WDW Maps-by Robo

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  1. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Magic Kingdom w/MK Fireworks Viewing Maps -Post #2
    Epcot FW & WS w/Routes to Soarin', Test Track, Mission:SPACE, and Norway/Frozen -Post #3
    Disney's Hollywood Studios w/Fantasmic! -Post #4
    Disney's Animal Kingdom w/Rivers of Light Seating -Post #5
    Ft. Wilderness Campground w/Hoop Dee-Doo, Mickey's BBQ & Campfire Movies -Post #6
    Going Place-to-Place at WDW & EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION BUS locations-Post #7
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    Posted below are 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 constant state of flux,
    so the maps have always been (and currently are) an ongoing work-in-progress.
    Suggestions are always welcome.

    So, if you see something that's out-of-date, I wouldn't be too surprised. :)
     
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  2. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    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.

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    MK Hub

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    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.)

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    MK Wishes & other Fireworks Viewing Locations
    You also want to be able to see the spectacular show that is actually projected on the front of the Castle,
    "Celebrate the Magic," which begins about 15 minutes before the fireworks.

    Below is a rough estimate of the Fireworks viewing spots
    based on other posters' info and our personal experience.

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

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


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    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 - 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.
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    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.

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    MK Main Street to Space Mtn. (facing East)

    Shown is the "old version" of the Hub, before the 2015 rebuild.

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

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    MK - Express Transportation Boarding Area
    "Park Hopping" direct-route buses to and from the other three theme parks.

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    Magic Kingdom Fireworks Viewing from Outside the Magic Kingdom


    The Beach at the Polynesian Resort offers a great view
    of Wishes and other MK Fireworks shows.
    However, the area with an MK view is now much smaller than it used to be
    due to the recent construction of the new DVC on-the-water rooms.

    They do "pipe in" the audio of the shows, but it is very, very low in volume.
    There are several ground-level speakers along the sidewalk.

    They also pipe the audio to the speakers at the Poly pool.
    The audio level if better in some places (closer to the sidewalk, for instance) than others (far out on the beach, for instance.)

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

    MK Fireworks (MVMCP Christmas Finale)
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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.

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    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.)

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    (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.

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    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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  3. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Epcot - Main Entrance

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    Epcot Morning Entry Routes - Future World

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    Epcot Entry - Front gates & International Gateway to Norway & Frozen Ever After

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    Epcot - Future World

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    Epcot - World Showcase

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    Epcot - All


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  5. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    DHS Rope Drop & Gates BE Toy Story Routes

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

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    DHS FIREWORKS Viewing (Star Wars)

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    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.

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    DHS Entrance Gates & Guest Drop-Off

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    DHS - ALL Sections Wide

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    DHS - Upper section

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    DHS - Central section

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    DHS - Lower section


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    FANTASMIC!

    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.

    There is sometimes a little "pre-show" (such as it is) that can help pass the last 30 minutes before show time.
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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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  6. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    DAK AREA with Area Resorts

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    DAK ENTRANCE RopeDrop Area

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    DAK Morning Rope & Rivers of Light Seating - Wide Shot

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    DAK Central Area & Tusker House

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    DAK Central - WS w/Routes to EE

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    DAK Expedition Everest Area

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    DAK Rivers of Light Seating -Version 0201917 (Further revisions in the works.)

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

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    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Ft. Wilderness Settlement Area - Hoop-Dee-Doo • Boat & Bus

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

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    Ft. Wilderness - Outpost/Parking Area

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    Ft. Wilderness EX-WIDE with Campfire & Wilderness Lodge

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    Ft. Wilderness WIDE - Satellite

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    Ft. Wilderness MWS Satellite w Campfire & Hoop

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

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    Ft. Wilderness - Closeup w Campfire & Pool

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

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  8. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    "Going Places" WDW Maps
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    EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION BUS terminal locations.
    are available at the bottom of this post.


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    ALL Parks & (most) Resorts


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    Boardwalk Area (facing West)

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


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    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)

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    Fantasia Gardens MiniGolf-Swan


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    Epcot International Gateway Area

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    MK to Contemporary&BLT - WALKWAY


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    MK area - TTC w/ FIREWORKS Ferry Dock Viewing

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

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    MK area -TTC to Poly to Grand Floridian PATH 040815

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    Wilderness Lodge NORTH w/CM Parking Lot

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    Wilderness Lodge - w/BIKE & WALKING PATH

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    EXPRESS TRANSPORTATION BUS terminal locations.

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  9. LENNON500

    LENNON500 Mouseketeer

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    Labor of love buddy, thank you!!!!
     
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  10. BrianL

    BrianL Doom Buggy Driver

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    Just incredible! Thanks, Robo!
     
  11. SaintsManiac

    SaintsManiac DIS Veteran

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    Really needs to be a sticky!
     
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  12. areno79

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    This is awesome!! Great job and thank you for putting this together for us!!
     
  13. Micca

    Micca Where there's a will, there's an heir

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    I know people have requested these to be all in one place for a long time. Excellent work, can't imagine the time consumed by this project. :thumbsup2
     
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  14. Lavitz

    Lavitz Mouseketeer

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    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!!!!!
     
  15. bbjunkie

    bbjunkie DIS Veteran

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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!!
     
  16. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    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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  17. emij

    emij Mouseketeer

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    THANK YOU!!!!!!
     
  18. motogp

    motogp Mouseketeer

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    OK....so if you don't know it all.........you are pretty close! :-). Much thanks!!!!
     
  19. BigAlsGal

    BigAlsGal DIS Veteran

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    Bout time!!!!:p
     
  20. Marbel

    Marbel Mouseketeer

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    Whoa!!! That is a ton of work! Very impressive and so so helpful. Thank you!
     
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  21. jetdoctor

    jetdoctor Please remain in your DOOM BUGGYS

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    nice work robo
     

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