Archive for April, 2010

Updates to Fall 2010 Halloween and Christmas Parties

by on April 30, 2010

Recent additions, subtractions and changes to the park schedules for fall 2010 have now been added to the Crowd Calendar.

The calendar takes into account the recently announced fall dining promotion as well. The promotion is similar to the last three years and therefore we expect the affect on crowds to be similar. Guests’ reaction to the fall promotion may determine if adjustments are needed. We will be watching to see if Disney increases (or decreases) park hours in the fall; that will be a clue as to how well the promotion is doing.

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WDW Today Episode 714 – The Disney Driven Life

by on April 30, 2010

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Episode 711 of WDW Today is now available for download here.

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Grad Night Crowds Underestimated by Crowd Calendar

by on April 29, 2010

We’ve noticed that our crowd estimates on the Crowd Calendar for the last few Grad Nights have been too low. On evenings when the Magic Kingdom closes early for special events such as Grad Nights we typically see diminished crowds during the day. We had predicted crowd levels of 4 and 5 for the last few Grad Nights but thanks to our dedicated Lines users we see that really, the crowds should have been more like a 6 or 7 on our scale.

We have made the necessary adjustments for days when the Magic Kingdom closes early in April and May.

Consider avoiding the Magic Kingdom when it hosts a special event. Afternoon crowds tend to be larger and the shortened park hours make completing a one-day touring plan more difficult.

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WDW Today Episode 713 – Listener Questions

by on April 27, 2010

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Episode 713 of WDW Today is now available for download here.

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WDW Today Episode 712 – Recent Reader Resort Reviews

by on April 25, 2010

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Episode 712 of WDW Today is now available for download here.

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WDW Today Episode 711 – Keith’s Question

by on April 22, 2010

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Episode 711 of WDW Today is now available for download here.

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Scurrilous Rumor Department – Next Disney World Discount

by on April 22, 2010

Cheapskates that we are, we completely missed out on the bidding to get that next-generation Apple iPhone prototype lost in a bar earlier this month.  While consoling ourselves with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s AmeriCone Dream and flipping through some reader email, we found a couple of tips regarding Disney’s next discount. As usual, the standard disclaimers apply: for all we know these are completely false; given the amount of allergy medication we’ve taken lately, it’s entirely possible we were reading the phone book instead of email and hallucinated the whole episode.

The next discount to be announced should include the Disney Dining Plan.  We’ve heard it will appear for Disney Visa cardholders around April 29, and the general public May 2.  Travel dates should begin around August 15 (the day after the current discounts end).  No word on the end travel date, but we expect it to be very late September or very early October, as it has been in the past.

We’re hearing conflicting details about the dining offer itself.  Two sources says the offer will be scaled back (one says “drastically”) from last year.  We interpret this to mean that everyone using this offer will get the Quick Service plan by default – including guests staying at deluxe resorts – and can use that discount towards purchasing the standard dining plan.  However, one other source thinks the free dining offer will be the same as last year’s (Quick Service at value resorts, standard plan at moderates and deluxes).  If we hear more we’ll let you know.

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WDW Today Episode 710 – Listener Questions

by on April 20, 2010

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Episode 710 of WDW Today is now available for download here.

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Help Choose The Next TouringPlans.com Logo!

by on April 19, 2010

Below are four different logos we’re considering for TouringPlans.com.  Let us know which logo you find the most appealing by leaving a comment below.  We’ll pick a response at random to receive a free one-year premium subscription.

Option # 1:


Option # 2:


Option # 3:


Option # 4:

Thanks for helping choose the next TouringPlans.com logo!

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WDW Today Episode 709 – Project Future (Chad Emerson)

by on April 18, 2010

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Episode 709 of WDW Today is now available for download here.

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