The New York Times attributed a quote to this website in last Sunday’s Travel section about things to do other than watch the Super Bowl. Since the Super Bowl was the most watched television program in the history of the world, I would say the article was not well received. According to me:
What about theme-park lines? Rick Sylvain, a Disney World spokesman, says the event “has no appreciable impact on our parks.” But Mickey Mouse fanatics say it’s a good time to visit. EasyWDW.com, MouseSavers.com and other Disney planning sites point out that crowds tend to diminish. “Sunday during the Super Bowl is usually one of the best times of the year to tour the Parks due to all the people who will be home watching the Big Game,” states easyWDW.com on its Calendar of Crowds blog post.
Uh huh. I’ve been called a lot of things. Egotistical. A jerk. A womanizer. My favorite is probably from a member of DISboards.com:
One of the worst offenders in my opinion is the All-mighty Josh of easyWDW. This will probably be news to many, but he’s not Jesus. He runs a blog where he gets to show off to everyone and get an ego boost for it. Also, in my experience, folks who drink scotch anti-socially aren’t usually very nice people–he’s no exception.
I disagree. I’m pretty nice.
But no one has ever accused me of being a Mickey Mouse fanatic. Does anybody know a good lawyer? How much is this case worth? Does the New York Times even have any money?
Disney has moved the Sorcerer Mickey topiary scene that used to sit inside near Hollywood Brown Derby out here to the front of the Studios. Mark your calendars for the Flower and Garden Festival beginning March 7th.
It’s nice to see it in such a prominent location.
I don’t know…it looks busy.
At least they’re not closed to capacity.
It’s just past 11:30am, which should mean we’re just about at peak crowds for the day with a 7pm close and no Fantasmic.
I feel like they could put something in here. Maybe a 50x scale topiary of my face?
Let’s try to squeeze down Sunset Boulevard towards Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
But we have time for a little window shopping.
And a little more window shopping.
Oh my gosh, a 13 minute posted wait! I heard February was low crowds!
A 20 minute posted wait at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster!! I thought everything was supposed to be a walk on!!!
It’s 11:42am and I can’t ride until 12:35pm with FASTPASS! That’s almost an hour away!! Does anyone know Josh’s email address? I want a refund…
Anyone see a good spot to duck away from the onslaught?
Popping into the Beauty and the Beast show about ten minutes after it starts. The theater is almost completely full, despite the fact that it seats 1,500 people and it’s the longest running stage show at any Walt Disney World theme park.
It’s quite the production.
With fighting clocks and tea pots.
And Gaston with a hammer. Someone should get him a show on Home and Garden Television - Decorating with Antlers.
Really? You think this ends well for you? And you’re clubbing the Beast with one arm? Dunno bro.
I don’t want to ruin it though. You should see it. It’s 25 minutes of pure Disney magic.
Do you see it? Hint – middle of the picture. Head.
Not exactly Valentine’s Day merchandise, but the packaging is red!
Saw something on DisneyFoodBlog.com about new popcorn flavors.
I don’t eat anything unless I can get my full 100% daily allotment of saturated fat in one swoop. This package only has 96% and 176 grams of sugar!! This should be in the girls section…
That’s only 3.381 cents per gram of sugar though.
Over to the Animation Building to check out some of the Brave artwork. Amusingly, no one knows what this movie is.
is for losers.
Coming out June 22nd. I’m sure Disney would want me to mention that.
This is all in the “Production Gallery” in the back of the Animation Building. If you’re exiting the Animation Tour, this is the first room you’ll enter. Most people stroll right through. Previously, we took a look at the Cars drawings in here.
Some of the Snow White drawings that can also be found in the Animation Building:
You should stop and take a look next time.
If you want to take something home with you, you could grab this one.
Maybe they could make twice as many and charge half as much.
Let’s try to make our way over to Star Tours. Looks precarious.
A horrific ten minute wait at Star Tours.
Miss Piggy was out and spinning.
I’m not sure if the lines for Phineas and Ferb are getting systematically shorter or their popularity is decreasing. This is a straight shot to meet them – previously the line would snake all the way around here and continue outside the queue.
Another look at the area.
And the line for the Cars characters just keeps getting longer. Just a few minutes, but considerably longer than the three or four people we had been seeing in 2011.
These poor people are going to Lights, Motors about 50 minutes early. You can see on the clock that it’s about 12:35pm.
See? The stadium is so large and the stage so wide that there’s really not much of a hurry to get here. Ten or fifteen minutes early is plenty.
The refurbishment walls along the Streets of America are gone. This was the “lighting ceremony” location for the Osborne Lights in November/December/January.
And all the lights are gone.
Mulch, Sweat, and Shears rocking out to a sparse crowd.
This statue across from Studio Catering Company is my favorite on property, though I can’t put my finger on why.
Oh right, that’s why.
That kid’s expression says it all.
One flower picture to get us back on track.
A one-tram-wait over at Backlot Tour.
Over to Pixar Place. Feels crowded.
It’s just before 1pm – I don’t think we’ve seen Pixar Place this deserted at this hour before.
The standby wait would ordinarily be about twice as long.
Studios’ specific souvenir mugs with R2D2s still in stock behind them.
Pretty generic “souvenir” popcorn buckets at this time of year. Note the Studios’ ears tower though.
Wait times just before 1pm. I don’t think we’ll see wait times this low again this year. Maybe a day or two in September.
Crowds are only going to diminish as it gets closer to game time.
Better buy a $20 piggy bank to help save $15 in change for that trip.
Apparently this is just “spring merchandise” rather than Flower/Garden Festival specific like it was last year. There had been a question about pricing, so we’ll take another look while we’re here:
I thought it was for measuring booze, but apparently it measures rain too? I’m not sure why you would want to. Either it’s raining or it isn’t.
Gnome Mickey is $29.99 and comes in a box.
When I was in college, one of my neighbors had this obnoxious chime. I finally stole it. Sorry about that. I laid it on their doorstep when I moved out. See, I’m not all bad!
A Studios’ specific mug while we’re here.
As light as it gets. Based on the total number of people in the four major theme parks, this was the least attended day so far in 2012.
Just glad I didn’t embarrass myself nationally. Amusingly, I was at the Grand Floridian this past Sunday taking pictures of their merchandise and saw a copy of the New York Times where the previously mentioned article was located. It was $6.00!!! So I didn’t buy it. That’s just ridiculous.
Big thanks to Patty who offered to send me her copy of the article and then fulfilled my ridiculous request for pictures of the article instead. It’s easier to lug around a .jpg than an article for the next 50 years.
I’ll be back.