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Tiers at Disney Animal Kingdom? A Capacity Analysis.

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
Average Attendance 60000 40000 35000 35000
High Attendance 90000 60000 55000 60000
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

Bavaria the First Disneyland?

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.

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Neuschwanstein


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Neuschwanstein


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Rothenberg


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Rothenberg


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St. George and the Dragon


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Christmas Store


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Rothenberg


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Beer Hall and Hotel outside of Rothenberg

Disney Buy Chicago?

I was hoping to avoid the My Magic +, but ran into this at the Art Institute of Chicago. 😄

FASTPASS

Random Photos from WDW

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From animals to crowds. Wonderful sights to delicious food.

One Man’s Dream


Toy Story Midway Mania

 Aerosmith 
Nemo

Pangani


Coral Reef Restaurant


9:00 am on a Saturday non Halloween party night.

Sad when the train isn’t running
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Fastpass return line at Star Tours!

Guest services always looks like this. Why?

Saturday Food and Wine Epcot. Just don’t do it.  That is ticket windows.

I don’t like eating on trash cans.

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This area cost $199.00 to enjoy.

  
  
Wishes from Gaston’s Tavern

Link Back to Disboards

Monorail lounge tour

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.  

    
    
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Siemens VIP Guest Center. 

Siemens sponsors the best evening show – Illuminations. They have an interesting headquarters tucked away inside Spaceship Earth.  

    
    
The secret door 

    
    
Choose the floor color that you like. 

    
    
   
VIP ride admittance from the Guest Center. 

Epcot Food & Wine 2015

Beautiful views, tasty food, and fun seminars. The mixology sessions are the best.    

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Thank you note from Disney 

What a nice surprise.   I don’t know if this was sent because we are Disney Vacation Owners, stayed on site, bought annual passes, or spent thousands of dollars?   Probably a little of all those things. Regardless, the card is nice. 

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 Created by Don ‘Ducky’ Williams. 

Rivers of Light Night Time Show – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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?

Panorama of the construction

Panorama of the construction

Standing only or seats?

Standing only or seats?

Views of the Lake - future of Rivers of Light

Views of the Lake – future of Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light going to be like Illuminations or World of Color?

Rivers of Light going to be like Illuminations or World of Color?

Magic Kingdom Castle Grounds

Magic Kingdom Castle Grounds

An Eye for Detail in Disney Parks

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…

Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure

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.

Death Pavilions at Flametree Barbecue

Death Pavilions at Flametree Barbecue

The helium balloons are captivating.

Balloons

Balloons

Mary Blair’s art work is on display in It’s a Small World, The Grand Fiesta Tour in Epcot, and the Contemporary Mural.

Mary Blair art at Contemporary

Mary Blair art at Contemporary

The Frozen Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are among the best I have ever watched.

Frozen Fireworks 1

Frozen Fireworks 1

Frozen Fireworks

Frozen Fireworks

Frozen fireworks 2

Frozen fireworks 2

Two Magic Bands – they work interchangeably.

dueling magic bands

dueling magic bands

The recreation of Africa in Harambe is stunning.

Tusker House

Tusker House

Asia is fantastic too…

The Yeti at Everest

The Yeti at Everest

The Beastly Kingdom was never completed, but it would have been awesome I am sure…

Remnants of the long lost Beastly Kingdom

Remnants of the long lost Beastly Kingdom

The Tower of Terror scores a perfect 10 for theming, pre-show, and ride. A perfect theme park experience.

The Hollywood Hotel

The Hollywood Hotel

Details in the Hollywood Hotel Basement

Details in the Hollywood Hotel Basement

Being a librarian, you would think I would have noticed this before…

Streets of America in Hollywood Studios

Streets of America in Hollywood Studios

The World Showcase in Epcot…

Japan in Epcot

Japan in Epcot

Japan - Anime Exhibit

Japan – Anime Exhibit

Morocco in Epcot

Morocco in Epcot

Up close and personal with a terra cotta warrior

Up close and personal with a terra cotta warrior

It’s Tough to Be a Bug pre-show. This is an incredibly well themed area…

Movie Poster Tough to be a Bug

Movie Poster Tough to be a Bug

A Dung Ball in Tough to be a Bug

A Dung Ball in Tough to be a Bug

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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…

Wall E

Wall E

Hollywood Studios is desperate for attractions, so they closed their weak Pirates of the Caribbean experience, and replaced it with some benches…

A lounge to cool off

A lounge to cool off

Funny bathroom image…

Kill the Beast - restroom signs in New Fantasyland

Kill the Beast – restroom signs in New Fantasyland

At the Muppet Theater…

Gonzo hanging on for dear life.

Gonzo hanging on for dear life.

Sadly, staff must have been cut at the Magic Kingdom, because this is becoming more common…

Peter Pan trashed #2

Peter Pan trashed #2

Peter Pan trashed

Peter Pan trashed