Sunday, June 28, 2015

FastPass+ Priorities for Epcot

Epcot offers a tiered FastPass+ system for its attractions which means you're limited to selecting one attraction from the first tier, and two selections from the second tier. Of course the most popular attractions are Soarin' and Test Track and both are in Tier 1.  This means you'll only be able to choose one.

Tier One Epcot Attractions (select 1)

Illuminations Reflections of Earth
Soarin'
Test Track
Living with the Land

Tier Two Epcot Attractions (select 2)

Captain EO
Journey Into Imagination with Figment
Mission: SPACE
Spaceship Earth
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Epcot Character Spot
Turtle Talk with Crush


Epcot Magic Bands

However, there are three alternate options for minimizing your wait at Epcot's most popular attractions: 
  1. Arrive at park opening - crowds are significantly lower within the first 2 hours. So while you might not have a FastPass for both, you can still minimize your wait by arriving early. 
  2. Once your three FastPass+ selections have been used, or even if they expired, you will then be permitted to make additional selections, one at a time, at the Epcot FastPass+ kiosks. However it is likely that FastPass availability for Soarin' and Test Track will be gone by mid-day. 
  3. Opt for the single rider line at Test Track. You're party can wait in the queue together, but you'll be in different vehicles. At times you could get lucky and be in the same car but don't count on it. 

Epcot Priority Attractions with FastPass+


Priority Tier 1 Attractions

Soarin'
Test Track


Priority Tier 2 Attractions  
Epcot Character Spot 
Spaceship earth

Attractions in this category often do not need FastPass+

These attractions often take large amounts of people at once or are not as popular as others. 

Illuminations Reflections of Earth - this show can be viewed from many locations around the lagoon
Mission: SPACE
Turtle Talk with Crush
Captain EO
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Living with the Land

Epcot FastPass+ Kiosks

Once your three FastPass+ selections have been used, or even if they expired, you will then be permitted to make additional selections, one at a time, at these FastPass+ kiosks. Note that FastPasses will reach capacity by mid-morning for many of the popular attractions. 

Innoventions West Breezeway
Innoventions Plaza Tip Board
Innoventions East Breezeway

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FastPass+ Priorities for Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios offers 12 attractions with FastPass+ on a tiered system. Of course the most popular attractions are in Tier 1. You are permitted to select one attraction from Tier 1, the others must then come from Tier 2.

Tier 1 Attractions:

Toy Story Midway Mania!
The Great Movie Ride
Fantasmic!
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Tier 2 Attractions


For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Disney Junior - Live on Stage!
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Muppet Vision 3D
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Seasonal FastPass+ Options
The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special (December)
Star Wars Presentations (Star Wars Weekends in May)

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Priority Attractions with FastPass+ 

Tier 1

Toy Story Mania
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (offers single rider line option)

Tier 2

For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror


Attractions in this category often do not need FastPass+

These attractions often take large amounts of people at once or are not as popular as others. 

Fantasmic! (the line does get long for Fantasmic but it's a Tier 1 attraction - go with Toy Story)
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
The Great Movie Ride
MuppetVision 3D
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Disney Junior - Live on Stage!

Toy Story Mania remains one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World. Within an hour of park opening wait times for this attraction can be longer than 60 minutes. In short, this should be your FastPass+ selection from Tier 1. While Fantasmic! is also popular, it's a show that takes thousands of people at once. Arrive 30-45 minutes prior to showtime and chances are you'll get in.

FastPass+ Kiosks at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Once your three FastPass+ selections have been used, or even if they expired, you will then be permitted to make additional selections, one at a time, at these FastPass+ kiosks. Note that FastPasses will reach capacity by mid-morning for many of the popular attractions. 

Sunset Blvd.
Toy Story Mania
Muppet Vision 3D

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FastPass+ Priorities for Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park offers a limited number of FastPass+ attractions. Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the most popular attractions at this park. However, if you arrive when the park opens you'll be able to ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris with minimal wait.  See below for a list of high priority attractions when making your FastPass+ selections.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Attractions Offering FastPass+

Expedition Everest
DINOSAUR
Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical
It's Tough to Be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl

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Disney's Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Priorities

Kilimanjaro Safaris (Short waits within first hour of park opening)
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost Expedition
Kali River Rapids (Make this your last attraction - you will get soaked!) 
Expedition Everest (Short waits within first hour of park opening. Has single rider line too.)
DINOSAUR 
Primeval Whirl


Attractions in this category often do not need FastPass+

These attractions often take large amounts of people at once or are not as popular as others. 

Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical
It's Tough to Be a Bug!

Animal Kingdom FastPass Kiosks

Once your three FastPass+ selections have been used, or even if they expired, you will then be permitted to make additional selections, one at a time, at these FastPass+ kiosks. Note that FastPasses will reach capacity by mid-morning for many of the popular attractions. 

Entrance to Asia
Festival of the Lion King
Island Mercantile
Disney Outfitters

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FastPass+ Priorities for Magic Kingdom Park

The following Magic Kingdom attractions are equipped with FastPass+. We recommend selcting FastPasses for attractions that have the longest wait times but My Disney Experience will sometimes suggest attractions that don't necessarily require FastPass at all.

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Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Priorities

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Meet Elsa & Anna at Princess Fairytale Hall
Meet Rapunzel & Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
Peter Pan's Flight
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Attractions in this category often do not need FastPass+

The following attractions offer FastPass+ but seldom have long waits compared those listed above. For example, Wishes fireworks show can be viewed from several places throughout the Magic Kingdom, anywhere on Main Street USA will offer a decent view. The same is true for the parades.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Wishes fireworks show
Main Street Electrical Parade (first parade only)
Ariel’s Grotto
Tomorrowland Speedway

Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Kiosk Locations

Once your three FastPass+ selections have been used, or even if they expired, you will then be permitted to make additional selections, one at a time, at these FastPass+ kiosks. Note that FastPasses will reach capacity by mid-morning for many of the popular attractions. Lines can get very long for the kiosks and Fastpasses of the popular attractions will be gone by mid-morning. 

The Diamond Horseshoe
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Stitch's Great Escape
Jungle Cruise

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Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Save at Walt Disney World Now Features Discount Disney World Tickets

Starting July 1, 2015 Save at Walt Disney Worldwww.SaveAtWDW.com will list current ticket discount offers for Walt Disney World Resort. Using trusted, Authorize Disney World Ticket sellers, Save at Walt Disney World features a list of current discounts and offer codes for theme park tickets.



 In addition to exclusive Walt Disney World Resort hotel discounts you'll find discounts and offer codes for Walt Disney World theme park tickets and Orlando area attractions. Included are Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Discover Cove, Legoland, and Gatorland.


Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Now Booking 2016 Walt Disney Travel Company Packages

The 2016 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages for the Walt Disney World Resort are now available to book.

When you book with Darren at Magical Vacations Travel, you'll receive a Walt Disney World Gift Card + a 1-year TouringPlans.com subscription to Walt Disney World Resort on any room-only or package reservation over $1,500.  
2016 Walt Disney World Packages
I am also pleased to announce the following updates to the booking policies for 2016 Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages:
  • Booking Window – Reservations can be booked up to one (1) business day prior to arrival. 2015 (applies to both 2015 and 2016 Packages).
  • Payments at Time of Booking – Full payment due for all bookings made within 30 days of arrival.
  • Final Payment – Final payments must be made at least 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Change/Cancellation Fee – There are no fees for package changes or cancellations made 31 or more days prior to arrival. (Additional options included with the package may be subject to supplier fees for cancellations or modifications).
In addition, the following policy changes for Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages are in effect:
Courtesy Hold – If booking prior to the final payment due date, reservations may be held without payment for up to three (3) calendar days or until the final payment due date, whichever is first. (Airfare is due at the time of booking; Travel insurance premiums must be paid at the time of deposit or purchase of insurance.)

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

First Look: Frozen Ever After at Epcot

Frozen Ever After Epcot

Disney released concept art, details, and the name of the Frozen attraction coming to Epcot in 2016. Frozen Ever After will be an adventure where guests will transport riders to the “Winter in Summer Celebration." Guests will also experience Queen Elsa's Ice Palace and encounter all the characters along the way.


The Anna and Else meet and greet will once again return to the pavilion where guests will meet them in the person. 
Disney also shared that the exterior of the Norway Pavilion will get a makeover that will reflect the cultural arts and crafts of Norway. 

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Post also located on Save at Walt Disney World Blog