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2015 Dated Walt Disney World Merchandise

by josh on January 26, 2015

The website has been collecting pictures of this stuff for about a month now. This should be the entire lot, at least as it stands now:

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Boatwright’s is the table service restaurant that Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter share. It’s located at the Riverside, so French Quarter guests will need to walk, bus, drive themselves, or take the boat over. My preference in this case is either walking or taking the boat. The boat travels from Downtown Disney, picks up and drops off at French Quarter, and then travels to Riverside. So guests staying at French Quarter are just a stop away from the Riverside dock.

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With the sun setting over the Magic Kingdom on the evening of Tuesday January 20th, we’ll head inside to try to get a few pictures in before darkness descends.

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We’ll take a moment to run through Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to check out if there are any new walls.

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Disney finally got around to taking the Christmas stuff down. The Studios’ tree was still up as recently as last week, which seems a little late. “People” seem to complain that Disney gets a little too festive a little too quickly in November, but my estimation is those complainers are the same ones clamoring for  sold out Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets over Veterans Day Weekend. But rolling up on January 14th to see a giant, fake Christmas tree might make you check your calendar.

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This review is sponsored by by DVC Magic Resales at www.dvcmagicresales.com (they used their DVC points to book the room and in exchange will also be posting this review and reviews of the other properties). If you’re looking to buy into the Disney Vacation Club or purchase more points for less than you’d pay Disney directly, they’re a great choice. They also take excellent care of those looking to sell their contracts independently.

We’ll take a moment or two to check out what Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa has to offer.

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We’ll return to the Crescent Lake area for Part 2 of the update. Part 1 covered a Yachtsman Steakhouse review, BoardWalk Bakery, and  Trattoria al Forno/Flying Fish breakfast review.

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Disney made a number of changes to the May operating schedule. The full schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_may.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load a new version.

An FAQ follows the list of changes.

Friday May 1:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday May 2:

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

Sunday May 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-8pm from 9am-7pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday May 4:

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

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Edit: Animal Kingdom open on the 31st moved to 8am.

Just a couple more operating schedule changes for those of you visiting in the next couple of weeks. These are not listed on what’s referred to as the “Travel Agent Calendar,” so you may miss them otherwise.

Tuesday January 20:

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

Sunday January 25:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm.

Tuesday January 27:

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

Friday January 30:

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

Saturday January 31:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-10pm.

 

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December 31st is overwhelmingly the busiest day of the year at Disney World. For your amusement, we’ll take a look at what that translates to in terms of wait times.

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Not a whole lot to see at Animal Kingdom, the website’s most recommended Park. You’ve got some long waits in the heart of the afternoon, but there isn’t much we can do about that with crowds of this magnitude.

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It’s ummmmmmm not every day that you would wait 45 minutes to see Captain EO, let alone 95 minutes for Living with the Land, 90 minutes for Figment, or two hours for Spaceship Earth. Five hours for Test Track isn’t great either. There really isn’t any other day like it.

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According to the crowd calendar:

Hollywood Studios comes tentatively recommended if you’re looking for a special New Year’s Eve celebration. While it will still be one of the most crowded days of the year at the Studios, it won’t be anywhere near as crowded as Epcot or Magic Kingdom. The New Year’s Eve fireworks show is a lot of fun too, with fireworks shot off the various buildings over Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat. Disney sets up the big stage in front of the Hat and Mulch, Sweat, and Shears performs throughout the evening to keep the crowd entertained. If you’d also like to visit the attractions, your best and only real opportunity to ride with short waits is in the early morning. This means you’ll want to arrive by 7:15am and head straight to the headliners, beginning of course with Toy Story Mania. The late night evening Extra Magic Hours are also a viable time to tour, particularly if you can stay up until 2am. This would be very difficult if you arrive early and don’t take a sizable afternoon break. Plan to return to Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster after 1am when crowds will die down significantly. Overall, Hollywood Studios is the best place to go if you’re looking for a fun New Year’s Eve event. The crowds will be heavy, but not stifling and you’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful fireworks celebration. If you’re interested in seeing Fantasmic, I would save it for another night if possible. If not, I highly recommend the Fantasmic Dining Package that guarantees everyone on the reservation a seat in the reserved section of the theater. Because crowds will begin to build on Hollywood Studios for the fireworks show around 8pm, you won’t want to be caught in the middle of the huge crowds exiting Fantasmic at 8:30pm because many of them will stop on Hollywood Boulevard to save spots for the fireworks. The same is true for the 10pm Fantasmic. While that Fantasmic will be the least crowded, you’ll exit at 10:30pm to a wall of people on Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard. You’ll need to be ready to hold down spots on Hollywood Boulevard by 9:50pm should you be interested in seeing the Fireworks. If Hollywood Boulevard isn’t already filling up, you’ll have time to complete some additional attractions. Otherwise, plan to stay near the back of the Park – away from Sunset Boulevard.

At least you could see Muppet Vision 3D without much of a wait before 1pm, even with average and peak waits higher than any other day of the year.

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Yes, that is an hour for Stitch’s Great Escape and Mickey’s PhilharMagic, not to mention the longest peak and average waits of the year. Magic Kingdom closed to a Phase A closure before 9:30am and didn’t reopen to all guests until 5:30pm.

Fortunately, things will die down considerably beginning January 4th.

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