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Robert Niles

Introducing the 'Four Hour' theme park tour plans

Published: April 14, 2008 at 9:59 PM

Following my Disneyland trip report from the weekend, I am today introducing a new feature on Theme Park Insider: the four-hour tour plans for top theme parks.

How good a deal is your vacation if no one enjoys it? Starting tomorrow, and for the next 10 days, I'll be posting on the Theme Park Insider home page a new tour plan for a different park. These plans will include instructions on how to see each park's top attractions, before lunch and with minimal wait time for each.

Now, these tips might not be new to veteran TPI readers. But this provides an easy way for new readers and trip-planning rookies to cut through all the conflicting advice from various guidebooks and websites, so that they can relax and actually enjoy their vacations.

I hope that long-time TPI readers, and other park experts will add their favorite tips in the comments section for each plan. (I might also revise the plans themselves based on the comments each receives, as well as if attraction line-ups change.)

Here is the publication schedule:

  • Epcot, April 15
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios, April 16
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom, April 17
  • Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, April 18
  • SeaWorld Orlando, April 19

  • Universal's Islands of Adventure, April 21
  • Universal Studios Florida, April 22
  • Universal Studios Hollywood, April 23
  • Disney's California Adventure, April 24
  • Disneyland, April 25

As for other parks, I'd love to hear from TPI readers who live near parks such as Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Europe and would like to submit their "four-hour plans" for those parks. Just e-mail me, using the link on the bottom of the page.

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Robert Niles

Published: April 14, 2008 at 10:20 PM

To clarify, let's consider the first 24 hours each plan is posted on the home page as its "soft opening," where I'm making edits to the plan, based on reader feedback. Then we'll declare the plan set, and change it only when a new attraction opens or an included one closes.

So I will need reader help with these! TIA.

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