Although we had an amazing day and got to do all that we wanted I think I have to put down some thoughts.
CAR PARK: $22 and you don’t get a souvenir receipt anymore
2018 KEY RING $10
YODA BACK PACK $65
PLUSH MINNIE EARS $24
3 COFFEES 3 PASTRIES $30
MICKEY ICE CREAM SANDWICH $5
It might be the happiest place on earth but why does it have to be the most expensive day ever?
There is no movie back lot experience, no Great Movie Ride, No Honey I Shrunk the Audience and although the charming Toy Story Land is a fantastic new addition there is isn’t enough to do in there. The car park is under repair and the walkway to the entrance has green construction fencing all the way to the bag checks. It can’t get away from the feeling that there are a lot of changes happening but surely this should be reflected in the ticket prices.
There is a temporary stage erected in front of the Chinese Theatre that once housed the Great Movie Ride and soon to be Mickey and Minnie Rail ride. All this stage did was greet a marching squadron of Storm Troopers who arrived with all the pomp and ceremony afforded to them who then fired a couple of fireworks off and that was it.
All the way from Disney Springs to the Hollywood Studios and beyond is the construction of a new Cable Car (Gondola) network. I know that there are improvements being made constantly but not having been for nearly 8 years it seems to be happening all at once. There is always a reason to get you to visit again.
The Hollywood Boulevard that runs right of the main street towards the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror is lined with shops and cafes and nothing much else. I guess it is all placed to capture the crowds that head to the Beauty and the Beast Show which we had seen years ago and it is beautiful and the parks finale, Fantasmic.
The characters were out in force and orderly queues formed to have your picture taken by a Disney Photographer which was linked to your account. If you have the Magic Maker included it is a great way to get pictures of yourselves in front of the best bits. Our two day ticket didn’t include this facility but $64 to have access for a week is almost cruise line rates.
Still after those gripes I can’t really complain about the Disney staff and organisation. No queues were an ordeal and there were water stations everywhere. So my advice is to take snacks and refillable water containers with you.
I did get a new mug for my Starbucks collection though from the Hollywood Studios which I did umm and err about because again this was way more expensive than outside of the park.
Thursday is the Magic Kingdom and we definitely need a day to recover to get the feeling back in our legs!