We return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Characterpalooza is taking place outside the entrance on the far right at 3:45pm.
It looks like we’ve got Max, Minnie, Evil Queen, and Aladdin meeting guests with virtually nobody in line.
If you are one of the unfortunate people that frequent this website, you have probably seen me going on about the shockingly low attendance over the summer followed by September, a month which saw even lower crowds and wait times. All eyes have been on October, a month which has seen crowds steadily increase over the last couple of years as the northeast sees school breaks for religious/colonial holidays and parts of the southeast host fall breaks. A lot of local Florida schools also have this Friday and Monday off.
For some more background on last month, you might check out September Returns With A Vengeance To Walt Disney World if you missed it.
This was the Magic Kingdom chart used for that update with the overall average wait coming in at 25 minutes.
These are wait times from a September Party date with the 16-minute overall average, which is going to be one of the lowest of the year.
We’ll take a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check in on construction, new menus, and a variety of other changes around the Park.
The majority of these pictures will be from this past Saturday, October the 8th, though we will occasionally rewind to a couple of previous visits, including October 5th and all the way back to September 6th to compare/contrast crowd levels and wait times between early September and early October.
Before delving deeper into Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we’ll take a look at the merchandise available for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which officially opens on December 16th of this year.
While the release of a lot of merchandise isn’t particularly surprising – we are decidedly in Exit Through the Gift Shop territory – it is kind of strange seeing so many items featuring characters that the vast majority of us are unfamiliar with.
You may or may not be happy to learn that the website did survive The Great Sprinkle of October 2016 as the Orlando area was spared from major damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew. Other areas were and are much less fortunate. For a lot of people on property, Thursday was rough as Disney was ill prepared to deal with the theme parks closing at 5pm. And the theme parks likely would not have closed had it not been for Orange County’s mandated curfew, which began Thursday night at 10pm and was initially supposed to continue into Saturday morning, before being waived off early on Friday afternoon after damage in the area ended up being minimal. By Friday, Disney seemed to have their act together, increasing the availability of hot food and sending out characters and additional cast members to entertain guests at their resorts. If anyone needs a case of canned ham, I might know a guy.
For now, we’ll take a look at what’s happening at Animal Kingdom from the afternoon of Wednesday October 5th. We’ll follow that up with a walk through Hollywood Studios, as short as that jaunt may be.