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We’ll head out to Magic Kingdom to check on Presidents Week crowds and a preview of what we can expect over the busy spring break period from March 6 – April 11.

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With the walls changing position, Animal Kingdom beckons our return.

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A very brief Hollywood Studios update today for your pleasure. There isn’t a tremendous amount of stuff going on at the moment, but these Sorcerer’s Hat pictures have a short shelf life with the constant (slow moving) progress. These pictures are otherwise from yesterday, Friday the 13th.

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For a while back in 2012, as the resort opened in sections, it seemed like we trekked out to Art of Animation Resort every other week. The website offers a massive amount of coverage on the resort and its construction:

Welcoming Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Part 1

Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation Menu, Food, Seating, Condiment Pictures AKA Part 2

Art of Animation Big Blue Pool, Bar and Menu, Playground, Walk Around the Resort, Inside, Laundry AKA Part 3

A Hat, Cars Land For Poor People, Rafiki, Surf and Surf Burger – Art of Animation 6/14/12

LAST ART OF ANIMATION REPORT EVER (Just Kidding), Nemo in the Sun, Pesto Bread, Gelato

ACTUALLY THE LAST ART OF ANIMATION UPDATE EVER (Still Kidding), Shrimp Tandoori, Abs Bro, The Entirety

Art of Animation Lion King Section, Little Mermaid Section, Create Your Own Pasta, Cars in the Dark – 8/17/12

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Disney made a round of updates to the June 2015 Walt Disney World operating schedule over the weekend. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_june.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

Magic Kingdom is now open until midnight virtually every day with two Electrical Parades scheduled nightly. Hollywood Studios closes at 10pm with two Fantasmic shows nightly. Animal Kingdom’s close was only extended on a few nights over the course of the month. I expect the close to be extended to at least 7pm daily with occasional 8am openings in the future, though that update might not arrive until May.

An FAQ follows the list of changes:

Monday June 1:

  • 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.

Tuesday June 2:

  • 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.

Wednesday June 3:

  • 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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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.

The Saratoga Springs review is available here should you have missed it or would like a quick refresher. Wilderness Lodge is on tap for later this month with BoardWalk Inn arriving next month.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort (OKW) is the original Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort, opening all the way back in 1991.

According to Disney:

Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats—a sprawling island hamlet with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and such amenities as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. A peaceful tropical paradise, Disney’s Old Key West Resort is also just a boat ride away from the excitement of the Downtown Disney area.

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The last Wednesday in January is typically the least crowded day of the year outside of September. As the website has discussed ad nauseam over the last couple of years, international attendance has “helped” boost attendance and wait times in late January and into February, but crowds and wait times remain some of the lowest of the year.

I’m happy to announce a new game we’re playing on the website. If you visit during a “crowd level 1 or 2 day” and think the wait times and attendance were much higher than predicted, you get to pick another date during the year outside of September that you think will have lower waits and lower attendance. And then when that date actually has higher attendance and higher wait times because you actually did visit on one of the least crowded days of the year with the lowest wait times, you get to pay me $100. It’s fun because I always win.

Anyway, this is it – the lowest wait times you can expect to see outside of September and the reality of where Walt Disney World attendance is at in this post-FP+ era.

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Animal Kingdom was not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests, but remains doable. Afternoon downtime pushes up wait times after 3:30pm at DINOSAUR and Everest, but the averages remain relatively low.

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We press onward toward Disney’s Polynesian (Village) Resort to check out the lobby and construction progress, in addition to grabbing lunch at Captain Cook’s. Then it’s a pit stop at the Contemporary Resort before heading over to Magic Kingdom to check out what’s happening in Frontierland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square.

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We’ll head out to Epcot on the afternoon of January 25, 2015 with an occasional rewind all the way back to January 10. With the Flower and Garden Festival starting on March 4th and continuing through May 17th, there are precious few opportunities to enjoy Epcot’s simpler flower beds. Fast forward about five weeks and we’ll have another fake topiary scene welcoming us.

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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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