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We find ourselves at Animal Kingdom.

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Off to Magic Kingdom in the heart of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party season. Go on a Party day and enjoy relatively light crowds. Go on a non-Party day and suffer the consequences of significantly heavier crowds.

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More details at Orlando Parks News: http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2014/10/disney-cast-members-to-make-advance-fp.html.

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

The earlier in the month you visit, the lower the crowds and temperatures will be. Resort prices also rise dramatically over Memorial Day Weekend, but are otherwise right around average.

Star Wars Weekends look to return May 15th based on the schedule of the last few years and the switch in the Extra Magic Hours schedule. Saturday’s usual morning Extra Magic Hour on Saturdays moves to Wednesday as to not attract resort guests over what are already very busy days with the Star Wars festivities. See Star Wars Weekends 2014 Strategy, Characters, Fireworks, Crowds, Merchandise, etc. for advanced tips on what to expect from the event.

Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm on May 31st (on the calendar you’ll see the day listed in the top left) for a private event at 7pm.

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Disney updated the operating hours for February 2015. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_february.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

Changes are minimal and shouldn’t affect the crowd levels or recommendations.

Sunday February 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-8pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm. Second Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Monday February 2:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8:30pm, in addition to 7pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm. Main Street Electrical Parade added at 8pm and 10pm. No Parades previously scheduled.

Tuesday February 3:

  • No changes.

Wednesday February 4:

  • No changes.

Thursday February 5:

  • No changes.

Friday February 6:

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Disney updated the operating schedule for late October and November. The full November schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_november.pdf. Click refresh to load the newest version. October’s changes were not updated on the PDF, but are available at DisneyWorld.com.

Thanksgiving hours were not extended as much as anticipated, which is unfortunate because crowds will be similar to last year when Magic Kingdom was open from 8am-1am daily instead of 9am-12am. Likewise, the Studios and Animal Kingdom should see their usual 9am opens.

Sunday October 26:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm. Second Fatasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Monday October 27:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-11pm from 9am-10pm. Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday October 28:

  • No changes.

Wednesday October 29:

  • No changes.

Thursday October 30:

  • No changes.

Friday October 31:

  • No changes.

Saturday November 1:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm. Second Fatasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade

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Disney released the May 2015 operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_may.pdf. Click refresh to load the newest version.

May looks to be straightforward this year. Expect average crowds over the first three weeks. Things pick up considerably going into May 22nd for Memorial Day Weekend and then stay high through the third week in August.

Star Wars Weekends looks to return on weekends beginning May 15th through mid-June.

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We’ll set out for Coronado Springs to enjoy some drinks at the Rix Lounge and dinner at Maya Grill.

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easyWDW Food and Wine Festival 2014 PDF

by josh on October 10, 2014

Friend-of-the-site Steve Milz put together this PDF file of all the website’s Food and Wine Festival reviews, pictures and menus. It might be handy to put on your phone or just to keep around if your trip isn’t for another couple weeks. Certainly your opinions will vary from mine, but the pictures and descriptions should be a good starting point:

Download or view here: http://www.easywdw.com/reports12/easywdwfoodwine14.pdf

You can view the original pictures and reviews here: http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/epcot-food-and-wine-festival-craft-beer-review-canada-cart-adds-apple-ephemere-norway-replaces-bud-with-einstok/. That post has links back to the previous reviews at the top of the page.

This post can be found in the future on the menu column on the right under “Is It Worth It?”

Example from the PDF:

Eating WDW at http://www.eatingwdw.com also has great coverage of the Festival and it would be wise to look over their pictures and descriptions for a second opinion.

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Continuing from Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5, and Part 6, our tour concludes with virtually every item available reviewed on price and quality.

Last and ummmmmmmmm maybe not least is this year’s Craft Beer Marketplace, which has moved to the Odyssey Building that connects the Test Track area in Future World East with the World Showcase area around Mexico. Historically, Craft Beer has enjoyed its own booth right on the way into World Showcase.

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