We’re doing to try to do things right this time. This is the Transportation and Ticket Center at 7:35am on Wednesday April 4th. The overall crowd level is a “10” or the highest possible crowd level. I’ve considered added the “Bananas Level” for days like this one, but we can’t add decimal points to that, so how accurate could it really be? Actually….we could do Bananas Point Four Three Seven or something. Maybe I’ll have to revisit that idea.
The Avengers Wrapped Monorail appeared for our viewing pleasure:
I’ve read the opinion that the monorail shouldn’t be used for advertisements, but I think it looks pretty cool. Avengers May 4th by the way.
Today’s Monorail hours with the 7am – 8am morning extra magic hour at Magic Kingdom and the 1am close.
So you’ve got the Resort Monorail running from 6:30am, or 30 minutes before Magic Kingdom opens to Disney resort guests. The Express Monorail comes online 30 minutes before the regular open. The 2:30am close at Epcot is curious though with a 9pm close and no evening extra magic hours.
Already backed up at the Express Monorail.
Checking on the Ferry Boat, it had just left and another wasn’t in sight, so we’re back to the Monorail.
So we’re in line for the Express Monorail. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the Express Monorail is almost always faster than the Resort Monorail, even if there’s no line for the Resort and this long of a line for the Express. That’s because the trip on the Express takes about three minutes instead of the fifteen minutes it takes to stop at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts first. Usually, three Express Monorails will load and depart for every Resort Monorail that arrives as well.
But we’ve got some really bad luck. Disney decided to load an additional Monorail onto the beam, which causes all of the other Monorails on that beam to stop for safety reasons.
So instead of loading into the Express Monorail, we’re going to be loading into the back half of the Resort Monorail. Only the doors to the back half opened. Right after I loaded, they started loading the Express Monorails again. So it’s going to be another 15 minutes and we would actually have shorter transit time had we arrived a little later. There really isn’t anything I could do about it either. By the time you get up there and see that the Monorail is having a problem, there are already a hundred people behind you. When Disney only uses half of the queue, you could duck under the railing and walk back down. But that isn’t the case here. By the time they announced the Express Monorail would be operating again, I was already up where that guy on the left is pushing a stroller.
So we’ll just grin and bear it. Things are coming along at the Grand Floridian DVC construction site. We’ll take a better look on the trip back.
This was taken at 8:20am, so we’re running about 30 minutes late. It’s the reality of Disney transportation and life in general. Not everything is going to go to plan.
The Main Street Trolley Parade in front of us with a short performance.
Not too busy on our way to grab Peter Pan’s Flight FASTPASSes. I met a very nice family on the Monorail this morning and they let me follow them around for a few minutes before they told me to stop bothering them. We have Karen here on our left. Evidently I’m not much help since she needs the map.
A 15 minute posted wait at 8:28am with FASTPASS at 9:05am to 10:05am. When we circle back at 11:50am, FASTPASS will be all the way out to 5:15pm.
Already a ten-or-so minute wait over at Snow White’s Scary Adventures. It’ll hit 40+ later.
On our way over to Dumbo, we’ll head back here after that and Barnstormer.
In line at Dumbo at 8:35am, so we’re about 30 minutes behind where we’d like to be. There isn’t going to be a better time to ride Dumbo though, outside of the very late evening. Realistically with young kids, you’re probably not going to be out at 12am when lines will die down again. So we could ride now or skip it altogether.
Even with this few people, we aren’t going to be off until 8:53am, for a 15 minute actual wait or so.
Some Dumbo shots while we’re here:
So much more pleasant now.
For some reason they hand you this nondescript red-on-one-side-white-on-one-side “boarding pass” that a cast member will hand you in line and then take back just before your flight. I don’t know why? It just seems to slow down an attraction that already loads slow.
The other Dumbo.
The seat belts are new, right? I actually took a picture of my crotch with the seat belt fastened, but you’re going to have to have a subscription to see it.
Overall a very pleasant attraction that will only be more pleasant once the tent queue is ready and the second Dumbo comes online.
Over to Barnstormer at 8:54am and off at exactly 9:00am, for a six minute total wait/ride time.
If you’re interested in the Barnstormer, you’re going to want to ride it immediately after Dumbo second thing in the morning. It’s so short that it will only delay you a few minutes and we’re going to see much longer lines later in the morning. Actually, when we come back at 12pm the line is going to be out the door with a 50 minute posted wait.
It’s probably the second most physically uncomfortable attraction at Walt Disney World, behind Space Mountain. It’s low to the ground, the seats are small, the seat backs are low, and the ride is pretty jerky.
Uncomfortable, but nowhere near as bad as Space Mountain. Oh gawrsh we’re headed there almost next!
There were some snot nosed kids trying to take the front row. I told them to take a freakin’ hike. Front row, baby! Barnstormer, baby! Seriously people, pictures for the Internet. What is more important? I mean really.
Mom, can we ride Dumbo again instead?
I feel like we’re going to fall out.
But die first.
Hopefully before we hit the ground.
Okay, we made it through the entire one minute long ride. I am of the opinion that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the tamer roller coaster. A lot of people will tell you that Barnstormer is a “starter coaster,” but it’s actually kind of wild. We’re not talking cray cray by any stretch of the imagination, but this isn’t grandma’s kiddie coaster either.
Even though Barnstormer isn’t currently listed on the extra magic hours’ Times Guides, it has been operating during both.
“Yah-Hah-Buoy!” is my new favorite phrase.
Yo dawg, I heard you like tents.
I feel like we’re one step short of going art house.
Walking by Mad Tea Party where we don’t have much of a line yet.
Winnie the Pooh is next on our list. It’s just after 9am so Magic Kingdom has already been open for two hours to Resort guests.
We have some sort of fancy shmancy tour going on here at Pooh’s interactive queue.
How disgusting does this thing have to be to have people rubbing their hands and arms all over it from 8am – 1am? As disgusting as everything else I suppose.
This is as far as I made it before I encountered a line.
Which is right where FASTPASS users would join the line.
Looking ahead at what should take less than ten minutes.
But it’s not our day. The ride shut down for about five minutes for some unnamed reason. That happens a lot at Pooh, which is one of the reasons you ordinarily see 40+ minute waits for it.
The line isn’t going to get any shorter.
Why don’t we have a version of Pooh’s Hunny Hunt or something that uses its technology here in the States?
It’s a tight fit with three adults in one row.
Kind of a rude pose for someone that doesn’t wear pants.
Do you see me?
You’re making a mess.
How long until it’s Veggie the Pooh?
Pooh took a solid 20 minutes, so it’s 9:24am here with a wait that’s already much longer.
Speedway isn’t out the door yet.
Doesn’t look too bad.
A 30 minute posted wait at Astro Orbiter. This one just eats time virtually no matter when you decide to ride it. With an abysmal capacity, it’s one that really needs to be ridden first thing in the morning in place of Dumbo or at the very end of the night. Unfortunately, there are at least a dozen other things that should be prioritized at the same time, including Rapunzel and Dumbo.
Space Mountain is already pretty swamped at 9:30am with a 30 minute posted wait and FASTPASS at 11:05am – 12:05pm.
There is actually a less popular FASTPASS machine here at Space, which is located on the far right. We have eight or so people in line at each of the other FASTPASS machines, but it’s like no one notices the one on the far right because it’s to the right of a pole. I managed to walk right up and grab a FASTPASS. Unless you’re visiting during an extremely busy time like Easter week, you shouldn’t really run into much of a line though.
I decided to get in line, more curious about the actual wait time than anything.
I was back out front at 10:07am, so the actual wait was just about exactly 30 minutes.
This is going to hurt.
It’s a pretty bland queue where we just walk one way and then head back in the opposite direction. Then Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
The other side is all FASTPASS.
Other than this roller coaster:
Fast forward to 1:15 if you’re in a hurry.
I feel like Space Mountain is the worst designed coaster in the history of the world.
To the future:
Wow, clear scotch in the future, huh?
The wait time when I disembarked at 10:07am was 70 minutes.
Space Mountain t-shirts. Bigger: https://www.easywdw.com/reports3/spaceshirts.jpg.
The Speedway queue is full and we have a cast member building more.
That’s going to be a lot longer than 30 minutes.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures is full at 10:12am with a 25 minute wait. Closer to 35-40 minutes probably.
We have a 9:05am – 10:05am FASTPASS that we’re going to try to use right at 10:15am, which is within the 15 minute grace period printed in the lower right hand corner.
With a 65 minute posted wait and FASTPASS all the way out to 12:55pm – 1:55pm.
I was admitted with no questions asked.
Sic ’em Tick Tock!
Your chariot. Regardless of the ages of the people in your group, Peter Pan’s Flight is one I encourage everyone to experience. I think it’s the “most magical” ride at Walt Disney World. Do it in the first 30 minutes of operation or plan to use FASTPASS. Lines also ease up in the late evening, after 10pm or 11pm.
So we had success with this late FASTPASS and we’ll have luck again at Space Mountain later this afternoon. When we were denied at Kilimanjaro Safaris, I had made an image of the person that denied us:
Dan made an accurate assessment in a comment on that post:
“Josh, I’m a newbie around here, but I’m really enjoying both the writing and the pics (lovin’ the new camera!). Normally you have just the right amount of snark. But I have to say that singling Jeff out for not admitting you to KS went beyond snark and into rude territory, IMO. Remember, this is a brand new policy, and CMs are only doing what they’re told. If one of them got it wrong, then it was of course the correct response to go to Guest Services and make a report. But to put a picture of him on a website like this draws a big ol’ target on his back that just isn’t necessary. Shame on you for setting a CM up for failure and then capitalizing on his failure.
But anyway, loving the rest of the pics and words!”
I just wanted to say that I agree with you, to the point where I asked a question about it in the moderator section of the forums. It was mean.
We’ll leave with a nice shot of the Liberty Belle. Full size: http://i.minus.com/iQcoRhOrs7LFo.jpg.
Next time we’ll take a look at even bigger crowds later in the day, Pecos Bill out from behind scrims, some flowers, more lines, and whatnot.