I’ve had a lot of pleasant meals at Rose & Crown in the past. In fact, it’s one of my favorite Disney World restaurants. As a “local,” I’m always on the lookout for a bit of a bargain, even if those standards change once I set foot on Disney property. Rose & Crown has always had several lunch entrees in the $12-$15 range. With my 20% Tables in Wonderland discount, I can at least rationalize those prices as being lower than many quick service alternatives. And while dinner is usually a few more dollars, you have the added bonus of excellent, virtually stress-free viewing of IllumiNations from your table or the restaurant’s patio. When I received an email from one of my hundreds of thousands of adoring fans asking if I was interested in grabbing lunch, I thought Rose & Crown would be a nice choice. I was even more excited to try something new when I saw that the restaurant changed its menus on September 14th.
Disney has gotten a lot better (knock on wood) at updating restaurant menus recently. Check out http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/rose-and-crown-dining-room/ and look on the right side of the screen underneath the price structure to see the new menus. I was really excited to have high quality menu images!!!!!!
Rose & Crown is a “pub” and a “dining room,” meaning it has a restaurant and a bar area. We had reservations for 1:05pm. After checking in and getting the beeper thing at 1:08pm, we waited for more than 30 minutes to be seated. I’m only 75.4% as rude as usual when in the company of others, so I didn’t have my phone out the entire time counting down the minutes like I usually do. I think the beeper went off at around 1:41pm, but don’t quote me on that!
Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopened this past Sunday to not a whole lot of fanfare. No fanfare, actually. Why? Could it be due to the $69,000 fine levied by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the death of a cast member in 2011? Or the death of a cast member in 2007? Could it be the fact that it’s the leading cause of chiropractic visits in the United States? Could it be the fact that the company that built it went bankrupt and had all of its assets liquidated in 2008? Could it be that it’s the crown on the universally hated Chester and Hester’s DinoRama? Is it not what Walt would have wanted? I don’t have the answers to these questions.
We’re arriving at basically the worst part of the day at Animal Kingdom when it closes at 5pm – 10:30am. Let’s see how it looks.
Looks like a lot of people streaming in.
Okay, these are the turnstiles on the left side. I count 26 people in three lines.
Your intrepid adventurer set out to check in on the new rope drop procedure at International Gateway this morning. If you are not familiar with the new “procedure” or missed last week’s article about what it looks like at the main entrance, then check out this post: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/new-epcot-rope-drop-procedure-september-16-2011/.
Just as a little background on the International Gateway for those unfamiliar, Epcot has two entrances. The “main entrance” is in the front of Future World. This is the entrance you will use if you’re arriving by car, monorail, or Disney bus. If you’re walking or taking the boat to Epcot from the Swan, Dolphin, Beach Club, Yacht Club, or BoardWalk Inn Resorts then you’ll use the International Gateway entrance. You’ll also use the International Gateway if you are walking or taking the boat from Hollywood Studios. There is no bus service to Epcot from these resorts, though Hollywood Studios does offer a bus that travels from the Studios’ main entrance to Epcot’s main entrance. The International Gateway entrance is located down a path past the United Kingdom Pavilion as you walk through the World Showcase in a counter-clockwise direction (before you arrive at the United Kingdom if you’re walking from France). Most people will ignore the path to the International Gateway and cross the bridge into the France Pavilion or continue to the United Kingdom.
While we’re here, let’s have a look at the walking path between Hollywood Studios and Epcot real quick. While this is a quick look at the path, it’s not a short walk. Even cutting through the BoardWalk Inn and keeping a brisk pace, it took me about 20 minutes. Budget at least 30 minutes if you plan to saunter or walk all the way around the BoardWalk. Alternatively, the boat takes 25-30 minutes from Epcot to Hollywood Studios or vice versa.
If you don’t care about the walk, scroll down until you don’t see red arrows anymore.
Here we are looking at the front entrance of Hollywood Studios. The walking path to the BoardWalk, Epcot, and Epcot-area resorts is straight out from the entrance/exit and to the left. You’ll pass the charter bus parking lot, which will be on your right. The boat launch is also on the left side as you exit the Studios, only it’s down a separate path closer to the entrance. To get to the walkway, you’ll be passing the boat launch and turning left at the charter bus parking lot.
In other words, you’ll see this sign as you exit Hollywood Studios. Follow the path pointing to the left.
Here we are walking past the charter bus lot, which also includes a few Disney resort stops like Old Key West, Coronado Springs, and the All Stars.
Here’s the preliminary April 2012 Crowd Calendar. Click the image to enlarge it or click here for a more readable PDF image. If you’re not sure what all of the color combinations and symbols mean, click here and read through the top portion that explains what I think each line means. Look for the bullet points right underneath the list of updates to that particular calendar.
I have a few more thoughts on April 2012 in this post and will be back after I complete the “daily analysis” and “finalize” the calendar. It usually takes me a few days to put together the analysis. April is one of the more complicated months with the Easter holiday, time of spring break crowds, additional Extra Magic Hours, etc. The Crowd Calendar will likely change a bit as I work through the nuances and complete the analysis, so don’t get your chisel and rock out quite yet.
There had been some questions about the walking route from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Polynesian Resort. There are a few reasons why you might want to take this route. For the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I had pointed out that the line for the ferry to the Ticket and Transportation Center was 45+ minutes long, while there was no line for the bus to the Polynesian. You could very easily take the bus to the Polynesian and then walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center with a much shorter wait. For those staying at the Polynesian and heading to Epcot on the monorail, it is usually quicker to walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and take the Express Monorail to Epcot, rather than taking the Resort Monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center and then transferring there to the Epcot Monorail. You’ll also find that there’s no bus to Downtown Disney at the Ticket and Transportation Center. If you find yourself at the Ticket and Transportation Center and want to visit Downtown Disney, you can walk to the Polynesian and take the bus to Downtown Disney there.
We’ll walk from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Polynesian first and then reverse course and walk back.
Here we are looking at the Ticket/Transportation Center Monorail.
And in the opposite direction towards the trams and parking lots.
Looking to the right now. This is where we’re headed.