Time for a few odds and ends that didn’t make their way into one of the previous posts on FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom. If information like Pecos Bill now serves Raspberry Slush instead of Root Beer Slush excites you, then this update is right up your alley. This is a picture of a leaf in Tomorrowland. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports10/tomorrowlandleaf.jpg. It’s all downhill from here.
The DIS picked up yesterday’s post on touring Magic Kingdom with FP+ here: http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3225398. The first few pages are relatively sane, but things really pick up by page five when people start arguing about whether you should ride rides or not. I have a response to a few things on page 11:
A couple of things.
This is not an EMH morning. It’s the Saturday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and by attendance, one of the 25 busiest days of the year. In the afternoon, they are only about 6,000 people away from discussing the possibility of a phased closure. That’s still about 15,000 people away from actually needing a phased closure, but a phased closure is rarely a concern. I purposefully waited until a busy, non-recommended Saturday to show how much you can expect to accomplish first thing in the morning, even when the afternoon is “insane.” I’m sure there will be plenty of “NEVER AGAIN IN JANUARY” threads incoming, but this is one of the least busy four week periods of the year at the Parks.
If this was today (the 22nd, a most recommended day on easywdw, overall crowd level ’4,’ highest crowd level of the day on touringplans) touring would be even easier and we would see much shorter afternoon waits. This is what we’re talking about:
This is basically dead.
It’s true that I do move faster than your average family. But I also meander a lot, take a lot of pictures, change lenses, pose for pix with my adoring fanz etc.
Each pic with red text is a stop.
And while I might move faster than your average family of eight, the cheat sheet timing is more conservative. Even families with 2 year olds, grandpa, and a “stop and strike a pose for the scrapbook” aunt should be able to complete each step within the time allotted. I’m ahead of the timing as I point out, but a couple minutes here and there for strollers etc. isn’t going to throw you off too far. and it’s already factored into the timing. Because I’m a little quicker personally, I end up about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. But also, on my particular touring day, I take 25 minutes in between Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean and both Pirates and Jungle Cruise are still walk-ons.
If you showed up at 11am at Magic Kingdom on this particular day, you’d be pretty screwed whether we’re talking about FASTPASS or FP+. FASTPASS return times for Peter Pan would be out to 3pm or 4pm, Space Mountain would have a 100 minute wait and FASTPASS out to 6pm etc. If Jr. wanted to re-ride Big Thunder Mountain at 1pm, you would initially wait 75 minutes or have had to pull a legacy FASTPASS by 11:30am. Then you’d have to wait 100 minutes in line or pull a legacy FASTPASS for a return time of 3pm.
A better look at the entirety of Pinocchio Village Haus with the new planters.
The Haus is expected to be closed for refurbishment from February 17th through March 30th.
Much to my surprise, work was actually going on at the Mine Train.
Hopefully Prince Eric’s portfolio is diversified as he does not do a lot of business from his New Fantasyland market.
Minestrone soup available with the cooling temperatures. The low on January 22nd is 36 degrees. Florida news runs SEVERE WEATHER ADVISORIES when the temp hits anything below 60, so I imagine we’re in straight up apocalypse mode.
Walls and scrims are again up all around Magic Kingdom.
This runs from the left of Liberty Square Riverboat.
The back side.
They are really getting good at these things.
Walls all around Tiki Room.
And at the Jungle Cruise FASTPASS machines.
Golden Oak Outpost, across from Pecos Bill on the Adventureland side, now offers a Spicy Chicken Sandwich.
Diamond Horseshoe menu.
As previously hinted, Raspberry Slush replaces Root Beer at Pecos Bill.
No more souvenir boots. I saw a headline that read, “‘Frozen,’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ Lead 2014 Oscar Nominations for Disney.” You know that must have been a bad year. I did see Frozen and was impressed.
Liberty Square Market serves “Italian Spiced Roasted Corn.” They roast the corn on a big grill near the Market now – it’s kind of neat.
Because it’s tilted.
#quack I think you mean. Otherwise it’s unsearchable and nobody will know, Donald! #hashtags101
Splash Mountain is expected to be closed through March 21st.
The scaffolding looks more serious than previous years.
A few Space Mountain shirts:
In the arcade at the Space Mountain exit (why on earth wasn’t this waste of space converted into a MyMagic+ service center?), charging stations have been installed.
You may want to invest in a Disney lifestyle blogger essential – the external battery charger.
The FastPass+ kiosks in the back of Storybook Circus are less popular than others, but seem to bring more people back here. I’ve never seen more than a handful of people seated here and it’s now almost full. Both the hot dog and pretzel carts are operating. This is partially a symptom of the heavy crowds, but even over Easter there were just a couple people back here.
Big Top Treats case:
I feel like Ariel is giving off one vibe here.
And sort of a different one here.
Someone is browsing for oranges at Prince Eric’s – a rare gem of a photograph.
Can we dwell on the fact that this is the turkey sandwich lunch line? Maybe they could give tours from Park open through 10:30am so some of these people could take their children inside for some pix. Dazney isn’t losing $$$$ because those people are going to spend 15 bucks a head on lunch somewhere, even if it’s Tortuga Tavern.
Sunshine Tree Terrace, the home of Citrus Swirl, is selling these neat-looking “Souvenir Tiki-Tankards” for $9.99.
Build quality was pretty lousy though and I haven’t had much luck in recent memory with souvenir cup quality. The Orange Bird cup will not last a cycle in the dishwasher and the face will likely melt off if washed in hot water. My souvenir Be Our Guest souvenir goblet thing that cost $15 never lit up. I recently picked up my 40th anniversary SHAG lowball glass and the top separated from the bottom. Fortunately there was no scotch in it at the time. Or we would have a problem.
The Cat apparently has a new look too.
To the excitement of nobody.
The bus loop is seriously big since the recent expansion.
The buses to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom in Gates 5 and 6 might sound convenient, but they’re all the way at the end. Disney has been doing a better job with bus transportation since recently picking up more buses. This remains the very busy Saturday over Martin Luther King Jr Weekend at 2:53pm. A Hollywood Studios bus approached as I walked up and only three people were waiting. The direct trip only takes about 15 minutes.
At Hollywood Studios, there are no more memories.
Yeah, share the magic right now as long as you’ve booked it six months in advance! I’m surprised the headlining attractions are Ariel’s Grotto and Jedi Training Academy.
Can we dwell on the fact TouringPlans had Hollywood Studios as a 3 out of 10 on a Saturday during one of the five busiest holiday weekends of the year with a morning Extra Magic Hour, two Fantasmic shows, and a 9:30pm close? Talk about vacation ruined if you showed up here expecting the Star Tours wait to be less than 70 minutes or maybe a Tower of Terror wait that isn’t triple digits.
Magic Kingdom waits:
The short posted waits really are curious considering how many people are in the Park.
There’s no way around those wait times at Epcot and Test Track over the holiday. Hit one first thing in the morning and plan to use FP+ at the other. Or visit one last thing at night. Or use single rider at Test Track. I go over one-day touring at Epcot in this post. And one-day touring at Hollywood Studios in this post. Both take the current tier system into account.
It might be sad that Animal Kingdom only needs two screenshots to show all the ride wait times. With the 9pm close, it will be another 90 minutes before the Park really clears out.
I’ll be working on some backend updates over the next couple days. Look for some cruising posts by Lisa over the next few days and we depart on the Magic on Monday.