Disney News

Be Our Guest Breakfast Extended

by josh on August 3, 2015

Edit: Looks like breakfast reservations after October 3rd are now live for booking at DisneyWorld.com.

Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom has been extended permanently. Currently, breakfast is being “tested” with dates through October 3rd available for booking. Beginning now August 5th, dates from October 4th and beyond will be available under the usual reservation guidelines. The price is going up to $21.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids. That’s an increase of $2.

I have an extended look and review of breakfast in this post. I’m a proponent of the 8am breakfasts when Magic Kingdom opens at 9am due to the advantage it presents (but doesn’t necessarily guarantee) in getting to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the Anna/Elsa Princess Fairytale Hall Meet and Greet before the hordes arrive from the main entrance. For those that don’t care about the advantage or if Magic Kingdom is opening at 8am, then I recommend lunch. It’s probably going to be less expensive and you can take your time enjoying the atmosphere and your food. There isn’t much use eating breakfast here at 9:30am as waits increase at the attractions. In my estimation, at least.

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Disney made a few additional changes to the last week in July. Occasionally, Disney will neglect to include the last week of a month in its updates from the month before. This looks to be one of those months. The crowd calendar for July has been updated with the changes. The extra hour at Animal Kingdom is always beneficial as it just means another hour for the crowds to clear out. 8am openings at Magic Kingdom are good news if you’re able to arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of them. It’s obviously less good if you’re already struggling to arrive by 8:20am for a 9am open or have a pre-opening breakfast reservation.

Sunday July 26:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.

Tuesday July 28:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am.

Wednesday July 29:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am.

Thursday July 30:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-6pm.

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A few changes to the August operating schedule. The full schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_august.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version. The extra hour in the evening at Animal Kingdom on a couple of dates are nice for anyone planning to visit as waits only decrease as it gets later in the day. The 8am openings at Magic Kingdom are outstanding if you can arrive in time to take advantage of them. You basically get an extra hour of low waits in the morning from 8am-9am. It does complicate things for those with 8am dining reservations. My advice is usually to cancel 8am breakfast reservations when the open is moved to 8am. There isn’t much use waking up that early to spend one of the best touring hours of the day eating.

Saturday August 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.

Tuesday August 4:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12pm.

Wednesday August 5:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12pm.

Saturday August 8:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12pm.

Monday August 17:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.

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Just a heads up in case you’re planning to visit Magic Kingdom tomorrow, July 11th. The Park will now close at midnight instead of 11pm. As always, waits drop significantly at the end of the day with short waits at most attractions after 10pm. And with the additional hour, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy an extra hour of even shorter waits.

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Disney released the February 2016 operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_february.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

The first week in February is an excellent week crowd-wise. Crowds rise to average levels the following week with Mardi Gras falling on Tuesday February 9th this year. Louisiana is one of the biggest feeders to Walt Disney World and while not everyone from the state makes the trek east, a lot do, which bolsters crowds through the 11th. Crowds are well above average from February 12th through February 20th for President’s Day Week with the weekend from February 12th to February 15th busiest. The Princess Half Marathon Weekend from February 18th to 21st contributes also helps contribute to crowds that weekend. Crowd levels return to average to below average levels from February 21st through the end of the month.

In short, if you’re flexible with your dates and would like to visit in February, the first or last weeks are best with February 12th to 15th seeing some of the heaviest crowds of the year.

One thing to note about this year’s initial operating schedule is that it’s incredibly conservative, even for Disney. Check out last year’s operating schedule to get an idea about what the final hours will look like: http://www.easywdw.com/reports13/february2015_final.pdf. Fantasmic is not listed on the operating schedule, but I don’t think we should jump to any conclusions based on that. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW IT COULD BE STAR WARS LAND!

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Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available for booking. Disney has pricing and details on their official page here, in addition to online booking. While the reservation requires the usual credit card guarantee, you don’t have to pay until you arrive. The meal includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert of your choice for the fixed price, in addition to a seat in the reserved section for the show. You can read about my experience at Tutto Italia last year about a third of the way down in this post. This year, I booked Restaurant Marrakesh for dinner. Since it includes the $45 feast, the guaranteed seat can be rationalized as only costing about $5.

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Disney made two new changes to the July operating schedule since Monday. Animal Kingdom will be opening at 8am instead of 9am on July 3rd and 4th. Unfortunately, the Park still closes at 5pm, which doesn’t give it a lot of opportunity to clear out. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_july.pdf. Click refresh to load the newest version.

Friday July 3:

Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-5pm from 9am-5pm.

Saturday July 4:

Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-5pm from 9am-5pm.

And one change to October:

Saturday October 3:

Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-11pm from 9am-10pm.

 

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Hit refresh on your browser to load the newest version: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_january.pdf.

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Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant is now available for booking through October 3rd. I have a review of breakfast and the potential advantage it carries into morning touring in this post: http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/be-our-guest-8am-breakfast-reservation-review-the-rope-drop-situation-to-seven-dwarfs-and-annaelsa-magic-kingdom-morning-touring-over-spring-break-32715/. Over the last several weeks, Disney has been operating Seven Dwarfs Mine Train before Park open for guests that finish breakfast early, resulting in the opportunity to ride two or three times before anyone from the main entrance arrives. I don’t recommend 8am breakfasts with 8am opens or sitting down to breakfast between 9am-10am because you’re wasting an hour of prime touring time. Try lunch instead.

I attended the first day of this year’s Summer Frozen Fun at Hollywood Studios yesterday and have some preliminary thoughts on fitting in the various shows in this forum post, in addition to some commentary on what to expect from each.

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Disney released the January 2016 operating schedule at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_january.pdf. Click refresh on your browser to load the newest version. You’ll notice that there are no Extra Magic Hours listed. I haven’t been able to confirm whether the lack of EMH is an oversight or it’s finally the end. Nothing has been communicated to cast members or travel agents. Long time readers may remember this gem from a couple of years ago now:

At this link. Or like a lot of things at Walt Disney World, this may just be a contract thing and Disney is negotiating with the various unions about hours and pay.

On the plus side, Main Street Electrical Parade is scheduled every day in January. Last year, it wasn’t scheduled on ten dates. January is more crowded than past years as predominantly South American visitors continue to prop up attendance. Long time readers may also remember “January 28 Walt Disney World Wait Times and the Reality of the Lowest Crowds of the Year,” which is my fifth or sixth favorite post of all time though nobody has taken me up on my offer to pay them $100. Much of January continues to be the second least crowded time of year at Walt Disney World, though September remains considerably less crowded overall.

The Christmas festivities at Magic Kingdom continue through the third and Christmas-level crowds should continue until then, before dropping off considerably on the 4th. Christmas level crowds have continued further into January over the last couple of years with the way school schedules have worked out, but everything is pointing to considerably lower crowds beginning on the 4th. Attendance is a little higher heading into Marathon Weekend from the 8th to 11th. And we see spring-break-level crowds over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend from the 15th to the 18th. But any time from then through the first week in February will be among the least crowded times of year to visit. And with arguably more pleasant weather, is my favorite time to visit.

We’ll see if Disney elects to continue the Extra Magic Hours campaign. If not, focusing on what you do instead of which day you do it will only become that much more important.

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