewpoint on what might work for someone who doesn't normally get up early.

I don't look at it as sleeping my vacation away. I am still usually up at 8 or 9 (I prefer 9, but force myself up as early as I can manage), and I get ready and am usually at the parks by 10. Sometimes I have to nap. That depends on how early I got up, and how late I will be up. My body rebels if I do not get enough sleep. In 2011 I went all park commando for 8 days. Day 9 I got so sick I missed a park day. I forced myself up and went to EPCOT bc we had reservations and it was our last full day, so I wanted to do it for the kids. DH had to push me around WS in a wheelchair bc I was so weak and sick. The next day when we got off the plane, I went straight to the ER.

I have just found that I can't go at that pace or I get sick. Now I take care of myself (since I can't sleep normally like most people) and nap when it is necessary, and sleep in a bit on most days. I have recognized my limitations, and as long as I take care of my body I stay healthy. My husband can get up at 5 AM and go all day, then crash at night. I just can't. I really do have to look at it as a disability and work around it. I don't ask for sympathy or make anyone stay at the resort until I can get up. If they want to leave early, they do. Most of the time they stick with me.


Anyway, thank you for understanding my opinion on it. I never meant to or thought someone would be offended by the way I do things. It is just what I have to do for my health. Plus...I love nighttime in the parks. It really is wonderful.
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YOWZA!!!!! I never thought someone would be offended that I say I like to sleep in! I am sorry you felt that it was in some way "snarky" as that was never my intention. I really have never had anyone be offended by that.

I am not a morning person. Period. Never have been, never will be. I wish I were someone who can get up early. I have several severe sleep disorders that prevent me from being able to handle if physically. That does not mean it is a bad thing for those who choose to get up early if I choose to sleep in. I am not sure why someone would be sensitive to how someone else does their vacation. I am not AGAINST getting up early, in fact, if I could, I would!

I just don't go into each thread saying: " I have narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and RLS, so I am not able to get up early every morning. I have to do late night EMH because my body just won't allow me to sleep at night, so I have to sleep when I can, and that is usually in the early morning hours. I usually can't sleep until about 3 AM, so I can't wake up at 7 AM to get to the parks early bc then my narcolepsy will act up all day." That's my reality, but instead I say I don't get up at the buttcrack of dawn bc it doesn't work for me. People don't need to know all the other details.

So...no intention of being "snarky". It is just how I do things. Have fun getting up early. I would love to, but until I can sleep without issue, I will stick to late night EMH.

Thanks for the first part. It really was intended to just show the way someone else does the parks. Some people say getting up early is the ONLY way to avoid lines. I present another viewpoint. We never wait in lines, so it really was just another viewpoint on what might work for someone who doesn't normally get up early.

I don't look at it as sleeping my vacation away. I am still usually up at 8 or 9 (I prefer 9, but force myself up as early as I can manage), and I get ready and am usually at the parks by 10. Sometimes I have to nap. That depends on how early I got up, and how late I will be up. My body rebels if I do not get enough sleep. In 2011 I went all park commando for 8 days. Day 9 I got so sick I missed a park day. I forced myself up and went to EPCOT bc we had reservations and it was our last full day, so I wanted to do it for the kids. DH had to push me around WS in a wheelchair bc I was so weak and sick. The next day when we got off the plane, I went straight to the ER.

I have just found that I can't go at that pace or I get sick. Now I take care of myself (since I can't sleep normally like most people) and nap when it is necessary, and sleep in a bit on most days. I have recognized my limitations, and as long as I take care of my body I stay healthy. My husband can get up at 5 AM and go all day, then crash at night. I just can't. I really do have to look at it as a disability and work around it. I don't ask for sympathy or make anyone stay at the resort until I can get up. If they want to leave early, they do. Most of the time they stick with me.

Anyway, thank you for understanding my opinion on it. I nevet meant to or thought someone would be offended by the way I do things. It is just what I have to do for my health. Plus...I love nighttime in the parks. It really is wonderful.
Yeah, I must have a much thicker skin than I ever thought. Some of the things that others get offended by aren't even on my radar. But, I guess there are probably things I take personally that other people would think I'm being silly about.
In the end, we all have to look at all the advice and decide what will work best for our personal style. If everyone showed up at rope drop, I don't think I'd want to do it anymore!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #30
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I have never seen any of the touring plans. We simply avoid the parks that have EMH (unless we decide to attend) and arrive at rope drop. It works for us.
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