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How important is choosing the right day?

Worrying about the day of the week before you have a good touring plan is like ordering two triple cheeseburgers with fries, then wondering whether the restaurant has Diet Coke. Things like the predicted crowd level, the time of day, and the attractions that you wish to visit will all affect how long you have to stand in line, and in general how crowded a park will be. Other factors, such as day of the week and whether it's a holiday can affect the crowd levels too. Our research team measures all of these factors to develop a model that will predict the amount of time you'll spend waiting in line. The following table shows how important these factors are in determining how long you wait. An importance level of 10 means that a variable has a huge effect; while a level of 1 means that it has virtually no effect at all.

Crowd Calendar Factors
Variable Importance
Attractions 10
Time of Day 10
Crowd Level Index 9
Holiday 8
Magic Morning 5
Day of the Week 2
Weather 1

So what does this tell us? According to our data, the attractions you visit and the time of day at which you visit them will have the greatest influence on how long you wait. On the other hand, the day of week and the weather will play only a small role. Statistically speaking, the time of day is 5 times more important than the day of the week.

Put another way, a good touring plan is much more important than choosing the right day to visit the parks. If you followed the Disneyland One-Day Touring Plan for Adults on a typical slow Tuesday and a typical busy Sunday, you'd only wait in line about 20 more minutes on Sunday - a little less than one incremental minute of wait time per attraction. In contrast, that same touring plan can save up to four hours of standing in line when compared to not following a plan.

Why do some estimates contradict advice in the book/website?

You'll occasionally see a particular recommendation here that contradicts the general advice printed in the Unofficial Guide or mentioned elsewhere on TouringPlans.com.

Why have the crowd estimates for my trip have changed?

We collect wait times at every Disney theme park every day. When the data warrants a change to the recommendations, we do it. Our philosophy is that it is better to have accurate information than to keep things the same purely for consistency's sake.

Does your calendar take into account the economic downturn?

We have dozens of direct and indirect economic factors that have always been included in our crowd estimates. Its an important piece of the puzzle when predicting crowds. Incidentally, there is little evidence that the economic downturn is making crowds lighter. In fact, Disney's promotions, cut-back hours and fewer cast members are indicating that wait times have gotten even longer in some cases.

I've got a question about a specific day!

We're happy to help! Please contact us. We also routinely answer the top questions regularly on our blog.