I know what you’re thinking. “Aren’t they all nothing updates?” But that isn’t very nice, sir (madam)! Just keep in mind that I can dish it, but can’t take it. We’re headed over to Magic Kingdom today (yesterday). The idea behind the visit was to check out the Dumbo tent and take an on-ride video on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Neither is going to happen due to the weather. I’ve actually set out to visit the Dumbo tent three times. I was marred once by poop (not mine) and twice by inclement weather. One of these days.
The same scrims are still up on Main Street. They finally pulled the one over The Chapeau tighter.
You may remember that some number of months ago I mentioned that I really liked the design on these coffee mugs.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one because Disney has since slapped it on everything.
A sort of pastel-y color shirt.
An “excursion bag:”
For excursions only, please.
Hats, shot glasses, key chains, tumblers, ornaments, bags, statues, shirts.
If you want to discuss pricing absurdity at Walt Disney World, I think you have to start with the keychains. These don’t sing, dance, light up, or do anything else and they’ll run you eight bucks a pop. Why they don’t charge $2 and let everyone stick their keys on them evades me. Although $7.80 in profit per keychain is better than $1.85 I suppose.
Not an obscene logo on these shirts. There’s nothing on the back.
And a lousy picture of this reversible sweatshirt. Maybe that’s the apparel of the future – subtle on one side and IN YOUR FACE on the other.
Old I’m sure.
Walking by Crystal Palace, we have the always available 20 minute wait, even with a reservation at an off-hour (currently 4:37pm).
Sort of hard to tell, but the Ariel queue is already full before she even begins appearing. Cast members are telling people the next meet time and advise arriving 30 minutes early to get into that set.
While Disney seems to be going easy on the air-conditioning in stores and attractions, Tinker Bell’s Nook is one that always seems to be ice cold. If you go into the Meet and Greet area and head off to the right, you can sit/stand around without much bother. I’ve been in there when people were “literally” laying face down on the ground. Hope you’re having fun! Or you could just wait in line to meet Tinker Bell.
A similar look at Aladdin/Jasmine. It’s even worse out in the sun over at Epcot in the Morocco Pavilion.
It’s just after 4:45pm with a 45 minute wait at Jungle Cruise. With the preponderance of FASTPASS use and a somewhat low capacity, standby wait times are on the up and up here.
With FASTPASS 40 minutes out. I was a big proponent of FASTPASS prior to return enforcement. Now, it just seems like it’s a hassle to make it back to the attraction in time to use the FASTPASSes and it causes standby waits to be twice as long as they would be otherwise, if not longer. Take away FASTPASS here and the wait is 15 or 20 minutes.
The Pecos Bill Platter of Meat Glop is still available at Pecos Bill, though only after 4pm for “dinner.” I’m really excited to try it because it’s supposed to be terrible! The plan was actually to return to order it, but the threat of rain is going to send us toward a girly salad instead. Manliness can wait. It’s really not a race.
A 60 minute posted wait at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is going to be the norm through the end of August. After about 10:30am you’re going to want to use FASTPASS or wait until after 10pm.
FASTPASS return times at Big Thunder have been a little further out since its reopening late last month. It’s 4:50pm, so FASTPASS is a little over an hour out.
Worse at Splash Mountain, which is why we prioritize FASTPASS collection there.
Because I’m an idiot, I thought I had pressed “record” much earlier than I did for the Frontierland Hoedown. This is an “unadvertised” Meet/Greet/Dance that’s held daily in Frontierland. Since we’re friends, I’ll tell you that it starts at 4:50pm and 5:35pm daily.
The various characters appear about five minutes before the dancing begins. It’s Clarabelle Cow, Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear, and the Country Bears. While I was taking this picture, Br’er Bear was inside the General Store looking for treats. They appear for about five minutes before the dancing starts. It’s meant to be sort of a “flash mob” with the various Frontierland cast members appearing one after the other in the center. It’s a lot of fun, particularly if you have a child that enjoys dancing/interacting with the characters. It doesn’t really matter that they don’t know who they are. The Easter Bunny and Bears Without Pants are timeless!
A 30 minute wait at Haunted Mansion. Hopefully you’re getting the idea that you’re better off back at the resort’s pool/room/something else from about 1pm to around 6pm.
A cool 70 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight.
Pinocchio Village Haus continues serving its new Flatbreads. The full menu and the BBQ Chicken version here: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/menu-updates-pinocchio-village-haus-bbq-chicken-flatbread-merida-magic-kingdom-52312/.
We’ll “review” a couple from May 31st avec (it’s very cool to add French/Latin phrases to your blog these days) my girl zzgator. Occasionally someone will ask about the identities of the various women I mention on this website and the fact is that I’m a celebrity Disney blogger. I juggle women. It’s just what we do (when Mother lets me out of the basement). Anyway, here’s the Pepperoni and the Caprese:
The Pepperoni in context to give you a better idea about the size. Sorry I didn’t throw a bunch of plasticware over the top of it. Use your imagination.
Zoomed in, I feel like it doesn’t look as good as it was. You can’t really go wrong with a bunch of cheese, bread, and pepperoni, which is exactly what this is. It’s sectioned nicely for easy sharing. As I mentioned last time, sharing one of these and the Mediterranean Salad among two people would make for a very fine lunch. It was served hot, it’s a ton of food, and the bread underneath was softer than last time. Perfect.
zz ordered the Caprese. It’s pretty with the mozzarella melted over chunky tomatoes. Basil on top provides additional color. This one was very good too, though it relies heavily on the squirt of balsamic vinaigrette dressing that Disney seems intent on covering everything and anything with. Also a good choice and one that feels a little lighter than the Pepperoni or BBQ, even though it probably isn’t. If you’re into the balsamic and don’t want it on another salad, then this would be a good choice. An excellent choice for vegetarians as well.
I think the Flatbreads are a nice change of pace from the usual Disney pizza.
Now over to Tomorrowland Terrace, which should be operating daily for the next ten weeks or so. Today, it was open from 11am – 9pm. Often it will close at 4pm. Click here for the full menu and another example of the balsamic that covers everything these days.
This portion of the menu is relevant to our interests.
The Citrus Shrimp Salad was actually really good. It follows in the footsteps of a lot of Disney’s other fruity salads. It’s full of little prices of melon alongside lettuce, a few pieces of red onion, and cucumber. The differences here are the mandarin oranges and shrimp, which are somewhat rare at quick services on property. I was impressed with the size and quality of the shrimp. Disney would gladly put cocktail sauce underneath the shrimp instead of lettuce and charge you $9.99 with a smile. There’s about nine of them in there. The mandarin oranges are also what you’d expect. Though most certainly from a can, they fit in well with the overall flavor of the salad. This is another one that’s recommended if it sounds good, particularly if you’re tired of the usual chicken salads served at most other quick services. Now that the Beef Salad is off the menu at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (sad panda), the Beef and Blue Cheese Salad served here is your only shot at some real meat.
Actually, we’re interested in the Iced Green Tea Blackberry Jasmine – $2.39.
As pictured. This is just your run of the mill Gold Peak Tea, I’m guessing? It’s sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s more refreshing than your typical fountain beverage, but there isn’t a ton of it with all the ice. You could probably be clever and order it without the ice and ask for a cup of ice on the side. Over at the BoardWalk Pizza Window, I order the sangria without the ice and then head over to BoardWalk Joe’s and order just a cup of ice. But I’m a huge jerk.
I’m going to run out to the Cars Section of the Art of Animation Resort.