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It’s been a while since the last merchandise update and the merchandise update before that, so we’re back at it. Mostly new Halloween merchandise is up first and then the newest pictures follow. Not everything is new new, but most of it should be relevant and it is at least all stuff.

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Oh boy, after looking at Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom, it’s time to visit Hollywood Studios for the excitement that is incremental price increases on hamburgers. Spoiler: I don’t think there is a single new item at the Studios.

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When I started this website some number of years ago now, I never thought I would live long enough to see Spaceship Earth top a FastPass priority list.

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Should your scheduled FastPass+ experience be canceled due to weather, technical difficulties, or other issues on the day of, you should receive an email like the following:

I was surprised to see Anna and Elsa as a replacement for Festival of Fantasy, since it’s the most difficult and sought after FP+ experience. I looked into it and it turns out that the replacement options offered are set based on the canceled experience and not based on availability or time of day. So if your Festival of Fantasy FP+ is canceled, the replacement options shown will always be the same.

If your Test Track FastPass+ is canceled, these are the alternatives:

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There were some questions about what wait times would look like at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

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These are the waits during the first Party on September 1st. Actual waits at the Mine Train were typically five to seven minutes shorter than posted, so you’d be looking at waiting 15 to 20 minutes with the shortest waits during the first Boo to You Parade/HalloWishes and at the very end of the night. Otherwise, actual waits are typically nonexistent at most attractions regardless of which Party date you select.

Interestingly(?), there’s an inverse relationship between wait times and how many people attend a given Party. The sold out Parties, particularly toward the end of October, have shorter waits than Parties that don’t sell out earlier in the month. The rides are not the focus for the great majority of people that attend the Parties, which is why the walkways “feel” congested and there’s a two hour wait for the Dwarfs, even if you could ride Splash Mountain virtually by yourself. The good news is that it looks like the Parties will also be a good opportunity to ride the Mine Train if you weren’t able to secure a FP+ or would like to ride in the dark.

As always, a big thanks to good friends of the site Brad and Steve for making these sorts of things possible.

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The joy ride continues as we move to Magic Kingdom for another round of quick service menu updates. Spoiler: There really aren’t any outside of 10 to 30 cent price increases, but this is a tradition and I think it’s a nice refresher on what’s available around the Park. The only new item we’re going to see is a Barbecue Beef Flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus in place of the BBQ chicken.

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Magic Kingdom Halloween Decorations

by josh on August 31, 2014

It’s that time of year again…apparently.

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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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