Is touring plans worth it?

jbrinkm

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Oct 24, 2015
Do the plans they lay out for each park actually make for a better experience? As in where to go first, second etc lunch break etc
On my last trip, which was a 4 day, commando-style experience, I estimated that we were able to do 40% more by following the plan than we would have without it. You set your own breaks & eating times with varying degrees of flexibility - like, I want to eat at this place, at this time, but 20 minutes earlier or later would be ok, and the location of that restaurant is also factored into your plan for the day. As far as where to go first, second, etc., it seems counter-intuitive at times but I find that to be the magic because most people wouldn't be doing it that way at all.
 

jbrinkm

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Oct 24, 2015
Another thing I really, really like - and I don't know if these are available free or if you have to have a subscription - are the reviews of attractions & dining. I love to sort the attractions by age group to see what my kids are most likely to enjoy. Obviously, if you are already familiar with all of the rides in the parks, that is a less useful feature, but for newbies like us (planning our only 2nd trip ever), it is really helpful. And the dining reviews as well!
 

disneyworldsk

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Jul 10, 2014
i just got one this wk. i am planning to use it for the lines wait app because of the pandemic and wdw's non consistent wait times. i want to know what im getting into when i approach a super long line. it may be deceiving.
 

Stitch'sCousin

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May 16, 2007
It is well worth the small annual fee ($17.95) that they charge for a subscription. We have used it many times to plan our ride order/park order and always had great success and short wait times. On our last trip we used their room request service and ended up with a great partial safari view room at AKL. I will be definitely be renewing my subscription before our next WDW trip.
 

shawthorne44

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Feb 12, 2021
Disney has been grossly inflating the ride wait times. In the last couple of months, touring plans had a blog post showing that data. Just for that, the subscription is worth it.

It makes a better experience because it knows from past data how the wait time changes throughout the day.

Most people like to set the walking time as slow and to minimize walking. That is because most people would rather wait an extra 10 minutes in a nearby ride than walk across the park.
 

disneyworldsk

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Jul 10, 2014
Disney has been grossly inflating the ride wait times. In the last couple of months, touring plans had a blog post showing that data. Just for that, the subscription is worth it.

It makes a better experience because it knows from past data how the wait time changes throughout the day.

Most people like to set the walking time as slow and to minimize walking. That is because most people would rather wait an extra 10 minutes in a nearby ride than walk across the park.
can you explain that further? i don't understand the walking time slow etc. ?
 
  • DisneyDad0427

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    Jul 30, 2017
    It is well worth the small annual fee ($17.95) that they charge for a subscription. We have used it many times to plan our ride order/park order and always had great success and short wait times. On our last trip we used their room request service and ended up with a great partial safari view room at AKL. I will be definitely be renewing my subscription before our next WDW trip.
    Would the room request work if you book with DVC, if you know?
     

    beccasmom

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    Apr 11, 2003
    We’ve used it for room requests and it has worked very well - only one minor disappointment at BLT, but we were ultimately able to switch rooms.
     

    bdiddy

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    Mar 12, 2008
    I only subscribe when we have a trip planned and love it. I find the wait times more accurate and the chat is fun too and very in the moment (much more than this site). It’s super convenient to ask a question while in the parks and get immediate answers. Also the reservation finder is super helpful. Like others have said, it’s only $15 for a year and I definitely get my money’s worth.
     
  • Tomizgrl13

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    Oct 2, 2020
    Do the plans they lay out for each park actually make for a better experience? As in where to go first, second etc lunch break etc
    You can make your own plan, which is what I normally do. It asks you what times your planning on being there, which attractions you would like to do, how much free time you want, and even how fast you want to walk.. LOL and then it automates it in the best order to do things. Personally I LOVE it, it saved us a lot of time early on when we first became passholders. It really helped us out when my cousin and her BF came to visit and we only had a few hours to do AK, and ended up not only getting to do everything, but even had some extra time to shop. You can also choose one of their pre-made plans as well, they have a ton to choose from. I do agree with a lot of people here though that say the main draw right now is their Lines App. I just wrote this the other day, we were at AK and the wait said 25 mins we were gonna skip it and come back later, but touring plans said 8 mins, so we decided to hop on, well there was no wait at all, just took us about 6-8 mins to walk through to the ride, we ended up doing it 2x. Thats happened now multiple times.

    I'm not gonna make another post under this so just some extra notes about Touring Plans:
    Because Im a passholder, I also enjoy the "tracking days" and the fact I put every time we go in to our "plan list". So it's nice to be able to look and see all the times we've went and what we did.. etc They also have a Universal one too as an add on for like 6 bucks which works the same and is very helpful. They offer a discount when you renew. For $15 being a passholder it's def worth it.
     

    AnnabelleTheTalkingTree

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    Aug 22, 2018
    This is the second time I’ve subscribed. I used it for planning our 2019 trip, mostly to plan our park days and submit room requests for both parts of our split stay (my expectations on that front were exceeded). I didn’t use the Lines app or use it to make any detailed plans, but still felt it was well worth the $15.

    I subscribed again for our upcoming 2022 trip since I found it so useful last time, and also because I think detailed plans will be necessary in the event that fastpass is a thing of the past by May.
     

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