RideMax Assumptions for Animal Kingdom Plans After May 27th

Rivers of Light Entrance - Disney's Animal Kingdom

In the “thanks for your patience” department, I have some good news for Walt Disney World RideMax subscribers: As of today, our Animal Kingdom park hours now reflect the 11:00pm closing time for RideMax plans created for May 27th and later (or at least through July 2nd, which is the last date for which Disney has officially committed to staying open late).

It’s always a bit tricky putting together the behind-the-scenes wait time estimates RideMax will be using when we haven’t yet seen the scenario we’re trying to model, so I thought it might be helpful to go over some of the assumptions RideMax will be using. Note that I expect we’ll adjust the estimates and the assumptions once I’ve had the chance to experience the late evenings myself, beginning with an in-park visit on May 27th.

Highlights of our current assumptions include:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris and the DinoLand attractions will remain open until park closing, regardless of the time the park closes. Same goes for It’s Tough To Be A Bug.
  • Several attractions will continue to close around dusk. RideMax is specifically assuming that Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, and Maharajah Jungle Trek will fall into this category.
  • Expedition Everest will close sometime *before* the park closes, and RideMax plans will avoid having you get in line for this attraction after 8:30pm. The theory here is that Disney won’t want all of the noise from Everest to carry over into the new show area on Discovery River (in the same way in which California Screamin’ is closed during World of Color at DCA).

Regarding this last assumption (no Everest after 8:30pm), we’ll have to see how this plays out in practice, but I’ve noticed that for all of the dates after May 27th for which I can see FP+ availability, the latest Everest time slot begins at 7:25pm, which means the FP+ window closes at 8:25pm. My guess (and I know it’s just a guess), is that Disney wants to have everyone off the ride by about 9:00pm, so that they can “get on with the show” playing on the river.

As I said, these seem like reasonable assumptions for now, and I expect we’ll be modifying them once we’ve seen everything in practice the evening of May 27th.

Disney hasn’t yet released actual show times for the new Jungle Book show, but you can expect to see this listed in RideMax soon after the announcement is made.

Stay tuned!


MyMagic+ App Enhancements in Action, Rivers of Light Construction Progress

My Disney Experience Enhancements - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

One big hassle with FastPass+ at Walt Disney World is that until this month, guests were only allowed to make three FP+ reservations on their own — you had to visit an in-park kiosk once you used those first three if you wanted to schedule additional FP+ experiences.

Well, Disney has just enhanced their iPhone and Android apps to allow guests to make their own fourth (and more) FastPass+ selections using a mobile device, rather than visiting an in-park kiosk. You have to make the additional reservations one at a time — and only after using your first three — but for those who end up using this feature, it holds some hope of cutting down on the hassle we saw in my previous post with insane lines at the FastPass+ kiosks during spring break.

I downloaded the new version of the app to my iPhone and gave the feature a whirl last Monday, April 11th. Before I begin, I will note that the week of April 11th saw much lower crowds than the week before, as the “Easter rush” had sort of died down a bit by then.

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RideMax Updated for New Early Morning Magic Program at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World recently announced a new separately-ticketed event for the Magic Kingdom called Extra Morning Magic. It basically consists of early morning access to three attractions in Fantasyland, plus breakfast.

Those who purchase tickets for this event (at $69 for adults and $59 for kids) will be allowed into Fantasyland at 7:45am, when they can experience Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight before the park opens to regular guests at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served at the Village Haus Restaurant until 10:00am.

So far, announced dates for the event are the following Tuesdays and Saturdays:

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Spring Break 2016 RideMax Test at the Magic Kingdom, Part II: FastPass+ Kiosk Insanity, Small World Letdown, Fort Langhorn, Pecos Bill’s Cafe Lunch Review

Welcome back to Part II of my spring break 2016 RideMax test at the Magic Kingdom. As you recall from Part I, I’m using the following RideMax plan on Tuesday, March 22nd, to visit the Magic Kingdom:

Spring Break 2016 Magic Kingdom RideMax Test - Walt Disney World

It’s now 9:52am, and so far in Part I we’ve already completed everything up to and including the Haunted Mansion, along with Madame Leota’s shrimp taco speech. Next up on today’s plan is “it’s a small world.”

it's a small world - Short Wait - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Our RideMax plan has allotted eight minutes for this, so taking a look at the wait time above, you might be encouraged…

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Spring Break RideMax Test at the Magic Kingdom, Part I: Rope Drop to Mine Train, Happy Duck, Buzz Lightyear Target Tips, Madame Leota’s Shrimp Taco Rant

Rope Drop at the Magic Kingdom
Rope Drop at the Magic Kingdom, March 22, 2016. This view never gets old. 😉

This post is part one of my visit to the Magic Kingdom this past Tuesday, March 22nd, during the busiest period of spring break. Like the RideMax Roulette visits I’ve done previously, I took along a RideMax plan to see how well things would hold up on such a busy day.

Before I get started, I should warn you that I got a bit carried away with this recap of my visit, so I split it into two separate posts. The recap contains northward of 250 images total. Even split in two, it’s still a very large download for each half.

I just warn you about the post size especially if you’re on a cellular data plan with limited data — you may want to read this someplace you have a fast (and free) wifi connection. 🙂

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