Monday, September 18, 2017

Disney 2016 Planning Part 6

December 8, 2015
W minus 331
The Icons They are a Changing.  The Tower of Terror had already taken over from the now gone Sorcerer Hat in MGM.  Now an image of the four parks shows Everest instead of the Tree of Life. Don’t know if that’s a hint of something bigger or a temporary measure while they gear up Discovery Island for the new nighttime show where they project stuff on the tree.

December 15, 2015
W minus 324
The bumpy bus gets better!  Wild Dogs added to the safari.
Who let the dogs out? Animal Kingdom!
(Anyone who didn’t sing the first part of that line can leave now.)

January 11, 2016
W minus 297
Sometime last month Baymax joined the EPCOT character spot without FastPass, posted line times or any of his friends and co-stars. I guess they paid a lot for that suit.

January 14, 2016
W minus 294
Went looking for on sale page-a-day calendars.  Hoping to find Star Wars or insulting comedy.  A Jungle Book cover led to an unintended Disney one chosen on a trip year…again.

January 16, 2016
W minus 292
Good news: Those villain parties at MGM proved the baddies are a big hit!
Bad News:  They’re using them in a $99 a pop Villain Club special events in that MGM Sunset Showcase for special dining, dancing and meet and greet purposes.

January 17, 2016
W minus 291
Darth Vader is being replaced by Kylo Ren in both regular and Disney Visa meet and greets at MGM.  There goes a great Christmas card idea down the toilet.

January 18, 2016
W minus 290
MGM to close Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground, the Car Stunt Show and a restaurant we are equally unlikely to notice having never been in any of them.  The earful tower is going too.  I wonder if the Millennium Falcon or something will be the new park symbol.  I guess the likelihood of going back to a name based on another movie studio is dwindling rapidly.

January 28, 2016
W minus 280
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular is 25 years old and still going strong when whole other sections of the park have been repurposed and retooled.  Living proof that explosions are fun, and Nazis are the best bad guys.

February, 7 2016
W minus 270
Wow, that was fast. Club Disney closed for everything but paid special events.

February 8, 2016
W minus 269
Airline Tickets are purchased.  I hope they announce the Mickey’s Christmas party days soon because I feel quite guilty every day I don’t grid now.

February 9, 2016
W minus 268
Animal Kingdom now has the Lion Guard Scavenger hunt. Another collect stamps kind of thing. Maybe it replaces the Up based one from last time?  The end tries to lure gusts to Rafiki’s planet watch, but we will be strong.

February 19, 2016
W minus 258
Increased impressiveness of the Star Wars night fireworks at MGM announced.  Also Star Wars shows at center stage and a procession of Captain Phasma and Stormtroopers take the place of the Frozen stuff there.  Queen Elsa’s coup has finally been stopped by the First Order.

February 22, 2016
W minus 255
The limo has been booked. To fit all of us, it’s too big to park at the airport.  Coming home is going to be interesting.

March 7, 2016
W minus 241
I turn Forty-Six.  Once again aging does not dim any excitement for Walt Disney World. “Disney is only for kids” people, you need a new outlook on life.

April 4, 2016
W minus 213
No sitting in the back this time.  Big Thunder Mountain closed for refurbishment on our upcoming visit.  The line for that one is cramped and annoying anyway.

April 10, 2016
W minus 207
Fast Pass Plus changes kick in to add flexibility.  We don’t have to pick all 3 at once now - which probably doesn’t affect us with Grid Man here doing the set up.  But, now you can add new ones on after the first three are used from a smartphone. Sounds like we’ll be squeezing our first three into the morning hours whenever possible.  Great…more running.

April 22, 2016
W minus 195
Animal Kingdom was to add a buttload of parties, Rivers of Light show, nighttime safaris and all manner of other things to keep the park open as late as the other three today, but it’s been delayed till mid-May.  That doesn’t help as I do believe new gridding strategy will be called for yet again.

April 25, 2016
W minus 192
Free dining plan finally announced for the fall…
Except now you NEED a park hopper ticket, and they’ve blacked out most of the time during the food and wine festival.  New plan needed once again.

April 26, 2016
W minus 191
These ticketed events are out of control. Magic Kingdom Tuesday and Saturday mornings (fortunately not replacing Extra Magic Hours) offer $70 a pop, limited seating breakfast in the Pinocchio Village house and the ability to ride Snow White’s Mine Train, Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan before the park opens.   Guess Tuesday isn’t Magic Kingdom day…Saturday never was anyway.

May 5, 2017
W minus 182
No Weeeee! for me.  Hulk roller coaster under maintenance on our trip. (Oh wait, it’s under maintenance now.  Disney is also better than Universal at website clarity.)

May 7, 2016
W minus 180
Park hours for when we’re there posted. The Grid moves towards its final form.

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