Disney’s Animal Kingdom Changes Reflected in RideMax… Soon!

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest

As something of a personal note for Walt Disney World subscribers to RideMax, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we’re still listing the “old” park hours for Disney’s Animal Kingdom for dates beginning on May 27th, which marks the start of Disney’s new nighttime experiences available there, including the after-dark rides on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

I wanted to personally give some very focused attention to the behind-the-scenes-data that RideMax will be relying on for the new schedule, but came back to Orlando from a recent vacation more sick than I’ve been in a long time. Knowing that I’d want to be fully-coherent when putting the new wait time estimates together (or at least as coherent as I normally am), I decided to wait until I’m off the meds before I focus on these changes in earnest.

The good news (well, for me at least) is that I’m starting to feel better as we head into the weekend, and I do hope to get on the changes next week.

So, my apologies for the delay, and please stay tuned!

Note that I also plan to be in the park the evening of May 27th, both to look at the wait times up-close, as well as to personally experience Kilimanjaro Safaris (and hopefully the new Jungle Book show) after dark, so keep an eye on the blog here for pictures and updates on the new changes once everything has opened.

Even without Rivers of Light, these are still some exciting changes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and I, for one, am glad to see them coming!



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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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2016 Food Reviews Part III, Dooney & Bourke Disney Handbags, Larger Grouper Portion Size, Garden Rocks Concert Schedule, Downton Abbey Merchandise

Epcot Eiffel Tower in Spring - Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2016

This begins the third and final installment of our Epcot Flower & Garden food reviews, and I thought I’d start and end with some merchandise this time, just to mix things up a bit.

(For those that missed the previous installments, I recommend reviewing our Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2016 Part I and Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2016 Part II before proceeding. Part I is especially helpful, as it contains all of the menus.)

The Dooney & Bourke handbag above was made especially for the 2016 Flower & Garden Festival, and will run you $248 plus tax. As with most merchandise, annual passholders are eligible for a 10% discount.

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