Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Disney After Hours Returning in 2023

 


As announced today, Disney After Hours events are returning to Disney World in 2023.  In this post, we'll take a look at what these parties entail, the information we have about the upcoming parties and whether or not these are "worth it" for the average guest.  


Disney After Hours (DAH) has existed since 2016. Technically, they existed for much longer than that, but were just called "longer hours" back then.  I kid, kind of.  For years, park hours were longer and Extended Evening Hours added on even more time in the parks as part of your regular admission.  Like many things in recent years, this has been monetized by Disney and rebranded as Disney After Hours.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Beat the Heat? Visiting Disney World in the Summer


 

Last year, I wrote a post about the best and worst times to visit Walt Disney World.  I stand by my recommendations in that post but unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way and I can't follow my own advice.  Assuming that's true for many of you, I began to think about this question in a different way recently.  Given the negatives, is it a good idea to visit Disney in the heat of the summer?


To recap a bit of that previous post, I'm mostly speaking here to people who have no real choice.  If you can visit whenever you want, my recommendations there still stand (November/December being the best time to go, as long as you avoid holiday weeks).  But for many of us, especially with kids, it's not as simple as just picking your favorite time of year and going on vacation.


Monday, September 12, 2022

D23 News and Announcements


 

This weekend is Disney's biennial D23 Expo in  Anaheim.  I say "biennial" but on off years, there is a smaller version of this convention named Destination D23.  For all intents and purposes, there is an annual convention where Disney shares behind the scenes looks at upcoming projects.  It takes place over multiple days in September, and there is sure to be a ton of announcements coming out of this.  I believe last year, a huge portion of the Marvel TV projects were all announced at once - quite a news dump.


In any case, the news most relevant to this blog will be about Disney Parks and Experiences.  And while there are sure to be a bunch of things related to Disneyland as well as the international parks, in order to keep the focus on what this blog does best (?), we're going to be looking at things that effect Walt Disney World.  The Parks news come on the last day this year, but there were a few tidbits put out during a media preview on Thursday night, so we'll start with those.


Thursday, August 25, 2022

Should You Go To Magic Kingdom For Early Entry ... Even If You're Not Eligible?


 

Recently, I wrote a post about the unique rope drop situation at Epcot.  I made a mention in there about how Magic Kingdom has its own quirks when it comes to rope drop.  I thought I would expand upon that here, and discuss the early entry and rope drop situation from a different perspective.  


As a quick refresher, Early Theme Park Entry is available to any guests staying on Disney property.  This allows guests to enter any park on any day thirty minutes earlier than non-resort guests.  We have debated on vs. off property on this blog before, and I generally fall into the category of "it's worth it" to stay on property.  There are fewer perks than before, but any "extra" park time (early entry, extra hours, etc) is often the best time to visit and those perks are available only to resort guests.  


WDW News: Park Reservation Changes, Enchantment Enhancement, Soap


 

We haven't had a lot of updates lately, but there have been a few Disney news items we've been keeping our eye on, and figured this was a good opportunity to talk about some of them.  None of these are particularly earth shattering by themselves (particularly the last one here!) but there are some useful nuggets of information here.


Park Reservation System Changes:

Beginning this week, Disney made some tweaks to its park reservation system.  You might think that these tweaks will make for a smoother, easier experience, right?  Not really.  In fact, most of these changes probably wouldn't impact the overwhelming majority of guests. This mostly deals with different ticket types that a guest can hold at once, including an Annual Pass and a regular day ticket.  I won't get too into the weeds on these, since like I said, it affects very few people from a practical perspective.


Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Uniqueness of Epcot at Rope Drop

 


One of the best ways to beat crowds when going to Disney parks is the proverbial "rope drop."  This is so named because there used to be a physical rope that blocked off the park, and the people who arrived before that time were lined up until the rope was, um, dropped, and they were allowed to run (or "walk quickly") to their desired destination.  That term has stuck since then and has become part of the Disney goer vernacular.


With the advent of Early Theme Park Entry, rope drop has changed slightly.  Now traditional rope drop (at official park opening time) is largely useless, since the on property guests have already been in the parks for a half hour, thus eliminating much of that advantage.  There are circumstances where traditional rope drop can still work - if you're planning to hit an attraction that isn't the busiest (or even second busiest) attraction at a given park.  Magic Kingdom has its own unique feature here, in that only half the park is open for early entry; you can still arrive as early as you want and await the regular rope drop for Frontierland and Adventureland (or you can double up by hitting something on the other side during early entry and then lining up for a "second" rope drop).


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Which Park is Best For Adults?

 


Walt Disney World has a reputation of being a family friendly place to visit, following Walt's philosophy of having a place where kids and adults can enjoy everything together.  This is one of the things that makes Disney such a unique place to visit.  But to many people (outsiders?), Disney World is considered a destination for kids - a place that adults tolerate simply to take their kids for a "once in a lifetime" trip so that they can say they did it.


Whether that status is justified is beyond the scope of this post, as is the stigma surrounding "Disney adults" (a topic I've considered discussing in more detail at some point).  But on the surface, this is how Disney is seen to many people, and a place like Universal is there to appeal to people who "outgrow" Disney.  


Disney After Hours Returning in 2023