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Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2016

Below are the latest updates we have for the print book. The Kindle edition is updated approximately once a month, starting in October 2015.

Part 1 - Planning Before You Leave Home

P. 33 In the section titled “45 Days Before Your Trip”, the first bullet point should now read “Final payment is due for Disney vacation packages for stays that start in 2015.”

In the section titled “30 Days Out” add a new bullet point at the top:

  • Final payment is due for Disney vacation packages for stays that start in 2016. Final payment for room-only reservations is due at check-in. If you book online within 45 days of arrival, however, full payment is required when you make the reservation.
  • P. 43 In the paragraph titled "When are EMHs Offered?" the second paragraph should read:

    In addition to these, it’s common for Epcot to have evening EMHs on Wednesday or Thursday in September and October, and Animal Kingdom to have its two morning EMHs on any day except Tuesday and Thursday.

    P. 44 Disney continues to make changes to its longstanding Extra Magic Hours schedules. Here's a summary of the next few months:

    Typical Extra Magic Hours Schedule (frequently varies) Aug 2015 - Apr2016

    Morning

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thu

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

    Magic Kingdom (Oct-Dec 2015)

    Animal Kingdom
    (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Epcot
    (Thru 2015)

    Animal Kingdom (Aug-Dec 2015)

    Magic Kingdom (Aug-Sep 2015)

    Epcot
    (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Animal Kingdom (Oct-Dec 2015)

    Magic Kingdom
    (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Studios

    Animal Kingdom (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Animal Kingdom
    (Thru Sep 2015)

    Studios
    (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Evening

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thu

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

    Studios
    (Thru Sep 2015)

    Epcot
    (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Magic Kingdom (Oct 2015-Apr 2016)

    Epcot
    (Oct-Dec 2015)

    Epcot
    (Thru Sep 18, 2015)

    Studios
    (Jan-Apr 2016)

    Magic Kingdom (Thru Sep 2015)

    Studios
    (Oct – Mid-Dec 2015)

    P. 48 In the Disney Calendar section, there's a new event for April 2016: The Star Wars Half Marathon - the Dark Side. The first running of this race is April 14-17, 2016, with a kids’ race, 5K, and 10K on each day before the half-marathon on April 17. Run the 10K and half on consecutive days and you’ll get a special Death Star medal.


    Part 2 - Time and Money

    P. 83 In the section titled "Standard Operating Procedures", Disney changed the Studios' opening procedure after we went to press. Here's the latest:

    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll be admitted past the turnstiles and on to Hollywood Boulevard 15 minutes prior to official opening. Some shops and food carts will be open. Ropes will be set up to hold you and the rest of the crowd on Hollywood Boulevard until the park official opens.

    Part 3 - Accommodations

    P. 258 The intro paragraph for Hard Rock Hotel should read:

    For younger adults and families with older kids, the Hard Rock Hotel is the hippest place to lay your head. Opened in 2001, the Hard Rock Hotel is both Universal Orlando’s least expansive (but second most expensive) on-site resort and the closest resort to Universal’s theme parks. The exterior has a California Mission theme, with white stucco walls, arched entryways, and rust-colored roof tiles. Inside, the lobby is a tribute to rock-and-roll style, all marble, chrome, and stage lighting. The lobby’s walls are decorated with enough concert posters, costumes, and musical instruments to start another wing of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; ask the front desk for information about a self-guided memorabilia tour.


    Part 4 - Dining

    P. 308 In the section titled "Fast Casual", for the first sentence, "(lunch service)" should read "(breakfast and lunch service)". That is, we think BOG's breakfast service also qualifies as "fast casual."

    Page 327 - The pork shank is no longer on the menu at Gaston's Tavern.

    P. 337 In addition to the new Disney Springs restaurants, we know of Sprinkles (home of the Cupcake ATM, opens 2016), and Chef Art’s Florida Fish Camp (opens spring 2016) as others. We expect Portobello and Fulton's to close and be replaced within a year, and major changes to be made at some of the older restaurants. We also expect an announcement regarding a Mexican-themed place shortly.

    P. 337 Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar has opened. Morimoto's has opened.

    P. 352 In the review of Flying Fish, note that the restaurant will be closed from February through November 2016.

    P. 354 The review of Garden Grill should note that it's serving character meals at breakfast and lunch now. Breakfast hours are 8 – 10:30 a.m. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., and dinner 4 – 8 p.m.

    P. 356 In the review of Hollywood & Vine, note that the restaurant is serving a character dinner during November and December, featuring Minnie Mouse. It comes with VIP seating for Fantasmic!.

    P. 362 Narcoossee's will serve a Sunday brunch as of November 22, 2015. Narcoossee’s Sunday Brunch is $69 per adult and $41 per child ages 3-9, plus tax. That includes a cocktail choice of champagne, mimosa, or Bloody Mary, plus pastries, appetizers, and your choice of 7 entrees, from Brioche French Toast to Lobster Eggs Benedict. Dessert rounds out the menu, in case you’re wondering if you can eat $71 worth of French toast. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, brunch is 2 table service credits per person.

    P. 370 The Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be serving breakfast from 8 to 10:15 AM, November 1, 2015 through January 23, 2016. Breakfast includes pastries, an appetizer, entrée, and non-alcoholic drink. Entrée choices range from the typical Disney platter of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and potatoes; to brioche French toast with berries; grilled tenderloin; and crosissants stuffed with eggs, asparagus, crab, and cheese. Cost is $23 for adults and $13 for kids, plus tax and gratuity.


    Part 6 - Walt Disney World with Kids

    P. 416 In the Magic Kingdom character greeting chart, under "Miscellaneous" note that Mary Poppins greets guests ar the Main Street Plaza, West Gardens (between Casey's Corner and the Central Hub).


    Part 7 - Arriving and Getting Around

    P. 475 The Hess gas stations have been replaced with Speedway gas stations.


    Part 9 - The Magic Kingdom

    P. 497 We've updated our suggested Magic Kingdom FastPass+ attractions and start times. These new recommendations include which attractions should have day-of FastPass+ availability.

    P. 523 Add this about the Ferrytale Wishes Dessert Cruise: Similar to the Wishes Fireworks Cruise above, this dessert part takes place on one of the big ferries normally used to move guests between the Ticket and Transportation Center and Magic Kingdom. On Monday, Thursday, and Friday, one of these ferries turns into a dedicated, floating dessert barge for 150 guests, offering a great viewing location for the evening Wishes fireworks while eating unlimited desserts. Cost is $99 per adult and $69 per child (plus tax). The cruise check-in is located at the TTC Ferry Boat dock, and starts 75 minutes before the fireworks. Park admission is not required.


    Part 10 - Epcot

    P. 546 At the end of the second full paragraph on Innoventions, note a new exhibit coming soon: Colortopia, by Glidden Paint, has interactive kiosks where you can see how the rooms in your house look with different color schemes. Preview it at mycolortopia.com.


    Part 12 - Disney's Hollywood Studios

    P. 606 We've made minor updates to our FastPass+ recommendations at Disney's Hollywood Studios..

    P. 615 Sign up for Jedi Training Academy has moved from ABC Sound Studio to Indiana Jones Outpost, which is close to the exit to the Stunt Spectacular and near 50s Prime Time Cafe.

    P. 621 The Star Wars Launch Bay is coming to the Animation Courtyard:

    Description and CommentsThis is a quick “pop-up” attraction that Disney assembled in a few months to both hype the latest Star Wars movie installment, and remind theme park guests that construction on the new Star Wars-themed land is under way. The Launch Bay isn’t yet open, but we hear it should contain movie props, interactive game consoles, character greetings, and plenty of merchandise to buy.

    P. 621 The last performance of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears was October 10, 2015.

    P. 622 Note that the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights ends its 20-year run at Walt Disney World in January, 2016.



    Part 15 - Universal Studios Florida

    P. 670 Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue will close by the end of 2015 (per Universal).

    P. 672 Disaster! has closed. It will be replaced by a ride based on The Fast and the Furious movie franchise.


    Part 17 - The Water Parks

    P. 708 #5 contains a typo that says "food protection" where it should say "foot protection." We apologize to anyone who tried to walk on the food or eat their foot.


    Part 18 - Behind-the-Scenes and VIP Tours at WDW

    P. 720 Disney is offering two new tours at the Magic Kingdom resorts:

    Part 19 - Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk, Etc.

    P. 726 Planet Hollywood is closed during Disney Springs construction.

    P. 732 D-Street is now is now Star Wars Galactic Outpost.

    Touring Plans

    P. 818 We've updated the Disney's Hollywood Studios One-Day Touring Plan based on the latest wait times and FastPass+ use patterns.

    Last updated by Laurel Stewart on May 13, 2016