An important step in the scientific method is hypothesis testing. Before we publish a premium Touring Plan we test the plan to make sure it is viable. Our users have created over 3.1 million plans. It’s impossible for us to test every Touring Plan. Typically when we get an email with a user questioning the low wait times listed on a Touring Plan, we give the plan a quick review before we say it’s viable. I happened to get one of these emails the day before I was planning on going to the Magic Kingdom. Pat’s Touring Plan was made for June 11, when the park was scheduled to open 8 a.m. June 2, also had an 8 a.m. opening. Crowd level on June 11, is a 7; June 2, was an 8. I decided I would test Pat’s plan.
I made a copy of Pat’s plan and evaluated it for June 2. The predicted wait times for most attractions went up slightly due to the higher crowd level. Total time “in line” only went up 34 minutes for the whole day. “Total time” stayed the same as the plan has “free” time.
The real test of Pat’s plan was if it’s possible to get the first six steps done before 11 a.m. The rest of the day only had two attractions without a FastPass+ reservation. The YouTube video below documents my test. Even with me taking a detour through Tomorrowland between the Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain I was able to accomplish the plan with time to spare.
|Pat’s Stand-By Attractions||Actual Arrival Time||Actual Wait Time|
|1) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train||8:01||17|
|2) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||8:25||3|
|3) Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin||8:36||<1|
|4) Jungle Cruise||8:51||8|
|5) Splash Mountain||9:35||32|
|6) The Haunted Mansion||10:30||22|
|9) Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover||1:03||2|
|12) The Barnstormer||3:03||21|
I did not re-optimize the plan during my test because I wanted to stick to Pat’s Plan. We recommend that you re-optimize your plan every few steps. Re-optimizing your plan will update the predictions taking the real-time conditions (such as ride closures, weather, etc.) into account.
How has your experience gone following a personalized Touring Plan? Let us know in the comments.