|Image via touringplans.com website|
If you aren't familiar with the TouringPlans site and their work, I highly encourage you to check them out. They are associated with the Unofficial Guide to Wald Disney World series of books, available from pretty much anywhere across a multitude of e-devices if you have them. If you don't know the Guide, I also find it a fantastic resource, but that's entirely another blog post.
TouringPlans uses a ton of historical statistical analysis to accurately predict crowd levels and attraction wait times across the parks. The predictions are combined with researchers on-the-ground in WDW and user data to give what may be the most accurate times of any app I have used in the parks.
Touching an attraction brings up any info like height restrictions, showtimes/operating hours, current FastPass information, and their predictions for later in the day based on the current data. This has been extremely accurate in practice, more so than any other waiting times app I have come across after testing quite a few in the parks. You can easily add your own time using the button in the upper right (photo below).
|Main Page screen for Soarin'|
Lines does not sport the mapping or social networking functionality of some other apps, but the accuracy and math behind the plans provide an experience that a conglomeration of user data simply can't equal. The $11.95 can also be discounted if you buy a copy of The Unofficial Guide or have a discount code from one of their partner websites. The yearly fee also gives access to the main touringplans.com site for some great planning information and customizable touring plans. For the price, it is easily your most expensive app option for a WDW vacation. It may be the best investment for your own sanity, especially traveling with children during busy times of the year.
I would recommend Lines to any Wald Disney World visitor. If the cost is getting to you, think about it this way. A family of four might spend $3,000 over a week in Disney. $11.95 is less than half a percent of the total cost of the trip, and can save you up to 28 hours in line for the week. For you value-savvy travelers out there, that adds up to a whopping $0.43 for each hour saved.
You can always download the app, sneak-peek the features and go around a bit to see if you like it. If so, sign up closer to your trip. Have fun, and stay tuned for our next tech posting...