By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here.



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easy Guide 2018 Changes

By Dave Shute

As noted on Page 1 of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, this page exists to provide “changes, corrections, updates, links to larger color versions of key charts, and such.”

October Update:

First, a couple of corrections:  on page 162, we have the wrong height minimum for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster–it should be 48 inches. Also, on page 305, we forgot to delete the reference to crowd calendars. We promise to do better.

Second, Disney shifted the time of the afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom in August to 2p.  Starting of January 1, 2018, it’ll shift back to its traditional 3p time. See the revisions to the Magic Kingdom itineraries below:

For visits after January 1, 2018:

In the Magic Kingdom Two Day Touring Plan, Morning Day 1 (page 217), instead of

9. Have lunch. Be Our Guest and Pinocchio Village Haus are closest: 12–12:45pm.
10. Visit Enchanted Tales with Belle with FastPass+: 12:50–1:30pm.
11. Select a nearby 4th FastPass+ via the phone app or the kiosk near Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
12. Find spots for Festival of Fantasy parade and watch it: 1:35–2:25pm.
13. Visit Mickey’s PhilharMagic or ride Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel: 2:35–3pm.
14. Use 4th FastPass+, shop, grab snacks, or look around.

Do this

9. Have lunch: Be Our Guest and Pinocchio Village Haus are closest: 12pm – 12:45pm
10. Visit Enchanted Tales with Belle with FP+: 12:50pm – 1:30pm
11.  Select a nearby 4th FastPass+ via the phone app or the kiosk near Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
12. Visit Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Prince Regal Carrousel: 1:35pm – 2pm
13. Use 4th FastPass+, shop, grab snacks, or look around.
14. See Festival of Fantasy Parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square: 2:30pm – 3:15pm

In the Magic Kingdom Character-Centric Two Day Touring Plan, Morning Day 2, (page 219), instead of

9. See Move It! Shake It! Parade in front of the Castle: 12:20–12:50pm.
10. See the 1pm Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show in front of the Castle: 1–1:30pm.
11. Find spots for Festival of Fantasy parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square and watch the parade: 1:40–2:20pm.
12. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 2:30–2:55pm.
13. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean with FastPass+: 3–3:25pm.
14. Meet Merida, Aladdin/Jasmine, or other skipped characters

Change the time of your Jungle Cruise FastPass+ to 1-2p, and do this:

9. See Move It! Shake It! Parade in front of the Castle: 12:20pm – 12:50pm
10. See the 1pm Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show in front of the Castle: 1pm – 1:30pm
11. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 1:35pm – 2pm
12. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean with FastPass+: 2:05pm – 2:25pm
13. See Festival of Fantasy Parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square: 2:40pm – 3:20p
14. Meet Merida, Aladdin/Jasmine, or other skipped characters.

Some other news/updates that might affect your vacation:

  • Andre is reporting at PortOrleans.org that Port Orleans French Quarter rooms will be refurbed in the first half of 2018, and that the refurb will then move to Port Orleans Riverside. He is expecting floor by floor (probably building by building in Alligator Bayou) closures during the refurb–these typically don’t have much impact on vacationers. No details are out on what is happening to the rooms, nor, so far as we know, has Disney announced anything official about this.
  • Four Disney World resorts joined the campsites at Fort Wilderness, the Four Seasons, most of the Universal hotels, and more than 70 other Orlando hotels in being dog friendly. This is a pilot program, and includes the Yacht Club, Port Orleans Riverside, Art of Animation, and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Details are here.

September 2017 Update:

See below for large color versions of the park maps from Chapter 6–these are the same as in the book, just larger and in color:

ANIMAL KINGDOM MAP

EPCOT MAP

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS MAP

MAGIC KINGDOM MAP

To grab a full-sized copy of any of these maps–for printing or whatever–if you are in Windows, right click, and then choose “save image as” or “copy image.”

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