We pick things up after Part 1 started with rope dropping Seven Dwarfs Mine Train from the main entrance, where we experienced a wait of “just” 15 minutes.
We’re going to end up waiting longer for it’s a small world, which is posting a 15-minute wait despite the line filling most of the extended queue.
These days, day-of FastPass+ availability is pretty dire. This is me checking for one person at 9:42am and the earliest return time for Pirates of the Caribbean is 6:10pm, or eight and a half hours away. Barnstormer doesn’t have anything for 2.5 hours.
Buzz has one time also around 6pm, while I could board my flying elephant around the same time as the Goofy coaster.
small world is one of the easier attractions to get as a 4th or subsequent FP+, but there was no availability until after 12pm, or more than two hours in the future.
At least Mad Tea Party comes in at 11:55am.
Considering it’s a relatively low-capacity attraction, Winnie the Pooh typically sees a surprising amount of availability.
Characters can see good availability later in the day as those that typically book them – parents with young children – are the most likely to change plans.
As you might expect, Mickey’s PhilharMagic has the earliest return time on record, though that’s still two hours out. Monsters Inc. is 5pm.
By the time we get over to Monsters in the afternoon, this is going to be the end of the line. Well, it’s back there somewhere.
Winner, winner, Pecos Bill pork glop dinner; Mermaid Ride comes in at “just” 11:35am, while Speedway is out to 6pm.
That means there’s “literally” no FP+ availability for Big Thunder, Enchanted Tales, or Haunted Mansion.
It’s the same story at Ariel’s Grotto, Mickey Mouse, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
And unsurprisingly, at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain. And remember this is checking for just one person, so larger parties will see even less availability.
So it makes some sense to get in a 15-minute line for small world considering obtaining FP+ later in the day is only going to get more difficult.
I got in line at 9:37am and was on-board at 9:58am, for an actual wait of just over 20 minutes.
As with the last post, click any image for a larger version:
I was back out front to a 25-minute posted wait at 10:12am for a total experience time of 35 minutes.
That would have been far too long to wait five years ago, but isn’t too bad these days, particularly considering the posted wait will hit 50 minutes before 11:30am. Above is the extended FP+ return line for small world filling up.
95 minutes for Peter Pan’s Flight at the same time.
With my 9:15am-10:15am FastPass+ for Pirates, it’s time to head towards Adventureland.
Things aren’t too bad in Liberty Square.
But again, I can’t fit the end of the line and the attraction entrance in the same shot.
Nothing out of the ordinary coming towards us.
We’ll take a moment to enjoy the scenery.
Frontierland at 10:20am.
And over to Adventureland:
The entire queue for The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is full before 10:30am.
If these people would fill in all the available space I bet the wait for pirates would be a lot less! pic.twitter.com/e5Fz5qpT06
— josh (@easywdw) March 29, 2018
Pirates is posted at 45 minutes, but the end of the line is down there around Jungle Cruise somewhere.
I got in line with FP+ at 10:25am and was on-board less than five minutes later:
I was back out front at 10:41am for a total experience time of 16 minutes, which is less time than it usually takes.
FastPass+ is now backed up to Tortuga Tavern while the standby line is now contained. Go figure.
A look back at Frontierland at 10:45am. It’s not that bad.
The attractions area might be another story.
At least there’s no wait for the best attraction in the Park – taking pictures of logs right before they reach the bottom of the drop.
That’s a 70-minute posted wait for Big Thunder.
85 minutes at Splash.
One wonders how long it will be until Disney stops giving out “free” cups of water and starts telling people to go try to drain the cactus.
Imagine spending all your money on parking overnight at the Polynesian only to wait 90 minutes for Splash Mountain just to scoop a cup of water out of it.
I arrived at Big Thunder at 10:49am.
Surprisingly, the FP+ lane was wide open despite there being quite a bit of extended queue set up.
I was on-board about eight minutes later:
I was back out front at 11:04am for a total experience time of 15 minutes and the same 70-minute posted wait, despite the standby line now stretching out past the Splash Mountain store.
With the 85+ degree day, Splash is popular, now with a 105-minute wait.
It makes some amount of sense to eat early on busier days, so I waltzed over to Pecos Bill at 11:10am.
But even if few people were ordering, seating was scarce, even before 11:30am.
I went ahead with mobile order via the My Disney Experience app.
I covered the menu changes at Pecos, along with everywhere else around the Park, in this post from a couple of weeks ago.
The main points were that guacamole is no longer available for “free” at the Fixin’s Bar – it’ll cost you a cool two bucks. The Southwest and Taco Burgers are also out in favor of your standard Bacon Cheeseburger selection. The Southwest Salad is vegetarian by default and there’s also a Veggie Rice Bowl option.
Kids’ Picks include Beef Nachos that you can dress up nicely, in addition to some other choices.
It’s pretty rare that the quick service dessert is worth your money compared to what you could find elsewhere; the Churros are no exception.
Mobile Order lays out what’s available and what’s included nicely.
I went with the Tacos 3-Ways, going back and forth over whether “Ground Beef” or “Spicy Beef Barbacoa” was more bloggable.
At the bottom, I have the choice of keeping the Pineapple Salsa or Yogurt off the Spicy Cauliflower Taco, in addition to choosing whether or not I want to spring for the avocado.
As usual, the ordering process is intuitive. In some cases, mobile order might not save you a lot of time, but it should save some aggravation. I was able to complete my order and wait to pick it up from a comfy chair instead of standing behind the guy that turns out to be ordering for twelve on the Disney Dining Plan – none of whom know what they want to drink.
Thanks to the joy that is constantly refreshing FP+ availability while waiting for my food to be ready, I managed to score an outstanding 4th selection in Splash Mountain for 11:40am.
Of course, as soon as you scan your MagicBand for your third attraction, you can start searching for FP+ availability for your 4th selection. It’s not even 11am and The Barnstormer doesn’t have availability until after 4:20pm. For one person.
small world isn’t much better with Jungle Cruise all the way out to 7:20pm.
It would be about twelve hours before Mickey could fit me in, but PhilharMagic has immediate acceptance.
The point here is basically that additional FP+ availability is poor beginning early in the morning and continuing for the rest of the day as thousands of people refresh for few available experiences. Splash Mountain only has one time available, while Tomorrowland Speedway has a 7+ hour wait before I’d be able to use it there.
Anyway, back to Pecos, where it’s difficult to make the food at the Fixin’s Bar look attractive given the lack of light. We have limes, jalapenos, onions, pickles, and ketchup.
Pico de Gallo and Salsa. Note the lack of the Salsa Verde.
Sour cream, tomatoes, roasted corn, shredded cheese, and lettuce.
My Trio as served.
It’s a rather sad portion of guacamole/green ooze for the $2 ask. The flavor is okay, but it’s defrosted stuff.
And the Trio after returning from the Fixin’s Bar, where the lettuce and pico probably look a little fresher. First off, the Spicy Cauliflower is excellent with a nice crunch and a pleasant, lingering spicy quality. I think any vegetarian would be happy with three of those and two people could probably share the Trio along with a side of Tortilla Chips. I was impressed. The Chicken Taco offers quite a bit of lightly seasoned chicken that can be spruced up with the sour cream, lettuce and cheese. The Spicy Barbacoa Beef was on the stringy side of things, but there was quite a bit of it wrapped up in the fresh flour tortilla. With a hefty helping of Fixin’s, you can do very well here.
I like Pecos a lot.
A healthy crowd for the 12pm Festival of Fantasy Parade, which is only scheduled on the busiest 25-or-so days of the year.
I would have sat and enjoyed a little bit of a break at Pecos if I didn’t need to get up for another family to sit down given the lack of tables and the fact that I wanted to get over to Frontierland prior to the Parade stepping off. That’s a 75-minute wait for Big Thunder Mountain.
And the same 105-minute wait for Splash at 11:55am.
That’s a lot of people in line. But with virtually no additional FP+ available and the ability to schedule “just” three experiences in advance, a lot of people don’t have a choice. You can’t ride everything from 8am-9am or 11pm-12am.
Thanks to my timely FastPass+, I boarded within five minutes:
I was back out front at 12:18pm for a total experience time of 23 minutes, which is below average, even given the heavy crowds.
So adding to what I accomplished in Part 1, I’m now at:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: 8am – 8:22am
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 8:23am – 8:33am
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant: 8:36am – 8:45am
- The Barnstormer: 8:46am – 8:57am
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid: 9:05am – 9:17am
- Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+: 9:25am – 9:33am
- it’s a small world: 9:37am – 10:12am
- Pirates of the Caribbean with FP+: 10:25am – 10:41am
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with FP+: 10:50am – 11:05am
- Lunch: 11:10am – 11:50am
- Splash Mountain with FastPass+: 11:55am – 12:18pm
So while we’re about to see a whole heck of a lot of people as we traverse the Park, the morning was a great success – ten major attractions and lunch over the course of four hours is nothing to scoff at. I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish more given lower crowds, particularly with a 9am open.
This post continues in Part 3 with a look at some really long lines.