Last week, I talked about how I use the Crowd Calendar to plan out my trips far into the future. I’m able to see which parks I want to go to each day, and decide where to book dining reservations or special experiences. But what will I do when I am in those parks? That brings me to the 2nd piece of the site I use while planning – the touring plans.
Based on some amazing math work by Len Testa and what I believe to be HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the touring plans that this site is famous for are the absolute best way and precise order in which to see attractions in each park. There are permutations for every different scenario, from adults going solo and looking for thrills to people with kids who cannot handle such a fast pace. Looking at the touring plans by entering your touring dates about a month out from your trip, you can get a good idea of what conditions will be while you’re in the World.
I use the touring plans to confirm what I planned based on the Crowd Calendar, to make sure my dining reservations make sense and all activities I have planned will fit while allowing my family and I to enjoy the maximum number of attractions. I print out the plans, but you can also access them through the Lines app.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a planning freak, so the touring plans are perfect for me. I always want to maximize my time in the parks, no matter how many times I have been there. When you have kids, it’s especially important, because they can get frustrated with waiting in lines or not getting on rides. I’ve written here before about my top 7 things plan that I do with my kids, but the next step is adapting that to the touring plans.
Yes, I said adapt the touring plans. The site gives you the ability to create your own touring plans, based on the original plans developed by the math geniuses in charge. My usual way of doing this is to take the plan that fits best for a day, like the Magic Kingdom Touring Plan for Adults with Small Children, then drop things that I know my kids will not do. For some reason, they are dead set against Snow White’s Scary Adventures, so I drop that from the plan and do the next thing on the list.
I also tend to add in things like snacks or pit stops in place of certain attractions. As a religious listener of the WDW Today Podcast, I’ve heard our fearless leader Len Testa remark often that each step of the plan in the mornings should take about 20 minutes. So, knowing my children well, I plan on skipping Snow White and substituting in a tasty treat to keep their energy up. It takes about 20 minutes to grab a snack, and we continue right along in the touring plan.
The touring plans help to keep our touring focused and on the correct track to touring the parks. It keeps me from deviating to look at new merchandise or the latest cupcake at the Main Street Bakery until just the right time. As someone who loves structure, the plans are perfect for me. However, I also recognize that conditions can change quickly, which is when I use the Lines app. But more on that next week.
That’s how I use the touring plans. But what about you? How do you adapt the touring plans to your needs?