It’s sunny in Florida they said. You’ll get a nice tan they said.
It’s been like this all day today.
And all night.
Back to Saturday. People are funny. We have 10 or 15 people at every turnstile over there.
And then no one at the turnstiles down here.
They’re all open with no one in line.
If you’re in the market for a stroller/battering ram, look out for the express rental directly near the resort boat launches.
The buses are behind us and security is to the right. That mob of people is coming from the Express Monorail.
Snow White appearing in front of The Chapeau store and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. The “scrim situation” is the same, meaning they’re all still up.
The Main Street characters were out in full force having fun with guests.
Not my job of choice in the summer heat.
Maybe jetliners this low are common, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed one that low before. It made a lot of people stop and look up.
No extended queue for the Speedway at 11:26am. Fast forward to a non-recommended Saturday in October and you’re going to see one even with the lower overall crowd level. Saturdays are swamped in the off-season with the longer hours of operation and rare nighttime entertainment.
A closer look at the crates outside Cool Ship in Tomorrowland.
I guess we’re safe because the pressure is currently 14.9/lb./in².
Very Barsoomian. A John Carter reference. Probably too obscure.
It’s exactly 11:30am with FASTPASS just over an hour out. The posted wait is 40 minutes. Remember that Peter Pan’s Flight had the same return time an hour ago.
By 11:51am, FASTPASS at Peter Pan is all the way out to 2:45pm. At Space Mountain, it would be closer to 12:15pm.
The backup to return with your FASTPASS. The good news is that this sort of line only makes the line inside shorter. I guess? Backups like this seem to be less common. This is more of the exception than the norm.
No line for PeopleMover.
Fast forward to an Extended Queue Saturday in October and the green flags come back out.
With FASTPASS out to 12:10pm around 11:30am at Buzz. Remember that it’s closed on June 27th and 28th to replace the floor in the queue.
Stitch’s FASTPASS machines have gone missing. An alien might be behind it.
So before we get to the good news, we do have a bit of bad news to cover. Apparently Pinocchio Village Haus no longer serves the Chicken Parmesan or Penne Pasta with Meatballs. You may remember the original menu update when the Flatbreads were added. Then we visited again to review the Pepperoni and Cheese Flatbreads here.
AND ONE OF US SHOULD HAVE NOTICED ON JUNE 12TH THAT THE CHICKEN PARMESAN AND PENNE PASTA AND KIDS PASTA ARE GONE! Here’s a larger picture of the current menu: http://www.easywdw.com/reports4/pinocchiomenu.jpg.
I really liked the Penne Pasta with Meatballs!
AND I REALLY LIKED THE CHICKEN PARMESAN!!!!!!!!! RAGE FACE!! FIST IN AIR! It was basically like a giant chicken nugget topped with pasta sauce and melted cheese with a huge side of pasta! You may remember me mentioning that service was pretty slow after they added the Flatbreads and the removal of the pasta items is no doubt a response to that. Hopefully they can move the pasta sauce over to Tomorrowland Terrace or something because both pasta dishes are very good! I’m thinking the Penne Pasta with Meatballs and Chicken Parmesan would be nice replacements for our Pasta Primavera (Pasta with Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing).
Lunch today is at Diamond Horseshoe. If you have the displeasure of following this website’s trials and tribulations, you would know that I’ve been harping about Diamond Horseshoe’s lack of sandwich toppings for more than a year. Their sandwiches used to come with nothing but bread and two slices of turkey. No cheese. No lettuce. Nothing. And no toppings bar. The original review is one of my favorite “reviews” of all time. Of all time! easyWDW Initiates Coverage on Diamond Horseshoe as Strong Sell if you missed it. Then again on July 28th 2011 for Magic Kingdom and Epcot Walkabout July 28 – Creepin on Fairies, Kabuki Cafe, and the Prodigal Son Returns to Diamond Horseshoe Part 1. Then October. And December. And again on April 4th, 2012 with Pecos Bill Out Of Scrims, More Crowds, More Lines No Cheese, Bonus Kiosks(?), Construction – Magic Kingdom 4/4/12. Also the April Fool’s post this year. So we have a bit of history with the Horseshoe.
Would you look at that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lettuce and tomato!
A kind of bad look at the menu. There’s still no mention of what comes with the sandwiches, so I had to order!
When I ordered the sandwich, the cast member mentioned that the toppings were something that they were “trying” and that the sandwich came with lettuce, tomato, and bacon. She said that she didn’t have a button to hold the toppings, but I could tell them at the counter that I wanted the sandwich without something. It was made by the time I got there, but they probably would have made a new one if U had an aversion to bacon or something.
And a too-small-in-my-opinion dollup of cranberry mayo. Maybe the same one that tops the turkey sandwich at Flame Tree Barbecue.
And the same chips as before too. In my opinion, the chips aren’t as crispy as one might expect. Or some of them are much softer than others, to the point where there is really no “crunch” whatsoever. That hasn’t been a problem at the other locations that serve similar chips.
The addition of the toppings make this a considerably better sandwich. It isn’t much more than “just a sandwich,” especially considering we still lack a slice of cheese. But the bacon is a nice addition. And the location is a lot of fun too. I don’t think it’s better than several other options, including the turkey sandwich over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
Which looks like this if you recall. I also like most of the items at Columbia Harbour House better and the Pinocchio Village Haus Flatbreads. But it is certainly better than it was before and if you have in mind to try a turkey sandwich, this isn’t a bad choice.
Like the removal of the Burrito Hot Dog at Fairfax Fare and the Angus Pizza Burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, this website will be taking credit for the addition of toppings to the Diamond Horseshoe sandwiches, even if it had nothing to do with it. My life is really just a collection of very small victories.
Take a second to look around at the various pictures and memorabilia around the restaurant. A few:
Why they refurbished the pavement in January.
And potentially re-repaving.
This little kiosk on the way into Adventureland is behind walls. How do we capture the memories without disposable Kodak cameras!
10 minutes at Pirates at 12:18pm.
This family of geniuses decided it would be fun to rip apart the rest of their Chicago Dog and feed it to the birds, prompting a cast member to enter the garden area and pick up the pieces herself.
In their defense, they are more than 3.4 feet away from the sign that says don’t feed the birds. And really something like that is open to interpretation as Chicago Dogs are part of any duck’s natural diet.
Merida merch is everywhere. This is her wall at the Emporium.
Speaking of this design that’s slapped on everything now, it’s also on stamps.
A new shirt that I’m sure someone will say they picked up in 2009.
Vinylmation is so popular they’re going to have to move the Casey Jr. gate over here to help regulate it.
Although this one is cool. DisneyStore.com (not an affiliate link) is “limiting” orders to eight. LOL! You should be so lucky, DisneyStore.com!
My “Best Locations to Drink Scotch at Walt Disney World” book should be on Emporium shelves soon.
A couple of people had asked whether the colorful “glasses” from the post from a couple of days ago were actually glass. gooby pls. They’re very lightweight plastic and run $6.95 each regardless of style. I’ll refer to them as “cups” from here on out.
As of today, Rapunzel has moved to Town Square Theater across the way to join Cinderella and Belle (and separately Mickey/Minnie). That means you can FASTPASS her. Aurora now meets here. I’ll have pictures if it ever stops raining. So now you don’t have to run straight for Dumbo or Rapunzel.
Everything has changed.
My circle of influence continues to expand.
Grand Floridian DVC construction: