Nomad Lounge and Tiffins signature restaurant officially open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom today, Friday May 27th. The website received an Owl stating that both would “soft open” around 11:30am on the 26th and I headed out to investigate.
Does anybody remember the time when if you saw somebody holding up their phone or tablet or camera or what have you that they were probably taking a picture of what’s in front of them and it might be polite to step out of their way? And now there’s a 95% chance that they’re using the front camera to take a picture of themselves and you can just continue about your business?
We head into Magic Kingdom from the Polynesian on the Resort Monorail during the 19-minute 36-second window that it was operating on Sunday May 22nd.
Ample Hills Creamery is ummmmmmmm perhaps not the direction I would have gone with name-wise if I was looking to go into the $10 ice cream cone business. But then I am also not opening a $10 ice cream cone business on the BoardWalk either. Ample Hills otherwise arrives from Brooklyn, New York and may be better known among the Disney community as the producer of the Light Side and Dark Side ice cream flavors to advertise The Force Awakens. I was actually thinking (yes I do that sometimes) the other day at Disney Springs about how many people you would have to ask before you found someone that was unaware that there was a new Star Wars movie last year. There are not a lot of products with that kind of penetration.
Just like the title says, Disney looks to have extended Animal Kingdom’s close to 11pm every night through Monday September 5th. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic will be scheduled at 9pm and 10:30pm nightly. If the 5,000 seat capacity per show is correct, it’s going to be interesting to see how many people are shut out as that’s a little higher than the capacity of a single Fantasmic show. 10:30pm is late enough that most families with kids won’t be able to stay out that late, but 9pm Fantasmic shows in summer typically fill to capacity. To what lengths parents will try to keep their kids up as they get locked out of the early show remains to be seen. The website will be impressed if the logistics of this experiment work out.