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Touringplans versus Undercover Tourist?

by Danielle
(Phoenix, AZ)

I have begun researching…dare I say obsessively…my October Disney World trip. In trying to decide which park is best to visit on which day, I have consulted both Undercover Tourist and Touring Plans. Each is similar; however, there are a couple of big discrepancies. Which have you found to be more accurate, if you don’t mind saying.

I have followed your advice and purchased tickets from Undercover and subscribed to Touring Plans. I am trying finalize at least a couple days in order to make reservations for dining as my 180 days are approaching. I realize that it is a bit like peering into a crystal ball, but I am wondering if one is less hazy than the other.

Grinning Ghosts and a couple of tourists in front of the Haunted Mansion

October brings grinning ghosts – Photo by Tom Bricker (that’s him in the picture)

Dad’s Planning Pro Answer


It’s no secret that Dad is a big fan of having a great PLAN when visiting Walt Disney World. When you’re a planning pro like Dad, you use the best tools available and Touringplans and Undercover Tourist have some great tools. and Undercover Tourist both have great in park smart phone apps that show how long the lines are at every ride, when the shows are and Touringplans will even help you keep your plan optimized.

Touringplans apps is called Lines. I like Lines, we found it to be very accurate. We used it all around Disney World when we were there last year. It really helped us when we wanted to know when the next show was coming up.

Dads’s Touringplans page

Undercover Tourist has an app that’s called Disney World by Undercover Tourist. They have a free version and a paid version. We didn’t try either version in the park, but it is prettier than Lines.

Disclaimer: Dad gets money from Touringplans when you subscribe to their site.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Danielle, you’ll have a great trip – you can’t go wrong with either of these apps, but when we were at Disney World, we used

Comments for

Jul 10, 2018 Well???
by: Charmion

So now it has been years later! I would love to know what you think now bc I’m sure there’s been many vacations since!

We went in may and are going back again in Jan/February. I used an educated guess after mixing the results of you, UT, touring plan and something else…the top 4 I know of. Then we paid for and used the planning app from touring plan and I have to say….every time I though I was smarter and drifted off from their plan and did my own thing I always regretted it and wasted valuable time.

I think their app works and is worth the 14 bucks a year…luckily I won’t have to pay twice bc I will still have it for our trip, I believe. I don’t think I bought it until late February or March of the year prior. Anyway….all four sites were off of each other quite a bit but we went during a not busy time.

I will say though when I looked at weeks to go : your first, they totally missed a huge cheer competition there during our stay and didn’t mention it at all which was shocking bc (after a few days) I realized that it was the same competition my sister in law used to cheer in almost every year, lol.mimasked and she confirmed it later and it’s always that same time of year….and it seems pretty big. They were all over the parks we went to.

Granted, Early May isn’t bombarded, but there were some looooong waits for sure.snd the competition girls didn’t help that, lol. Anyway….all sites are good in my opinion. You just have to kinda do your own research too and consider all advice you read from others as well as the sites!

But I’m still curious what your opinion is years later bc I’ll possibly looking to you to tweak our dates. I literally do this up until our departure for slightly better deals and crowds!!! 😄

Dad Answers

Really, I don’t track any of the other crowd calendars. It’s hard enough to keep up with our own. I think we do a pretty good job. I also use TouringPlans for day to day, but with the volatility of the crowd patterns lately we all struggle.

Apr 29, 2013 Disney Mobile Magic
by: Jessica

I’m a cheapskate (I live within a couple hours drive and my last 5 visits to WDW have been with free tickets), but while I have used Disney World Wait Times Free (and will be using Undercover Tourist on my upcoming trip), I love Disney’s own app. Yes, it’s only available (or at least most features) to Verizon customers, but it comes from the source.

Apr 29, 2013 When we were there November 2012
by: Deb

When we went last November we used the undercover tourist (free one) app and it was alright. But my mom says everyone is probably using those and going to the “least” busy park making it then the busier park that day which could be because some of them seemed very busy for a green day…

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