I was, for the fun of it, playing around with an Animal Kingdom Touring Plan for a similar day in May this year to match what we’d probably do in 2020.
Anyhow, after adding all the attractions I’d want, I optimized the plan a few times, and got the total wait time down to about 359 minutes. I included two rides on FOP and two on EE.
I also did some moving things around and doing evaluate, but this resulted in times of closer to 380 minutes.
Finally, I decided to include two meal times…one for lunch around 11 am and one for dinner around 5 pm.
To my surprise, the total wait time dropped to 336 minutes. That’s a savings of 23 minutes waiting after adding in a total of an hour for eating.
This suggests that optimizing for waiting isn’t really optimized. It would be nice if TP would optimize the shortest wait times and then highlight where there are breaks that can be filled with other things (such as eating, having snacks, etc).
This also got me to wondering if it would be helpful to SUGGEST places to eat that are along the path between to two attractions, or near one of the two attractions, if there is a break. When I was adding in the eating, it made me choose. But generally, I’d want to pick something that is near where I’m if I’m just doing quick service. So, I had to find out where I’d be and then pick something in that area manually.