Thanks to everyone that came out to my Cars Land “media” event last night.
We actually have a few things of interest to cover this time around, which is somewhat rare for this website. Not that gelato flavors aren’t newsworthy mind you, but it’s not the sort of thing that really gets Twitter and other important social media things aflutter. After all, if this isn’t all for TheFacebook.com, what’s the point?
I got an email a few days ago asking about recommended parade viewing locations. This is one of my favorites for the daytime parade right outside the Confectionery. It’s about five minutes to parade time and there’s no one anywhere along here. The parade’s going to come right toward us and then continue up Main Street and into Frontierland. Otherwise, I watch the nighttime parade in Frontierland, usually across from Pecos Bill.
I had been lamenting the little lettuces that seem to be turning up all over property.
Speaking of Twitter, I was informed via it that these things are all the rage these days. The scene is a little Christmas-y, but they don’t look terrible here.
Fantasyland construction continues. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train keeps getting taller. Even Beast’s Castle is looking to be about 14 feet tall these days, which is an improvement from the 12 feet it looked like last week.
Dumbo 2 is out from behind walls, but it isn’t fully operational yet.
Meaning it isn’t spinning.
It is about what you would expect. Much larger in 22 megapixels if you’re in the mood: http://i.minus.com/iHjTkyDCgTXZP.jpg.
The top if you’re not.
It’s going to be interesting to see what wait times at Dumbo look like once the second one is operational. Then you have the fact that it’s going to offer FASTPASS. And the fact that a lot of people are going to want to spend time at the playground in the air-conditioned tent and the need to hit Dumbo first thing in the morning may be a thing of the past.
The new entrance. Timothy Mouse up top spins around.
21 seconds of your life that you will never get back.
The Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station is open as well.
Let me emphasize the word “soak.” It’s basically like you’re standing in Kali River Rapids. A few more pictures in and around:
A few “details” worth noting. The years on the back of the various pieces correspond to the opening years of the various theme parks. There is a gate around the Casey locomotive. Theoretically, the gate around it opens and kids can climb inside the cab and press the buttons. It wasn’t open at the time. There is a cast member stationed on-site with the duty of talking down any child that tries to climb over the fence or onto the other cars. A job for the naughty, no doubt. Casey also winks.
This is apparently an ode to Ward Kimball and the Firehouse Five Plus Two. Note the “5” on top of the hats. While we may on occasion make fun of the Test Track All Stars over at Epcot, the Firehouse Five Plus Two were actually a group of Walt Disney animators that formed a jazz band in their spare time. Granted they didn’t play music in front of Pirates of the Caribbean when it closed for technical difficulties, but there you go.
It looks to be a lot of fun, though the amount of water seems a bit excessive.
Also, the mixture of running children, random water spray, and wet brick seems like it could easily be renamed Casey Jr. Disaster Zone. Be careful out there! There’s a merchandise cart (of course) situated nearby that sells umbrella hats and sandals, and a few towels. I’m sure it will receive the full towel catalog soon if a rush order hasn’t already been placed.
One more look with the Dumbo ticket booths on each side and the tent in the background.
With FASTPASS users bypassing the tent completely, we may see one spinner dedicated to FASTPASS return? The top of this booth displays the wait time.
Letting her know her wait-time-sign-holding-time is numbered.
The Winnie the Pooh Meet and Greet next to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is open.
While wait times at Rapunzel and Ariel easily hit 60 minutes every day, Winnie the Pooh has featured Meet and Greet locations in all four major theme parks. If you’re interested in meeting them, the air-conditioned locations in the Animation Building at Hollywood Studios or the Toy Soldier shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot would be much better choices. Lines there are rarely over ten minutes and the scenery is much better. Hopefully someone will wise up and replace Pooh/Tigger over at the Studios and Epcot with someone people actually want to meet.
Why we don’t see Christopher Robin, Rabbit, Roo, etc. continues to defy logic. OWL WOULD BE SO COOL. Haters gonna hate. The fact that the poor characters walk so far to their meet and greet is always amusing. We have one child trying to knock Pooh over in order to get an autograph. A mother of two is physically restraining her daughter. The cast member walking them to the meet looks like she’s tasked with moving the President underground.
Afternoon wait times at most attractions are going to be longer than you want to wait at Magic Kingdom every day through August. It’s just before 3:30pm here.
The Speedway queue spilling outside.
I don’t think there’s a worse place to be than standing in line with the smell and the noise. Stick me on Star Wars Parade duty any day of the week.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures is behind refurbishment walls. Over a year until that Princess Meet and Greet opens.
I was tasked with taking pictures of the dresses inside Castle Couture, but I think I misunderstood what I was supposed to be taking pictures of because these dresses are the same ones available all over:
Sorry I’m so bad at this. Let me know what it is you wanted a picture of and I’ll try harder!
Those three FASTPASS machines covered on the right should be for Dumbo. Speaking of FASTPASS machines, the ones at Stitch’s Great Escape have been removed.
The most congested walkway at Magic Kingdom with it’s a small world ahead of us. The brown tarps that had covered a portion of the facade are down.
Per usual, Peter Pan’s Flight FASTPASSes are the furthest out.
Work continues at the old skyway station. Bathrooms and the Rapunzel Meet and Greet on the way if rumors are true.
Like a boss.
Overseeing his dominion.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was down. Along with Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean, closures here are most common. It had been down long enough that they weren’t offering new FASTPASSes. Should you have a FASTPASS with an earlier return time, you could use it late. That’s only going to make standby waits even longer as you have a few hours worth of FASTPASS people coming back. Guests were also informed that they could trade their Big Thunder FASTPASS for a Splash Mountain FASTPASS if they chose to.
With Pooh and Tigger vacated, Woody and Jessie meet back here near the exit to Splash Mountain. Together again.
The area to the left of Splash Mountain now being empty, thank goodness.
Heading into Pirates of the Caribbean. The actual wait was less than 10 minutes.
Walls are up inside the queue, which I think makes the right side shorter. So even if it looks like the line is longer on the right, I think it would be prudent to wait in that line.
I wanted to see what I could expect out of my 50mm F1.8 lens as I’ve been thinking about adding a fast prime without image stabilization. This is:
Considering how dark it is in here, these came out pretty good I think.
I was messing around with videos. There’s hope I think, but obviously this is garbage.
After disembarking, Big Thunder was back up.
Good(?) news on the meat glop front. The “Steak and Pork Platter” from Pecos Bill is still available, but only after 4pm. In an attempt to minimize any sort of value in the Quick Service Dining Plan, Disney is only offering this and the $14.19 Chicken/Ribs Combo over at Cosmic Ray’s after 4pm.
This was hilariously terrible. When Disney Food Blog says something is bad, you know it’s bad. Like bad bad. The cornbread is undercooked. Imagine eating sweet-ish batter. The corn is wayyyyyyyy overcooked. Soft and mushy. Almost inedible, though for 15 bucks I forced it down. Corn on the cob isn’t really something that you can cook in the morning and have sitting around the entire day. The $1.99 corn at Liberty Square Market is much better. The flavor from the cornbread was okay, but someone needs to double check the cooking time/temperature. The pork is simply a small pile of what you’d get on the Pork BBQ Sandwich. Not bad, but not exactly something that stands alone well. Putting it on a bun is the whole point. The steak is a steak in the same way an omelet is a chicken sandwich.
Let’s crop it. Way overcooked. I felt like a cow chewing grass. I’m not sure I’ve chewed anything more in my life. I might still be chewing. My mouth went numb some time ago. They would be better off plopping down a hamburger and calling it a ham steak. The “chimichurri” sauce might as well have been pesto. This thing is terrible on so many levels I almost wish I could feed it to you just to show you how bad things can get. But I would never do that! We’re friends! Don’t feel too bad for me though, I have dinner at Flying Fish tonight.
The Enchanted Tiki Room continues to play to packed audiences since it returned to the old management.
Another bad video. It gets a little better around 2:30.
Maybe a new shirt.
Maybe another new shirt.
BoardWalk this evening. Heaven save me from Jellyrolls.