Some odds and ends from here and there.
One More Disney Day
Check WDWMAGIC for a better look at the full 24 hours here.
Over to Magic Kingdom on February 29th for 24 straight hours of Magic Kingdom goodness. Of which we’ll partake in about two hours of. Sorry, but some of us have jobs. I can’t just watch Country Bear Jamboree (#ImAtCountryBearJamboreeRightNowAndAllDayFor24HoursStraight) all day while tweeting my location constantly to my seven admirers, six of whom were asleep. I’m at Country Bear Jamboree. Still at Country Bear Jamboree. Now at Country Bear Jamboree. Right now I’m at Country Bear Jamboree.
With the Resort Monorail running for 24 hours straight. The Express Monorail ran from 8am – 1am. Beginning tomorrow and continuing through at least March 17th, the Magic Kingdom Resort/Express Monorails won’t run between 11:30am and 6:00pm if you can believe that. Grand Floridian DVC construction is the cause. Buses and additional watercraft transportation will be provided during that time.
I think it turned out to be busier than anyone expected, Disney included, particularly from 9pm – 3am. It’s 7pm here.
Decent lines at the turnstiles. Crowds would only get heavier through 12am.
Disney really pulled out all the stops for One More Disney Day. Notice the disposable banner. I’m sure it will show up on eBay for 1 million dollars or something.
I feel like the “6:00am” is Disney’s version of my red arrows. And 6:00am “this evening?” It’s 5pm somewhere I guess.
Because having a ton of kids hula hooping right inside the entrance as thousands of people enter the Magic Kingdom is a good idea.
Busy on Main Street with Wishes an hour off and the Electrical Parade coming up in three hours and again in five hours.
We’re going to need some fuel if we’re going to run around Magic Kingdom for about two hours. The Chicken and Ribs Combo over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – $14.19. A staple on the Disney Dining Plan since it’s the most expensive quick service entree in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. “People” will tell you that it’s plenty of food to share. I’m not so sure – I never have any problem finishing it. There’s three ribs underneath the chicken, a dollop of Mashed Potatoes, and the Green Beans. An excellent meal that will run you $4-$5 more than your typical quick service meal. And it seems healthier than a lot of stuff, even if it probably isn’t.
Great view of Wishes from the Tomorrowland Bridge. This kid’s head is in the way of Cinderella Castle.
And this rock obscures most of the other fireworks appearing off in the corner.
Tomorrowland immediately after the Fireworks.
A terrible picture of Piglet, Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger meeting together in Fantasyland. You virtually never see that outside of Mickey’s Halloween/Christmas Parties.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs appeared here at Friar’s Nook beginning at 9pm. There was already a considerable line at 8:30pm. At the Halloween/Christmas Parties, you can get the Dwarfs together, but Snow White did not appear with them in 2011.
Fantasyland down near Peter Pan’s Flight and it’s a small world.
Peter Pan’s Flight with a very believable 65 minute wait at 8:40pm.
A 35 minute posted wait at Haunted Mansion. The extended queue is almost needed as the line is nearly out to the main walkway.
Jack Sparrow was also meeting guests to the right of Pirates of the Caribbean. Phineas and Ferb, who also don’t ordinarily appear in Magic Kingdom, were greeting guests in Tomorrowland. Mickey/Minnie met guests in Town Square Theater in their pajamas, though they saw wait times of 70 to 90 minutes for much of the night. Chip and Dale in pajamas were in Tour Guide Gardens and Duffy appeared near Crystal Palace.
A more reasonable ten minute wait at Pirates of the Caribbean. Hopped in line and the actual wait was closer to five.
Jungle Cruise would operate all night/morning through 6am. The posted wait time is 35 minutes, which we were assured was accurate.
A 40 minute wait for Aladdin’s Magical Carpets with the queue extending out here.
We walked through the Treehouse instead.
Main Street crowds at 9:15pm.
Magic Kingdom turned out to be busy for most of the night. By 3am, crowds began to thin out as more and more people gave up and left, but it was obvious that a lot of people arrived with plans to stay through 6am.
Joy of Tea Stand
Over to the Joy of Tea Stand in the China Pavilion at Epcot.
I had my eye on the “LUCKY COMBO” for some time. If you were to tabulate the items individually, the total cost comes to $17.32. However, each of the items listed under “SNACKS” individually come with two of said item, whereas the “LUCKY COMBO” comes with just one. So the actual cost of the items in the “LUCKY COMBO” is $11.08. So we’re coming out ahead, but only by $1.10.
The items laid out. One of the few places at Walt Disney World that you can actually get a can of Coke. Or Diet Coke if you’re watching your figure. People assume this body is free, but I assure you it takes diligence. I am a Habit Hero after all. One of few people that can honestly say they poured their heart and soul into that three minute dance routine.
I hate when it lists the nutritional facts.
Everything you see was pretty terrible. The “snacks” just sit out there under a heat lamp in the 90 degree Florida heat until someone buys them. Since the location isn’t particularly popular, food can sit for a quite a while. The Pork Bun was stale. The Chicken Curry Pocket dried out and flavorless. No kick like you might expect. The Egg Roll was “just okay.” The same ones are available at Lotus Blossom Cafe, where they should be a little fresher, but not much better overall. The Caramel Ginger Ice Cream was the best of the bunch, but the ginger chunks are somewhat off-putting and it was altogether too sweet for my fragile palette. And there are chunks of ginger in there. I don’t see any reason to go out of your way to order something here, but someone else might have a different experience. A wrong experience, but you never know.
Food and Wine Festival La Cava del Tequila Tequila Tasting
This is from like October 2011, but I neglected to mention it because the presentation and tequilas were the exact same as the Mexico Tequila Lunch as described here. It was a little disappointing that the La Cava Tequila Tasting and the La Hacienda Tequila Lunch used the exact same tequilas. At the Lunch, several groups had just come from the La Cava Tasting and mentioned that the tequilas were the same, so I wasn’t surprised when I arrived at the La Cava Tasting a couple weeks after the lunch. Should you be considering one of the Tequila events at this year’s Food and Wine Festival, you might want to take that into consideration. In 2011, I felt the Tequila Lunch was a much better value. The La Cava Tasting was less expensive, but came with significantly less food (as pictured above) and didn’t include the margarita or dessert tequila. Unfortunately, these sorts of events tend to “sell out” long before the Festival actually begins, so it’s difficult to gauge which will be best from one year to the next.
More Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries
We took a look at some of the Flower and Garden Festival topiaries that were already up at Epcot earlier this week. A few more are up now.
But to get you comfortable, we’ll start with something you should be more familiar with. A look at the butterfly scene from the Monorail.
And the Butterfly House in context with butterfly topiaries out on both sides.
The scene here at the entrance most likely won’t be up until the Festival officially kicks off next Wednesday.
This peacock is new. Never thought I would type that on this website. Actually, it took me a minute to figure out what this thing was supposed to be. I think it’s a peacock – its feathers (or whatever) are flowers planted behind it.
From the side.
This Stitch might look familiar from over the holidays. He has (fittingly) moved over here in front of Mission: Space.
The Festival Center doesn’t look any different with less than a week until the Festival starts.
Took a bad angle on this one.
Actually, this is probably the sort of comment I shouldn’t make. Despite seeing 250,000 visitors in February and serving over seven million files (over one terabyte of “data”), this website was not invited to the Disney Fantasy Payoff (Media Preview) Cruise later this month. I was really looking forward to taking my mom so I could finally show her that I had hit the Disney blogging bigtime. But I haven’t. And may never. One can only print off a Google Analytics chart so many times before your mother just shakes her head and says, “What have you done for me today?” Sorry mom. Maybe next time.
A cute scene with Peter Pan and Captain Hook in front of Tick-Tock and a Treasure Chest.
Sorry again mom, but I would probably take this guy with me on that cruise that we actually aren’t going on anyway. I should keep my mouth shut.
Seems like the sort of treasure chest Jack Sparrow would be excited to open, only to find it full of daffodils or whatever those flower things are. Maybe we’ll learn at the Festival. Looks like flowers.
Looking over to the Imagination Pavilion again. That actually seems like a good looking picture. Or my standards are just that low now. Not sure what happened.
For the butterflies.
Pluto by himself at the moment at the base of World Showcase.
Donald and Daisy on the opposite side.
Just kidding. It’s the other way around. You really thought you were going to be able to correct me, didn’t you? AS IF.
Woody and Buzz in the United States Pavilion.
Complete with drawstring and jet pack.
Lotso in the back of the Pavilion.
The Cars have moved back here to Japan from out front last year.
You thought that was your chance, didn’t you? Puh-leeze.
Belle and Beast in France. Not sure what’s going on in between Beast’s legs. Does he have have a tail or something? I forget.
Additional characters behind them.
And more behind that. The flowers around them are beautiful too.
These geniuses decided to leave their trash cart immediately in front of Belle and Beast while they proceeded to take ten minutes emptying the various trash cans in the Pavilion. This woman actually pulled the cart back so there was room for her daughter to stand there and get a picture.
Over in the United Kingdom Pavilion, we have Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, and Tigger. Nice to see Rabbit in something – he is such an integral character that is so often overlooked!
They do great work with these things.
More to come I’m sure.
And more after that.