Minimize vs. Balanced


#1

I'm just looking for some technical background on the minimize waiting vs balanced bar on a touring plan. By changing the slider, I've found a significant change in my plan but no real discernible difference in walking time. For example when I made the switch, my total walk time decreased by 1 minute but the order of rides changed and the number of recommended fast passes went from 0 to 6! Any info would increase my knowledge... Thanks!


#2

In my experience the slider doesn't make a huge difference. The overall purpose of the Optimizer is to minimize wait time, and when you set the slider to Minimize Walking its objective is not to create a plan with minimal walking, but rather to find a near-optimal plan that has less walking than an optimal plan. Depending on the attractions you have chosen, there may not be much scope for reducing walking while still having a good plan wait-wise.


#3

I don't think it will make much difference for the Universal parks because they're pretty compact. I've seen a much bigger change in parks like Epcot and MK due to the size of the park and the number of attractions, respectively.


#4

Good point - I didn't notice that this question was in the UOR area.


#5

The OP did mention Fast Passes, so I believe this was meant to be in the WDW section.


#6

Fair point, though there are a lot of people that refer to UE as fast passes!


#7

True, but touring plans don't recommend Express Pass for rides at UOR. It only does that for WDW. That's what led me to believe it's meant for WDW.


#8

Sorry for the confusion, was meant for WDW.