Disney World Makes Early Morning Upcharge Option Official
Walt Disney World this morning officially unveiled the "Disney Early Morning Magic" we told you about
For $69 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3 through 9) — on top of required park admission — you get an hour and 15 minutes of early admission to Fantasyland, where three rides will be open: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The price also includes a buffet breakfast at the Village Haus, including Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, pastries, and such.
If you time it right and position yourself well, the early admission also gives you the ability to get a head start in walking to other popular attractions, such as Space Mountain and the Princess Fairytale Hall meet and greet, ahead of other guests entering the park. Tickets are available on Disney's website.
Disney also recently introduced an after-hours upcharge event, if you prefer to extend your day in the parks in the evening rather than the morning. Both events run on days when Extra Magic Hours for Disney's hotel guests are not offered.
Throw in the new preferred parking option, and Disney surveying guests about resort fees in its hotels, and Disney's theme park division clearly is accelerating its efforts to maximize revenue from its customers in advance of opening several new attractions that ought to draw more visitors to the resort, including a Frozen-themed ride in Epcot's Norway pavilion, a new "Soarin'" movie in Epcot's Land pavilion, a Star Wars-themed fireworks show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the now-delayed Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom and next year's Avatar land in Animal Kingdom. And, of course, new Toy Story and Star Wars lands are on the horizon at the Studios park, too.
For the price, I would expect bacon and sausage, not just scrambled eggs, and I would also expect the entire land to be open, not just three rides.
Is this a joke? Just for Fantasy Land? Utter nonsense.
The price should include a few extra fastpasses for not including more attractions. And they should give you a nice parting gift.
I feel SO BAD for the third shift team members. Imagine how difficult it will be to complete all the needed cleaning and repair that must be done in fewer and fewer hours a week. I predict that before the end of the summer Disney will begin seeing a drop in guest satisfaction scores based on quality and condition of the attractions that are participating in the early opening and late closing events.
I like the option but a little to expensive for me to just jump up and do it
3 rides, 1hr and a basic breakfast.
People will pay it...
I'd just like to point out that, while expensive, the price of this experience is not that much higher than some of the character meals at the resort (particularly Cinderella's Royal Table), includes a fairly decent breakfast buffet (according to the menu on Disney's site), and allows visitors to clear up at least two Fastpass+ slots for other attractions. Granted, we don't know how many people Disney lets in per day yet...the three rides have a combined capacity of about 3,700 guests per hour, so if the experience was limited to, say, 500, you could potentially get 2 rides on each attraction and enjoy breakfast before the hordes arrive. It's not for everyone, but if I was staying off-site during a busy period and only had one day for Magic Kingdom I'd definitely give this offer some consideration.
I am a Disney fan. I love it. This is absolutely a choice for people who want to do it and can afford it. This to me looks a better deal than the night time paid hours. Potentially you can maximise the rest of your day with this - be at Space/Splash for park opening to get another major ride done etc etc. It could work.
It is interesting how similar this is to Universal Orlando's early park admission for it's Harry Potter sections. This was included for resort guests and certain guests of other specific partners of Universal, but I don't believe you could ever buy the early access. You just got into the parks early and the only thing that was open was the Harry Potter attractions and a couple rides you would walk past (Seuss stuff in Islands and Despicable me or Shrek in Studios i believe) depending on the park.
On the surface, the idea of getting a few extra hours in the park is exciting. On the other hand, the basic cost would be $254 for our family before tax. That seems quite extreme for that short of a window.
This is a brilliant business move by Disney. Offer the customers another option to enjoy a very popular area of the Magic Kingdom without detracting from the experience of the patrons who are not interested in paying the upcharge - what's not to like about this scenario?
@188.8.131.52 it does state the event is 7:45 to 10:00, but as the regular guests arrive at 9:00 meaning only 1hr 15 of exclusive ride time. But as breakfast runs through to 10:00 the event finishes then. Realistically if you are paying for the event you won't want to be eating 9-10am and missing out on rides with short waits.
I think this is outrageously priced given that you will only have access to a few rides and a meat-eaters breakfast - with only a couple of hours allotted. That being said, I think if the price were even 25% cheaper, hoards of parkgoers would pay. Perhaps this is crowd control - keeping the fool index at a controllable number.
Better be careful Disney or the government will step in and start regulating your fees.
3 rides is not enough, should be more to spread the crowds, what if those 3 rides are packed or heaven forbids one of them breaks down?
Calling this a
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