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Hello, and thank you for visiting easyWDW. This website is currently under heavy construction and I am trying my best to fill it with content. If you have a question, comment, or have anything else you would like to contact me about, you can reach me at josh@easywdw.com. Feel free to send me an email about anything and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Lori June 3, 2014 at 5:40 am

Love your site. Very easy to navigate. We are going to Food and Wine Festival in September and they sell gift cards on bungees. Very convenient for those without Magic Bands. Can’t find any information if they sell these at other times for teens who don’t want to be attached at the hip to mom and dad. Do you know if they exist? Or if you can get them at festival and use them again later? Our daughter is going next May with her high school music department and that would be perfect! Thanks!

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Shaunay Rademacher June 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

Hi Josh,

I have been to Disney many many times and just found your website and have thoroughly enjoyed your website and humor. I see that you have released a book and would love to purchase it! Could you email me the title or post something on your site with a link? I’m sure many others would like to buy your book as well!

Thanks again for your tips and humorous delivery of all things Disney!

Shaunay

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Kathryn Freeman June 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Hello–
Love the site; thank you so much for all of the information. I have a quick question regarding the Crowd Calendar…all of the months are for 2014, except December, which still shows as 12 December 2013. I realize they are based on past attendance, but have to ask anyway–Is there more updated information coming for December, or is it just a typo?

Thank you so much!
Kathryn Freeman
#obsessedwithbeingtherewhenitsnotsocrowded:)

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Corinne June 7, 2014 at 6:39 am

Hi Josh! You’re doing a great job on this website. My fiance and I are planning our trip right now for the summer and appreciate the detailed explanation of why you put what on each day (for the crowd calendar) and where we should head to first / when. Thank you!

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Eric June 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Thanks so much for all the info you have on your site. It was more helpful than anything else I came across, especially the color-coated maps. It was great the way you explain things as anytime attractions. That set me up for success on my whole trip.
I had one huge problem that I wanted to let you know about where you could save other people from the same fate. Fantasmic was a disaster for me. The first show was at 9pm and I got in the standby line at 8:00pm. I opted to not wait for the second show because I didn’t think my 5 year-old could make it that late. Disney immediately started making announcements over their speaker system that Fantasmic was “sold out” and would be standing room only. I was toward the front of standby, one of the first 100. We were admitted at 10 minutes before showtime. The situation was very dangerous and scary with a stampeding crowd. There was pushing, running, and people making their way off of the sidewalk and through bushes and whatnot. When we made it to our spot, the seats were the worst imaginable. The public service announcement had stated that small children may have their views obstructed, but I’m 6’1″ and couldn’t see a damn thing. The seats were at the very back, but unlike the other bleachers, these seats were not stadium seating, but flat. I could see about 20% of what happened. Couldn’t see the water or boats in it, could only see Mickey and the mountain stuff when characters were halfway up. I was shocked that Disney put us into the dangerous situation they did with the hundreds of people waiting almost an hour to be seated, then turned loose to jockey to be the first ones in. I was surprised that Disney would even have that type of seating where you’re only there to hear the soundtrack. I tried to figure out what happened and the best I came up with is that those with FastPasses and dining plans were enough to fill the entire arena. The standby section was different than what I had seen previously on various websites. It was at the extreme back and was not elevated in any way. What most of the people did in my section was stand on top of the bleachers and put children on top of their shoulders. When the show was done, I asked my son if he liked the dragon and his reply was “what dragon?”

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Melanie June 13, 2014 at 5:09 am

I was wondering if you knew if my son has a fast pass + but he’s 3 can I go with him without a fast pass? Also any suggestions would be helpful!

Thanks!

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Josh Rogers June 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi! I wanted to ask about the February crowds. You mention there are more crowds around the President’s Day Weekend. My wife is interested in running the Disney Princess half-marathon, which is the Sunday after President’s Day, and my son’s Winter Break is that weak prior (16-20 Feb). So, is this a bad time to go? We have gone the 3 previous years for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend and the week after. Not awful crowds, but not sparse either. As you mentioned, lots of South American tourists. Just looking for some advice since we need to finalize everything soon. Thanks so much, Josh.

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Matthew June 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Hi,
First want to start off by saying how much I absolutely love your site (and ESPECIALLY the crowd calendars) and how much it has inspired me.
A friend and I are looking to start a fan site (similar to this) devoted to Disney.
I understand if you cannot or don’t want to offer any advise – but I was hoping since you are one of our favorites you may could throw us a tip or two.
We aren’t aiming to rival you by any means, and will in fact mention on our blogs and reviews of people whom have helped us along the way and our favorite sites (yours included!)
Our biggest question is – do you need to get any kind of permission from Disney to write about them, review restaurants at WDW, take pictures and use them on our blog, etc?
Did you guys have any costs associated with that?

I appreciate ANY help you are willing to give.
Hope your day is magical and God bless!

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Carl June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hey Josh –
I will be traveling to WDW for our 25th wedding anniversary Dec15-26. I have all my ADRs and parks selected for each day of the trip. If I forwarded you my schedule, would you ever look it over and advise the best FP+ options for each day? I just thought I would ask. Thanks for the great site!

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Amanda June 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Hello! If I am trying to see Anna/Else and break away from crowd in A.M. what direction would I take to get there faster? Also, with Animal Kingdom you did not suggest Lion King Festival or the other show, are they not that crowded at planned time?

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Lo June 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

We are planning on hitting the water parks during our next visit, but I see no cheat sheets from you and feel like I’m heading into uncharted territory…
I guess that this just proves how addicted I am to your site – I know that I can plan the perfect vacation for my family based on your resources… I have – several times now.

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Marie July 1, 2014 at 8:52 am

Hi Josh,

Have been reading your website for years with lots of great tips previously used. Today was the opening day for FP+ selections for my upcoming trip beginning 8/30/14. After made my selection, My Disney Experience came back with 3 or 4 options for the set. Did I do this correctly? For some reason I was under the impression that I would be able to choose one at a time ( muliple time frames listed for each individually???)

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Nicole Turley July 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

How do you think the new Frozen events are going to affect crowd levels on Aug 31? I just booked the premium package for that day and am hoping the crowds won’t increase to nightmarish proportions because of this but it is the next to the last day of the event-unless Disney choses to extend it!

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Robin July 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Josh,
Do you happen to have the attendance numbers for Magic Kingdom this past July 4th? It was our first time to go on the 4th and I’d like to know how the crowds compared to previous years. I didn’t hear of any phased closures, were there any?
Do cast members make a habit of exaggerating wait times close to closing time to discourage people from getting in line? We went to the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train at 12:30am and the posted wait time was 75 minutes. The cast member was telling everyone it would be at least 60-75 minutes. We went in and from the time we entered stand by and exited the ride it was 24 minutes!

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Sue July 12, 2014 at 4:02 am

Hi,
I’m wondering if anyone could tell me if there will be a discounted room rate promotion for November particularly the week of 11/16? Thank you

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Kevin July 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Don’t know if you have given this consideration or not, but you should really consider placing this information in a mobile app. It’s really useful.

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Kooch July 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hi, can you please tell me if there’s anywhere in WDW where you can buy remotes controls?

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Tonya July 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

You’re website is SO helpful. Can’t thank you enough! It’s awesome that you share your wealth of knowledge for no other reason than to be a helpful, kind human being. I think that’s pretty cool.

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Jennife July 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Hello! I love to see all the helpful information on your website! I’ve been seeing on a few threads some talk about Peter Pan’s Flight having walls up around the front for a refurb. Do you know any information about this? Thanks!

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Debra July 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Hello There!!
I cannot find the crowd calender for 2014 on your site!

please guide me!!

thank you!!

Debra

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Ken July 30, 2014 at 4:20 am

Congrats on the shout out by Jim Korkis on Mouseplanet. http://www.mouseplanet.com/10755/The_History_of_Disney_Travel_Guides

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Donna August 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Hi,

We are visiting Disney World for the first time February 28-March 7 and I am in the midst of planning our trip. I just noticed your recent post on the March 2015 Operating Schedule and wondered when you would post the March 2015 crowds calendar. I was using the March 2014 crowds calendar as a reference but I think I noticed a few time differences between that and the actual Operating Schedule. Thanks in advance, I enjoy your website.

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Elizabeth August 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

A huge thanks for everything you do! We just took our kids to WDW for the first time and the crowds were heavy. We used FP+ and your cheat sheets and it worked like a charm. We were able to see everything we wanted with minimal waits. We were even able to do some of the bigger rides multiple times. We couldn’t have done it without you, so THANK YOU!

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patty August 13, 2014 at 5:09 am

http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/csdads221.jpg
where can I find mickey mouse as a ghost holding a bucket???

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Jackie August 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

When do you think you will have the March 2015 day-by-day calendar up?

Jackie

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Cheryle September 2, 2014 at 6:18 am

Looking for the travel agent calendar for Dec. 2014???

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Sharon September 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Hi Josh,
Just discovered your website- very informative. Want to bring my granddaughter in January, 2015 for her third birthday. Have heard unfavorable things about South American tour groups and want to avoid attending when they are there. Do you have insider info about times they are present? Please advise and thanks.

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Sara September 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Josh,

My husband and I are planning a no-kids trip for December (we plan to collect our ‘Parents of the Year’ trophy upon our return). I’ve been planning ADR’s that we wouldn’t do if the kids were with us…anything other than eating peacefully/drinking plenty that you recommend we do?

Thanks!
Sara

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Cassie September 9, 2014 at 5:15 am

Love the blog! Will there be new Universal updates soon?

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Jenn September 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

Are you covering MNSSHP this year? Your party review is about the only one I trust. Never fails to get us in the right direction.

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Ruth September 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

I’ve heard 2014 is the last year for the Osborn Lights. Please tell me this isn’t true!

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Carl September 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Hi Josh –

It looks like they extended the hours for Magic Kingdom from December 20-31 and added an extra Electical Parade December 20-29.

Keep up the great work! Love your site (and book!).

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Matt September 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Josh
Your book has an error/typo on the height requirement for rockin rollercoaster unless something changed. Your book has 44 inches when it is 48. Just double checking since we leave in a week and our 47 1/2 inch daughter really wants to ride it.
Matt

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Finn September 16, 2014 at 3:16 am

Your extra hours in October for MK isn’t showing up on my MDE..For Sunday 12th it’s still showing 10.00pm..Likewise 14th..15th..20th..22nd..Spoke to Disney CM on the phone and he has no extra hours at MK for these dates.?

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cherlo September 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

Hi
Thank you for the wonderful site. I’m curious if you have updated advice in regards to the time changes and added events to the October calendar. For example, the hours are longer at MK on 10/14 and 10/15, plus they added Elect. parade for Tues..in fact I think there are TWO parades for both those nights. Would there be crowd changes because of these changes?
Thanks!

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Cindy Pietrowski September 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

HI Josh,
Can you recommend a Josh of Disneyland? I know no one will be as great as you, but are you aware of any site like yours for CA?
Thanks,
Cindy Pietrowski

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Terry Davies September 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for a great website – your crowd calendar and tips really helped me get the best out of my holiday this month. Your crowd predictions in particular seem to be far more accurate than anyone else. Thanks!

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Destiney October 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Do you have any updated information on here concerning the NEW fast pass rules? Thank you for such an amazing website!

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Ann October 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Where is the January 2015 calendar in pdf form. I keep getting the April 2015.

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Olga October 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Hey Josh,

I was wondering if you are going to publish a similar book for Universal – I remember you did a number of Uni-posts last year. I want to venture to the dark side next year and would love a handy guide book written by my favorite author :)

Thanks,
Olga

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Kristina October 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I am new to the site but LOVE it so far! It has been so heful in planning our first WDW trip for our family of 5. We are going in May so Im just wondering when the cheat sheet for May 2015 will be available? We make our dining reservations in a couple weeks and don’t want to miss out on the amazing advice. Thanks!!

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Pam October 23, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hi. Will you have anything new about Downtown Disney shopping area? I know there’s a new store with 5 smaller stores that make it up (forget the name) but wanted to see if it’s even worth it for me to take the long bus ride and navigate down there for the new shops. we have been doing alot of redecorating in Disney themed things and was thinking the new shops would be a good fit for us. We don’t go again til January. Thanks!

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Tami October 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

We aren’t huge fans of Epcot, but we do enjoy 3 of the rides…obviously Soarin’, Test Track and MissionSpace. We want to do this on a day that Epcot has the EMH in the morning and get these three rides in, then head elsewhere. Is it really possible for us to do this roughyl by 9:30? We are just really trying to get more time at Magic Kingdom!!

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