The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Fairytale Journeys, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson, Adam Dale, Richard Grady
In Episode 159, we continue our $25/day dining series, as the panel discusses plans for eating a full day’s worth of meals in Epcot for just $25. In addition to offering specific menu suggestions, the panel discusses general strategies for eating inexpensively in Epcot.
In Episode 157, I offer a brief recap of the live show, broadcast last week from Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. We ran into a number of technical problems with the show, including not having a recording of the episode. This recap should at least catch you up on the highlights of our second annual DISDads Convention, and the topics covered during the live podcast.
1. The biggest news out of Walt Disney World right now is probably the elimination of paper Fastpasses. Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom went first. Paper Fastpasses will be turned off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Tuesday, January 21. And paper Fastpasses will be turned off at Epcot on Thursday, January 23. If you’re staying on property, you are currently able to make three Fastpass+ reservations for three separate attractions in one theme park per day of your stay, and you can make those reservations up to 60 days in advance, using the My Disney Experience smartphone app or web site. If you are visting the parks but NOT staying at a Disney resort, you CAN use the Fastpass+ system. Just take your admission media to an in-park kiosk. All new admission media have RFID chips embedded in them. (If you’re using an older ticket with a no-expiration option on it, you’ll need to take your ticket to Guest Relations and exchange it for an RFID-enabled ticket). You can make same-day Fastpass+ reservations using the kiosks. At this time, there is no option for guests not staying on Disney property to make advanced Fastpass+ reservations.
2. The officially still-unnamed AVATAR-based themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is happening. After months of speculation about whether the project was in trouble or on hold or canceled, Walt Disney World officially broke ground on the new land (to be located in the former Camp Minnie Mickey area) on January 8, 2014. If there was any doubt about the planned scale of this project, they probably should be put to bed now with the presence of a 12-foot-tall Na’vi at the groundbreaking. (more…)