Grand Floridian DVC circa July 21st 2013. This post will include the opposite of earth-shattering updates. It can be skipped unless you get really excited about turkey leg watches, Brown Derby’s lunch menu, Sleepy Hollow’s name change, polka-dot shoes, and cupcakes. But I mean really guys. Turkey leg watches.
I tweeted that I thought the Grand Floridian Vacation Club addition looked to fit in nicely with the rest of the resort, which “people” took sarcastically.
It’s true that the DVC is a bit taller, but it’s also a small piece in the grand scheme of things. It will be interesting to see how the addition of 147 villas affects the rest of the resort’s operations.
Don’t buy the hype on the Polynesian DVC (or lack thereof).
The ferry affords a nice, comfortable, leisurely ride on a hot July afternoon.
Construction continues on the expanded bus depot out in front of Magic Kingdom as Disney continues testing those extra-long articulated buses.
Diagon Alley, Shmiagon Alley am I right?
More construction excitement as the rest of the turnstiles are converted over to the touch-to-enter Mickey Readers.
There are something like 300 Mickeys in Town Square Theater. They should re-film 300 with Mickeys in the place of the Spartans. It would be a bigger hit than Zack Snyder’s next project I’m sure.
As always, you can collect Mickey Mouse FASTPASSes whenever you want. It’s 2:25pm.
Literally the creepiest things you could put in your home. Those dead eyes.
I’ll have a separate merchandise update, but I thought these shoes were cute and they “only” cost $24.95.
Gold and silver colors.
Polka-dot flats in a slightly different style with a little Mickey charm near the toe.
An extra $10.
Or in a fierce print.
The back wall at Uptown Jewelers, which used to carry Vinylmation, is now almost entirely shoes.
We’ve seen turkey leg shirts. Turkey leg hats. Turkey leg sweatshirts. Turkey leg wallets. Turkey leg underwear. And now turkey leg watches, complete with dripping juice details. Mmmmmmmmmmm meaty. They should make a Chick’n “turkey leg” with like a pound of tofu attached to a gluten free hardened mass that resembles a bone.
Yours for the price of only four keychains.
Every time a child tries to order a cinnamon roll at Main Street Bakery, the ghost of Walt Disney plucks the wings from a fairy.
Magic Kingdom was not recommended with the evening Extra Magic Hours attached. Wait times are not terrible for this time of year – the website suggests you head back to your resort at this hour with the 80 minute wait at Space, 50 minutes at Buzz, etc.
But it could certainly be worse.
A rare sunny day here in July. I’m making this up, but it’s rained something like 24 of 28 days so far this month.
It’s artsy because it’s tilted.
Or straight out of the camera if you prefer. Photography is a scam.
Jungle Cruise sits at 50 minutes as waits continue to be about 40% higher than last year.
A 35 minute wait at Pirates of the Caribbean with FASTPASS+ signage installed. The largest FASTPASS+ test of all time (of all time) begins next Friday. As I mentioned in a previous post, management was extremely enthusiastic about the satisfaction ratings that came out of the last, much smaller test. Originally, a small test with DVC members was scheduled for this week, but it was expanded at the last minute as most guests staying at the Pop Century, Contemporary, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Animal Kingdom Lodge have been invited to participate. While the test is the largest to date, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people that enter the four major theme parks on a given day in August. Waits for attractions that have not historically offered FASTPASS should not be affected much, if at all. While the last test was ultimately successful, it will be a Christmas day miracle if this one goes anywhere close to as well. The infrastructure just isn’t there.
Pecos Bill continues serving different menus at lunch and dinner – those Karubi Style Ribs and Steak & Pork Platter are only available after 4pm, much like the ribs at Cosmic Ray’s,
The always-available-crowds in Frontierland.
A cool 105 minutes for Splash.
Sleepy Hollow emerged from scrims a couple of weeks ago, sign-less and shingle-less in Orlando.
It’s now Sleepy Hollow Inn Hearty Fare and Drink.
Perhaps the name change is to call attention to the waffle sandwiches, which they unfortunately stop serving at 5pm. Most people seem to enjoy their waffle sandwiches. I thought the heft and malty flavor of the waffle overpowered the slim filling on the ham/prosciutto/swiss version. And my Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwich was as spicy as an Uncrustables.
The building does look great – too bad they didn’t wait an extra two weeks to unbox it.
Like Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion continues seeing waits 40% higher than last year. Perhaps people are drawn to the Rapunzel tower.
The 35-minute wait starts here with the waterfront still walled off in the background.
We haven’t taken a good look at Columbia Harbour House since the tarps came down a few weeks ago. This is not that good look, but it is some pictures in the general direction of the building.
Everything looks brand new. It’s actually pretty amazing how good much of Magic Kingdom looks these days. At least as long as you don’t take flash pictures on dark rides to see problems that are invisible to the human eye or zoom in on the rafters of Main Street Confectionery.
The facade is basically removed and rebuilt while it’s behind those scrims.
Over at Kingdom Crossing, Disney has installed a few USB port charging stations.
You may remember that these tree stumps mask outlets.
In case you just have your USB cord with you, you can plug it into one of the two ports, in addition to the three outlets.
They might want to look into replacing the covers, not that anyone notices.
I’ll take the one with the biggest megapixels.
Disney was testing a dinner menu at Pinocchio Village Haus that included spaghetti a couple weeks ago. It looks like they’ve gone back to the old menu sans pasta.
Journey of the Little Mermaid continues to post 40 to 60 minute waits with maximum FASTPASS distribution.
Mine Train construction continues. A larger version of the pictures I took: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/mine.jpg.
Straight out of the camera.
If only this was a ride.
Triton’s Treasures looks to be another thematically excellent addition to New Fantasyland with the thatched roof. Too bad it isn’t a ride.
Ariel waits continue to be moderate. With two days at Magic Kingdom and per the Cheat Sheet, it makes a lot of sense to visit Ariel early in the morning. You can typically visit and be on your way in five to seven minutes before 10am. Afternoon waits are in the 20 to 40 minute range. While the queue is mostly covered, there isn’t much to look at as you stand in line outside.
Indy Speedway almost looks fun. Actually, as much as I harp on Speedway, kids love it. Love it, love it. Just ride by 9:30am or late, late at night.
Or it’s 45 minutes of 95.3 degree heat, 96.7% humidity, and 98.1% exhaust.
I got an email asking if I could take a picture of the options for whatever this image thing is called where they take your picture and put your face/body in an animated scene.
And I got in really big trouble for taking said picture.
Too slow Jese. This is at Mickey Startraders in Tomorrowland.
Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/ep1.jpg. A similar kiosk is located inside the Imagination gift shop at Epcot. More from over there:
There are more options.
The joys of the 100-person tour group standing in front of an attraction entrance.
That’s a 75 minute wait, which will turn out to be longer should this group find the person that’s holding the FASTPASSes.
Disney does not seem real sure how many people will use FASTPASS+ in practice. Or how they’ll use it, which is one of the reasons why we’ve seen so many tests. This next test will include almost all aspects of MyMagic+ and FASTPASS+ and should offer a better look at guest behavior on a much wider scale. How many guests will book Monsters Inc Laugh Floor? American Idol Experience? You’d probably be surprised. And these are the sort of attractions that will be fodder for “bonus FASTPASS+ opportunities. Disney is already distributing bonus FASTPASS+ for Pirates of the Caribbean for next week’s test. And while the majority of the people that read this website laugh at the thought of a FASTPASS for Mickey’s PhilharMagic, you may again be surprised by how many people see those tickets and react like they’re a gift from Mickey Mouse himself.
The joys of July continue with the extended queue at Stitch. It’s probably no surprise that Stitch rates among the lowest attractions on guest satisfaction surveys, which is probably why it was passed over for FASTPASS+. Disney doesn’t want to push people toward experiencing it.
Basically all your problems can be solved by simply serving one variety of french fry.
Finishing our brief look at Magic Kingdom in the same way we started. We’ll rewind back to Hollywood Studios for a few pictures that didn’t fit into the ideal morning post.
Brown Derby tried out a few less expensive options for lunch in July.
Is there any chance this is going to be good? And any chance it won’t outperform Lone Ranger?
Coincidentally, this is also what they call you when you go to the theater to see the movie and realize you’re the only one there.
FASTPASS+ at Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. Presented by Brawny because that makes sense.
The Universal crowd was really excited about their spraying fire hydrant a couple weeks ago.
Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/tatooine.jpg. I hadn’t noticed the “fine art” on the wall at Tatooine Traders in the past, though it’s possible some has always hung there. This kind of thing is popular at Darth’s Mall during Star Wars Weekends.
Mark will set you back $600 or half of the box office for The Lone Ranger.
FASTPASS+ available just as long as Disney is willing to pay a cast member to stand at the entrance and point to the scanners.
Imagine being at the end of this queue when it’s full.
I arrived back in Seattle a couple of days ago. I was sitting here in my chair minding my own business watching website traffic go down when Mother asked if it “felt as hot in the house as it does in Florida.” It was 67 degrees outside. No Mother, it does not feel as hot here as it does in Florida where it’s 94 degrees at 9am.
Orange Bird is a really big deal for people that list the closing of Horizons as the biggest personal obstacle they’ve had to overcome on their college admittance applications. Granted, none of these people have actually experienced the attraction, but everyone with @epcot in their Twitter name makes it sound super cool. The souvenir cups, which will disintegrate if you put them in the dishwasher, are now available at Anaheim Produce on Sunset Boulevard.
You can buy the Disneyland Castle for $215.00. For that kind of money, it has to be at least three times bigger for me to pluck down the cash.
Walls are still up near Sorcerer Mickey in the Animation Building, which seems to point to the likelihood that he’ll receive the FASTPASS+ treatment. We can assume the Studios’ vice president had not actually been inside the building since fall 2003. And when Dan heard Mickey was located somewhere inside, demanded that he receive that technology thing they’ve been talking so much about on the retreats.
Much like the “re-imagining” of the Merida and Cinderella dresses, Ariel has received an overhaul that ummmmmmmmm simplifies the look. The dresses may very well be more comfortable or something. But I don’t think they look quite as ornate.
You may want to wear one of these shirts when you march over to guest services to inquire as to why your FASTPASS+ itinerary has been deleted from the system.
Herbie’s Drive-in near the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action has added a bread cone and chili-cheese nachos to its menu.
Maybe when I’m feeling extra creepy I’ll wear these Kermit gloves, complete with eyeballs.
Perhaps Disney could start showing Lone Ranger in its entirety with a two drink minimum or maybe just a promise to post a positive review on Pinterest.
A couple of changes at 50′s Prime Time.
The not-particularly-good “Uncle Gary’s Blue Crab Special” has been replaced with “Uncle Andy’s Smoked Trout Dip.” And a Vegetarian Lasagna replaces the “Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite” spaghetti.
Disney continues distributing these ridiculous (in my opinion) maps with the entrance in the upper right hand corner.
The turnstile-less exits at the Parks are a little different.
I meandered right out of the place though I’m sure they’re no stranger to people leaving at 2pm LOL
It’s bad enough sitting across from a stranger on the buses, pretending to read the various advertisements around the bus or burying your head in your phone while clicking optimize until your touring plan no longer tells you to see the Osborne Lights at 3pm in August, but these seats take awkward to a whole new level. No level of optimization will save you from the watchful eye of the Johnson family from Pawtucket.
The lack of a February 2014 operating schedule is probably not good news. Hopefully we’ll see something tomorrow. A schedule is not available internally either.
I promised cupcakes.