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Saturday, March 7, 2015

ATTENTION Dole Whip lovers and Little Orange Bird fans; items to swap locations.

Beginning March 12th Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle will swap places, so make sure you are standing at the correct location if you want a specific treat! 

This means you will be able to get the iconic Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats at the larger stand with a much larger counter for serving next door to The Enchanted Tiki Room on the opposite side of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. And Orange Swirls and Little Orange Bird souvenir cups with drinks will be served at the smaller stand across from The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

The change will hopefully allow for faster lines for those craving a Dole Whip and also keep long lines from forming and blocking areas near the smaller stand's location which is near many shops and the construction area for the new restaurant opening in Adventureland. 

The last time I visited Sunshine Tree Terrace I actually told the cast member that Disney should swap the locations since the larger Sunshine Tree Terrace almost always had no lines, and the itty bitty Aloha Isle stand always had a ton of people waiting. The cast member said that a couple others had said the same thing to her. I'm glad to see that Disney actually listened to it's guests suggestions and made the change. 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Walt Disney World expanding Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania to accommodate more guests.

UPDATE: Soaring Around the World will open June 17th 2016 at both Epcot and Disney's California Adventure. 
UPDATE: Toy Story Midway Mania's third track will olen Memorial Day weekend. 

If you've been to Disney you know that the wait times for Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania can be quite long. Well good news, the rides are getting bigger to reduce wait times!!!!

Soarin in Epcot will be gaining an additional theater. The ride which places riders in front of a large screen that simulates flying over various scenes across the world has been a fan favorite since it opened in both Disney parks. An additional theater will allow for many more guests to experience the ride at the same time. (There are already 2 theaters, so a third would add to the current capacity.) Hopefully this will lower the average waiting time down from the usual 90-120 minutes. It should also allow for more fast passes for the ride per day. The ride will also have newer screens and projection systems installed for an even better experience. 

Toy Story Midway Mania in Hollywood Studios will be gaining more track. In a previous article it was implied that the ride would offer a fastpass+ dedicated side allowing for both sides of the original ride to be open for standby guests. This should greatly affect the usually long wait time for one of the most popular rides in all of Disney. It may also allow more guests to grab a fastpass+ ahead of time. The ride which allows guest to battle each other in 3D video game like scenes will also receive a few updates to the games scenes played. 

Both ride expansions are projected to be complete in 2016. I will update as I receive more info. 

Pictures and info thanks to The Disney Parks Blog.

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