Trattoria al Forno opened in the old Kouzzina by Cat Cora space on the BoardWalk back in December. It becomes the fourth Italian restaurant in the vicinity – there’s Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Il Mulino at the Swan/Dolphin. All of those are operated by third parties, making this the first “Disney” Italian restaurant outside of Tony’s Town Square, which serves primarily frozen food.

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In what has become an increasingly rare occurrence, there are a few things of interest happening at Walt Disney World that don’t include a wall at Animal Kingdom moving from one side of the walkway to the other.

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Dust off that monocle and button up those frilly lace cuffs because we’re headed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!

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As expected, Disney is raising prices on theme park tickets effective Sunday February 22nd. New pricing is as follows. The big change is that No Expiration tickets will no longer be sold.

1-Day to Magic Kingdom

  • Adult: $105
  • Child: $99

1-Day to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios

  • Adult: $97
  • Child: $91

2-Day Ticket

  • Adult: $192
  • Child: $179

3-Day Ticket

  • Adult: $275
  • Child: $256

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Just a heads up in case you’re planning to visit Magic Kingdom on February 23rd or 24th. The close is now 11pm instead of 10pm.

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We’ll head out to Magic Kingdom to check on Presidents Week crowds and a preview of what we can expect over the busy spring break period from March 6 – April 11.

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With the walls changing position, Animal Kingdom beckons our return.

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A very brief Hollywood Studios update today for your pleasure. There isn’t a tremendous amount of stuff going on at the moment, but these Sorcerer’s Hat pictures have a short shelf life with the constant (slow moving) progress. These pictures are otherwise from yesterday, Friday the 13th.

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For a while back in 2012, as the resort opened in sections, it seemed like we trekked out to Art of Animation Resort every other week. The website offers a massive amount of coverage on the resort and its construction:

Welcoming Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Part 1

Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation Menu, Food, Seating, Condiment Pictures AKA Part 2

Art of Animation Big Blue Pool, Bar and Menu, Playground, Walk Around the Resort, Inside, Laundry AKA Part 3

A Hat, Cars Land For Poor People, Rafiki, Surf and Surf Burger – Art of Animation 6/14/12

LAST ART OF ANIMATION REPORT EVER (Just Kidding), Nemo in the Sun, Pesto Bread, Gelato

ACTUALLY THE LAST ART OF ANIMATION UPDATE EVER (Still Kidding), Shrimp Tandoori, Abs Bro, The Entirety

Art of Animation Lion King Section, Little Mermaid Section, Create Your Own Pasta, Cars in the Dark – 8/17/12

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This is what we’re looking at for September. 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.

Labor Day is Monday September 7th this year, which is later than usual, but it shouldn’t have much of an effect on crowd levels early on in the month. If you’re flexible with your dates, waiting until after Labor Day just means more kids in school and lower crowds at the Parks. Things pick up a bit going into the last week and into October with the Food and Wine Festival driving crowds, but overall crowds remain below average for the most part. The first three weeks in October are busier.