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TouringPlans.com is the official home of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. In print since 1985 and on the web since 2002, we've been obsessively researching the ins and outs of Disney Parks for years. Our mission is simple: to help you have a better vacation by saving you time and money on your trip!

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Research Team

Len Testa, President len@touringplans.com

Len is the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, and The Unofficial Guide to British Theme Parks. He also is a contributor to the Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas. Len is responsible for these things called "Touring Plans" that were the result of his graduate thesis, and he is the lead researcher for TouringPlans.com and book content. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. And when he's not doing that, he's one of the co-hosts of the WDW Today podcast.

Steve Bloom, Statistician steve@touringplans.com

By helping TouringPlans.com continue to reach the most accurate crowd level predictions, Steve finally found a way to meld his training in statistical analysis with a lifelong passion for Disney. He first visited the Magic Kingdom in 1972, just a few months after it opened. Now he enjoys frequent trips with his two kids. At age four his son insisted on wearing cowboy boots to reach the height requirement for Test Track, and his daughter believes that a smoked turkey leg and Dole Whip make a perfectly balanced meal. Even though she doesn't quite get it, Steve's wife is supportive of his Disney activities.

Tom Bricker, Chief Photographer tom@touringplans.com

Tom is in charge of the excellent photos around here. He makes treks to Disney Parks with his wife, Sarah, multiple times per year to stay up until ridiculous hours and take pictures of various things. Tom's also a contributor to the Unofficial Guide Color Companion to Walt Disney World and the TouringPlans.com Blog. When he's not taking pictures of things, Tom moonlights as an attorney in the epicenter of excitement, Indiana. Well, if your idea of excitement contains cows, wind power, and corn fields. You can check out Tom's photo talents on his Flickr page.

Derek Burgan, Researcher derek@touringplans.com

Forged in the depths of Mordor along with the Uruk-hai, Derek Burgan joined the Touring Plans team in 2013 and remains the only living member to experience TWISTER...Ride It Out! Not burdened by having the technical or creative skills possessed by other members of the team, Derek can be seen doing monthly photo reports of the Disney Character Warehouse, along with the weekly Saturday Six, for the TouringPlans.com Blog. Derek also co-hosts the Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast with colleague Brian McNichols.

Morgan Crutchfield, Researcher morgan@touringplans.com

A lifelong Walt Disney World guest, Morgan joined the Touring Plans team in 2013 after a career in forensics and law. When she's not deep in the database working on menu updates, Morgan can be found wandering the parks snapping photos for observations posts and making ill-advised purchases of Disney-themed winter hats.
In addition to working for TouringPlans, Morgan is the owner of DVCCentral.com, home of The Source, a vivid and content-rich Disney-focused e-magazine. She is incredibly passionate about getting timely, accurate, and entertaining information to all kinds of Disney guests in ways that inspire them to maximize their vacations

David Davies, Analyst david@touringplans.com

David keeps information up-to-date, organizes things, drafts code and content, and manages the Ultimate Touring Plans content. A Southern California native currently living in Williamsburg, Virginia, David is a business-minded IT strategist and project manager who has worked up and down the East Coast in a variety of sectors and capacities. Because of Ultimate Touring, he has about as many in-park photos of him and Aurora as he does of him and his wife.

Fred Hazelton, Master Statistician fred@touringplans.com

Fred is the statistician behind the Crowd Calendar and theme park wait time models. He also works his statistical magic for The Unofficial Guides to Las Vegas and Disneyland, and he created the models used in the TouringPlans.com mobile wait times app, Lines. Fred is a professional statistician living in Ontario, Canada, although his family firmly believes he lives at the airport.

Brad Huber, Developer brad@touringplans.com

A lifelong computer nerd, Brad is a web developer. Born and raised in New Orleans, he's been addicted to all things Disney ever since his first trip to Walt Disney World on his honeymoon in 2007.

Sarah Kelleth, Developer sarah@touringplans.com

Sarah is a computer programmer who gets to sit at home all day playing with...er, that is, seriously doing the very hard work of developing and maintaining the Touring Plans website and the Lines mobile app. For a geeky introvert, this is as awesome as it gets. When she's not doing that, she's attempting to curse...uh, gift her family with the Disney Parks obsession she got from her dad. She's progressing pretty well—her husband proposed on the PeopleMover with a Mickey-reminiscent ring, and her year-old daughter recognizes Cinderella Castle better than her own house.

Seth Kubersky, Researcher and Co-Author seth@touringplans.com
Growing up in New Jersey, Seth used to collect copies of the Unofficial Guide and dream of his next theme park visit. Then he moved to Orlando in 1996 with a theater degree. After working alongside the Ghostbusters, Terminator, and Barney at Universal Studios Florida, Seth became a freelance author, covering the attractions industry for the Orlando Weekly, Jim Hill Media, Orlando Attractions Magazine, and others. He joined the TouringPlans team in 2011 as a researcher and co-author (with Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa) of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and visits an Orlando park at least 4 days each week, focusing on Universal Orlando Resort.
Brian McNichols, Analyst brian@touringplans.com

Brian handles many of the data analysis tasks such as projecting park hours and attempting to discover hidden trends. His jarring life change from federal government analyst to tour guide, travel agent (specializing in Disney), and TouringPlans.com analyst and blogger has us all worried about his sanity.

Gerelyn Reaves, Customer Service Representative and Analyst gerelyn@touringplans.com

Gerelyn is responsible for responding to customer email messages, as well as for the park hours, showtimes, closures, and data input that power the tools at TouringPlans.com. She lives in Frisco, Texas, within 100 miles of all four of her daughters, allowing her to enjoy her grandkids and working with TouringPlans.com.

Guy Selga, Researcher guy@touringplans.com

Guy has lived near Disneyland his entire life and was raised by a Disney-obsessed mother and grandmother. Guy is now channeling his obsession to be a researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com on the the West Coast. For the record, just because Guy is from Los Angeles doesn't mean that he knows how to surf, knows any famous people, has ever written a movie script, or has been a part of a gangster rap group.

Laurel Stewart, Business Manager laurel@touringplans.com

Laurel manages operations and does business development for TouringPlans.com. She is also a contributing writer to the Unofficial Guide series. Before making the move to the travel industry, Laurel worked for a large Redmond, Washington-based software company. When Laurel is out researching the Disney Parks or training for her next marathon, her 4-pound dog holds down the fort in North Carolina.

Blog Team

TouringPlans.com runs a blog that provides a variety of news, stories, and other information related to Disney Parks. The blog is supported by a team of fabulous and passionate bloggers.