Trip planning spreadsheet for Orlando theme parks

Walt Disney World: Need help with planning your Florida trip? Try my trip planner using Excel.

From Zach Nelson
Posted October 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM
Here is a trip planner I have created using Excel. You have to enable macros after opening the document for it to work correctly. You can also sort using the little buttons to the right of the table column headings. Let me know if anyone has questions. I would love to hear feedback on what you guys think!

Get it via Google Docs

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM
I think it's good. A few questions/inaccuracies:
Where do you get the wait information, it seems unrealistic (25 minutes for Ollivanders on New Years Day, etc)
You do realize that you have the barnstormer on the list, right (and have times for in November)
Overall, I find it helpful, seeing as I'm going on a 5 park, 6 day trip on Saturday.

From Zach Nelson
Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM
Hi Matt, thanks for trying it!

I basically just made educated guesses at the times. I had a general idea of what times are high, moderate, and low crowd level so I just made a judgement call on when the wait time would change.

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:53 PM
You also forgot Animal Kingdom (unless you didnt bother doing half day parks)

From Nick Markham
Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:22 AM
I liked your planner! I couldn't get the full experience (Google Docs wouldn't completely open it up) but I was able to get a look at it on my own Excel program.

As for the wait times, 25 min. on Ollivanders on New Years Day is completely accurate. When I visited WDW and had the chance to go to Magic Kingdom on New Years Day, the longest line there was 30minutes for Space Mountain, and I walked right onto Splash Mountain. It is not to busy on New Years Day, rather on New Years Eve, which can be packed!

From Zach Nelson
Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM
To be honest, I just didn't have time to finish Animal Kingdom. However, I thought of the major theme parks in FL (between WDW and Universal) that Animal Kingdom had the least number of attractions I could put a time on. There's a lot of exhibits so I figured it would be ok without it.

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM
It's okay Zach, I was just making a sarcastic insult directed toward AK. As for Nick, I guess I should research before I post. I figured that on New Years, the park would be crowded. Isn't Ollivanders a 30+ minute wait though?

From Nick Markham
Posted November 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM
^Yeah, it is usually quite a line because it is such a small area and only works one family at a time. But as I said, Magic Kingdom, the consistently most visited theme park in the world each year, was dead on New Years Day.

From Todd Houts
Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM
I'm a little confused by the wait times posted for early December, one of the lowest attendance times of the year, with no wait time in the MK listed as less than one hour and most at two hours. In fact the wait times for December 5 and December 26 appear to be the same when in fact these two Mondays in December have very different anticipated attendance.

From Zach Nelson
Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:56 PM
Hi Todd - That's a good point. I went out there during that weekend last year and it is dead. I think I did because the IF statement I used is ridiculously long. It was also getting to be pretty early in the morning when I finally finished it so that probably had something to do with it haha.

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