After focusing on the other side of Epcot in our last update, we move over to Future World East to see what’s happening over here.
Test Track is scheduled to reopen on February 26th or 27th. Until then, Epcot operates with just three Tier 1 FastPass+ attractions – Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, and Epcot Forever. We’ll discuss more about how that affects wait times and FastPass+ availability as we go about our day touring the Park in the next series. When the ride reopens late next month, it’s unlikely that we’ll notice too many changes, but hopefully work has gone into making the attraction as reliable as possible moving forward. Some effects will probably be restored and we can expect a nice overall refresh. Test Track is historically down about 15% of the time at Park open, which is awfully high when it’s the most popular ride in the Park. That’s one major reason why it’s the top FastPass+ priority at Epcot when the attraction is available. Holding a FastPass+ means that you’ll be able to experience the attraction with priority access when the ride is available. Holding FastPass+ for Test Track also means you can start your day with a different, lower-priority attraction, which makes for a less-stressful morning.
After yesterday’s news that Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run would add FastPass+ beginning February 19th, Disney extended the Studios’ operating hours in February once again.
Here’s the most recent update:
Previously, Disney moved the Studios’ opening to 7am through February 2nd. Today, they extended the opening on February 3rd to 7am, but only moved the opening to 8am for February 4th through the 29th.
Our attention turns to Epcot, where a great number of construction projects, refurbishments, and wall rearrangements continue. Fortunately, outside of the Park, conditions have improved with the completion of the new tram loop. Previously, walls would have caused us to have to circle around to the far left side to go through bag check over there, which would take another three or four minutes of walking.
Some amount of work continues with the planters on the tram loop pickup side opposite of where we’re standing.
The FastPass+ Tiers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will change again on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will begin offering FastPass+ on February 19th.
The addition of FastPass+ comes a little less than six months after the attraction opened with the initial phase of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge back on August 29th, 2019.
We continue from El Artista Hambriento in Mexico.
Pop Eats is the last Food Studio that you’ll run into if you start with the Canada side of World Showcase. It’s also the first Food Studio that you’ll happen upon if you start on the Mexico side.
The only all-new item is the Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary. The Sous Vide Chicken Roulade arrives with the same name, but we’ll see a different presentation this year.