We continue from Part One of this series, where we reacquainted ourselves with what to expect from Disney’s 50 Year Happiest Magical Legacy Celebration Brought to You By Lyft, or whatever they are calling the 50th Anniversary based on where the darts lodged into the board this time around. I’m partial to Disney’s 50-Year Marvel Pixar Star Wars Empty Your Wallet Live Action Remake Spectacular 2, but for some reason they voted me off the Board of Directors during the last fiscal year. But I’ll make my triumphant return, even if it is via hostile takeover that has absolutely nothing to do with stock options. This isn’t a threat of violence. I’m just going to ask nicely and flash my Pixie Dust Pass. “I’m an Annual Passholder!”
Fortunately, we’re afforded an opportunity to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the same time, although perhaps less so here in Windtraders in Pandora, where you’ll only find about a third of the merchandise as you might have seen when the new Land opened. On the plus side, the pathway to the exit is far more open.
All signs “literally” point to “Walt Disney World 50 The World’s Most Magical Celebration” beginning in just over a week and potentially continuing until the 100th anniversary. While we can’t do much on the specific touring timing front, given current low crowd levels and the lack of the Genie app, we can consider how we might go about the day and enjoy a walk around the Park.
One key to future touring is Early Theme Park Entry, which does have a specific start date of October 1st. We’ve gone over this several times, but here’s the current list of eligible resorts:
Nothing in focus. Very artsy.
- Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese – $4.75
- Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde – $6.25
- Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts – $7
- Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco, Roasted Corn Salsa, and Avocado Cream $5.25
We continue from China.
Mexico returns in the same location. It’s not actually at the top of the pyramid no matter what your friends tell you.
- Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Ground Chorizo – $7
- Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese, and Chives – $7
- Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise – $5.50
- Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater – 6 ounces – $5 / 12 ounces – $9.50
- El Tigre Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal with Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pineapple, and Ginger Juices served on the rocks with a Hibiscus Salt Rim – $11.50
- La Clásica Reyes Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Chile Piquín Salt Rim – $11
- White Passion Fruit Sangria: White Wine, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, and a hint of Ilegal Mezcal – $10
Italy is to Mexico what is pain to my pocketbook, in that they never offer anything a second time, as you’d have to be half way to senility to order anything here at two consecutive Festivals, let alone 40. Remember the golden rule: You have a choice. I don’t. Hey, the menu is only $65.50 worth, or approximately half an individual pizza at Via Napoili with 14 toppings.
We’ll take a look at wait times over the last couple of weeks, check if Magic Kingdom is more or less crowded on Boo Bash After Hours dates, see about the best plan of attack for those attending the Boo Bash, and consider alternatives like the Early Entry and Extended Hours beginning in October.
Below is a chart of the average daily waits at Magic Kingdom over the last three weeks, organized by whether or not a Boo Bash is scheduled that day. The numbers only take into account waits during regular hours across our usual 17 attractions, since we’re interested in whether or not we need to avoid or hone in on Boo Bash dates for being more or less crowded:
The results, with event days and non-event days seeing nearly identical average waits, aren’t particularly surprising. Both types of days offer similar or the same operating hours and nightly showings of the fireworks. It’s likely that most guests visiting during the day have no idea whether or not a Boo Bash is scheduled, or at least wouldn’t identify it as a day to avoid given the fact that the offerings are the same.