A few weeks ago we posted a walkthrough article for making a touring plan in the Lines app, including instructions for adding Lightning Lane reservations into your plans. At that time it was only possible to add your reservations into your plan on the day of your visit, but several readers — especially DAS users with confirmed DAS Advance selections — asked about entering reservations for future plans. I’m happy to let you know that the latest Lines 2.0 update for Disney World is now available on Android and Apple and includes this feature. Let’s take a look!
If you’re like me, you love to try out different scenarios in advance of your visit, arranging and rearranging plans to get an idea of how much you can fit into your day in the parks. Being able to add in LL reservations in advance can be really helpful for running these what-if experiments. However, unless it’s a DAS Advance selection, don’t forget that the reservation doesn’t truly exist until you make it in the MDE app on the day of your visit. There’s also no guarantee that you’ll be able to get the return time you entered — we’d love to be able to make that happen for you, but alas, we cannot.
Danger, Will Robinson! If you’ve entered times before your visit and they aren’t DAS Advance selections, make sure to update with your correct reservation times (if any) before optimizing your plan on your touring day.
Step By Step: Adding a Return Time
Adding a Lightning Lane reservation looks the same whether it’s an Individual Lightning Lane, a reservation that you made through Genie+, or a DAS selection. Open your plan, and start by pressing the meatball menu (the three dots) on the card for the attraction that you want to add the reservation to. Tap the option for Lightning Lane Return Time and a pop-up will appear. The pop-up may look a little different than shown below if you’re actually on the day of the plan, since some options like timing your wait are only available for current-day plans. Select the time of your reservation and tap Save.
After clicking Save, you may not see any change in the card — remember that you need to reoptimize (or evaluate). When the optimizer is done you’ll see the new reservation appear in a special section at the top of the plan, and you’ll see the reservation noted on the attraction card.
If your plan doesn’t update automatically after getting the “your plan has been updated” notice, just click refresh to bring in the updated times. And if you need to delete the reservation, just click the trash can next to the reservation in the top section. This will only remove the reservation from the attraction, it will not remove the attraction from your plan.
If you have a DAS reservation that is not an Advance selection (one that you made while touring, either in MDE or at the blue tent), it won’t have an end time. Lines isn’t able to recognize that these reservations can be redeemed more than an hour after the start time, and won’t place them later than that in your plan. If you know you’ll be back more than an hour after your return time, try this workaround.
Let’s say you have a same-day DAS reservation for Big Thunder Mountain at 2 p.m. If you’re fine doing the ride between 2 and 3 p.m., great! You don’t need to do anything. If you’d prefer to do Big Thunder Mountain between 4 and 5 p.m., then simply enter the reservation time for 4 p.m. You’ll know that you can ride any time after 2, but the optimizer will put the attraction into your plan around the time that you want to experience it.
What About Web Browsers?
Most people using a plan in the parks will do it through Lines, but for advance planning I often find myself working with my plans in the browser. If you’re working with a touring plan in a web browser, we don’t currently support adding Lightning Lane reservation times.
However, if you’ve entered times into a plan using Lines, you’ll be able to see them when working with the plan in a web browser, and my short stint of testing indicates that the plan will optimize correctly.
We’re working on a future update that will bring these Lightning Lane features (and more) to touring plans in your web browser.
Will you use this new feature in Lines? Will you remember to erase any “what-if” return times you entered before using your plan in the parks? Let us know in the comments!