We’ll pop into Magic Kingdom very briefly. Actually, it wasn’t necessarily a brief trip, but I ended up meeting up with Scarlett and Jeff from TouringPlans.com and we chatted for a couple hours underneath the Tortuga Tavern sign and then on the Monorail over to the Polynesian Resort. While this website may take the occasional(?) dig at the website that employs them, we are all friends. Or it could just be a case of both of us “keeping the enemy closer,” but either way, it looks to be a budding friendship.
Sprung a leak?
I hate rolling coolers and carry-on bags.
When I was entering the Park around 2:30pm, crowds weren’t too bad. Things continued picking up as the afternoon wore on, but we didn’t see the 45 minute waits at Pirates of the Caribbean or the extended queue at Aladdin’s Magical Carpets like we did earlier in the week. On the way out around 4:45pm, the wait at Jungle Cruise had jumped up to 65 minutes, but it still didn’t “feel” as bad as it did earlier in the week. Disney continues to expect crowds next week that rival this week, but I’m not expecting it to be anywhere near as crowded. I bumped up the overall crowd level on the crowd calendar because Disney is anticipating it to be bananas, but I think we’re going to be looking at far fewer people and much shorter wait times. I’ll be back throughout the week to check on things.
I thought this was Vampire Mickey, but apparently he is a conductor of the orchestra. He’s super creepy because of the eyes I think. Or maybe I just have an aversion to dolls, since I’m always going on about the princesses? Anyway, he’s $54.95 and limited to 1500 pieces.
Someone at Disney found the BeDazzler. This variety of cute Mickey/Minnie apparel continues rolling in.
Not entirely sure what’s going on here though.
I don’t think these Nike branded Mickey polos are new:
I may have to work them into my wardrobe if they’re long enough, though the $49.95 price tag is going to make it expensive. I ordinarily wear similar Champion polos. Not because I’m a champion, but because that’s the brand name. Since moving to Florida I swear by them as you can probably tell by the fact that I’m virtually always wearing one in black or navy blue. I am sort of the Doug Funnie of Disney World blogging.
Preparing for the 3pm Parade around 2:45pm.
The non-return of Flynn Rider is pretty disappointing. It seems like Prince Eric has about as much personality as a sack of chalk. Teaching him the smolder might be fun though, just not as much as being taught the smolder from Flynn.
Heading into Adventureland where we can actually see the pavement, which is an improvement over the past week.
At 2:45pm, the wait time for Jungle Cruise was 30 minutes, which isn’t too bad. The line is out the door though, so my guess is that the actual wait would be closer to 50. As mentioned earlier, it was up to 65 minutes at 4:45pm.
Scarlett clued me in on the fact that these new entrees are likely just seasonal over at Sunshine Tree Terrace. Apparently they have added them during busy seasons before, as confirmed by this menu posted over at WDWMAGIC last April around Easter. So the following review won’t be quite as interesting or helpful as it would be if these items were available year around. We’ll see if they come off after next week. I hope not! More pictures and the current menu are available here.
I ordered the Asian Barbecued Pork Sandwich and All-Natural Lemonade with Wildberry Foam.
22 megapixels, baby. This new camera really gets some shots! As usual, I ordered the sandwich without the generic bag of chips that’s included in the $8.99 price. It takes $2.00 off the price. There was some confusion over the lemonade. I had simply ordered the “All Natural Lemonade” on the menu, which should run $2.99 per the menu:
The cast member working the register asked if I wanted foam with it. I said yes. She informed me that it would be extra and asked if I still wanted it. I asked how much. She said, “$2.50 or something.” I said yes. From across the Terrace, she held up two cans of something and asked which one I wanted. I couldn’t see what it was and she brought the two cans over. They are this Fomz brand. I pointed at what was apparently the Wildberry flavor and she prepared the beverage. As you can see on the receipt, I was actually charged 10 cents less than it should have cost for a beverage that I didn’t order. They haven’t quite figured things out over there.
The Asian Barbecued Pork Sandwich was really good. It was a large portion and the pork was mixed with pineapple, which made it a little different than your run of the mill barbecued pork found around Walt Disney World. The roll was nice and fresh and wasn’t wheat, which is always nice. The sandwich comes highly recommended, but wouldn’t be a good choice if you don’t like pineapple.
The Lemonade was good too. It didn’t suffer from that “too sweet” or “artificial taste” you might get from Minute Maid or the like. I wasn’t crazy about the foam topping, but it didn’t really detract from the lemonade either. The size of the cup is smaller than your prototypical fountain beverage, but considering the cost of other drinks at Walt Disney World, I felt like this one presented a decent value.
An update on the menu also. They no longer offer a Pineapple Float. I asked and was told to head down to Aloha Isle. Instead of the Citrus Swirl, you can order just the orange slush without the vanilla, even if that isn’t mentioned on the menu.
Looking ahead at the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade, which was preceded by a short Easter procession featuring the Easter bunny. Some throw away pictures:
I’ll link to better pictures if I see some or feel free to post a comment linking to better pictures elsewhere. It’s definitely a fun bonus for the holiday.
Trying out the camera in the Pirates of the Caribbean queue. It’s pretty dark in here.
I was pleased with the results considering I’m just hand holding it.
No way we’d be able to see this with the old one, but still not as neat as something like this. Maybe someday.
We’ll rewind to Hollywood Studios on Saturday next.