TouringPlans Teaches: WDW Touring Episode 301

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After presenting all of the data and talking about wait time trends and the impact of early entry, we’re finally presenting our first full-day WDW touring strategy!

In this week’s episode, we’ll show why you need to consider visiting Magic Kingdom on a day with shorter operating hours, like a Halloween or Holiday Party. Then we’ll go through a full sample “short” day and show how those low crowds can help you accomplish a lot of attractions even with an early park closure.

Bonus – this week we have a very special guest cameo. Someone that will be quite familiar to anyone that’s been following TouringPlans for a while 🙂

So be sure to watch above or on YouTube and to share with any friends that have trips planned during party season!

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Becky Gandillon

Becky Gandillon was trained in biomedical engineering, but is now a full-time data and analytics nerd. She loves problem solving and travelling. She and her husband, Jeff, live in St. Louis with their two daughters and they have Disney family movie night every Saturday. You can follow her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-gandillon/ or instagram @raisingminniemes

8 thoughts on “TouringPlans Teaches: WDW Touring Episode 301

  • August 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm
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    Went today; Magic Kingdom closes at 6 for Halloween party. We got on everything with minimal wait times and were able to get almost immediate genie return times for everything! Would highly recommend going on a day like this!

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  • August 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm
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    Hey Becky. This is great, as always. Super helpful and informative. My question though is two fold: does this mean Genie+ is a “bad idea” on party days; and if not, does it change touring strategy much?

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    • August 22, 2022 at 8:49 am
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      I think Genie+ on party days is at least unnecessary, and potentially a bad idea. There have been reports from the first two party dates of Lightning Lane queues being longer than standby ones …

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  • August 22, 2022 at 3:29 pm
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    Becky,
    If you are not eligible for early entry and get to MK at 9am on party days, what ride should you start with?

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    • August 22, 2022 at 3:39 pm
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      I’d start with Fantasyland, excluding anything with over 30 minute posted wait at that point (probably 7DMT, and maybe Peter Pan)

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  • August 22, 2022 at 4:29 pm
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    Thank you. Do those in the afternoon and just bite the bullet? Try to get a ILL for 7DMT?

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    • August 22, 2022 at 4:33 pm
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      I mean, on a party day, no wait times are going to be super-terrible. I’d personally try to hit 7DMT right before party guests are allowed to enter the park.

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  • August 22, 2022 at 4:37 pm
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    Nice. 4pm. I never thought of that. I sure am glad you have! This is an eye opener. I feel silly but that feels liberating. Never imaged I would get in line for that at that time. Can’t imagine going without Touring Plans.

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