Disney made a round of operating schedule changes to October and November 2014 yesterday, almost all of which are extensions at Animal Kingdom. That’s good news for anyone looking to take advantage of lower crowds after crowds disperse in the afternoon. See Considering a Late Arrival at Animal Kingdom With or Without FastPass+ for more tips.

The full October operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_october.pdf.

The full November operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_november.pdf.

Wednesday October 1:

  • No changes.

Thursday October 2:

  • No changes.

Friday October 3:

  • No changes.

Saturday October 4:

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

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We’ll set out for Hollywood Studios to see how this summer’s Frozen event impacts crowds, wait times, and what we can expect to accomplish during the day. For more specific text advice, see this forum thread: How Frozen Affects Your Day at Hollywood Studios (in short):

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Following up on last year’s “A Very Canadian 4th of July,” featuring a review of Le Cellier, we’ll head out to Epcot on the evening of July 4th. It’s 4:45pm and Spaceship Earth has a 45-minute posted wait with the extended queue on both sides full. Looking over wait times from the past week, we can get a better idea about how much longer waits are on a major holiday:

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We’ll take a moment from the website’s intensive Food and Wine Festival preparations to see if any mounds of dirt in the Hub have moved or any snack carts have taken up new positions. Spoiler: both.

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We’ll head out to Epcot on the afternoon of Saturday June 21st.

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With the summer heat and crowds in full force, we trek out to Magic Kingdom on June 20th 2k14.

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California Grill Lounge Review

by josh on June 20, 2014

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We last visited California Grill back in September for a lengthy dinner review. We’ll return to the bar for a miniature review.

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We’ll take a moment to head out to the Polynesian resort for dinner at O’hana’s, our favorite Irish pub on property to try their newest scotch and Guinness flight. Wait a second. I’m dreaming again. It’s ‘Ohana, where “The call of a conch shell welcomes you to an evening of Hawaiian-flavored specialties, storytelling and games.” Gregg and family from the site’s forums were nice enough to invite Lisa and I out for dinner so we have a bit of company.

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Today we’ll take a brief look at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train waits since it opened on May 28th.

Larger image: http://www.easywdw.com/reports11/minewaits.jpg or in a PDF with no line breakage (increase size to around 250%): http://www.easywdw.com/reports11/dwarfswaits.pdf.

There’s also a column for the average wait time over the course of the day and downtime in hours along with the date color-coded depending on whether Magic Kingdom was recommended. Note that the overall crowd level increased from an “8″ to a “9″ on June 6th, resulting in a higher average wait than the non-recommended day before it.

So what do we take away from this? Perhaps not a whole lot, other than wait times immediately increase to 60+ minutes within a few minutes of rope drop because Disney cast members walk nearly everyone present at 8:45am to either Mine Train or Anna/Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall. Then wait times stay long all day, dropping off less than we’d like in the late evening.

For additional insight into how to experience Mine Train with the shortest wait possible and to get an idea about what to expect at Park opening, see this post from a few days ago: http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/mine-train-opens-what-to-expect-from-rope-drop-tinker-bell-moves-the-4th-fp-magic-kingdom-52814/


It’s time for an obligatory update on the comings and goings at Downtown Disney as its transformation to Disney Springs continues, making it harder than ever to enjoy what’s currently available.

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