My Wild Plan For Animal Kingdom

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If you have not read it already, I have written an article similar to this about my FastPass strategy for Hollywood Studios with Toy Story Land opening and what not. Well, today, I will be talking about a PLAN for my favorite park, Animal Kingdom!

If you are not already aware, a plan tells you how to do everything in a park in an organized manner. So you are not scrambling around everywhere. I am calling this plan the Day Till Night Adventurer plan. So here is that plan!

FastPasses: Tier 1: Flight of Passage | Tier 2: Kali River Rapids & Kilimanjaro Safaris

Step 1: 60 Stays Before The Start of Your Trip, Immediately Book The FastPasses Above Between 11:00 and 12:00!

Step 2: Get On The Bus 90 Minutes Before Animal Kingdom Opens

Step 3: When You Get Inside of the Animal Kingdom Park, Walk Swiftly (Don´t Run) To Pandora: The World Of Avatar. Rush To Na´vi River Journey.

Step 4: You Should Be Out of Na´vi River Journey Around 20 Minutes After The Park Has Officially Opened. Now, Make Your Way Towards Expedition Everest. Once You Reach Expedition Everest Get In Line, (Ask For The Front For The Best Experience).

Step 5: Leave Expedition Everest and Go Towards Dinoland and Ride All Three Dinoland Rides. This should take about 45 Minutes Depending On Which Day You Go.

Step 6: Now Should Be Around The Time Of All Of Your FastPasses From 11:00 to 12:00. Once You Finish Knocking Out Kali River Rapids, Flight of Passage, and Kilimanjaro Safaris, Immediately Book A FastPass for Another Attraction That You Might Want To Ride Again Like Na´vi River Journey or Expedition Everest.

Step 7: Spend An Hour Checking Out All Of The Trails as 12 to 2 Is Peak Time at Walt Disney World.

Step 8: Eat A Quick Service Lunch Within The Park.

Step 9: Use The FastPass That You Booked For Either Na´vi River Journey or Expedition Everest.

Step 10: Book A FastPass For An Attraction Or Rivers of Light (If You Want To Watch It)

Step 10: Use Your Free Time To Do Whatever You Want Until It Becomes Completely Dark. (Buy A Snack!)

Step 11: Once It Becomes Completely Dark, Ride Expedition Everest Once Again.

Step 12: Use A Dining Reservation On Yak & Yeti Or A Nearby Restaurant.

Step 13: Watch Rivers of Light or Use Your FastPass For The Attraction That You Used.

Step 14: Spend The Rest Of Your Time At Animal Kingdom Checking Out Pandora At Night In The Bioluminescent Forest and Riding Rides Again Like Dinosaur.

Step 15: Leave Animal Kingdom and Have A Great Night!

Well, that is my Day Till Night Adventurer plan. If you have any questions, please go to my contacts section of the site. Until next time everyone, have a magical day!

 

 

 

 

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Disney Slang: What Does It Mean?

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People who are newer to any Disney Theme Park, in general, will have a problem understanding the Disney Fan´s ¨slang¨.  That is right, we Disney die-hards have our own slang language. So let´s get into it!

IP: Ip is a pretty standard term, however, some people still don´t know what it means. When we Disney fans say ¨IP¨, we mean [Interprise]. Or a Disney Interprise.

TTC: This one is simple, but everyone who is new to Disney World won´t know what the TTC is. It is the [Ticket & Transportation Center] Here you can buy park tickets and take monorails to Epcot & Magic Kingdom.

MCO: Not to be confused with DME, MCO is the Orlando International Airport where people staying on Disney property will arrive for their magical stay.

DME: The DME, not to be confused with MCO is Disney´s Magical Express which will take you from MCO to your Walt Disney World resort.

MK: Magic Kingdom (Theme Park)

EP: Epcot (Theme Park)

HWS or MGM: Disney´s Hollywood Studios (Formerly Known As MGM Studios) (Theme Park)

AK: Disney´s Animal Kingdom (Theme Park)

DS: Disney Springs (Shopping Center)

WDW: Walt Disney World as a whole resort or city. (Yes Walt Disney World is considered a city)

Well my friends, that is all I have for today. If you have any questions about anything, go to my contacts section and then I will get back to you ASAP! Have a great rest of your Magical Day!

 

 

 

 

My Toy Story Land Strategy

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As many may know, Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World is to open in about a month (June 30th). There will be two rides in this new land, Slinky Dog Dash & Alien Swirling Saucers. Accompanying these new rides will be Toy Story Midway Mania with a new queue.

The FastPass+ tiers at Hollywood Studios will change. Now it is the only rides in Tier 1 are the Toy Story Land attractions. Tier 2 is everything else.

What I will be doing around this time is, of course, booking a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash. My non-priority will be Toy Story Midway Mania because I have already done it too many times. I will do it if it has a short wait or if we have time to kill.

Then what I will be doing is right away in the morning, rush to Alien Swirling Saucers. That way, the more popular attraction, Slinky Dog Dash is out of worry as I have a FastPass for it later.

I would be hoping to wait less than an hour for Alien Swirling Saucers as I personally do not like waiting that long for flat rides.

My Tier 2 FastPasses will probably be The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and a show. Possibly Fantasmic! or Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.

Please note that with all new attractions at Walt Disney World comes huge lines. So do not expect to wait any less than two hours in the stand-by line less than a month after a ride opens.

The only wait to get on the new rides is with FastPasses or rope dropping. However, even with rope-dropping, you have to have quick feet.

Thank you for reading my blog! If you have any questions, please go to the contacts section of the site. Well, until next time my Disney friends, have a great day!

 

Disney Deluxe Resorts: Why Is It Worth It?

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Ah, Disney Deluxe resorts. The ones that really take the rupt out of bankrupt. So expensive that Club Level 2-Bedroom suites could charge up to $3000 and around peak-times $4000. Don’t you love the smell of highway robbery?

I know, calm down. There are ways to stay in these one of a kind hotels for a slim cost. There are many discounts such as free dining plans that may make your stay at a Deluxe Resort quite worth it.

What Do You Get From It?: Well, every Deluxe resort offers a Walk/Monorail/Boat to a Disney Park. With the exception of Animal Kingdom Lodge. With complimentary buses to all Disney Theme Parks, water parks, etc.

Contemporary Resort: Walk or Take A Monorail To Magic Kingdom

Grand Floridian: Take A Monorail Or Ride A Boat To Magic Kingdom

Polynesian Village: Take A Boat Or Monorail To Magic Kingdom

Wilderness Lodge: Take A Boat To The Magic Kingdom

Beach Club: Walk To Epcot and Walk Or Take A Boat To Hollywood Studios

Yacht Club: Walk To Epcot and Walk Or Take A Boat To Hollywood Studios

Boardwalk Inn: Walk To Epcot and Walk Or Take A Boat To Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom Lodge: Short Bus Ride To Animal Kingdom

These hotels also have more immersive theming. Some of the better-themed resorts include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, and the Polynesian if theming is important to you.

These resorts also offer better pools and often larger than the moderates and values. Like the moderates, every deluxe offers a waterslide, however, the deluxe waterslides are usually better, faster, and longer. Such as the Beach Club & Yacht Club share a pool with a 2-minute slide and a giant lazy river. The only Disney Resort(s) that offer a lazy river.

While staying in a Deluxe Resort also offers priority with buses and Disney’s Magical Express.

The last difference is the rooms are slightly larger and could call for larger groups. For example, moderate resorts can hold 4 people in a standard room while deluxe resorts can hold 5.

What Is Club Level?: I have personally never stayed Club Level myself so I cannot tell you how luxurious it is. I know one day I will… just probably not anytime soon.

Club Level offers free appetizers and beverages along with privacy and an elevator that only Club Level guests can access which will take you to a Club Level the only floor. Disney also offers many more services for Club Level guests that you can feel free to search up because they are always updating.

Well, that is all I have for today! Please contact me in my contacts section and I will get back to you ASAP! Thank you for reading and have a magical day!

 

 

Overrated & Underrated Attractions, Restaurants, Food, and Shows at Walt Disney World!

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We all love attractions at Walt Disney World. They take the real stars of your whole trip. Maybe taking a spin on the teacups or a ride on the thrilling Expedition Everest. Whatever sounds appealing to you, we all love attractions!

I feel that there are certain attractions that get ¨too much¨ love. There are also some that don´t get enough of it. When I say overrated, I don´t mean you shouldn´t ride it. I just say that the expectation is higher than it should be. So, without being said these are my overrated and underrated, well everything!

Overrated:

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: I am starting it off in the wonderful Magic Kingdom. Seven Dwarfs is a mine train attraction geared towards the whole family. It is a must do every time I take a trip but the reason why it is on my overrated list is that some people are willing to wait over 2 hours. I admit I have waited that long for it once. But, I will never do it again. There are so many things to do, and waiting two hours is not one of the things I want to do.

Cinderellas Royal Table: So, this one is a bit more controversial. The main reason why it is on my overrated list is the number of people willing to pay $50 per person or two table service credits to just eat in the castle. I am sure eating in the castle would sound cool, but it is not worth two table service credits for me. So, therefore, I see this restaurant as overrated.

Flight of Passage: I may get hate messages for this one, but Flight of Passage is just crazy. It is the whole Animal Kingdom craze right now along with Na´vi River Journey. River Journey isn´t that bad. As long as you get to Animal Kingdom at opening River Journey won´t have that long of a wait. However, Flight of Passage as I am writing this has a four-hour wait. Ok so, it looks like a really cool ride. But, absolutely not that cool.

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin: This one is really, just, not that good of a ride. So basically this is the worse version of Toy Story but I hate putting this on the overrated list because I am actually good at this one compared to Toy Story Mania. I just wouldn´t wait an hour for it. I think if it was under 30 minutes I would wait. However, an hour it just not worth it.

Toy Story Midway Mania: I hate putting this on here as well because I love this ride even though I am horrible at shooting targets. However, the hype is really too high for what it actually is. I think Tower of Terror is ten times better than this but it always has a shorter wait. Therefore Toy Story makes my overrated list.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth: I knew I had to include something from Epcot. I just couldn´t decide what to include. I decided to go for their nighttime spectacular, Illuminations. The reason for this is because if you want a FastPass for a decent view you need to use a Tier 1 FastPass. Which in my opinion is ridiculous because you can get a very similar view from the sides. Even if it was Tier 2, I would still not get it. I think it is just a waste. But, that is my opinion.

Fantasmic!: This is in Hollywood Studios. Once again, the reason why it is on my overrated list is that of the fact that to get a FastPass for it, you have to get it from Tier 1. Therefore, Fantasmic! is very much overrated.

Underrated:

I did have a lot of overrated attractions but I do have a fair share of underrated attractions and others as well.

PeopleMover: This is probably one of my favorite attractions in Magic Kingdom. I am not sure why. There is never a wait. I mean like never. It is so soothing and relaxing. It just takes you on a tour around Tomorrowland. You can even bring babies on it if you wanted to. It is not scary at all. Very cool ride!

Frozen Ever After: I cannot believe this is on my underrated list. Frozen is such a cool ride! I am checking the waits right now. It is a weekend and it is noon over there. Twenty-five minute wait. That is nothing… I am baffled. So, some people say that the expectation was just too high. I disagree. I think it brought what we thought it would. I just love Frozen Ever After. Unless you have little kids, I don´t recommend getting a FastPass for it.

The Seas With Nemo & Friends: This is a ride that takes you along with Nemo in many adventures. I love this ride so much. It is always a five to ten-minute wait and the technology within the ride is so cool! This ride always shocks me even though I have ridden it a bazillion times.

Dinosaur!: This ride has recently had a fall in popularity and I love it! It is absolutely a must do for me and the animatronics are so realistic and amazing. I couldn´t tell you how much I have loved Dinosaur! since I have first ridden it. I really recommend you ride it too.

Primeval Whirl: This one is very controversial. There are so many people that think this ride needs to go. I disagree. I have had so many great memories of it. It may just be a wild mouse coaster, however, when you actually get to ride it, it is filled with magic. I would always recommend Primeval Whirl, always!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: This one is iffy at some points as it is either underrated or where it should be wait wise. However, when it does get that ten-minute wait, I am shocked. This ride is so amazing and you would want to ride it all day long if you could. Tower of Terror is such a thrilling ride and so much fun.

Well, that is all I have for today. If you have any questions please contact me in my contacts section. Until next time, have a magical day!

 

 

The Disney Dining Plans… Which Is The Best One?

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Food, food may be a huge factor in prices for when you are at a Walt Disney World resort. So why spend so much? Well, if you get a dining plan, you don´t have to. Here is all about the Disney Dining Plans.

Requirements & Bonuses:

Ok, so yes there are requirements for having the Disney Dining Plan. First, you must be staying at one of Disney´s hotels. Second, you must stay a minimum of three nights. Every night you spend at the hotel, you get what you get for that day.

There is a bonus that you get for choosing a Disney Dining Plan. This bonus is the ¨Rapid Fill¨ cup. This cup you can fill at your hotel as many times as you want. There is an approximately 10-minute window in between your fills. So you can refill your cup every ten minutes for free. You can take it to the parks as well.

Quick Service Dining Plan:

I do not recommend the Quick Service dining plan. This dining plan allows you to have one snack and two quick service meals per day. You can search the prices online as they do always change. Therefore, I am not going to say the prices as they may be inaccurate when you go.

Quick Service Dining Plan:

  • 2 Quick Service Meals
  • 1 Snack

Plus Dining Plan (Recommended):

The plus dining plan I absolutely recommend. This plan gives you one table service restaurant, one quick service restaurant, and one snack per person. Therefore you can have a quick lunch and a nice dinner. Once again, I will not be saying the price for accuracy reasons.

Plus Dining Plan:

  • 1 Table Service Restaurant
  • 1 Quick Service Restaurant
  • 1 Snack

Deluxe Dining Plan: The Deluxe dining plan is one that I recommend if you can afford it. This dining plan gives you three meals per day. When I say meals, I mean for Quick Service or Table Service. This would also be a good plan to have if you want to dine at Cinderella´s Royal Table. Why? Well, that restaurant makes you use two table service credits. It may be worth it. You would have to decide that on your own. It also gives you two snacks per day.

  • 3 Meals (For Any Restaurant)
  • 2 Snacks

There are indeed two more dining plans. However, I am not going to talk about those as they are very expensive. Those three are the more common, more purchased ones. If for some reason you have a lot of money or would like to have the best dining plan possible, then be sure do search up ¨Premium Dining Plan¨, it is very expensive.

Well, that is all I have for today. If you have any questions please go to the contacts section of my website or email me gamingwithgavinj@gmail.com. Until next time, have a great day!

All About Walt Disney World Dining Reservations!

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First off, I did indeed take a break yesterday as I was exhausted and didn´t have time to post. However, now I am back with yesterday´s promised article.

Let´s get straight into it, this is going to be a quicker post than usual. So, if you are staying on property (see my last post), you can book your trip 180 days before the start of your trip, for your whole trip. If you are staying off-property, you can book your reservations 180 days before each day of your trip.

You book these reservations through the Walt Disney World website or through the ¨My Disney Experience¨ app on your phone. You just go to your plans and click make reservations.

You are able to make your reservations 180 days before at 7am EST. So, if you live in California like I do, 4am. Not the most convenient thing. However, still worth it.

There are some restaurants that you will want to book right at the 180-day mark. Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom strangely do not have any of these restaurants. The restaurants there are not really rushed. However, you should always book character meals. Those are the only exceptions. Now for the restaurants, you should book IMMEDIATELY when it is your 180-day mark.

Cinderella´s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)

Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom)

Rosen Crowne (Epcot)

Space Restaurant (Epcot) (Opens 2019)

Canada Steakhouse (Epcot)

So, as you can see, there are not very many of these restaurants. However, if any of them do seem appealing. Then you should definitely book them immediately if you want a decent time.

I just want to say I do not recommend eating at Cinderella´s Royal Table as it is a huge time suck. It is also very expensive. Meals range from $39 to $59. I don´t know about that one.

Well, that is all I have for today. Please come back tomorrow for another post. If you have any questions about anything Disney World I can help you! Just go to my contacts section and I will get back to you ASAP! Until next time, have a great day!