I love helping people prepare for trips to the most magical place on earth, and I’m so excited to answer your questions today!
Let’s get started!Nicole asked: “Is there anywhere to meet the villains? My boys want to meet Captain Hook and I would love to see Maleficent!”
Great question Nicole!
We love the villains in our house too! Right now, there is not a meet and greet set up within Disney Parks just for Villains. The absolute best time to meet villains is during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom park.
This party is a hard-ticket event, meaning it’s an extra price on top of your regular admission ticket but it is so worth it! (Read my review of Mickey’s No So Scary, here!) During the parties there is a stage show called the Villains Mix and Mingle where all your favorite villains (including Captain Hook and Maleficent) will dance and then come down into the crowd for autographs and pictures.
Parties go on during September and October with the Villians Mix and Mingle happening several times a night!
Dairelis asked: “I’m going to Disney on August 16 and have a 4 and 6 year old…What can I do for my kids to have fun?”
Hi Dairelis! Thank you for your great questions!
The summer in general will be busier than winter simply because that’s when everyone is able to take a vacation. The crowds do tend to taper off just before school starts, pick up again around Labor Day weekend, and taper off again until Thanksgiving.
It will be hot, and with young kids, it can be difficult to stand in lines. Here are our family’s favorite things to do when we take the baby to the parks.
At Magic Kingdom: Stop by the recruitment center for A Pirates Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. This is a cool series of treasure hunts around Adventureland looking for treasures with Captain Jack Sparrow!
Epcot also has a do-at-your-own pace attraction based on Agent P’s adventures from Phineas and Ferb. You can travel around the World Showcase visiting the 11 different countries and helping stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Look for attractions that are on constant tracks. If the ride doesn’t need to repeatedly stop the line keeps moving, making waiting in line a bit more bearable. At Magic Kingdom, these attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, It’s a Small World, and Tomorrowland People Mover.
Search for attractions that have interactive cues to keep little ones busy while they wait. Dumbo, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Soarin’, Space Mountain, and Toy Story Mania all are fun ones!
Amber wanted to know, “When does Fastpass+ officially start and when does the old Fastpass end?”
Hi Amber! This is a tricky one but I’ll try to answer as best I can.
Fastpass+ is part of a new experience coming to Walt Disney World called MyMagic+. MyMagic+ is exciting new technology with Fastpass+ being one of the most anticipated parts of the new technology.
Fastpass + will allow Guests to book their Fastpasses before they even arrive to the parks and adjust them while on their trip. Fastpass+ options will include many more attractions and experiences to the already long list of attractions that offer the Fastpass service. New Fastpass+ options even include viewing for parades and fireworks!
It is likely that MyMagic+ will make it’s grand appearance this fall but Walt Disney World is already starting to install Fastpass+ pods around their parks.
I don’t have exact dates for you but it is likely that once Fastpass+ rolls out, they will begin phasing out the old Fastpass system.
No worries, though. Fastpass+ will still be free with your park admission!
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