Gorilla Falls’ Asian counterpart is the Maharajah Jungle Trek, the entrance to which is near the back of the area to the left of Kali River Rapids. Being more out of the way than Pangani, it’s typically less crowded and the walkways are generally wider, which makes it a bit easier to navigate. The last time I walked it, the kids around me were so excited to see DRAGONS that I think Avatar will succeed even if the IP is about as exciting as what ends up being a lazy, oversize gecko.
To be fair, he just finished two blog posts for this website.
This picture from Wikipedia Commons shows two lion-tailed macaques (no jokes please), which were introduced to the Trek just a couple of days ago after a delay that might rival Rivers of Light. The sign welcoming guests to the Trek posted a couple of pictures ago with the wanderloo clearly depicted was installed back in August, or about four months before you could actually see monkeys here.
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A few more:
The real star of the show. And here’s a picture of a bat.
We last visited Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes back in July when I FREAKED OUT about Landry’s Inc. putting “American Kobe Beef” in front of the names of their hamburgers and hot dogs and charging a premium price based on the implication that it’s a higher quality product because of that designation.
Even though “American Kobe Beef” literally doesn’t mean anything at all. But people still order them up left and right.
Because of the implication.
This time around we’re back for the $11.49 Teriyaki Beef Bowl – Marinated Beef, Carrots, Snap Peas, Mushrooms in Sweet Teriyaki Sauce with White Rice.
Does this qualify as a bowl? Have we been tricked by the description again?
I do miss the old “takeout style” boxes they used to serve with the majority of their entrees. “It’s the little things” as they say.
Any generic mall outlet could just as easily use these black plastic containers.
This entree was added back in January of 2015, replacing the Beef Lo Mein.
That dish, which does not look so attractive as it was ~6 months B.T. (Before Tom), was an overwhelming portion of soft noodles, well-seasoned beef, and nicely sauteed vegetables served in said takeout container.
I thought the portion on the chewy beef here was a little chintzy – just four or five bites worth – though the familiar teriyaki glaze was flavorful and the snap peas, mushrooms, carrots, and onions were as nicely sauteed as they were colorful. The sesame seeds in the rice are a nice touch, but the rice is pretty underwhelming overall – a little coarse and not typically light and fluffy. Overall, this should do plenty to satisfy the average appetite for at least a couple of hours and the quality is above your typical Panda Express.
My favorite meal here actually consists of two sides – these pork egg rolls for $5.99.
And the side of $3.99 Chicken Fried Rice, which you probably want to add to any meal here. A great value out of pocket and while it’s not as expensive as some snack credit items, it’s one of the more filling.
We’re basically just down to two “Asian” entrees at Yak & Yeti with the Honey Chicken and Teriyaki Beef.
And unless you like your hot dogs and hamburgers mostly plain, you’ll want to visit Restaurantosaurus for either of those items for lower prices and access to the expansive toppings bar.
On this particular visit, another member of our party ordered the Couscous Wrap and her experience was even worse than mine. Despite “Roasted Vegetable” being in the title, it’s almost exclusively couscous pearls in a generic yellow curry sauce. She ended up throwing 75% of it away.
Overall, Yak & Yeti is a decent option if you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, though the quick service has perhaps taken a few steps in what I would consider to be the wrong direction. Portions are down and I don’t think anybody can really argue that five out of the seven entrees don’t really belong. On the other hand, you wouldn’t believe the number of hamburgers that come out of that kitchen, so they are certainly meeting some kind of demand, as close to the lowest common denominator as that might be. If I was going to spend 15 bucks here, I’d expect it to be on Sweet & Sour Shrimp or something. The Kids’ menu also offers just chicken strips, a burger, or an Uncrustables. And it’s not even American Kobe!
You might have caught my reaction to the first preview of Rivers of Light last week in this post. The good news is that this week’s previews went much better and they have added fire to the closing sequence, though it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see performers waving torches from inside the lotus blossom.
And I think the show that was performed last night is going to end up being most of the final product.
Disney put out a press release yesterday that says Rivers of Light is “coming in 2017,” but I don’t think public previews over the holiday season are out of the question. Disney isn’t conducting these previews now because the show is going to open in June of next year with a completely different lineup of cast members.
But we’ll see what cast schedules look like over the next couple of weeks. It’s not like previews are going to sneak up on us.
Anybody that visited during Jungle Book probably remembers the thousands of people that the show kept in the Park all the way out past 10pm. Rivers of Light is a tool that will make that happen again at a pretty minimal additional cost that would easily be covered by Dining Packages and beer sales. The entire show consists of four on-stage performers.
A reminder that the Kungaloosh Spiced Excursion Ale is available from Thirsty River Bar to the left of Expedition Everest.
A smart choice in cooler temperatures.
Speaking of the ride:
As always, a reminder that you want to experience Everest at night.
Wait times from December thus far:
We can glean two major things from wait times over the last week or so. The first is that things get real ugly real fast when Everest is down for an hour at opening with waits that hit 90 minutes before 1pm on 12/4. Waits on 12/5 with the morning Extra Magic Hour and downtime during regular hours also hurt. Then just one day later with 100% uptime you get one of the lowest overall average waits of the year. The other thing is that waits are consistently short after 5:30pm and only get shorter as closing time approaches. So ride after dark.
It’s kind of hard to tell, but there are two siamang gibbons hanging out.
Nailed it. Full size: https://i2.wp.com/easywdw.com/reports13/siamang_up_there_2.jpg
You might have seen my post earlier this week lamenting the fact that the Adventurers Outpost Mickey and Minnie Meet is going to close at 4:30pm daily for the foreseeable future, in addition to Dug being pulled from the Wilderness Explorers meet. Kali River Rapids will also see reduced hours as outlined here in case you missed it. While Monday’s high was 86 degrees, Friday’s will be 64 degrees and it won’t hit that until 3pm. Actual waits shouldn’t exceed 15 minutes even given shorter hours on the cold day, while you could easily see 45+ when it’s 80+ degrees out.
A reminder that just because you can shoot at f1.4 doesn’t mean you should.
I have a feeling that few people wanted Amendment 2 to pass more than Chakranadi, who perform to the right of Yak & Yeti throughout the afternoon, intermittently along DJ Anaan.
Asia is pretty light on holiday decorations.
But Baloo and King Louie get into the spirit with scarves and some decorations at their meet currently scheduled from 10:30am – 1:30pm and 2:40pm – 6pm.
That’s what’s going on in Asia.
We may take a look around the Oasis and Discovery Island next.