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Old 09-24-2018, 05:39 AM   #1
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Best WDW crowd calendar site?

What sites would you suggest for WDW crowd calendars?

I’m thinking of subscribing to one but not sure which?

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Old 09-24-2018, 08:06 AM   #2
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What is a crown calendar?
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Do’h CROWD calendar!
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We may be in a definite minority, but we find those much less helpful than they were a few years ago.

More and more people seem to be coming to WDW each year to the point that these crowd estimates don’t prove very accurate. IMO only. Others may well disagree.
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I know Josh at easyWDW is no longer publishing crowd calendars because Disney isn't publishing the information more than a couple of months out which makes it useless for planning.
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I've used touringplans.com for quite a few years.
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In addition to touring plans, I have used the WDW Prep School one. I know they do a lot of working looking at school district calendars from around the country, looking at cheerleading competitions, etc.

But I completely agree with Dot - Disney is always busy these days. I don't think the crowd calendars matter as much as they used to.

Also, on a podcast about 6 months I heard them talking about how summer is actually not nearly as busy as it used to be. Instead, those crowds are now spread more throughout the year - especially times like Columbus Day, Veterans Day, MLK Jr. Weekend, Presidents day, etc. It was an interesting thought and I completely agree with it. Anyone going on one of those long weekends is going to be there the same days. Whereas if someone 'has' to go in the summer, they still have 2-3 months to pick from.
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I use them to some degree but just as a jumping off point. I do get an idea of showtimes etc from them as well as things and times to avoid. I used to use Josh's but this past trip since he was not producing them, I used touringplans and Kenny the Pirate.

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The best option, I think, is to get ParkHoppers.

Really, the PH ought to be called “park insurance” for the flexibility it gives you when your first choice doesn’t suit for whatever reason.

We simply won’t go without the PH, we use them that frequently.
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I've never had luck following the crowd calendars. The best way we have found to avoid the bigger crowds is to stay away from parks that have EMH.
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Yep I think every crowd calendar these days pretty much always say the same things: "Any park with an EMH is the park that should be avoided that day." And even then, depending on the time of year -- which even if summer isn't as "peak" as it has been, it, as well as pretty much any holiday where school is off, the season will impact all of the crowds throughout all the parks.

So, I tend to still look at the EMHs and go from there because the time of year I choose to go is what it is; i.e. is something I can't necessarily control -- F&WF always draws me down!
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I think what's more important is having a plan. A plan of attack for what order to do what rides, and of course which ones you set up in advance on FP. Crowd calendars don't help you with that. One might tell you that MK will have the lowest crowds for a certain day, but you arrive to be surprised by a 70 minute wait at Space Mtn. It happens. So having a plan for an order of rides tends to be more important these days!

And for that, I will still advise to use Josh's park plans.
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