Tuesday, May 15, 2018

122: Listener Tip Show V

Late Night Lotto follow-up and more of the terrific listener tips we've received for getting the most out of a trip to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Attraction Downtime Data

As discussed in Episode 121, the attraction downtime information provided by Len Testa and the folks at Touring Plans is available here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=15XcQSF_625UarUcwJ6SDwzP585mFjjJJ

Data format description, courtesy of Len:

The column on the left represent how often the ride experiences a closure in the first hour, last hour, or all day that the park is open. 

Using first-hour Expedition Everest as an example:

  • "Closed" means that on average, it's not running for about 7% of that hour.
  • "None" is the percent of days when we've seen no downtime at all in that hour. 86% is pretty good.
  • "10%" is the percent of days where the downtime exceeds 10% of the hour (i.e., 6 minutes) - 14% of days, or about 1 day per week.
  • "25%" is the percent of days where the downtime exceeds 25% of the hour (i.e., 15 minutes) - 10% of days, or about 3 days a month.
  • "50%" is the percent of days where the downtime exceeds 50% of the hour (i.e., 30 minutes) - 7% of days, or about 1 day every 2 weeks.
The "last" and "All Day" sections are the same thing, but either in the last hour, or over the course of an entire day. Note that Test Track runs for an entire day without downtime ("none") around 20% of the time. So on 80% of days, there's at least one measurable downtime incident.

The green line represents the average attraction in each park. Attractions above the line have worse reliability than average.




121: Anytime FastPass Bonanza

The demise of a formerly-reliable Disney gift card acquisition process, and an examination of historical attraction downtime data plus other information that allows for increased odds of scoring multi-day, multi-park "anytime" FastPasses.

Many thanks to Len Testa and Touring Plans for the attraction downtime data, which can be downloaded here:

https://backsideofmagic.blogspot.com/2018/05/attraction-downtime-data.html

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

120: You Asked For It

Dissection of a pin code offer, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

119: Spring Break At WDW

Southwest credit card changes and Jeremy talks through some more stuff he found interesting during his recent trip to Walt Disney World.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

118: Topic Stew George

Ingredients: Hotel inventory practices, Discount park ticket extras, Hollywood Studios touring, Club level perks, Parking policy enforcement, and FastPasses on water park ticket media. Thanks for listening!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

117: No Room At The Inn?

Hollywood Studios tiering, changes with changing, and ways to find on-property Walt Disney World hotel rooms when a basic search comes up empty.

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