Not a lot to talk about today. If you have something more pressing to do, like mowing the lawn, this can probably wait. And sorry for reminding you that you need to mow the lawn.
Animal Kingdom is going to be a little more crowded than it was on Tuesday, when it was the most recommended Park. It’s still recommended Friday, so things shouldn’t be too bad. Tuesdays are generally the best day of the week to visit Animal Kingdom because it has morning Extra Magic Hours on both sides of it and it’s early enough in the week that most people are intent on visiting Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Looks like they have room for us.
I really can’t overemphasize how pleasant September is compared to summer crowds. I would tell you that July is miserable, but that would be bad for business. It’s 1:56pm so it isn’t like we’re sneaking in at 4:59pm or something.
JOSH HOW CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANIMAL KINGDOM! THE WAIT AT EVEREST IS 100.00% LONGER THAN IT WAS ON TUESDAY! YOUR CROWD CALENDAR IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD!
DinoLand is themed better than Old Fantasyland. There, I said it.
The other thing I can’t overemphasize is how much of a scam photography is. Directly above is how the scene looks “correctly exposed” on a $3,500 camera. Above that is how I would normally edit it.
And the same image over-edited.
I make fun of my roommate because she has a gigantic head. Like when we are sitting in the living room, her head consumes most of what would normally be deemed “public space.” I imagine if I took her to this caricature station in DinoLand, that they would just say, “There’s nothing we can do here.” Or it would be more of a portrait.
TriceraTop Spin is sad. It’s spinning with empty dinosaurs.
Not as concerned with how Primeval Whirl feels. There are maybe 15 people in line on each side.
We’ll pop over to Dino Diner to see how the $8.50 “Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade” tastes.
Like most of Disney’s “frozen” beverages, it consists of less than an ounce of “Bacardi Black Razz” rum underneath the usual frozen lemonade. You’d be much better off putting some rum in a water bottle and ordering the $4 non-alcoholic version. It’s quite refreshing in the hot weather, but don’t expect much booziness.
We’ll pop onto Expedition Everest. I saw an amusing thread over at WDWMAGIC concerning the plants that are supposed to cover one of the buildings at the beginning of Everest.
And I’m happy to report that it’s again covered up pretty well. This is not the sort of thing that most guests would notice, even uncovered. When news of the damaged Dumbos “dropped,” I was even more amused how I nor anyone else had noticed. I can’t count how many times I stared at the Dumbos and didn’t notice, not to mention all of the photos of them I edited. And the damage was even apparent on Disney’s “media” photos that they stuck online, meaning no one there noticed either. You would have seen the scene above for about four seconds at the beginning of the ride, when everyone is staring ahead at what’s about to come. Also, you can see the above image lifted off my Twitter account on said WDWMAGIC thread in page eight. If you ever want to use one of my pictures for anything, you’re more than welcome. Just send me an email and ask. I happened across a “trip report” on DISboards.com of someone that had stolen about a dozen of the pictures and uploaded them onto their Photobucket account. Being annoyed, I called them out on it and they proceeded to lie about simply finding them on a “Google Image search.” I can assure you that there’s virtually no string of words that would cause my Port Orleans Riverside pictures to come up on the first page of an image search. And from there, it’s impossible that someone would simply choose to pick only my photos from said search, disregarding all of the others that would naturally show up. And then I’m a huge jerk for calling them out on it. If I could just Google image search everything and use those photos, I can guarantee you I wouldn’t be sitting in 95 degree weather in Florida right now. I’d be blogging from the beach in Washington state sourcing all of my images from DisneyTouristBlog.com. Anyway, by all means ask. You’ll put a smile on my face because you like them.
No longer an exclusive look!
There was nobody in the single rider line. That’s a few people with FASTPASSes standing there. I walked right on three times in a row.
Since I know you’re concerned about what is and isn’t working on the ride, the smoke that’s supposed to come up at the end of the train wasn’t working.
Both waterfalls were operational.
Tom Bricker and I got into a huge fight about how “photographable” the Disney World theme parks are. Which is to say, I tweeted one thing and he responded one time and that was that. In terms of “photographability,” Tom puts Animal Kingdom #4 out of 4. I love Animal Kingdom. It has two of my favorite rides – Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris. I don’t think there’s a single attraction at Epcot that screams “photograph me,” like Everest and Safaris do. Maybe Test Track when it’s open. Larger version: http://www.easywdw.com/reports5/mountaineverest.jpg. I think it’s my favorite shot I’ve taken of all time. Of all time.
I managed to ride three times in 19 minutes without much rush.
All of these shots are taken with Canon’s 40mm “pancake” lens, which I seem to think is cuter than anyone else does, so I’ll stop talking about it.
At F18, more is in focus.
Looks like “next-gen” isn’t testing at Kali River Rapids.
Disney has installed storage lockers near the exit. I can imagine a lot of things are ruined because people aren’t expecting the ride to be quite that wet.
But I can assure you that it is. And yes, I’m all up in the bushes right now.
With nobody around, we’ll walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek together.
Maps of what you may or may not see are available at the front. Disney would like you to return them at the end. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports5/bigmap.jpg.
The other side. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports5/theothersideofthemap.jpg.
Admittedly, this is not going to be particularly exciting.
But they do have an iguana or something!
Normally there would be a lot more people around.
You’ll come across the bathouse, which you can choose to bypass if you so choose.
Since I can’t zoom in, I won’t. They are much larger than you might imagine. A few more inside:
And continuing on, I joked with the cast member manning this scene that I would just Photoshop the tigers.
So I did, lifting a copyrighted image taken from Google image search. Hey, I’m American! Of course I’m hypocritical.
You’ll see the area pictured above up these steps immediately after leaving the bathouse.
A few more:
It’s very pretty, but we certainly didn’t see much. A komodo dragon, some ducks, a few bats, two sleeping tigers, and some birds.
Said lockers. I’m not sure how much money they cost, but there was a place to swipe a card so they must cost something. I’m not sure if some amount of time is “free,” but it’s Disney so I’m doubting it.
The drink kiosk across from Yak & Yeti that had been selling Chinese wine and mixed drinks is gone. The cart across from Expedition Everest remains.
We’ll try out two of the items from the new “Vegetarian Offering” kiosk that sits near the entrance to Flights of Wonder.
This stand used to sell a “Summer Roll” for $1.99.
This is what they looked like. At the time, I said, “This thing is only $1.99 and soooo good. The best $2 I’ve spent at Disney World in a long time.” This is a very dangerous sentiment, because it virtually guarantees that the price is going to be increased exponentially. I should probably keep my positive comments to myself.
This is the new version on the right. It’s served with a Peanut Sauce that wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I was thinking it was going to be more of a Thai peanut sauce. Instead, it’s a sweet, extremely gooey concoction that did taste a bit like peanuts, but it seemed to be soy-sauce based.
On the plus side, they’re still very good. You now get two and they’re a bit longer and much thinner than before, making them easier to handle and lowering the chances that they’ll break.
On the other hand, I don’t think they present much value at $5.49. Considering everything at Disney World is “overpriced,” we do have to take that into consideration. But it’s not a lot of food for nearly six bucks. They are a nice, light option though if you want to look at it from that angle. If they were available in bulk from Costco for $1 each, I’d have these in my fridge 24/7. So I guess I’m saying that they’re still very good, but the high price lowers the value, especially considering six months ago you could get just as much food with a better sauce for two dollars.
This is the Asian Noodle Salad, which runs $6.49.
The presentation on this one is kind of sad. I don’t like being served food in a container that I can see the bottom of. Is that weird? But it would look like a lot more if they used a container half the size. This was also peanut-flavor-based and reminded me of a recipe my mom makes. I thought it was very good, if not a bit awkward to eat with the long spaghetti noodles and various vegetables. I was making a mess. This isn’t a lot of food either, though heartier than the Spring Rolls. I spent $12.76 on the two items and came away hungry, which isn’t a good thing in my book. I’d be more positive about both items if the Spring Rolls were $4 and the Noodle Salad was $5. That’s still overpriced, but more in line with other items. Both items tasted very good, but I’m not sure the value is there. This stand tends to close around 3:15pm, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to purchase something.
Overly-edited Tree of Life.
The netting around it remains and you can see that there’s a tarp on the left.
Posted waits circa 3:35pm. 10 minute to Parade time and Animal Kingdom closes at 5pm.
Quick pop in. No big deal.