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  • On Apr 20, 2011
    Corinne from TX Asked

    In a previous response I read you mentioned you like to hop to another park with lower attendence when the one your at gets crowed. How do you know the attendence at other parks? I've not yet paid for the PH as I'm undecided on if it's worth the extra $.

    Hi Corinne! In your hometown, you probably have dined out enough to know that certain restaurants are always crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, others are packed every night, and there a few places where you're always able to get a table.  Similarly, I think the more you visit Disney, the better feel you have for the attendance patterns in the parks. I keep several factors in mind when deciding where to Park Hop. When the crowds are thick in the Magic Kingdom, any of the other three parks will seem less crowded. When the Magic Kingdom fills up, my strategy is always to hop to Epcot, which feels less crowded than the Magic Kingdom in the afternoons. Many guests arrive at the Animal Kingdom in the morning and leave by mid-afternoon, so it's also often a good choice for late-day park hopping to avoid crowds. In general, you can count on the fact that the park hosting Extra Magic Hours that day will be more crowded than the other parks, since guests without Park Hoppers will often visit that park to take advantage of the extra hours and then stay all day. Likewise, Hollywood Studios is generally always more crowded on days when Fantasmic is scheduled since guests without Hoppers will choose to stay all day in that park so they can see the show that evening.

    When I'm planning my Disney vacations, I like to use the Crowd Calendar on the unofficial website www.TouringPlans.com to get an idea of the predicted attendance in each of the parks during the dates of my visit, and I use this information to plan my park touring schedule. I also have the unofficial app, Lines, on my iPhone which tells me the actual wait times (reported by other guests) for various attractions in each of the parks. I can use this information to see which parks have the shortest lines and hop to one of those parks when the park I'm visiting gets too crowded.

     Hope this helps! Come visit me again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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