Whether you are an experienced Walt Disney World visitor or making your first visit (newbie) you have probably done a LOT of research, asked a lot of questions, queried all of your friends, read a few books, and spent an inordinate amount of time on Chip and Company. No one can fault you for that because a vacation to the #1 vacation destination in the world not only requires a lot of planning it is also very expensive. You have probably subscribed to at least one website that makes crowd predictions and that’s a good thing, that’s valuable information. If you are within 180 days of your visit you have probably even made your Advance Dining Reservations (ADR’s). That’s right, you’re done and ready to go.
Now that you have accomplished all of this and you are rightfully proud of your efforts and confident in the results you just go for it. That would be nice but from personal experience it doesn’t happen that way, you see operating hour adjustments and minor changes in crowd predictions as you get closer and closer and you begin to lose faith in your plans. When this happens you want to begin making changes, shuffling park days, and changing ADR’s. I know this because I have fallen victim to my own self doubt and made the last minute changes. Once you have started making changes the old fashioned “Domino Effect” takes over and scrambles all of your plans, not just the one or two (or three or four) changes you wanted to make but the rest of them as well.
Disney does make schedule changes but they almost always add rather than subtract (hours, parades, shows, etc.) and this has very little effect on attendance. When extra Magic Hours (EMH’s) are set, they pretty much stay static. That’s important because with everyone staying on site eligible for EMH’s, the Cast Members have to be scheduled and that has a major effect on thousands of Cast Members. Please remember, the one thing that has the largest attendance impact from day to day are the EMH’s, that’s why they almost never change once they are established.
The entire point of everything mentioned above is to reassure you that if you have done your research and taken the time to properly plan your vacation, Disney will not make any last minute changes that will destroy your plans. The difference between crowds when a day goes from “green” to “yellow” is barely noticeable for the folks in the park. Have confidence in your efforts and don’t make yourself crazy trying to make sure everything is PERFECT – you can’t do it. Making last minute major changes could throw your vacation into chaos so please don’t. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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