Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World has never been more complicated, even for frequent guests. When you consider FastPass Plus, ADRs, and larger crowds, building the right strategy is a necessity. The last thing we want is to spend our trip waiting in long lines instead of riding our favorite attractions. An essential resource is Touring Plans.com, which gives you the tools to make the right choices when navigating the Disney World parks. It can’t make the hordes of people disappear, but it gives you important guidance to avoid following the herd.
This episode’s guest is Len Testa, president of Touring Plans and the mind behind the trip-planning software. I’ve followed Len’s work all the way back to the start of the WDW Today podcast in 2005. His computer science background and extensive research give him a unique perspective on the parks. Len’s also the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and the host of The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill. Disney World is a massive operation that keeps getting more complicated, and there’s a lot more involved with planning than just the attractions.
Our conversation digs into Len’s background and the origins of his Disney fandom in family trips to Orlando as a kid. We discuss the early days of Touring Plans and its evolution into such a popular resource for so many Disney fans today. Len and I also cover some interesting future possibilities for FastPass Plus and how Disney is trying to shift the make-up of its Disneyland visitors beyond such a large percentage of annual passholders. It was a real thrill to connect with one of the real insiders on Disney World and theme parks in general.