Published: August 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Excellent advice. I would add that, historically, the second Saturday in August is the busiest day of the year for visitors so, if it is not too late to change, wait until after the California schools have all started and go on a weekday in September. Also, after checking the AP blackout, check the list of attractions closed for refurbishment as they are starting annual maintenance periods for several major attractions as well as the Haunted Mansion closing for Holiday decorations.
Dominick D

Published: August 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I'd love to see a video of this on You Tube, which will probably happen. Good luck to all who go.
Jay R.

Published: August 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I went before the AP cutoff sate in June, so I'm going to wait until September to go again.
M. Ryan Traylor

Published: August 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

and yet, I'll be one of those APers that will still attempt Monday's crowds. I'll go ahead and say "you're welcome" to all those enjoy my GWS Ears.
Doug Jenkins

Published: August 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Good advice. A good rule of thumb for locals is always stay away from the parks during blackout periods and the 2 weeks before and after, if possible. Universal and WDW know when they are the busiest. Also keep an eye on when the on property hotel rates drop. That attitude has served me well, and saved many a headache, for the past 15 years as a AP holder to Universal Orlando and WDW.
Jill Harrington

Published: August 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Interesting... I hadn't thought of this. As an 'East Coast Mouse' person, we are traveling out for the DL Half Marathon the last week in August/Labor Day weekend, and were avoiding the parks that weekend due to the crowds from the race (because that is what you'd do in Florida - during the week the crowd would likely be a tick less, before the main race crowds get there, plus the locals that'll go on the weekend). Hadn't considered the effect of the AP's. Hmmm... May need to rethink strategy - we were planning on DL Wed, Thurs, and Sunday post race - Knott's on Saturday. What to do, what to do??