We return to the Magic Kingdom, where it was busy for President’s Day weekend. And big crowds bring big problems with them. Fastpass+ seems to struggle under holiday crowding. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how Disney should mitigate these issues.

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
There is a crane over the castle to repaint some of the golden spires.
There is a crane over the castle to repaint some of the golden spires.

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We love the work that has been done where the exit bypass is.
We love the work that has been done where the exit bypass is.
You know it is busy when Tomorrowland Terrace is open for business.
You know it is busy when Tomorrowland Terrace is open for business.
A better view of the crane.
A better view of the crane.

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Big crowds in Tomorrowland.
Big crowds in Tomorrowland.

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50 minute wait for the Speedway!
50 minute wait for the Speedway!
Extended queue was in use for the Mad Tea Party.
Extended queue was in use for the Mad Tea Party.

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The Dumbo photo op is being refurbished.
The Dumbo photo op is being refurbished.
65 minute wait for Dumbo.
65 minute wait for Dumbo.

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I think we're seeing a trend here.
I think we’re seeing a trend here.
The backside of the crane from Fantasyland.
The backside of the crane from Fantasyland.
Major backup at the FP+ line for it's a small world. A little alarming.
Major backup at the FP+ line for it’s a small world. Sad to see a FP line for a ride that really didn’t need FP to begin with.

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Full Mansion queue.
Full Mansion queue.

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Over at Sleepy Hollow, two of the very popular waffle sandwiches have been removed from the menu. The only one that is left is the Fruit Waffle Sanwich is Nutella spread.
Over at Sleepy Hollow, two of the very popular waffle sandwiches have been removed from the menu. The only one that is left is the Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Nutella spread. What do you folks think about the removal of the waffle sandwiches?
The repainting makes a huge difference.
The repainting makes a huge difference.
BB-8 balloons are everywhere now.
BB-8 balloons are everywhere now.
With the park super crowded, it's a surprise Diamond Horseshoe wasn't open.
With the park super crowded, it’s a surprise Diamond Horseshoe wasn’t open. This is too beautiful of a space to not be open every day. Don’t you agree?
Long line...just to get FastPasses.
Long line…just to get FastPasses.

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Another FP+ backup, this time at Pirates. It's a little scary to see these situations, as FP+ is supposed to be the best way to enjoy these attractions with a minimal wait time.
Another FP+ backup, this time at Pirates. It’s unfortunate  to see all these situations, as FP+ is supposed to be the best way to enjoy these attractions with a minimal wait time.

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55 minutes for Jungle Cruise.
55 minutes for Jungle Cruise.

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Skipper Canteen has been testing day of reservations.
Skipper Canteen has been testing day-of reservations.

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Love the late afternoon lighting on Main Street USA.
Love the late afternoon lighting on Main Street USA.

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Time to head out!
Time to head out!

 

More News from the World

  • Club Villain!, located at Sunset Showcase inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios has added additional reservations and extended the evil but fun experience into early March. You will be able to visit with four classic villains, all while hosted by the one and only Dr Facillier from The Princess and the Frog. Special New Orleans style food will be served along with desserts inspired by your favorite Disney Villains. The mini cupcakes, with Maleficent inspired horns, are a favorite! Themed Adult beverages will be offered along with beer, wine, and assorted soft drinks.
  • The Lion Guard are seeking honorary members at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. This quest, which officially opened last week, is inspired by Disney Junior’s animated adventure series “ The Lion Guard”. Young guests will be led on a park-wide search for all five Lion Guard Characters. With special attributes of each character on display, guests will become more familiar with the “requirements” of being a lion guard in the Pride Lands. A special induction ceremony takes place at Rafiki’s Planet Watch with special souvenirs and a photo opportunity with Rafiki himself!
  • The Disney Princess half marathon weekend is back at Walt Disney world from February 18-21. The most magical place on earth will be host to runners from around the globe. Special commemorative items will be available at the runDisney Health & fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Even young guests can participate with special runDisney kid races the entire weekend.

 

That’s everything for this week. How do you feel about the issues with FP+ in the park on a day with heavy crowds? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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