Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Afternoon – 4th FastPass+, Liberty Square Riverboat, and the Dreaded Pecos Bill Taco Burger

After spending some time covering morning touring in this post, we now find ourselves in Frontierland just after 1:15pm on Saturday May 7th.

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Disney Confirms Animal Kingdom Jungle Book Show Debut, Dining Package, Frozen Ever After Opening, Soarin’s Original Film Coming Back for a Limited Time, and New Star Wars Fireworks Start Date

Disney announced numerous dates and offered details on many of this summer’s new offerings.

At Animal Kingdom, Tiffins/Nomad Lounge and most of the nighttime entertainment will open/begin on May 27th, but the first Jungle Book: Alive with Magic show is scheduled the following night on the 28th.

Dining Packages are available at Tiffins and Tusker House. Tiffins includes one appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage for $67/adults and $32 kids ages 3-9. At Tusker House, the dining package for breakfast is $37/adult and $23/kids ages 3-9. Lunch and dinner are both $49/adult and $30 kids. That’s an upcharge of $7/adult and $5/child versus regular prices. Both include a reserved seat in wherever the reserved section is located. Reservations open on Saturday May 21st. 6am online and 7am by phone. FastPass+ should be available beginning at 7am on May 21st as well. I would not expect any discounts to be offered on the Dining Packages, including Tables in Wonderland.

Disney Parks Blog has more details and the Tiffins/Nomad Lounge menu here: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/05/a-look-at-the-menu-for-tiffins-restaurant-nomad-lounge-opening-may-27-at-disneys-animal-kingdom/. Nomad Lounge is expected to offer additional items. More info on other nighttime enhancements, including some new Jungle Book art, here: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/05/first-ever-night-experiences-at-disneys-animal-kingdom-begin-may-27/.

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail will change its name to Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail on May 27th.

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Magic Kingdom Rope Drop To Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on an Early Morning Magic Day Plus Waffle Fries

We head out to Magic Kingdom on the morning of Saturday May 7th to see how morning touring goes on a day with Early Morning Magic, which I reviewed positively in this post. As a refresher, that is the $69/adult even that gets you into Fantasyland to ride Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, in addition to the buffet breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus. There was some question as to how the 1% would affect morning touring for those headed to Mine Train first thing or those eating breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant before opening with plans to ride Mine Train first thing.

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I Will Be Appearing on WDW News Tonight…Tonight…to Discuss All New Things Disney Springs

You have the joyous and rare opportunity to see me, hear me, and troll me in real time this evening as I will again be appearing on the WDW News Tonight show, the details of which can be consumed here: http://wdwnt.com/blog/2016/05/tonight-on-wdw-news-tonight-51816-disney-springs-review-josh-of-easywdw-com-resort-dining-more/. I am committing to this show being at least 50% less boring than my first appearance and at least 22.4% less boring than the appearance after that. We will be primarily discussing Town Center and the shopping and dining establishments that opened there this past Sunday. I put up a preview gallery and some initial thoughts in this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/easywdw/posts/451993651673915.


FastPass+ Booking Window Moving to 7am from 12am

As WDWNT first reported and the website can confirm, Disney is moving the start of the FastPass+ booking window to 7am eastern time from 12am/midnight eastern time. That’s going to be very early or very late on the west coast depending on how you want to look at it. The reason for the change is likely due to cast members being available to answer questions in the morning. At midnight you are on your own.