We will be visiting WDW from December 15-22nd and we'll be staying at POR. We have purchased the dining plan so we're trying to map out where we'll be each day in order to make dinner reservations. Reading Birnbaum's guide, I'm told that the Extra Magic Hours are a perk that "is almost too good to be true." When I read The Unofficial Guide to WDW, however, it warns that the parks are packed on days that extra hours are offered. The suggestion is to go to the park offering the extra hours until they get too crowded and then "hop" over to another park. To me, though, this seems like a hassle, since we won't have a rental car and will rely on park transportation, and it feels that any time saved by going to a less crowded park would be negated by having to travel somewhere else. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. As a veteran of Disneyland (I grew up in Southern California and since we live in Oregon, we still visit every couple of years), this is really strange for me having to plan so far in advance and in such great detail. I am not a type "A" person at all and I worry that some of the spontaneity of our vacation is being sacrificed. Anyone else feel that difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World?