State of the Kingdom March 2014

State of the Kingdom March 2014

Spring break is in full swing in Walt Disney World and so are updates across the property.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be in soft opening in April. The long anticipated re-do of Splash Mountain is almost done, but the buzz is all about the painting update to the castle. The spires are currently silver but this, I am told, is the base coat for the blue we are more accustomed to seeing.
The moat is drained to make way for the new FP+ viewing areas for the parades and fireworks.

The initial phase of the hub refurbishment is underway, and entire areas on either side of the Main Street bridge are sealed off, including the lower level yellow umbrella seating area by the Plaza Restaurant, the shortcut path over the bridge to the right, and the popcorn stand at the southeast corner of the hub (it has been moved to a temporary location to Adventureland). The seldom used, Swan Boat pavilion has been removed.
The project to enclose the outdoor covered seating area at Ray’s Starlight has been completed. Casey’s is fully open and the new outdoor seating area looks great.

The wheels of progress are spinning elsewhere on the property, the front parking lot at Polynesian is under refurbishment and half is closed off, and the entry area and car turnaround for the new DVC off to the east side of the resort (in the closed off service area) is nearing completion.

Epcot has the The Flower and Garden Festival in full swing. This year many food offerings have been added.

Downtown Disney is under major construction in the parking lot and the old Pleasure Island areas. Many buildings have been removed and construction walls are up all over the parking lot as they make way for the new parking garage.

Animal Kingdom has big changes in the works. Avatar Land is under construction, with Festival of the Lion King moving to a new location.

Disney Hollywood Studios old rumors continue. We shall see if these rumored “lands” come to be.

The express monorail from the Magic Kingdom Resorts to the park will be back in full operation at the end of March.

How to get difficult Fastpass+ reservations from My Disney Experience

How to get difficult Fastpass+ reservations from My Disney Experience

JE Greenwood:

I could try to explain how to get these Fastpass + reservations but Kenny the Pirate said it best.

Originally posted on KennythePirate Disney World Guide:

This could be really easy to understand or I could blow it big time :)

Kelly wrote me to ask why she couldn’t find Fastpass+ (FP+) reservations for her group of 5 to meet Anna and Elsa in May even though she is within her 60 day window for guests staying at a Disney resort.  I recommended using a strategy that I used yesterday afternoon at Hollywood Studios to get Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Tours in the afternoon when Rock n Roller Coaster didn’t have group availability.

Here’s what you can do:

Book reservations for ONE person, then either COPY those reservations to one or more at a time or continue to book them ONE PERSON AT A TIME until you get them all regardless of the return time.  You could then play with the times a bit.  It’s easier to adjust the times on…

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to eliminate paper Fastpasses in move to become Fastpass+ only


JE Greenwood:

Fun article on the Fastpass+ program.

Originally posted on KennythePirate Disney World Guide:

The zombiepocalypse has begun!  The sky is falling!  The British are coming!  Paper Fastpass is gone!  Well, going soon anyway.  Beginning January 14, the Magic Kingdom will join the Animal Kingdom in becoming a Fastpass+ ONLY park.  From January 14, 2014 onward the Magic Kingdom will no longer offer Legacy or paper Fastpass machines within the park.  Guests staying at a Walt Disney World hotel will continue to be allowed to book their Fastpass+ options up to 60 days in advance using My Disney Experience and offsite guests will be required to book and or change their Fastpass+ options within the park at kiosks only.

At this time the Magic Kingdom will allow guests to choose any 3 Fastpass+ options that are available that day in the park.

What attractions are available?

  • it’s a small world
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted…

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Disney World’s MyMagic+ Magic Bands to Roll Out Property Wide

Disney World’s MyMagic+ Magic Bands to Roll Out Property Wide

The MyMagic+ testing is set to expand across Disney World, to include all Walt Disney World Resort hotels by the end of January 2014. With MyMagic+, guests will be given a MagicBand in place of the Key to the World Card for all MyMagic+ functions, including park admission, touch-to-pay, touch-to-enter, and FastPass+.

You may still request Key to the World cards, but they will not be able to be used for legacy FASTPASS machine use.

By the end of January 2014, all Walt Disney World Resort Guests will be using FastPass+, and will not have access to the traditional FASTPASS system.

Here is the schedule:
•Jan. 6 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
•Jan. 7 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
•Jan. 8 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
•Jan. 9 – Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Spring Resort
•Jan. 10 – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
•Jan. 13 – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
•Jan. 14 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
•Jan. 15 – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
•Jan. 16 – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
•Jan. 17 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort
•Jan. 20 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation~~A Photo Tour

Disney’s Art of Animation~~A Photo Tour

2013 in review


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