On Saturday, April 3, we did another side-by-side test at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We tested all attractions with a posted wait time.
|Attractions in Animal Kingdom Touring Plan Test
|Pandora: Flight of Passage
|It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
|Kali River Rapids
|Na’vi River Journey
The predicted Crowd Level on April 3, was a 2, and the actual crowd level was a 1 at the Animal Kingdom. Park hours were 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We had three researchers in the park, with Morgan doing two tests. Chrissy started at 7:30 a.m., Morgan’s first test started at 8:00 a.m, Morgan’s second test started at 2:00 p.m., and Ivonne started at 4:00 p.m. Each plan was optimized for its specific start time.
The initial plans are not too surprising. We have seen time over time that knocking out the Pandora attractions before the official park opening time sets up an efficient day of touring. Ivonne’s plan risks running out of time to complete all the attractions.
All plans were re-optimized before they started, and were re-optimized during the testing. Morgan’s 8:00 a.m. plan took the longest to complete. She waited a total of 216 minutes. Her 2:00 p.m. plan did a bit better with 150 minutes of waiting. Chrissy’s early entry, 7:30 a.m. plan took 119 minutes of waiting. The big surprise is that Ivonne’s 4:00 p.m. plan took the least amount of time to complete. Her total wait time was 89 minutes.
One thing we were surprised about with the final afternoon plans is that they both put Flight of Passage first. The optimizer decided that the wait time at Flight of Passage was not going to significantly change for the rest of the day. It decided it was better to put other attractions later in the day since they did have a significant reduction in wait times. Ivonne rode Flight of Passage after her plan was done, and she confirmed that doing Flight of Passage at the end of the day had a similar wait time, 45 minutes.
With the TouringPlans tests we have been doing we have noticed a pattern that a late afternoon plan is more efficient than arriving early. Without nighttime shows to keep people in the parks, evening touring is a good strategy.
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