Genie+ Priorities at Magic Kingdom

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Let the debating in the comments commence! Up until now, there hasn’t been much pushback or arguing on our Genie+ priority lists for Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, or Hollywood Studios. But then again, the results there have all been pretty straight-forward. Magic Kingdom is a totally different beast. (Which, by the way, is part of the reason why it’s the only park where I pretty much universally recommend you use Genie+.) There are 21 different Genie+ attractions to choose from – I’m excluding the parade here since its time savings are difficult to quantify.

That leaves much more room for shuffling within the priority list. And it’s the only park where the clear time savings winners don’t have really great satisfaction. Is their lower satisfaction due to their high waits? Would you enjoy them more if you did prioritize those reservations and waited less for them? Hard to say objectively, but some analyses I did in the fall seem to refute that hypothesis. So I’m standing behind these results. Because time savings shouldn’t be the only thing that matter – you need to enjoy what you experience throughout the day too! (Last updated September 13th, 2022)

Explain the Math

We can rank the Genie+ attractions in each park in different ways. In this post, I am going to aggregate three of those different measures by averaging them. Easy peasy.

  1. Rank by average availability, ascending – the attraction in each park that usually sells out first will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park that has book now/ride now availability the most through the day will get the lowest rank.
  2. Rank by average time savings, descending – the attraction in each park where Genie+ usually saves the most time compared to standby will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park where Genie+ usually saves the least time compared to standby will get the lowest rank.
  3. Rank by attraction satisfaction, descending – the attraction in each park with the highest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park with the lowest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will get the lowest rank.

Ranking by availability and time saving is pretty easy, because we can pull that data from our most recent Genie+ analyses. You can find those results and how they were calculated here and here.

The rank by satisfaction is where things get a little tricky. At first, I used a straight rank from highest satisfaction through to lowest satisfaction (average of all satisfaction ratings from all demographics for the past two years). But after looking at the results, it didn’t really appropriately capture all of the complexity. It wasn’t fair to parks where several attractions had significantly higher satisfaction than all of the rest, or when one attraction has worse satisfaction by far than all the rest. So I created a linear regression where the top satisfaction score received a 1, and the lowest satisfaction score received the lowest possible rank (count of the Genie+ attractions in that park).  Then I used the resulting equation to convert the rest of the scores to a relative number between 1 and the worst possible rank.

Update: I’m now going to use the linear distribution for all three metrics, based on reader feedback. Your voices have been heard!

Once I calculated all three ranks, then I averaged the three results and sorted from score that was closest to one all the way to the highest number. I used those averages to come up with the following prioritized list!

Prioritized List of Genie+ Attractions at Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain reigns as the top Genie+ pick, at least for the summer!

1. Splash Mountain

Availability Score = 10.7 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 1 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 1 out of 21

Splash Mountain is going to temporarily hold onto its crown as the top priority in Magic Kingdom! This ranking is mostly thanks to these hot Orlando summer and early fall days. Standby waits have gone up, and availability has gotten worse as more people become okay with a dousing of water in the middle of their park day. That combination, along with its high satisfaction and news of its upcoming lengthy closure and refurbishment make it a very popular and top choice. This availability score looks pretty poor, but it’s actually the 6th-highest of any attraction in Magic Kingdom.

 

 

It’s not often that you’ll find Peter Pan’s Flight with a 15 minute posted wait. That’s why it has the top time savings of any MK attraction.

2. Peter Pan’s Flight

Availability Score = 6.5 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 3.1 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 9.6 out of 21

This always-favorite has moved up from 4th to 2nd place in our rankings. If we didn’t factor in satisfaction, Peter Pan’s Flight would be close to the winner on the prioritized list for Magic Kingdom. In fact, it would probably be one of the highest recommendations if we did WDW-wide rankings. But its mediocre satisfaction score drags it down.

If you’re travelling with young kids and using Genie+, it’s better to start your prioritization here or Jungle Cruise if you all want to stick together for the day. Additionally, while you can pretty easily rope drop Splash, Space Mountain or Jungle Cruise if you don’t have early entry (especially Jungle and Splash since they aren’t even open during early entry), Peter Pan’s Flight will already have a lengthy standby queue by the time “regular rope drop” happens. If you’re staying onsite with young kids, it’s an excellent first-attraction option. But otherwise you’ll have to find another time to wait for it, or use Genie+ instead.

 

 

Hugs with Mickey are in incredibly high demand!

3. Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater

Availability Score = 7.2 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 5.4 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 5.5 out of 21

Mickey Mouse is back, and is not shockingly very popular. He improved from 11th place on our original list to 7th place in our first update, to 3rd place now. As a meet-and-greet, Mickey commands the highest wait times out of the three meet-and-greet options in the park. And he sells out relatively quickly. Add that popularity to some Mickey staffing issues, and you have a recipe for a worthwhile use of Genie+. If you’d rather not use Genie for meeting Mickey, we recently presented a good alternate option in EPCOT.

 

 

Another entry for long waits, but lower satisfaction.

4. Jungle Cruise

Availability Score = 1 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 9.6 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 9.5 out of 21

Jungle Cruise sells out the fastest of any Magic Kingdom attraction – often in the early afternoon, and decent time savings – over 25 minutes, on average. And Jungle Cruise has not below-average satisfaction, but not spectacularly high. This attraction is a classic for a reason, and lines are always long. So save yourself a hot wait and book it early, before it sells out for the day. It’s just been moving down the charts slightly because Genie+ wait times have been going up, and standby wait times haven’t been increasing very much. Lower time savings = less of a priority. Still in the top 5 though!

 

This satisfying classic manages to crack the top 5 at Magic Kingdom!

5. Space Mountain

Availability Score = 8.6 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 9.8 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 4.4 out of 21

Space Mountain exhibits decently-high scores on all three fronts, and that’s what originally scored it the top priority at Magic Kingdom. But time savings here have been trending slightly down, and that’s costing it a few spots. Right now the average savings with a Space Mountain reservation are just under 30 minutes – still not shabby.

One thing to keep in mind here, though, is that Space Mountain is very easily rope-droppable if you want to build a strategy for your day around that. Even if you don’t have early entry, Tomorrowland won’t be slammed with people by the time you get into the park, unlike Fantasyland. So you could rope-drop Tomorrowland and use your Genie+ reservations for attractions lower on the list.

 

 

When she isn’t roaming free, you can meet Cinderella in Fairytale Hall … with a wait.

6. Meet Cinderella at Fairytale Hall

Availability Score = 11.6 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 7.2 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 8.1 out of 21

As a character sighting, Cinderella sold out the fastest of the three options in Magic Kingdom. But now that full character interaction is back, Mickey has become more popular, with higher wait time savings and selling out more quickly. That being said, Cinderella is no slacker. She originally moved up from a tie for 11th place to 9th place in our last update, and now is cruising into 6th place thanks to much higher time savings. Expect this to remain true until some character staffing issues can get sorted out.

 

 

The wildest ride in the wilderness is a worthy use of a Genie+ reservation!

7. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Availability Score = 15.5 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 14.1 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 1.1 out of 21

We continue our prioritized tour of the Magic Kingdom mountain range with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad dropping to spot number seven on the list! This thematic coaster almost ties for the top satisfaction score of any Genie+ attraction in the park (or any attraction/entertainment, for that matter, thanks to the replacement of Happily Ever After). It won’t sell out as quickly as some of the attractions lower in the list, and its time savings have been decreasing (average of 17 minutes). The standby queue can be cramped and hot when long lines form, so a Genie+ reservation is still a good idea.

 

 

8. Meet Tiana at Fairytale Hall

Availability Score = 13.4 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 12.9 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 8.3 out of 21

For some reason, visiting with Tiana and Rapunzel has always required less waiting than Cinderella. Here’s your secret clue for the day: Tiana and Rapunzel are awesome. Go bond over beignets and frying pans. But regardless of sighting or actual meet and greet, Tiana will have more availability and less wait than her next-door neighbor. If you want to use Genie+ for meeting a character, make it Cinderella or Mickey instead of Tiana. Even still, Tiana moves up from 12th to 8th place in this update thanks to those character staffing issues.

 

 

Use Genie+ to skip the wait! Or, if you have impressionable young kids like this one … maybe just skip it altogether. Lesson learned.

9. Haunted Mansion

Availability Score = 15.5 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 15.7 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 4.8 out of 21

Coming in right behind the real heavy hitters is Haunted Mansion. This fan favorite tends to book up in the middle of the pack each day, often by early evening. And a Genie+ reservation can save you a spooky 13 minutes compared to standby. That’s a dropoff from the attractions higher on the list, but it’s still good for a single reservation, especially compared to options at parks like Animal Kingdom and EPCOT. Satisfaction here is also significantly higher than Peter Pan’s Flight or Jungle Cruise … just beware of taking little kids on this one.

 

 

Another ride photo, another instant Gandillon family classic. If I had a Genie+ reservation, I would’ve made everyone reride and take another picture …

10. Pirates of the Caribbean

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 17 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 4.8 out of 21

Pirates of the Caribbean still has totally fine availability, typically not selling out until just before park close. And it can save you something like 10 minutes compared to standby, although this varies pretty widely based on time of day and crowd level. Satisfaction is high, but it’s an attraction that you could rope drop (regular rope drop only – not early entry) or save for later at night when it’s eerier anyway, freeing you up to make other Genie+ reservations.

 

 

Come bounce along with Tigger and … eat along with Pooh?

11. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Availability Score = 16.2 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 14 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 13.7 out of 21

Our satisfaction scores are starting to taper off a bit, with our first official below-average score for Magic Kingdom. Winnie the Pooh is a fun ride, but it’s short in duration and perhaps only really appealing via some form of nostalgia. I qualify for that nostalgia, so I enjoy it. It often sells out for the day before dinner, and can save you just under 20 minutes. So I’ll definitely still count it as a worthwhile option, especially for any Pooh fans in your party.

 

 

Is that my daughter or Mike Wazowski in that photo? Plus, proof that I’m a Galactic Hero.

12. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 15.1 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 8.8 out of 21

Since it’s a omnimover type of attraction, Buzz Lightyear tends to have high capacity and therefore higher availability for Genie+ reservations – it generally doesn’t sell out before the end of the day. But it also generates longer waits, presumably because families keep re-riding, attempting to best one another’s scores. (Or because of reliability issues. One of those things.) Buzz also maintains decent satisfaction. I assume those that score it poorly aren’t Galactic Heroes. Once again, a reservation here can save you about 15 minutes, which is still a good chunk of time.

 

 

IF you love Ursula so much that you have an Ursula mask and you order a (pretty gross) Ursula float, THEN you might want to make a Genie+ reservation for Under the Sea.

13. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 14.9 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 12.3 out of 21

At Under the Sea, you’ve got almost all-day availability, below-average satisfaction (What?! Who ARE you red-headed princess haters? Make yourselves known), but potentially decent time savings – an average of just under 15 minutes. Realistically, chances are that you won’t really need a Genie+ reservation here.

 

 

As evidenced by the empty seating, a reservation here typically won’t earn you much.

14. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Availability Score = 19 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 20.5 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 8.8 out of 21

I dislike this placement. But … math. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is weird and sells out relatively early in the day, like mid-evening. But that’s a silly quirk of the way its reservations work. That being said, if it’s something that’s important to you, you should probably prioritize it just so that the quirk doesn’t block you out. The laughs are generally pretty good, but you’re not actually going to save much (if any) time compared to standby if you use a reservation.

It’s also at this point that I start drawing the line of Genie+ being “worth it”, aka worth the hassle of pulling up your phone again to try to get yet another reservation, and potentially walk across the park to redeem it. Above this point? Sure. Below it, only with good reason, and/or without needing to walk.

 

 

Pictured: Donald after finding out that using Genie+ for this didn’t save him any time.

15. Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Availability Score =  21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 21 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 6.8 out of 21

If you get really really lucky, a Genie+ reservation might get you into a showing of PhilharMagic about one full show ahead of where you would’ve been with standby. I’ve heard of one good use case for this (use case: uhoh, my consultant speak is peeking out). And that was when a big afternoon downpour caused everyone to line up for PhilharMagic to get out of the rain. A savvy reader booked a Genie+ reservation with immediate availability and skipped right around the sudden crowd of drenched onlookers. So … if a sudden downpour creates unexpected demand and you also want to get out of the rain, then go for that Genie+ reservation. Otherwise … don’t. The only reason it achieved this high on the list is because its satisfaction is so high.

 

 

My mom got stuck on it’s a small world for almost an hour when she was a little girl, so you know it’s really love when she agrees to go on it again with her granddaughters. But, as shown by the basically empty gates behind us, we didn’t need Genie+ for this ride-through.

16. it’s a small world

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 15.3 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 13.7 out of 21

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears … no? Did I make it far enough to get it stuck in your head? I hope so. It’s a classic. Sherman brothers at their best. Coming in at 16th place is it’s a small world, with good all-day availability and time savings around 15 minutes, plus a slightly-below-average satisfaction score. Small world is typically a pretty easy ride to experience without a long wait if you time it right. Otherwise go ahead and book a Genie+ reservation if you have big fans that want to sail around the world.

 

 

I have several pandemic-era regrets. Wasting time on this ride is one of them. Look at that white care full of pale skin. Sunburn just waiting to happen. Plus car fumes while masked. The only redeeming thing is that happy child!

17. Tomorrowland Speedway

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 15.3 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 21 out of 21

Tomorrowland Speedway has the dubious distinction of having the lowest satisfaction of any attraction in Magic Kingdom. Yayyyyyy. And you can get reservations for it basically all day. A Genie+ reservation here will only save you about 10-15 minutes compared to standby, on average. I highly suggest organizing your park day so that you never even walk past this attraction. Otherwise, the gas fumes somehow call to small children like the sirens of the sea. And you’ll be sucked in and waiting in the hot, mostly un-shaded line. Walking the long way around is totally worth it.

 

 

Mad Tea Party brings JOY and DELIGHT to the faces of children and adults everywhere. End of story.

18. Mad Tea Party

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 20.8 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 13.4 out of 21

The good news here is that Mad Tea Party has the availability pretty much all day. You can basically pick up reservations at any point throughout the day and have a return time that isn’t very far away (often immediate). But you won’t save much time. And you’ll get really dizzy. My anecdotal experiences say that time savings will happen only if there needs to be a … tea cup cleanup and the standby line grows while that important work happens.

 

 

Ride Dumbo, not carpets. Or if you live in the south, imagine a sign with a bunch of carpets haphazardly writing “RIDE MOR ELEFANTS”.

19. Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 17.7 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 17.0 out of 21

Magic Carpets always hovers (it’s a magic carpet joke!) around the bottom of the list at the Magic Kingdom. Unless you go on a crazy-crowded day, wait time savings here aren’t going to be huge. Satisfaction scores aren’t great. And you can usually get immediate return times for it all day. Here’s the expert-level Carpets hack. Stick your kids in the regular standby line with one adult. Then the rest of you go and enjoy some dole whips while those crazies wait out their carpet time.

 

 

One proud rider of the Barnstormer

20. The Barnstormer

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 16.9 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 19.1 out of 21

There is a very, very short period of life where young kids can ride Barnstormer but not really any other “big kid” rides at Magic Kingdom. In this short window of time, the Barnstormer can potentially be a good choice. A bite-sized introduction to the world of roller coasters. It offers good views of TRON too. Other than that … I have no good things to say about it. It’s a hot, sunny line with a really short attraction at the end of it. A Genie+ reservation likely won’t save you much time either.

 

 

Please, please let your children ride Dumbo. Please, please, don’t use Genie+ to do it unless absolutely necessary.

21. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Availability Score = 21 out of 21

Time Savings Score = 21 out of 21

Satisfaction Score = 15.1 out of 21

Even on the highest crowd level days, you can get a Genie+ reservation for Dumbo almost until the park closes. Satisfaction with the flying elephants also isn’t spectacular. New (negative) bonus points for Dumbo this update: it’s the only attraction where we see Lightning Lane waits that are longer than standby waits pretty regularly. This one is a big “pass” from a Genie+ perspective.

 

What Does This Mean For You?

  1. Keep in mind that any Genie+ prioritization should also be paired with a savvy park touring strategy. A lot of the attractions at the top of this list are also good rope drop (or late-night) candidates, which allows you to not use reservations for them unless you want to ride them more than once.
  2. Magic Kingdom is the easiest park for using and learning Genie+. There are plenty of options that will save you a decent amount of time, so you don’t have to go in with a crazy strategy. And you won’t get frustrated by everything booking up before noon. If you’re on the fence about whether your party would benefit from it or not, try it at Magic Kingdom first.
  3. I correctly predicted increased demand (and therefore prioritization) for Splash Mountain and character meet-and-greets in the original list. The better time savings and worse availability mean that you should consider whether those attractions are important to your group.

Have you used Genie+ at Magic Kingdom? Do you agree with these rankings or would yours be different? Let me know in the comments! 

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Becky Gandillon

Becky Gandillon was trained in biomedical engineering, but is now a full-time data and analytics nerd. She loves problem solving and travelling. She and her husband, Jeff, live in St. Louis with their two daughters and they have Disney family movie night every Saturday. You can follow her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-gandillon/ or instagram @raisingminniemes

21 thoughts on “Genie+ Priorities at Magic Kingdom

  • April 20, 2022 at 2:27 pm
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    It’s normally not like me to argue against math, but…

    …For a first time visitor, I’m definitely going right for Peter Pan or Jungle Cruise as my first Genie+ options for the time savings and lack of availability late in the day. For repeat visits, I would go with any of the first three and PPF and JC rank low on my own personal satisfaction score.

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    • April 20, 2022 at 9:44 pm
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      I welcomed debate 🙂

      I would say for _first-time_ guests, I wouldn’t recommend they start with Peter Pan’s Flight or Jungle Cruise anyway. I’d focus on higher-satisfaction attractions to learn more about what they’d like 😉

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      • April 23, 2022 at 5:47 am
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        I agree with TwoBits – because Peter Pan isn’t worth the long waits in line, it makes it a really valuable Genie+ reservation to me. It is an iconic ride, and all first timers need to do it, but wasteing so much time in line for it is not a good use of valuable vacation time. Same argument applies to Jungle Cruise.

  • April 20, 2022 at 6:36 pm
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    Another interesting and entertaining read, but as you say “Let the debating in the comments commence!”

    Your decision to use linear regression for the satisfaction scores, but not the others definitely skewed the results with the satisfaction scores trumping the others. If I understand how it works correctly, linear regression pushed Peter Pan and Jungle Cruise’s satisfaction scores from 6 to 8.2. Take away those 2.2 points and they tie with Space Mountain for first place with a combined score of 9. Nevertheless, I can understand using linear regression so that a more-than-minimal difference between the rides in satisfaction is recognized; I don’t disagree with doing it. But there is also a more-than-minimal difference in the other scores too. In your February 23 article, you showed Jungle Cruise and Peter Pan with average Genie+ time savings of over 50 minutes each. Splash was then a little over 30 minutes while Big Thunder was under 30 minutes. That’s a BIG difference. I don’t know how much things have changed since then, but I strongly suspect that, if you used linear regression for time savings as well as for satisfaction, Peter Pan and Jungle Cruise would have finished with the top two combined scores.

    Of course, how one prioritizes their Genie+ selections depends in part on what one will do if they can’t get reservations for all the rides they want. If you are determined not to wait in standby lines and cannot get reservations for all the top rides, getting ones for the ones you will be most satisfied riding should be your priority. But if you’re going to ride them all, even if it means waiting in the standby line for the ones you can’t get a Genie+ reservation for, then saving time should be the priority.

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    • April 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm
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      Ooh, I like this idea of linear regression for everything. And I’m glad someone is paying attention to the details of the math.

      I was okay with over-emphasizing satisfaction, because I think enjoying the attractions should always hold more weight than just saving time. But I respect your argument!

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  • April 21, 2022 at 3:34 am
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    Becky, love your articles, and especially love the addition of family pix (and clever comments). Thank you for sharing them! Your DD is in love with Ursula? INCONCEIVABLE! Re Haunted Mansion: yes, taking very small children is most likely not a good idea, but one must live and learn. I made the same mistake myself once upon a time. I think the scariest part for my young child was the stretching room, when so many guests were loudly reciting the ghost host spiel, and then screaming loudly when he “escapes the room”. I won’t lie, makes me mad when guests don’t think about or care about impacting the experiences of others, especially families with children. Those screams ruined the experience for us, but now they seem to be “a thing”.

    How lucky for daughter (and hubby too!) that Mommy has such a cool job!

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    • April 21, 2022 at 10:27 am
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      You’re a Princess Bride fan too?! She loves Ursula mostly because she was totally terrified of Ursula, so she turns that around to help her cope. Lol. It’s a pattern. Her 4th birthday party was even a full Ursula theme.

      I would say I have a cool “hobby” 😉 Although my “real job” is a lot of fun too – I lead a Data & Analytics practice for a consulting company. So I get to handle numbers all day every day, Disney or not!

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  • April 21, 2022 at 9:29 am
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    “ Because time savings shouldn’t be the only thing that matter – you need to enjoy what you experience throughout the day too!”. And this is what distinguishes you from regular Genie in a nutshell.

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    • April 21, 2022 at 10:51 am
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      And why I emphasized it in my math! Thanks for the appreciation 🙂

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  • April 21, 2022 at 12:16 pm
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    Becky, have been eagerly reading and watching your Genie+ information the past few weeks as I prepare our family for our upcoming trip May 7th. I have really enjoyed and appreciated it, so than you very much! This isn’t really a question about your personal analysis, but more of the team as a whole as I’ve seen TP’s crowd calendar keep their predictions low (medium levels technically) while the parks are still showing high crowds. Example: Yesterday prediction was 5/10 and actual was 8/10. It’s been pretty evident over the past month that crowds would be much higher during the middle of April to finish out spring breaks and. My question is should I expect higher crowds than what TP has predicted for May 7-14, will you be adjusting those predictions, or does the team think crowds will subside a bit after this week (and stay that way for the next few weeks before Memorial Day? btw, writing this from just down the road in Washington MO

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    • April 21, 2022 at 1:13 pm
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      Oh heyyyyyy, I’m in Washington somewhat regularly! If you know in Strubbergs around those parts, chances are that they are related to me!

      I would say … that I am not personally involved with the setting of crowd calendar levels. Sometimes April is more crowded than May thanks to Spring Breaks. Once you get into early May, parents are more hesitant to take their kids out of school since it’s nearing the end of the year, which means testing, and standardized testing, and … unstandardized testing? I don’t want to make any wild predictions that totally throw you off, but I’d say that elevated crowds in April don’t necessarily mean anything for May. On the other hand, lots of folks with easy access to the park are planning trips in early May to do GOTG previews or hope for a soft opening, etc. I would think that wouldn’t make a huge difference, but it might. In general, I’d say trust the predicted crowd levels, but don’t be surprised if they go up by a level or two. 3 or more levels is more rare.

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    • April 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm
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      Great question, I will be there May 11-14 for a quick solo trip and wondered the same. The theme park reservations indicate that crowds are likely to be just as high as April. The 11th is only showing availability for AK, the 12th has availability for MK and AK, and the 13th is the same as the 12th. So I am going with the anticipation that the current crowd levels of “5” for Epcot and HS on the 11th and 12th respectively will be adjusted in hindsight.

      Does Touring Plans look at the theme park reservations to adjust the crowd predictions? If not, why?

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      • April 24, 2022 at 9:31 pm
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        We do – but reservations don’t necessarily correlate to crowd levels. Crowd levels are based on wait times, and not on how many people are milling about the park. For example, park reservations were sold out for yesterday, but the WDW-wide crowd level was just a 5 (and we had predicted a 6).

  • May 2, 2022 at 9:49 pm
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    Becky you are FUNNY! Loved the little humorous touches in this article and the photo captions. Thanks!

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    • May 2, 2022 at 10:53 pm
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      Thanks Martha! Gotta have fun with all of the numbers and data 🙂

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  • September 17, 2022 at 10:40 am
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    This would be much easier to use if the Time and Availability numbers were whole numbers and related to just that Park. e.g. the Time Saved Orders for Magic Kingdom are 1.0 . 3.1 . 5.4 . 7.2 . 9.6 . 9.8 . 12.9 etc. I have to create a separate Spreadsheet just to figure out what the Time Savings and Availability Order is.

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  • September 18, 2022 at 6:59 pm
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    Thanks for going to linear regression in all three categories. I think it really is fairer than emphasizing satisfaction scores. Good idea!

    However, if you want to satisfy Frustrated Nerd also, may I suggest that you list both rank and score for each category. By all means, use the score to calculate the final list, but let the readers know which is the attraction with the second highest time savings, e.g., without their having to go through the list to determine that Peter Pan’s 3.1 is the second lowest score. (Show its rank as 2 and its score as 3.1, in other words.)

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    • September 18, 2022 at 10:07 pm
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      Great minds think alike- that was my exact plan for the next update!

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      • September 19, 2022 at 12:08 pm
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        I’m flattered by the comparison.

  • October 7, 2022 at 2:20 pm
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    The biggest thing I wonder about Genie+ is if it’s worth it for family groups. Looking at an individual adult is pretty easy, but my group will include 3 adults, a 9yo, (tall) 6yo, 4yo and 1yo. The older kids can ride almost everything, but may be scared. The 4yo can’t ride nearly as many things, but he can ride some, and would therefore need his own G+ pass. Thankfully the 1yo is free. So what makes sense for a party where several users can’t possibly get the “best value,” should we just skip it?

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  • November 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the details.
    I have understood how to use genie+. I wanted to know if selecting early morning rides first with genie+ is better vs selecting afternoon rides and stacking. If we select early morning rides with genie+ is there a possibility other popular rides are not available to book later.
    We would be staying the whole day at magic kingdom so wanted to best utilize genie+

    Thanks,
    Brenda

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