In our second segment of music from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we go to the section of the park that revolves around Africa. This area includes a village called Harambe and the attractions Kilimanjaro Safaris and Festival of the Lion King.
Harambe Village (and its market) has a nice variety of music in its area. It doesn’t stick to the norm, but mixes styles that make you feel like you’re in a real African village.
The village was created as a good connection to the savannah that you see in Kilimanjaro Safaris. The idea was that people who lived in the village would be in charge of the savannah and the safari rides. There’s a lot of history shown through the weathered buildings, fort, and canons. But the area music brings out the modern style.
Crowds across Walt Disney World Resort were slightly lower than expected overall in the early part of last week and higher than expected in the latter half of the week. Again last week we saw record breaking wait times for this time of year. On Monday for example, At Magic Kingdom we saw a crowd level ‘9’. The same day last year was a crowd level ‘1’. Animal Kingdom saw some wild swings in wait times day-to-day although four of the seven days the Disney World Crowd Calendar was within one of what we observed at that park.
We recently added a collection of videos to our YouTube channel that show samples of walkthroughs at the Magic Kingdom during various crowd level days. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Disney World Crowd Calendar Report:
How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Resort Last Week?
The Universal Crowd Calendar overpredicted the wait times at both Universal parks for the first half of last week but the second half was nearly bang-on. In fact, wait times remained almost the same between Sunday and Thursday.
Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:
Last week was the first week that we were able to compare our new adjusted crowd levels to what we observed at the Disneyland parks. They did pretty well although still tended to be too low overall. Crowds were evenly spread between the resort’s two parks each day. Wednesday was Veterans Day, represented by the spike on the “What We Saw” line.
Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:
Our Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar uses a 1 to 10 scale to describe how crowded each theme park will be, every day for the next year. But if you’re a first-time visitor trying to pick a week for your vacation, it can be difficult to visualize the difference between a “4”-level crowd and an “8.”
To help with this, we’ve created a set of video walk-throughs of the Magic Kingdom for crowd levels 4 through 10, shown below. Each video was taken at the same time of day, goes through each land in the park, and lasts around 45 seconds.
New Force Awakens footage is featured in Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Episode VII doesn’t open until next month, but the Force is already awake inside the Star Tours ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unlike Disneyland, Walt Disney World won’t debut the Seasons of the Force special event (which replaces the long-running Star Wars Weekends) until January 5 (Launch Bay with displays and character greetings opens December 1), but one element of the event is already having its “soft opening” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As of November 16, new Force Awakens footage has been added to DHS’s Star Tours attraction, and we were there on the first day to experience the changes.
Season of the Force has started at Disneyland which means Tomorrowland is bursting at the seams with all that thick gooey Star Wars goodness that we all crave so badly. This celebration is half promotional extravaganza for the upcoming film, and half something to hold us over until Star Wars land opens in a few years. As you enter Tomorrowland you’ll see signs and banners everywhere, with the Season of the Force logo. Also, the background music in the entire land has been replaced with a medley of Star Wars tunes.
The biggest addition to Tomorrowland brought on by Season of the Force is Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the former Innoventions building. The building no longer rotates and has had its gadgets and technology exhibits removed. Instead you’ll find meet and greets, models from the 7 Star Wars films, and a gift shop. Seen above is the Chewbacca, but there’s also a Darth Vader meet and greet. Both characters will “talk” and interact with guests during the encounters. The lines for these characters are quite long, reaching as high as 75 minutes, but on the plus side you are given plenty of one-on-one time which can cause some fun interactions. When entering the Launch Bay you’ll see three separate lines, one for Chewie, one for Darth Vader, and one to simply enter the Launch Bay. The line to enter the Launch Bay will always be the shortest as several hundred people at a time can fit inside.
Much more about Star Wars Launch Bay and Season of the Force after the jump.
Welcome back to another Universal Orlando photo update. It’s been a month since we last took a lap around the resort, and there’s a lot to see. We’ll start things off at Cabana Bay with a look at the ever-growing Sapphire Falls construction site. A look at 2017’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is next before we pass through CityWalk and into Islands of Adventure. A quick peek at The Incredible Hulk Coaster, or lack thereof, and an extended look at Skull Island Reign of Kong will end our visit to IOA before we back into CityWalk for a look at construction on the former NBA City restaurant. Over at the Studios, we’ll finish this week’s update with looks at the former Lucy: A Tribute, Disaster, and Twister locations. Lot’s to get to this week, so lets get going!
Towers are rising quickly all over the Sapphire Falls site.