No, I don’t know what those words attached to the end of the title mean either. The online dictionary says that they are synonyms for “hodgepodge,” which translates roughly in Canadian to “a heterogeneous mixture.” I guess we’ll take their word for it. Obviously this website is a big deal, but I’m not sure we want to go to war with the dictionary.
This post is just going to be a bunch of mumbo jumbo. And let me just warn you that you will be banned permanently from the website if you your comment is, “What else is new?” That’s just inappropriate.
Animal Kingdom has been selling margaritas at this kiosk for some time. It’s located on the walkway that connects Africa and Asia. If memory serves (and it probably doesn’t since we’re talking about margaritas), this is located on the left side as you walk towards the entrance to Kali River Rapids.
The menu, should you choose to accept it.
A half Bali Hai Strawberry/Maharajah Lime Margarita on the left and the Maharajah Lime Margarita on the right (again, should memory serve). These were both pretty good for what they are – very cold, very refreshing, and a little boozy. You’re familiar with these if you’ve ever had a frozen Margarita at the Mexico Pavilion or anywhere else for that matter, you slobbery drunk. I wouldn’t hesitate to order another (other than the cost, the lack of alcohol, and my empty pockets) one this summer when temperatures really start to get up there. They’re a nice choice if it’s what you’re looking for. We also enjoyed the Bedele Pilsner and Meta Pale Lager (beers) over at the Dawa Bar in Africa. They are both unique, tasty choices as well.
The main purpose of this evening jaunt out to Animal Kingdom was to ride Expedition Everest in the dark. Now that Animal Kingdom doesn’t offer evening Extra Magic Hours, it’s rare to see it open late enough to visit in the dark. Over the past couple months, Disney has extended the close on Saturdays to 7pm or 8pm, which is late enough to ride Everest sans daylight.
There’s virtually nothing open at Animal Kingdom this late (7:06pm). The entirety of Africa is closed. The Maharajah Jungle Trek is closed and most (all) of the animals are long gone. No more shows are scheduled. You’ve basically got Kali River Rapids (brrrrrrrrrrrr), Expedition Everest, and DinoLand. Even so, there wasn’t much of a line for Everest as you can see by the posted wait. Animal Kingdom was open until 8pm.
Unfortunately, the ride broke down right before it was our turn to board. So instead of riding Everest a half dozen times with virtually no wait, we (the good Dr. Noble and I) got to visit DinoLand.
Where there was no wait for TriceraTop Spin or DINOSAUR. Primeval Whirl had a ten-minute-or-so wait with the slow loading.
If you want to experience Primeval Whirl as it was designed (without that burned out light bulb), you may wish to visit Animal Kingdom at a later date.
I mean really.
See any more?
Just wanted to ride you one time, Expedition Everest.
Animal Kingdom really is beautiful at night. It’s a shame most people won’t have an opportunity to experience it. Assuming “Avatar Land” ever comes to fruition (2015), we may see an extension of Animal Kingdom’s hours so we’ll have to opportunity to ride Everest and others in the dark more often. It really is a neat experience. This was back on Saturday February 25th.
Now over to Hollywood Studios on Monday March 5th, a non-recommended day with evening Extra Magic Hours attached.
Wait times at 7:20pm. Hollywood Studios is almost never recommended when it’s hosting evening Extra Magic Hours for this very reason. You may remember the wait times we saw around 6pm yesterday on a recommended day:
Which were much lower. And those lower wait times are in the middle of a very busy busy spring break season where the overall crowd level was much higher (a 7 versus a 4).
Some new villains merchandise in the Villains in Vogue store. I have to think the Nightmare Before Christmas stuff is on its way out, especially with so much villains merchandise coming out recently at Tren-D and elsewhere.
Blurry people all up and down Sunset Boulevard.
A few people here outside the American Idol Experience watching the finale that features the winners of each of the day’s shows. The last show of the day is the only one that’s projected out here on the big screen.
More of the amazing photography this website is known for. This is the Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions along with the Vanilla Chocolate Shake with Chocolate Shake on top because they ran out of vanilla mid-stream. The cast member looked at the glop from the bottom of the soft-serve machine that had oozed out into the cup before us and asked, “Want some chocolate on top or something?” I smiled and said yes. The rest of the menu:
With more pictures here: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/min-and-bills-dockside-diner-menu-echo-lake-minor-quick-service/. I actually like Min and Bill’s a lot. This is also another location where you can order the entrees without the chips for $2.00 less, making the Italian Sausage “just” $6.99. I’d put that extra $2.00 to work somewhere else in most circumstances. Their little bags of house chips aren’t much to write home about. The Italian Sausage was really good. It wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy, but it definitely had more of a kick than the Frankfurter and there were plenty of peppers and onions mixed in. The roll was chewy and fresh. With few solid options at the Studios, I recommend Min and Bill’s. On the downside, the Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich has a disappointing amount of chicken. It’s mostly lettuce. Also, there is no indoor seating – just covered picnic tables. You’re welcome to take your food to nearby Backlot Express or ABC Commissary, but it’s a couple of minutes away.
Not a whole lot going on over here in The Streets of America. I don’t know about these crowd calendar websites. Sure there is absolutely nothing open over here, but…where are the crowds? Where are the masses? Is this what a .01 looks like?
Totally not an area that should be bulldozed for something awesome.
It’s 8:03pm, which means evening Extra Magic Hours just began. We still have a wait outside Toy Story Mania that extends through the entirety of the external queue.
Hollywood Studios doesn’t offer FASTPASS during evening extra Magic Hours, so the 50 minute posted wait is more or less accurate. If you were to get in line now, you’re looking at a 60ish minute wait.
One distinct bonus of evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios is the late night Disney Jr. Dance Party. Here, kids can dance and interact with popular characters as noted on the Times Guide: https://www.easywdw.com/times-guides/hollywood-studios-evening-extra-magic-hours-times-guide-march-5-2012/. Because it’s indoors and a bit out of the way in the Animation Courtyard, the Dance Party is usually somewhere between empty and not crowded at all. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to interact with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Jake, and other characters in an intimate setting. If you do find yourself at evening Extra Magic Hours at the Studios and have kids, this is absolutely something that you want to visit. There really isn’t anything like it during regular theme park hours most days.
Posted wait times about 10 minutes into evening Extra Magic Hours.
You can certainly have fun during evening Extra Magic Hours at the Studios, but it’s not the great opportunity to ride the headliners with short waits as a lot of people are expecting. You’re looking at 40+ minute waits at Toy Story Mania for most of the night. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is usually at 30+ minutes for the first two hours. Things do ease up as it gets later into the evening, but you’re still better off arriving at 8:30am on the following morning, where you’ll encounter virtually no waits and FASTPASSes will be plentiful for return visits later in the day. If you are visiting for evening Extra Magic Hours, plan to do filler attractions until about an hour before evening Extra Magic Hours ends. At that point, hit Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Toy Story Midway Mania in that order to find the shortest waits.
Walking through Sunset Boulevard to check out the 8:30pm Fantasmic. It’s worth noting that a second Fantasmic will occasionally be scheduled after evening Extra Magic Hours begins. In this case, Hollywood Studios “officially” closes at 8pm and Fantasmic is scheduled at 7pm and 8:30pm. Anyone is welcome at the 8:30pm Fantasmic – it isn’t just for Disney resort guests.
Another downside of evening Extra Magic Hours is that there’s basically no food available. The outdoor Sunset Ranch Market is your only option.
And as you can see, lines are long at Rosie’s All American Cafe. Rosie’s is slow in the middle of the afternoon, so I would imagine this line will take even longer than it looks.
Up to Fantasmic. We have a cast member on the left there alerting people that Fantasmic begins in 15 minutes, but there’s no one checking Key to the World cards or anything like that. Anyone is perfectly welcome.
Fantasmic crowds about 15 minutes before the second Fantasmic of the evening begins. There’s plenty of room down here on the far sides, but the middle sections are taken. The view is perfectly decent down here though – it’s the same section that you would sit in if you opted for the Fantasmic Dining Package. The nice thing about a Fantasmic “after hours” like this is the fact that most off-site visitors think they aren’t welcome and leave before the “official” 8pm close.
For those keeping track at home, there were no changes to the story or scenes in Fantasmic during its lengthy refurbishment back in January/February.
After Fantasmic, the line for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster extends out here. The posted wait time was 30 minutes, which should get you to the pre-show area. Your total wait would be closer to 4o or 50 minutes.
You really can’t get me excited for evening Extra Magic Hours at the Studios. With so few attractions open, lines are much longer than they’ll be tomorrow morning. The 8pm start also isn’t late enough to deter a lot of families and their “thrill seeking” eight year olds. Outside of the Dance Party, it’s entirely skippable in my book.