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Easy Guide 2014 Changes

By Dave Shute

This page supplements The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit.

The easy Guide
It presents

  • Links to better/larger versions of some of the key charts
  • Changes and updates, by date
  • Typos and other awkwardness

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Page 12 Comprehensive Guide to Rides

Page 13 Disney World Rides Excluded by Height

Page 26  2014 Crowd Calendar

Page 41 2014 Weeks to Visit Rankings

Page 48 Resort Features by Price Class

Chapter 5 in general: large color floor plans of all standard rooms are in the resort reviews

Page 162 Animal Kingdom Cheat Sheet Map

Pages 162-166 Complete Animal Kingdom Cheat Sheet

Page 167 Epcot Cheat Sheet Map

Pages 167-174 Complete Epcot Cheat Sheet

Page 175 Hollywood Studios Cheat Sheet Map

Pages 175-180 Complete Hollywood Studios Cheat Sheet

Page 181 Magic Kingdom Cheat Sheet Map

Pages 181-190 Complete Magic Kingdom Cheat Sheet

Page 198 Guide to Disney Dining


July 6, 2014

All changes noted will be reflected in Kindles shortly:

Page 16: rates are now $15 an hour

Page 45:  With MK EMH being mostly moved to Saturdays, this section should now read as follows:

At least one park offers Extra Magic Hours virtually every day, with the most common schedule (after June 2014 changes) being:

Sunday: Animal Kingdom morning
Monday: Hollywood Studios evening
Tuesday: Epcot morning
Wednesday: Animal Kingdom morning
Thursday: Magic Kingdom morning
Friday: Epcot evening
Saturday: Hollywood Studios morning, Magic Kingdom evening

Seasonal or special events may alter the schedule slightly, so always check the park calendars. Most notably:

    • During Star Wars Weekends from the middle of May to the middle of June, Hollywood Studios offers morning EMH on Wednesday, and the Animal Kingdom morning EMH moves from then to Saturday.
    • During the Food and Wine Festival from mid-September to early November, Epcot offers evening EMH on Wednesdays, and Animal Kingdom moves its Wednesday morning EMH to Fridays.
    • During the Mickey’s Party Season from early September to mid-December, Hollywood Studios evening EMH nights often shift to Sundays, and Mondays are commonly Magic Kingdom evening EMH nights

Page 58: At top of page, replace “Animation Hall” with “Classic Hall”

Page 61: the food court at Music will be closed for renovation in later 2014

Page 76: the main pool at the Wilderness Lodge will be closed for renovation 9/3 to 11/27/14

Page 153: a “visiting princess” no longer joins Anna and Elsa

Page 153:  Cinderella and Rapunzel are now available in both morning and evening EMH

Page 165: Updated the Cheat Sheets to remove references to the Afternoon Parade at AK, which had its last run in late May

Page 170: change to Two-Day Plan, Morning Day Two to reflect Maelstrom’s move to Tier 2:

Use FastPass+ at Test Track, Spaceship Earth, and Maelstrom

    1. Ride Test Track: 8:55am – 9:20am
    2. Ride Sum of All Thrills in Innoventions East: 9:25am – 9:45am
    3. Ride Mission: SPACE: 9:55am – 10:15am
    4. Ride Test Track with FastPass+: 10:20am – 10:40am
    5. Ride Spaceship Earth with FastPass+: 10:50am – 11:10am
    6. Ride Maelstrom with FastPass+ when you’ll be in the vicinity of the Norway Pavilion

Page 171–in Two Day Late Arrival Plan, Day 1, use a FastPass+ at Maelstrom, not Mission: SPACE:

Use FastPass+ at Spaceship Earth (10:30am – 11:30am), Maelstrom (11:30am – 12:30pm), Test Track (5pm – 6pm)

  1. Arrive between 10:30am and 11am
  2. Ride Spaceship Earth with FastPass+: 11am – 11:20am
  3. Ride Gran Fiesta Tour: 11:35am – 11:50am
  4. Ride Maelstrom with FastPass+: 12pm – 12:15pm
  5. Have lunch. There are lots of options in World Showcase
  6. Explore Mexico through Italy and take boat in Germany or walk back to Future World by 5pm
  7. Ride Test Track with FastPass+: 5:15pm – 5:45pm
  8. Ride Ellen’s Energy Adventure or explore Innoventions East: 5:50pm – 6:40pm
  9. Ride Sum of All Thrills: 6:45pm – 7:15pm
  10. Ride Mission: SPACE: 7:20pm – 7:45pm
  11. Have dinner. Electric Umbrella is nearby in Future World or head up to World Showcase.
  12. See IllumiNations or get in line for Test Track at 8:55pm

Page 172: change the One Day Touring Plan to the following:


Use FastPass+ at Character Spot: 11am – 12pm, Soarin’: 12pm – 1pm, and Spaceship Earth: 1pm – 2pm

Morning and Early Afternoon Plan:

    1. Ride Test Track: 8:55am – 9:20am
    2. Ride Sum of All Thrills: 9:25am – 9:45am
    3. Ride Mission: SPACE Green or Orange: 9:50am – 10:10am
    4. Ride The Seas with Nemo and Friends: 10:25am – 10:35am
    5. See Turtle Talk with Crush: 10:35am – 11am
    6. Visit Character Spot with FastPass+: 11:05am – 11:20am
    7. Ride Living with the Land: 11:30am – 11:50am
    8. Have lunch at Sunshine Seasons: 11:55am – 12:45pm
    9. Ride Soarin’ with FastPass+: 12:50pm – 1:15pm
    10. Ride Spaceship Earth with FastPass+: 1:25pm – 1:45pm
    11. Ride Journey into Imagination with Figment: 1:55pm – 2:10pm
    12. See Captain EO if desired: 2:15pm – 2:45pm

Later Afternoon and Evening Plan:

Visit World Showcase beginning with Canada. Finish by riding Maelstrom in Norway and Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico after 7:30pm if possible. Visit Character Spot as late in the evening as possible.

 Page 184: add steps 14 and 15 to the plan at the top of the page

14. Visit a Fantasyland FastPass+ kiosk to schedule a 4th FP+ for after the Parade

15. See Festival of Fantasy Parade in Frontierland: 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Page 184: Change Morning Day 2 to

Use FastPass+ at Peter Pan’s Flight (10am-11am), Jungle Cruise (11am-12pm), and Pirates of the Caribbean (12pm-1pm)

    1. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 9:10am – 9:20am – Ride again if desired
    2. Ride Splash Mountain: 9:23am – 9:45am (Won’t get too wet but can return later w/ FP+)
    3. Ride Haunted Mansion: 9:55am – 10:15am
    4. Ride it’s a small world: 10:17am – 10:40am
    5. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+: 10:42am – 10:55am
    6. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 11:05am – 11:25am
    7. Have lunch. Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill are closest. Columbia Harbour House, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Casey’s Corner are relatively close.
    8. Ride Pirates of  the Caribbean with FastPass+: 12:30pm – 12:50pm
    9. Visit the Adventureland Breezeway FP+ kiosk to select a 4th experience

Pages 185-187: Change these plans to


Two-Day Character-Centric Plan, Morning Day 1:

Use FastPass+ at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (11am-12pm) Enchanted Tales with Belle (12pm-1pm), Anna and Elsa at Fairytale Hall (1pm-2pm)

    1. Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater: 9am – 9:15am
    2. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight: 9:18am – 9:30am
    3. Meet Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto: 9:35am – 9:50am
    4. Ride Journey of the Little Mermaid: 9:52am – 10:05am
    5. Meet Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland: 10:07am – 10:15am
    6. Meet Daisy and Minnie at Pete’s Silly Sideshow: 10:20am – 10:30am
    7. Meet Donald and Goofy at Pete’s Silly Sideshow: 10:31am – 10:40am
    8. Ride The Barnstormer: 10:42am – 10:55am
    9. Ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant: 11am – 11:20am
    10. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FastPass+: 11:25am – 11:40am
    11. Have lunch. Pinocchio Village Haus is closest. Cosmic Ray’s is nearby. Use FastPass+ at Be Our Guest if possible.
    12. Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle with FastPass+: 12:40pm – 1:10pm
    13. Meet Anna and Elsa in Princess Fairytale Hall: 1:15pm – 1:35pm

Two-Day Character-Centric Plan, Afternoon and Evening Day 1:

Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland like Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Prince Regal Carrousel, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, and Stitch’s Great Escape.

Two-Day Character-Centric Plan, Morning Day 2:

Use FastPass+ at Buzz Lightyear (12:15pm-1:15pm), Space Mountain (1:15pm-2:15pm), and Cinderella/Rapunzel (2:15pm-3:15pm)

    1. Meet Tinker Bell in Town Square Theater or Merida in Fairytale Garden: 9am – 9:25am
    2. Meet Aladdin and Jasmine at Agrabah Bazaar: 9:30am – 9:45am
    3. Ride Jungle Cruise: 9:50am – 10:15am
    4. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 10:25am – 10:45am
    5. Ride Splash Mountain: 10:47am – 11:15am
    6. Meet Chip and Dale across from Diamond Horseshoe: 11:20am – 11:35am
    7. Have lunch. Pecos Bill and Tortuga Tavern are closest. Columbia Harbour House and Liberty Tree Tavern are nearby.
    8. Ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin with FastPass+: 1pm – 1:15pm
    9. Meet Buzz Lightyear at the exit to Space Ranger Spin: 1:17pm – 1:40pm
    10. Ride Space Mountain with FastPass+: 1:45pm – 2:05pm
    11. Meet Rapunzel/Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall with FP+: 2:15pm – 2:30pm
    12. See Festival of Fantasy Parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square: 2:40pm – 3:20pm
    13. 4th FastPass+ selection: Tomorrowland Speedway, it’s a small world, Haunted Mansion

Two-Day Character-Centric Plan, Afternoon and Evening Day 2:

Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions like Tom Sawyer Island, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Swiss Family Treehouse. Visit it’s a small world, Haunted Mansion, and any other skipped attractions as late in the evening as possible. Check Times Guide for missed characters (Tiana particular) and visit them in the last hour they’re scheduled to appear.


One Day Plan, Morning and Afternoon

Use FastPass+ at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (9am-10am), Jungle Cruise (10am-11am), Pirates of the Caribbean(1am-12pm)

    1. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight: 9am – 9:10am
    2. Ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 9:15am – 9:25am
    3. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FastPass+: 9:27am – 9:40am
    4. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 9:55am – 10:15am
    5. Ride Splash Mountain: 10:17am – 10:40am
    6. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 10:50am – 11:10am
    7. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean with FastPass+: 11:15am – 11:35am
    8. Visit Jungle Cruise FP+ kiosk and schedule Space Mountain FP+ for around 1pm
    9. Have lunch: Pecos Bill is closest. Tortuga Tavern + Columbia Harbour House are nearby.
    10. See Enchanted Tiki Room or walk Swiss Family Treehouse: 12:30pm – 12:50pm
    11. Ride Space Mountain with FastPass+: 1:05pm – 1:30pm
    12. Visit Buzz Lightyear FP+ kiosk and select Buzz Lightyear that includes 2:10pm
    13. Ride PeopleMover or see Monsters Inc Laugh Floor: 1:40pm – 2:05pm
    14. Ride Buzz Lightyear with FastPass+: 2:10pm – 2:25pm
    15. Visit Buzz Lightyear FastPass+ kiosk and select Haunted Mansion that includes 3:45pm
    16. See Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade from Frontierland: 2:40pm – 3:15pm
    17. See Country Bear Jamboree: 3:20pm – 3:40pm
    18. Ride Haunted Mansion with FastPass+: 3:45pm – 4:05pm
    19. Visit Fantasyland FastPass+ kiosk and select it’s a small world that includes 5:05pm
    20. See Mickey’s PhilharMagic: 4:15pm – 4:35pm
    21. Ride Prince Regal Royal Carrousel: 4:40pm – 5pm
    22. Ride it’s a small world with FastPass+: 5:05pm – 5:25pm
    23. Visit Fantasyland FP+ kiosk and select another FastPass+ experience
    24. Have dinner: Pinocchio Village Haus is closest. Be Our Guest Restaurant would be perfect if you’ve snagged reservations. Cosmic Ray’s is relatively close.

One Day Plan, Evening:

Your evening depends greatly on when Magic Kingdom closes, when Wishes  is scheduled, and ultimately how long you want to stay. Visit attractions marked anytime on the map until about 30 minutes before Wishes then move to Main Street to see the show. Return to Liberty Square or Frontierland for the Electrical Parade, keeping in mind the second Parade (when offered) is far less crowded. Return to the priority attractions, particularly in Fantasyland, in the final hour.

June 11, 2014

Note several changes related to changes in tiering at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. At the same time, we cleaned up a few other items, some of which are noted here.

All June 11 changes will be already incorporated into books and Kindle editions purchased after June 10.

Page 21: Minor changes to reflect new tiering at Epcot.


Page 67: Sharpened the discussion of queens at Caribbean Beach:



Page 77: More on the five-person studios in the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge:



Page 111: New Tier 2 FastPass+ priorities:


Pages 118, 127, 128: Minor changes to reflect new tiering and relative priorities:

  • Living with the Land now noted as lowest Tier 1 priority (118)
  • Great Movie Ride removed from Tier 2 list at the Studios (127)
  • Great Movie Ride noted as “Low Tier 1 priority” (128)


Page 169: Epcot tiering re-described after new changes:


Pages 171-172: changes to Two Day Late Arrival Plan Day 2:


Page 177: Hollywood Studios tiering re-described after new changes:


Pages 177 and 178: Revised Hollywood Studios Touring Plan reflecting new tiering:


Pages 178 and 179: Revised Hollywood Studios Character-Centric Touring Plan reflecting new tiering:


Page 179: Change to first paragraph of “Late Arrival Touring…” for new tiering:


Paperback and Kindle typos (Kindle typos will be fixed shortly)

  • The left side header in the table of contents (and some of the book’s Amazon listings) have the title as “The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Vacation.”  That last word should be “Visit”!!
  • On page 6, the header of the example AK plan should be “FastPass+,” not “Fastpass+”
  • On page 7 and elsewhere, e.g. page 226, T-Rex should be all caps, and we should have said “Whispering Canyon Cafe, not “Whispering Canyon”–also on page 195 and 239
  • The published version of the “Comprehensive Guide to Rides” on page 12 lists the afternoon parade at the Animal Kingdom. This parade had its last run at the end of May. The larger online color version is corrected: Comprehensive Guide to Rides.
  • Page 15: Should have been “between 3 and 12, except for Camp Dolphin, between 4 and 12”
  • Also on 15, should have been “Disney’s Beach…” rather than “Disney Beach…”
  • Page 21 should have caps in “chapter six.”
  • I had a little dyslexia on page 43–DDRA is at the far southeast corner, not northeast
  • On page 64, periods snuck in and offed what should have been commas in “You can. of course. walk to the…”
  • Page 65 should read “Two are on the first floor…” Not “Three…”
  • On page 73, I made a typo I make all the time for some reason–“Captain Cook’s,” not “Captain Jacks”
  • Page 77 should be “quickly fade,” not “quickly fades”
  • More dyslexia on page 81: “southeast corner,” not “southwest corner”
  • Page 112–the entry is between UK and France, not Canada and France
  • Page 124–the pavilion title should be “Morocco Pavilion”
  • On page 163 in “warnings” replace Pizzafari with Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Page 182 has a sentence with an extra period at the end
  • Page 196 should have included Minnie as a character at Chef Mickey’s
  • On 200 there’s a “cause” that should be “causes”
  • In the discussion of alcohol at BOG on 219,  “to order” should be “to offer”
  • On 252, it should be “Club,” not “Clubs.”

Kindle-only typos

  • Location 364: We lost the “an” in “Disney vets use an…”
  • Location 839: lost the space between “Nemo” and “that”
  • Location 1281: “first” lost its “i”
  • Location 2651: “Friar’s Nook” lost its “F”
  • Location 2918: replace “red” with “dark”
  • Location 4029: superfluous comma and space after “darkness”
  • Location 4700: mystery dashes added at three spots
  • Location 4718: A little more generic than I’d like…


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1 Matthew { 06.20.14 at 5:55 pm }

I really enjoyed reading the book with excellent planning tips for theme parks, tickets, crowd control, resorts, and dining options. The only thing I found lacking was planning tips to the water parks and DisneyQuest. Will this book be updated every year and updated for kindle?

2 Dave { 06.21.14 at 3:55 pm }

Hi Matthew and thanks! The kindle version will be updated, and if enough people find the 2014 book valuable, we will publish a 2015 edition as well! We left many minor things out to keep the book both short and with a large font…

3 Matthew { 06.21.14 at 7:15 pm }

Thank you for the quick response!
I have two more questions:
The first is if the 2014 book is found valuable, will a new edition be publish annually or even every other year?
The second is if the new edition is publish – will the “many minor things” be included in the next edition?
Thank you!

4 Dave { 06.23.14 at 8:38 am }

Matthew, on the first question the hope would be every year, and on the second, we are more likely to expand the core material–e.g. with more resort floor plans, just a little more “flavor” on dining, etc. For those who want details on everything, I recommend The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2014. Part of The easy Guide being easy is being short, and a key to being short is to limit what we cover…

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