Amazing software minimizes waiting and walking and maximizes fun
Got kids who might enjoy Disneyland and Walt Disney World? Before I tell you about RideMax’s amazing planning software, take our quick fill-in-the-blank quiz to find out if you’re a good candidate for it:
1) I __________ my kids.
2) But I ____________theme parks.
3) I would rather __________ than go to a theme park.
Did you answer 1) love, 2) freaking hate, and 3) have gum surgery? If so, read on. RideMax is going to make your Disney visit almost, but not quite, as nice as a weekend in Paris.
What is it?
RideMax is software developed for Windows (but Mac users can install a program called CrossOver and use it too.) that you download in order to pre-plan a customized Disney itinerary that minimizes waiting and walking. You pay $15 for a 90-day subscription or $25 for a year for Disneyland, and slightly more for Disney World.
It’s worth so much more.
The creators collect wait time data 2-4 weeks in advance to create touring itineraries. They know all there is to know about the FASTPASS system and holiday weekends and they build that knowledge into their product.
So did I, the first time I went to Disneyland. For about five minutes. Then I waited over an hour for the Jungle Cruise and the same for Dumbo with a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old and I was permanently cured of spontaneity.
With RideMax, you almost won’t have to wait at all. There are exceptions, of course. Certain popular rides that don’t use the Fastpass system (notably Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo, and the new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage) will slow you down.
The thing about being spontaneous is that you have to make lots of decisions while you stare at a park map in mounting desperation while trying not to lose your kids. With RideMax, you just follow a detailed itinerary like a happy robot.
Tell me more
On our recent family trip to Disneyland on Columbus Day weekend, we arrived at 8am and were done by 11am, having ridden the Matterhorn, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters (three times), Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Autopia, the Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
We stuck around for a few more hours, but it was relaxing because we’d already done everything we came to do. I can’t possibly recommend this software highly enough.
Okay, I’m in. How does it work?
Go to their website and download the software. Now just fill in the blanks. When do you want to arrive, leave, and break for lunch? Normal or fast pace? Will you send a runner to get Fastpasses or take advantage of the late Fastpass loophole?
It’s smart to create multiple plans. What if we oversleep? What if our 6-year-old balks at roller coasters? What if it’s hot and we want to get wet? Play with the tool a lot. Want to go on the Teacup ride twice? Just click on it twice. Tweak things until you have a touring plan that you like.
A very small snippet of our plan is pictured above. The real plans are much longer and more detailed and include general tips and hints and arrival suggestions. Furthermore, RideMax is satisfaction guaranteed. If you’re not impressed, just email them within 30 days and they’ll issue you a full refund. I can’t imagine that you ever would though.