In case you haven’t noticed, even with the upcoming Star Wars attractions still many months away, there are a LOT of changes happening at Disney’s theme parks lately. And as a result, that “fool-proof” game plan you used to visit the parks several months ago is probably now broken.
Consider the changes that have occurred over just the past few months:
At Disneyland, the Matterhorn Bobsleds now offers FastPass. This is a handy option if you arrive early enough in the day to use it, but it has also led to much longer standby lines as well.
Also at Disneyland, old FastPass loophole which allowed you to get a Buzz Lightyear FastPass regardless of whether you just grabbed one elsewhere, is now closed. Buzz is connected to the rest of the FastPass system now, just like any other ride.
At Disney California Adventure, the old Tower of Terror attraction has been completely rethemed as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The popularity of the new theme, along with changes to the ride itself, has led to lines far exceeding what you’re familiar seeing with the old version of the ride.
Also at DCA, Toy Story Midway Mania now offers FastPass. Like the Matterhorn, this is a handy option for FastPass users, but has the tradeoff of a longer standby queue.
On the east coast, Disney’s Animal Kingdom now offers the entirely new “land,” Pandora – The World of Avatar. Pandora is complete with two new attractions themed after the Avatar movie, as well as new food options which didn’t exist before. These new attractions are drawing huge crowds, with the standby line for the more popular of the two, Avatar Flight of Passage, quoted at 125 minutes as I write this. Above is the scene a few days ago just waiting to get into Pandora before the park opened.
As you can imagine, all of these changes also add up to new “optimum” ways of visiting these parks, and it’s been interesting to me to see how much those RideMax plans have changed over last year’s plans, reflecting the changes happening in the parks.
I mention these changes for at least couple of reasons. First, if you see RideMax plans that look different from RideMax plans you’ve used before, you’ll know why. And second, if you’ve already developed your own touring strategy, you might want to look at that strategy again in light of all the recent changes in the parks.
Of course, if you are using RideMax to plan your visit, look for updated tips relating to the new attractions, and stay tuned for more changes in the future.
Have you seen any of these new changes yourself? How did you like them? Let me know in the comments below!