A Flower, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Latte, Orange Cream Slush, Scrimless in Orlando – Magic Kingdom June 29 2013

by josh on July 5, 2013

Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/oneflower.jpg.  After spending the morning at Hollywood Studios with a brief stop at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa & DVC, we’ll check out what’s going on at Magic Kingdom.

For those of you that prefer your photos unedited and “in focus,” this is the same angle.

As much as it pains me and as seldom as it happens, you could make a solid argument that Touring Plans got this one right. Magic Kingdom is “not recommended” on this website and Touring Plans had it as their only “Best Park.”  Magic Kingdom was originally recommended on Saturdays because Disney had originally scheduled evening Extra Magic Hours on Fridays and Sundays as they have in the past.  With the Friday set of evening Extra Magic Hours removed unexpectedly, Magic Kingdom’s positive recommendation moved to Friday with the expectation that locals coupled with those leaving on Sunday would cause Magic Kingdom to be busier on Saturdays than Fridays.  In June, Fridays and Saturdays were similarly crowded and actual crowds and wait times seemed to be driven by weather far more than day of the week.  As I’ve mentioned before, with the standard operating/entertainment schedule every day over the summer in addition to the severe reduction of Extra Magic Hours over the last two years, there are not a lot of forces driving crowds over the summer and crowds don’t waver all that much from one day to the next.

That’s Mary Poppins greeting guests in the corner to the right of The Chapeau.  She meets intermittently from 9:20am – 2:45pm.

Mickey and Minnie Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Another set.

And another.

I’ll have a more robust merchandise update in the next couple of days, but these bags caught my eye as being a little “off.”

I’m not sure if “The Harveys” are a thing.  The bags are not cheap.

One side has the baddie. Always an aging female?

And then the poor young woman on the other side.

More Harveys:









If you see something you like or want to see the 154 options, check out SeatbeltBags.com and search for “Disney.”  Or check out the bags when you arrive.

Disney is doing the 20% off merchandise discount in the morning again.  This coupon will print along with your receipt at select quick services through August 6th:

The coupon prints at least at:

Animal Kingdom:

  • Flame Tree BBQ
  • Kusafiri Coffee
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Epcot:

  • Electric Umbrella
  • Liberty Tree Inn
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Yorkshire Fish

Hollywood Studios:

  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Pizza Planet
  • Starring Rolls
  • Studio Catering Company
  • Sunset Ranch Market – Catalina Eddies, Fairfax Fare, Rosie’s All American Diner

Magic Kingdom:

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Cosmic Ray’s
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland Terrace

You may see the coupon print elsewhere.  Considering us Annual Passholders only get 10% off these days, you may want to look out for the coupon if you’re planning to purchase something.  Note it’s valid only until 1pm.

One cinnamon roll please.  Main Street Bakery crowds vary wildly depending on time of day.  The fact there are seemingly few people here around 2:15pm doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of interest, especially with six registers going and 25+ front-of-house cast members.  Speaking of cast, they seem to be getting the hang of things.  Wait times for drinks were in the five to fifteen minute range on day one, as one might expect with a completely new system.  I only waited about three minutes for my latte on this particular day, if that.

Disney switched out the cinnamon roll picture for a scone.  How thoughtful.

New Valencia Orange has been added to the Refreshers lineup.

The case that ruins vacations. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/sbuxcase.jpg.

72.8% of a Venti Skinny Vanilla Iced Latte.  Or something.  I don’t really know, when I got to counter I panicked, pointed, and said “Iced.”

Warning: Language inappropriate for the Mickey Mouse crowd.

It’s 2:30pm and the wait for Buzz is 40 minutes.  That is not all that bad for this time of day in the summer.

If it weren’t for FASTPASS, Buzz could move through this many people in around 15 minutes.  But the actual standby wait is dictated directly by how many people return with FASTPASSes while you’re in the regular line.  Just like any other FASTPASS attraction.

A 70 minute wait for Space Mountain at 2:35pm.  Longer than any of us would like to wait, but not bad for summer.  We’ve seen 120 minute and 180 minute waits a little later in the afternoon, though the Parade does pull people away until 3:15pm.

Tomorrowland.

FASTPASS+ signage at Tomorrowland Speedway.  If you’re interested in riding once FASTPASS+ rolls out, it seems like this would be a good use of it.  Hopefully Disney will go ahead with plans to increase Magic Kingdom FASTPASS+ opportunities to five.  That’s part of the rationale for why Magic Kingdom single day tickets are now more expensive than single day tickets to the other Parks.

Ribs still aren’t available until after 4pm.  Then the Ribs and Chicken/Ribs Combo become available.  Cosmic Ray’s has a new Orange Cream Slush for $3.99, though it was only pictured, not listed as a beverage.

The full lunch menu.  Dinner only adds the rib and chicken/rib combo.  The menu is otherwise unchanged.  Speaking of dinner, in addition to the pasta at Pinocchio Village Haus that recently became available, Pecos Bill has added “Karubi Style Short Ribs – Two to Three Bone Meaty Cut Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Fries – $14.19″ for dinner (after 4pm).  I’m not sure getting into the fast-food-short-rib business is a good idea for a company that has not quite perfected the art of the hot dog, but the short ribs couldn’t be worse than the Pork Glop Platter.  I hope.  I pray.

Said Orange Cream Slush.  It’s a bit on the tart side, but not necessarily in a way that makes it undrinkable and stirring in the thicker-than-whipped-cream-out-of-a-can cream sweetens things up.  It’s a little more tart than your typical glass of Tropicana orange.  It might be a touch too tart for general consumption, but I appreciated the fact that it wasn’t aggressively sweet.  It also enjoyed a texture similar to Butterbeer over at Universal rather than your prototypical Disney frozen beverage.  After drinking half of most Disney frozen beverages, you end up with that mass of bare ice at the bottom that’s difficult to suck through the straw.  This one was easy to drink until the end and comes recommended if you like tart, orange things.

Casey Jr. water flow had either been purposefully turned down or was broken.  It looked like the various animals were urinating on the kids rather than the other way around.

Dry.

Per usual, the wait for the ladies is longer than the gentlemen.

Outside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, there is rarely much of a crowd.  This is one of the better places to take a break if you don’t mind being outdoors.  Other tables have umbrellas as pictured on the left.  There are two snack carts here – one serves hot dogs while the other serves pretzels and churros.  Theming is excellent, but virtually nobody trudges all the way back here, causing Disney to normally operate one of the two carts.  Today, neither cart was operating, so don’t bank on picking up a dog or churro back here – NOT LIKE ANYONE WAS ANYWAY.

This is the first time I remember seeing the Sorcerer Mickey candy apples. Totes adorbs.

Mine Train construction continues.

A wide look through the wall.  Full resolution: http://i5.minus.com/iE0hMKdz22WeZ.jpg.

There’s an impressive amount of banking and turns. They’re further along inside than you might imagine too.

More scaffolding at Triton’s Treasures.

Another exposed wall. Or as I call it, THE FACE OF PROGRESS.

Looks like we’re still a few weeks away from the store opening.

No signs of signage or exterior details at Fairytale Hall.

Peter Pan Corridor.

Heading into 3:30pm, Pan sits at 60 minutes with FASTPASS “just” three hours out to 6:25pm.

A symptom of FASTPASS+ gerrymandering?

30 minutes for it’s a small world. I was looking over wait times at small world compared to the same time of year in 2012 and waits times are 30% to 50% higher this year on the same days of the week. There’s a similar phenomenon at Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion.

Speaking of Mansion, the line starts down there somewhere.

40 minutes.

Scrims came down on Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, The Adventureland Veranda, and Hall of Champions on Main Street all on the same day.

It seemed odd that they would unveil the building without the roof properly shingled.

Not to mention the lack of signage.

The Presidential Sweet was added for the holiday – it’s almost exactly like The American Dream over at Fife & Drum Tavern.  And it is amazing.

Splash Mountain had been down for several hours and Disney deemed “lightning in the area” and closed down all outdoor attractions, despite the blue sky.

Approaching Splash from Adventureland, some poor child exclaimed, “Mom, it’s up!  There’s running water!”  Soon, child.  Soon.

The posted wait was 15 minutes for Pirates.  This is probably not a 15 minute line.  I get a kick out of people approaching a ride with a relatively short wait time – say Space Mountain with a 20 minute wait.  Once they get closer, the sign changes to say, 50 minutes.  The potential riders look at each other and say, “Now it’s 50 minutes” as if somehow during their 30 second approach the wait time has increased by a half hour.

Jungle Cruise down.

More blue sky over Aladdin’s Magical Carpets. It did end up raining about 45 minutes later, but I’m not sure I saw any lightning. Better safe than sorry.

Monster Energy Drinks have been rolling out property wide. Packing 54 grams of sugar, 200 calories, and 160 grams of caffeine, they’ll either pick you up or put you in the ground.

Adventureland Veranda had been behind scrims for several months as well.  The entrance to the Tinker Bell Meet and Greet is through the doors on the left.

Not sure what they’ll end up doing with the space – potentially food service of some kind.

Hall of Champions is another refurbishment success. There are currently no scrims inside Magic Kingdom.

Apparently these are a thing now. Please don’t. Please.

No big updates on the Magic Kingdom front.  We’ll take a look at some merchandise, lunch at Olivia’s and an Old Key West Resort update, and July 4th at Epcot with a very patriotic dinner at Le Cellier shortly.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

marshallj July 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

good stuff. star star star star star.

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pfalcioni July 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

” I was looking over wait times at small world compared to the same time of year in 2012 and waits times are 30% to 50% higher this year on the same days of the week. There’s a similar phenomenon at Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion.”

Wow. So, are attendance numbers up that much, or is it more of a deal with increased attendance + fewer park hours that creates the higher wait times? I’m sure you know, because, you know, you know everything. You know?

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doug July 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

weren’t the wait times increased because of the closure outdoor rides?

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Steve July 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

” It looked like the various animals were urinating on the kids rather than the other way around.” This is why I keep coming back to your site.

Love the constant updates the past couple days. Keep up the great work.

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Carol O July 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

“one cinnamon roll please” . Josh pls. I love it when someone stirs the pot.

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RebeccaMcK July 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I guessed a while back that they’d change that picture from a cinnamon roll to something else! Yay, I like to be right sometimes. I had their blueberry scone once upon a time; it was good.

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Patricia July 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

i hope you can find out more info on fp+ im wondering if i can do regular fp or i have to do it the new way. How fr*##n stupid is that to pick your ride 2 months in advance? I can’t see any benefit to this

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Shannon July 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Keep ‘em coming!!! These posts helped me get thru this hell week. I may work at a very large children’s museum that dealt with record crowds this week, but hey! I don’t work at Disney!!!

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keri July 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Pam – aren’t those rides testing FP+ this month? I think Josh has mentioned in the past that FP+ testing tends to increase wait times quite noticeably for rides that really shouldn’t be that big of a deal (HM, iasw).

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Andy July 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

So was the orange slush tart?

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dusty cheatham July 6, 2013 at 3:53 am

good golly miss molly !!! are you women out of your minds . referring to the bags & totes
at the beginning of this post WAIT A MINUTE asked & answered . parents letting their children be urinated on by strange animals . sure !! I once handed a pacifier to a clueless father after I had picked it up from some goo on the floor of OH CANADA before I could tell said clueless father about the condition , you guessed it he just stuck it in his babys mouth . PRICELESS. this is why I come to Disney !!!

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judy July 6, 2013 at 4:44 am

“There are currently no scrims inside Magic Kingdom.”

How long has it been since we could say that??? Now, to get the construction wall down.

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Disney Bug 2004 July 6, 2013 at 5:22 am

So glad we go at the end of May. Smaller crowds and smaller wait times.
Love the picture of the flowers Josh.

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Brad July 6, 2013 at 5:40 am

Josh, to expand on pfalcioni’s very good question, do you have a sense as to whether the increase in the posted times for IASW (and perhaps others) are in fact reflecting a true increase in the actual wait times, or could they be an attempt to, as you put it, gerrymander the situation (in anticipation of FP+) to encourage more people to ride the historically lower-wait attractions that they are adding to the FP ride list?

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Erika July 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

Thanks for the frequent walk arounds….our Aug trip is getting closer!! Maybe that coupon will be continued?? Need a good souvenier discont for 8/13-23!

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Jason July 6, 2013 at 6:09 am

I gotta say, I get a good laugh out of most of your posts, but this one had me laughing so hard I was hurting.

” It looked like the various animals were urinating on the kids rather than the other way around.”

Thank you for the laughs and keep up the good work on showing us what’s happening in the parks.

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Marc July 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

Ever considered putting up hi-res shot of all the pics you post? You can’t be that low on server space :) Unless it’s a bandwidth issue. Some of your pictures are awesome or there’s more detail I want to see.

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John C July 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

Thanks Josh for all the great pictures and your website. I really appreciate it.

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RalphinSC July 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

Nothing more patriotic than a t Canadian dinner, eh? LOL! at that last one. One to chuckle over until the next blog rolls along…..

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RA July 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

They have been selling the Harvey bags at Trend D for awhile now. So I think they are “a thing.” Interesting that they are now selling them at MK.

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Jill Marie July 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

I love those seat belt bags. Well, not THOSE specific ones. But I’ve seen other ones (just various colors/patterns) that I really like. But I just can’t rationalize the price. I’ll stick with my $25 purses from Kohl’s.

Seriously, stop tormenting me with pictures of pastries I cannot eat!

Love that scene from Role Models. Actually, for being kind of a ‘dumb’ movie…I really enjoy it.

@Patricia – I’m with you. I admit, I don’t know the details of this Fastpass+ stuff. But it sounds really ridiculous to me. But I’ve never been a huge planner.

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JenniferS July 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

“Casey Jr. water flow had either been purposefully turned down or was broken. It looked like the various animals were urinating on the kids rather than the other way around”
Line of the day.
Historically, second only to “S’up Jeff?”

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Tracey H July 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

We got one of the 20% off coupons when we were there last week! Used it to buy the petsitters a gift at DTD on our departure day :) Had no problem using it!
We also happened to purchase the Mickey sorceror apple at Goofy’s Candy kitchen to take home and eat! The kids picked it, it was yummy!

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Steph July 7, 2013 at 6:57 am

Curious to see what they did with the area next to Aloha Isle. That’s been closed for a while now. Is it open yet?

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RebeccaMcK July 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

I’ll stick with the black sport canvas bags I get at Target and Walmart for under $20 (I use them for purses). I still have my clear vinyl backpack I got for about $7 or $11 at Walmart, just for theme parks – it only just started to tear near the black strap now so I used clear packing tape to fix it. Goes through bag checks really quickly and the CMs like it.

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RebeccaMcK July 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

Those seat belt bags do look cool, though. I just don’t spend much. I got a $35 tank top at Disneyland last week, and a $28 tank top at L.A. Zoo (tiger on it, for my Animal Kingdom days) the same week so that’s it for “spending on me” for a while.

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Carly July 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

Great photos! I especially love those Harvey’s seatbelt purses/bags! I was there in June and saw them only at that shop in the MK. I fell in love with and almost bought that Lady Tremaine/Cinderella one too. Only b/c you don’t see Lady Tremaine very often on merchandise and plus Lucifer her cat was on there as well. Only couldn’t justify spending most of my Disney spending money on one item! But maybe next time!

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Jill Marie July 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

@Carly – You can get them anytime here – http://www.seatbeltbags.com/hafordico.html

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Terri -back home is So. Cal July 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Josh. I don’t drink Monster but it’s guess it’s good for the economy of my town, since it’s from here. Enjoying menu and food pix as always!

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melissa July 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

I almost got one of those purses…but did not know they were made of seatbelts. I think I am glad I passed! More an LV purse person…seatbelts???

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Roger July 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

Where was the orange slush purchased?

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Kendra July 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

The Harvey’s are known for their extremely durable bags/purses etc. I have the Minnie one that I purchased several years ago after going through 4 different purse casualties. My Harvey purse is still completely intact. Love it. Harvey’s also makes non-Disney bags. I prefer them to the Dooney bags/purses.

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Mary Ann July 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

“Per usual, the wait for the ladies is longer than the gentlemen.”

Honey, the wait for the ladies’ is ALWAYS long than for the gentlemen’s. Except at The Masters.

And if I’m going to spend over $100 on a purse I’m probably going to get one of the Dooney and Burkes rather and a seatbelt one.

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Experiment113 July 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hey Josh,

When you purchase one of those pink princess sunglasses, make sure the one you purchase has all the gems still attached. :) The left one in your last picture is missing 2 gems. My teen daughter spotted that.

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