Touring Plans

Contents

MAJOR EPISODES

Episode 1401 – Touring Plans Changes At DHS

Episode 1306 – WDW parks by time of day

Episode 1200 – Multiple Days In A Single Park

Episode 1098 – Chris’s Show Between 12:40 and 13:22

Episode 838: New Magic Kingdom Touring Plan

Episode 784: Touring Mistakes From 6′ onwards

Episode 766: A New Touringplan For Kids

Episode 720: Touring plans questions you always wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask

Episode 625: The Ultimate Touring Plan To The Magic Kingdom

Episode 520: Touring Plan Updates

Episode 405: Creating the Studios Touring Plan

Episode 277: Half day touring plan of Epcot

Episode 84: Comprehensive Animal Kingdom touring strategy with Expedition Everest

Episode 47: One and a half day Magic Kingdom touring plan

Episode 29: Animal Kingdom Treasures and Half Day Touring Plan

Episode 11: Half Day Touring Plan of Epcot

Related Websites

www.touringplans.com [1]

The Unofficial Guide [2]crowd calendar.

Animal Kingdom

Episode 1353 – Fastpass+ Priorities At The Studios And Animal Kingdom After 16:41

Episode 1282 The Removal Of Fast Pass In The Animal Kingdom-Emphasis on touring during Christmas Week

Episode 84: Comprehensive Animal Kingdom touring strategy with Expedition Everest

Episode 29: Animal Kingdom Treasures and Half Day Touring Plan</big>

1275 5:55 Chad from Wisconsin ponders late-day touring at Animal Kingdom involving the stage shows in particular

1088 16:53 Brandon asks whether MK or AK is better for mid-afternoon touring coming from MCO.

LS033 71’40″: Ted asks what order he should put certain attrations in the Animal Kingdom for his family, including children aged 4 and 2.

0546 10’00″: Karen from Maine asks about how to tour the Studios and Animal Kingdom.

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Lynn of MI wants to know which touring plan she should use for Animal Kingdom given her schedule.
Len suggests the [3]Afternoon Touring plan for the Animal Kingdom.
Mike Scopa recommends Expedition Everest for in the evening.

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Susan of NY wants to know the best order to ride a handful of attractions at Animal Kingdom.
Len thinks Susan should ride them in this order: Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Kali River Rapids and Tough to be a Bug.
Len mentions Kali River Rapids doesn’t usually open until about 9:30 or 9:45.
Len says you could do Everest, Dinosaur, Tough to be a Bug and then Kali River Rapids.
Mike Scopa says he wouldn’t do Kali River Rapids before Tough to be a Bug in colder months of the year.

LS02 Peter from NY has a question about the touring plan for Animal Kingdom and skipping attractions

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Mike from Westwood, NJ wants to know if he can see all of Animal Kingdom if he’s going to be down there for just the afternoon on his arrival day.
Len thinks Mike can do the highlights given the timeframe but thinks FASTPASS will likely be gone.
Len says after 3:30 or so the park dies so it will be easier to do some of the headliner attractions.
Matt says the last 2 hours the park is open is when Mike will have the easiest time with waits.
Len says to make sure he’s not going on an Extra Magic Hour day and to start with a stage show.

0083[4]Jeff from Houston has a strategy for touring Animal Kingdom with emphasis on Expedition Everest and recommends touring the last hour Animal Kingdom is open
Len likes the strategy but says the downside is the FASTPASS’s will likely be gone but it’s still a good strategy.
Len mentions in Episode 84 Len will be debuting the new Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World touring plan to Animal Kingdom .

Accommodation

0624 15’00″: Joel from Georgia asks about his resort touring plan.

During Offseason

1186 9:52 Wesley from Ohio asks about the necessity of using touring plans with low crowds

1112 12:15 Holly asks about touring with shortened park hours

Epcot

Episode 1356 – Recent Changes To Fastpass+ After 10:04

Episode 1351 – Fastpass+ Priorities At Epcot

Episode 1297 – The Removal Of Legacy Fastpass In Epcot

Episode 277: Half day touring plan of Epcot

Episode 11: Half Day Touring Plan of Epcot</big>

LS39 26’25″: Keith from Oklahoma asks how he can work a character breakfast in with the Epcot Touring Plans.

1225 20:42 Caroline from Texas asks why Touring Plans frequently lists Epcot as the “park to avoid” in January

Hollywood Studios

Episode 1401 – Touring Plans Changes At DHS

Episode 1356 – Recent Changes To Fastpass+ 3:35-10:03

Episode 1353 – Fastpass+ Priorities At The Studios And Animal Kingdom 5:09-16:40

Episode 1288 – The Removal Of Legacy Fastpass In Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Episode 1140 – Touring Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the slow season

Episode 1057: New One Day Studios Touringplan

Episode 520: Touring Plan Updates From 8’30” onwards

Episode 405: Creating the Studios Touring Plan

1177 4:18 Jimmy from Louisiana asks about touring Hollywood Studios in June

1171 24:50 Mike from England asks about Fastpass strategies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

0645 18’25″: Tamera asks which is worse for touring Hollywood Studios: days with EMHs, or days with Fantasmic!

0603 5’40″: Brian in Kentucky refers to Episode 277, and asks about the logic for the Hollywood Studios Touring Plan.

LS32 14’25″: Amy from Kentucky asks whether she should do Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster first at park opening.

0549 18’30″: Phil from NY suggests an update to the Studios Touring Plan.

0546 10’00″: Karen from Maine asks about how to tour the Studios and Animal Kingdom.

0472 Julia of TX wants our opinion of her touring plan for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

0460 Megan of PA comments on the touring plan for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

0439
Becky wants to know where to fit in Toy Story Midway Mania into her touring plan.

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Jon wants to know what order to ride Toy Story Mania, Great Movie Ride, Star Tours, Playhouse Disney and Muppetvision 3D.

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Kirsten of NY wants to know how often the touring plans are updated and when the touring plans will include Toy Story Mania.

0203
Ron wants to know if the Disney-MGM Studios touring plans will change to reflect the removal of Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Play It.
Len says the touring plans have been updated online and in the 2007 Unofficial Guide.
Len says to accomodate, use the following in your planning.
Get FASTPASS for Rock ‘n Roller Coaster.
Tower of Terror.
The Great Movie Ride.
Backlot Tour.
One Man’s Dream.
Start working in all the shows.
Len says once Midway Madness opens, the touring plan will have to change .
Len says touring MGM is the most difficult because of the shows and having to work them in.
Len says it’s even harder to work in the shows during the off season.

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tikkipoo wants to know if doing the rides in the morning and shows in the middle of the day to avoid the heat be a good idea.
Len says it’s a good idea and his touring plans tend to go with that idea when possible.
Matt does the “air conditioning tour” at the Studios where he goes from Great Movie Ride, Sounds Dangerous, Star Tours, to Muppetvision to Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.

LS05 Steve also wants to know strategies for riding Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster first thing in the monring

Large Groups

1331 2:33 Melissa from South Africa discusses how she plans large-group trips. Mike Scopa encourages schedule flexibility

1204 16:27 James from Missouri asks whether large groups of people can throw off touring plans

1149 7:14 Kerry asks about touring MK with a large group over an extended period

1124 29:30 Gary from Texas asks about touring the Orlando parks with a large group

Late Day

1210 21:25 John from Illinois comments on end of day park touring

1171 30:40 Krista asks about arrival day touring at Animal Kingdom

1137 9:07 Brian from Alabama asks about late day touring in June

Magic Kingdom

Episode 1350 – Fastpass+ Priorities At The Magic Kingdom

Episode 1291 – The Removal Of Legacy Fastpass In The Magic Kingdom

Episode 1160 – New Fantasyland Update-best times to experience attractions

Episode 838: New Magic Kingdom Touring Plan

Episode 520: Touring Plan Updates From beginning to 8’30”

Episode 47: One and a half day Magic Kingdom touring plan

1412 19:48 Laura from Tennessee asks about her optimized touring plan for the Magic Kingdom, especially when to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

1301 8:16 James from Missouri asks for Magic Kingdom touring strategies with the new FastPass Plus system

1298 13:09 Heather asks about protocol for experiencing Magic Kingdom after an early ADR at Crystal Palace

1254 2:29 Dave from Canada asks about touring MK with FastPass during spring break with his young daughters

1210 12:49 Shane from North Carolina asks about touring strategies for New Fantasyland

1162 3:10 Kathy from Connecticut asks whether she and her daughter should ride Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain first thing in the morning

1094 21:43 Michelle from Virginia asks about maximizing off-season touring.

1094 19:44 Lee from Texas asks about touring MK after 4PM.

1088 16:53 Brandon asks whether MK or AK is better for mid-afternoon touring coming from MCO.

LS34 34’40″: Anna says that she was fine with her 13- and 8-year-olds alone in Tomorrowland with a Touring Plan.

0546 1’50″: Scott asks for a 2-day Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan.

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Michelle wants to know if she should go left or right in the Magic Kingdom on low crowd days.

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Jeniffer also wants to know which touring plan for the Magic Kingdom is good for her.
Len says any of the two day touring plans for the Magic Kingdom but also recommends the two day touring plan for the magic kingdom for adults with small children.
Mike Scopa asks what to do with a touring plan if an attraction on the touring plan is closed.
Len says you can skip it and go onto the next attraction or take a 20-30 minute break and continue with the touring plan since every attraction on the touring plan is slotted for 20-30 minutes.

0203
Paul of NJ wants to know if an old touring plan for the Magic Kingdom would still work.
Len says it likely wouldn’t work because the Magic Kingdom train is inefficient and walking is faster.
Len suggests FASTPASSing space mountain, then Big Thunder and Splash Mountain.

LS05 Danielle of NY if the touring plan for Pirates of the Caribbean has changed at al

Mid-Day

1251 7:05 Wesley from Ohio asks for the best time to commence a mid-day touring break

1186 2:35 Ethan asks about the best time to take a mid-day break

1165 14:52 James from Missouri asks about optimizing mid-day touring

Ultimate

Magic Kingdom

Episode 625: The Ultimate Touring Plan To The Magic Kingdom

LS37 38’50″: KevBot from Massachusetts asks if the Panel is going to do the Ultimate Touring Plan.

0531 1’35″: Mary-Joe from Tennessee did the Ultimate Touring Plan in 8 hours and 44 minutes.

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Holly wants a two day version of the Ultimate Magic Kingdom touring plan.
Len explains how Holly could do a two day ultimate touring plan.

Other Parks

0692 Geoff from Michigan asks whether there are Ultimate Tour Plans for parks other than the Magic Kingdom.

0689 17’30″: Geoff from Michigan asks whether there is an Ultimate Tour Plan for parks other than the Magic Kingdom.

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Melissa of CT wants to know if there is an ultimate touring plan for the other three parks aside from Magic Kingdom.
Len says there isn’t an ultimate touring plan for the other parks.

Water Parks

See Water Parks.

Generally

1427 11:14 Donna from Kentucky asks about Fastpass-line wait times and Touring Plans

1403 26:05 Jeremy asks for strategies on touring without an actual touring plan

1364 14:09 Scott from Colorado asks how the additional FastPass Plus possibilities will impact Touring Plans

1355 14:32 Allison from Minnesota asks how the recent alterations to FastPass Plus, which allow guests to receive additional FastPasses after the initial allocation has been used, will impact Touring Plans

1355 3:21 JR from Pennsylvania asks how FastPass Plus will impact Disney-sponsored VIP tours

1352 23:32 Rob from Kentucky asks Len why a Touring Plans subscription is worth it

1325 4:58 Laura discusses thrill ride popularity and asks for touring plans that don’t include thrill rides. She also wonders whether Disney will develop more non-thrill rides in the future

1307 17:04 Curt from New Jersey asks the panel to evaluate his plan, which will include viewing a sales pitch before touring for 1.5 days

1300 12:34 Pam from Pennsylvania asks about omitting FastPass Plus
from Touring Plans

1300 7:51 Eugene from Maryland asks how FastPass Plus will correspond with Touring Plans for an offsite guest

1289 24:58 Eric from Delaware asks if Touring Plans will ever create plans for non-park activities at WDW

1289 19:43 Eric from Delaware asks if his touring plan is logistically possible

1272 6:10 Tom from Pennsylvania asks about the accuracy of Touringplans.com’s crowd predictions

1268 16:34 Taylor from Colorado ponders touring strategies for the holiday season at WDW

1268 4:59 Jeremy asks about personalizing touring plans on TouringPlans.com

1260 29:26 Dan asks about park hopping on a Friday-Saturday trip

1254 28:43 Katie from Texas asks if Disney has an official “skip the line” service for celebrities

1251 22:01 Fernando from Florida asks about the accuracy of the wait times given on the My Disney Experience App

1248 26:31 Eric from Delaware asks if his touring plan is viable

1243 16:55 April from Georgia asks why Touring Plans projects high crowds for Cinco de Mayo

1231 12:34 James from California asks how to alter a Touring Plan for unannounced attraction downtime

1228 5:09 Mark from Oregon asks for ways to “slow down” while touring WDW

1228 3:14 Dan from New Mexico asks Len if Touring Plans will ever do a Crowd Calendar for Downtown Disney

1226 18:37 Barry from Wisconsin asks for ways to prepare for high crowds

1216 9:24 Kayla from Ohio asks for touring strategies

1207 28:11 Liz from Virginia asks for advice on touring with non-planners

1186 11:29 Dawn from New York asks about the popularity of the Brave meet and greet and general touring plan order

1186 5:30 Holly from South Carolina asks about the scope of the information-collection process used by Touring Plans

1165 17:04 Mike from Pennsylvania asks about touringplans going “official”

1151 7:01 Jennifer from Ohio asks about touring plans

1148 25:42 Courtney in St. Louis asks about ways to slow down one’s touring pace

1145 26:09 Amanda asks about using touring plans without a cell phone

1139 15:03 James from Alabama asks about optimized touring plans and the new fastpass rules

1091 16:50 Melinda from Tennessee praises Port Orleans, Electrical WaterPagent, Jiko, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, YeeHaw Bob, the Lines Ap, and MouseFan Travel

1082 8:50 John in Florida asks for “sardine-can” crowded places at WDW.

1082 4:20 Paul from Indiana asks whether “leisurely touring” is a good idea for a trip with a four year old.

Episode 1080: Hit The Snooze!– discusses late day park touring

Episode 1023: Calling an Audible what to do when obstacles to touring
arise

0767 3’45″: Rob from Illinois asks why Epcot is 9.5 on November 10.

0764 Billy from NY asks whether he should go with the flow or direct his friends.

Melisa from Illinois says that the Touring Plans and the Lines app worked well over New Years.

0761 Melissa from Wisconsin had a great time using the Unofficial Guide Touring Plans.

LS45 47’55″: Angela from CA asks if she should use a holiday or regular Holiday Touring Plan for December 11-18.

0743 14’15″: Chris asks when should he take a lunchtime break with children aged 8, 10 and 11.

0740 7’20″: Travis from Virginia wants a Touring Plan during summer.

LS43 41’45″: Anna asks Len what plans he is testing in the Parks next week.

0722 17’00″: Samantha from Canada asks if she should have a plan for a 22-day vacation.

LS41 70’20″: Anna wants the Lines app to generate dynamic touring plans, and asks whether the Touring Plans website is better to use instead of the Touring Plans in the Unofficial Guide.

LS40 90’10″: Evan from TX asks whether his family of 2 adults, 2 teenagers should take an afternoon break.

0677 12’45″: Megan from NJ asks about best days for the Parks.

18’50″: Louis from UK asks if he should use a Touring Plan for a 10-day vacation.

LS39 34’05″: KevBot asks when the Color Companion to Walt Disney World is out.

61’15″: MH asks which Touring Plan he should use with his 5-year-old.

79’30″: Russ from Illinois asks about how to do EMHs and a group of 20 people with the Touring Plans. Amongst his suggestions, Len suggests using Lines on mobile phones.

97’35″: Ryan from Wisconsin asks about Touring Plans for Star Wars Weekends.

0674 11’50″: Paul from WA asks about Disney iPhone Apps, including Touring Plans’ Lines. Scopa mentions MouseWorld Radio App.

21’15″: Chris from UK asks if the Touring Plans are successful at Christmas.

29’55″: Rachel from Kentucky asks how Touring Plans work with a mid-afternoon break, and how she can convince her parents about the benefits of Touring Plans.

0660 7’40″: Kirk asks whether the Best and Worst parks are needed for low crowds.

LS37 77’50″: David asks whether he needs touring plans for the quieter days.

85’05″: Amy from NJ wants to follow a Touring Plan, but is going to have breakfast first.

0630 7’45″: Mark in St. Louis will be in WDW for 8 days, and wonders whether they should do all four parks in four days, then follow up in the last 4 days.

0627 7’55″: Mike from Illinois loved using the Touring Plans.

LS36 55’10″: Joel asks whether there is an iPhone app for Touring Plans.

0612 20’10″: Gabrellia from Canada asks about customising Touring Plans.

0609 6’25″: Lorie from Georgia asks about Len’s use of maths.

14’10″: Amy asks for a good Touring Plan for her 5-year-old.

29’15″: Alex from FL asks what effect centralized FastPass distribution would have on the Touring Plans.

0594 14’40″: Jamie asks whether Touring Plans can be used with a Guest Assistance card.

0591 8’35″: Michelle from Colorado says thank goodness for the Touring Plans on busy days.

LS34 30’30″: Anna asks how long the Touring Plans afternoon break should be.

0549 28’15″: Stacy wants to let go a little but still see everything.

0546 3’20″: Scott asks for Ultimate Touring Plans for the other parks.

0543 26’00″: Karen from NJ asks about split-day touring.

0534 22’15″: Tikkipoo asks whether having a Touring Plan is more important than choosing the right day.

0513 5’45″: Emily from Alabama asks whether she needs a Touring Plan for January 19-25.

0507 15’55″: Dawn of Connecticut asks whether she needs a Touring Plan in October 2009.

0490 20’00″: Dave wants Evening Touring Plans; the Panel gives reasons to not do this.

0463 Kelly also wants to know about her park touring plans.

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Lynn of ME wants to know if touring plans are useful in December .

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Michael wants to know how we figured out touring plans.

0333
Robert of MD wants suggestions for dining and touring plans.

0311
Laurie wants to know if thr park suggestions are worth doing if crowds are expected to be very low.

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Alan of NY wants to know the ideal touring strategy for a 7-10 day touring plan.

0176
Scott of PA wants to know if we have any suggestions for what parks to go to on the days he’s going to be down for.
Matt and Len suggest the Unofficial Guide [5]crowd calendar.

LS01 Part 1 – 18’20″: Kelly from Ohio says that going to Disney in 2006 takes a lot more planning than in 2001.

Unofficial WDW Today Wiki – by Phillip Burton and Andrew Carrieri

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