I’ve talked the last couple of weeks about how I use the Crowd Calendar and the Touring Plans to plan my trip, but when I arrive on property, those tools move to the background. When it’s time to set forth into the parks, I’m all about the Lines app on my phone.
There may be better things that have been invented in my lifetime, but I doubt it. Lines has literally changed the way I tour more than the Touring Plans or the Crowd Calendar. Sure, there’s the wait times, which are very valuable, but there is so much more in Lines that I use to help me tour and also to enjoy my visits even more.
The wait times are obviously the big benefit. As much as I trust the Touring Plans, super statistician Fred Hazelton or noted raconteur Len Testa cannot be in the parks every single day. Conditions on the ground change, right? My plan always when following a touring plan is to check Lines before I walk over to the attraction, and make sure I’m making the right call. Sometimes you see a red flag, like an attraction is down or the wait time is much higher than expected. That helps adapt your touring to make sure you are still keeping with the plan.
Even more valuable (at least to me), though, is the forecasted wait times. If you click on an attraction in the app, you will get not only the most recently posted wait times, but also what the forecast is for the wait times throughout the day, as well as when the Fastpasses will run out. This is so supremely helpful to planning my day when I am in the parks.
Let me give an example. This past weekend, I was in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends with my children. My son being a HUGE Star Wars fan, I wanted to get him multiple rides on Star Tours. While the Touring Plan calls for one ride between 10-11 a.m., I looked at the forecasted wait times and when FASTPASS would be gone on Lines. I was able to see that I needed to modify my plans and hit Star Tours first, grab a FASTPASS and get back in line again in order to get the rides I wanted.
That’s just one example of how I use Lines, but it’s become an integral part of my touring. The wait time forecasts are fantastic for what I mentioned above, but I am also able to select a certain touring plan that I want to follow for easy reference throughout the day. I can also look at the Crowd Calendar forecast for upcoming days to see if I need to go to a certain park on a different day than I had planned.
It’s very important to allow some flexibility in your planning process for just this reason. Lines allows me to do that, because if I arrive and see some differences in wait times, I can adjust accordingly. Also, if you are someone who doesn’t plan every single day, just some, Lines helps you get through those days by directing you to the right locations. I know I’m gushing, but Lines really does make things better for me in the parks.
So, that’s how I use Lines, but what about you? Do you chat? Try to get badges? Or just use the wait times? Let me know!