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  1. Jane
    April 28, 2019

    Hi Dave, re: my comments of 4/1 and later, above, is it definite that we won’t have the Disney calendar until early June? My 180 day ADR day is May 27 and I was hoping to have my days set by then, obviously (we arrive Nov 23). I remember that in 2015 when I did this before everything was set by then….did something change? Thank you for any advice! 🙂 I’ve been working with your rough draft to get started on my planning.

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    • Dave
      April 29, 2019

      Jane, for a couple of years now, to much consternation, Disney has been releasing its calendar exactly at 180 days. This site seems to be a month to 6 weeks ahead, and has been pretty reliable.

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  2. Mike
    April 12, 2019

    Hey Dave- Despite planning months ago to enjoy WDW before Galaxy’s edge, our arrival date falls exactly on August 29th. Bummer, but a good bummer. We’d still like to briefly visit HS on Friday 8/30- only for a couple scheduled FP+ rides. In and out.

    I’m a big believer in your “4 Lines of Galaxy’s Edge” theory, and am trying to follow the path of least resistance. I’m proposing arriving mid-morning to allow the first crush to stabilize. After reading this article, I’m thinking taking a Minnie-van to Boardwalk and then walking over, thereby eliminating the traffic to the park. Since I’m only riding FP+ rides, I’d have to think my ONLY line will be entry to the park. Thoughts?

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    • Dave
      April 13, 2019

      Mike–where are you taking the Minnie Van from?

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      • Mike
        April 14, 2019

        Poly

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      • Dave
        April 15, 2019

        OK Mike, from there I like your plan, as there won’t be much traffic competing with the Minnie Van in that direction

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  3. Jane
    April 1, 2019

    Yes, please give me the rough draft. I’m thinking ahead to my ADR day of May 27. Even though things might change I still want to work on it. BTW following your advice of avoiding the park with the EMH has led to two great vacations during a high crowd time. Thank you so much!

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    • Dave
      April 3, 2019

      Hi Jane, first, separate from the open issues around Galaxy’s Edge Thanksgiving week, especially Sunday-Friday, itself is a bear. During such crowded times having good FastPass+ and daily plans matter more in general than picking the best days.

      While the HS EMH schedule may change this, in general avoid HS every day except on days I say to avoid MK.

      OK here’s the rough draft:

      11/23: avoid all but Epcot
      11/24: avoid HS (unless EMH changes to a pattern like I suggest here)
      11/25: avoid AK
      11/26: avoid Epcot
      11/27 avoid MK
      11/28: avoid Ecpt and MK
      11/29: avoid HS and AK
      11/30: avoid all but Epcot

      Note that if you have a hopper and are staying in an EMH-eligible hotel–and can arrive at EMH turnstiles at least 30 mins before open at HS and MK, and 45 mins (or more) at AK and HS. IN this case you would go to the park with morning EMH bright and early, and then park-hop to a different park late morning–with your FP+ booked in the second park

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  4. Jane
    April 1, 2019

    Hi Dave, is it too early to get the advice about which parks to avoid on which days for Nov 23 – 30 2019? If so, when will you know? We will get the military tix for 5 park days. We want at least one day at each park and will repeat one, but not sure which one yet. We also definitely want one day at Universal. Thank you so much for all your advice. 🙂

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    • Dave
      April 1, 2019

      Hi Jane, yes it is (sort of) too early.

      I can give you “rough draft” best and worst days right now, and will be able to give you more definitive thoughts in early June. The complexity to either is that I expect the HS EMH schedule to change, because of Star Wars, perhaps several times, and such might have an impact on the ebb and flow of crowds in the parks.

      If you’d like the rough draft, let me know!

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  5. Jane
    March 28, 2019

    Hi Dave, we already had an AOA hotel reservation before learning of the early opening of SW. We want to go to HS but aren’t interested in going into SW. Typically we drive everywhere….but from what I’m reading it sounds like our best bet is to take the Skyliner, should it be open (our trip is Thanksgiving week). And the second choice would be the bus. Am I reading that right? We usually arrive at parks around 9-10 am b/c we have some older adults who don’t do early mornings…but in this case I’m thinking if we don’t go earlier we won’t get into HS at all. I’ve also considered only doing evenings at HS but am worried it would hit capacity and we wouldn’t get in. We would have dining res and the FP set up for HS. I’m aware we might have to scrap all that if we can’t get into HS. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you!

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    • Dave
      March 29, 2019

      Jane it’s hard to say right now–especially since we don’t know the opening date of the second star wars ride.

      Both for the reasons noted on the post and the way park closing logic works, Disney transportation will be almost certainly a better choice than your car. FastPass+ will be key, and it might be safe to work with the thought as a worst case (especially if the second ride is open) that you may not see much besides what you’ve gotten FastPass+ for. My guess is that aiming for 10a will be fine if you are taking the gondola, which indeed will be the best choice

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      • Jane
        March 29, 2019

        Thanks! I had forgotten about phases of closure. We will definitely choose gondolas 1st if possible and bus 2nd.

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