You can pull up the last update here. You may have if baby rhinos and the closure of Lucky Brands doesn’t ring a bell.
This is probably the most crowded I’ve seen the JAMMitors in the American Gardens Theater over the last several months with only one person actively leaving and the other folks looking old enough that they’re in it for the long haul, even if the finale is me coming out for a 32-minute solo finale on the lute (banged against a microwave rather than elegantly played). As Disney describes them, “The streets of Epcot are alive with the syncopated sounds of the funkiest janitors around.” Given such an accurate description, I’m not sure what the gentleman who is currently hiding behind that tree, but also on his way out of the theater is thinking. It could be, “I’m going to need at least three more beers for this,” which is fair.
Disney may not be interested in offering us much of an update on Guardians of the Galaxy, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, TRON, the PLAY! Pavilion, or other attractions that may or may not be ready for the 50th anniversary, but they do have an update on how signs work:
Yes, typically, once you pass under the sign for the thing that you are going to, you are typically there. For example you might hear the driver say, “You are here” as you pull up to the Centra Care van after you ordered the fast food shrimp from ABC Commissary three straight times. Sometimes you have to balance that gurgling in your tum-tum with the irresistible flavors of grey, questionably-marinated seafood.
I thought this caption would be a little more helpful.
The signage isn’t a great departure from the current overhangs. Hopefully, the fact that the sign accurately reflects Walt Disney World as the “Most Magical Place on Earth” won’t stop the tourists from continuing to refer to WDW as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” If we can’t publicly chastise them for quoting Disneyland’s motto instead, what’s the point of going? We’ve already elbowed them to the ground and force-fed them three servings of ABC Commissary shrimp. In a surprise twist, I’m fine with people calling Disney World whatever they want. If WDW is the happiest place on earth for you, then go for it, even if it goes against millions of dollars worth of consulting and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of advertising. If you’re at Hollywood Studios, you probably have a lot of worse things to say than happy place. Nobody ever hears somebody say, “I hate it here, let’s leave,” only for some annoyingly peppy 20-year old to fly in and tell us that we’re actually in the Most Magical Place on Earth that Walt Disney built in South Dakota in 1912 and had flown to the swamps of Florida under the cover of darkness. “They opened the next day,” they would tell you.
Apparently, you can sign up for a virtual Food and Wine Experience for today:
You can sign up here. The JAMMitors even make their presence known virtually through your computer. They can now journey directly into your home. It’s like trying to run away from that Mulch, Sweat, and Shears band at Hollywood Studios when they were in an actual pickup truck and could drive after you while missing five out of every six notes of Journey’s “Faithfully.” Weren’t those the days. You can actually taste the Epcot Food and Wine Festival virtually from your home whenever you want. Just get a 1.5L bottle of Placido wine. It will be the $8 bottle on the bottom shelf of the Italian wines section, probably as a pinot grigio. Then drink it all and try to make a pizza with the ingredients that you have on hand. Voila! Flush three hundred dollars down the toilet and you’ve virtually-spent the day at the Italy booth.
Color me surprised, but Disney is going to offer enough merchandise for “The Mandalorian” to run that franchise into the ground. I’m just surprised that Mando Mondays aren’t “Presented by AdventHealth.” One wonders where they would have gone with it if “Monday” and “The Mandalorian” didn’t both start with the letter ‘M.’ “IG11 Thursdays” just don’t quite carry the same juice. You can pull up Disney’s full post on the merchandise here. If whatever you’re looking for, from a Mandalorian-branded Chainsaw for your outdoor tree trimming needs, to talking Salt and Pepper Shakers featuring “The Child” in four different poses, aren’t yet available, you can be sure that they will be by the end of the run.
We get going with the usual chart of Animal Kingdom’s daily average waits since the Park reopened:
As expected, waits dropped this week – a full ten minutes in Animal Kingdom’s case. You’d have to go back to September to find a day with a shorter average wait.
Here’s the chart:
And here’s what that looked like, with manageable waits all day outside of Pandora. Flight of Passage continues to enjoy its resurgence, pulling the overall average up compared to what we saw in July and August.
Here’s Epcot on Monday:
Waits at Epcot were well below-average and less than half of just two days ago. Waits at Frozen in particular are unusually short. Soarin’ sees a jump in the early afternoon, likely due to running at limited capacity rather than elevated demand. But this also would have been the best day to visit Epcot in several weeks.
Here’s the Studios:
It probably goes without saying that things didn’t go quite so well.
Here’s the chart:
It looks like Tower of Terror may have operated at half-capacity early and Toy Story Mania’s wait doesn’t drop as much as we usually see in the evening, but this is scarily-normal for the Studios. Even Muppet*Vision’s average wait is 34 minutes and you may well wait that long or longer to see the show. Monday’s 48.3-minute average is only about a minute longer than last week’s average. The average for the day is shorter than last week, but only because Tower of Terror saw fewer capacity problems this week, so it posted shorter waits.
Onto Magic Kingdom:
It was the best Monday to visit since the middle of September and one of the best days to visit in the last few weeks overall. Going back about a month, only five days saw shorter waits.
Here’s the chart:
The only thing that sticks out is the longer waits for Under the Sea ~ Mermaid ride in the late afternoon. With shorter waits elsewhere, you’d expect it to post five or ten minutes.
I’d expect the shorter waits to continue through Thursday.
Current Disney Park Pass Availability
Here’s November for Disney Resort Guests. The Theme Parks Tickets segment is basically the same:
It’s possible that November 24th is the first date in November that is showing no Park Pass availability for a Park that isn’t Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom. At one point, I think Magic Kingdom was sold out on Thanksgiving, too, but it’s showing availability again. The first couple of weeks remain wide open for the most part.
Every yellow day you see in December is due to the Studios running out of Park Passes (for now). The exception is Christmas Day, when Magic Kingdom is showing no availability. Very wholesome. I feel like I should sit through a second Voices of Liberty show.
The Studios remains unavailable on January 1st, 2021, but every other day should be wide open next year.
Here’s Passholders in November:
We haven’t focused much on Passholder availability, but the song remains the same there. Weekends remain significantly harder to book. More Parks are also filling around Thanksgiving.
Passholders enjoy a lot more availability in December with only the first couple of weekends filling. Without an attached resort stay, Passholders can only carry three Park Pass reservations at a time. So it makes sense that most people would be booking dates sooner rather than later.
It doesn’t look like there’s a Park that Passholders can’t book in 2021. What a life.
Good news for fans of the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli (Raviolo) at California Grill. It’s back, along with other new food items. It does sounds like it’s quite the different presentation, as it used to be served in a Tomato-Fennel Broth
Other new Menu Items:
- Potato Pizza – Yukon Gold New Potatoes, Madeira Onions, Sottocenere, Berkshire Prosciutto, Fresno Chili and Potato Chips – $22
- Heirloom Apple Salad – Apple Variations, Caramel-Apple Vinaigrette, Tête de Moine and Cider Doughnut $17
- Braised Beef Short Rib – Parsnip-Apple Purée, Miso-Black Vinegar Poached Baby Parsnip, Crispy Garlic and Daikon $62
Yak & Yeti also increased their kids’ menu prices by a dollar:
- Mac & Cheese price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Grilled Chicken Breast price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Chicken Tenders price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Stir-fry Noodles price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Mini Corn Dogs price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Teriyaki Chicken Breast price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Cheeseburger price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
- Chicken Fried Rice price changed from $9.79 to $10.79
Harambe Market in Animal Kingdom may also be looking to reopen soon with the some changes to the menu there. I would guess it would only be open on weekends.
Operating Schedule Changes
They should come Friday.
That should get you caught up.