I purchased the book "The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2008" before going on our trip, as I was wanting to make it a great trip for everyone going (15 of us, including 7 children). The information the book provided (ride descriptions, food, hotels, etc.) was great. We followed one of their suggested tour plans "Disneyland 2-day plan with children". We used day two of the plan for our first day and used one of our early entry passes for that day. By the time 12:00 noon rolled around, we had nearly finished the entire plan for that day. We weren't running from ride to ride either. This was on July 8, of this year!
Now, I must put in a disclaimer. My mom was in a wheelchair for our trip, so standing in line was not a factor for us. However, if we would have had to stand in line, it wouldn't have been for more than 30 minutes maximum earlier in the day.
So, my question is this: Has anyone used this book (sans wheelchair) and found it useful? Also, if I were going the week before Memorial Day, or the week of Septober (end of September/ first of October), or the first week of December, would the tour plans in this book still be useful considering the smaller crowds during those times?
It sounds like October is no longer one of the slower times of the year. If so, what do you suggest?