Flame Tree Barbecue Review at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Bonus Restaurantosaurus Chicken Sandwich

While the website typically focuses on what’s “new,” it is occasionally prudent to check in on venerable favorites like Flame Tree Barbecue. So here we are.

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The menu has changed a bit over the years though standbys like the St. Louis Ribs and 1/2 Chicken remain on the menu while salads and fruit plates are different.
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Trilo-Bites Buffalo Chicken Chips Review at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Trilo-Bites (don’t Google trilobite) is a kiosk located just past the entrance to DinoLand USA from Discovery Island sort of across from the entrance to The Boneyard. Basically, after you pass Flame Tree Barbecue, you’ll see it on the right. Or if you’re walking from DinoLand Proper, you’ll see it on the left before crossing the bridge and arriving at Flame Tree.

Trilo has served a variety of items over the years and at one point was the Park’s turkey leg outlet before moving on to some dessert-y type items.

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The Smiling Crocodile BLT Review at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“The Smiling Crocodile” is a kiosk located on Discovery Island basically across from the entrance to It’s Tough To Be A Bug and to the left of the seating section for Flame Tree Barbecue in between that and the Adventurers Outpost Mickey and Minnie Meet and Greet.

Over the last year and a half or so, the kiosk has served a variety of different options. They started with these salads, neither of which really “worked.”

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Frozen Ever After Ride Wait Times and Uptime 2017 Edition

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You may have noticed that the website now publishes daily wait times posts comparing the predicted wait times to the actual posted wait times for each theme park. For example, here is the post for February 18th, 2017. Previous days are available on the left hand column of the main site or via this link, which will send you to all of the posts from the “Wait Times Recap” category. There are a number of reasons why I keep up with those wait times – the first is accountability. Each park each day has a predicted overall average wait time and you can check daily to see how accurate those predictions end up being. And the second is to keep track of wait times so we have a better idea about what to expect in the future. Third, if you’re expecting a certain crowd level or a certain predicted wait time, then you can take a look at the charts from previous days to get a better idea about what to expect.

But Frozen Ever After is left off of the Epcot charts because the wait times at that particular ride are not really indicative of the crowd level. Higher waits do often indicate higher crowds…but higher waits are also often dependent on downtime, which remains common as the ride has gone down at some point on 31 out of the 50 days so far in 2017 or 62% of the time. And because the average wait time is typically so much higher than the majority of other attractions, the higher number can unfairly skew the average of all Epcot attractions upwards.

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Disney World Wait Times Review: February 18, 2017

Saturday February 18, 2017

Predicted 4-Park Crowd Level: 9.

Sum of Predicted 4-Park Average Wait Times: 175 minutes.

Actual 4-Park Crowd Level: 9.

Sum of Actual 4-Park Average Wait Times: 182 minutes.

Weather: High of 77 and low of 66. Rain was predicted for much of the afternoon, but the Parks saw just about 90 minutes worth from around 2:30pm to around 4pm.

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It’s Presidents Day Weekend and the Saturday in particular is no joke with a crowd level of “9” expected and actual waits coming in 4% higher than predicted. This was also the first weekend where Rivers of Light was officially scheduled with two shows offered nightly. This is otherwise about as long as waits get at Animal Kingdom with the exception of Kali River Rapids, where the average wait would be closer to 45 minutes given higher temperatures. As noted in this post, two weeks ago I didn’t run into a single person in standby at Expedition Everest when I got in line at 10am. Here, the posted wait is already 75 minutes. While waits were short during the morning Extra Magic Hour, 35 minutes at Safaris and 50 minutes at Everest by 9:15am is a NOPE in all caps. I was there myself from around 1pm through close and it “felt” crowded.

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