Lines App Supports Pre-Opening Touring Plans and Wait Times

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Our Lines app (iOS / Android) now supports optimizing touring plans and timing waits in line when guests are admitted to Walt Disney World parks before official opening. So if the Magic Kingdom’s official opening time is 9 a.m., and you’re let into the park at 8:15 a.m., Lines will make wait-time predictions, update your touring plan, and accept your wait-in-line times before 9 a.m.  With this change, you’ll be able to experience even more attractions with less time in line.

The hard part of building this new feature was to determine exactly when a park opens.  Because the actual opening time changes from day to day, and isn’t guaranteed to happen before the official opening time, there’s nothing on the Disney website or My Disney Experience app to indicate that a park has opened early.  In fact, the My Disney Experience app only begins to show attraction wait times once a park has opened officially.

The good news is that many hundreds of people use our Lines app in Disney World’s parks every day.  Because of you, we’re able to crowdsource a solution to the problem of knowing when a park has opened.  We’ve added a new “Is the park open early?” prompt to our touring plans and park pages.  It looks something like this on a touring plan:

New “Is the park open early?” prompt in Lines.

Tap the “Open Early” button to let Lines (and the Lines community) know that the park is open early.

The “Open Early” button will be displayed starting an hour before official opening.  It’ll disappear automatically once we’re able to confirm with enough Lines users (or our in-park staff) that the park is actually open, or at official opening time (whichever comes first).

This new Open Early feature will work with Disney’s newly announced Early Theme Park Entry program when Disney rolls that out later in 2021.  And Open Early will be part of the next version of Lines for Universal Orlando and Disneyland, too, when we release updates for those apps later this year.

About Lines by TouringPlans.com

Lines is the highest-rated Disney World app in the Apple App Store and Google Play.  It’s the only Disney World app to show actual wait-in-line times along with Disney’s posted wait times.  With Lines’ computer-optimized touring plans, it’s possible to save up to four hours per day in lines at Walt Disney World.

 

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Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

6 thoughts on “Lines App Supports Pre-Opening Touring Plans and Wait Times

  • January 15, 2021 at 6:39 pm
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    I’m so excited that you added this feature to the Lines App! I will most definitely use it the next time I’m in Disney World. Thank you!

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  • January 16, 2021 at 10:32 am
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    Yes! Will definitely use this next week.

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  • January 16, 2021 at 10:58 am
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    Now that resort guests can arrive 30 before park opening, can I include that in my plans prior to that day? For example, I have a HS plan for February 15th. The park hours state 9:00, but I will be able to enter and start touring at 8:30. Can I make a plan TODAY, that accounts for that 8:30 opening, or do I have to wait until February 15th to optimize my plans? Hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance!!

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  • January 16, 2021 at 2:49 pm
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    So excited for this. I’ve been wanting this for a while. I hope we can continue our timing of waits after the park closes too. I was not able to submit actual wait times for MMRR & FOP I started right b4 close and ended after close.

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  • January 16, 2021 at 4:44 pm
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    This is great. Very useful. One thing is that it takes into consideration getting into rides before the park opens. But what about getting it to Lines Before the parks open. If you go to your first ride a half an hour before park opening it’s a very different wait. then if you show up at park opening when the ride starts. Will this app take that into consideration. Rope dropping ahead of park opening changes plan even if the ride doesn’t open up before park opening

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  • January 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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    Yes, the wait-time models now change depending on whether the park opens early, and whether the ride opened early.

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