Well, OK, the title of this thread is a bit of a lie.
Just met up with a friend of mine who goes to WDW every year. She takes her family (DS, DD, DH, DGP x 2) and stays off-property. This year they went during the Easter holidays, as we Brits call them.
“Never again!” she said. Insanely busy the whole time. Apparently they only went to MK once and stayed “about an hour” — even Dumbo had a two hour wait. (I think she was exaggerating a bit.)
They didn’t get to do FOP as she couldn’t get FPPs and the wait was never less than “four hours”. (Ditto.)
I felt bad because I’m fairly sure she doesn’t know all the tricks we Liners know. She knows about FPPs, but I don’t think she books them in advance. And they don’t have Touring Plans or even touring plans. She thinks my spreadsheets are, er, just more evidence that I’m eccentric.
They did better at UOR, where they had Express Passes. Did both parks in one very long day. (“We had to. We only had tickets for one day. They cost about $850!”)
Overall they had a good time because — as we all know — your worst day at WDW is better than your best day at home. Or something.
In a way I’m glad not everyone knows the tricks, or they wouldn’t work! But I feel sad for people who don’t make the most of the opportunity.
I never pay for access to websites. NEVER But I’m damn sure glad I found this one — and when it came to renewing my subscription, it was an easy call. I even paid a month early!
And, while I’m at it — you guys rock! This is the friendliest site on the internet. I know. I’ve been on them all. Every website.
Oh, and my birthday trip to WDW next year is definitely off based on my friend’s experience. My birthday falls during the Easter Weekend and that’s cleary crazy — even with all the tricks we know.
Oh, and PS She said she’s never taking my advice again! I recommended Sanaa and she thought it was rubbish!