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Here’s some things to consider about why you are getting different crowd levels from different sites.
FYI – A common misconception about Touring Plans Crowd Levels is that they are an indicator of the number of people in each park. However, they are an indicator of the average queue waits at the rides in that park during 11am – 5pm - the peak ride times.
A CL 1 can feel like a CL 4 in terms of park capacity, but the queues may be moving quickly. Conversely, you can be in a CL 9 park that feels like a CL 5 because the streets aren’t packed. However, all the queues are super long.
Other sites may not be using this metric. WDW does not release attendance numbers to the public or any company. Any site saying they know how many people will be there are just estimating based on the previous year’s crowd. The TP statisticians sit outside the rides and count the people coming in / out of the attractions to measure these queue waits
Evening EMH will have little effect on RotR BG. Those are distributed at open. Evening EMH is usually less busy anyway vs. morning EMH. After the fireworks families, especially w/ small kids leave. That last hour is generally slow and a great time to get extra rides in with low queues.
When choosing your park for RotR I’d consider day of the week more than CL. Weekends are, obviously, busier than week days. The slowest days of the week tend to be Tuesday & Wednesday.
For RD FoP – It’s gotten much better with everyone rushing over to DHS for RotR. I’d still suggest getting to AK about 45 minutes before RD for the least wait, but you can get there about 30 minutes in advance and still get on within 30 minutes.
Personalized touring plans are the BEST way to plan your day. It’s the only way the overwhelming majority of people here use TP. The preconstructed plans are all about the lowest queue times. They don’t take into account walking and have you criss-crossing the park just to save 5 minutes in a queue. I’d rather be in line for 5 more minutes at something close by than walking 7 minutes to the next suggested step.