A FastPass to SAS knowledge


I'm about to give you the single-most valuable piece of advice for getting the most out of your experience at SAS Global Forum 2012. Are you ready? Here it is:

When you walk through the gates the Disney Hollywood Studios park (on your day off, of course), run -- don't walk -- to grab your FastPass for the Toy Story ride.

I visited Disney World with my family in October, and I can verify: The line is always long for that attraction, but it is great fun. (Unlike the Dumbo ride in Magic Kingdom -- the line is always long for that as well, but I just don't see the point.)

It turns out that the third week of April is a very good week to enjoy the parks at Disney World. Spring break season has ended, Easter weekend is over, school is in session, and there aren't yet any hurricanes brewing.

I prepared a simple series plot to illustrate the projected overall crowd experience. For this, I used the SGPLOT procedure. The trend line is the expected relative crowd level, and I added my own reference lines according to my own estimated crowd "comfort" level.

Another tip: If you do plan to enjoy the parks as part of your trip to SAS Global Forum, I can also recommend touringplans.com as a resource for optimizing your park endeavors. An inexpensive subscription grants you access to tremendous data for each park ... even estimated wait times for each attraction! As a SAS professional, you'll have the chance to exercise your analytic and optimization skills as you relax with the family.


About Author

Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.

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