Tour Guide Mike, etc.
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Have any of you used Tour Guide Mike or any of the itinerary planning services? Which ones did you like and is it worth the money? We have a group of 13 going in June 2013 so I thought we might need something like this in order to get all of our must sees accomplished in one week. The majority of the family is going for their first time.
I use Touring Plan. It is around $12 as opposed to Tour Guide Mike, which, when I checked, was over $20. I haven't found EasyWDW to be helpful or accurate and they tend to have the opposite information that Touring Plans has.
I have followed the crowd calenders and always followed the park to avoid and recommended park of the day and have never ran into crowds. Every trip, when we followed Touring Plans suggestions we have been able to walk onto almost every ride. The longest we ever waited for a ride was Soarin and the wait was less than 10 minutes.
I have actually used the crowd predictions on TP to reschedule a planned vacation because of the very high expected crowds for the time we were planning to go.
If you have bought the Unofficial Guide to WDW or any version of that book, you can get a 35% discount off your Touring Plans subscription price. But I don't buy the book every year, I just renew my subscription mainly for the Lines app. If you subscribe to TP then you get use of the Lines app included in that subscription cost.
If you renew your subscription before it expires it only costs $9.
Compared to what we spend on our WDW vacations the expense of paying for TP is pennies and well worth it.
If you aren't planning to go until June of next year you can subscribe any time now and it will be valid through July of next year.
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Another touringplans fan here... I renewed my subscription yesterday!
I tried TourGuide Mike in 2009. I found that the site was desperately in need of updating; the information was simply too old. He had me on attractions that were being rehabbed, and no information on anything that had changed in the last year since our previous trip. Interesting reading, with "Alice" inserted about every 3 paragraphs, but no real help.
I subscribe to Touring Plans basically so I can get wait times while in the park (I don't have the Magic Mobile option since we don't have verizon up here in Alaska) and so I can get the crowd level calendar while I plan.
I've never followed a prewritten plan - other than my own - but I do use the Unofficial Guide's to jump start my planning (which is just Touring Plans in book form, of course).