Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for October 4, 2017: More animal babies

Change in Hours Again: Hours at the park have been somewhat flexible the last few weeks. In September, the crowds get lighter so park hours shifted down to 8:30 pm. Now, as we close in on Columbus Day weekend, the park hours are moving back up. However, instead of a set time, it seems closing with vary between 9 and 9:30 pm. So keep an eye on that if you are down there this month.




Hooded Pittas: The Hooded Pitta is a songbird found in Southeast Asia, or in Disney's case, Anandapur. Apparently, the breeding pair at the park are having a difficult time raising chicks on their own. So Disney cast members at the Aviary Research Center have pulled the last set of eggs and are hand rearing the chicks. They have to be fed every 2 hours - including in the middle of the night, and hopefully, there will be some new birds added to the exhibit as a result.

photo courtesy of Disney


More Babies: Speaking of animal births, the sitatungas over at the Animal Kingdom Lodge recently added to their numbers. Over at the Disney's Animals, Science and Environment facebook page, you can see the adorable little antelope. The sitatunga is a swamp dwelling animal found throughout Central Africa. Although the animal is listed as of "Least Concern," habitat loss is a problem in the area, and its population is shrinking. In fact, it is now extinct in historic portions of its range.

photo courtesy of Disney


Tiger Babies: Yes, even more baby news. We reported quite some time ago that the Sumatran tigers had cubs. We now know there is a male and female cub. Apparently, they are doing well. They have started walking, and their eyes have opened. No word on names yet. Also, Disney continues to say the cubs will be off exhibit for "the next few months" meaning they will likely not be out until after the new year.


Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday October 5 9 am - 8:30 pm
Friday October 6 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday October 7 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  October 8 9 am- 9 pm
Monday October 9  9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday October 10 9 am- 9 pm 
Wednesday October 11 9 am- 9 pm

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Discovery River

A lot of people feel that Disney's Animal Kingdom is the prettiest of the Disney parks, and this picture is a good demonstration as to why we agree. 


Here is the Discovery River, behind the Tree as we look towards Harambe. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for September 27, 2017: New Maps and Hours

Change in Hours: As you can see below, as the days get shorter and the crowds get thinner, Disney is cutting back the hours at the park slightly. Starting on Monday October 2nd, the park will start closing at 8:30 instead of 9 pm.



New Maps: Disney released new guide maps for the park late last week. It contains the updated information on mobile ordering as well as the removal of the breakfast option for the Sa'tuli Canteen on an every day basis. Also, the map adds the Rainforest Cafe Safari Bar onto the map. Our friends over at the Orlando Park News have photos of the map here.




Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday September 28 9 am - 9 pm
Friday September 29 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday September 30 9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  October 1 9 am- 9 pm
Monday October 2  9 am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday October 3 9 am- 8:30 pm 
Wednesday October 4 9 am- 8:30 pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for September 20, 2017: Pandora Crowds Not as Expected


Minor Rivers of Light Changes: These changes are just for the pre-show. The "acolytes" who can be seen during the show on the boats, now walk among the crowd just before the show begins. I suppose this is an effort to create excitement. They'd probably be better off having Timon and Baloo doing this but so be it.





Pandora does not equal more people: Rumors are circling that Disney may soon announce some layoffs. According to some sources, Disney has not experienced any type of attendance bump from the opening of Pandora. While the land itself is obviously crowded, not many if any guests have taken a trip because of the new land. That is, Disney is cannibalizing its own attendance instead of having additional guests. This is nothing new. The same sort of issue occurred when the park opened in 1998. For that reason, as well as poor numbers from ESPN, insiders are expecting some cuts soon.




Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday September 21 9 am - 9 pm
Friday September 22 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday September 23 9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  September 24 9 am- 9 pm
Monday September 25  9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday September 26 9 am- 9 pm, 
Wednesday September 27 9 am- 9 pm

Monday, September 18, 2017

Episode 119 of Radio Harambe - Desert Island Disney

What would you take to your Desert Island? This week Dave and Safari Mike take their inspiration from the longest running radio show and play a little Desert Island Disney.
 

If you have any question our comments about the show, please email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana!

Tree of Life Gardens

One of the best new additions to the park in recent years was the added "roots" of the Tree of Life. 


Here, a ram's head can be seen in the Tree of Life Gardens with exhibits in the background. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Everest at Dusk

As daylight leaves, the light around Expedition Everest becomes spectacular. 


Nothing beats the park during this time of the day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for September 13, 2017: Breakfast reduction at Sa'tuli

Sa'tuli changes: I have heard that breakfast is particularly good at the Pandora eatery. Now, apparently, breakfast is being significantly changed. Starting on 9/17, breakfast will only be offered during "peak" times. Lunch will begin at 10 am during the non-peak times.




More Starlight: Starting on November 5, the starlight safari will be offered twice every day at the Animal Kingdom lodge. Guests board a safari truck to visit the animals throughout the lodge's savannas. Tour times are at 8:30 pm and 10 pm. The tour is an hour and is available only to guests 8 and older.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday September 14 9 am - 9 pm
Friday September 15 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday September 16 9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  September 17 9 am- 9 pm
Monday September 18  9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday September 19 9 am- 9 pm, 
Wednesday September 20 9 am- 9 pm

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Episode 118 of Radio Harambe - Call Him Pandora Mike!

Safari Mike has returned from his first exploration of Pandora and it is time for hosts to compare their thoughts on the new area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You will be shocked at who take which side of this debate! They also get you up to date the latest news from the park.
 

We also would like to apologize for the audio quality here. We had a microphone meltdown but felt the conversation was good enough to keep. If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com

Disney's Animal Kingdom for September 6, 2017: Crazy Expensive Tours


Moonlight Magic: This DVC event is returning to the park on September 6th and 13th. The event which is full, begins at 9:30 pm and runs until 1 am. Basically, all of the attractions are running until 1 am except the safari which shuts down almost immediately at 10 pm. There will be a ton of meet and greets plus, 2 showings of Rivers of Light with Tree of Life Awakenings going until midnight. The only place to get actual food is the Sa'tuli Canteen but many of the bars including Nomad and Dawa are open. Complimentary hot dogs and soda are available at several sites.





Ultimate Nights of Adventure: Scared of hours long waits at Flight of Passage? Have a thousand bucks lying around? Well, Disney is here to help with the new Ultimate Nights of Adventure tour. It will start on October 1 and will be available only on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for a 4 to 4.5 hour tour. For a mere $265.19 per person (that was sarcastic), you get front of the line passes as a tour for the Avatar rides, Everest, Dinosaur and the Safari plus seats at Rivers of Light. Other than some food and drink at Sa'tuli Canteen there does not appear to be anything else as part of this tour. There are discounts available for DVC members, annual passholders and Disney Visa card holders.




Thursday September 7 9 am - 9 pm
Friday September 8 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday September 9 9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  September 10 9 am- 9 pm
Monday September 11  9 am- 9 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday September 12 9 am- 9 pm, 
Wednesday September 13 9 am- 9 pm

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Nomad Lounge

I just got back from 8 days at the parks. And a great 8 days it was. Part of the reason for that is the Nomad Lounge, my favorite bar/lounge in the parks.



For starters, there is the atmosphere. A way station for nomads traveling the world. With its dark interior, gorgeous deck along the discovery river and beautifully made banners hanging from the ceiling, the place oozes relaxation: a rarity for sure in a theme park, especially with the mad crazy Avatarland just across the bridge.



But we have discussed this bar many times and how much we love it. I wanted to touch a little bit on the menu. Both drinks and food.



The cocktail list is different from anywhere else in the "World." That by itself would make this a must stop since many other lounges have the standard Disney bar menu. Some of my absolute favorites are the Annapurna Zing (gin, passion fruit puree, mint and ginger beer) and the Hightower Rocks (tequila, watermelon, sweet-n-sour and lime juice). Hightower is an homage to Joe Rohde as that is the name of his fictional S.E.A. character at the Tokyo DisneySea version of the Tower of the Terror.



And then there is the Mustang Coffee. Its a delightful mixture of coffee, Crown Royal, brown sugar and melted butter. It may sound a bit strange but if you like coffee this is amazing.



Now for the food. Chefs at the Nomad Lounge and the adjoining Tiffins have recently begun experimenting with new items. The original menu will see lots of changes in the upcoming weeks and months. One addition that I tried on its first day was the posole soup. Made from wagyu beef, hominy and chili, it was delicious and the accompanying jalapeno cornbread was a nice side.




On another day, I had the cheese plate which is always a great choice. I also was able to try another brand new item, the vegetable pad thai, which replaced the spring rolls. I loved the spring rolls, but this was just as good.




And finally, there are the churros. Easily, the best churros on property. Hands down, no question about it. They are fresh, warm and soft unlike the ones you get at carts throughout the park. Hand made right there they are accompanied by 2 dipping sauces, vanilla cream and strawberry-chili. A waitress there told us they are best when mixed. She wasn't wrong.



I'm sure everyone who reads this blog or listens to Radio Harambe is well aware of the Nomad Lounge. But next time you are there, try some of the food, you will not be disappointed. At least get the churros.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News: Baby Tigers!!!


Bambi Meet N Greet: One of my personal favorite Disney movies, Bambi, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. In its honor, you will be able to meet Thumper and Miss Bunny outside of the Conservation Station from 10:20 am to 4:30 pm. This special character interaction only lasts from Friday August 25th until Sunday the 27th.

photo courtesy of Disney 


Tiger Cubs: Disney announced the birth of a pair of  Sumatran tiger cubs. On the parks blog, Disney has releases a video of the new additions to the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Disney has also said that the cubs will begin coming out in the next few months. As you can see from the video, tiger cubs are basically helpless when they are first born. I would not expect them to be able to come out onto the exhibit until mid Autumn at the earliest. But stayed for further information on that.

Photo Courtesy of Disney 


Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  August 24 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Friday August 25 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Saturday August 26 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Sunday  August 27 9 am- 9:30 pm,
Monday August 28  9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday August 29 9 am- 9:30 pm 
Wednesday August 30 9 am- 9:30 pm

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for August 16, 2017: Normalizing Hours

End of Special Park Hours: The days of every night Extra Magic Hours for Pandora are rapidly coming to end. Unless Disney announces a last minute change (which is always possible), those special hours end as of Saturday August 19th. As you can see below, the park will continue to remain open fairly late, 9:30 pm, which is later than Epcot and the Studios on most nights.



New Merch at the Lodge: As reported by Orlando Park News, there is some new offerings at Ziwadi Market, which is now open from 7:30 am until 10 pm. Animal masks are available for purchase. They are papier-mache and handmade in Venice. Also, the store now has something called "Name Works" where artist uses the persons name to create a work of art.





Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  August 17 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Friday August 18 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Saturday August 19 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Sunday  August 20 9 am- 9:30 pm,
Monday August 21  9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday August 22 9 am- 9:30 pm, 
Wednesday August 23 9 am- 9:30 pm

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday to Us

August 10, 2012 was the beginning of a pet project Dave and I had discussed for some time. We launched this very blog you are reading.



We had a previous blog that was much more generalized - Mouse Extra. We had a good time throwing out opinions, reviews and what not. But we really sort of got tired of doing that. Dave thought it would be better to focus on one of the things we loved most about the resort, The Animal Kingdom.



Even 5 years ago, there was a wide plethora of Disney blogs and many were essentially the same, basically Mouse Extra. But we thought if you had a niche, that might interest people. And well, we LOVED the park.



As I am sure you know, I have had an interest in conservation and the work zoos do for a long time. I volunteered at the Bronx Zoo for 18 years starting when I went to college. The combination of 2 my loves - Disney and Zoos - meant I had an instant interest in this park. And when I visited in 1998, it was instantly my favorite.



A lot has changed over the last five years both personally and with the park. We started a podcast almost a year after the launch of the blog. And I have met many lifelong friends because of this.



Since we started the blog, Disney purchased the theme park rights for Avatar, which of course, sparked a lot of talk here. Harambe Market was built, and we broke the news months before anyone else (a source of great pride for us). Rivers of Light started and many other fascinating things.



So thanks to all of you that made this possible.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tiger Babies!

As we had discussed when we found out Sumatran tigers were coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the hope was that someday there would be cubs. That day apparently will be here sometime in August. Yes, August just a few weeks away. Sohni, the female, and Malosi have successfully bred and are due to be parents real soon. Be prepared for a lot of tiger cuteness.



Sumatran tigers are highly endangered. There are only about 400-500 in the wild, and about of 100 of those live in unprotected rain forest and not park land or other protected areas. Habitat loss and poaching are critical threats to all species of tigers.




Thankfully, this species of tiger is doing fairly well in captivity. And Disney's Animal Kingdom is part of the Species Survival Plan, a national program dedicated to ensure the genetic viability of this tiger and hopefully, one day, help reintroduce animals into the wild.

By Safari Mike

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for July 19, 2017: Churros on the Move

Small Changes in Dinoland: Some shuffling has occurred at the food kiosks in Dinoland USA. The popular churros were moved from Dino Bites to the Dino Diner which is the trailer at Chester and Hesters. Glazed nuts were taken out of the Dino Diner but are still available at other lands in the park.



Woman becomes ill on Banshee: Disney released (as is required by law) its list of injuries that occurred at their theme parks. Flight of Passage had two separate incidents. A 79 year old woman with a pre-existing condition became ill after riding the attraction. More recently, a 31-year old woman became dizzy and passed out after riding the simulator.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  July 20 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Friday July 21 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Saturday July 22 8 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Sunday  July 23 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Monday July 24 4 8 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Tuesday July 25 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 12 pm to 10 am
Wednesday July 26 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, 10 pm to 12 am

Episode 117 of Radio Harambe - D23...WOW!

We just had the biggest dump of Disney Parks news from a D23 convention we can remember, and so Dave and Safari Mike are here to talk about it all of it. This is a rare episode with not much talk of Disney's Animal Kingdom, but we do cover the latest news from DAK. However, we dedicate most of our time to talking about newly revealed upcoming Walt Disney World experiences including Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille and more...oh yea, and Dave has a bit of a meltdown.


If you have any questions or comments about the show please email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana and enjoy the show

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Disney Animal Kingdom News: July 12, 2017: Dining options and booze

Magical Dining: Jiko as well as several other Disney restaurants are joining over 100 eateries in the Orlando area for Magical Dining Month. During this time, Jiko will be offering prix fixe three course dinners for $35. You get a choice of 2 appetizers, one of three entrees and one of two desserts. At Jiko, the appetizers are the Jiko salads and Tibs in Brik. Entrees are the amazing short rib, the seafood curry and the koki corn. Finally, dessert options are malva pudding and safari sunset.




New Alcohol option: What better way to beat the Florida heat than with shaved ice? How about adding vodka or rum to it? Over at the Harambe Fruit Market, you can do exactly that. Mango-Passion Fruit or Watermelon shaved ice can get a shot of snow leopard vodka or pina colada flavored ice can get some rum. The ice is normally $3.99 but with the booze its $9.25.



Vaquita: In the northern part of the Gulf of California, there is a little known porpoise called the Vaquita. July 8th was Vaquita Day, and that is because this species is critically endangered. There are less than a 100 animals left and the Disney Conservation Fund is helping with emergency actions in order to save the species. You can read more about that here.


Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  July 13 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Friday July 14 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Saturday July 15 8 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Sunday  July 16 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Monday July 17 4 8 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Tuesday July 18 8 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 12 pm to 10 am
Wednesday July 19 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, 10 pm to 12 am

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Disney Animal Kingdom News for June 29, 2017: More Magic More MobileOrdering

More Mobile Ordering: Another Animal Kingdom restaurant was added to the mobile Disney app ordering system. Starting on June 27th, Restaurantosaurus was added. To date, you can order through your My Disney Experience app at Sa'tuli Canteen, Flame Tree BBQ and Pizzafari. On a side note, July 5th will see the first Disney Springs eatery added in D-Luxe Burger.



More Extra Magic Hours: Since Pandora opened, there have been nightly Extra Magic Hours at the park to accommodate the crowds. Everyday the park hours were 8 am to 11 pm with an additional 2 hours every night for resort guests in addition to the usual early morning hours. Originally, this schedule was to end on July 4th. However, Disney has announced that nightly evening extra magic will continue through August 19th, when summer crowds begin to fade. The park hours starting July 5th will be 9 am to 10 pm (a little less than early summer) with nightly evening Extra Magic Hours from 10 pm to midnight. As before, there will still be early morning extra magic as usual.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 29 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 30 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday July 1 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  July 2 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday July 3 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday July 4 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday July 5 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, 10 pm to 12 am

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Wise Warning

Yes, well, there is a pretty good chance you will see a tiger in the ruins considering that's actually the tiger exhibit. 


This sign, of course, adds a little fun to the trek.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Episode 114 of Radio Harambe - Pandora Explored

Welcome to Pandora! After years and years of hype and debate, The World of Avatar is finally open to the public at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Dave was there to see it and tell you about his trip to the planet of blue people. Safari Mike joins in to discuss Dave's impressions of this massive new expansion to the Animal Kingdom.


If you have any comments or questions about the show, please feel free to email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana and enjoy the show!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for June 14, 2017: Conservation Missions


Missions for Conservation: Let me start by saying I love this idea. Disney has announced a new program called "Connect to Protect" in an effort to put $1 million towards protecting critical habitats for 10 endangered species. Guests to the park and the new land, Pandora, will join "missions" through Facebook Messenger. Through that medium, Fits Buckley, a Pandoran ecological specialist, will get you started on these missions.



Once you complete one, you unlock $10 to contribute to one of the programs to protect habitats. In fact, just engaging the platform unlocks $5. The 10 possible threatened categories of animals to protect are: apes, elephants, cranes, monkeys, butterflies, sea turtles, coral reefs, tigers, sharks/rays and rhinos. You will be able to learn more about each type of animal, the threats to their survival and the groups out there trying to help.



More Time for the Trails: Since the park is opening at 8 am every morning, guests have begun filling out the park, not just Pandora. In order to help alleviate some of the early morning crowd, Gorilla Falls is now opening at 8:45 am. The Maharajah Jungle Trek will open at 9 am.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 15 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 16 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday June 17 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  June 18 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday June 19 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday June 20 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday June 21 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am

Monday, June 12, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for June 8, 2017: Crazy Crowds

New path to Pandora: You can get to Pandora via a path between Harambe and the new land. The path recently opened and is located near the new Festival of the Lion King theater. It brings you near the Sa'tuli Canteen.



Crazy Lines: As everyone has been hearing, the crowds at Pandora are crazy bad. On June 6, the line for Flight of Passage reached a new high, 360 minutes. That's right, the standby wait time was 6 hours. Granted, there is near universal praise for the queue but that's a bit much. It's gotten so bad that Disney has placed signs at the front of the entrance that warns guests there is no restroom inside.




Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 8 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 9 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday June 10 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  June 11 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday June 12 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday June 13 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday June 14 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am

The Hunt

Yes, we spend a lot of time talking about the back story of the Maharajah Jungle trek. And for good reason, its rich in details.


Here, on this crumbling mural, you can see a tiger hunt, as the rajah hunting party takes down a big cat. Further along, you will see a tiger getting revenge. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for June 1, 2017: Food options and CrazyLines.

Mobile Ordering Expands: As has been discussed earlier, Disney is planning on expanding the mobile ordering system for counter service restaurants. Currently only the Sa'tuli Canteen in Pandora is supported by that system. On June 6, Pizzafari will become the second counter service place where you can order through the My Disney Experience app in advance of arriving at the restaurant. By summer's end, there should be over a dozen such eateries throughout the resort.



Crazy Lines: As Pandora has been open for a few days now, it has become apparent that Disney was not ready for the tourist onslaught. Lines for Flight of Passage hover around the 3 hour mark and the boat ride is only a little better. Flight of Passage does have a single ride line but same has not yet been initiated. There has even been wait times to get into the gift shop (although the Canteen has not had that issue). Disney has started allowing guests into Pandora around 7 am, a good hour or so before everything else as there has been lines to just get into the land. With extra magic hours nightly starting at 11 pm, Disney has closed off the attractions to regular guests beginning around 9 pm. And if you arrive at Pandora at 11 pm for the extra magic hour, you're likely not going to be able to see the land as it has been closing for capacity issues. I suspect this craziness will recede in the coming weeks, but be prepared.



New Temporary Breakfast: Restaurantosaurus will serve breakfast from May 27 until June 10. The menu includes cereal, yogurts and Mickey waffles.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 1 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 2 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday June 3 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  June 4 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday June 5 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday June 6 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday June 7 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am