Best Restaurant for EPCOT Fireworks viewing? by denismeniz in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you seen them before? If you haven't then don't rely on a restaurant. Reason? Everyone wants that awesome view, which means only a few people will get those views. If you can't get a good view you may not be able to see the fireworks at all despite your best efforts. Having dinner earlier and then finding a good spot later may be a better for you.

Who, when, and what do I ask in order to get the 'good' seats on Soarin'? by [deleted] in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The suggestions here are great. The other way to have your pick of the Soarin' seats is to book an 8am dining reservation at garden grill. The food is ok, the characters are great. Finish by 8:45 and they let you on before the park entrance folks have even shown up. Did this the first time I went on it and we were the only people in B, middle row.

Buses at AK Lodge - Are they really that bad? by CarolineH10 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They come every 20 minutes with the occasional bad delay making it 40 minutes for a particular route. The bus to DAK is on a loop so they are pretty frequent unless there are a lot of scooters.

On the whole they are fine but can be frustrating. If you have a morning ADR then you may want to Uber/Lyft/Minnie Van to be safe but otherwise they are ok.

Is it really going to be -19 on Sunday? by PM__YOUR__GOOD_NEWS in Omaha

[–]absolutedestiny 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The feels-like temp is -41. I'm staying indoors. Under blankets.

Weekly Question Thread - December 26, 2017 by AutoModerator in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well, this week is a special hell but if you got to the park maybe >90mins before park opening at the latest you would likely have a 45 min wait until they moved you into the park and a 20min wait before the dropped the pandora rope and let people ride FoP. You could be done with riding FoP by 9:15 and do the rest of the park.

FoP is much more worth it. If you are lucky and ride in the first few rooms, you can get out and do the river ride at 9:00 as basically a walk on. Otherwise don't despair, you aren't missing that much in the grand scheme of things.

Tips on best seat for Flight of Passage? by ahufana in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been on the end and it's not nearly as bad as soarin. YMMV

Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge? Pros and Cons, Please by SilentNightingale in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No fee, but a tip wouldn't go amiss.

It takes a little while to transfer and unlike Magical Express they do not take it to your room directly, but you can call bell services to bring it up if you want or you can pick it up right at the desk. Bell services operate 24/7 so if doesn't matter how late you return from a day of touring when you transfer resorts. We picked up our bags after a late night at the Christmas party!

You can even call Bell Services to collect luggage from your room the morning you transfer but I preferred to just stop by on my way to the park so I could get on with morning touring.

Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge? Pros and Cons, Please by SilentNightingale in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Do a split stay. WL for the days where you are touring MK and Epcot then transfer to AKL for the rest. Bell services can transfer all your luggage for you while you are at the park. I did this on my most recent trip and it was fantastic (stayed at the Poly, did MK and Epcot then went over to AKL).

The only downside to a split stay imo is that you will have two 180-day mornings for dining reservations but honestly dining is easy to get because people change their plans a lot and you can pick up reservations for pretty much anything. Fast passess work just fine for booking your entire trip at the 60-day mark, so you will still be fine getting those important Pandora, Mine Train & Frozen passes.

If a split stay isn't your thing... I personally adore AKL, but I've never done WL.

Pandora Wait Times During EMH by lettucetacobout-it in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Your instincts are correct, the automated suggestion is wrong here. For every 100 people, maybe 1 or 2 go to river journey. If you are in the early rope drop crowd you will ride FOP quick and can get in the river journey line with a short 10 or 20mins wait.

In fact, touring plans historical data shows this to be the case. It was EMH on saturday, admittedly a much busier saturday than the one the OP is talking about, but these were the observed times:

FOP - https://touringplans.com/animal-kingdom/attractions/avatar-flight-of-passage/wait-times/date/2017-12-16

River Journey: https://touringplans.com/animal-kingdom/attractions/navi-river-journey/wait-times/date/2017-12-16

River Journey stayed fairly low during EMH but FOP was a full two hours the whole time. What this means is that if you are not in the first few hundred people into the park then you are waiting an hour or more regardless of EMH.

If you want a better comparison, find a historical date with a similar predicted crowd level and see what the actual numbers looked like.

Weekly Question Thread - December 05, 2017 by AutoModerator in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Visiting on Sunday for 6 days - weather forecast looks a little chilly. I have two questions on that:

1) Will the drop in temperature affect visits from locals - perhaps making the parks a little quieter (like rainy days can do) or is it not cold enough?

2) How bad will it feel waiting for night time shows with temps in the 40s? Is this gloves level or just a light jacket level?

Disappointed in Disney World Customer Service by bobbychoi in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny -9 points-8 points  (0 children)

OK so you can buy the insurance but claiming when you were aware of the condition before travel would be a challenge, just like you can't claim for a weather event if you bought the insurance when the storm was already on the map.

Disappointed in Disney World Customer Service by bobbychoi in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd be surprised if you could insure someone with a fatal condition...

So sorry for OP's loss. Would other evidence that you were not in Orlando suffice, I wonder?

FoP wait at rope drop? And how hard is it to get into RoL without a fastpass? by DrkDragon25 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Touring Plans have a video showing what to expect with a FoP rope drop:


However, that video was taken November 12th which they say was a 7 out of 10 day. The crowd calendar for your date shows Animal Kingdom at a 9 out of 10. So basically hell on earth.

Where he says an hour before, an hour and a half to two hours might be better because, frankly, that ride is going to have crazy lines all day long.

Mickey a Christmas Party by Parallax24 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 2 points3 points  (0 children)


Usually the 2nd parade is quieter but they can both be about as busy sometimes. There's only one fireworks show. It is technically possible to find a good spot for the fireworks that you could stay in for Mickey's stage show and the parade without moving (in that order).

ADR made! Dining plan value? by bmo32131980 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

WDW Prep School have a list of restaurants that are, on average, better to do on the dining plan here: http://wdwprepschool.com/disney-dining-plan-credits/

You'll notice there aren't that many of them, although some of yours are on that list. I think that it's likely to be more expensive on the plan, especially with signature dining meals.

My advice would be to buy gift cards, charge to your magic band, pay it off with gift cards. You will get the convenience of a meal plan and very likely save money. It will also give you flexibility when dining - having some appetisers instead of an entree, skipping desert but getting a cocktail - things that you can't do with credits.

If you can buy gift cards somewhere with a discount, such as Target with a red card or Sam's club, then you will basically get free money for dining.

Sort of a last minute trip to Orlando. by MathTheUsername in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, if time is the only limiting factor, you could do both the main park day AND the party and basically have the chance to do every ride there is in MK because both the park and the party will have low attendance. Rope drop the super quiet park morning, take a long break after the festival of fantasy parade at 2 and return for the party at 6.

Of course, that will cost a LOT more but you will literally be able to do everything in a single day. It might kill you, though.

The advantage of a non-party MK day in my opinion would be the chance to see Happily Ever After - though it will be a really big crowd due to there being fewer days to catch that show during party season.

So happy with my ADRs! by knumbersix in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That is so much food. I don't think I could do three table service restaurants a day.

Good choices though. Well, except the Jingle Bell Jingle Bam Dessert Party. Not the best of shows to pay for deserts for.

Be sure you dont spend too much time at Be Our Guest and too little enjoying the party, though.

Be our Guest breakfast slots gone at 190 days out? by Wicked_smaht_guy in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's possible that they haven't released their whole availability (which sucks, I know). I'd reserve for 9 and keep checking for earlier.

How to ride Flight of Passage with no wait by CarolineH10 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Even though the advice is obvious, I appreciate the video showing what the reality of it is and knowing what to expect with the amount of people and the timings.

MK is crazy busy tonight for HEA! by xOZx2010 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The issue is that when the Christmas party is running, it limits the number of nights HEA shows so if you really want to see that show you and everyone else have to go at the same fewer times.

What's a good time to reserve at Rose & Crown to watch Illuminations? by happypanda8 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]absolutedestiny 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Be prepared for the possibility that you will not be able to get a view and still be eating when the show happens and miss everything.

Personally, I'd just eat earlier then watch it from the bridge between the UK and France or various other spots.