Hello, and welcome to a Saturday edition of Dateline Disney World! This week, it was cold and crowded at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s take a look at the tail end of Christmastime at Disney World.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

Due to the new bus loops at the park, you can now catch a bus directly from MK to DHS or AK.

With huge crowds, late hours are still going strong.

Christmas is still in the parks, for now.


70 minutes for Winnie the Pooh, an  hour for Little Mermaid, 110 minutes for the Belle meet and greet. Yikes!
It was in the 40s and 50s this week, so Disney plopped a Hot Cocoa cart right in the middle of the hub.

Scrims up almost backstage on Main Street.
There was even a 15 minute wait for the Treehouse!!

This blue scrim has been up for weeks and has not been covered with any theming.

Long waits continue..

MagicBand merchandise now available in the parks.

Gold Oak Outpost was serving to help handle crowds.

Lots of people.

Short wait for Splash though thanks to cold weather.

Big Thunder had these tacky masking tape switchbacks.

Blue scrim visible from other parts of the park. Still ugly.

Busy days are great opportunities to go to places like Tom Sawyer Island and soak in the details.

Tarps up near Haunted Mansion.

High winds were around along with the cold.

Village Haus has completed its refurbishment on the outside and now has 4 large trees planted, which is very nice and should provide a bit of shade in the summer.

Time for our normal round of Mine Train photos. It feels like I’ve been covering this for almost two years…

Some of the walls have come down, which is really great to see.

Also on the other side near Mermaid.

On to Tomorrowland.

Huge crowds here too!

No thanks.

That’s a wrap for us for this week! Have you ever braved the crowds in the crazy busy post Christmas period at WDW? Are you getting past tired of waiting for the Mine Train to open? Let us know in the comments.

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  • billyjobobb

    I know it hasn’t even opened, but mine train already feels like an old ride.

    • martinjbell1986

      Yeah, but I bet it’s going to average over 2 Hr wait times when it opens.

      • Country Bear

        For a 90 second experience.

    • CaptainAction

      Yeah, because we’ve been looking at photos of the Dwarf Train under construction for over two years. WDW should be ashamed.
      Oh man, I just can’t look at any more photos of the Seven Dwarf Mound.

  • Malin

    Thanks for a new update. I love the idea that you can now catch a direct service to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom with transferring over to the Ticket Transportation Center.

    I’m more tired about waiting for Disney to give us a new Parade then I am waiting for this new Coaster to open.

  • billyjobobb

    Why do people go to a Disney park during peak times?

    We went to Florida last February and it was amazing. Low wait times, nice weather….

    We go to Disneyland every October. Low wait times, nice weather and Halloween!

    • holierthanthoutx

      I ask people I know the same question — they either go the week between Christmas and New Year, or they go around July 4. They only manage to ride three rides per day, and they come away thinking WDW is an awful place.

      A couple of years ago, some relatives of ours went for Christmas. They paid full price for a room in a resort, couldn’t get dining reservations anywhere, and only rode attractions that had wait times under an hour (like the Peoplemover and Journey Into Imagination). They liked the decorations, but felt that it was a huge waste of money.

      We took them back the next year in September. We stayed in a 2-bedroom villa at a DVC resort — free for them — and ate at all the best restaurants. We rode EVERYTHING in all the parks in a seven-day period. They couldn’t believe they had spent many thousands of dollars to be miserable, when, had they simply asked for some advice, they could have had a fantastic experience.

      The lesson? If you don’t know what you’re getting into, ask someone who knows.

  • Freddie Freelance

    Cold? You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means…


    • Amy VandenBoogert

      It’s cold for Central Florida. We’re not used to temps being low. This coming Tuesday is it’s only going to be a high of 45F/7C and a low of 36F/2C. That is FREEZING for Florida!

      • Freddie Freelance

        It might be freezing to you, but it’s still 70 degrees warmer than International Falls, Mn.

  • thebear

    My family will be heading to WDW on February 1st and can’t wait! The pictures in this update were awesome, thank you! It has to be a challenge to build a ride that size right in the middle of a land in the most popular theme park in the world. If it was on the perimeter of the park it would probably have been much easier. I don’t know how great the ride will be but I think it will be similar to RSR with mild thrills and lots of cool themeing, just not on quite the same scale. No matter what though the whole area is a huge improvement over a Winnie the Pooh park or even the subs.

  • Haven

    Foolish mortals! Much like Disneyland itself, The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Ride will never be completed, but it will continue to grow as long as their is imagination left in the world. Happy New Year everyone 🙂

  • QPerth

    Wait times and queues like Tokyo Disneyland/Sea

  • WookieCookie

    Looking at that picture, I think that blue scim is supposed to be themed as the sky. 😉

    • Freddie Freelance

      That’s what I thought when I looked at the picture, too.

      It might almost work, if it wasn’t for Florida having rain all the time.

  • Matthew Curtis

    you cover the mine cart for 2 more years and universal will builid a new themepark-new hotel and new county:) in that time:)

  • Country Bear

    Thanks for the update Cory! I assume you had the bravery to cover the crowds but not try to also ride attractions that day?

    We last did WDW in late November and that was a pretty good time to go. The line ups were still long (any theme park with only 26 rides/attractions will feel busy – never mind the most popular one in the world). However, as compared to the pictures I’ve seen at Christmas, it was empty. I couldn’t stomach WDW at Christmas, it just wouldn’t be worth the money. So much time in line and so few attractions experienced each day. Perhaps locals or people with passes don’t care, but as a tourist, every minute counts and the reward wouldn’t be worth the challenge.

    As for the mine train, I think Walt is even tired of waiting for it to open. Regardless of the hopeful quality of the attraction, I suspect it will be a disappointment to most fan boys as the wait has been so long that it can’t possibly measure up to the expectations placed on it now.

    It would have been interesting to hear of anyone’s experiences with FastPass+ during this holiday season and how they enjoyed their time in the parks. I can’t imagine the crowds making it a very pleasant experience either.

    Thanks for facing the cold so we could share in the adventure Cory.

  • SpectroMan

    I would never come to WDW during these times! If I was a local, sure I could pop in for a few hours but a full-fledged vacation? The only reason I can imagine people are that brave is that it’s the ONLY time they can get the time off to go. Poor souls.