Your fearless leader has returned to beautiful(?) Kissimme, Florida after a brief vacation in beautiful(?) Seattle, Washington. After enjoying a pleasant red-eye flight last night (this morning?), I popped into Magic Kingdom on the way home for a waffle sandwich and a walk around the Magic Kingdom to see if Disney tried to take advantage of my absence and try to slip something past us. Not so fast, multi-billion-dollar-media-conglomerate!
I didn’t have my usual camera with me, so these will actually be terrible photos from my camera phone from 2007. I’ll be back on Saturday and Sunday for better pictures.
Had you been following me on whatever Twitter is, you would have already seen these as they were happening! As if it gets any more exciting than low quality pictures of the Swiss Family Robinson entrance!
Disney is preparing for this weekend’s ABC Christmas Day Parade taping. Justin Bieber (my boy) is going to be on hand performing along with whatever other 14 year olds are “hot” these days. Zendaya Coleman and Bella Thorne are also slated to perform should you actually be looking for names. OMGGGG IS SELENA GOMEZ GOING TO BE THERE TOO?!?!?!!? I WOULD DIE!! I WOULD JUST DIE!!!
If you can believe it, this is the scrim and walls around Prince Regal Carousel in Fantasyland. Yes, it’s operating inside there. The entire attraction should be encased in a similar look in the next day or two. I would probably just shut the whole thing down. No one wants to ride a carousel inside of walls and tarps, I don’t think.
Disney finally removed the blurb on their website that stated Liberty Square Riverboat would be closed for months. It closed for two days earlier this month, but will continue operating as usual until the end of January, when it will undergo a refurbishment that is scheduled to last a few days.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is serving pumpkin ice cream in a “collectible” ceramic Mickey Mug.
Sleep Hollow makes fresh waffles all day. You can see the huge mixer in the back and the various waffle making devices.
I finally got around to trying one of their new Waffle Sandwiches – this is the Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss Sandwich. This, along with the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwich, is available at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments from 11am to 5pm daily. They were just introduced about two weeks ago:
This was a ton of food for $6.99, but the flavor wasn’t “all that.” You’ve got the waffle, which may or may not be purposefully cooled, along with cold sandwich toppings. Whatever sauce that was slathered on didn’t accompany the flavors of the “prosciutto” or “ham” well either, in my opinion. Still, these sandwiches are definitely a little different and not a bad value for $6.99. It’s a lot bigger than it looks. DisneyFoodBlog.com has more info and a review of the other two choices here: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/11/13/new-waffle-sandwiches-at-magic-kingdoms-sleepy-hollow/.
The scrims on Pecos Bill have now mutated to the Adventureland side. This photo was taken right next to Golden Oak Outpost. You’ll recall that we had scrims over the main entrance (which have since been removed and the building looks great) and still have scrims on the other side too.
You’ll find that Disney’s answer to most things is to blow bubbles in your face. I’m surprised guest relations doesn’t just have a wand and blow bubbles in your general direction every time you request that Grand Floridian upgrade (which you deserve by the way – it was raining for part of the Parade!). Pirates of the Caribbean was down and we have two cast members blowing bubbles instead. More entertaining than Tiki Room across the Plaza. Just kidding. Sort of.
Swiss Family Treehouse has reopened from a lengthy refurbishment to the delight of its 17 fans worldwide.
The canons are still out. If only they actually shot canon balls at obnoxious guests. That would be an interactive experience I would be interested in.
This is where the entrance to the attraction used to be. You can see that it’s currently roped off, despite there being no line. You have to walk all the way down near the smoking section across from Aloha Isle and enter there, then walk all the way back in this direction, and curve back around. As if there would ever be a line.
This woman dressed in various shades of purple (the “must have” shades from the last several years perhaps?) jumped in front of my picture as I was taking it. I guess it helps illustrate the ridiculous walk around the queue. As I stood there trying to see what had been changed, virtually everyone walked up to enter to where the entrance used to be. I heard the poor cast member say, “The entrance is down there” seven or eight times over the course of a minute or two. Most people visiting Swiss Family arrive from the opposite direction of the current entrance – walking through Adventureland from Frontierland. If you were walking through Adventureland in this direction towards Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you probably wouldn’t take the time to walk around a fake tree based on a movie no one under the age of 40 has seen.
That’s what popped out at me over the course of an hour this afternoon.
In other news, Disney is introducing an intriguing new quick service option at Hollywood Studios that includes reserved seating for Fantasmic. See the full story on the Disney Parks Blog.
It’s just for a short while – Dec. 18–Dec. 31, with reservations starting Dec. 1 at 407-WDW-DINE (a credit card guarantee is required). Pick up is at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner from 11 a.m. through 1 ½ hours prior to your selected show time. You choose which performance you’d like to attend when you order your meal. Pick up your meal at your convenience and then you’re on your own for an easy picnic lunch or dinner. You might want to try more than one of the picnic goodies, but your Fantasmic! seats are based on the number of guests in your party (entrées ordered must be equal to or greater than your party size).
It’s a particularly interesting offer if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan because it costs one quick service credit, just like any other quick service meal. Considering the sad state of many of the Studios’ major quick services, this might be a nice breath of fresh air – better food and a guaranteed seat for Fantasmic. Potentially, not bad!
More Other News
WDWMAGIC has an article outlining the changes to Pepper Market at Coronado Springs during a “test” from December 4th to January 4th. Pepper Market will now offer a fixed price buffet for breakfast and lunch, rather than the a la carte options previously offered for those meals. Maya Grill will no longer serve breakfast, but the dinner menu will remain the same. Pepper Market will continue to serve the same a la cart dinner. I’ll try to get over there for lunch sometime in the next week.