Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 31, 2009
    Wendy from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Have MYW base tixs & don't plan to use Extra Magic Hours.How do you plan which days you spend in each park?Use the touring plans crowd calendar, avoid Extra Magic AM hours, or utilize a strategy going by which week days are less crowded in each park?Th


    The answer is yes, yes, and yes....

    It sounds like you've done your homework and visited the site and read their companion book, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World! 

    Like you, our family often buys the base one-park-per-day tickets and, because of that, plan a little more than others who have purchased the option to hop from one park to the next, allow them to take in Early Magic Hours and then move to another less-crowded park.

    I do consult the Crowd Calendar at because I know they've considered holidays, school schedules, Magic Hours and other variables I'd never think of before scientifically proclaiming which park is best on a given day.  But you do have to pay for the use of their Crowd Calendar if you are planning far out and sometimes dining reservations may not work out with their optimum suggestion.

    Experience has taught me that if I simply do three things 1) avoid the park with Early Magic Hours 2) avoid the smaller parks (Magic Kingdom and Disney Studios) on the weekends and 3) stay away from MK and DHS on days when a there's a night-time parade or Fantasmic, I'm good.

    If you have specific dates that you need help with, just let us know!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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