As I mentioned in Disney World News and November 2015 Wait Time Trends from a couple of days ago, we are embarking on the first legitimately busy week since mid-August. And it is uglier than you probably would have thought as attraction downtime, maximum FastPass+ distribution, (probable) record crowds, and woefully inadequate capacity combine to form some pretty shocking wait times.

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Yeah…This is bag check: https://twitter.com/ZombieCT/status/668806876042272768. I didn’t otherwise see a lot of other pictures from around the Park, but if you look at the wait times, it appears most of these people made it in. You’re more than welcome to link pictures that you’ve seen in the comments or post your own. As far as peak waits:

Big Thunder Mountain: 110 minutes.

Buzz Lightyear: 90 minutes.

Dumbo: 75 minutes.

Enchanted Tales: 90 minutes.

Haunted Mansion: 90 minutes.

it’s a small world: 65 minutes

Jungle Cruise: 115 minutes.

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Following up on September’s update, titled, Waits Times During a Sold Out Mickey’s Halloween Party and What The Lowest Crowds of the Year Look Like and October’s update, titled The Reality of Above Average Crowds at Walt Disney World – October 2015 Wait Times, we’ll take a look at November trends as we head into the first legitimately “busy” week since mid-August.

First up though, a few newsworthy notes as I’ve been busy with some “behind the scenes” updates and haven’t had much of an opportunity to be out and about filling you in on what’s going on as I prance around the theme parks. The redesigned site will have more of an emphasis on keeping up to date with what’s going on in terms of changes, openings, refurbishments, etc. I’ll be out early next week for some fresh Pictures in the Parks.

When Jedi Training Academy reopens, the new signup location will be the Indiana Jones Adventurers Outpost store, which is in between 50′s Prime Time Cafe and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show. Remember that the child between the ages of 4 and 12 needs to be present at signup. I always recommend signing up first thing if it’s important that your child participate. People often ask if it’s safe to do Toy Story Mania immediately prior and my advice is always to play it safe. Once Jedi Training spots are full – they’re full, barring a signed up child skipping out on their slot. You never know how many people are headed over there. Toy Story Mania is going to take about 20 minutes plus the time to double back to Jedi Training signups. Unfortunately, the wait at Toy Story will likely be prohibitively long by the time you do signup. Here’s a look at Toy Story waits over the last six weeks or so:

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We arrive at Hollywood Studios just after 5pm on Thursday November 5th before fast forwarding a few days to the afternoon of Sunday the 8th. The earlier sunsets this time of year afford some opportunities to catch some color in the sky, which is particularly pretty over the Studios.

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We’ll take a visit to Magic Kingdom as the sun sets during the early evening on November 4th and then return for some follow-up pictures on November 8th.

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Frozen has taken over the Cinderella Castle lighting at Magic Kingdom for the second straight year. On Party nights, it’s scheduled at 6:15pm for everybody and then again at 8pm for Party goers. On non-Party nights, it’s scheduled at 6:15pm and again at 7:30pm (usually) or 8:20pm (possibly). Shortly after the 6:15pm show, the Dream Lights are turned off in preparation for the second lighting.

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The Osborne (still no ‘u’) Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one of Disney’s most popular holiday spectaculars. This year will be the last time they are presented at the Streets of America at Hollywood Studios.

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Today we head out for a pretty thorough look at what’s going on around Animal Kingdom. In addition to what’s happening in the title, we’ll also hop on Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest, try the new-ish Teriyaki Beef Slider from Bradley Kiosk, walk Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek, check out Pizzafari’s new color scheme and the expected restaurant expansion in back, and a lot more!

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Disney’s Vero Beach Resort DVC Review

by josh on October 29, 2015

This review is sponsored 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.

Past reviews:

Today the website has a special treat in store for you – a trip out to what is one of the most relaxing places your Disney Vacation Club Points can buy – Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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As promised, we return to Morimoto Asia for lunch along with a quick look at Disney Springs construction and a return to John Lloyd’s Hangar Bar.

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Edit: Sorcerer Mickey did end up moving into the old lounge space/lobby for the now defunct Jack Sparrow show. That’s in between One Man’s Dream and Toy Story Mania.

We’ll take a walk around Hollywood Studios on the afternoon of Tuesday October 20th.

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