I finished up the last few days of the September 2012 daily analysis.
There were a few changes to the operating schedule next week. The February 2012 Crowd Calendar has been updated with those changes listed at the top of the page. Basically, Magic Kingdom’s close was extended on a couple of nights and the Studios has an 8pm close and a second Fantasmic on February 26th. Although the second Fantasmic starts at 8:30pm, anyone is welcome to attend that show even if it’s “officially” during evening Extra Magic Hours. Main Street Electrical Parade is also scheduled at 10pm and 12am during the One More Disney Day on February 29th.
Instead of just copy/pasting the One More Disney Day schedule like some websites, you can view the original information over at WDWMAGIC here. That includes character meet and greet times, the entertainment schedule, restaurant hours, merchandise “opportunities” and more. Check out the schedule in a different looking format here. Your dedicated author is planning to attend the “One More Disney Day” for five or ten minutes in the late evening/early morning. Or however long it takes me to stumble in at 3am and pass out at Tomorrowland Terrace.
Per Disney Parks Blog, Snow White’s Scary Adventures will close at the end of the day on May 31st. It will be replaced by a Princess Meet and Greet as part of “New Fantasyland” at some point in the future. “Among the first experiences to open will be one carousel of Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a re-themed Barnstormer starring the Great Goofini and the Fantasyland Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad.” So in reality, we’re getting Dumbo, the Barnstormer, and the Toon Town Train Station back. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Look for those three to open officially by “late March” with “soft openings” possible at some point earlier.
I was at Epcot from 8:30am to around 1pm today (Thursday) to check on the current “opening procedure” and Presidents Week crowds. As we’ve seen in the recent past, there is a two minute recorded spiel that begins at 8:45am and ends at 8:47am. At 8:47am, guests are let through the turnstiles and can venture to any Future World attraction without any ropes or barriers. By the time I got to the Fountain at 8:50am, guests were streaming into Future World from the International Gateway, meaning guests were let through the turnstiles around the same time. I don’t see any reason for Epcot Deluxe Resort guests to concern themselves with getting to the front of Epcot via a taxi or other means. I took about 400 pictures and will put together a full post in the near future.
I think that’s it for now.