MAPS: by Robo. WDW places & how to get there.

Robo

1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
Joined
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Contents of this Thread:
(Click on a heading below to go directly to its post.)

Magic Kingdom w/Outside MK Fireworks Viewing Maps -Post #2
Epcot • FW & WS w/Routes to Soarin', Test Track, Mission:SPACE -&- Norway/Frozen -Post #3
Disney's Hollywood Studios w/Fantasmic! -Post #4
Disney's Animal Kingdom w/Pandora -&- Rivers of Light Seating -Post #5
Ft. Wilderness Campground w/Hoop Dee-Doo, Mickey's BBQ -&- Campfire Movies -Post #6
Going Place-to-Place How do I get there from here? -Post #7

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The Posts below contain collections of maps of WDW that I have created over time
in order to answer many "Where is..." questions on the DISboards.

WDW events, attractions, and locations are generally in a state of flux,
so the maps have always been (and currently are) an ongoing work-in-progress.
Suggestions are always welcome.

If you see something in a map that's out-of-date, I wouldn't be too surprised. :)

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Link to the printed maps provided by Disney at Walt Disney World-
http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/index.htm
 
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Robo

1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
Joined
Nov 18, 2001
MK Entrance Gate Area
As of Jan. 9, 2017, the MK Rope Drop Welcome Show is held on the Castle Stage (directly in front of the castle.)
MK guests are admitted onto Main Street USA 60-75 minutes before the posted opening time
so that they can stroll, shop, or otherwise await "Rope Drop Time."
At that time, the ropes in the Hub that are blocking the entrances to all of the MK lands will be dropped, and guests will be admitted into the attraction areas.




MK Hub




MK - PARADE ROUTE

The 3 O'Clock Parade (Festival of Fantasy) and both the MVMCP and MNSSHP parades start near Spalsh Mtn. and exit near the Firehouse.

Less crowded than on Main Street, but still spectacular viewing can be found near the Hall of Presidents, or deep into Frontierland, past the Country Bears.
(But at night, from those locations you won't be able to see the spectacular, not-to-be-missed show "Celebrate the Magic," that is actually projected on the front of the Castle... which begins about 15 minutes before the fireworks.)






Below is a rough estimate of the Happily Ever After Fireworks viewing spots
on the south side of Cinderella Castle.
The projections presented on the castle facade can only be seen from this front side.

You also want to be able to see the spectacular show that is actually projected on the front of the Castle,
"Once Upon a Time," which is scheduled within an hour before and/or after the fireworks.




MK-Tony's Dining Pkg. Parade Viewing Area (facing East)




MK-Tony's Porch and Backstage Pathway gate (facing East)






MK-Backstage Pathway: Noodle Station Route (facing West)






MK-Backstage Pathway: Crystal Palace Route (facing North)
This is a "utility pathway" that is seldom opened to guests
except in the case of extreme Main St. overcrowding.



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MK- 3 Backstage Pathways:
Adventureland/Frontierland Path and Tomorrowland Path are seldom opened to guests
except in the case of extreme Main St. overcrowding.
(Possibly on/near New Years, Christmas, July 4th, Easter.)
The broken line indicates a possible backstage passage just to the east of Pirate's entrance.




MK - from NOODLE STATION > PARADE ROUTE

Guests at the Dessert Party will be at a distance of 180-220 feet (2/3 of a football field) from the parade, with guests standing between them and the parade entries.

Shown is the "old version" of the Hub, before the 2015 rebuild. The views are still
similar, but there can now be more "guest activity" (as guests walk by) between the
Noodle Station and the parade route.




MK - from NOODLE STATION - Castle View for Celebrate the Magic

Shown is the "old version" of the Hub, before the 2015 rebuild.
The views are still similar, however.




MK Hub Rope Drop to Peter Pan's Flight

Three Routes to Peter Pan.
If the "through the castle route" (green) is closed, choose whichever of the others you prefer.
"West of the castle" path (blue) may be a bit shorter than the Liberty Square (orange) route,
but how the CMs open the ropes may affect which way you can go the earliest.




MK Hub Rope Drop to Space Mtn. (facing East)
Shown is the "old version" of the Hub, before the 2015 rebuild.




MK Main Street to Space Mtn. (facing East)
Shown is the "old version" of the Hub, before the 2015 rebuild.




MK Main Street to Seven Dwarf's Mine Train
Shown is the "old version" of the Hub, before the 2015 rebuild.




MK - Tomorrowland




Magic Kingdom / TTC Parking Lot



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Magic Kingdom Fireworks Viewing from Outside the Magic Kingdom


The new "Happily Ever After" evening spectacular at MK
features many projections on the front facade of Cinderella Castle
in addition to the many fireworks in the show. Since those projections
will not be seen from viewing locations outside the MK park, seeing the
"full effect" of "Happily Ever After" will dictate viewing the show at least once
from a good vantage point inside MK, on Main Street, preferably in or near the Hub.

The MK party fireworks shows "HalloWishes" and "Holiday Wishes" do not rely on seeing much imagery projected on the Castle, so they can be enjoyed more fully from locations outside and farther away from the MK park.

The Beach at the Polynesian Resort offers a great view
of the FIREWORKS portions of the MK Fireworks spectaculars.
However, the area with the most direct and centered MK view is now much smaller than it used to be due to the construction of the DVC on-the-water rooms.
That specific small area might be restricted to Poly guests on evenings like New Year's Eve, July 3rd and 4th, and possibly other of the most crowded of fireworks "event nights."

They do "pipe in" the audio of the shows, but most nights it is nearly inaudible on the Poly beach.



Here's a photo I took from the Poly Beach-

MK Fireworks (MVMCP Christmas Finale)



Also, for a "drink and viewing" from the Poly there is Trader Sam's Grog Grotto (HERE.)

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More Viewing Spots-

You can see the MK fireworks shows very well from the TTC
(and they pipe-in clear, crisp audio from the show.)
Note: you are not allowed to stand directly in the actual Ferry loading area.



You can see the MK fireworks from the boat-dock and an outside
observation deck near Narcoossee's restaurant at the Grand Floridian.
There is rumored to be an upcoming paid "Wishes Dessert Party" that will be held on that boat dock.
The Narcoossee's Deck shown is now reserved only for guests of the restaurant.


Good viewing from the Gasparilla Grill Patio overlooking the Marina.
The sound of the show is piped into these areas too.





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At the Contemporary, there is viewing on an outdoor
observation area on the 4th floor.
The California Grill observation areas are reserved for patrons that day of the Grill or Bar.
(The audio of the fireworks show is also piped in to these locations.)




(Fireworks shown above are simulated.)

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At Wilderness Lodge, the "secret place" to watch the MK fireworks is from the northern area of the Cast Member (CM) Parking Lot.



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At the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds Marina (angle shown on the map below,) some of the view (especially of the "Fantasyland" pyro)
is blocked by the now unused Discovery Island in Bay Lake and by the high-rise buildings of the Contemporary Resort.
But, the view from the Ft. Wilderness' sand beach (farther north) is more open.
Still the tree-level can block the views of the lower-firing pyro.


Here are the angles of the views in the Bay Lake area.




Below are the angles of the views in the Seven Seas Lagoon area.



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As for viewing the MK fireworks from INSIDE the dining area of restaurants (you need ADRs, and most are usually busy during the shows)...
you can see (and hear) them at California Grill at Contemporary,
'Ohana at the Poly, at Trader Sam's and Trader Sam's outdoor patio at the Poly, Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian,
and (if you have access there) the Top of the World at Bay Lake Tower.
 
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Robo

1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
Joined
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Epcot - Main Entrance




Epcot Morning Entry Routes - Future World




Epcot Entry - Front gates & International Gateway to Frozen & Soarin'





Epcot - Future World




Epcot - World Showcase

IllumiNations Dessert Party
and IllumiNations FP+
areas are near the "Twin Gift Shops" at the entrance from Future World.
(Around #13 & #14.)






Epcot - All
NOTE: "Express Bus Transportation" ended Aug. 23, 2017. It MIGHT return at some future date. Stay tuned.


 
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  • Robo

    1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
    Joined
    Nov 18, 2001
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    Until I can build new DHS Toy Story Land maps,
    you can click on the links below to see the WDW printed versions.

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    DHS Rope Drop & Gates BE Toy Story Routes








    DHS Path to Jedi Training Academy Sign-up (this can change at any time.)





    DHS FIREWORKS Viewing (Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular)
    The stage (#3) is now removed nightly from the viewing area well before the fireworks begin.






    DHS FIREWORKS Viewing - Outside the park.

    Views of the higher-flying fireworks seen along the plum-colored pathway inside the area that I shaded in green on the map below.




    DHS - ALL Sections Wide
    NOTE: "Express Bus Transportation" ended Aug. 23, 2017. It MIGHT return at some future date. Stay tuned.





    DHS - Upper section
    NOTE: "Express Bus Transportation" ended Aug. 23, 2017. It MIGHT return at some future date. Stay tuned.





    DHS - Lower section




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    Fantasmic! logo_200.png

    Guests don't really wait in line for the first (or only) F! performance of the evening.
    The CMs open the theater an hour or more before show-time.
    Guests at that time will simply walk slowly through the very long pathways to the theater and file in to find a seat.

    What a FP+ for F! offers is more CHOICE in seating.

    If you DO get a F! FP+, you can choose to sit in either the FP section (virtually the entire left half of the theater) or the Standby section (virtually the entire right half of the theater.)
    So, whatever section has the better seating at the time you arrive, you can go there.
    Without a FP, you can only choose a seat in the Standby section.

    There is a very good chance that you can get a FP+ for F! as a 4th or 5th FP of the day because they issue SO MANY of them (enough to cover nearly the entire left half of the seating.) On many nights, it is possible that you can gat a FP+ for F! as you are walking to the theater.

    As to when to arrive at the theater, I'd get to there 45-60 minutes before the show-time.
    Even WITH having a FP or Dining Pkg. reservation, don't wait too late.

    On busy nights, the CMs can stop holding the reserved sections within 20-30 minutes before show-time, and turn over any available seats to waiting walk-in guests.

    Guests who learn how to take advantage of the various available "tools" and timing strategies will be able to take more control over their WDW experiences.
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    Map Below-
    Arrows indicate the center of the seating.
    Shaded areas:
    (First or Only F! performance of the evening)
    Cyan= Standby (walk-in) seating
    Red= Dining Package Reserved
    Blue= FP+ Reserved
    Purple= Can be either FP+ or Dining Plan Reserved, depending on needs.

    (Second or Third F! performance of the evening)

    Cyan= Standby (walk-in) seating
    Red, Purple, Blue= FP+ Reserved
    (Although much of the outer Blue will likely be used for Standby.)



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    Robo

    1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
    Joined
    Nov 18, 2001
    DAK Morning Rope Drop & Rivers of Light Seating - Wide Shot



    DAK Central Area: Tusker House & Pandora



    DAK Central - WS w/Routes to Pandora and Dual Routes to Expedition Everest



    DAK Central - WS w/Routes to Pandora and Dinosaur




    DAK Path to Pandora (Guest Drop-Off spot in Guest Parking Lot: bottom right)




    DAK - Rivers of Light Seating
    Version- Feb. 25, 2017

    Notes regarding updated seating and entrance locations and loading procedures from DISers who have attended recent shows are welcome.




    DAK - Expedition Everest Area





    DAK
    "DRIVING or BUS" TO AKL (No walking to/from the resort and park is allowed.)



    DAK with Area Resorts





     
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    Robo

    1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
    Joined
    Nov 18, 2001
    Ft. Wilderness Settlement Area - Hoop-Dee-Doo • Boat & Bus





    Ft. Wilderness Settlement Area < Mickey's BBQ • Boat & Bus




    Ft. Wilderness - Outpost/Parking Area




    Ft. Wilderness EX-WIDE with Campfire & Wilderness Lodge




    Ft. Wilderness WIDE - Satellite




    Ft. Wilderness MWS Satellite w Campfire & Hoop




    Ft. Wilderness - Medium Shot - w Campfire & Meadow Bus Stop




    Ft. Wilderness - Closeup w Campfire & Pool



    Ft. Wilderness <> Wilderness Lodge - Bike and Walking Path

     
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    Robo

    1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
    Joined
    Nov 18, 2001
    "Going Place-to-Place" WDW Maps
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    EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION BUS terminal locations.
    are available at the bottom of this post.

    NOTE: "Express Bus Transportation" ended Aug. 23, 2017. It MIGHT return at some future date. Stay tuned.
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    ALL Parks & most Resorts



    Boardwalk Area (facing West)




    DHS to Epcot - ALL to FRONT GATES & Resorts - Walking Paths






    DHS to Epcot Int'l. Gateway
    Friendship stops, in order, (in each direction) are as follows:
    Epcot (International Gateway) >
    Boardwalk
    Yacht & Beach Club
    Swan & Dolphin
    DHS
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    DHS >
    Swan & Dolphin
    Yacht & Beach Club
    Boardwalk
    Epcot (International Gateway)




    Fantasia Gardens MiniGolf-Swan





    Epcot International Gateway Area



    MK to Contemporary&BLT - WALKWAY





    MK area - TTC w/ FIREWORKS Ferry Dock Viewing




    MK area - Poly and TTC-All BLDG-TTC Walk Path




    MK area -TTC to Poly to Grand Floridian PATH




    Wilderness Lodge NORTH w/CM Parking Lot





    Wilderness Lodge - w/BIKE & WALKING PATH




    EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION BUS terminal locations.
    NOTE: "Express Bus Transportation" ended Aug. 23, 2017. It MIGHT return at some future date. Stay tuned.














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  • Lavitz

    Mouseketeer
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    Oct 30, 2013
    As someone who has recently tried to save as many of your maps as possible, and given up after realizing there were so many and in so many places, thank you!!!!!
     

    bbjunkie

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
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    I was to comment because I figured we shouldn't bog down the post with a bunch of replies, but I couldn't help myself. ROBO, YOU ROCK!!
     

    Robo

    1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!
    Joined
    Nov 18, 2001
    Thanks for so many kind words!

    Yup, there are a lot of maps (created and updated over many years.)
    There are also many more that are kind of "detailed to specific questions" so I've not included them in this thread.


    BTW, we're now pinned as a STICKY on this board.
    Thanks to hiroMYhero and the other dedicated DISboard moderators.
     
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