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Crowd accuracy--Kenny the Pirate or Touring Plans?

Stellajack

Lady Tremaine's School of Refinement drop-out
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Who has a more accurate view of crowd levels--Kenny the Pirate or Touring Plans? I was looking at crowd levels for AK on November 30th, and Kenny the Pirate states that is the worst day to visit AK, but Touring Plan puts AK as Crowd Level 7 which is not bad for Thanksgiving week.
Often the crowd tracking sites list the park with morning Extra Magic Hours as the "worst park to visit". There probably should be a better explanation but TP sometimes does the same thing (or at least that is what I have read in the Unofficial Guides in the past.) Does AK have EMH on Nov. 30?
 

Queen of the WDW Screne

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Often the crowd tracking sites list the park with morning Extra Magic Hours as the "worst park to visit". There probably should be a better explanation but TP sometimes does the same thing (or at least that is what I have read in the Unofficial Guides in the past.) Does AK have EMH on Nov. 30?
Which is one reason I do not care for crowd calendars.
Just because THEY don't like EMH doesn't mean that no one should go to the park with EMH.
 

Nottamus

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We've followed crowd calendars to be disappointed on trips....and some were spot on.

To me...It would be the same as looking at weather for November 30 2018. and expecting the same for 2019.
 

Weather_Lady

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When we had the freedom to choose when to visit (when we could take the kids out of school), we used crowd calendars to help select the best week to go.

I've never relied on them to choose which-park-on-which-day, however. The fact is, weekends will generally be busier, mid-week will generally be less crowded, and some parks will always be busier than others. Just choose the parks that suit you best each day (also keeping in mind park hours, special events, etc.) and go in with either a good touring plan, or a solid understanding of which lines are going to build the quickest. Smart touring will win out over a little bump in crowd levels at a particular park, every time.
 

Club Cooloholic

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Last time I was there was in 2000--when I was able to walk into Epcot through International Drive, no tickets on hand, and I was able to have lunch at the Mexico Pavillion...different times.
I actually like the wdw prep school calendar (this site won't let me post its link)
Its habit confusing but once you delve in they give some good explanations on why they have these conclusions. That said my rule of thumb is avoid parks with extra magic hours in the AM...consider evening ones if you really do plan to be there late. And check to see I'd any parties are occurring that could limit your hours in the park...though I suppose a strategy could be to do a park that has an evening party in the morning and hope that some people won't come till afternoon for the party...leaving the morning and early afternoon less crowded
 

Janir

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Which is one reason I do not care for crowd calendars.
Just because THEY don't like EMH doesn't mean that no one should go to the park with EMH.
At that point it's a personal choice. The data however says, those EMH are busy and therefore if your avoiding crowds, avoid them and hit the park that just had a EMH the day before.
 

monothingie

Skyliner Survivor
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Who has a more accurate view of crowd levels--Kenny the Pirate or Touring Plans? I was looking at crowd levels for AK on November 30th, and Kenny the Pirate states that is the worst day to visit AK, but Touring Plan puts AK as Crowd Level 7 which is not bad for Thanksgiving week.
Paging Mr. Touring plans @lentesta.

I am not familiar with the other person. But @lentesta site has been extremely accurate, and he shows the deviations from predictions. A large sampling of data and analysis is put into his prediction product.
 
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