Skipper Canteen opened back in December in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom to the left of what used to be Aloha Isle and is now Sunshine Tree Terrace. That puts us across from the entrance to Swiss Family Treehouse or just across the Adventureland Bridge from the Hub. It marks Magic Kingdom’s first table service addition since the incredibly popular Be Our Guest Restaurant opened all the way back in December of 2012.
Now that it’s about half way to 2017, I thought it would be prudent to post a lot of the 2016 merchandise available in the theme parks. Most or all of what you see should be available via DisneyStore.com or via the Shop Disney Parks app. Try searching for “2016.” The app should have free ground shipping through the end of the week and a better selection, so you might as well if you see something you like. Now that the app exists, I’m not sure there’s much of a point in doing these sorts of merchandise posts, but it does offer an opportunity to perhaps see some things that you wouldn’t notice otherwise.
This year’s theme is decidedly “Music, Magic, and Memories” with the musical motif dominating just about everything. Even the handle of this mug is a giant musical note.
We’ll follow all of these other bloggers into Magic Kingdom to see if there are any life changing menu updates or new walls to cover. This is a followup to this post, which covered my morning touring starting with Mine Train and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh before moving on to Space Mountain and Astro Orbiter.
When it comes to choosing FastPass+ experiences, everybody probably considers the following question at some point: “Is FastPass+ at ____________ worth it?” The website attempts to break this question down based on the following criteria:
- How much time using FastPass+ at a particular attraction will save.
- Scarcity and how likely a FastPass+ experience will be available as a 4th or 5th choice.
- How much unpleasantness using FastPass+ at a particular attraction will eliminate.
#1 is fairly straightforward. In most situations, you want to use FastPass+ where it will save you the most time. That’s why most people select Toy Story Mania over Great Movie Ride or Test Track over Living with the Land. Why save six minutes in line when you can save ninety?
We’ll head out to Magic Kingdom on the morning of Thursday January 21st. Maybe I can stop mentioning it now, but bag check remains more thorough than it had been prior to mid-December. It’s just past 8:30am and Disney has ten extra bag checkers in addition to the ones in operation closer to the monorail. There is no wait whatsoever. In the larger image, I count 14 additional security cast members. You may remember that Disney originally outsourced the extra security before bringing it all in-house a couple of weeks ago.