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  1. And the more Mimosas they pound down, the more expensive the trip gets!
  2. Busch and Seaworld (and I'm sure every other amusement park) have increased their passes and admissions prices. But they are usually less to begin with and they don't jump as much. We are still paying a little over $10 a month for our Sea World Platinum pass that is good for every Busch and Sea world park and water park in the country. We've had them for 7 or 8 years and they haven't gone up a penny.
  3. But Disney is pandering to the ultra-planners, those people that stress out when they can't get that 5th character meal (little Suzie will be devastated) and they have every waking and sleeping moment planned from the time they leave home for their trip to the time they get back. Like that episode of The Middle where they had the giant binder dictating when and where they went. If people plan months in advance, they are likely to book expensive extras and Disney wins again! And don't forget, the current FP system seems to send you back and forth across the parks to get to each ride, improving the chances of you seeing something and stopping to purchase it.
  4. Seems like an archaic and time consuming way of doing business. HEY Disney, toss out your buggy whips and move into the 21st Century!
  5. Hope it works out for you. And that is a big life event change!
  6. So if you are going to go to the Fort for a two week period and are trying to book 499 days out, their current system will only let you book the 2 weeks when the last day hits the 499 day mark. So that means while you are waiting for that last day to clear, the sites can be filled up by people booking shorter stays that fall within the 499 day time frame. I'm trying to figure out if this makes any sense or if its a good or bad way of doing it. So I guess that's why some people have 14 different reservations, one day at a time?
  7. I've noticed the Disney Parks Blog never posts stories of price increases. Only hap hap happy news and ways to get you to spend more $$$
  8. It seems like all of Disney is becoming "If you have to ask the price you can't afford it" type of place. They are really catering to the big spenders and pushing the middle class out. We went to Busch Gardens after work last night just to get a beer, catch a show and walk around. Yeah, I know it's not DISNEY. Their prices while high are still a lot less than anything comparable at Disney. We had a fathers day buffet there Sunday, it was $19.99, nice view, got a free 16 oz beer for being a dad, then we got 10% off with our pass. They have an all day dining deal $33 with our AP discount, you can get a meal every hour, all the bottled waters and sodas you want, and BOGO on snacks all day long. And an adult can can get the kids menus for $16 if you don't want to eat as much.
  9. WOW, are they turning 1500 into a Premium Partial Site!!!!
  10. Guess Disney hasn't learned that lesson. Check out my other 2 posts, Country Bear Rumor, and the AP price increase today.
  11. WOW, unbelievable up to a $225 increase! New Walt Disney World Annual Pass Price Increases Go Into Effect Today With bookings for 2020 Walt Disney World vacation packages going on sale today, it seems Disney took some time to refresh Annual Pass pricing for the upcoming year… That’s right, pass pricing increases are here! Check out the full breakdown of pricing, by pass: Below you’ll see the Florida Resident price, followed by the Out-of-State price, if applicable (you can see previous pricing set earlier this year here😞 Platinum Plus: $999 (previously $849) / $1,219 (previously $994) Platinum: $899 (previously $749) / $1,119 (previously $894) Gold: $699 (previously $609) Silver: $519 (previously $479) Theme Park Select: $439 (no price change) Weekday Select: $349 (previously $319) Epcot After 4: $309 (previously $289) Water Parks: $139 (previously $130) Water Parks After 2: $89 (previously $79)
  12. For those that don't trust links He seems to have an inside track on this, and seems as upset about it as many others are. RUMOR: Disney World to Replace Country Bear Jamboree with Toy Story Marionette Show for Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary I honestly wish I was making this up or was publishing this article about a far-off, distant rumor, but the Bob Chapek mandate that the Disney Parks be used to “leverage intellectual properties” will likely claim the existence of a beloved, original attraction that is the definition of a Magic Kingdom classic—and do it just before its 50th birthday in 2021. According to sources, the closure of the Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom is imminent. As has many reported a number of times, Walt Disney World is expected to promise guests 50 new or special offerings for its 50th anniversary celebration in two years time and a whole new attraction will very likely come to Frontierland to replace the 1971 audio-animatronic spectacle. And no, it will not be the Vacation Jamboree or Christmas overlays that many thought would be introduced in honor of the five-decade milestone. Strangely enough, the replacement is a Toy Story audio-animatronic marionette show. This would incorporate elements of the Woody’s Roundup television show featured heavily in Toy Story 2, a faux program that starred puppet versions of Woody, Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. A screenshot from the Woody’s Round-Up, a faux television show that appears in the Toy Story 2 film. This appears to be the basis for the new attraction ind development for the Magic Kingdom. I try hard to report news and rumors without editorial asides, but why Walt Disney World would possibly need more Toy Story attractions is beyond me, especially ones located outside of the Toy Story Land that just opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year. Moreover, there is also already another Toy Story attraction in the Magic Kingdom: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland. Even if another western-themed Toy Story attraction was a franchise necessity, why the oft-lauded “blessing of size” that Walt Disney World has over the other Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide does not mean that a new attraction can be built without permanently removing a classic attraction is truly beyond my understanding. Besides that, how many more Toy Story attractions do we need and how much more of the same Toy Story merchandise do they think they can sell by making this change? Why do I bring this rumor to the forefront now? Well, while the closure window for the Country Bear Jamboree is presently unannounced and unknown, the logic that Disney wants to open this Toy Story show open by October 1, 2021 means it might be sooner than you would expect. The 2019 D23 Expo is approaching fast, and let us not forget that the demise of both The Great Movie Ride and the Universe of Energy was confirmed at the 2017 edition, neither actually mentioned on stage by Mr. Chapek as he announced their replacements. Both attractions also closed less than 30 days after said announcement, not giving many fans a chance to say their goodbyes to either long-standing classic and certainly not giving the broader community of park goers the chance to make it clear that the closure might be a mistake. While such efforts have made little headway in the past, it has been a long time since the Walt Disney Company chose to close the last domestic version of an attraction so iconic as the Country Bear Jamboree. By way of a historical aside, and with the storytelling narrative oft-repeated by Disney, the Country Bear Jamboree was originally intended by Walt to be placed at Disney’s Mineral King Ski Resort in California which he was trying to build in the 1960’s. Walt knew he wanted a show to provide entertainment to the guests at the resort, and the project was assigned to legendary Imagineer Marc Davis. Sometime in late 1966, Walt stopped by Imagineering and Marc showed the drawings he was working on for the Bear Band show. As Marc shared years later, Walt had a good laugh at many of the humorous characters and scenes in the show that would later become the Country Bear Jamboree. On Walt’s way out he turned to Marc and said good-bye, a phrase that Marc recalled Walt was known never to say. That was the last time Davis saw Disney, who died days later on December 15, 1966, and the Country Bear Jamboree came to be referred to as “Walt’s last laugh”. While the Mineral King Ski Resort never made it off the drawing board, the Country Bear Jamboree was in place as an opening day attraction in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. The popularity of the show led to a version in Disneyland on March 4, 1972 (since removed) and a third version at Tokyo Disneyland on April, 15, 1983. The ubiquitous bears have become an oft-repeated reference in popular culture and have been featured in The Simpsons, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Critic, Futurama, A Goofy Movie, The Big Bang Theory, and Last Man Standing, to name just a few. Disneyland closed the attraction in 2001, but it has been a sore point with many over the years. This is probably because it was replaced with a quickly devised, budget-conscious version of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride that occupied the same footprint as the Country Bear Playhouse – all in an effort to buoy Pooh merchandise sales. A similar scenario seems to be playing out now. Funny enough, Country Bear merchandise is still even sold at Disneyland and enough so that it continues to be produced. Meanwhile, at Tokyo Disneyland, a plush line of the Bear characters has proven so popular that new versions are released on a regular basis almost every season. We know that “rumors” of this sort are never popular, but I believe that our sources, our track record, and the nature of this not-yet-announced closure warrant that we share this information with our readers now. And to those detractors, our intent is not to gain publicity, financial gain, or some of the more ludicrous reasoning that could be attributed to our actions. More than anything, I love Walt Disney World and I hope you do too. WDWNT began as a passion project 12 years ago. That the site and its readership have grown does not alter our mission nor our passion—a passion I wouldn’t imagine throwing away by “making things up.” Rather, our goal is to inform and educate passionate fans. For years, we have provided frank, un-slanted, un-influenced information from sources that share the same love for Walt Disney World as a place, an idea, and an achievement. We believe our readership agrees with the basic premise that Walt Disney, Marc Davis, and the many Imagineers who created this three dimensional canvas are undoubtedly artists. While a great many things have come and gone, there are those things that transcend time and place to being far more than just rides, shows, or means of increasing guest counts. Attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and, yes, the Country Bear Jamboree are the very essence of Disney, are the things that inspired countless members of this generation at Walt Disney Imagineering, and are the things that are so essential to the Disney theme park experience that their enjoyment is passed down from generation to generation. To say what will have undoubtedly become clear, I am disheartened by this news and by the trend of news that has gathered on the horizon. Disney Parks possess characters, environments, and experiences that are, themselves, unique. As much as Disney Parks are places where characters from film and television come to life, they are also places inhabited by grim-grinning ghosts, by plundering pirates, by Figments of imagination, by singing tiki birds, and by country bears. Removing classic attractions that are the essence of the Disney experience for the sake of cheaply and easily bringing something new is fundamentally misguided and frightening. And that is the path that Mr. Chapek has forged through recent actions, namely the decal-laden Pixar Pier or the shadeless Toy Story Land in the heat of Central Florida. Our mission and purpose is to share news and information that maintain the quality of customer service, experience, and legacy that guests have come to expect from Disney Parks. Fundamental to that is a belief that some attractions are so tethered to the identity of a Disney Park as to become essential. To the Magic Kingdom, the Country Bear Jamboree is just such an experience. I am the first to admit that grass roots movements to influence the Walt Disney Company do not have a particular track record of success. Equally true, though, is that once something is gone, it is unlikely to return. And, as is clear above, I cannot help but have my feelings and beliefs come through in this posting. Our sources have been clear that this plan to close the Jamboree is very real, and the timeline for it doesn’t leave much time to wait. I assure you that the Walt Disney Company reads this website, and that they look at the comment section below, and on all forms of social media. You know the rumor, you have a good sense of my opinion, but I am not here to tell you your opinion about the Country Bear Jamboree. I am here to tell you that whatever your opinion is on this matter, it will be heard in these venues, so voice it.
  13. https://wdwnt.com/2019/06/rumor-disney-world-to-replace-country-bear-jamboree-with-toy-story-marionette-show-for-magic-kingdoms-50th-anniversary/
  14. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/06/17/disney-might-be-ready-to-finally-admit-that-their-current-fastpass-system-sucks?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature My thoughts...This will be a major change (though not unexpected if they can squeeze more $$$ out of visitors) if they implement it. Hollywood Studios will see a major shift in its FastPass+ tiers this fall, but even more significant changes might be on the horizon for the WDW reservation system. Currently, all guests at WDW theme parks have access to three FastPass+ attraction reservations ahead of their visit. On the day of, after those three are used or their time slot has passed, guests can then make more reservations, one at a time, throughout the day. The service is linked via RFID-equipped tickets or MagicBands. The My Disney Experience mobile app allows guests to change their reservations and make extra ones once their three are used. Access to the online ride reservation system opens 60 days ahead of their visit for those staying onsite or at select resorts and 30 days for those staying offsite. Numerous pilot programs have offered extra FastPasses or other FastPass-like reservations, typically for live shows, as part of upcharge offerings. Disney has also rolled out upcharge FastPass programs at other Disney resorts. Most Disney resorts still use paper FastPasses, known within the fan community as ‘Legacy FastPass,’ that don’t offer ahead-of-visit reservations. These systems require a guest to be within the park itself before they can make their ride reservations. Both Disneyland Paris and Disneyland in Anaheim, the only two other resorts that the Disney company wholly owns, have also begun offering paid FastPass options within the last few years. The two resorts offer slightly different variations of the paid FastPass program. In Paris, guests can purchase various FastPass programs that each have a preset list of popular attractions on it. Most of these provide a one-time “Speedy Access” to select rides beginning at €30 per person for three attractions. An unlimited option for all available attractions begins at €120 per person per day. The upgrade options are only available on select days and are limited in number. The price, availability, and other features adjust according to expected crowd size at the park, somewhat similar to Universal Orlando’s Express Pass system. At Disneyland in California, a paid system was introduced in 2017. The mobile app-based program, known as MaxPass, allows guests to make FastPass reservations without having to visit the individual FastPass kiosks. It also includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass photo downloads from the day. For $15 per person per day, the service has proven extremely popular with many guests. MaxPass is included with select annual passes and is available as a yearly add-on purchase for $100 for those annual passes which don’t include it. Disney World spent an estimated $1 billion to upgrade every single attraction, cash register, hotel room door, and turnstile into a single system linked via the RFID MagicBands and mobile app. Now, six years after its initial rollout, many of the early plans announced for the program have still yet to be fully realized. But that hasn’t stopped other cost-cutting initiatives thanks to the system, including the use of automatic photographer machinesinstead of human photographers at select character meet-and-greets. Despite, or thanks to, these limited successes, the program is widely viewed as a flop, and nearly every executive involved in the creation of it is no longer at the company. On the user side, many guests have complained that the Disney World system requires months of planning ahead of their visit and causes longer lines. On Disney World’s own website, it tells guests to “Make a Dash for FastPass+” in what seems to be an acknowledgment of how quickly popular attractions fill up with the current system, even two months out. It now looks like Disney leadership has decided to bite the bullet and fix the countless piecemeal updates while also attempting to better harness profits out of the boondoggle of a system that is already proving out of date. Rumors point to Disney World readying for one of the largest shifts in the FastPass+ program since its debut in 2013. The updated system would be like that of Disneyland Paris, with paid options that don’t require any pre-visit planning. There are already similar offerings available as part of the Enchanting Extras Collection, including the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour, the Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour, and the Star Wars Guided Tour. These tours range in price from $92.95 to $349 and all include group tour guides. According to multiple insiders, including publicly by Martin on the WDWMagic forums, the free FastPass+ program used today will still be available after the paid version is introduced, though some rides may see their number of free FastPasses decreased to provide availability for the upcharge options. Disney seems to be hoping that guests will use a mix of both paid FastPasses, likely for more popular attractions, and the three free ones that come with regular admission, though these may have to be used on shows and other large-capacity attractions thanks to availability. Both single park and park hopper options for the paid versions will be eventually available at WDW, with individual park options expected to debut first. The two-tiered system that some WDW theme parks currently use would officially be scrapped, but the reservation app may ensure that multiple attractions in what is currently Tier One wouldn’t be available at the same time, essentially keeping the tiers in place unofficially. Many of the specifics of the updated program, including those around the current tier system and the possibility of also including snack or meal credits with certain offerings, still seem to be very much in flux. The cost of the new paid system is also unclear but, like the Paris version, it should use crowd calendar-based demand pricing. Discounts with select on-site accommodations may also be used, similar to how Disney World currently uses the credit-based Disney Dining Plan. The ultimate goal of the new upcharge system is to provide a single FastPass branded program across all fully owned Disney resorts, with the aim of lessening confusion between the three resorts, though that is still many years away. The rumored WDW paid FastPass program is expected to debut ahead of the 50th Anniversary celebration that begins in 2021.
  15. On a similar note. We have an odd grocery store in town that sells close out items, overstocks, and oddities that just didn’t sell that good. Anyone need a case of jet puffed marshmallows for $2.00? 2 weeks ago, they got in Disney Mickey head rice krispy treats. These were the ones from the parks. There were 6 original ones in a bag for $1.99, and 4 chocolate dipped ones in a box for $2.99. The box looked like they were sold at the resort gift shops. Couple days ago they got in the chocolate dipped ones in a bag, same price as the Un-dipped originals. These had the Minnie Sweets wrappers on them. Just waiting for them to get the Mickey Bars!
  16. The wait was 10 hours for a 3 minute ride, and the park reached capacity at 9 am and was closed.
  17. I saw a post that said the line was out to City Walk. Not sure if that's closer or further than the turnstiles.
  18. They are getting ready for Galaxy's Edge at WDW
  19. Someone on FB had posted that their local grocery store had them for $7.99 a box! My daughter said they finally got them in Minneapolis and her grocery store (either Cub or Hy-Vee) had them for $5.99 and BOGO. She was disappointed because her freezer was full and she couldn't stock up!
  20. Yup, special effect secrets also. And the back lot tour!
  21. Not all theme park experiences have to be rides to intrigue guests. Some visitors enjoy educational activities as well as those that give them unique moments with their family. Wasn't that the idea behind EPCOT?
  22. I can't remember if this has been covered previously. If it has, admins delete it. FastPass just got a lot less desirable for one Disney World park On Aug. 29 the long-anticipated East Coast version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Much like the recently opened Disneyland version, the WDW Star Wars land is expected to draw record crowds. As the Orlando team closely watches the West Coast rollout, we’re starting to see how DHS will handle the expected record crowd levels. No reservation-only system like the one used at Disneyland means DHS will need to handle crowd control in other ways. Last week we were given a glimpse of what that system will be when trying to book FastPasses, Disney World’s free line-skipping program. Hollywood Studios uses a two-tiered FastPass system with more popular shows and rides in Tier One, which guests can book one attraction from ahead of time, with less popular rides and shows in a second tier, which guests can pick two attractions from. After all three pre-booked FastPasses are used (or their reservation time has passed), guests can then book more FastPasses if any are available. Starting on Aug. 29 nearly all rides in the park are moving to Tier One, meaning guests can only book one ahead of time, while the majority of the park’s shows shift to Tier Two. The shift would mean that guests can only reserve one ride in the entire park ahead of time. Beginning on August 29, Tier 1 will include Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the Tower of Terror. Currently, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror are found in Tier 2. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run inside the new Star Wars land will open without FastPass+ but is designed for both FastPasses and Single Riders queues to open at a later date. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which will open at a slightly later date than the rest of the Galaxy’s Edge will also open with no FastPass at first but is designed for it to open at a later date. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is scheduled to open in spring of 2020. It is already visible on the FastPass section of the WDW website and My Disney Experience app. While no official details have been confirmed by Disney, Mickey’s Railway is expected to open with FastPass options available right away or very soon after. Between Sept. 1 and early November, Disney has added Extra, Extra Magic Hours with the park opening for on-site guests at 6 A.M. giving on-site guests three hours of exclusive park access with select attractions open during the extended hours. August 29 through the 31, DHS will open at 6 A.M. for all guests. Daily Extra, Extra Magic Hours starting at 7 A.M. will also be available daily at both Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom between Aug. 29 and Nov. 2. Epcot will still offer their current Extra Magic Hours on select days. So far, no changes have occurred for the two-tiered FastPass systems at the Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Magic Kingdom’s single tier FastPass system has also not seen any updates.
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