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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|
It looks like King Ludwig II of Bavaria created the Disney experience before Walt stumbled on to it. Ludwig created a Fantasyland based on the works of Richard Wagner in the Alps of Bavaria. The Neuschwanstein castle was completely designed to bring the operas come alive. One of the rooms of the castle was a replica of a cave including Stalactites. He wanted an entire floor designed in the Moorish tradition. At the Linderhof Palace he recreated the Blue Grotto and built a moat that included Swan Boats from the Swan King story. He loved the concept of World Fairs and purchased some of the items from fairs that he attended.
For his work in bringing fantasy to life, a group of his government had him declared insane and then promptly had him drowned in a lake along with his doctor.
Walt Disney clearly borrowed a lot of his ideas and took the concept much further. Disney also had a much better fate.
Also, the medieval city of Rothenberg is clearly the model for the Germany Pavilion in Epoct. This little Bavarian tourist town has all the elements of the Epcot version.
From animals to crowds. Wonderful sights to delicious food.
I don’t like eating on trash cans.
Enjoyed my first trip to the highly themed Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. The servers and hosts are entertaining. I had my first shrunken zombie head and we tried the Tahitian Pearl, dark and tropical stormy, and a hippopotamitai.
Mizners and Citroco’s were too crowded. Enjoyed appetizers and drinks in the Wave Lounge and the watched fireworks from the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Towers.
With the coming of the night-time show at Disney Animal Kingdom, I wonder how that will affect the dynamics of touring at the Animal Kingdom. This park really doesn’t need Fastpasses and the place clears out at 4:00 pm. Obviously, Disney is working on keeping people in this park longer.
The night time show should help Disney meet their objective. The World of Color is wildly popular at Disney California Adventure. The question will be how Disney decides to distribute the tickets.
1. Through the FP+ online system: People could book them and not show up too late in the evening. But would still cause people to use FP in Animal Kingdom instead of other parks.
2. First come first serve like Disneyland. Then people have to go to the park early and stay until the show.
3. I guess they could book them like Dining Reservations.
Speaking of Dining reservations, I wonder what the pricing structure will be for the Dining/Rivers of Light dining packages will be? Yak and Yeti is about to become a popular restaurant. I would bet that is why they are adding a table service to the Pizzafari too. Pandora will have a restaurant also.
With a new restaurant at Magic Kingdom, will they start offering Dining and Wishes packages?
This summer I spent week at Disneyland, and then a week later, I played at WDW. This was my 16th trip to Disney parks, so it always a challenge to “see” something new. The following are things that I had not noticed on previous trips.
The Wonderful World of Disney Color…
All the pavilions at the Flame Tree in Disney Animal Kingdom have carved examples of predators attacking prey. Bizarre. This is just one of those images.
The helium balloons are captivating.
Mary Blair’s art work is on display in It’s a Small World, The Grand Fiesta Tour in Epcot, and the Contemporary Mural.
The Frozen Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are among the best I have ever watched.
Two Magic Bands – they work interchangeably.
The recreation of Africa in Harambe is stunning.
Asia is fantastic too…
The Beastly Kingdom was never completed, but it would have been awesome I am sure…
The Tower of Terror scores a perfect 10 for theming, pre-show, and ride. A perfect theme park experience.
Being a librarian, you would think I would have noticed this before…
The World Showcase in Epcot…
It’s Tough to Be a Bug pre-show. This is an incredibly well themed area…
Wall-E is one of Pixar’s best films, but Wall-E is banished from the parks except in the Pin Trader store in Downtown Disney…
Hollywood Studios is desperate for attractions, so they closed their weak Pirates of the Caribbean experience, and replaced it with some benches…
Funny bathroom image…
At the Muppet Theater…
Sadly, staff must have been cut at the Magic Kingdom, because this is becoming more common…