The website has again hit the big time, this time with a DISboards.com thread titled, EasyWDW – bitter much? There are a few gems.
“I too do not like Josh’s style [sic] He totally rubs me the wrong way. I do not like his sarcastic, snarky attitude and I do not find it funny in anyway [sic]. This is my opinion and I have a right to it.
All that said, I generally force myself to read his blog at least weekly. I often recoil at his presentation, but his information is helpful and good to know. I just wish his style was different.
I can just see this person physically rolling up into a ball at the thought of flowers that look like little lettuces.
To quote Mister Brandon from the forums:
“I wonder if they have to pump themselves up before they sit down to read.
“Okay, you’ve got this. You can do this. It’ll be over before you know it. Remember, we don’t have a choice. Last time we followed TP’s suggestions, the park was so crowded they were fastpassing the restrooms. You can do it! You’re all grown up now. Josh can’t hurt you anymore! It’s go time! Let’s do it! Eye of the tiger, baby, eye of the tiger!”
And then: “Hi guys. Josh here. Today my chicken dish from Yak and Yeti could have used a little more salt.”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! CURSE YOU JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!“‘
Regarding this sort of thing, I only ask you one question. After reading a post, do you look more or less forward to visiting Walt Disney World?
And in regards to any future hitjobs, let’s not forget who you’re dealing with.
To answer a couple of the questions from the Animal Kingdom update. I’m not sure what that new Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Kids Pick looks like. Usually Disney’s lists the Uncrustables as Uncrustables on the menu, which makes me think it’s actually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I didn’t like jelly on my peanut butter sandwiches growing up, which everyone around me seemed to think was insane. I’m glad I’m not alone.
Jungle Juice is known as a few different things around property. It’s a mixture of Guava, Orange, and Passion Fruit juices and it’s available by the bucket at Tusker House Restaurant (buffet). It’s very good. I’ll see what sizing looks like on a $2.50 cup.
For the coffee drinks with a snack symbol, it’s just the small size for a snack credit. As far as I know, you can’t pay the difference for the larger size, though it would certainly be nice. Correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve never actually been on the Dining Plan before =X
I had omitted the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery menu because I’m bad at this. Here’s the new version:
Compared to the old version:
It looks like they may not have gotten around to increasing pricing on the baked goods. You may recall there were two prices on the Cotton Top Cupcake at the Coffee Kiosk at the front of the Park, where a sign noted it being $4.25 and the menu indicated $3.99 pricing. The coffee drinks at the bottom of the menu are the same price too. One thing to note is the change from “Minute Maid Orange Juice” to “Simply Orange Juice.” That’s a hefty price increase of 46.03%, though sizing may be much larger on the Simply Orange.
So we’re hopping over to Epcot on Saturday August 25h after spending some time tracking down menu changes at Animal Kingdom. It’s 6:57pm and only four turnstiles are open on the right. Intermittently, it will be Thursday August 30th in the early afternoon.
As usual, I’m going to head down to the Guest and Cast Entrance far down on the left. That’s a manned turnstile with no line.
Briefly, we’ll pop into the Art of Disney store, which underwent a brief refurbishment. You probably won’t notice any cosmetic changes inside, though apparently a few things moved around. Larger for a better look: https://www.easywdw.com/reports5/notbad1.jpg. Considering you’d spend eight bucks on a keychain, $40 for Castle earrings doesn’t seem crazy.
Larger for a better look: https://www.easywdw.com/reports5/notbad2.jpg.
Otherwise, Art of Disney is one of the fancier stores. The Art store at Downtown Disney is the best place for this kind of stuff.
Bad News Bears.
At precisely 7:04pm, here’s a look at wait times, which are about what we could expect. Ellen’s Energy Adventure along with Journey into Imagination, Captain EO, and both Innoventions buildings take their last guests right at 7pm. Maelstrom has a longer wait with heavier crowds in World Showcase. The 60 minute wait at Soarin’ is par the course, but the waits at Mission: Space and Character Spot are indicative of the relatively low crowd level.
But our main focus today is checking out menu changes. Here we are at Fountainview Ice Cream with its new menu:
Ooohhh la la. Most of the items are about 30 cents more expensive. I’m pretty sure the beer choices are new. It’s nice to see the Ice Cream Sandwich and Sundae as a snack credit.
Across the way at Electric Umbrella, there’s a new menu along with new electronic menu boards. Very futuristic:
Compared to the old:
The big change is the replacement of the Southwest Black Bean Flatbread with the Vegetable Flatbread.
I liked the Black Bean Flatbread. The Vegetable Flatbread sounds kind of icky. And while I’ve been advocating Disney’s move away from burgers and nuggets for kids, I can’t imagine a Flatbread with “Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant on Red Pepper Spread topped with Yogurt Dressing” being particularly popular with kids under the age of ten. And if that does sound good to your child, I would probably take them to the doctor. They might be a glitch in The Matrix. There’s also an emphasis on the “Hand Tossed” aspect of the Caesar Salad, both here and at Liberty Inn. I’m not sure who tossed them before. Robots? Without hands? Otherwise, it’s just some price increases.
Let’s head over to Sunshine Seasons on the bottom floor of the Land Pavilion. We’ll go section by section:
Here, we have a “Roasted Pork Banh Mi Style Panini served with a side” replacing the “Reuben Panini with a side.” I have no idea what that is, but it looks like I’ll be suffering through it next time I’m at Epcot. How many of those things do they really think they’re going to sell? I realize Vietnamese-style sandwiches are all the rage these days, but I’m not sure your average Disney World traveler is going to be up for trying one. And to be honest, I thought we were going to be seeing a lot more pandering to the sizable South American contingency, who I’m not sure would be familiar with this sort of thing. There’s a reason they eat a lot of turkey legs. A lot of turkey legs.
Old Asian menu:
Not a lot of changes here. The Vegetarian selection is now an Orange Sesame Glazed Vegan Chick’n Chunks with Stir Fry Noodles at the same price point. We’ll be seeing more of “Chick’n” at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. The Kids Picks is now the Mongolian Beef instead of the Sweet and Sour Chicken. My estimation is that you can get any of the three entrees in a Kids’ size portion, but don’t quote me on that.
Old Salad menu:
New Salad menu:
Here, the specific soups are listed. Both the Chilled Tomato and Vegetable soups sound like hearty snack credits. A Caesar Salad is added to the Kids Picks.
Old Rotisserie Land menu:
Whoa, is that a price DROP on the Chicken? Apparently the Fish is no longer sustainable. And the Pork Chop’s Potatoes are now “Mashed” instead of “Mash.”
The pastries still look good, though it’s kind of hard to tell since the windows were just “washed.”
Back outside to the kiosk in between the Land Pavilion and the Imagination Pavilion.
Slightly higher pricing.
And the super kiosk across from it.
More of the same.
This is a similar Joffreys kiosk to the two we saw over at Animal Kingdom. That’s Universe of Energy behind it.
The menu should look familiar.
Interestingly(?) sales tax is included at these Future World kiosks.
Over at Animal Kingdom, bottled soda ran $2.59, or $2.76 with tax.
Same with the Turkey Leg cart.
Where Turkey Legs are an even $10, compared to the $10.11 you’d pay when tax isn’t included.
Here’s not-tax-included Fife & Drum:
We’ll take a closer look at Fife & Drum when it makes chronological sense, but you can compare pricing in Future World to World Showcase, where tax isn’t included.
Cool Wash across from Test Track has been behind refurbishment walls for a while.
Neil Armstrong had died earlier in the day, so I was trying to get a picture of the moon.
Didn’t really get anything I was happy with.
But it’s the thought that counts, right?
Anyway, continuing on to La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion.
A few interesting(?) changes to the wording. The Tacos used to be “smoked beef brisket.” They’re now simply listed as “seasoned beef.” The Empanadas used to be “Fried corn masa (dough) filled with Chihuahua cheese, topped with green sauce, served with corn tortilla chips.” Now there’s no mention of Chihuahuas or masa and the dish is topped with queso and cream.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never cared much for La Cantina. It’s hard to gauge sizing on these suckers, but you’re looking at about six bites. And we’re not talking monster-bites either. We both know I’m delicate. It’s basically dry beef in small tortillas with a side of tomato for twelve bucks.
The Empanadas weren’t much better. I’ll check to see if the entrees have actually changed in any way other than name.
Old Desserts and Margaritas:
More subtle change. Now you’ll be served “Churritos” instead of Churros. Considering their small size, it’s probably the same exact thing now with a *9 price point like a few of the entrees.
Old Drinks and Kids Picks:
$1 increase on the Kids Picks and a change to the Empanadas.
Moving up to Kringla in Norway.
The new menu on the wall:
I’ll return for better pricing pictures, they hadn’t printed a new menu that outlines all of the options. It’s nice to see the Sweet Pretzel formally identified as a snack credit now.
Previous pricing and a better idea about what’s available:
A few price small price increases. SOMEONE GIVE ME THAT NEW TROLL HORN.
New “drink opportunities.”
Norway drink cart “opportunities:”
You want to know what’s gross? Carlsberg makes “Carsberg Elephant,” which is a 7.2% “Euro Strong Lager.” I picked one up from Total Wine and oh my goodness is it nasty!!! Carslberg is from Denmark for whatever that’s worth. I can’t decide if I want to take the time to put together an “Epic Food and Wine Festival Post” or not.
Moving up to China to check on Lotus Blossom Cafe.
You have to give Lotus Blossom credit. They never raise prices.
Sure the food is terrible, but they could always charge you $2 more for it!
Archival footage of the Joy of Tea stand out on the promenade.
The new menu:
Pricing is currently the same out here as it was before.
They are serving a new Whiskey based drink that I’ve been meaning to try, but haven’t yet.
Moving up to the Refreshment Outpost between China and Germany.
A bad look at the new menu. Lighting’s bad. It’s boring as usual, though this is one of the few places you can grab a (boring) Land Shark (beer) in the theme parks.
One thing potentially worth noting is these Phineas and Ferb treats that are available here, at Fife & Drum Tavern in the United States Pavilion, and Promenade Refreshments near Canada. And possibly other places.
They are kind of sad looking. It is a cookie on a stick with what appears to be an edible sticker on top. Sorry if that’s too “snarky!”
Pressing forward to Sommerfest in Germany.
No major changes, other than Selbach Riesling-Red Label Wine replacing the LIEBFRAUMILCH.
Samesies over at the beer cart. I miss you Spaten =[
Continuing up to the Fife and Drum Tavern. We’ll have to return for Italy and Japan. I’m lazy.
Pretty across the water.
Or how it would appear in the movie “300.”
Old Fife & Drum menu:
Doesn’t look like there are any major changes.
I would have cried if they removed The American Dream. This thing is so good oh my gosh you have to add it to your list. Who knew Icee and Ice Cream were so good together?
That’s a hefty 30.8% price increase on the Frozen Red Stag Lemonade.
I doubt it’s gotten any bigger. It’s actually good though and one of few drinks at Epcot that could be construed as “strong.”
Old Liberty Inn menu:
Nothing too notable. You’ll notice the emphasis on the “Freshly Grilled Chicken” on the Caesar Salad along with the “Hand-tossed bed of Romaine.” Right. It replaces a possibly more interesting Iceberg Salad with Blue Cheese. Pasta with Marinara is added to the Kids Picks. Grilled Chicken replaces Chicken Nuggets. That S’mores Mousse Brownie sounds good. The Chili Cheese Fries at $4.99 sound like an excellent use of a snack credit.
The Grilled Chicken Flatbread was a new item added last year. It’s very good. The “Black Bean Vegetable Burger,” formerly the “Southwest Black Bean Burger” is also a very nice, healthy option.
Also at Liberty Inn, Disney is giving fast food steak another shot, this time in the form of a “6 Ounce New York Strip Steak.” There’s no way it’s good, but I’ll try it anyway.
You may remember their last attempt, which I lovingly refer to as the “Pork Glop Platter.”
Totally disgusting, from the undercooked cornbread, to the mushy corn, to the steak that’s more like an overcooked hamburger. It’s off the menu at Pecos Bill now.
New Funnel Cake menu.
Continuing to the Kabuki Cafe in Japan with a new menu:
Pricing hasn’t increased since it opened in July 2011.
Looking across the Lagoon realistically.
You could edit it to look any way you want.
A little brighter perhaps.
Or with less contrast.
Add a little kaki gori.
Doesn’t look like anything has changed in Morocco.
There or Tangierine cafe.
You know I’ve never actually had one?
Not sure what this wall in France means.
I guess we’ll see.
I had previously mentioned the Sugar Cookie replacing the Shortbread at Yorkshire County Fish Shop.
That’s them sitting on the bottom shelf. I’m not sure why they “literally” have bags of chips. Can you order them instead of the “fries?”
UK Beer pricing.
As a bit of an aside, character training is in full force. We’re in between Canada and the UK Pavilions on the walkway to the World ShowPlace. We have Minnie, Donald, and the Country Bears.
Along with Smee, Captain Hook, Goofy, Mickey, and Turk. All with lines of five to ten people. It’s never guaranteed, but it’s worth checking in the early afternoon if you pass here or to the left of Liberty Inn in the United States Pavilion. You may hit the character jackpot.
The Canada Cart looks new? And doesn’t have any pricing at the moment. I verified that it’s the same boring beers – Labatt Blue, Moosehead, and Moosehead Light. If Disney loved us they would serve Unibroue.
Archival footage of the Refreshment Port.
The Refreshment Port is kind of a hidden gem.
The Shrimp didn’t go up in price and were already one of the best food deals on property. These are the same shrimp that they serve over at Columbia Harbour House and they’re outstanding. The Cajun Tartar Sauce is as amazing as tartar sauce gets.
While potentially not as great of a value, the Chicken Poppers are also excellent. Either would make a great shareable snack if you’re in World Showcase, aren’t in the mood for Fried Fish, and don’t want to have to venture all the way up to Morocco or France to find something to eat. Otherwise, it looks like you’re forced into buying the Waffle Cone now as the Cup is no longer an option. Pricing is also higher on most items.
More archive footage at Promenade Refreshments.
Looks like just some slight price increases.
It’s a recommended Thursday here, August the 30th at precisely 1:57pm. We’ve got your usual wait at Soarin’ of 65 minutes, but FASTPASS is still available and virtually every other attraction is a “walk-on.” I’ve seen a few posts here and there about how the website’s crowd estimates for this past week were “way off.” I can assure you that they weren’t. The weather can have an impact on crowd flow, especially when storms are predicted on Mondays. Wet weather on Mondays tends to push people away from visiting Magic Kingdom, which in turn makes Magic Kingdom busier when the rain finally lets up, which is usually Tuesday or Wednesday. During rain storms, you’ll also find more people at the indoor attractions. If a large storm is predicted, you have two options. Head out to Magic Kingdom and deal with the weather or put it off with everyone else and visit when it’s more crowded.
As far as Epcot on this particular Thursday, it was very light on crowds. This is 1:10pm, so it isn’t like we’re sneaking in at 10:50am and claiming that crowds are nonexistent. Looking to September, it’s only going to get less crowded after Labor Day. But oh my gosh is it hot out.
Per usual, Spaceship Earth is a walk-on at 2pm. When I arrived around 11am, the wait was closer to 15 minutes.
Test Track progress on August 30th.
The water play area across from the main sign up for World Showcase Adventure is behind refurbishment walls.
That about sums it up.