Just a heads up that Disney moved Animal Kingdom’s morning Extra Magic Hour from January 25th to 26th. That changed the recommendations slightly over those two days.

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Posted Seven Dwarfs Mine Train waits so far in August. Red indicates downtime:

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PDF: http://www.easywdw.com/reports11/dwarfwaitsaugust.pdf.

In case you were wondering what wait times at Disney World’s newest ride look like, they’re long. And for a while they had a terrible time getting the attraction ready by Park opening, when it was down at rope drop on seven out of nine days from August 11th to 19th.  While the ride wasn’t ready at opening yesterday (the 25th), it was today, so hopefully those problems have been fixed.

The website’s advice remains to ride it last thing at night or with FastPass+. For a reminder of what Magic Kingdom rope drop looks like, see this post. You can experience the ride with a short wait first thing in the morning if you’re among the first people up Main Street and you peel off from the group and head toward Mad Tea Party to the right of the Castle before taking a left past The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and up to the Mine Train entrance. But if you watch the opening show from the center of the Mickey floral or arrive late, you’re in for an hour wait first thing in the morning, which is about the last thing you want to be doing. Posted waits remain long at the end of the night, but are often significantly shorter and you’re not wasting Park time being in line after other attractions close. You can get in line for the Mine Train as late as one minute before close.

FastPass+ for Mine Train remain limited and are unlikely to be available 30 days out when off-site visitors are first allowed to book experiences. Guests staying on-site want to take advantage of the 60+ day booking window. Micah has an outstanding walkthrough of booking FP+ in the easyWDW forums if you’re unfamiliar with the process.

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It’s been uncharacteristically long since we’ve taken a good look at the comings and goings at Animal Kingdom. The first of three(?) Joffrey’s locations appears in front of bag check with a similar menu as the Epcot locations:

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It’s the most exciting time of year as the website covers quick service menu updates. Disney updates every single quick service menu on property on the same day during the hottest week of the year here in Orlando – proof perhaps that they really do hate me.

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Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort reopened in the middle of last week after closing at the end of March for what ended up being a refurbishment that lasted about 4.6 months.

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We’ll head out to Epcot where little is going on in front of its transformation into the home of the Food and Wine Festival next month. Fast forward exactly four weeks and a topiary scene will greet us.

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Get Your easy Guide Signed This Weekend

by josh on August 14, 2014

Potentially good news as the website will be making its first scheduled appearance this weekend. You can come and say hi to me and Dave and get your copy of the highest rated Walt Disney World Guidebook of all time signed. We will be at:

Epcot on Saturday August 16th outside Liberty Tree Inn in the United States Pavilion from 2pm to around 3pm.


Magic Kingdom on Sunday August 17th at Tomorrowland Terrace from 5pm to about 6pm.

We look forward to seeing you if you can make it!

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This is what we’re looking at for March. Click to enlarge or view as a prettier PDF. And if you don’t know what the numbers/letters mean, read the top of this post. The full operating schedule is available here.

March is relatively straightforward this year. The first week sees below average to average crowds before people begin rolling in the second week for spring breaks around the country. The month culminates in some of the heaviest crowds of the year going into the final week for the Easter holiday on Sunday April 5th.

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Disney made a round of updates to the December 2014 operating schedule yesterday. Below are the changes. The full December schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_december.pdf.

Monday December 1:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday December 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.

Wednesday December 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-11pm from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

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Disney extended hours at Hollywood Studios on weekends throughout September to accommodate the Frozen Fireworks. In addition, October 7th sees the Studios’ close move to 6pm from 7pm. The full September operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_september.pdf.

Friday September 5:

Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Frozen Fireworks added at 9:15pm.

Saturday September 6:

Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Frozen Fireworks added at 9:15pm.

Sunday September 7:

Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Frozen Fireworks added at 9:15pm.

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