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Have you seen pictures of this hole anywhere else? That’s what I thought.
If there’s anything I like more than a good refurbishment wall, it’s a refurbishment planter. I would guess Home Depot’s profits are driven almost exclusively by its Disney planter business.
This is what a full queue at Spaceship Earth looks like. Larger in case you want to count the smiles or ascertain exactly how long this line is: https://www.easywdw.com/reports7/imsorrybutyourcrowdcalendariswrong.jpg.
It’s exactly 6pm. If the overall crowd level was anything less than a 9, you’d be looking at a five minute or less wait at this time of day. This is posted at 40 and is probably accurate. I really can’t imagine.
Epcot was the only expressly not recommended Park on this particular Tuesday, but Epcot waits would look nutty any day this week. That’s a 150 minute wait for Test Track and 190 minutes for Soarin’. Yes, Epcot basically operates with two rides anyone wants to go on.
They had turned all the lights off at Habit Heroes LOL. Can you believe that cast members manning the attraction tell you that it’s “like Toy Story Mania?” I’m not making that up.
With the combined wait for Soarin’ and Test Track at 5.6666666666666666666667 hours, the number of people potentially interested in Vision House has skyrocketed to two. If Habit Heroes is like Toy Story Mania, I would guess the cast member here is comparing Vision House to a combination of the Haunted Mansion and Matterhorn. A reminder to please buy Bosch.
Disney continues exchanging the Tyvek (paper) Annual Passes for the RFID-enabled plastic Passes here at the Odyssey Center. You can enter on either side. They can now convert the Premier Passports good at both Disneyland and Disney World.
It’s dinner time and there was “literally” nobody in line for most of the Flower and Garden booths.
That’s a 65 minute wait for Maelstrom. What you see in front of you is an extended queue designed to hold 120 minutes worth of people. You do not want to be at the end of that line. FASTPASS return was pushed out all the way to 8pm – 9pm around 6:15pm. You almost never see the return further than 40 minutes out. And you may remember when I rode a few weeks ago with “literally” nobody in line. There’s a wall up in front of the waterfall again.
Every restaurant was slammed for dinner, to the point where there are actually going to be other people at Restaurant Marrakesh. I couldn’t believe it either. You’d end up waiting 30 to 45 minutes after your reservation time to be seated here at Akershus.
Considering the popularity of the Food and Wine Festival booths, it’s curious that there is little interest in the Flower and Garden booths. I’m not sure if people assume these are something that’s always available or what.
The Bauernmarkt now resides in one booth. You may remember that the beer and food had been offered at separate booths originally. This is actually a change I can get behind as it leaves more room for tables. I would still stipulate that the top of the garbage can is your best canvas for photographs and consumption. This website has “reviews” of most of the food/drink available here, though I would tell you that your opinions will probably be the exact opposite. It’s okay to be wrong.
It was relatively busy here in the World Showcase for 6:30pm, but I wouldn’t characterize it as tres bananas. There is a lot of space back here.
Bathroom construction continues in the United States Pavilion to the right of The American Adventure.
Disney isn’t even bothering with defined queues anymore. I’m still bitter about getting tricked into that $8.50 peach sake.
The line for funnel cakes was 20+ people deep. Americans.
Dinner this evening is at Restuarant Marrakesh, which is all the more authentic with these double strollers parked right outside. You’ll find it relatively hidden away in the back of the Morocco Pavilion, which nobody really visits.
Inside, I would characterize the restaurant as pretty. Disney says, “Stained-glass chandeliers bathe diners in a warm, dim glow, while intricate tile mosaics evoke timeless majesty.” We’ll go with that. Lisa joins us for dinner on what will most likely be the second most romantic meal ever discussed on this website. Sitting next to Craig at Sci-Fi was slightly more romantic. I would guess Lisa will not agree with these statements, but I have banned her IP so we should be good. You might want to dim your lights, light a candle, and read this review out loud in a soft, soothing voice.
Marrakesh is known for its belly-dancing entertainment. When I was in college, for some reason the dorm decided to have a Moroccan themed dinner, complete with belly dancing entertainment. I had arrived before my friends(?) and sat at an open table right before the dancing started. It turned out that the dancers decided their stage was right in front of me, so I sat there awkwardly about two feet away from these half-naked ladies. Your tax dollars at work. Flashbacks to that moment are what caused me to seek companionship for this meal. Luckily(?), my back was to the belly dancing.
From what I did see…I would say that she was very talented.
The Feasts are not available on the Dining Plan as far as I know.
Lisa started with an $8.99 Apricot Brandy, orange juice, cranberry juice topped with DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps. Having just met me, you’d probably start with a drink too. She commented that it was too sweet at the onset, but seemed to become less so further down.
An $8.99 Marrakesh Express – Cruzan Coconut Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, topped with Myers’s Dark Rum. It needed a stir as the rum floating on the top was pretty disgusting. Both cocktails were fine, but this probably isn’t your go-to spot for drinks.
Bread. Fluffy, but not a lot of flavor.
I giggled as the butter was delivered. As far as Marrakesh goes to convince you that their food is authentic, they bring out a plate of Sysco butter packets.
Before arriving, I had decided we would be ordering the Combination Appetizer for Two – Beef Brewat Rolls, Chicken Bastilla and Jasmina Salad – $16.99. Lisa’s heart probably sunk as I ordered, knowing that another course would only prolong the meal. The Jasmina Salad is lettuce, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese in a “mustard vinaigrette.” I thought the salad was fairly pedestrian with a basic honey mustard dressing.
This looks to be an example of the Chicken Bastilla – Baked layers of thin Pastry Stuffed with Minced Chicken and Almonds, Sprinkled with Powdered Sugar and Cinnamon. The other item on the plate is the Beef Brewat Rolls – Baked layers of thin Pastry Stuffed with seasoned Minced Beef, Eggs, Fried and Sprinkled with Cinnamon and Powdered Sugar. I probably should have read the descriptions as these two items were a lot more similar than I was expecting. Also having not read the description, I was surprised that they were sweet with cinnamon being the most pronounced flavor. I think I would describe these as baklava-like. I would probably not order the combo again. The salad was forgettable and two rolls were pretty similar. One or two of the appetizers to share would probably be enough.
Lisa ordered the $27.99 Lamb Shank Couscous – the national Moroccan dish – steamed tiny semolina pasta WHICH IS WHAT I WAS GOING TO ORDER. She thought the lamb was tough and fatty. Lamb does tend to be on the fatty side, but she didn’t seem to care much for it. She liked the couscous and vegetables a lot more. The bite of lamb I stole seemed to be moist and flavorful.
I ordered the $28.99 Shish Kebab – Grilled Tenderloin of Beef with mixed vegetables yellow rice.
This is basically a steak on a stick. The meat was tender, but didn’t have an abundance of flavor. The sauce on the bottom didn’t seem to add much to the profile either. It kind of reminded me of ‘Ohana, though the steak here is higher quality. ‘Ohana would run you $32.99 these days and includes a beverage and dessert. That seems more reasonable when you consider the entree price here was $28.99. Marrakesh offers a similar menu for lunch with prices that are about $10 cheaper. They also have a lunch special where you receive beef rolls, chicken kebabs, and baklava for $19.99.
The restaurant seemed to be on the noisy side when it was at full capacity. Ordinarily, there would be far fewer people inside. It was so busy that there were 50 or more people waiting for tables when we exited around 8pm. Service was rushed, which is probably not the norm. We weren’t half way through the appetizers when the server arrived to clear them out of the way for our entrees. I’m not sure there’s anything particularly compelling about Marrakesh. Belly dancing is available outside on the promenade throughout the day if you want to see her.
If you were to ask me, “What does Epcot need?” my answer would probably not be “Another restaurant in Morocco.” But that’s exactly what’s supposed to be coming. Called “Spice Road Table,” the new Moroccan restaurant will be located out here on the promenade with full glass windows overlooking the Lagoon. People love “IllumiNations viewing” from inside restaurants. Rose & Crown and La Hacienda de San Angel are wildly popular because of their views.