PHOTOS: Disney Tidbits Magic Kingdom – food and drink price increases, After Hours event bring low crowds

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Welcome back to Disney Tidbits! Follow along on our trip around Magic Kingdom to check out what is new and happening.

The heat is starting to soar in Orlando. It was an incredible 93 degrees during our visit.


But Magic Kingdom is always inspirational rain or shine.


Crowd pleaser Festival of Fantasy was in full swing when we arrived.


Disney is always the best place for a yummy treat.



New Alice Teacup Party mugs.


The new East Plaza Gardens is now the new location for Wishes dessert party guests but still a lovely place to be during the day.



You can now make walk-up reservations to the Wishes Dessert Party directly at the podium.




Some facade work is being done at Carousel of Progress.


After 5 p.m. I quickly started to notice how empty the park got. Seems like the After Hours at Magic Kingdom event that starts at 10 p.m. really makes the crowds disappear. Here are just some of the wait times I saw between 5-10 p.m.

Space Mountain – 30 min

Big Thunder Mountain – 20 min

Haunted Mansion – 10 min

Pirates of the Caribbean – 15 min

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 40 min

Just coming from weeks of relentless Spring Break crowds these wait times were lovely to see.


We also spotted some new price increases across the park. Inside Cosmic Ray’s counter service restaurant you now have to pay $1 for the melted cheese that used to be complimentary.


Counter service and food kiosks have also raised their prices for most fountain and bottled drinks. Here is a price list:

Regular Fountain Drink is now $3.29, up from $2.99.
Large Fountain Drink is now $3.69, up from $3.29.
Apple Juice is now $3.29, up from $2.79.
Orange Juice is now $4.29, up from $3.99.
Chocolate milk is now $2.69, up from $1.99.
Low-fat milk is now $2.69, up from $1.99.
Dasani Bottled Water is now $3, up from $2.75.

Heading over to Cinderella’s castle, you can now see Disney being in full construction mode for the new castle stage show coming in June.



Lastly I spotted some new limited edition pins.




As we get closer to the summer, we will get to see more and more changes to the Disney Parks so make sure to come back soon again for more Disney Tidbits!

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