Monday, June 30, 2014
Changed Park Hours Impacted Our Plans
Originally, we had planned to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom on a day with morning Extra Magic Hours--when the park opens an hour early for on-site resort guests. Our plan was to ride Kilimanjaro Safari first thing, when the weather was a bit cooler which means more animals out and about, then go to breakfast at Tusker House with a 8:45 am Advanced Dining Reservations. The rest of the day was full of FastPass+ selections for Festival of the Lion King, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids.
With the change in the park hours, our 8:45 am ADR for Tusker House was still doable, but it meant adjusting the rest of our FastPass + selections and getting to Kilimanjaro Safari later in the day.
I called Walt Disney World Dining with our current Tusker House confirmation number in hand and adjusted our ADR to 9:20 am. The park would open at 9:00, we would walk to Kilimanjaro, ride the 19 minute ride, and have to make it to the restaurant no later than 9:35 am to not miss our reservation and be charged $10 per person no-show fee. I slept on the plans and decided it was cutting the time too close.
I called Walt Disney World Dining again in the morning and changed the reservation to 9:45 am. We will most likely arrive sooner and it will make it tight to get to our 10:50 FastPass+ for Festival of the Lion King, but I think we can make it work.
Looking forward to a great breakfast with characters at Tusker House and a great day at Disney's Animal Kingdom!