by Brian McNichols
on February 13, 2017
Today is the day! We have been teasing full coverage of Washington, D.C. for a while now, and it is finally here. What we are offering you, our beloved reader, is complete coverage of every major museum in America’s capital city, as well as minor museums, monument, and diversions. As you probably expect if you’re familiar with TouringPlans, the detail we’ve amassed on everything — especially major attractions like the Air and Space Museum — is incredible. We even have full details about the relatively new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
It’s not just attractions, however, as we also walk you through riding the Metro (subway system) and give you our top recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and the best spots for nightlife. We are still working on full Washington, D.C. Touring Plans, but you may find our 2017 Washington Crowd Calendar helpful as you plan your trip to this wonderful city.
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by Brian McNichols
on December 2, 2016
A quick heads-up: on December 8, 2016, the price of a TouringPlans.com subscription to our Walt Disney World tools will be $14.95 per year. If you’re planning to renew for 2017, doing that in the next week will save you a couple of bucks.
Our last price increase was 3 years ago – in December 2013.
Since then we’ve created new hotel and dining tools to make your trip planning easier, created our trip planning dashboard; and improved our crowd calendar. For our Disney World touring plans, we’ve added features such as ride at night options for attractions like Kilimanjaro Safaris; the ability to pick your preferred performance time for shows; automatic detection and re-routing around closed attractions; custom ride durations for attractions such as World Showcase pavilions and tours; and more.
We know you have questions, so we will both ask and answer them now.
Is the price for renewals increasing too?
Yes. If you are a current subscription holder, the price to renew for an additional year will increase $1 to $10.95 on December 8.
Are there any discounts available?
Yes there are. If you are a subscriber to the fabulous newsletters put out by either AllEars.net or Mousesavers, they both frequently have discounts for TouringPlans. There is also a subscription discount found in the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.
In addition, using the fantastic travel agent services at Small World Vacations, AAA Carolinas, or AAA Mid-Atlantic to book your Disney World trip may also entitle you to free (yes, free) TouringPlans subscriptions.
If I subscribe or renew my existing subscription before December 8, what happens?
You’ll get a full year–or an additional year for renewals–of the best Disney World tools available for the current price.
Why are you telling us this ahead of time?
It seems like the kind of thing we’d like to see happen everywhere – tell your best customers in advance about things that may affect them.
Okay, I’m in. What am I getting for $14.95
When you are TouringPlans.com subscriber you get access to our Crowd Calendar, which helps you decide the best times to visit. You also get all of our premium Touring Plans as well as access to the fabulous optimizer which allows full customization of any plan. We also have a mobile app–Lines–which gives you instant access to any of our feature on the go.
We also have all of the features listed above like our room view tool and reservation finder. Basically, you will have all the information and assistance you could possibly want to make your Disney World vacation the best it can be.
by Len Testa
on November 10, 2016
Today we’re releasing two updates to our touring plan software:
Disney’s Early Morning Magic
Disney’s Early Morning Magic is held on selected Sundays and Tuesdays throughout the year. For an additional cost of $69 per adult and $59 per child, you get access to 3 Fantasyland rides (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight), plus breakfast. The event starts around 7:45 a.m. and runs through 9 a.m., when the park opens to regular guests.
When creating a Magic Kingdom touring plan for a day on which Early Morning Magic is held, you’ll be asked whether you plan to attend the event, along with any other special events taking place in the park on the same day:
The touring plan software knows which attractions are open during the event, and will show you the expected wait times for each attraction. (The waits seem to be very low.)
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by Sarah Kelleth
on July 4, 2016
You may have already noticed, but this past week we revamped your trip dashboard! The snazzy new look is more streamlined with better ways of presenting the information you need — for example, we added visual “crowd gauges” to give you at a glance crowd level info for your upcoming trip days.
We’ve also added a new interactive checklist feature to Walt Disney World trips that are based off of the master timeline in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. These include lots of helpful links throughout to make planning your trip easier than ever. You can view planning steps by sections — broken up into months or days before your trip — so you have easy to manage chunks of to-dos and you can quickly look ahead to see what’s coming up next.
Don’t forget that our alert system will also help you keep track of important dates (such as when to make dining reservations), and we can even do the work of faxing a room request automatically! The trip planning system keeps getting better!
What would you like to see next?
by David Davies
on September 10, 2015
As many of you know, the TouringPlans.com website, blog, and Lines app experienced technical difficulties on the morning of Saturday, September 5. Although we have resolved the issues on our end, due to temporary workarounds that we put in place, any device that accessed our website or Lines app between approximately 6:00 AM and noon EDT on Saturday may still have problems accessing our products.
We sincerely regret this and apologize for any difficulties we have caused. Fortunately, resolving the current problems is fairly straightforward, but we cannot fix it on our end: we need customers who are experiencing problems to take action.
Lines App Problems
If the Lines mobile app does not work (for example, it redirects to a browser, where you get an error), delete the Lines app and then reinstall it from the App Store or Google Play.
- If the website (either touringplans.com or m.touringplans.com) does not work (e.g., you get an error about too many redirects), clear your browser’s cache and remove any site preferences for touringplans.com. It is also possible that visiting http://touringplans.com? (with the question mark at the end) will force your browser to recognize our current settings and behave as desired, so we recommend trying that, too.
- You can try “privacy mode” of your web browser, or try a web browser that you do not normally use. The site should work fine on any browser that you did not use on Saturday morning.
- You can access website content via http://unofficialguide.com and app content via http://m.unofficialguide.com. Note that if you try to purchase a subscription through these unofficialguide.com pages, you will get a scary message about our SSL certificate. You can disregard that, or you can use a different browser (see the bullet point above) to make your purchase.
If none of this helps, please contact us and let us know what browser you are using, your operating system, and details about what you’re doing and the error messages you are seeing.
On a separate but related note, we apologize for ineffective communications about our problems on Saturday morning. Generally speaking, we use our Twitter account (@TouringPlans, which is accessible via any web browser at https://twitter.com/touringplans) to broadcast messages when we experience outages like this, but it took us several hours to do that on Saturday. We will do better in the future.
We appreciate your patience as we recover from last weekend’s challenges, and – on behalf of the entire TouringPlans.com staff – I thank you for letting us help you enjoy your Disney and Universal vacations!
by Sarah Kelleth
on August 27, 2014
Those of you who are subscribers know we’ve recently introduced a new trip planning dashboard, and today we’re releasing the next iteration – adding parks to specific days in your trip, and integrating trips with our main crowd calendar. Here’s what the new features look like.
When you login to your dashboard, you’ll see that your trips now have the option to add parks to specific days. You can click on the link for the day you want to choose parks for (highlighted in orange in the picture above) to go to that day’s crowd calendar, including information about park hours and special events. There you can pick one or more parks to visit that day.
Parks you select will show up on your dashboard as you see above with their crowd levels. We’ll try to guess which parks you’ll visit based on the touring plans you already have for that day, or you can just select the ones you’re interested in (especially handy if you’re not using a plan or haven’t quite decided what you’re doing yet).
Want to take a look at the big picture? Now the main crowd calendar page will highlight your trips and scroll directly to your next trip dates, turning the crowd levels for the parks you plan to visit green to easily scan. It will also display the name (or names if your trip dates overlap) of your trips in the notes for each day.
All these changes work with all three of our trip-enabled properties (WDW, DLR and UOR), and are available now to all subscribers. Let us know what you think so far and stay tuned – more trip planning goodness is, well…planned. 😉
by Len Testa
on May 22, 2014
We’ve added a site-wide search feature to the TouringPlans website. A search bar should appear somewhere around the upper right corner of every page
The entire site is indexed, so a search for “Peter Pan” will return links to the attraction’s description, wait times, touring plans, FastPass+ tips, relevant blog posts, and more.
We can customize the search results, so let us know in the comments if there’s a particular way you’d like to see the results displayed. Happy searching!