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Old 03-18-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Ridemax vs. touring plans?

I've seen Ridemax mentioned in several threads -- what is that? Is it like the touring plans? If so, which is better? We used the touring plans for our last trip (July -07) and absolutely loved them -- had fabulous success.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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With Ridemax, you're able to customize your touring plan. You pick the rides and shows, when and where you want to eat, what time you'll arrive and when you'll leave. The program will come up with a plan to limit the walking and wait times to an optimal plan and will tell you exactly what time you'll need to be on each ride and how much waiting time you'll have and how much time you'll need to walk from place to place. It will also tell you if you don't have enough time to do everything you want. However, Ridemax is more expensive than touring plans and you really need to know what you want to see. Ridemax also recommends that you don't get your plan until a couple of weeks beforehand, so it can be the most up-to-date with schedules and wait times.

The touring plans will list the best rides and schedule for your group/purpose - but it's more generic.

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Old 03-18-2009, 11:05 AM   #3
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I've never used touring plans, but have used RideMax twice. I loved it and will absolutely use it again. It's very easy to customize and follow. We were at WDW during very busy times and never waited in lines for more than a few minutes when using RideMax. But, we were also at the parks at rope drop, which helped. Good luck!
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I've used the touring plans as well with great success on two prior trips but was thinking about purchasing RideMax this time too. How far in advance is too far in advance to purchase it? We're not going until April 2010. Would we be better off waiting until 2010 to get the latest version or do they provide "updates"? Couldn't find those answers on their website.
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Thanks for the info. Where would one purchase Ridemax?
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www.ridemax.com I also love Ridemax!
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I've used the touring plans as well with great success on two prior trips but was thinking about purchasing RideMax this time too. How far in advance is too far in advance to purchase it? We're not going until April 2010. Would we be better off waiting until 2010 to get the latest version or do they provide "updates"? Couldn't find those answers on their website.

I would suggest purchasing the 90 day subscription 2 months before you trip.

The software updates the data every time you open the software. Version updates are also done when needed and since it is a subscription, they are included.
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Does Ridemax also recommend which day to do which park? Or do you decide that in advance, and then go from there?
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Does Ridemax also recommend which day to do which park? Or do you decide that in advance, and then go from there?
Yes, they do. They have a "tips and hints" button on the program. When you click on it, it takes you a webpage with links to best/worst days and a lot of other information about the parks. I find their tips and hints info to be really helpful. For MK if you are splitting it into 2 days, they suggest which sections of MK to do on your first day and which to do on your second day, etc. The plans themselves also have useful tips on them (like where to stand at rope drop, and quicker ways to get to certain parts of the park, etc). I'm LOVING RideMax right now! --Katie
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Would RideMax still be useful during lower crowd times? I was looking at the website today and it's right up my overplanning ally. But for the cost of the subscription, does it really help?
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:39 PM   #11
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I can't comment on eithr option...but I can say, I don't wait long for rides without either. It's not that hard. I mean if you already know the layout of each park, and what you want to ride....

Plus, I'd neve want to be constrcited to specific list like that, but that's me. What if you get behind schedule?
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