Disney updated the operating schedule for late October and November. The full November schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_november.pdf. Click refresh to load the newest version. October’s changes were not updated on the PDF, but are available at DisneyWorld.com.

Thanksgiving hours were not extended as much as anticipated, which is unfortunate because crowds will be similar to last year when Magic Kingdom was open from 8am-1am daily instead of 9am-12am. Likewise, the Studios and Animal Kingdom should see their usual 9am opens.

Sunday October 26:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm. Second Fatasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Monday October 27:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-11pm from 9am-10pm. Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday October 28:

  • No changes.

Wednesday October 29:

  • No changes.

Thursday October 30:

  • No changes.

Friday October 31:

  • No changes.

Saturday November 1:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm. Second Fatasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade

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Disney released the May 2015 operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_may.pdf. Click refresh to load the newest version.

May looks to be straightforward this year. Expect average crowds over the first three weeks. Things pick up considerably going into May 22nd for Memorial Day Weekend and then stay high through the third week in August.

Star Wars Weekends looks to return on weekends beginning May 15th through mid-June.

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We’ll set out for Coronado Springs to enjoy some drinks at the Rix Lounge and dinner at Maya Grill.

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easyWDW Food and Wine Festival 2014 PDF

by josh on October 10, 2014

Friend-of-the-site Steve Milz put together this PDF file of all the website’s Food and Wine Festival reviews, pictures and menus. It might be handy to put on your phone or just to keep around if your trip isn’t for another couple weeks. Certainly your opinions will vary from mine, but the pictures and descriptions should be a good starting point:

Download or view here: http://www.easywdw.com/reports12/easywdwfoodwine14.pdf

You can view the original pictures and reviews here: http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/epcot-food-and-wine-festival-craft-beer-review-canada-cart-adds-apple-ephemere-norway-replaces-bud-with-einstok/. That post has links back to the previous reviews at the top of the page.

This post can be found in the future on the menu column on the right under “Is It Worth It?”

Example from the PDF:

Eating WDW at http://www.eatingwdw.com also has great coverage of the Festival and it would be wise to look over their pictures and descriptions for a second opinion.

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Continuing from Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5, and Part 6, our tour concludes with virtually every item available reviewed on price and quality.

Last and ummmmmmmmm maybe not least is this year’s Craft Beer Marketplace, which has moved to the Odyssey Building that connects the Test Track area in Future World East with the World Showcase area around Mexico. Historically, Craft Beer has enjoyed its own booth right on the way into World Showcase.

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10/8/14 Update: Menus updated and items added.

Below you’ll find menus, location information, advantages/disadvantages, and pictures and reviews of most of the items available.

Major Quick Service

Be Our Guest Restaurant – Fantasyland – Soup, Sandwiches, Salads

Casey’s Corner – Main Street USA – Hot Dogs, Nachos

Columbia Harbour House – Liberty Square – Seafood, Salads, Sandwiches

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Tomorrowland – Barbecue, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Salads

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn – Frontierland – Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches

Pinocchio Village Haus – Fantasyland – Flatbread Pizzas, Salads, Meatball Sub

Minor Quick Service

Diamond Horseshoe – Liberty Square – Sandwiches and Salads

Friar’s Nook – Fantasyland – Mac and Cheese, Hot Dogs, Snacks

Gaston’s Tavern – Fantasyland – Pork Shanks, LeFou’s Brew, Cinnamon Rolls, Snacks

Main Street Bakery – Main Street USA – Starbucks

The Lunching Pad – Tomorrowland – Hot Dogs, Soft Pretzels, Frozen Beverages

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments – Liberty Square – Waffle Sandwiches, Funnel Cakes, Treats, etc.

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant – Tomorrowland – Burgers, Pasta, Salads, Chicken Nuggets

Tortuga Tavern – Adventureland – Burritos, Salads, Nachos

Snacks, Treats, Kiosks, Carts, etc.

Adventureland Egg Roll Cart – Adventureland – Egg Rolls, Corn Dogs

Aloha Isle – Adventureland – Dole Whips, Floats, Pineapple

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Tomorrowland – Smoothies, Ice Cream, Cereal, Muffins

Big Top Souvenirs – Storybook Circus Fantasyland - Cupcakes, Fudge, Treats, etc.

Cheshire Cafe – Fantasyland – Cereal, Snacks, Slushes, Cake Cups

Cool Ship – Tomorrowland – Pretzels, Corn Dogs, Churros

Frontierland Churro Cart – Frontierland – Churros, Mickey Pretzels

Frontierland Hot Dog Cart – Frontierland – Hot Dogs

Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart – Frontierland – Turkey Legs

Golden Oak Outpost – Frontierland – Waffle Fries

Liberty Square Market – Liberty Square – Snacks, Fruit, Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

Liberty Square Sandwiches – Liberty Square – Hot Sandwiches

Main Street Confectionery – Main Street – Fudge, Cupcakes, Caramel Apples, Treats, Goodies

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – Main Street - Ice Cream, Sundaes, Cones

Prince Eric’s Village Market – New Fantasyland – Sno-cones, Lemonade, Drinks

Storybook Treats – Fantasyland – Ice Cream, Sundaes, Cones

Storybook Circus Hot Dogs – Storybook Circus Fantasyland – Hot Dogs

Storybook Circus Pretzels – Storybook Circus Fantasyland – Pretzels, Churros, Ice Cream

Sunshine Tree Terrace – Adventureland – Citrus Swirl, Floats, Ice Cream, Lemonade

Tomorrowland Hot Dog Cart – Tomorrowland – Hot Dogs

Tomorrowland Popcorn Cart – Tomorrowland – Popcorn, Ice Cream Bars

Westward Ho Refreshments – Frontierland - Corn Dogs, Frozen Lemonade, Drinks

 

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10/7/14 - Menus updated and items added.

Major Quick Service:

ABC Commissary – Commissary Lane – Fried Fish/Shrimp, Salads, Burgers

Backlot Express – Echo Lake – Burgers, Sandwiches, Chicken Nuggets

Catalina Eddie’s – Sunset Boulevard – Pizza, Caesar Salads, Hot Italian Sandwiches

Fairfax Fare – Sunset Boulevard – Barbecue, Turkey Legs, Hot Dogs, Salads

Rosie’s All-American Cafe – Sunset Boulevard – Burgers, Chicken Nuggets

Studio Catering Company – Streets of America – Sandwiches, Salads, Wraps

Toy Story Pizza Planet – Streets of America – Pizza, Meatball Sandwiches, Salads

Minor Quick Service

Herbie’s Drive-in – Streets of America – Hot Dogs, Snacks

Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner – Echo Lake – Pork Shanks, Turkey Legs, Milkshakes, Beer

Starring Rolls Cafe – Sunset Boulevard – Sandwiches, Sushi, Baked Treats

Toluca Legs Turkey Company – Sunset Boulevard – Turkey Legs

Snacks, Treats, Kiosks, Carts, etc.

Anaheim Produce – Sunset Boulevard – Fruits/Vegetables, Snacks, Frozen Beverages

Cool Set Productions – Streets of America – Fruit, Snacks

Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction – Echo Lake – Ice Cream

Front of Studios Ice Cold Stand – Hollywood Boulevard – Beverages, Snacks, Ice Cream

Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway – Pixar Place – Popcorn, Frozen Beverages, Ice Cream

Hollywood Scoops – Sunset Boulevard – Ice Cream Sundaes

Joffrey’s Stands – Streets of America and Mickey Avenue – Drinks and Pastries

KRNR Rock Station – Sunset Boulevard – Smoothies, Root Beer Floats, Slushes, Snacks

Oasis Canteen – Echo Lake – Funnel Cakes

Peevy’s Polar Pipeline – Hollywood Boulevard – Frozen Beverages, Snacks

Pretzel Garden – Streets of America – Pretzels, Beer

Sorcerer’s Hat Pretzels and Churros – Hollywood Boulevard – Pretzels and Churros

Studio Catering Company High Octane Refreshments – Streets of America - Adult Beverages

Sweet Spells – Sunset Boulevard – Baked Treats, Candy Apples, Goofy’s Glaciers

Tower of Terror Coffee, Espresso, and Pastries – Sunset Boulevard – Coffee, Pastries, Frozen Beverages

Writer’s Stop – Streets of America – Coffee, Frozen Drinks, Pastries

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Continuing from Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4, and Part 5.

Mexico

Mexico returns to the left of the pyramid.

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10/6/14 Update: Menus updated and items added. Liberty Inn has the biggest update.

Major Quick Service:

Electric Umbrella – Future World East – Burgers, Sandwiches, Nuggets, Vegetable Flatbread

Katsura Grill – Japan – Teriyaki, Sushi, Udon

La Cantina de San Angel – Mexico – Tacos, Nachos, Churros, Margaritas

Liberty Inn – United States - Steak, Crab Cakes, Burgers, Salads, Nuggets

Lotus Blossom Cafe – China – Asian

Sunshine Seasons – The Land Pavilion - Asian, Salads, Sandwiches, Meat

Tangierine Cafe – Morocco – Shawarma, Wraps, Mediterranean Favorites

Yorkshire County Fish Shop – United Kingdom – Fried Fish

Minor Quick Service:

Boulangerie Patisserie – France – Sandwiches, Quiches, Treats, and More

Fountain View Ice Cream – Future World West - Starbucks

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe – Norway - Sandwiches, Pastries, Treats, and More

Sommerfest – Germany – Brats, Frankfurters, Pretzels, and Booze

Snacks, Treats, Kiosks, Carts, etc:

Block and Hans - United States – Beer and Snacks

Canada Beer and Snacks Cart – Canada - Beer, Cocktails, and Snacks

Crepes des Chefs de France – France – Crepes, Ice Cream, Espresso

Espresso Coffee Coolers – Future World East – Coffee, Frozen Drinks, Pastries

Espresso Coffee Coolers – United States – Coffee, Frozen Drinks, Pastries

Fife & Drum Tavern – United States – Turkey Legs, Pretzels, Frozen Drinks, Ice Cream

Funnel Cakes – United States – Funnel Cakes

Future World KiosksBeer, Snacks, Turkey Legs, Popcorn, etc.

Germany Bier Stand – Germany – Pretzels, Beer, Wine, Shots

Germany Trinken Beer Cart – Germany – Pretzels, Beer, Wine, Shots

Japan Sake Bar – Japan – Sake, Cocktails, Beer, Plum Wine

Joy of Tea – China – Slushes, Teas, Snacks, Booze

Kabuki Cafe – Japan – Kaki Gori, Ice Cream, Smoothies, Snacks

L’Artisan des Glaces – France – Ice Cream

Les Vins des Chefs de France – France – Wine, Frozen Beverages, Champagne

Mexico Margarita Stand – Mexico – Margaritas

Morocco Juice Bar – Morocco – Frozen Drinks, Beer, Ice Cream

Norway Beer Stand – Norway - Beer, Shots, Ice Cream

Promenade Refreshments – Canada – Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Snacks

Refreshment Outpost – In Between China and Germany - Hot Dogs, Frozen Drinks, Ice Cream

Refreshment Port - Canada – Chicken Nuggets, Spiked Coffee, Drinks, Ice Cream

Rose & Crown Beer Stand – United Kingdom – Beer and Cider

Tutto Italia Kiosk – Italy – Wine, Gelato, Desserts, Beverages

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Disney continues to test “FastPass+ only” at headlining attractions. From October 6th-9th, no guests will be allowed to wait in the standby line or use their Disability Access Service Card at Toy Story Midway Mania. The ride will be FastPass+ only with additional FP+ available to fill the ride’s capacity, which is around 900 riders per hour. A similar test at Princess Fairytale Hall last month was an unmitigated disaster, with FastPass+ return waits of 45+ minutes. A test at Soarin’ with return tickets went a little better, but was still scrapped before the test was supposed to end.

The Toy Story test comes shortly after Disney axed two large capacity attractions – Backlot Tour and American Idol Experience, neither of which has an announced replacement. To reiterate, the current test ends October 9th with no current plans to extend it.  My advice is to secure Toy Story FastPass+ in advance and then attempt to schedule a FastPass+ to re-ride if you like at an in-park kiosk as early in the day as possible. With Toy Story being FP+ only, most guests will want to begin their day signing the kids up for Jedi Training Academy or heading down Sunset Boulevard to squeeze in a couple rides on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.

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