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Lightning Lane Recommendations Now Available in Customized Touring Plans for Disney World

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It’s finally here! We know you’ve been waiting so very patiently, and we’re thrilled to announce that customized Touring Plans for Disney World will now give you recommendations for which Lightning Lanes to book.

No more wondering whether you should grab that reservation that’s only a half-hour away, or the one that’s 4 hours out but saves you twice as much time. You put in what you want to do, and we’ll calculate which combination of LL reservations will get you finished quickest.

Lines can now tell you the list of Lightning Lanes it thinks will work best for your plan, and includes the reservation process as steps in your plan. (Click to enlarge)

Of course, we are not in the business of pushing Disney upcharges, so let me be clear – we won’t suggest purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane in your plan unless you’ve already told us you want to buy one. We also won’t give you Lightning Lane recommendations unless you’ve said that you want to use Genie+ with your plan. If you don’t want to buy Genie+, you will still get the same great plan optimizations that have been helping you beat the crowds without using the Lightning Lane.

Lightning Lane recommendations are available both on the web and in the Lines app, and we’ve updated our walkthrough guides for both.

Step-By-Step Guide: Make and Use a Touring Plan On the Web (Including Lightning Lane)
Step-By-Step Guide: Make and Use a Touring Plan in the Lines App (Including Lightning Lane)

Note: Disneyland users will be able to see these features on the web version, but won’t be able to use them in the app.

What Else is In This Update?

The other changes in this update only apply to the WDW Lines app.

First up, in the past when you looked at a touring plan on the web, you could see 4 times for every step – Wait, Ride, Free, and Walk. But in Lines you could only see the Wait, Ride, and Walk times, and sometimes it could be difficult to see that you had a block of free time.

With this update, free time will show up as a step in the plan – whether it’s just a minute or two to stop in the bathroom, or a 20-minute break that you can use to grab a snack, you’ll have a better idea of where your plan is sending you.

Large blocks of free time are easier to see in your plan. Lines is usually so efficient that it took a few tries to get over 6 hours’ worth for this example pic!

Next up, we’ve made the wait timer easier to access. User-submitted wait times are an essential component of our predictions, so it’s important to us that gathering them is easy for you.

This is what the new timer looks like in the attraction list. In your custom plan the location is unchanged, but it is now larger to make it easier to tap.
How to Update

You must update your Lines app whether or not you plan to take advantage of this new feature; older versions will no longer work properly.

It’s possible your app will update automatically. That’s the easiest way! To check use the links below to go to the Lines app in your respective app store. If it needs to be updated, there will be a button that says “Update” – tap it to update your app. If your button says “Open” instead, you’re good to go. You should see that the most recent version is from December, 2022.

WDW Lines on iOS | WDW Lines on Android

An alternate method to confirm is to go to your app store and tap on your profile. On an iPhone, you’ll see a list of apps that have pending updates, and ones that were recently updated. On the Play store, an additional tap on “Manage Apps & Devices” will show you the same list.

What to do if you have a problem with the Update

Of course we hope everything will go smoothly. But this update has some pretty big changes, so just in case …

If you have issues when you first launch the app, we suggest rebooting your phone. This usually fixes update-associated problems.

If you continue to have difficulty, the best thing to do is to submit a support ticket using this link. For the fastest troubleshooting, please include your phone model and OS version in the description, like this: “I have an iPhone 11, running iOS 15.6.1”. If you get an error message, it will be useful to include a screenshot of the error.

Happy Touring! – The Lines Team

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer has a background in math and biology, so she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

7 thoughts on “Lightning Lane Recommendations Now Available in Customized Touring Plans for Disney World

  • Great updates to the plans and app.

    Thank you.

    • Thanks Edgar! Glad you’re enjoying them.

  • Great stuff! Now I need this for DLR as well since that’s my next destination.

  • Since I trust Touring Plans more than Disney in regards to Genie and Genie+, I’ll ask you: How much time is saved using a combination of Genie+ and an optimized touring plan compared to just an optimized touring plan?

    • Hi TwoBits – short answer: we don’t have hard data on that yet and will be doing side-by-side testing in the parks in the weeks to come.

      Explanation: the copy of the app that we use for development (our staging environment) doesn’t have the same kind of daily updates to forecasts that we do in the version users see. That means we weren’t able to use it for side-by-side testing before release.

      Helpful-ish? answer: when you optimize, you’ll get a different set of LL’s each time. That’s because there’s more than one combination that saves similar amounts of time (gives you the same plan totals). If it was me, I might wait a week (rollout bugs, there will always be some) and then make a couple of plans and optimize with and without Genie+ and compare. But I have no patience, and it’s more than fair to say that waiting for the results of in-park testing is the way to go, because that experiment will still be flawed by being only predictive.

      Personal experience answer: in August I was in the parks and made a plan, then used Genie+ to target the rides that were big waits in the plan. I didn’t reoptimize consistently so it’s not a great test, and it wasn’t a huge crowd day. But I estimate that I easily saved over an hour with Genie+ entering the parks at opening and leaving 3 hours later (we did more than half the park including most of the big stuff but not Splash, BTMRR, or SDMT). YMMV, but I believe there are some savings to be had.

      • Actually, kind of the answer I was hoping for: in-park tests! I enjoy looking through the data you get from them (and really like it when you do live testing videos!) Thanks!

    • So happy to see this update!!! (And a little jealous ) When we went in Oct, I was running Touring Plans, Genie+ and an Excel sheet with what LL to book when (based off Touring Plans data.) The plan(s?) worked well, but anyone with it all in one place is going to save so much time AND mental bandwidth!


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