We pick things up in hour two after riding Na’vi River Journey three times in standby and Flight of Passage once with FastPass+. Part 1 brings us to this point in case you missed it. The crowds heading into Pandora at 9:04am are far from overwhelming. Hopefully they have FastPass+ as the current wait for River Journey is 85 minutes with Flight of Passage coming in at exactly three hours.
Meanwhile, this is not quite the end of the line for Creature Comforts Starbucks on the walk to Africa. This is probably a 30-minute wait to get a cup of coffee, which probably means I should add it to the touring plan as the 4th or 5th highest priority on a “chilly” morning.
We return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to rope drop Pandora – The World of Avatar. We’ve arrived with similar ambitions a number of times since the Land opened back in May of last year. We started out shortly after Pandora opened with a Flight of Passage rope drop in this post. When that didn’t go so well, we tried again a week later in this post. After Animal Kingdom moved from 8am opens to 9am opens, we returned to see how things changed here. Since those all focused on the unpleasant situation that is rope dropping Flight of Passage, we visited Na’vi River Journey first thing instead in this post. We last considered Flight of Passage in this post, when we tried riding last thing at night with hopes of finding less stress than rope drop and lower waits than the afternoon.
I’ll mix things up again this time around as we’ll be visiting on a presumably busy spring break day with an 8am regular open. The plan is to visit Na’vi River Journey first thing, which should be easy. I’ll then use an 8am-9am Flight of Passage FastPass+ that I was able to acquire shortly after Disney moved Animal Kingdom’s open from 9am to 8am. When Disney extends hours, they release FastPass+ experiences for each available attraction during the new operating hours as well. Because those changes are typically made within 30 days of a given date, it’s possible for anyone with a ticket attached to their My Disney Experience to snag one of those newly-available FP+.
It hasn’t been all that long since our last visit to Hollywood Studios, but with so much emphasis on Magic Kingdom over the last week and the Flower and Garden Festival over at Epcot, I thought it would be a good opportunity to post the same exact pictures as last month along with the exact same commentary. This post goes over touring strategy if you’re planning on visiting the Park before Toy Story Land officially opens on June 30th. Part 2 follows here. If you’re planning on eating at the Studios, you might also find my recent Brown Derby lunch review of interest, particularly with several new entrees available under $25.
Here’s a look at gondola station construction as of the 11th of March. The system should be operational in 15-18 months. No word on how much it will cost to park your gondola passenger cabin should you bring your own from home and try to hook it onto the system. But I’m thinking the price will depend on whether or not you’ve seen All-Star Sports with your own eyes or not.
We return to Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take a look at the new lunch menu. Historically, I have not been the world’s biggest advocate of the theme park signature restaurant. If I’m preparing myself to pay $50 for a steak, on top of a couple of pricey drinks or a bottle of wine, I’d prefer to make more of an evening out of it. A classy stop at the Grand Floridian for a martini at Mizner’s coupled with a waterfront dinner at Narcoossee’s and an outdoor patio view of the fireworks. Compared to huffing and puffing around a theme park for ten hours only to find that you’re plunking yourself down next to the same sweaty blogger that took your picture six times while you tried to ride Tower of Terror with your family. I’d take the Grand every time.
And because a lot of people feel that way, Brown Derby has offered a couple less expensive entrees during lunch hours over the last few years.
We return to Magic Kingdom to check in on a variety of menu updates and to see if anything has changed since our Land-specific posts.
The “big” news is probably that the Citrus Swirl is out in favor of the Orange Swirl.