Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Dec 30, 2008
    Brandi from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What are your thoughts on vs. I would like to starting planning which parks we will go to each day and a plan of attack for the attractions. I would like to narrow it down to just 1 sites so I am not overwhelmed.

    Great question! In fact I think it'll be my last one!

    My short answer is... Flip a coin! ;-)

    OK, to be more helpful, I'll share that overall I like Mike Hewell's (TourGuideMiKE) recommendations/approach a little bit more.

    I prefer TourGuideMike's (TGM) plans -- mostly because he shares the hows/whys of designing your own plan. Admittedly, many of TGMs sample tours are limited/outdated. If you just want some quick good plans, then (TP) is a better source.

    TP bases its recommendations on lots of historical data, whereas TGM mostly uses his daily experience giving private VIP park tours. You can argue that TP's approach is better, but I personally trust TGM and like the fact that he shares qualitative info to help you make a more informed decision.

    Another difference is that TGM provides morning and evening recommendations each day (and why), whereas TP provides you one recommendation per day based on peak afternoon wait times. I like to avoid being in any park at afternoon peak times (I'd rather be back at the resort pool!), so that isn't as relevant to me.

    A few features, though, that ARE better about TP: 
    - It has a year's worth of crowd level predictions (TGM is approx. 6 months)
    - It's better at recommending each park at least once per week
    - It predicts the overall WDW crowd levels on a daily basis, whereas TGM only differentiates crowd levels by wider ranges of dates (approx. 1-3 ratings in a month)

    Either can be a good choice, depending upon your needs. Hopefully my answer here helps you make your own choice.

    And to borrow from a lost Hollywood Studios attraction (Who Wants to be a Millionaire)...Yes, that's my final answer!
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