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Why can’t I find Fastpass+ for Anna and Elsa?

A lot of folks ask me why they can’t find Fastpass+ options for Anna and Elsa X days before their trip.  The reason FP+ options are difficult to find for them is simple economics.  I’m going to present some made up numbers for the sake of discussion.

Lets say, hypothetically,  that Anna and Elsa are able to meet 200 guests per hour per day when they move to the Magic Kingdom.  That would be 3.33 guests per minute, so it sounds reasonable for discussion purposes.  The Magic Kingdom has taken the stance that Anna and Elsa will only be guaranteed from 9am to 5pm daily, so we have 8 hours to work with.  If you multiply 120×8, you get 1600 people per day.  Fastpass+ usually offers express privileges to 1/3 of all the guests in an line. Given our mathematical proposal,  533 guests per day would be meeting Anna and Elsa using FP+.

There is easily 30,000 or more guests in the Magic Kingdom on a really slow day, so about 1% would be given an opportunity to meet the Frozen Princesses with a short(er) wait given our numbers on a slow day.  Guest are crying out because there “must be a better way.”  The only better way is to offer this meet and greet in multiple locations until the demand cools down but that does cost more money.  Moving them to Magic Kingdom and offering FP+ is a plus, but probably not enough to make the line really short.

If you can’t find Fastpass+ for Anna and Elsa using my tip about booking them one at a time or using the copy method, your best bets are:

1.  Arrive before park opening and go straight there on a morning Extra Magic Hour day.  This eliminates anyone skipping character meals, or eating then running out to beat you to the second rope behind the castle.

2.  If you don’t have Extra Magic Hour privileges, you should arrive before park opening and head straight there and make your way as close as possible to the rope behind the castle, eliminating as much wait as possible.

If you don’t have FP+ and sleep in, you’re still going to wait in a REALLY long line.   I’m still guessing that those with FP+ from around noon onward will experience a wait of an hour or more, unless Disney forces more people to just wait longer in the stand by line.  I’ll update you next week and let you know if my guess is correct.

Rumor Round UP: Anna & Elsa, Aurora, Snow White, Easter Bunny, Jiminy Cricket, Water Park Characters and someone named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

In the always changing beast that is Disney World Entertainment…

Anna and Elsa relocation along with Aurora and Snow White

When Anna and Elsa relocate to the Magic Kingdom’s Fairytale Hall on Sunday, April 20, 2014, they are said to be meeting alongside Princess Aurora.  Snow White will then move back to the front of the park next to City Hall.   Anna and Elsa are only guaranteed to stay until 5:00pm daily, but I would expect them to stay until everyone using FP+ to meet them and possibly everyone in the stand by line that weren’t cut off could meet them.  We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out.  Hopefully, someone has thought ahead concerning a cut off time.  I still don’t understand why they just don’t meet all day and eliminate confusion.

After Anna and Elsa are done for the day Snow White or Jasmine could be appearing alongside Aurora for the remainder of the evening.

Water Park characters have returned

It’s been confirmed for me that the Water Park characters have returned for the Spring and Summer season.  My daughter and I will be heading over this week to visit them and get some new photos.

Easter Bunny

Mr & Mrs Easter Bunny will now be meeting on Easter from 9am – 12:15pm at the Magic Kingdom.  So their schedule is April 13-19 9:00am-2:00pm & 3:40-5:10pm and April 20 9:00am-12:15pm.  They are meeting next to City Hall, where Snow White will move.  I’ll be heading over later this week to meet Mr. and Mrs Easter Bunny.

In past years Disney bunnies have been known to pop up at other parks on Easter as well.  No guarantees if, who, where or when they will appear.  Just keep your eyes open if you’re looking for a Disney bunny.

Don’t forget to check out the resorts I listed recently to meet special characters on Easter Sunday.

After Easter schedule adjustments

Fairy Godmother will return to her old schedule on the 19th

Gaston will return to his old schedule on the 20th.

Peter Pan will return to his regular Fantasyland location on the 21st and only meet in the early morning again.

Frontierland Hoedown will return again right after Easter to it’s normal 4:45 & 5:40pm schedule.

Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket has become really difficult to locate in the last several months.  I was told he was removed from Epcot Training, so he’s been basically non-existent.  I was informed recently that Jiminy Cricket could be appearing on Tuesday, which is Earth Day, at the Animal Kingdom.  It’s said that he’s appeared there for this event in the past.  He was in the Oasis area before you enter the park.  Keep your eyes open, maybe you’ll find him after the park is open.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Oswald recently began appearing at Tokyo Disneyland.  The Disney Parks Blog hinted that he could be coming to the American parks as well.  It’s just a rumor at this point, but I’ve heard that he may be coming to Hollywood Studios this fall.  If the rumor is accurate, he would be taking the space now occupied by Ralph and Vanellope.  No specific dates were attached to the rumor.

Anna and Elsa to move to yet another test schedule at Norway in Epcot

UPDATE:  The Frozen girls returned to the lame 11:00am start time on Sunday, February 16, 2014.  I’ll go check this out later in the week, but people are stating that it’s a minimum 4 hour wait.

I recently posted that many guests were having great success in meeting Anna and Elsa later in the afternoon.   Some people tried it out and found the wait to be significantly less.  Recently a few people found that Disney’s website was listing Anna/Elsa meet and greet moving to a 9:00 am to 6:00 pm schedule beginning Sunday, February 9.

I was able to confirm that this is a test schedule that will allow Disney World to see if it improves the guest experience.  They have been beginning at 11:00 am, which meant that the line would easily be 3 to 4 hours long before the ladies even arrived to meet guests.  I recommended a couple of times that they look at doing a rope drop meet and Disney has responded, of course, it could have been the hundreds of complaints at guest relations.

So, beginning Sunday, February 9 I will again recommend that you visit the ladies at rope drop and do not visit on an Extra Magic Hour morning!

Worldwide Wednesday: A Disneyland Viva Navidad courtesy of Rich Muller

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A Haunted Mansion Holiday is always a crowd favorite.  It would be awesome to see something like this in Walt Disney World, but not very likely.

Continue reading Worldwide Wednesday: A Disneyland Viva Navidad courtesy of Rich Muller