Episode 107 – Len Testa (TouringPlans.com)

Len TestaIn this episode, we take a bit of a different turn as I interview Len Testa, creator of TouringPlans.com. He has spent more time and mental energy than anyone I know making visiting the Disney parks a more enjoyable experience, and he’s done it with thorough research, sound analysis, and a great team.

Len talks about…

  • His graduate thesis project that became TouringPlans
  • Whether going to the parks is still fun, or if it just feels like work now
  • Staying at 6 hotels in 5 days recently
  • Using the Magic Kingdom for that graduate project—why he chose it and what makes it unique
  • Something interesting about the most recent rewrite of the TouringPlans software
  • How they deal with the introduction of something major that is added to a park, like World of Color, new Fantasyland, etc. and what the plan is for Star Wars Land
  • Walking down the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently
  • Some Crowd Calendar issues in late 2015, what they’ve learned, and what they’re doing to address it—you’ll be impressed and amazed!
  • Using Amazon’s Cloud Computing for creating and optimizing plans
  • What they’ve learned along the way of creating 10 million optimized touring plans
  • A feature request Len had said no to for years, but now is working on, and why
  • My experience using the Optimizer, and why Len added it
  • Epcot First Aid
  • Some observations they’ve made from many tens of thousands of WDW surveys
  • What surprises him about the way people answer survey questions
  • A very cool and exciting use of the Least Expensive Ticket Calculator tool outside the theme parks—it’s in the medical field
  • What inspires him
  • Shameless Plug Time

Find Len:

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