We’ll rope drop Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the Crescent Lake area, where you’ll find the Beach Club, Yacht Club, BoardWalk, Swan, and Dolphin resorts.
A few days ago, I recommended taking advantage of an early breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on the BoardWalk, or Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club, if you’re planning on rope dropping the Studios from elsewhere on- or off-property. Doing so will put you in more control over your morning as you’re able to walk to Hollywood Studios after, and potentially be among the first guests of the day to enter the Park.
With morning crowds rising to new highs on what “feels” like a daily basis, enjoying a head start of 15 to 45 minutes can provide a significant advantage when it comes to getting in line early for a priority attraction. The guest who arrives at the Park at 9am will wait closer to five minutes for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway first thing. The guest who arrives at 9:45am or later will wait 75+ minutes. Just wait until you see the end of the line at 10am. Disembarking your first attraction earlier will also allow you to get to your next stop faster, when waits will also be shorter than if you were to arrive a half hour later.
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As far as repurposed oil rigs go, the Tree of Life looks better than most. I actually live inside of an oil rig myself, though I don’t think the operators are aware. The WiFi out here isn’t great, or the posts would come out on time a lot more often. Someone send 5G to the Baltic Sea, please.
ABC Commissary is set to reopen on October 8th. From our look at Park Pass availability, Hollywood Studios is the Park that’s most likely to fill to capacity, with eight or more days in October already taken for each of the ticket types. Any other Park on any other date in October is available for either Disney Resort Guests or Theme Park Tickets Guests. The opening of additional quick services and other offerings likely allows Disney to quietly continue to increase the Park’s attendance cap, even if none of the things that they’re adding are rides or attractions that will actually occupy people’s time. If anything, opening the Commissary just gives the extra people that will be let in another option for lunch that isn’t PizzeRizzo. It’s probably not a coincidence that the Commissary opens on the 8th, and then what is historically the busiest week in October, follows. If Disney wasn’t increasing the number of Park Passes that they’re distributing, and the number of people that they’re letting in, there wouldn’t be a reason to open additional dining venues when the ones that are already open have plenty of walk-up availability.
It doesn’t look like Disney has updated the Commissary’s menu with what will be available in a few weeks:
We’ll move through the rest of my day relatively quickly. There is Hollywood Studios to get to, after all.
It’s now after 11:30am all the way back on September 2nd, and you can see that we’re not exactly running into a lot of resistance as we move out of Storybook Circus in Fantasyland and towards Tomorrowland. In case you missed the previous parts, here they are:
- Magic Kingdom Morning Touring with a Transportation and Ticket Center Start – Covering the Magic Kingdom arrival experience and what you can do to be among the first in the Park
- Magic Kingdom Morning Touring with the Priorities Down – How the early morning went at Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and more with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Splash Mountain all down at Park open, and what you can do to experience rides that are down with the shortest waits once they reopen
- Disney’s Magic Kingdom Low Early Morning Crowd Touring – We move on to several easy Fantasyland attractions that still have short waits
What we lack in title originality we do make up for in sheer number of words.
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If you had to watch people eat Sanaa’s bread service all day, every day, day in, and day out, you’d probably look like this too. They do appreciate compliments on their plumage. But then, who doesn’t.
Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs has reopened, ostensibly because Florida eased the laws about the specific sorts of establishments that can serve alcohol on Monday. Since we are all about “safety over profit” here in Florida (try to say that out loud without laughing), there was previously a “bar ban,” despite the fact that all of the bars that I frequent are apparently “restaurants,” even if you’d have to be 12-15 margaritas deep before you’d even consider ordering food there. That’s how you know you’re in the right place. Once one of the boys says, “Hmmmm, the nachos sound kind of good,” you know it’s time to leave, or someone is spending the night in a ditch. If that sounds oddly specific, it’s only because I have an active imagination. You’ll find the to-go bar across from the Marketplace Co-Op.
Our morning of low crowds and wait times continues at Magic Kingdom Park. It’s 10:24am as we rewind a little further than I’d like to September 2nd.
Fortunately(?), short waits at Magic Kingdom in the morning persist, even as the day’s overall average is going up. We covered transportation issues in getting across the water, and what you can expect from the arrival experience, in Magic Kingdom Morning Touring with a Transportation and Ticket Center Start. We followed that up with Magic Kingdom Morning Touring with the Priorities Down as we traversed the Park with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, and Peter Pan’s Flight all down to start the day.
As a reminder, this is where we’ve been:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 8:55am – 9:03am
- Jungle Cruise: 9:12am – 9:25am
- Pirates of the Caribbean: 9:29am – 9:42am
- Haunted Mansion: 9:49am – 10:09am
- Peter Pan’s Flight: 10:10am – 10:22am