You may remember my WHIRLWIND Walkabout last weekend, which included Magic Kingdom’s Evening Extra Magic Hours until 3am, Hollywood Studios’ morning Extra Magic Hour the next morning at 8am, a look at the Epcot Monorail “situation,” a look at the Magic Kingdom Monorail “situation,” and a review of Pop Century. Well here we are the next day at Epcot.
Here we are arriving around 4pm. This looks kind of like a long line, but it’s actually maybe five minutes at most. It’s a straight shot right into the building. You can see the empty queue to the right and left. Disney is very clever with their winding queues and it’s often difficult to gauge exactly how long they are. It’s not uncommon to see a line “out of the building” at Kilimanjaro Safaris that is actually a 15 minute wait and a queue that looks short from the outside end up being a 70 minute wait.
I was really stoked for these cups when I first saw them over at http://miehana.blogspot.com/2011/07/finally-florida.html. They are ceramic replicas of paper cups that were available at the Magic Kingdom in 1971. However, I was a bit disappointed to see that they were $17.95 a pop and hold maybe eight ounces of liquid. Despite my stature, I have Snow White hands, so the cups aren’t even as big as they appear in my little hands. They are very nicely made and would make a wonderful souvenir, though – just too rich for my blood. They also come nicely packaged in those white/orange boxes. They are available at the Art of Disney Store in Epcot, which is located just past Spaceship Earth (and before you arrive at the fountain) on the right side.
There was a question about Sum of All Thrills and when the best to ride was other than the early morning. Because it’s somewhat hidden in Innoventions East, wait times rarely exceed 30 minutes, even when crowd levels approach a “solid ten.” That’s still longer than we’d like to wait. Generally speaking, the second best time to ride Sum of All Thrills is after 6pm because Innoventions closes at 7pm and most people have moved up to the World Showcase for dinner, shopping, SOME DRINKS, and IllumiNations. The problem with Sum of All Thrills is that its capacity is so small (about 150 people/hour if you can believe it) and just 50 additional people in line can cause wait times to spike. As a rule of thumb, you want to arrive before 10am or after 6pm, but you can certainly get lucky at other times of day. Your best bet is simply to check whenever it’s convenient.
It seems like we spend a lot of time on the left side of Future World, but I guess it’s good the sake of consistency. Not a particularly busy day here, as Epcot was our “most recommended Park.” A 10 minute wait at Mission Space Green, 20 minute wait at Mission Space Orange, 40 minute wait at Test Track, and 40 minute wait at Soarin’. Very good, considering the summer crowd level.
I’ve always been a fan of Yorkshire County Fish Shop, the quick service in the United Kingdom Pavilion, which is where we’re having lunch today. While the food is consistently good, the portion is pretty small for the $8.19 price tag (plus $2.19 for the drink). Chalk it up to the Disney appetite maybe, but this is more of a snack than a full blown meal. It would only cost a few cents to pile on some more fries. On the positive side, we should be hungry again by Norway, which means a stop at Kringla Bakeri. The third image is the view from the benches behind Yorkshire Fish – can’t beat it.
You’re in for a treat if you run into Lindsay and her 21st birthday party.
The Taiko drummers in the Japan Pavilion is what was missing from our recent visit to the Japan Pavilion. Here they are performing.
It’s going on 5pm, which means crowds are heavier than they would be earlier in the day, but certainly not bad.
As promised, here is the Cloudberry Horn ($3.09) from Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion. The “horn” is a flaky pastry rolled with sugar and the inside is a whipped cloudberry cream. Interestingly, the cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) is native to the arctic and alpine tundra and boreal forests that are common in Scandinavian countries (thanks Wikipedia). The cream itself isn’t as sweet as one might expect, but it is still a unique treat. I prefer the school bread, but I’ve seen a lot of people that like the cloudberry horn more. What’s a person to do? Order both.
Here we are checking in at Sum of All Thrills again just after 5pm. The posted wait time is still 15 minutes with probably 30 people in front of us.
Excellent wait times at Soarin’ for this time of year. Anything under 60 minutes is well below average. It’s not uncommon to see 80+ minute wait times at Soarin’ when it’s hosting Extra Magic Hours, no matter what time of year it is.
Not a lot going on at Test Track either. The posted standby wait time is 30 minutes and the single rider line is listed at 10 minutes.
Spaceship Earth is a walk-on, which is why you’ll see me recommend putting it off into the later afternoon. Check out the length of that (empty) queue!
All in all a pleasant afternoon, as it should have been.