We all love beating the queues. Anyone who has the first clue about visiting a Disney theme park will spend hours, days, weeks even, planning so that we feel like we have maximised every last minute available to us in the parks.
Of course there are a tonne of ways to make sure you hit the big rides and avoid lengthy queues.
Fast Passes are the norm these days and make managing visits to the parks easier. The ‘joy’ of booking from 60 days out still causes stress though. Sacrificing time in a virtual queue rather than a real queue two months down the line is an odd concept when you think about it can and frustrating if you don’t get the fast passes you want.
Another great way of getting a jump on other guests is Extra Magic Hours. It is perfect for quickly doing lots of rides with short queue times and meeting characters before the masses arrive to your chosen park.
Staying onsite and getting there early is a must do if you want to make the most of your visit. This perk is of course included for all guests of Disney.
But if that’s not quite enough Disney have concocted another marvellous way to make your cash disappear!
From September 2018 Disney are bringing back Early Morning Magic to Hollywood Studios, a ticketed dining event that allows access to rides and characters too. Of course EMM still exists at select times for Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom and has previously happened in Hollywood Studios too, albeit on a smaller scale.
For the new offering though fans of Toy Story will like what’s on offer. The ticket, which is valid only into the brand new Toy Story Land, will include access to all three of the new rides; Slinky Dog Dash, Swirling Alien Saucers and Toy Story Mania which will have little to no wait time, a continental buffet breakfast and of course the chance to meet and have photos with all your favourite Toy Story characters like Buzz and Woody.
But, and it is a big but, this exclusivity comes at a price. On top of your usual park entrance ticket, the tickets for Early Morning Magic will set you back $79 for an adult and $69 per child. Wowzers!
Although I love the idea of riding the rides without huge queues and breakfast is included, $79 feels a little pricey for me. If you also had access to some of the other rides in the park, it’s certainly feel better value but there’s only three rides available here. Okay you’ll get to ride Slinky Dog a lot and get some decent photos with nobody around but I’m just not feeling value here. If you think about what you get for a similar price in Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, I’d sooner put money towards that if it’s a choice between the two, which for many it may well be.
However Disney, as we all know, never does anything without knowing there’ll be a legion of people ready to dispense with their hard earned cash! On that basis I’m sure it’ll be a huge success.
Access to Toy Story Land will be on select Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM beginning September 17th, 2018. Breakfast will be available until 10:00 AM.
I’d love to know what you think. Would you pay for access to a very quiet Toy Story Land?
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