Friday, August 18, 2023

The DO's and DON'Ts For Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


With temperatures reaching record highs in Florida, prompting heat advisories during the last week or two, that can mean only one thing in Disney terms - Halloween is back!  Each year, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party stretches out longer and longer, and what was once a brief add-on at the end of October now begins in mid-August.  This is also the official start of "party season" at Disney, as right after the Halloween party ends, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party returns to fill your nights during November and December.

If you find yourself in a spooky state of mind (or simply if you're visiting Walt Disney World during this time), having to plan around party season can be challenging.  I actually wrote about this last year and that advice remains solid, so no need to rehash that if you are already in the not (and if not, please pause and read that post first - it's a foundation for what follows here).  

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

New Longest Wait King at Hollywood Studios?


When it comes to Disney knowledge, sometimes you take things for granted.  If we're specifically talking about wait times, the common wisdom is that the newest ride in any park is going to have the highest wait times until a newer ride appears.  This isn't always the case - sometimes the new attraction is a lower tier ride (not an "E Ticket", for those who like the lingo) and once the new ride smell wears off, the previous busiest ride will take over again.

In recent years, a lot of big attractions have debuted at Disney World, and largely the pattern has remained true.  When Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opened in 2019, the two rides in that new land shot to the top of the wait time lists at Hollywood Studios.  Millenium Falcon Smuggler's Run has largely receded into the pack with a lot of the existing rides, which makes sense - Smuggler's Run was the "b" attraction in Galaxy's Edge.

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