Welcome to Escape From Tomorrow 2: Return to Tomorrow.
Okay, we won’t do that. No one liked Mulan II, The Little Mermaid 2, Cars 2, Tron 2, or The Muppets 2. We may be getting ahead of ourselves. Anyway, it’s around 6pm on Saturday January 26th.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is no longer covered with a brown plastic bag.
This looks to be one of those long structural refurbishments.
The far side of Columbia Harbour House is behind scrims too. The front was briefly covered for some painting and light work. Yankee Trader across the way was behind scrims for a couple months recently too.
Even more foliage is being added around the Rapunzel tower.
As one might expect, Magic Kingdom was busy on a non-recommended Saturday. Haunted Mansion is using the extended queue to funnel people inside.
So the Rapunzel bathrooms and electrical outlet houses are the cutest things ever. Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports7/bathroomsandelectricalhouses.jpg.
And with the tower in the background.
The final scene in “it’s a small world,” with “bye” translated into different languages, has recently been removed and replaced. It looks very similar now.
The area in and around New Fantasyland continues to be crowded. One word about heading to Enchanted Tales with Belle first thing in the morning: If you’re going to do it, you really need to haul it over there. That means going to the far left or right of the train station to be as close to the opening as possible and then briskly moving straight back to the attraction after the opening ceremony concludes. If you elect to stand in the middle of the area in front of the train station for the opening show or try to collect FASTPASSes for another far away attraction, you can forget about doing Enchanted Tales with a short wait in the morning. Enchanted Tales has an extremely limited capacity. Like a third of Toy Story Mania limited. If you’re not among the first people to arrive, I’d put it off until right around 10:15am or some point in the evening, ideally during the Electrical Parade or Wishes. With the 10:15am arrival, all the people that headed straight there at rope drop will have moved through already and fewer people arriving at 10am will be wise enough to go to Belle first thing.
More Mine Train progress over the last few days.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh reopened on schedule. FASTPASSes are still distributed at Mickey’s PhilharMagic alongside Journey of the Little Mermaid and still print with a “Surprise FASTPASS” for Dumbo. The wait time for Pooh listed at the FASTPASS machines was 130 minutes, compared to 20 at the attraction itself. So there may still be some kinks.
Casey Jr. was just dripping a little bit. One of these poor kids was running around full speed, slipped, and went flying.
Per yesterday’s update, Dumbo is still disconnected from the FASTPASS system.
Wait times weren’t too nutty with the Electrical Parade starting in about a half hour. Tomorrowland Indy Speedway was still using the extended queue, but the posted wait was 30 minutes. Space Mountain was at 45 minutes, Buzz was at 30, Dumbo at 25, Barnstormer at 35, Journey of the Little Mermaid at 60, Enchanted Tales at 50, and Ariel’s Grotto at 25.
The crane is pulled down for Wishes, so you can bring some of your memories home with you intact. It’s scheduled to be on site through February 10th, when memories will resume full time.
Until MyMagic+ ruins our lives and shuts this website down, Peter Pan’s Flight FASTPASS return times continue to benefit from the addition of FASTPASS at Journey of the Little Mermaid and Barnstormer. Last year, FASTPASSes would have been long gone by this time. Here, they’re less than three hours out.
We’ll catch the Electrical Parade from in front of Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square:
Main Street Electrical Parade is so bizarre in my opinion. Not only because it’s straight out of a drug induced nightmare scene from a Stanley Kubrick film, but also because it’s going on 40 years old and audiences still seem to eat it up. Credit the creators, Bob Jani and Ron Miziker, for designing something that has seemingly saved Disney a whole lot of money by not having to invest in anything new.
Not advertised is the Wishes Ferry Boat View, which is actually a pretty relaxing way to enjoy the show. The back of the ferry is uncovered, so you have a pretty good view, even if the music isn’t piped in like the Polynesian Beach, Contemporary 4th floor observation deck, or the Ticket and Transportation Center.
One thing I did notice on the boat was “literally” thousands and thousands of bugs. Dilophus sayi if I had to guess. They’re harmless, but annoying.
In other exciting news, the top of the Grand Floridian DVC looks to be illuminated.
Just as a reminder, the Transportation and Ticket Center’s boat dock is a pretty good place to see Wishes outside the Park. And you have the added benefit of being a short distance from the parking lot.
The March Crowd Calendar was updated a couple of days ago with the changes listed last week. April is up next along with a walk around the Coronado Springs Resort.