BabyCrazy - if you go to TouringPlans.com, at the top there is a link to Crowd Calendars, then select Disney World Crowd Calendar. Then, in the left-hand column, you can jump to the various dates. When we are really close to our dates (maybe 10 days out?), that become subscriber-only information. However, it is not likely to change significantly. TP reports their Crowd Calendar information on a day-by-day basis; whereas, EasyWDW has his in a monthly view. The Touring Plans folks are the ones who write The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World - a book I highly recommend. I had no idea that Undercover Tourist (UT) has it's own crowd calendar. I learned something new! However, I will say, that on the DisBoards, TP and EasyWDW are the most recommended crowd calendars.
Since I subscribe to TouringPlans.com, I have free access to their app called "Lines." I used it extensively in 2011 when we went. The cool thing about Lines is that many in-park users add to the data in real time. For example, I decide to ride Space Mountain and the Disney-posted wait time is 45 minutes. Lines may have it posted as 25 minutes. I get in line and start my timer in the app. I stop the timer just as I'm about to board and submit that wait time (let's pretend it is 28 minutes). That data gets added to the other Lines data and the app will adjust the posted wait times accordingly. Does that make sense?
I have more recently downloaded the free UT app. I tried to use it some when we went in May, but honestly, it was just my hubby and me, so I decided to throw the detailed touring plan out the window. I just looked at Lines to see wait times. However, the UT app has a lot of features that Lines doesn't. Lines is strictly wait times and touring plans (including your personalized touring plan, should you make one). The UT app has maps that are interactive; it shows where you are on the map. It has a feature where you can add things (like dining reservations) to your schedule. It lists show times (but Lines does this too). It lists restaurants and menus, ratings of the restaurant, and distance to it. As I'm looking at it more closely, I see it also has a feature called "Find a Friend" that seems to help you locate people in your group. Hmmmm...that's pretty cool.
Disney has it's own app called "My Disney Experience (MDE)," and when Disney implements it's next big change, My Magic+, the app will almost be a necessity. However, for now, people have reported experiencing a lot of glitches and it still does not report ride wait times as accurately as Lines.
So, basically it seems that there's no one-size-fits-all Disney app. I think that Disney *wants* MDE to be that, but it's got a ways to go (as we say in the South).
I just want to add that we did use touring plans from TP when we went in 2011, and it was definitely the way to go. Even though the crowds are low, there are still crowds. I started questioning whether or not we needed the plan because our wait times were so low. But, DUH! That is the whole purpose of having a plan!!!
The single most important piece of advice I can give is to get to the parks at "rope drop" (and for MK that means about 30-45 minutes before official park opening time) and head straight to the main attractions and ride them first. This especially applies to Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney's Hollywood Studios. That ride will quickly have wait times of an hour+ and usually the Fast Passes are gone by early afternoon. When we went in May on a weekday, before school was out, we got to DHS around 9:30 and had to take care of some business at Guest Relations. By the time we were done - about 10:15 or so - Fast Passes for TSMM were for times later than 5:00 p.m. and within about another hour, were completely gone!
I know this is a lot more info than probably anyone wanted! And other's may have had different experiences, which I would love to hear, too. That's why we're here, right?
Edited by Robin Harrison Axelberd, 18 July 2013 - 07:33 AM.