Walt Disney World Touring Plans and Crowd Calendars

A major component of your Walt Disney World vacation will be touring the parks. Some folks like to have definitive plans while others prefer to meander about. Here's our best advice for you planners!

Touring Plans

The folks at TouringPlans have made a science out of avoiding lines at Disney World. They’ve created 140 customizable, step-by-step itineraries for Walt Disney World, called “touring plans.” Those plans are grouped by age, so you’ll find Magic Kingdom plans for parents with small children, Epcot plans for adults, Animal Kingdom plans for ‘tweens and teens, and lots more.

Each touring plan includes the park’s best attractions for that age group, plus restaurant recommendations and Fastpass suggestions. And they’re designed to minimize your wait in line.

You can customize each plan to your vacation dates – plus you can pick which rides your touring plan includes, and tell it when you want to take breaks.

Touring Plans Example
A sample Magic Kingdom Touring Plan

Disney estimates that the average guest experiences 10 attractions in a day at the Magic Kingdom. Using a touring plan you should be able to see double that, and save hours in line. The science behind Touring Plans has been reatured in Wired, Popular Science, the New York Times and many other places.

Crowd Calendars

If you really want to avoid Disney World crowds, you’ll want to know which parks are less crowded for each day of your trip. TouringPlans also has a Disney Crowd Calendar, showing how busy each Disney World park will be for each day of your trip:

Crowd Calendar

The Disney World Crowd Calendar

The Crowd Calendar shows you how busy the theme parks will be on any day of the year. If you’re just starting to plan your Disney vacation, you’ll be able to pick a less-busy time of year to visit. The calendar also shows Disney World’s seasonal ticket prices, special events, historical weather, and park hours.

A year’s use of TouringPlans.com is just $14.95 and includes access to the Crowd Calendar and their mobile application, Lines, so you can follow your plans and get updates while you’re in the parks. And they offer a 45-day money-back guarantee.

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