We embark on our voyage around World Showcase beginning with Mexico, where we’ll take a look at Choza de Margarita, check out some of the Pavilion’s merchandise, try some tacos at La Cantina de San Angel, and risk our lives at La Cava del Tequila.
“Remember Me! La Celebración del Día de Muertos” is the name of the Coco-inspired exhibition located just inside the pyramid.
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” – Silvio Dante, impersonating Michael Corleone, impersonating George Costanza, talking about Disney’s Hollywood Studios, probably.
In a Parks Blog post on Tuesday, Disney confirmed the new FastPass+ tiers coming to Hollywood Studios after Toy Story Land opens on June 30th.
The following is what we’re looking at; I’ve listed them in order of expected priority based on how much time using FastPass+ will save and how hard FastPass+ will be to acquire:
Toy Story Land Attractions (Choose 1)
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Midway Mania
Other Attractions (Choose 2)
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Star Tours
- Frozen Sing-Along
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Disney Junior Live on Stage
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Muppet*Vision 3D
Over the last year or two, the website was asked a number of times how it expected Studios FastPass+ to shape up in a post-Toy-Story-Land world. My answer has always been the same: Disney is made up of the same assortment of madlads that put Living with the Land in Tier 1. It’s anybody’s guess what they do. And alas, the website’s best guess would have been wrong – I didn’t foresee Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster moving to Tier 2. Or if I did, a Kylo Ren cupcake was sliced in half shortly thereafter.
Today, April 16th, was the first day that Toy Story Mania operated with just one of its three tracks with the ride offering no FastPass+ experiences whatsoever over the course of the day. This is what we were originally expecting to happen one week ago on April 9th.
Here’s a look at wait times on Monday the 16th:
Things get off to a particularly rough start as Toy Story posts a 75-minute wait right at Park open. The wait more than doubles just 30 minutes later, hitting 155 minutes at 9:30am, which I would remind you is two hours and thirty five minutes rather than an hour and fifty five minutes. The wait then drops to less than a third of that at 12:30pm when it’s posted at 50 minutes.
We continue our day from Part 1 where we rope dropped Toy Story Mania before moving over to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to ride in standby.
So far, this is how things have shaped up:
- Toy Story Mania: 8:53am – 9:11am
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: 9:22am – 9:35am
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: 9:35am – 10:01am
- Tower of Terror: 10:03am – 11am
If I was smarter about things, I would have visited Tower of Terror after the first ride on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster when my wait would have been significantly less. But all things considered, the morning is going okay.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You love it. I love it. So we’re back.
According to the joy that is the internet, April 9th was supposed to be the first day that Toy Story Mania would operate without FastPass+. But like most things internet-related, that turned out to be mostly or completely false.