It’s been a while since I’ve posted a World News – 3 months, to be exact – but who’s counting? As we get closer to Christmas, I thought it would be important to start posting news as it relates to the parks and ultimately, to planning your Christmas vacation.
The biggest news coming out of Walt Disney World in the past week hasn’t been the ban on Selfie Sticks, but the announcement that The Magic of Disney Animation will be closing on July 12th. While The Magic of Disney Animation may have not been a top-tier attraction at Hollywood Studios, it was one of the original park attractions and a fun activity for the whole family. Not to mention, it provided guests with one of the few “free” souvenirs at Walt Disney World.
My favorite part of The Magic of Disney Animation was the drawing classes. It included a short, informative film on how your favorite Disney characters are created, followed by a Disney artist teaching you to draw one yourself! Whether you were a future artist or an amateur like me, the class was a lot of fun and left guests with a nice keepsake.
So what does this mean for Christmas? For one, if you planned on visiting The Magic of Disney Animation, you’re out of luck. More importantly, it means the crowds will be flocking elsewhere. Hollywood Studios is already a shell of itself. With Disney “erasing” more and more attractions at Hollywood Studios, the popular rides such as Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Toy Story Midway Mania will most likely see an increase in both wait times and FastPass+ demand. The effects will also be felt at the other parks. With less to do at Hollywood Studios, many guests will either spend less time at the park or skip it all together. This means higher crowds at EPCOT, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, which will result in higher wait times.
If we’re seeing the glass of egg nog half full, less time at Hollywood Studios means more time at the other parks. It also frees up some time to tour the resorts, which are always beautifully decorated during Christmastime. While I really love Hollywood Studios, if time permits, I’d break it into two half days. On the first day, go in the morning and use your FP+ for Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. After, head to EPCOT or tour the EPCOT resorts. On the second day, head to Hollywood Studios at night. Go to the Streets of America for the Osbourne Family Christmas Spectacular, and then use your FP+ for Tower of Terror (at night it’s a totally different experience,) Toy Story Midway Mania and Fantasmic. All together, you’ll have spent one full day at the park and get to see and do everything.