By the co-author of the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook ever -- The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.

Now available in PDF format!—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Affiliation with Undercover Tourist

By Dave Shute

... the trusted name in attraction tickets
Frequent readers of my disclosure page :) will have noted that over the weekend I inked a deal to partner with Undercover Tourist.

Undercover Tourist has all kinds of tools and tips, but they are best known for being one of the few legit sources of discounted Walt Disney World tickets. (They also have discounted tickets for other Orlando area attractions.)

The Disney World discounts often aren’t that big–Disney will discount hotels frequently, but very rarely tickets. But for larger families or those who need to squeeze every penny that they can, the savings can be meaningful.

Undercover Tourist reached out last week with the following kind words:

“We just recently discovered your blog over here at Undercover Tourist and we’re quite impressed with the level of detail and unique point of view you’re providing.  Looks like your consulting days at McKinsey are being put to good use as you are effectively solving the “first visit to WDW” enigma. ;)”

So after that, how could I not partner with them?

I’ve known about them forever–they are highly recommended by some of the writers about Disney World that I most trust. So I’m honored that we have a relationship, and we’re already talking about other stuff we could do together that would help all of you even more!

And as a result of the partnership, if you buy stuff from Undercover Tourist via a link from this site, then they share a little pixie dust with me, which helps compensate for all of the time I put into it…

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1 Wendy { 05.04.13 at 10:02 am }

This sounds like good news – and I have a question. Have you seen their crowd calendar? They already have posted their park estimations for Thanksgiving week. They have parks the recommend and do not recommend each of the days. It is very cool. Can you look over the Thanksgiving week and see if there are any places you might suggest a different park? I was surprised that they recommend MK on Wednesday before – seems like more people would have arrived by Wednesday – making the crowds more of an issue. I have no doubt that they have sound reasons for what they post – just wanted your take on it, too.



2 Dave { 05.05.13 at 7:56 am }

Hiya Wendy. How do I put this tactfully…I have not studied their crowd calendar carefully, but things I have glanced at–like their treatments of the weeks before and after Easter in April 2014–make me think that together we can make a lot of progress in improving it…

3 Wendy { 05.05.13 at 3:43 pm }

Well said – I will wait for WDW to release the calendar for Nov 23 – 29th and then I will check with you once I have set the plan. I need to have it all in my mind, so I can make reservations on May 26th at 4:00AM!



4 Dave { 05.06.13 at 12:12 pm }

Wendy, here’s a basic approach to that week.

1. Avoid parks on days they have morning or evening EMH.

2. Avoid MK and Epcot on Thanksgiving Day–AK is the best choice.

3. MK will likely be best on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

For the current draft of the calendar, see this:

5 Wendy { 05.06.13 at 9:15 pm }


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