Disney World Might Be Offering an Early Admission Upcharge Event, Too
What appears to be a data glitch this morning gave some Disney fans a peek at what might be Disney World's latest upcharge extra — Disney Early Morning Magic.
For $69 per adult ($49 for children ages 3-9), guests would get into the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland up to 75 minutes before the official park opening. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh would be open for participating guests to ride, and the Village Haus would serve a buffet breakfast that would be included in the event price.
The event briefly showed up in the listings on Disney's website this morning, before disappearing. However, the presence of the event on an official website strongly suggests that this is something than Disney plans on releasing, even if it has not done so yet officially.
The breakfast would include a selection of scrambled eggs with toppings, fruits, pastries, and Mickey waffles. And the event would not take place on mornings when the Magic Kingdom offered Disney's hotel guests Extra Magic Hours before park open.
This would not be not a hard-ticket event, so guests would need to purchase park admission in addition to the event ticket. Perhaps the best way to think of this as a character breakfast with the three rides as the attraction, instead of the character meet and greets. Comparing this with the popular Crystal Palace character breakfast in the Magic Kingdom, you're looking at about an extra $40 over that price for Fantasyland extra-ride time instead of meeting Winnie the Pooh and friends.
Still... the Mine Train and Pan are two of the Magic Kingdom's longest wait-time attractions and two of the more difficult FastPass+ reservations to obtain. This event would allow visitors to knock out both of those attractions before the day officially began — and without having to spend any of your three advance FastPass+ reservations to do it. That is the value that guests would be paying for here.
So if Disney ends up making this event available, the best way to get full value from it would seem to be by arriving early enough to check in and walk back to Fantasyland right at 7:45am. Then, hit the Mine Train, Pan, and Pooh — in that order — going for a second or third ride on each, if desired. The exclusive ride time ends with park open at 9am, but the breakfast buffet would remain available until 10am.
I'd recommend riding until around 8:30 or so, then taking advantage of the breakfast buffet. Start early enough so that you can be done eating before 9am so that you can be ready to get in line for Princess Fairytale Hall or to walk over to Space Mountain, to beat the rush of visitors entering the park from Main Street.
That way, you get a full breakfast, knock off two of the park's hardest "gets," ride a third popular attraction and get a head start toward the line for one other popular ride... all before the park opens. Whether that's worth $69 (or $49 per kid) is up to you.
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Time really IS money, isn't it. If I understand correctly, the whole appeal of this new wave of extra-cost events, whether before or after the park opens, is to "beat the crowds". I'm not even sure if it's appropriate to call these "events" because I don't see anything announced in the way of special entertainment. For Disney there's no cost to set up anything; there's nothing to set up.
I am all for this, but, and I post this on just about any article concerning FP+, they need to eliminate FP+ and go back to the old system or eliminate it entirely. It is great for dining, room key, charging, but the ride reservation is driving people away. It is awful. The older system was much better and did not ruin the parks. An hour wait for Pirates, Haunted Mansion, or even Spaceship Earth, which traditionally was walk on! Just bite the bullet and dump it. Imagine how angry fans will be when Star Wars opens and is tiered so you go all the way to Orlando and ride one Star Wars attraction once.
If the Anna and Elsa meet and greet were included, this would be sold out by now.
They are getting more creative with these upcharge events. 3 hours in the evening and just 75 minutes in the morning. This is so early and late for the kids. I don't see myself doing this since vacations means sleeping in. That's why there's Fastpass+ if you know how to do it. I would recommend adding in an extra day or two to the Magic Your Way pass and forgo the upcharge events. An extra day or two gives you more Fastpass opportunities and a marginal increase in admission ticket prices.
By the way Robert nails it when he points out that if you tiome it right you get the added bonus of being first in line at one of the other more popular attractions at 9 AM. I would recommend heading to Frontierland and knocking out Splash and Thunder and then hitting Pirates and Jungle.
Or TH, if you have a 3 year old daughter like me, see the princesses... shudder.
This one I get. Comparing it to a character breakfast meet-and-greet is spot on. I completely see checking the Fantasyland big lines off early, getting breakfast, and being in line in advance of others as a wining proposition. The price still isn't cheep, but I find a lot more value in this than the new night time event. I wonder how many people per day they will allow to use this service?
So, to do MK "without crowds," the choices are: Early Magic Monings ($69 extra charge with a ticket required; includes breakfast), or After Hours ($149 for 7PM-close, plus three additional hours in the park; includes drinks and ice cream bars).
This wouldn't be worth the money for my family. However, if they offered the same deal at Hollywood Studios after Star Wars land opens, I probably would be dumb enough to pay for it.
When they offer at DHS after SWL opens, I'd bet there would be a "1" in front of that price... and a "0" after it.
I'm still shocked that Disney hasn't released a special ticket that will guarantee that you get at least one ride on every attraction at Magic Kingdom in a days visit. I could easily see them selling something like that for $199-$399 per person per day.
Think of the REAL things $170 would buy for a day! I would bring myself to care about another price gouge from Disney if the people being gouged weren't begging for it. Nobody told me PT Barnum was made CEO.
Definitely not worth it, unless you have lots of money burning a hole in your pocket. What would happen if 7DMT shut down one of those mornings? A riot?
Any chance they would do a similar thing (or the nighttime "event") at DLR?
Apparently, we are just step away from Disney charging for extra fast pass +s.
Why Disney left out the Afternoon. They should Pan something for Afternoon also.
One thing I find very interesting is that Disney seems intent on offering extra opportunities to spend money and get "elite" benefits without rubbing it in the face of those who don't. In other words, the Universal Express option is obviously a better value, but I always feel a little guilty about how easy it is to jump into the front of the line. And when I'm on the other side, without Express, it seems obvious that some have a "better" status. Obviously FP+ creates essentially the same scenario, but in that case anyone can still join the system (albeit in a disadvantaged way), so that there is nothing on the surface that prevents anyone from participating. This would seem to be an extension of that strategy: those with money to spend get better and easier opportunities, but not in a way that the average park-goer would be aware of. Whether this is better than Universal I don't know, but it's interesting to see Disney trying to figure out how to monetize their immense popularity without completely changing their core brand (which is, "magic for all"?)
Good point, Jonah. I feel that Disney would get a lot of criticism for creating something similar to FOTL, whereas Universal mostly gets a pass.
At this point I'm convinced that Disney could find a cure for both cancer and AIDS and people will still find something to complain about.
When I go to Disney World, I usually eat a light breakfast, maybe even a danish and coffee before going to the parks. I don't want a big breakfast that early, I'd rather have a light breakfast and go for an early lunch. So this upcharge early morning breakfast buffet plus attractions might not appeal to me.
126.96.36.199 writes "Paying a price that costs less than Universal Express to ride two rides ..."
TH writes: "It's three rides."
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