Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom Construction and Epcot Flower and Garden Food Booths

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Walt Disney World

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Published on February 22, 2013 at 4:03 am with 11 Comments

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Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  1. Great Update Cory

    I don’t get why people need to get a fastpass for the Little Mermaid. the queue is detailed and you will be on the ride very quickly. I wasat DCA in the summer, and it was less than 5 minuntes to get on. Good attraction, butnot the best. Maybe the imagineers shoul have created something new for the opening of New fantasyland, like the flying Dragon. Has any Micechatters got any news about it. Seeing a flying dragon would make me want to visit the East Coast of the USA, but when I do, maybe I will stick to USO and Sea World as they will have new attractions this year that will atract every demographic, not just young girls.

    Thanks Again Cory

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    • I have a feeling we’ll never see the flying dragon again. It was used once for a press event that the general public was not invited to.

  2. Little Mermaid has a FP because My Magic + is going fully online soon. You will see FP showing up at things that never had FP before like parade viewing.

    • And this is truly a shame.

      I’m currently reading Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. It’s a satire about a very controlling dystopian future. There’s a great paragraph early in the book that I think fits well into the MyMagic+ debates.

      “Your life, career, and social standing decided right then and there, and all worrisome life uncertainties eradicated forever. You knew who you were, what you would do, where you would go and what was expected of you. In return, you simply accepted your position… and assiduously followed the Rulebook. Your life was mapped. And all in the time it takes to bake a tray of scones”.

      The author was referring to a test all citizens, upon reaching a certain age, must take in order to determine their place in society. He’s also very slyly pointing out that with all added securities comes a loss of freedom.

      Are we all preferring to move through our vacations like drones?

  3. I heard Mermaid has had wait times of 30 minutes, which is enough to justify getting a Fastpass.

    I wonder if Epcot will eventually just have permanent food & wine booths.

  4. When we were at MK 2 weeks ago, we heard the Mermaid long got outrageously long later in the day, so we went there first thing and basically walked on (this was at rope drop). When we exited the ride it was a 20 minute wait. We picked up fastpasses for Space Mtn right after that. About 5 hours later, Mermaid was an 120 minute wait (not kidding…and this was in early February!) Because of fastpass, it has suddenly made the ride such that you either have to pick up a fastpass relatively quickly, or risk waiting in a long standby line. I didn’t want to do either, because I wanted to see the immersive queue, and yet not wait more than 20 minutes (I’ve ridden the one at DCA a few times…) so our strategy worked.

    We also got in “line” for lunch at Be Our Guest at 10am! It was all the way across the bridge. I do have to admit, it was the most delicious steak sandwich I’ve ever eaten at 10:30am in my life… (the wait was worth it).

  5. THANK YOU for another fine churro-scented update, Cory! ! !

  6. $8.25 for a 20 ounce beer? Not cool.

    • That’s one of the main reasons I don’t buy alcohol at theme parks. Outrageously overpriced. I can get the same thing for much less at my local watering hole. I’d rather have my theme park fun sober for the most part. Who wants to get plastered and then have to yak in a theme park toilet? Not me.

  7. The other night, Mermaid had a posted 20 minute wait, but it was literally a walk-on. I was through the queue and on the ride in less than 5 minutes.

  8. While I appreciate the work done, how come this is only Epcot and MK? I’m more interested to hear about the stuff going on at Animal Kingdom, what with there river attraction going threw a quick refurb and Disney’s announcement this week of the new Meet and Greet at Discovery Island.