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[The] logic for DHS with Fantasmic! now every night seems to be a bit off. With the change of showing Fantasmic! every night through Sept, the recommendations for my trip changed (obviously). The problem, though, is that now no day is good for DHS. If you look at the overall resort crowd compared to the DHS crowd, it just doesn’t fit. The only think I could think of is that your code still has a restriction in place where nights with Fantasmic! are automatically weighted heavier than others and now that every night has the show, they’re all weighted too heavily.
Or do you really think that in the first full week of Sept, DHS will have a crowd level every day of ~4 and above?
Tricia, TouringPlans subscriber
We always assume that if something looks a bit off, we have probably made a mistake. That comes from years of experience, humility and a little self-doubt. However, we usually find all the “t”s crossed and the “i”s dotted which leads us to the real explanation.
Our park recommendations are based on several factors including the individual crowd rankings for each park. We force ourselves to label at least one park as “best” and one park as “avoid” every day on the calendar, even during slow times of the year such as September.
What Tricia is seeing from our recent update is that the slight crowd bump that the Studios is experiencing from the new Fantasmic! schedule and the new Star Tours attraction is enough to push its index to be the highest of the four parks a little more often than usual. It is important to note that although the Studios is listed as “avoid”, a crowd level of 4 is a fantastic day! Frankly, if we were touring in September, we would not hesitate to visit the Studios on a day with a crowd level 4. One could argue that with all four parks under a level 5, no park really needs to be avoided.
The best way to use the park recommendations is in conjunction with the other information about a particular day. Take a look at the park schedules, park hours and crowd levels then if needed, let the park recommendations help you decide what will work best for your group.