You can pull up the last update here. You may have if baby rhinos and the closure of Lucky Brands doesn’t ring a bell.
This is probably the most crowded I’ve seen the JAMMitors in the American Gardens Theater over the last several months with only one person actively leaving and the other folks looking old enough that they’re in it for the long haul, even if the finale is me coming out for a 32-minute solo finale on the lute (banged against a microwave rather than elegantly played). As Disney describes them, “The streets of Epcot are alive with the syncopated sounds of the funkiest janitors around.” Given such an accurate description, I’m not sure what the gentleman who is currently hiding behind that tree, but also on his way out of the theater is thinking. It could be, “I’m going to need at least three more beers for this,” which is fair.
Disney may not be interested in offering us much of an update on Guardians of the Galaxy, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, TRON, the PLAY! Pavilion, or other attractions that may or may not be ready for the 50th anniversary, but they do have an update on how signs work:
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It turned out to be a pretty light news weekend, but I would guess Disney is banking on a little time passing to let the news of the blackened fish debuting at the Festival Favorites Holiday Kitchen ruminate. Bringing new fish to a Festival and instantly crowning it a Favorite isn’t the sort of bombshell you should be able to drop on someone without warning. There should be a law against it. It would be like McDonald’s coming out with a Classics menu featuring Steak Alfredo, Wonton Soup, and an ice cream machine that works. It’s just not what you would expect. It’s possible that the company will never make another announcement because nothing will ever be so huge. The only thing more positive would be Disney guaranteeing everyone who visits Hollywood Studios a good time, and that would cost several hundred million dollars per hour in bribes. Even at 25% capacity.
The only news we have to pass on is a newborn rhinoceros:
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If you have a spare $150,000, know someone who can tolerate you, and aren’t married, then I have good news, because Disney is offering weddings once again. Based on what are either some very menacing clouds, or a batch of very bad Lightroom preset edits, Disney may also be using the photoshoot as a test for a Disney+ series to go up against Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.” I don’t think anybody really knows what goes on beyond those strangely lit gates. We may soon find out.
It was around the first week in September when I was standing in front of Cinderella Castle in the early afternoon after basically walking on each attraction I had visited all morning. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Walked on twice without even having the opportunity to throw a single elbow. Peter Pan’s Flight? I counted three other people in the entire queue and I can count a lot higher than that. To at least ten. Space Mountain? Everyone had either fallen out of their rocketships and entered orbit or I was the only one already on the phone with my chiropractor as I crashed back into my front row seat for the seventh time in as many seconds. The joyful laughs and giddy woohoos entirely absent as I embarked on my mission alone in the dark. Frontierland? Exactly what the name suggests – just me, wide open spaces, and a quaint saloon with apple juice as the featured cocktail of the day.
The lower half of my face was not quite contorting into a smile, but the few people in the vicinity did get to enjoy the rare glow of my half-smirk, at least as they passed me on their way to their next walk-on attraction. Was touring really going to be this easy? Even without character meets to occupy the families and weird bloggers that just need a quick picture to prove they were there, stage shows to absorb the thousands of extra parkgoers ready for a break from the long lines and sun, and with most attractions running at severely limited capacities?
Editor’s Note: What you see below is sort of bad because we are still a day behind the news and the wait time analysis is pretty generic. But another thing I was doing took longer than I was expecting, so we will call this getting caught up for now and then with the next update, we’ll actually be caught up. More or less.
We have a date for the expected reopening of the first of the All-Star Resorts, which will be the All-Star Movies on February 9th, 2021. If memory serves, all of the rooms at the resort are now refurbished with the “clean” or “sterile” look that you see above, and with many more pictures in this post. Few things have been quite as divisive as the new look of many of Disney’s newly-refurbished resort rooms.