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Posted: June 25, 2003 12:39 am/pm Quote

I'm debating on purchasing from TourGuideMike.  I would like to hear any comments anyone has regarding using the site.

Currently, he's only charging $15 and I thought I'd jump on it (even though I have no idea when we're going to WDW again :D ).  Basically, it would also be used to feed my "Wanna be at Disney" addiction.. :nod:  

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Posted: June 25, 2003 3:01 am/pm Quote

I signed up and just feel like it's too much to wade through online!  I think I prefer the guidebooks I purchased, because I can then take them with me.  

He doesn't really set you up with "an itinerary" for your particular dates/times/ages.  He just gives basic suggestions for touring.  Granted, they are detailed suggestions, but you would have to print out an awful lot of stuff to get it all figured out!

Just my two cents.  I know others have found him to be a great resource.  And he is!  But there's a lot of content that doesn't cost on his site that may be just as helpful.


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Posted: June 25, 2003 3:36 am/pm Quote

I am currently using TGM for my vacation in September.  I love it!  I have found quite a bit of the information helpful.  If you are interested at all, I would see about signing up under the $15 deal.  For me it's not just the info, it's the way he puts it together and uses his personality to deliver it.  It's more entertaining than a guidebook.  I have learned a few things, and there are some things on there I already knew.  It's kind-of a cross between an "official" guidebook and an "unofficial" one.  Still the total adoration of all things Disney, but it also tells some of the downsides (but in a pleasant way).  I think it all depends on what you expect.  Have you checked out the public areas on the site yet?  That may give you a "feel" for what it has to offer you.  I have become so addicted to it I told my husband once our vacation is over and our 60 day window has closed I may have to just order up a new one, because I feel like I will miss my fictional computer guide!  I hope everything works out and you make the best decision for you!  Good Luck!

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Posted: June 25, 2003 4:26 am/pm Quote

Thanks for to both of you!

I'll check out the site and look at the free info available.  I still have time to decide what I'll do.

In the meantime, I still have my passporter to read through :).

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Posted: July 02, 2003 8:13 am/pm Quote

Okay, I paid for TGM when it was on the $15 special, and I still think it's awfully complex the way his site is organized, but I want to revise my opinion a bit.  If you have the time to read and/or copy and paste and/or print, his information really is priceless.  I get it now about why he lays everything out the way he does.  He goes into such detail on the "whys" of what he suggests because it then sticks in your brain better.  Yes, I probably would have preferred a bullet-point list for the order of doing things at each park, but he is an entertaining read and deserves kudos for his writing style (though the typos are making my administrative-type brain go berserk! )  I just have to amend my previous opinion and state that TGM's insider's POV and tips will make some of the things I want to do much easier.  So, my apologies if I misled anyone into not going for his special while it was on.

So much of my planning had already been done before I purchased his service that I didn't need most of it (like planning where to stay and/or what kind of tickets to get and/or where to eat).  But, if you are just beginning your planning, it would probably be really helpful.  And worth his regular price, too, I might add.

My big tip for using TGM would be to copy and paste the relevant articles for your vacation into Word documents that are easier for you to navigate--cut out all the graphics and make your margins .5 inch all around.  Consolidate articles, naming them things like "Tips for Touring Magic Kingdom" or "Parade Strategies."  I have done this and have my docs synced for my handheld Windows PC system, so I can take them with me and read them on my Dell Axim while we're on the plane!  No paper!  If you want to print them out, I wouldn't print them straight from the web site.  Do it from your own word processor and get them onto as few pages as possible.  Change all font colors to black.

I had already set up my own Itinerary Planning Pages, too, so I just went through my plans and added his cool tips (like the best place to get your E-ride night wristbands and where to stand for the fireworks).  I am printing our Itinerary pages out, as well as keeping them on the Axim, so my DH can have a copy, too.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I had changed my mind, sorta kinda on TGM.


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Posted: July 12, 2003 6:26 am/pm Quote

TourGuideMike added a Disney tunes radio to the Automated Vacation Planner for subscribers!  Now, I'm totally sold!  He's using Live365 to enhance your planning online.  I'm listening to Ronan Keating sing Circle of Life right now! Pre-recorded TGM came on at the start of my listening and said he'll be offering tips during the broadcast, too!  How fun!  TourGuideMikeRadio!  (You have to put up with pop-up ads unless you buy the Live365 fee to become a VIP listener).

Just thought y'all ought to know!


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Posted: July 13, 2003 6:27 am/pm Quote

Wrote TGM a nice email note thanking him for his service and letting him know the added radio feature was "spot on!" (I'm listening to it right now!  Just keep it playing in the background now no matter what I'm doing!  Easy with my new high speed connection!;)

Anyway, got back a really nice personalized email with two beautiful .jpg's attached--one of Cinderella's castle and one of the view from the top of the Volcano Pool at the Polynesian (since I mentioned we are staying there)!  Oh my gosh!  I want to be there right now!

You can just tell he loves his business and puts his customers FIRST!  Just thought I'd give him a little  :clap:


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