Experience More Rides (and Less Waiting!) at Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

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I wrote that Touringplans.com is a great tool for researching and planning trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando.

But Touringplans.com also has a mobile app, called Lines, which can save you time, stress, and frustration when you’re at these parks!  You’ll get real-time updates on attraction wait times, ride closures, and available Fastpass ride reservations.

Plus you can add your own wait time reports and chat with other users – even folks who are visiting at the same time!

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Download the Lines App From Touringplans.com to Save Time at Disney and Other Parks!

I’ll show you how Lines works and how you can use it to make the most of your day at the park!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Touringplans.com

Link:   Lines Walt Disney World Mobile App

Link:   Lines Disneyland Mobile App

Link:   Lines Universal Orlando Mobile App

There are separate mobile apps for each park.  Apple and Android mobile devices are officially supported, but they also have a generic app which may work with other smartphones, like Blackberry (but they can’t guarantee it).

You do NOT need a Touringplans.com subscription to download the app.  But to use all the app features, you’ll need a membership (~$5 to ~$13 per year, depending on the park).

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Use the Lines Mobile App to Spend Less Time Waiting for Popular Rides Like the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando

I downloaded the app for Walt Disney World, but other apps have similar features.  Let’s see what it can do!

Ride & Attraction Wait Times

This is probably the most useful app feature!  I hate wasting time walking from 1 end of a theme park to the other, only to discover the ride I want has a 2-hour wait!

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

I Love Theme Park Rides – but NOT the Long Lines!

With the Lines app, you can see current expected ride and attraction wait times.

And it even gives recommendations based on forecast wait times for later in the day!  So if it’s a peak time, the app tells you to wait until later.  Or if the lines are projected to get longer, it will suggest you ride now.

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

You Can Make Better Decisions About Which Rides to Wait for With the Lines App

And if they think the wait time won’t change for the rest of the day, they let you know you can ride any time – it won’t make a difference.

Plus, for popular rides, it will indicate when the next Fastpass reservation is available (“Next FP+“).

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

The App Gives Recommendations Based on Expected Wait Times

Another really neat feature is that you (and other users in the park) can update and view actual ride wait times through the app!

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

View Current Reported Wait Times Updated by Other Park Guests, or Add Your Own!

Emily’s friend recently used the app on a trip to Walt Disney World.  She says it was a lifesaver, especially having 3 impatient kids in tow!

Knowing how long attraction lines are in advance can help you plan a more efficient day at the park.  So you’ll ride more and spend less time waiting!

Fastpass Availability

Disney parks use a system called Fastpass which allows folks to reserve a ride time on their most popular attractions.

Only a certain number of Fastpass reservations are given out for each time slot, and once they’re gone, that’s it!

The Lines mobile app lets you view available Fastpass times for rides and attractions.

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

With Fastpass, You Can Make a Reservation and Come Back Later to Avoid Waiting – and the Lines App Shows What’s Still Available

You can get a Fastpass reservation at kiosks throughout the parks.  But by checking the app, you can 1st see if it’s worth the hike!

Touring Plans

If you created your own touring plan on the Touringplans.com website before you left on your trip, you can access it through the Lines mobile app.

The plan takes you step-by-step through the park, showing current wait times.  You can re-arrange the plan if required, and indicate when you’re done visiting a ride or attraction.

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Better Than a Paper Map – Get Step by Step Instructions and Up-to-Date Ride Information With Touring Plans on the Mobile App

Or you can add a new plan directly from your mobile device.  Either your own or 1 of Touringplan.com’s custom plans.

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Load Your Own Touring Plan or Choose a Premium Plan Designed for Specific Age Groups and Timeframes

These plans are really handy to have on your phone!  I like that the app will optimize the plan based on the current day’s wait times and crowd levels, too.

Dining and Menus

The app’s “Dining” tool shows you everywhere you can eat from sit-down restaurants to fast food and food carts.  And it gives you something to do while waiting for the next ride…look at restaurant menus!

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Epcot Is Known for International Dining Options – They Even Have a Food Festival Every Year!

By clicking on a restaurant name, you can check out the menu.  So if there’s nothing that appeals to you (or if it’s too pricey), you won’t waste time walking to the restaurant!

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Check Out Menus and Prices on the App Before You Make the Trek to a Restaurant!

And if you’re craving a certain type of food, you can use the “Search Menus in the Park”  function to narrow down the list.  I searched for “sushi” (sorry, Emily).

You’ll see which restaurants serve the food, the dishes they offer, and the price.  And you’ll have the option to click through to their full menu.

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Perfect for Foodies! I’ll Take a Tokyo Sushi Combo Please!

This is a terrific tool if you want to plan where to eat in advance.  Or for families and groups with picky eaters.  Or if you’re a foodie and want to sample as many specialties as possible during your visit!

More Cool Tools

Like the Touringplans.com website, the Lines mobile app is loaded with extra features.

You can view:

  • Current and projected crowd levels for each park (including a 10-day crowd forecast)
  • Ride and attraction descriptions, ratings, and height / age restrictions (you can also add your own rating from the app!)
  • Park hours, special events, and show schedules

And from the app, you can chat with Touringplans.com users – even folks who are visiting the park at the same time!

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Ask Questions, Post Comments, and Chat With Other Users Directly From the Lines App

I’m not sure if I’d use the chat feature, but it could be useful for folks who have an urgent question or need advice from experienced Disney visitors!

Are There Drawbacks?

Again, there’s a lot of information included with the Lines app.  I’d limit using the app to just the features you need for your visit.

And you could end up using a lot of data!  Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando have free Wi-Fi in most public areas, but that’s not the case at Disneyland.

Experience More Rides And Less Waiting At Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

Your Friends and Family Might Scold You If You Spend Your Whole Park Visit Fiddling With Your Phone!

Besides, you don’t want to spend your whole day at Disney with your head buried in your smartphone!  There’s too much to see and do!

Bottom Line

You’ll save time and frustration when you use the Touringplans.com Lines mobile app at theme parks like Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando.  It’s available to folks who’ve paid for a Touringplans.com subscription.  (See my review.)

With the app, you can view forecast and current ride wait times while you’re at the park.  And see when the next Fastpass ride reservations are available.

You can load the app with a touring plan for your visit, modify existing plans, and check out dining spots, menus, and prices.

Have you used the Lines app from Touringplans.com?  What’s your favorite feature?

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3 responses to “Experience More Rides (and Less Waiting!) at Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App

  1. I used the TouringPlans.com site and app in the spring for two trips to WDW. The first was during spring break when the crowds were near-10 levels. On the second trip, the crowds were in the 4-6 range. I think it is really good for creating a ride-based touring plan, but if you have kids that want to meet characters who are only available during certain time periods of the day, that is a weak point. TouringPlans will only cover the characters that have WDW-posted wait times like Anna/Elsa and Ariel at her grotto. For meeting characters, the best resource is probably kennythepirate.com (he also has a decent web-based app). The TouringPlans Lines app has a nice feature which allows you to re-optimize the touring plan that you created for that day with real-time data. This is very useful if you break away from your plan to meet a character that is not in the app (like Merida or Tiana). However…they have a bit of a kludgy interface for reporting wait times so not many people use it. Thus their “real-time” data for some rides may not be particularly accurate. On the first trip, we had “9” crowd days and the “real-time” reports for some rides hadn’t been updated for hours. What we found on those high-crowd days is that the long-term statistical data would still generally hold true, thus the optimize feature was still useful. But it was less useful on those mid-crowd days of 4-5-6 when lines seemed to be more variable.. Use TouringPlans to create your plan, but when you’re in the park you should cross-reference their wait times with some of the other apps like My Disney Experience, VersaEdge Disney World Wait Times (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-world-wait-times-free/id321601474?mt=8#), or http://www.easywdw.com/waits. Go with the common denominator, it is probably correct. Probably the best advice that I read before our trips: get to the park at rope drop or very near that time, because you can knock out quite a few high-demand rides with minimal wait.

  2. I love your website, just not sure why you would use this ap instead of the normal ap available from disney, “my disney experience’.. its links to your account and offers nearly everything you’ve referenced here plus the ability to book fast passes, reservations, cancel reservations, etc..

    Am I missing something here?

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