It’s that time of year where many people are experiencing the blahs of Winter. For Floridians it is the time of year that we look forward to. The theme parks are not as crowded at Walt Disney World. I decided it was time for another stroll through Magic Kingdom. This is also typically when you see many rehabs going on in the park.
The first thing you will notice is that the crane is up behind Cinderella Castle. It is taking down the lights on the castle and they are doing some rehab to the Castle. There are times when the crane will be down so you might want to grab a quick picture.
They are also working outside of Guest Relations as you enter the park.
As you stroll down Main Street you will also see a scrim on your right. If you step past this building you will be able to get a great photo looking down Main Street USA.
I wanted to try out my annual pass with same day FastPass+ reservations. Walt Disney World is doing away with the old FastPass machines. If you are a WDW resort guest you will be able to make FastPass reservations 60 days before you arrive. If you are an offsite guest you will only be able to arrange your FastPass reservation the day you enter the park. You are allowed to select 3 attractions for the day in the same park. This week Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be covering the fastpass machines and you will need to use My Disney Experience or the kiosks in the parks to make your FastPass+ reservations. It will work the same way as the test at Animal Kingdom.
I went with someone who is a cast member and they aren’t able to use My Disney Experience yet to make reservations. I also went with my grandson who didn’t require a FastPass. I have an Annual Pass. We went into Town Hall to make our reservation. The cast member directed me to use the iPad and sign into My Disney Experience. Once I explained to the cast member what I was trying to do, he escorted me out to the kiosk for the meet and greet at Town Hall. The cast member there told me I needed to go back inside and proceed like I was going to visit the characters. There was a very long line on the far left that led to more iPads to make my selections. We decided not to wait in that line. I had been to Magic Kingdom several days earlier and knew there were other Fastpass+ service locations.
I went back to Heritage House next to the Hall of Presidents and it was almost a walk up to the cast members. So remember that you don’t have to stop at the first place you see to make your reservations. Once you make your reservations you can have them sent to your email. I don’t know about you but I typically don’t check my phone once I am in the park. I took what I thought were good pictures with my iPhone only to realize I left the details out of the picture. Notice what is missing? Why, it is times for my FastPasses! I tried to access my email to check the details but where I was sitting I was unable to download my email. You can always write down the details or visit a kiosk if you can’t get the email.
It worked well for us and I didn’t miss the FastPass machines. In fact, I am glad the machines are going away. I have heard too many stories of people double-dipping or in one case, quadruple-dipping, for FastPasses.
Continuing my stroll through the park I found some more construction walls. This is by the Liberty Belle.
Here is the back of Cinderella Castle with the crane.
They have started the landscaping for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The picture was taken through the peep holes they have in the fence.
This is a great time of year to visit the 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World. The weather can be a little crazy during January. It can be frosty one day and in the 70′s the next. The crowds are lower so many of the attractions will be a walk on.
If you have visited during this time of year what do you think? Do seeing the construction walls put a damper on your vacation enjoyment. I like to think of how beautiful it will look when it is done. This is the time of year that I get to ride attractions that are usually so busy I don’t want to wait in the line. You get spoiled living here. If the line looks long you figure you will ride it the next time you come.
See you in the parks!
Category: Disney World