Good afternoon everyone, been a while since I have posted but we are officially heading back to DisneyWorld for a family vacation this April! We are arriving the day after Easter. The question I have is how much change is it reasonable to expect from the crowd calendar projection? Currently day 1 of the MK for us is April 19th and is rated as a “6”. Our plan is to take advantage of the early opening for resort guests. I took a quick first cut at a Touring Plan using the optimizer and I have to say it seems unreasonable to be able to get as much done as this tool currently predicts. Don’t get me wrong, I hope its right, but wanted to get the group’s thoughts. My rough plan is linked below:
This is a no room for pictures, admiring the queue, run kids run, type of itinerary. I like to set my pace to relaxed to build in time and if a wait time is off by a few minutes.
The early morning fantasyland ride times look attainable but as @drvillarejos said, you would be running from to ride.
I would say that low wait time at 7DMT is 99% impossible. The only way you would have that low of a wait is by being at the front of rope drop and hightailing it to the queue first thing.
I agree - 7DMT seems impossible unless you’re purchasing ILL. Everything else seems completely doable.
We will be there roughly the same time, arriving the Tuesday after Easter.
Edit: I also doubt the park will open at 8 on that day given that it opened at 9 most of Christmas week.
I think the saving grace you have in this plan is the 50 minutes of free time just before the break. This gives a padding for what will undoubtedly be glitches in everything before it.
Personally, I think it is wise to set your walking speed slower, and insertIng some breaks for restrooms and food will help make this less pressured.
I do this with EVERY plan I make, relaxed pace. I’m not the run, run, run type. I like to slow down and enjoy things. But I’m ultra fixated on plans, lists and time management. So if my plan is too strict, and I fall behind, I panic (almost attackish).
I have the exact same concerns, except I’m going two-weeks before Easter from April 2nd through 9th. Except for Saturdays and Epcot Friday, the parks are predicted 1 - 3 crowd levels. It basically reflects that I will have no issue riding everything I want by dedicating one day to each park, and a couple parks only necessitating a half day or a bit more. This is with breaks and average walk pace.
I’m calling this to be impossible. Really hoping to get some updated feedback on touring plans the coming months.
Thanks everyone for the feedback! If I am being honest the plan I put together was intended to be our entire Day 1 MK plan, I never intended to have all my steps complete by 12:00 PM, before I hit optimize I thought it would run into the afternoon. We are staying at the WL and have an 8 year old and 5 year old, our intention was to leave the park around noon and go back around 3:00 PM or so.
I see that there’s already a consensus, that I do agree with. here’s my “detailed” answer. Hope it helps!!
Your plans seem pretty tight on time. I’ve seen too many “perfect” plans that go from ride-to-ride nonstop. You really need to put a 10 – 15 minute break in your plan every 1.5 – 2 hours. I’ve had more than one person tell me, “I’m on vacation. I don’t need to schedule when I pee.”
These breaks are a buffer for unexpected Magic / toilet / gift shops / drinks / etc.…
When putting in these breaks make sure to account for the walking time to your next attraction. Any time you insert a “rest” into a plan, the walking times after the rest are wrong due to a bug in TP software. For example, you are at Dumbo, then rest, and then plan to go to Jungle Cruise it only allocates a one minute walk time, instead of what should have been like 10-15 minutes.
If your next attraction is nearby this isn’t a big deal, but it is something to consider.
It’s always IMHO better to have the break & not need it than get behind.
Also, IME, while I LOVE TP it’s not perfect. On average I have to cut 2 - 4 attractions / shows every day. This is even with giving myself all those breaks. More often than not TP will greatly underestimate a couple of predicted queue waits. (Often an additional 30 - 50 minutes) So… be prepared to figure out what you can be ok missing or not getting a repeat ride on.
I have kept my plans over the last three years and written out all the data. (predicted vs. actual waits) IME - Touring Plans averages +81 minutes longer than predicted each day. Again… I’ll never go to WDW / DLR / UOR without a personalized TP , but I’ve learned that you have to leave good amounts of unscheduled time & add in 10 – 15 minutes breaks every 90 minutes or so to be able to realistically accomplish all that I want.