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    News Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opening reports and using Virtual Queue at EPCOT

    I would imagine that most of the difference would be the fact that ILL is a fraction of the total capacity now. When the ride first opened, that capacity was allocate to boarding groups, so today the total number of people who can get boarding groups is lower. Did the number of groups...
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    News Walt Disney World to resumes sales of Annual Passes September 8th

    Perhaps Disney realized that APs rarely make park reservations early enough to impact staffing? I would be very surprised if there is a difference in the averae number of park pass reservations held by bottom-tier passholder and top-tier passholders. If the concern is that passholders are...
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    News Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opening reports and using Virtual Queue at EPCOT

    I don't think the bad show is any worse than what you used to see on the old Skyway at MK. Or even the back side of the Main Street building as seen from town square. I always liked getting these sorts of views, as long as they don't occur "in the moment". But I know that others feel differently...
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    News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Standby Line and Boarding Groups at Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Back in original Fastpass days, it was not unheard of to have FP take more than 90% of capacity in order to recover promised rides from a downtime or capacity restriction.
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    Magic Kingdom's Bizarre Bazaars

    I think some of it is that a small shop requires more labor to run than a large shop on an employee per square foot basis. Imagine there is 50,000 sf of retail in a theme park (Main Street USA has about 16,000 sf, so I feel like that might be right). At peak time, (an hour after fireworks, for...
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    If you could create or expand a transportation network on property..

    Just before Disney announced the Skyliner system, I laid out an ideal Walt Disney World Monorail System using a transportation demand model. The image below shows the peak hour passenger demand for each segment of the network. It would require 13 car monorail trains (as long as the A-frame...
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    News Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opening reports and using Virtual Queue at EPCOT

    Theme park companies typically have design standards (more like guidelines, really) about how much queue needs to be provided. These standards are usually based on the amount of wait time the queue will need to handle. For instance, imagine a ride with a capacity of 2,000 people per hour and a...
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    World Drive Phase-III

    I am specifically referring to an intersection which was constructed in the 1930s or early '40s and has all of the characteristics of a modern roundabout. This was built prior to the independent invention of the roundabout in Europe. The rotaries or traffic circles built elsewhere in New Jersey...
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    World Drive Phase-III

    Currently both the Grand Floridian and the Poly require at least some of their staff and/or guests to park in a separate lot across the street from the resort. This will make it so all of the parking for both are on the same side of the main road as the resort.
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    World Drive Phase-III

    The smaller size and lower speed of a modern roundabout is a feature, not a bug. By making a smaller diameter circular roadway with superelevation (banking) against the direction of the curve, drivers naturally are inclined to drive much slower through the conflict points, dramatically reducing...
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    World Drive Phase-III

    The RCID primarily taxes Disney, but most of the tax is based on property values, so the amount of money they get is dependent on the Orange County Property Appraiser's assessment, not internal Disney decision-making (at least in the scale of a year or two). So in 2020, when cash flow dropped...
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    World Drive Phase-III

    Glad to see some modern roundabouts coming to the resort. I think there is definitely a possibility that these roadway realignment could be for some very long-term planning for future resorts. But I think their primary benefit will be to rationalize the parking situation for these hotels and...
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    News Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opening reports and using Virtual Queue at EPCOT

    According to Thrill-Data, Remy had a pretty good day today and made it to boarding group 194. Does anyone have any idea how long the boarding groups lasted?
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I agree that the 417 route could be built faster and is less expensive, and that the odds of it actually being built are much higher. In fact, I have written a letter to Mayor Demmings saying essentially that. But I think it is more likely that the Convention Center route is the one that is...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Also, the transit sales tax is probably back on the agenda for next year's election (source). I agree that Brightline is planning to run an intercity service at one train per hour. But there is no chance at all that there will not be a more frequent service in addition to the hourly intercity...
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