You can pull up the last update here.
The biggest news of the day is Disney moving the first Rise of the Resistance boarding group release of the day to 7am and eliminating the requirement that each person scan in at the Park to be eligible to ride. That “pilot” begins November 3rd. I have a separate post with thoughts on the ramifications that the change may bring here. I think the bottom line is that most people will be annoyed with an alarm going off at 6:58am, but likely have a better chance at joining a boarding group before confidently leaving the room in the morning for Hollywood Studios. I’m not sure it will have a great effect on the morning rush to the priority rides, but we’ll see in a few days.
While “surrounded by acrylic sheeting” wasn’t necessarily the way I saw my 2020 ending, the plastic barriers in between the rows on the Rise of the Resistance ride vehicles should increase throughput and allow Disney to distribute and call over more boarding groups over the course of the day. More people being able to ride is probably only a good thing. I’d still prefer to sit in the front.
Disney Parks Blog has a nice post about the U.S. Air Force Flyover here.
Otherwise, I don’t think there’s anything we’re not getting to.
— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) October 29, 2020
That sign we saw a few days ago with the hand-painted gold leaf waiting in the wings now hangs above the entrance to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Forget trying to steal an Animatronic or some wardrobe piece. I’m going straight for the gold sign.
Here’s our familiar chart of Animal Kingdom’s daily average waits since the Park reopened:
Some of the lowest waits that we’ve seen in about a month continue.
Here’s today’s chart:
Thursday’s average was a minute longer than Wednesday’s average, but this is as good as it’s been for a while.
It was another of the three best days in the last month to visit Epcot. Frozen and Test Track still start out on the rougher side, but both see more manageable waits in the late afternoon and evening. Soarin’s average of 10-minutes is indicative of low crowds in Future World most of the day.
And the Studios:
I don’t know if there’s anything in this world that I enjoy less than not threatening heavier crowds and wait times at Hollywood Studios, but the last two days were also among the best to visit the Park in the last six weeks. You’d have to go back to the week of September 6th before you’d see a weekly average below 35 minutes. Each of the last two days were under that.
Here’s yesterday’s chart:
I would never say that I want to be at Hollywood Studios, but this would be a good time to go through the website’s touring plan, deem it a great success, and then forget about it when the 45+ minute average waits return during the second week of November, if not before that. Slinky had been starting the day at 110 or 120 minutes, but gets going at “just” an hour here. The Railway comes down from 90 minutes instead of going up to 110 minutes. Even Muppet*Vision’s average wait is almost under 20 minutes. Enjoy it while it lasts because it’s going to be *checks watch* Saturday when things heat up.
And Magic Kingdom:
You’d have to rewind all the way back to August 30th to find a week with an average wait under 20 minutes. Both Wednesday and Thursday were below that and were among the best days to visit in months.
Here’s the chart for Thursday:
18 minutes. It takes me right back to September, only with a 90-degree high instead of a 94-degree high. How the seasons turn in Florida.
Overall, if you visited this week, at least up until this Saturday, you’re probably wondering what all the hubbub about elevated crowd levels in October was all about. Well, you timed it just right. And you can spend the next couple of years talking about how crowds in October 2020 weren’t really all that bad. Even if they were during the previous few weeks.
Current Disney Park Pass Availability
Disney actually replenished Park Pass availability again during the first three weeks in November for both Disney Resort Guests and Theme Park Tickets Guests. So if there was something you were looking for that was previously unavailable, go get it. Or book every day at the Studios and then prepare to switch the Park out for something else when you get shut out of a boarding group from the comfort of the Ramada Inn on seven consecutive mornings. What a time to be alive.
Every day in December is now yellow for Disney Resort Guests and Theme Park Tickets Guests. The Studios is currently out of Park Passes on every day except for Christmas, when Magic Kingdom is the only Park without availability. Very wholesome. I feel like I should go to Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue with Giant Chip and Dale or something.
We also now have the second day in 2021 where a Park is unavailable. And yes, it’s the second day of 2021, and it’s Hollywood Studios.
You can always pull up a live version of this calendar here.
Today’s Happy Memory
Laura sent this nice message in. If you’d like to share one of your own, send it along to email@example.com. Just don’t make me cry my own tears.
Operating Schedule Changes
They should come Friday.
It doesn’t look like a whole lot. Disney’s partnership with the Cuties brand of mandarin orange may be coming to an end. They were the official citrus fruit of Walt Disney World and Disneyland for the last two years. If you didn’t know that, then that may be why the partnership, which started this month two years ago, may be ending. It could also just be a coincidence that Cuties are coming off some menus.
Centertown Market at Caribbean Beach Resort now offers more allergy information on their menu.
Just in case you’re wondering what California Grill is serving up, and at what prices, some of the these options are new, while others are mainstays:
- Dessert Wines, Port, Sherry & Madeira (3-oz pour)
- Inniskillin Vidal Icewine, Niagra Peninisula VQA ’16 – $33 Per Serving
- Dolce “Late Harvest”, Napa Valley ’12 – $40 Per Serving
- Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, S. Africa ’13 – $36 Per Serving
- Kracher Beerenauslese Cuvée, Burgenland, Austria ’17 – $24 Per Serving
- Pacific Rim Frambroise, Washington – $12 Per Serving
- Quady “Essencia” Orange Muscat, California ’15 – $10 Per Serving
- Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu, Tokaji – $17 Per Serving
- Yalumba Museum Antique Tawny, SE Australia – $11 Per Serving
- Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal ’12 – $10 Per Serving
- Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Port, Napa Valley – $21 Per Serving
- Fonseca Porto 20yr Tawny, Portugal – $14 Per Serving
- Taylor Fladgate 1969 Single Harvest Porto, Portugal – $76 Per Serving
- Taylor Fladgate 1863 Single Harvest Rare Tawny, Portugal – $1000 Per Serving
- Broadbent 10yr Malmsey, Madeira – $12 Per Serving
- Hennessy Paradis (2-oz pour) – $170 Per Serving
- Rémy Martin VSOP (2-oz pour) – $19 Per Serving
- Richard Henessy (1-oz pour) – $189 Per Serving
- Rémy Martin Louis XIII “The Perfect Pour” (1/2-oz pour) – $90 Per Serving
- Rémy Martin Louis XIII “The Perfect Pour” (1-oz pour) – $175 Per Serving
- Rémy Martin Louis XIII “The Perfect Pour” (1 1/2-oz pour) – $250 Per Serving
- Rémy Martin Louis XIII “The Perfect Pour” (2-oz pour) – $300 Per Serving
- Whisky (2-oz pour)
- Glenfiddich 12-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – $16 Per Serving
- Glenmorangie 10-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Northern Highlands – $17 Per Serving
- Highland Park 18-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islands-Orkney – $32 Per Serving
- Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky, Scotland – $40 Per Serving
- Laphroaig 10-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay – $17 Per Serving
- Oban 14-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Highlands – $23 Per Serving
- The Glenlivet 12-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – $16 Per Serving
- The Macallan 12-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – $40 Per Serving
- The Macallan 25-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside – $250 Per Serving
- Bunnahabhain 40-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay (1/2-oz pour) – $180 Per Serving
- Bunnahabhain 40-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay (1-oz pour) – $360 Per Serving
- Bunnahabhain 40-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay (1 1/2-oz pour) – $540 Per Serving
- Bunnahabhain 40-yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay (2-oz pour) – $720 Per Serving
- Bushmills 16-yr Single Malt Irish Whiskey – $20 Per Serving
- Jameson Irish Whiskey – $15 Per Serving
- Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey – $15 Per Serving
- Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2-oz pour)
- Labrot & Graham “Woodford Reserve” Distillers Select – $16 Per Serving
- Willett Pot Still Reserve – $17 Per Serving
- Disney Select Knob Creek Small Batch – $17 Per Serving
- Blanton’s Single Barrel – $19 Per Serving
- Booker’s Noe – $20 Per Serving
- Maker’s Mark – $15 Per Serving
The Louis XIII really is that good.
That should get you caught up.