Comments welcome. Most attractions have a solid connection found in a wide variety of sources. Some of these attractions I haven’t been able to begin to guess.
THRC – Theoretical Hourly Ride Capacity
OHRC – Operational Hourly Ride Capacity (during a peak time)
FP+ allocation – is a pure guess at 70% based on observations.
% attendance – shows what percent of a daily population could actually book a FP+. So, with the Mine Train, only 24% of the people in a 60,000 population day could actually schedule a FP+ for this ride.
|Magic Kingdom 14 hour day||THRC||OHRC||Daily Capacity||FP+ allocation||% attendance|
|Big Thunder N.R.||1500||1350||18900||13230||0.2205|
|Peter Pan’s Flight||800||720||10080||7056||0.1176|
|Buzz Lightyear Ranger Spin||800||720||10080||7056||0.1176|
|Pirates of Caribbean||3200||2880||40320||28224||0.4704|
|Winnie the Pooh||850||765||10710||7497||0.12495|
|Under the Sea||2200||1980||27720||19404||0.3234|
|Dumbo the Flying Elepahnt||1000||900||12600||8820||0.147|
|It’s a Small World||3000||2700||37800||26460||0.441|
|Mad Tea Party||850||765||10710||7497||0.12495|
|Magic Carpets of Aladdin||550||495||6930||4851||0.08085|
|7 Dwarf Mine Train||1650||1485||20790||14553||0.2425|
|Meet Ariel at Her Grotto||0||0||0||0|
|Celebrate a Dream Come Parade||0||0||0||0|
|Meet Mickey Town Square||0||0||0||0|
|Enchanted Tales w Belle||300||270||3780||2646||0.0441|
|Magic Kingdom Totals:||249165||4.1|
|Epcot 12 hour day||THRC||OHRC||Daily Capacity||FP+ allocation||% attendance|
|Soarin (3 theaters)||2088||1879||22550||15785||0.41|
|Frozen Ever After||1000||900||10800||7560||0.2|
|Journey into Imagination||2200||1980||23760||16632||0.44|
|The Seas with Nemo||2200||1980||23760||16632||0.44|
|Living with the Land||1600||1440||17280||12096||0.32|
|Meet Disney Pals at Epcot||0||0||0||0|
|Turtle Talk with Crush||0||0||0||0|
|Hollywood Studios 13 Hour Day||THRC||OHRC||Daily Capacity||FP+ allocation||% attendance|
|Tower of Terror||2000||1800||23400||16380||0.468|
|Toy Story Midway Mania (+3rd track)||2400||2160||25920||18,144||0.518|
|The Great Movie Ride||2400||2160||28080||19656||0.5616|
|Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular||10000||7000||0.2|
|Beauty & Beast Stage||7500||5250||0.15|
|Animal Kingdom 10 Hour Day||THRC||OHRC||Daily Capacity||FP+ allocation||Attendance|
|Kali River Rapids||1800||1620||19440||13608||0.388|
|It’s Tough to Be a Bug||2000||1800||21600||15120||0.432|
|Avatar: Flight of Passage (projected)||1600||1440||17280||12096||0.345|
|Na’vi River Journey||1200||1080||12960||9072||0.259|
|Festival of Lion King||1375||8250||5775||0.165|
|Meet and Greet||200||2000||1400||0.043|
|Animal Kingdom Totals||111,167||3.18|
I have noticed a trend at empty restaurants in Walt Disney World. They are increasingly willing to turn people away who do not have reservations. After they enforced a credit card guarantee that only allows cancelling 24 hours in advance or you incur a $10.00 fee per person if you decide not to go to the restaurant, I stopped making reservations and rely on walking up. This guarantee practice may be necessary for character meals or the popular venues in busy times, it is not good business for empty locations. I don’t understand why they frown upon walk-ups in a resort? Here are two examples from our most recent trip.
We were sitting in Old Key West waiting for our room at 9:30 am and Olivia’s was nearly empty. So, I jumped up and walked inside to the host, and asked if we could have a table on the patio to enjoy some breakfast and bloody marys. She asked if we had a reservation, (which we didn’t) then said “it will be at least a half hour.” I discussed this with her, and asked her to give me a reason for this. She had no answer other than it would be a half hour. If I went on the app to make a reservation, I could get one in a half hour. Strange. My parting comment to the host, “So you are turning away four bloody marys and breakfast in an empty restaurant?” And she said, “I can take care of you in a half hour or you can go to the bar when it opens at 11:00.” The next morning I talked to the manager of the restaurant and explained our conversation, and he said he had no idea why she behaved that way, they do not have a policy for this. Except it happened to me in 2017 also. Twice! So there is some kind of training taking place.
As you can see in the photos above we walked up to Spice Road Table at 11:30 am and asked to sit on the terrace to enjoy a few small plates and cocktails. Of course they asked if we had a reservation, (we did not of course) then suggested that we stand at the full service bar. What the hell? There was one couple inside and the terrace was completely empty (as it usually is). I suggested that they let us sit on the terrace, and they acquiesced. But why the antagonism?
Not quite the same situation, but at the new Geyser Point bar and restaurant at Wilderness lodge we walked up to vacant restaurant at about 2:00 pm. We grabbed some comfortable chairs and starting looking for cocktails. The host immediately came over and chastised us for skipping the hostess stand. It’s an open air building with lots of entrances. We didn’t notice the small “see host stand for seating” sign. No problem, I just don’t understand the aggressiveness at nearly empty restaurants.
We do not have this problem at lounges like the Brown Derby Lounge and Tutto Gusto. They love to see us walk up and stay awhile. The Duck Sliders and Blood Orange Cocktails are delicious. At Tutto Gusto we drink $14.00 Moretti’s and have overpriced cheese plates. But they want our business, so we oblige.
And one place you do need a reservation is California Grill during fireworks. You can have mine, because I am wore out by the experience. Once again the hosts seem crabby. I can understand having to turn away so many people all the time from the fireworks, but it shouldn’t be transferred to those that have booked reservations.
Disney Dining is a tricky business, they seem to be making unnecessarily difficult to get a table.
Here are the places that I have found to be welcoming of walkups: Narcoossee’s, Tokyo Dining, Marrakesh, Nine Dragons, Skipper Canteen (sometimes), Tiffins, Yak n Yeti, Sanaa, The Wave (extremely welcoming), ESPN, Swan and Dolphin locations.
Those that I have found to be obstructionists during even slow times ranked from most infuriating to moderately rude: La Hacienda, Kona, Olivia’s, Grand Floridian Cafe, Tony’s, Jiko, and Spice Road Table.
A quick five day trip netted these photos. My favorite 12 out of 379 photos taken.
We ended our five day WDW excursion with a visit to the Edison in Disney Springs. During lunch the place was wide open. It was a great place to escape the heat and wander through the enormous place. The Steampunk decor gave us plenty to look at and talk about during lunch.
In 2008 the family went to Key West, but we forgot to try the Key Lime Pie. So when we got back we started planning on our next adventure in WDW – the great Key Lime Pie adventure. In 2009 we visited twice that summer and during the trips we tasted every key lime pie on property. The Chocolate Crusted Key Lime from the Grand Floridian Cafe had a perfect score. So we continued to visit the cafe every trip for the pie. Along the way we shared it with many friends.
Then in 2015 a new chef showed up and promptly took it off the menu. We were stunned and abandoned the Grand Floridian Cafe.
So last week I wrote a letter to guest services to request a pie as a surprise for our group, and today it all worked out. The magic of Pie.
With the recent announcements about a new Spaced Themed restaurant by Mission Space and the addition of an E-ticket Guardians of the Galaxy ride probably where Universe of Energy exists right now. The Imagineer hinted that even more is coming to World Showcase in the form of additional attractions connecting the Disney movies to the Nation Pavilions. Using Frozen Ever After and the Arendelle expansion as a model, Disney plans on adding the Disneyland Paris Ratatouille ride to the vacant lot next to France. They will be updating the China 360 movie, and they hinted at more. The full details and 9 minute video announcement here…D23 2017 Announcements
What additions make the most sense?
- The Africa section is equivalent to three pavilions, so that would be easiest place to build and create something new. This might be too much of an overhaul.
- The easiest solution would be to add “Whole New World” Jasmine and Aladdin ride in the vacant lot between Japan and Morocco. The little meet and greet area in the back of the Morocco stores doesn’t really accommodate the Jasmine/Aladdin demand.
- Then there is the opening between Germany and Italy. From a movie standpoint – it would make sense to put a Pinocchio ride (Italy) or Tangled (Germany) and of course Snow White would be simple.
- My favorite option would be to add the Disneyland’s Alice and Wonderland to the United Kingdom area.
Let’s hope they keep expanding…
There are places to go at WDW to avoid the madness and crowds. Here are three of them. Being in Epcot at 11:00 ready to eat is one of the most relaxing parts of my trips. The ferries provide me endless entertainment. It’s a Small World reminds of what made WDW special. Innovation.
I never visited the Adventurer’s Club before it was closed down, but there are hints of it still floating around. So, we went off in search of finding a little of that magic. We started at the Jambo House, and we stumbled on to this artifact in the Zawadi Marketplace.
A cast member at the desk suggested that we try the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd at the Magic Kingdom. The entire staff is made up of Jungle adventurers. Off we went. Along the way, we were sidetracked by the allure of the Tiki Birds.
They sang of mysteries in the Jungle and treasure that we should seek.
And warned us to be on the look out for danger…
Upon arriving at the Skipper Canteen, we knew immediately that we were in the right spot. The servers talked in riddles and clues were embedded throughout the building…
We needed to stock up on food, so we ordered Cachapas (incredible) Shu Mai, Falefel, and duck confit noodle bowls.
And enjoyed Sangria in the Magic Kingdom…
From the clues at the Navigation Company and tips from the servers we knew we must set off to explore the major rivers of the world. So we took a cruise.
During the journey, we spent most of the time in de Nile. We avoided anacondas, gators, hippos, and waterfalls and finally found who we were looking for…
Trader Sam said, “I’ll give you a clue – if you want to experience the Adventurer’s Club you need to find the Grog Grotto. I will tell you know more.”
My band of intrepid explorers traveled by boat across the Seven Seas Lagoon to Polynesia and there we found excitement.
We found fire!
And Captain Nemo and the Nautilus – A true adventurer.
Shortly after we ran out of money, we made our way back to Africa. And after an arduous journey we stopped in to the Nomad Lounge.
The server immediately came up to us and winked. He led us to a special table and said, “We have been waiting for you.” He brought out a specially brewed beer for the Nomad Club.
He smiled, and said, “Kungaloosh!”
These are a few of my favorite things at Walt Disney World. I wish I didn’t have to pay a $600+ cover charge to enjoy the food. But nonetheless, I pay – and I enjoy.
Based on the chart below, it looks like Disney Animal Kingdom after Pandora opens will still have less High Quality Ride Capacity than Hollywood Studios. If Animal Kingdom sees a spike in their attendance and there will be a high demand for the new rides (Avatar: Flight of Passage & Na’vi River River Journey), then it seems that tiers are inevitable.
Magic Kingdom (No Tiers)
Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios (Tiers)
Disney Animal Kingdom – After Pandora Opens (Tiers?)
|Magic Kingdom||Epcot||Hollywood Studios||Disney Animal Kingdom|
|Total FP+ Capacity||249165||108017||112728||105475|
|High Quality FP+ Capacity||149500||44513||65922||62860|
|Average Quality FP+ Capacity||99665||63504||46806||42615|
|% of Quality FP+ Capacity||0.60||0.41||0.58||0.60|
|# FP+ per Average Attendance||4.15||2.70||3.22||3.01|
|# FP+ per High Attendance||2.77||1.80||2.05||1.76|
|# High Quality FP+ per High Attendance||1.66||0.74||1.20||1.05|