Sorry about this one. It looks like the length sort of got away from me.
In case it isn’t blatantly obvious that this website is desperate for content, today we are headed to Epcot to look at flowers and visit the Morocco Pavilion. Actually that is only half true. We aren’t headed to Morocco. Just kidding. We are not that desperate for content. What I am working on now is a “character prioritization list” that lists the characters you can expect to find in the Parks along with pictures of them, where they’re located, how long the lines are etc. I think that will be helpful. That and a transportation overview. I finally have bus/boat/walking times for just about every possible combination of travel imaginable. It will look good in a chart.
But today we are headed to Morocco. And yes, we are still headed to SeaWorld. I am trying to borrow my roommate’s friend’s son to take with me. That is the reason for the delay. He has a schedule whereas I am more flexible.
It’s around 2pm on Sunday January 29th.
Only the far left turnstiles were open. Normally we’ve seen one or two open down here on the end, but crowds are so low right now that staffing is considerably lower than it was a month ago. Does that mean we’re going to be walking on Soarin’ at 4pm? No, but we’re looking at fewer people now than we’ll see virtually all year. We’re talking 20,000 people in Epcot rather than 40,000.
It may seem like I’m a little obsessed with flowers. That isn’t necessarily true. As I’m combing the various Disney websites and forums, I often see complaints about how little effort Walt Disney Company is putting into its theme parks. There are a few major whines. With Epcot, it’s the Lights of Winter and some of the Future World Pavilions. Disney doesn’t put up the Lights of Winter for Christmas and the Imagination and Universe of Energy could use some work. It’s true. But I love the fact that Disney plants new flowers throughout the year according to the season. You might remember all the red and white from Christmas. Now we’ll be seeing a lot more purple. It’s just beautiful. I love it.
A couple of minutes to wait for Spaceship Earth. Not more than three I would say.
Pink and white outside Electric Umbrella.
Popping into Mouse Gear, there is no shortage of Phineas and Ferb merchandise these days. The platypus may be replacing Kim Possible Adventure in the World Showcase. And he may not be.
Action figures, toys, plush, apparel.
That’s a camera on the top left there with some CDs, DVDs, and other sorts of items below.
Plenty of choices. We have seen at least half of this stuff in past posts, but the backpacks and a few of the other items are “new.”
Disney has just released more of the “Mine Mine Mine” merchandise, which is the reason there are three “mines” in the title.
Check it out:
Some of it has been around for a while, but that should be all of it. I particularly like the tumbler.
I think it would be weird to rock a women’s cardigan, but I might anyway. It is Disney World after all. I would still be better dressed than 97% of the people there.
This pillow fell flat on arrival.
The Candy Wall at Mouse Gear. They have a few options.
Apparently Epcot is gearing up for the Flower and Garden Festival, which begins March 7th and continues all the way to May 20th.
This is all last year’s merchandise.
Might end up picking one of these suckers up. They are $10.95 if I recall correctly.
These sorts of things all just look like murder weapons to me. Watched way too much Murder She Wrote in my youth.
Just want to chime in that we should see some additional merchandise as the Festival’s dates near.
It’s still Christmas at Mouse Gear too. With just a few racks – all full price.
I fell in love with these reusable Mickey ice cubes on the left. 24 for $5.95 isn’t bad at all. You put them in the freezer and the liquid inside freezes. Sort of like a Disneyfied whiskey stone. I put them in everything now. Toss a couple in the bathtub with me. Carry a couple around in my pockets. Put some in my scotch.
These should be replaced in just a couple of weeks for the Flower/Garden Festival.
This used to be the Christmas Tree plot at the base of World Showcase. We’ll be seeing some topiaries here too I’m sure.
It’s in the middle of the afternoon so this should be prime World Showcase time. Doesn’t look too crowded to me, but I’ll let you be the judge.
Some of the nicest flowers are located in the Canada Pavilion gardens.
An “Up” hop-scotch(?) on the ground in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Flowers out in front of the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Mary Poppins was out meeting guests with one of her penguins. The penguins aren’t out in this location very often. This is the first or second time I’ve ever seen one.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger meet out here near the International Gateway through Thursday.
These ladies were wasted at 4pm. Singing, dancing, and ruining my flower pictures.
Lunch is at Tangierine Cafe today. For a better look at it, check out this post: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/tangierine-cafe-morocco-pavilion-minor-quick-service/.
Here it is. I am not sure what it is about the Tangierine Cafe, but I have always received what I would consider to be “unfriendly service.” The type of service where the person behind the cash register acts like you’re inconveniencing them greatly simply by wanting to order something? It is a little odd. For whatever it’s worth, she asked what I wanted to drink. I responded with a cup of water. She smiled and quoted the price and then the cup of water wasn’t on the receipt. I don’t know if that’s obnoxiously nit-picky or not, but if you follow this website, you might know that I rarely complain about service. This was peculiar and always has been.
This is the Lamb & Chicken Shawarma Platter – $13.99. Excellent, as usual. It’s a nice choice if you’re looking to share because of the quantity of food and the fact that you can easily attack it with a couple of forks. Sometimes splitting those Pork Sandwiches isn’t pretty. While the price is a couple dollars more than most of the other options, I’ve always felt that it was worth the extra coin. And on the Disney Dining Plan it’s closer to a no-brainer. The meat is shaved off of vertical roasters and then placed delicately on your plastic plate. Topped with a tzatziki (think cucumber) sauce, all of the meats are excellent. The lamb is my favorite, but the chicken offers a bit of variety. The bread is fresh and pairs nicely with the hummus. I could do without the tabbouleh, but it certainly isn’t terrible. There’s only a couple of bites anyway. This is my favorite of the Epcot World Showcase quick services. The Mediterranean Sliders don’t come recommended by me though.
We’ll take a look around the Morocco Pavilion while we’re here. I posted the full Restaurant Marrakesh menu yesterday here.
We’re on a roll with these flowers.
The Art of Personal Adornment? That does sound like something I might be interested in. Did you know these doors open? It’s right across from the side entrance to Tangierine Cafe.
It’s a beautiful space that probably 100 people see on any given day. The official word is that King Hassan II sent Moroccan craftsmen and artists to create the tile work, carvings, mosaics, and wood work. All in all, over 18,000+ pounds of handmade, handcut tiles were used in the creation of the Pavilion. So yeah, it’s a little more than just restaurants.
The promised adornments. I would look good with a dagger, am I right?
But I think I’ll stick with my collection of Launchpad McQuack shirts. Although I like that hat.
Water is going to be huge soon I’ve been told. Might want to get in on that!
It’s a small area so you can get in and out in just a couple of minutes. I’m not sure I would recommend it for those of you looking to make out in private because you never know when a blogger is going to pop in and start taking pictures.
Going a bit deeper into the Pavilion.
See, it’s not just restaurants. There are stores too.
No one was manning the wine bar.
It is basically called “Amazing” so it must be at least good, right? According to this, it runs about $9 a bottle from one of the exporters.
Don’t worry, there’s more coming!
It feels like an “outdoor market” back here – very cool.
We’re going to be seeing a lot of this Cortas Rose/Orange Water. If you’re wondering what it is – “This is a food grade rose water that can be used for cooking, flavoring your drinks, icing, or to use in your moroccan rose water sprinkler to sprinkle on you and your guests after dinner. Use also as a lovely fragrant rinse for your hair, a fresh and fragrant body splash, or as a toner for the skin.” You can sprinkle me with rose water anytime you want.
Just about everything is for sale.
Some tiles perhaps?
Or a phone call?
Continuing through the Pavilion for more stuff:
It is the “to go to” place for kebab seasoning.
A lot of items – from made in China trinkets to handmade Moroccan wood.
I feel like we’ve progressed far enough that we’re ready for Volume 2.
More stuff out here.
This camel struck me as possibly being in “poor taste,” but who am I to judge? Those fez hats are very popular. At least to try on and take a picture.
A free shipping offer to rival Disney’s.
Another table of “trinket-like” items.
These lamps are $22.75. As a blogger, I think I am supposed to formulate a question to promote commenting. So let me ask you, if you found a genie, would you prefer “Genie” from Aladdin or “Jeannie” from I Dream of Jeannie? Personally, I’m hoping for Jafar.
This fountain wasn’t working. And I’m pretty worked up about it! Close the Morocco Pavilion! I think I had mentioned a long time ago in this post about people that whine about the current state of Walt Disney World. The “blogosphere” was exploding over a video of Splash Mountain where the animatronics in the final scene weren’t working. Like this one from our friends over at TouringPlans.com:
“It is understandable that some guests may not want to subject their children or even themselves to “bad show” at Walt Disney World.”
Actually buddy, I think most people visiting in January are absolutely ecstatic that they have an opportunity to ride Splash Mountain at all, since it’s almost always closed in January.
The animatronics work now of course. But things happen.
Over to the Fez House, which is really more like the Fez Room.
Another very pleasant area.
I would probably put a roof on my house though.
That sums up most of Morocco Proper. Out here on the promenade is another shop.
The henna tattoo artists are located out here.
I call this the book of classy. It has your henna tattoo options – they are about $20 each.
Inside you’ll find most of the stuff that we’ve already seen. There is quite a bit of redundancy in Morocco, but a lot of unique items as well.
A hat? It’s one of those things where I don’t think the headpiece matters.
$7.75 for finger cymbals.
Or a snake. Kids, toss one of these in your parents’ bed and see what happens in the morning.
One last stop. The Moroccan drink kiosk.
Non-alcoholic? Does not compute.
Aladdin and Jasmine meet out on the promenade throughout the afternoon.
Oh, and of course there is Mo’Rockin. Sadly they were off Sunday and Monday so this is a canned picture from an evening performance.
Moving over to the United States Pavilion, these flower beds sit in the back. Completely unnecessary, but Disney does it anyway.
A nice mixture.
More pink in front of Liberty Inn.
I’m not an expert in design, but it seems like planting trees in the middle of your theater’s seating area is a poor decision.
Getting to be a little too big for your britches I see.
With Tutto Italia closed for refurbishment and the reasonable weather, Via Napoli’s outdoor seating area is popular.
Closed through April. We’ll have to get our $34 plate of spaghetti fix somewhere else.
This should do. Italy is using its “temporary” Food/Wine Festival kiosk while Tutto is closed.
Looks like larger portions of some of the same food that was available during Food/Wine.
Not sure what to do about crowds of this magnitude.
Flowers along the walkway over to China.
Kind of a hodgepodge over in Norway. But who cares, Norwegians are beautiful right?
Over to Duffy.
Wait times according to the board around 5pm. I would guess Soarin’ is a bit inflated at 70 minutes, but everything else is nominal.
The big red Mickey is still there.
Now we’re at the Ticket and Transportation Center.
We’ll take Villains.
An even larger variety.
Every once in a while, I’ll see a question about whether you can take a taxi “directly” to Magic Kingdom. The answer is “no” in that you’ll take/pick up the taxi at the Ticket and Transportation Center where you can transfer over to Magic Kingdom on the monorail or boat.
Headed over to the Polynesian Resort because I have a letter to mail.’
Up to the Kona Cafe Sushi Bar.
Where you can order:
I’ve heard good things, but never dined here before.
And the Kona Cafe dinner menu:
Always a good choice. But I feel like it’s so “unheralded” that it’s “very heralded” now.
And over to the Grand Floridian for some resort merchandise pictures:
These are sweatpants.
This last one is actually a really nice sweatshirt. The Grand Floridian’s merchandise is sort of annoying in that it’s located in three different stores. Right now, we’re in the “men’s store” upstairs.
And the “women’s store downstairs:”
It says Grand Floridian on it.
A journal of sorts.
And over to the sundries:
That’s as much merchandise as we’ve seen from any of the resorts I think. Which makes sense since people staying at the Grand Floridian have money.