So, you heard about TourGuideMike, right? And you think there is no way you should pay someone to tell you when to go where and how to vacation. I mean, come on, you have been to Disney World many times. You know the ropes, the best places to eat, when to make your ADRs- what more could this service tell you? And why would I want anyone to tell me that I have to go here and do that at this time and run here to miss that line. No way!!
Or wait, maybe? Hmmm….. let’s see if you could benefit from tourguidemike at all. I think we can all benefit, so that includes you.
Maybe you haven’t heard of tourguidemike, but are still a Disney vet. Well, let me give you the basics. Touguidemike is a website devoted to learning how to tour Disney World. This is not a free website- aha- the catch! Yes, there is a fee for the service and the information you get from tourguidemike. Could you find all of this information somewhere? Maybe, if you had about a zillion hours to spend searching and compiling it all. And then, really, you may miss out on on things. I mean, who knows what to look for if they don’t know it’s there, right?
Whether you have heard of tourguidemike before or not, you might want to give it a second look if you are visiting Disney World. I’ll go over the reasons why.
First…Tourguidemike was once a VIP tour guide working for Walt Disney World. This gives him all kinds of extra information and insight into not only the Disney company, but the property, the cast members, and the other tourists or, as he likes to say, “them.” Mike has page after page of details on every Disney attraction, every ride, every park, every restaurant, and even every ticket available to get in! The amount of Disney information on the tourguidemike site is enough to give you total information overload if you try to read it all at once. But, for those who really want to get the most out of their Disney trip, this is information you need and will enjoy reading.
Second….Tourguidemike tells you when to go to the parks. He’ll break down which days to go where and will even tell you why. OK, I know what you’re thinking: Why does it matter when I go the Magic Kingdom? And why should I let anyone tell me when to go? I just want to go where I feel like going that day. Well, let me tell you from experience, that is a terrible way to go! Sure, you start off feeling like you are in control and go wherever your heart takes you. And then you realize that your heart takes you to the same place that “their” hearts took them, too. Gee, I guess great hearts think alike, huh? And you wait in lines….and wait, and wait, and….you get the idea. Tourguidemike tells you which Disney parks are the least crowded on which days. What’s great is that it is not blanket information like, “Always go to Magic Kingdom on Monday.” He gives you every day of every week, every year- Monday, June 12th- go here in the morning, here in the evening. He also tells you why. If you are a Disney vet, you probably think you know where to go when. I’d be willing to wager that your thinking is off a bit. Vacationers or “they” tend to follow a predictable pattern in general and tourguidemike takes that into account for his recommendations. This information is probably the most valuable information on the site, in my opinion. If I do nothing else, I go to the Disney park tourguidemike recommends on the day he says to go. Period.
Third…..Tourguidemike also tells you how to tour the Disney parks. No, he does not give you a specific touring plan that you must follow precisely. Rather, he tells you how to think and, more importantly, how “they” think. This helps you learn how to get around “them” and avoid some pretty long waits while on your Disney vacation. This information is also very valuable as you really begin to realize how you once thought and others still think in terms of park touring. If you just go in a different order than the majority, you’ll already be ahead of the game. And no, tourguidemike does not tell you to go here at 9:02 and there at 9:22, etc. You will get sample park plans, but they do not even have times listed. So, quit worrying about that! (Of course, if that’s the kind of plan you want, go read my article on RideMax)
Lastly.…well, this is certainly not the last reason to use tourguidemike, but this is the last “biggie” that I will write about. The tourguidemike site has forums, or message boards. This is a great source of information for anyone and everyone planning a Disney trip. If you are working out a plan to tour Disney and want some feedback, these folks will take their time and really dig into your plan. They give you suggestions and tips. And they are just members like you! There are people out there, like me, who love Disney and are willing to help you plan your trip so that you can have a magical vacation. Then, you might be hooked for life, too! (And need to read my article on Disney Vacation Club at http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/193386/are_you_a_disney_nut_why_you_should.html?cat=16 )
So, should you buy tourguidemike? I say yes, give it a try. Even, if you are a Disney vet. You will learn something new and meet fellow Disney lovers as well. And if you are a first time Disney visitor, well…. HOLD ON TIGHT! Because this will be a wild ride with more information and tips than you could ever imagine. And you will tour Disney like a vet with minimal waits while having the time of your life at Walt Disney World. Happy Planning!