Magic Kingdom Project Update, Pinocchio Village Haus Sausage and Pepper Flatbread Review, As The Sun Sets – 7/20/16

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Animal Kingdom Summer Crowds, Draft Beer Advice, Souvenir Popcorn Buckets, and A FuelRod Review

After spending some time considering the sad state of “American Kobe Beef” hot dogs at Yak & Yeti along with a lunch review of Tiffins and a return to Nomad Lounge, we’ll take a walk around the Park to see what souvenir popcorn buckets are available. If you’re looking for new cheat sheet touring plans, FastPass+ priority, maps etc. then you might check out this forum post as well.

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Yak & Yeti American Kobe Beef Hot Dog and Cheeseburger Review Plus Avatar Construction – Animal Kingdom 7/17/16

After taking an extensive look at lunch at one of Disney’s best new restaurants, we’ll pop over to Yak & Yeti to see if we can find out what constitutes an American Kobe Beef Hot Dog. The majority of these pictures are from Sunday July 17th with an occasional throwback to July 10th and even more rarely July 9th.

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Taste of Tiffins Lunch Review and a Return to Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We make a return visit to Tiffins to try their new lunch offering and will mosey over to Nomad Lounge to see what’s going on over there. The website already reviewed every appetizer, all-but-one entree, every dessert, and every drink on the dinner menu in this post and I won’t spend a ton of time rehashing what we learned there. But we will discuss value and whether you want to take a long look at lunch or would prefer to visit later in the evening for dinner. There is also a lengthy review of Nomad Lounge with all of the “small plates” reviewed in this post.

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February 2017 Disney World Operating Schedule Available

Disney released the February 2017 operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_february.pdf. Hit “refresh” on your browser if it doesn’t initially load the newest version.

As they have done the last several months, Animal Kingdom hours remain short and no nighttime entertainment is currently scheduled at Hollywood Studios. Both will assuredly be added in the future, but when and how often remains to be seen. Disney did add the Star Wars Fireworks nightly from September 1 to 24, which indicates that they are committed to a nightly fireworks show. You may remember that in April the show was cut to four nights and in May and early June it was cut to three nights before returning to the nightly showings beginning June 17th. I think Disney is taking even more of a “wait and see” approach with Animal Kingdom’s nighttime festivities where they still have not committed to late closing times after September 5th.

Otherwise, the first two weeks in February are your best bet with Value season pricing through the 15th. February 16th to the 20th should see peak level crowds with Presidents Day on the 20th. Heavy crowds should continue through February 25th, before average crowd levels return. Mardi Gras falls on February 28th this year and that week will see elevated crowds as Louisiana is one of Disney World’s strongest markets. Early February is among my favorite times of the year to visit with the cooler weather and relatively low crowds. Those visiting over more crowded times should enjoy longer operating hours and more plentiful nighttime entertainment.