We’ll stop by Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take advantage of some of the lowest crowds of the year in early October to check out some changes around the Park. We’ll be able to use what we see as a sort of barometer for later in the month, when crowds should rise.
Entertainment is an important part of place-making and the wealth of acts that you’ll see around Harambe are a big piece of what makes the area “feel” alive.
As you’re probably aware, Disney has raised the price of just about everything at Walt Disney World over the last month, including a big increase on snacks back during the first week of October. Around the same time, they also raised prices on buffets and character meals, along with the prices on most a la carte items at other restaurants. It can actually be a bit of a hassle to figure out how much most buffets and character meals cost because Disney doesn’t publish the exact figures due to the fact that they are subject to change seasonally. The following should offer a pretty good idea about what to expect, but keep in mind that you may see a $~3 increase if you’re dining around Christmas, Easter, or whenever Disney thinks demand is high enough that they can extract a few extra dollars from you.
Of note is the fact that standard character meal lunches and dinners now cost more than $57 for anyone aged ten or over and $34 for kids between the ages of three and nine. ‘Ohana dinner is also up to $57 for adults and $31 for kids, while we may just be one more price increase away from dinner at Trail’s End topping $40 for adults. It’s currently $39.41.
I’ve organized the list by location, beginning with the theme parks and then continuing on to the resorts. I’ve also linked to my most recent reviews with an occasional link to a compatriot’s site when the information is more up to date.
All prices include tax.
Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night:
- Adult: $133.13, Child: $105.44
- Adult: $24.49, Child: $13.84
- Adult: $79, Child: $47
- Lion King Dining Package Tier 1: Adult: $105.44, Child: $52.19
- Lion King Dining Package Tier 2: Adult: $78.81, Child: $30.89
- Rivers of Light Dining Package: Adult: $71.36, Child: $27.69
We’ll head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a little update on everything that’s going on over there.
This update will focus on menu changes and reviews of a few new items. We’ll then take a walk around and see what’s happening around the Park.
After spending the morning and early afternoon touring Future World, and running into the occasional construction wall hampering our efforts, we’ll now focus on “the progress” that you can currently expect to see inside and outside the Park.
We’ll begin outside, where work continues on the new tram loop and bag check areas.
Our morning at Epcot continues on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019.
I’ve had a very good day so far, thanks in part to the morning Extra Magic Hour, the low crowds, and my efficient way of going about things.
- Frozen Ever After: 8:30am – 8:37am
- Frozen Ever After: 8:38am – 8:50am
- Frozen Ever After: 8:50am – 9am
- Frozen Ever After: 9am – 9:09am
- Soarin’: 9:30am – 9:49am
- Living with the Land: 9:54am – 10:19am
- The Seas with Nemo: 10:31am – 10:41am
- Turtle Talk with Crush: 10:45am – 11:13am
- Journey into Imagination with Figment: 11:21am – 11:38am
At this point, I’ll begin to use my three FastPass+ selections. Since I’ve already experienced Frozen Ever After four times, in addition to Soarin’, the only Tier 1 FP+ ride that I haven’t yet visited is Test Track. From Tier 2, the rides I’ve yet to experience are Spaceship Earth and Mission: SPACE.
This is how I have things set up: