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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|
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|
After reading about the Fastpass+ experience for 10 months, I was able to test it myself for the Food and Wine festival in October 2013. There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the magicband and all of its powers. The biggest misconception about the device is that it has been designed to make the customer’s life easier. This may happen for a large number of people, but that is not the reason. I was traveling with a savvy group of people, and we could appreciate the marketing gold mine the magicbands bring and also easily identified the irritating aspects we will have to get used to managing.
Benefits that everybody will like (even with the tradeoffs):
- getting to the park in afternoon and having three fastpasses in hand for popular rides. We showed up to Epcot on arrival day at 7:00 pm, and we were still able to ride Soarin and TestTrack with FP+.
- not having to run all over the parks to collect fastpasses, we scheduled them from the room before we left.
- the magicbands were a fun option to use to access the World of Disney.
- the photopass option connected the magicband was very effective and seemed easier and more fun.
- at some point, the interactive queue and ride elements will be fun. We could see the monitors in It’s a Small World that are primed to send us our own personal goodbye once everyone is on the band and everything goes live.
Obvious Marketing Aspects:
- We can see that we are going to be hit with advertisements
- People are going to be glued to their phones to follow their plans
- Fastpass+ reservations are going to be used by Disney to move people around parks and point them to specific parks
- It will be easier to spend money
- Disney will be able to track our every move and use the data for targeted advertising.
Obvious Drawbacks in the future:
- We could already see that shortages of Fastpasses were occurring. Fastpasses will need to be grabbed early for some of the big rides.
- We can see a time and fully expect to have pay for extra fastpasses in the future.
- Only having a limited amount of fastpasses does cause problems. Going to the Magic Kingdom is a great example. We used priority viewing for Wishes leaving us only two FP+ for the entire day. If you use another one on Enchanted Tales with Belle (the only way I would visit that attraction), that leaves 1 for Splash Mountain, Big Thunder, Peter Pan, Big Thunder, Mine Train Ride (someday), and even Jungle Cruise.
- It does take longer to get into the Fastpass line with the bands than having a castmember simply collect a paper pass. The technology is not forgiving either. IF your Mickey Head turns blue and you lose a scheduled fastpass based on technology, I would be angry. This happened to me on the Great Movie Ride (because it was testing time period, I was still let in. But I had to deal with the castmembers again at the second check point).
- It is frustrating not being able to hop from park to park with fastpasses.
- The website/app interface is terribly unreliable and clunky. Hopefully this will get better.
Overall, my travel group loved the magicbands for the reasons listed above, but we can see how this will lose it shine when everyone is using the system and fastpass+ become more difficult to obtain.
What everyone wants is to be able to grab fastpasses every two hours like before, but schedule a specific time rather than be given a random time. This would save the running around the parks and also provide the flexibility people want. But this is not what has been planned.
Best plan of attack for the most rides in a day using only three fastpasses:
- At Magic Kingdom – skip the parades and fireworks and take advantage of the very short lines at that time. NEVER schedule a fastpass during a parade or fireworks at any park.
- At Animal Kingdom – arrive after 2:00 pm and take advantage of walk on rides even in peak times.
- I have no suggestions for Epcot or Hollywood Studios. I can tell you this, the wait times are never as long as posted at Hollywood Studios – no idea why at that park on such a regular basis.
Things are a changing at Walt Disney World. I embrace change. But this Fastpass+ component of MyMagic+ is going to downgrade the experience for regular visitors, while helping those newcomers. Luckily for me, I only go to hang out with my friends and family now, and I don’t need to ride the attractions as much as I used to. Some people are going to fall in love with the magicband, and others will lament the loss of their freedom.