I’m sure this has been asked but I can’t seem to find the answer. How far out before your touring date of park is it best to Optimize touring plans?
That’s up to you. I started our last set of touring plans about 2 months out and was making changes until about 1 week prior. My one biggest piece of touring plan advice would be MAKE A COPY first!
As close to the actual date as possible - the predictions are never set in stone, and Disney can change major factors that influence them (like Park hours) at the last minute.
Yes, some people will even optimize - and reoptimize - while in park. Which really is probably going to get you the most efficient plan.
Personally I don’t like to do that. I generally keep everything the same once I’m within probably 3-5 days of travel (which means that my furthest out dates are not re-optimized for a week or more prior).
I did some semi-final optimizing a couple days before we left and printed copies of the plans in case there was a technology or phone battery issue while we were traveling. Then I optimized several times a day while in the park as rides being down and our quicker than expected walking times changed things as we went. Worked well for us.
This is our fourth trip to WDW and 4th time using TP. First was Oct trip 6 years ago and TP I know saved us time. Things have obviously changed since then in 2012 with increases in crowds and lines. I know a plan is a must but just hearing about some serious discrepancies in TP times and CL’s gets me a little nervous.
I personally evaluate a day or two before leaving & print my plans. Only if my plans go way off do I optimize while in the park on the app!!
Thanks for reply