I have published the first five Epcot touring plans for adults. I have an assortment of two-day plans, plans specifically aimed at touring with younger kids, and an “Epcot Touring Overview” similar to the Animal Kingdom Overview and the Hollywood Studios Overview on the way. My intention is not to simply load you up with a laundry list of rides to visit and then send you out on a military drill through the Parks. It will be much easier to tour the Disney theme parks effectively when you understand why we do the things that we do. This will make it much easier to adapt to changing conditions and unexpected surprises that will undoubtedly show up during the day. Not that a surprise visit by Mickey Mouse or a 5-minute wait at Space Mountain is necessarily a bad thing, but understanding things like why we”re visiting Spaceship Earth in the afternoon rather than first thing in the morning will make it easier to have not only an efficient day, but a fun day – even if the buses are late, the monorail breaks down, Suzy wakes up late, you forgot your tickets, or whatever else.
The rest of the touring plans will be published over the next week or so. I’m a little behind because my touring plan format takes a while to put together and I’ve been busy with “work” over the last couple of days. If you “knew me,” you would know that I moonlight as one of the larger sellers of video games (among other things) on eBay and Amazon and we received an unexpected shipment of several tons (literally) of games over the weekend. Most of the last two days has been full of doing what we truly love to do – putting video games into video game consoles for two seconds to make sure they work, cataloging them, and taking a picture of the game and case. Yes, it is as fun as it sounds, times about 30,000.
Now that my excuses are out of the way (please forgive me), let me quickly tell you what you’re looking at in case you missed a post about it last month.
Each touring plan is available in two formats. You can view each plan as a PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader. It should make it easier to view and print. Depending on your computer and printer, you may need to select “Fit to Printable Area” or “Shrink to Printable Area” if the map page is cut off when you print. The map is usually in “landscape” mode and the rest of the document is in “portrait” mode. I also recommend printing “back to back” to cut down on the amount of paper required. Ideally, you would print the map on one side and the list of attractions on the other and be able to quickly flip back and forth between the two.
The first page is the map with the attraction names and the order to visit them in red numbers. Attractions without a red number are skipped, but I explain how to fit those attractions into the plan if you’d like to replace them with another planned attraction at the very end of the touring plan.
In the PDF, the second (and third if necessary) page lists the attractions in dropdown menus. This allows you to easily switch attractions around if you wish to and also see all of the available attractions. On the website, the attractions will just be listed in order. The first number after the name of the attraction is the length of the attraction. In parentheses, you’ll find the expected peak afternoon wait, plus or minus a certain number of minutes. For example, if you see:
Test Track – 5 Minutes (50 +/- 20)
It means that Test Track is five minutes long and you can expect an afternoon wait of 50 minutes, plus or minus 20 minutes (for a range of 30 to 70 minutes). When the overall crowd level is lower, the wait will be closer to the lower end of the spectrum. When the crowd level is higher, the wait will be closer to the higher end of the spectrum. This will give you an idea of which attractions are the most popular and what wait times will look like in the afternoon. The wait time range covers crowds between a “3” and a “7.” When the crowd level is an 8 or above, the peak afternoon wait could very easily exceed 70 minutes. At Test Track, waits got up to 120 minutes and more over Christmas Week and New Year’s Eve. For shows, the expected show times will be in parentheses.
From there, I quickly outline the purpose of the specific touring plan and who it is intended for. From there, you’ll find a short explanation of how to get from attraction to attraction and occasionally extra information about where to sit, how early to arrive for a show, what to expect from the attraction, and other bits of information that I have deemed at least moderately beneficial.
After that, you’ll find a list of the attractions that the touring plan has chosen to skip and ways to fit them into the touring plan if you’d like to visit them. It usually means substituting the attraction for something else that doesn’t sound as interesting. It will make it easier to customize your plan to fit your needs and remind you of what you may need to return to on a subsequent visit. On the one-day plans, it’s usually impossible to fit every attraction in, even if there were zero waits.
So there you have it. If you’re new to the site, I recommend taking a look up at the “Best Of” section at the very top of the category list to your right. You’ll find direct comparisons of the various Disney resorts and restaurants as well as a nice month-by-month overview of what to expect from Disney World. I cover weather, costs, Park hours and entertainment, refurbishments, special events, discounts, and more. It’s the single best article on this site.
If you have some ideas about what touring plans you’d like to see in the future or specific questions about anything else, you’re welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care and happy planning,