Feedback Wanted: Crowd Calendar Appearance

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The TouringPlans.com Crowd Calendars for Walt Disney World and Disneyland are based on hundreds of thousands of wait times collected inside Disney Parks over the past 10 years and our own mathematical models of how the parks actually work.

For each park (and for each resort, as a whole) we calculate objective, transparent daily rankings (which we call “crowd levels”) on a scale of 1 to 10. And since these crowd levels are linked to wait times, we thought the Crowd Calendars would more clearly describe the crowds if they also displayed a few predicted wait times

This is where we need your help. How can we best display wait times on the Crowd Calendars?

In particular, we’d like to know:

  • Whether showing one attraction per park adequate, or does having a few give you a better sense of the park‚Äôs activity?
  • What color schemes show the data best?
  • Are small fonts acceptable for the wait times?

Please look at the samples below and vote for your favorite. Also feel free to offer other suggestions in the comments section. Thanks for making TouringPlans.com even more useful!

Option A
Option B

Option C
Option D

Which Crowd Calendar variant do you prefer?

  • Option C (50%, 317 Votes)
  • Option D (35%, 226 Votes)
  • Option A (10%, 65 Votes)
  • Option B (5%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 639

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Posted on July 10, 2012

79 Responses to “Feedback Wanted: Crowd Calendar Appearance”

  • by Phillip Burton on July 11, 2012, at 7:00 am EDT

    I voted for B as being the most clearest – but was wondering why the times for Soarin’ in A and B were different from C and D.

  • I like A the best, easy to read. Actually I would prefer all black lettering, but looks like the odds are against me on that one! You guys are doing a fantastic job with the planning tools available. Can’t wait to try the touring plans this fall using the optimizing! Should be interesting!

  • I would rather have the parks hours displayed in this graph rather than estimated park ride times. I already can tell how busy it is going to be from the crowd level.

    I would use a graph like the above with park hour when picking/planning out my parks for the week.

    But if I’m just voting on the above – c – I like the red/green on both the park level/park to avoid and ride times.

  • I prefer A/B in terms of data and layout – simple and easy to read. However, I do not like the coloring/shading of either one as I would prefer plain black text. Also, shades of red and green are not good choices because of colorblindness.

  • I chose option B. It would be great for A/B if you can either
    - set a preference for the attraction you’d like to see in each park. I have no interest in PP but would love to see SM.
    - be able to expand the row for an individual day either as a hover or on click

  • I like A and C but voted for C. I think I would vote for A if it rotated through the most popular rides pausing for about 5 to 10 seconds.

  • I like Option C best. It gives the most information in a nice format.