Am I the only person weirded out by the fact that it’s November? It seems like the RealFeel was 114 degrees at 11am just the other day (i.e. Florida any day in June, July, August, or September). Maybe it was all those late nights at the Food and Wine Festival double fisting mimosas, but it seems like October whizzed by. Such is life. Anyway, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it’s not Halloween anymore, which means it’s Christmas. We’ve got the first night of Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and Castle Dreamlights at Magic Kingdom tomorrow at 7:15pm. That’s scheduled Saturday at 7:15pm and then at 6:15pm for the rest of the holiday season. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off November 8th. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios begins November 10th (and has been extended through January 7th 2012). Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom transforms into Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade on November 10th as well, with the help of a couple of holiday wreaths and some Santa hats. Holidays Around the World and the Candlelight Processional return to Epcot beginning November 25th. Not to mention all of the resort transformations, Goofy’s Wild Wonderland in Animal Kingdom, and the rest of the theme park decorations. It’s one of the most fun, most special, most exciting times at Walt Disney World.
We’ll pick things up today (November 3rd) at Hollywood Studios.
There is this tree in front of Hollywood Studios now. It’s big, fake, and doesn’t have much of a Disney theme at all. I’m not sure if that makes it tasteful or lame. One and the same probably.
A details shot.
I’m always crestfallen to see that Sounds Dangerous isn’t operating. Every time I visit I hope that it’s my lucky day. I’m not sure why Disney opted to add a second Fantasmic tonight, they certainly didn’t need it.
This is one very tall cast member or one very small tourist. One and the same probably. Not very busy here at 4:25pm.
For George – I thought this t-shirt was hilarious. Mickey should know he isn’t allowed up front anymore though and assuming he’s the driver, I would hope that he’s watching where he’s going. Actually, the fact that Mickey’s driving and isn’t paying attention would explain some of my more recent monorail rides. My favorite monorail is pink or magenta or whatever it is that leaks, wobbles from side to die (boss edit: I think you mean side here), and has a max speed of 12 miles per hour.
Here’s some more holiday merchandise, this time found at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Hollywood Studios. Most/all of it should be available in the various stores at the other theme parks as well.
The gray Santa hat is “new.” $19.95. My favorite is the Minnie Mouse, but I’m a sucker for anything with a bow.
I don’t think we’ve seen these two stockings yet, but maybe we have. $22.95 each.
This year’s holiday tote:
For Halloween, someone made fun of me by saying that what I called a “tote” was a trick-or-treat bag. I assure you that the proper name for this bag is “tote.” I really like this year’s holiday design.
Counting down to Christmas:
There are tabs for each day and you lift them up as the days pass. The expiration date leads my brain to believe that there’s most likely candy inside.
A set of four Rice Crispies Treats Special Recipe:
$9.95. Here’s a more readable look at the ingredients: https://www.easywdw.com/reports/crispiesingredients.jpg.
Green candy corn? I’m not sure. Festive though.
I love Peppermint Bark. If you see Peppermint Bark Haagen Dazs at the grocery store, OMG BUY IT!!! “My” Sam’s Club has 28 ounce containers for five bucks. A steal. It’s heaven.
Back to ornaments:
Good looking for $10.
More antenna toppers. The red Mickey head ornament with Christmas lights strewn around it is actually really cute – this is just a bad shot of it (typical). The snowman is also wearing a Mickey Ears hat. $3.95 each.
I guess if you have four cars? Not sure why you would pay $18 for four when they’re $4 each and you could pick out which ones you wanted. Maybe there’s more to it or more in there. I’ll put on my Inspector Gadget outfit and check it out tomorrow.
You could do a lot worse for seven bucks, but they could make some interesting pretzel shapes or something to spice things up a bit.
I’m not sure what you do with this:
Whack your sister with it? But you could do that with anything! I’ll investigate.
This is a Minnie Mouse apron…I think:
Sorry I’m so bad at this. These were nicely folded and I didn’t want to screw up the pile considering how weird I was being taking pictures of everything. It said it was an apron though and it appears to be extremely cute.
Blurry shot of yet another ornament set.
A wall of ornaments. Full size for a better look at the details: https://www.easywdw.com/reports/ornamentwall.jpg
A variety of plush in pajamas. OMG my heart is melting. That’s the expression right? Sounds sort of grotesque. Anyway, these are precious.
A couple more:
And Pluto in a Christmas sweater!!! In pajamas we have Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, and Mickey Mouse (possibly others).
These cookie tins always strike me as colossally overpriced:
$19 for 20 ounces? 20 cookies for $19 sounds a little better. We’ll see the popcorn tins a little later.
Another pajama set:
A little less slinky than the last one.
Another shirt – note the scarf detail.
Spendy, but cute.
I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I don’t wish I was a girl. Wait. What I mean is, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish it was socially acceptable for men to wear girly scarfs with Mickey sequin details.
We’ve seen these before, right? If not, here’s a blurry one. $29.95 each.
A holiday-y watch without being overtly holiday-y, in my opinion:
A nice item for someone that doesn’t necessarily want something in red and green.
A watch with a band for every occasion. $39.95 – UPC 400112779175.
Time to give that wallet a break. Hollywood Studios was a recommended Park today (November 3rd). Pretty good wait times. It’s 4:40pm here.
Some star decorations on Sunset Boulevard.
Diving back in. This is the same tin as the cookies, only filled with popcorn rather than cookies. You had that much figured out already, right?
Take a breath. Cut up those credit cards. Whatever you have to do.
Kind of expensive.
Not Christmas related, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish I was four years old again.
Another shot of those scarfs from earlier.
Like the other ones more.
I’m not exactly sure what these are?
Set of 3 Glass Christmas Trees? They look like dunce caps for very small people. $34.95.
More items in this style.
I feel like this is the sort of glass Maleficent would use to serve poison with a smile:
Or boxed wine.
Pretty, but not really my style. I prefer gaudy. More gaudy than this I mean.
Very short waits and FASTPASSes just 40 minutes out at Tower of Terror.
Same story at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. 30 minute standby wait and surprisingly FASTPASSes that are also just 40 minutes in the future.
Rare for this time of day.
Looking back up Sunset Boulevard. Not too busy.
We’re headed over to Fairfax Fare to pick up a “Power Pack.”
You can order one of these as a kids’ meal on the Disney Dining Plan or pay out of pocket. They’re currently only available at Fairfax Fare, which is located across from the entrance to Fantasmic on Sunset Boulevard.
You may remember my reviews of these little beauties. I wouldn’t risk it.
A menu reminder:
Apparently they are still giving people trouble with the side items on the hot dogs. You may remember my trials and tribulations trying to get a side of beans when the menu was incorrect the last time. Now they don’t even want to give people a bag of chips! I’m surprised this place isn’t more popular with the Disney Dining Plan crowd, considering the $14.19 combo that is very similar to the one found at Cosmic Ray’s in Magic Kingdom.
This is the Power Pack, which is served in this cute container with a handle on the top. Anyone can purchase a kids meal at any of the quick service locations. After all, when’s the last time you saw an eight year old buying something by themselves? I get a funny look every once in a while (probably because they assume no woman would actually have a child with me), but they can’t question you. Physically can’t.
And spreading out.
It’s hard to say whether or not this is a good value. You get a pretty good size cookie, string cheese, package of Goldfish, package of baby carrots, a Danimals yogurt, and Mickey Milk for $5.49. It’s actually a pretty decent amount of food for the price and probably around 600 calories combined. It seems like this would be a good choice if it’s meal time and your child proclaims they’re “not hungry,” even though we both know they’ll be “starving” in an hour. They could eat a couple of the cold items now and you could pack the Goldfish, cookie, and possibly the string cheese or carrots for later.
Disney is upping the number of little play areas for kids. We have a few games the kids can play (bag toss, hula hoop, and other sorts of games) while the adults enjoy their meals.
Toluca Legs Turkey Company remains closed, with the Jumbo Turkey Legs continuing to be available at Fairfax Fare.
Mulch, Sweat, and Shears playing at Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat to larger crowds than they attract on the Streets of America. They’re a fun little diversion.
Reportedly new characters are coming to the Animation Courtyard Meet and Greets. Handy Manny and whatever these people-characters are aren’t very popular.
I’m reading Sam Gennawey’s new book, Walt and the Promise of Progress City. It mentioned that some of Walt’s handmade miniatures were on display in One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Prior to his plan for Disneyland, Walt planned to build a set of miniature scenes from throughout America’s history and transport them around the country on a steamtrain.
Most people that pass these items probably don’t realize their significance (your author included). It’s amazing to see something Walt actually built with his own hands.
Over to Pixar Place, where we find the always available crowds:
This looked like it was actually a 65 minute wait, with the line spilling out the door.
The Toy Story Meet and Greet is one of the few that has a posted wait time:
Long. Hard to tell how accurate it is.
A decent wait for Backlot Tour as well:
The Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show just ended and people invariably exit and head to the nearest attractions, one of which is Backlot Tour. Try to avoid it for 30 minutes after Lights, Motors finishes up. In other words, Lights, Motors usually starts at 1:20pm and 4:30pm. Avoid Backlot Tour from 2pm – 2:30pm and 5:10pm – 5:40pm. Note that the last tours leave around 6pm.
The Osborne lights are kind of creepy when they aren’t turned on. These angels sort of look like spiders hanging on webs.
Just a few more days!
The “Night of Stars” was tonight. It’s a fun talent show of sorts for members of the Disney Internship program. The Premier Theater in Hollywood Studios isn’t quite as much fun as the House of Blues (where it’s often held), but a fun event nonetheless. It’s a chance for some of the entertainment interns to show off their non-Disney-related skills to their peers. Everyone dresses up and it’s a lot of fun.
Not much of a line for Phineas and Ferb at 5:45pm.
A funny non-Christmas-themed shirt.
This Perry shirt that was available at Mouse Gear is also in the Muppet store in Hollywood Studios.
Christmas pins and a special holiday lanyard on the far right.
Star Tours with a 10 minute posted wait – basically a walk-on.
A look up Hollywood Boulevard just before 6pm.
Walking over to Epcot from Hollywood Studios.
The BoardWalk is looking good.
Authentic pricing and everything.
These people will more than likely kill someone.
Hitting the wall at Epcot. For one reason or another, this section in the United Kingdom Pavilion is always the most crowded. Seriously, there’s no way around it unless you get here before 3pm.
A bad picture of the Winnie the Pooh and Rabbit Meet and Greet inside of the Toy Soldier store in the United Kingdom.
The store is located inside of the courtyard, near the gazebo that houses the cover-band-du-jour. Just walk in the store and head straight back. You’ll also find the Kidcot station in the store. Very few people know that Winnie the Pooh and friends meet in here and lines are usually less than ten people long.
Not a ton of people in line at the very popular Ireland booth.
Thinning out a bit here.
People around for sure.
Short wait times:
Epcot was the “most recommended Park” today because it’s the second least crowded day of the week there, behind Monday. Each of the next three days will be significantly more crowded with even heavier crowds in World Showcase and longer wait times all day in Future World.
Round 2 at Mouse Gear:
Cute wine glasses in the same print as the shot and low ball glasses. Sort of subtle. Your neighbors will still think you’re nuts, but at least they’ll commend you for going about it the right way.
A wine cozy:
It’s easier to just carry your boxed wine in a backpack than one of these things.
Ornament holders in case your mini-tree runs out of room I guess. $8.45 each.
Not sure how this works:
What are we counting down to? The apocalypse? Does the apocalypse come gift wrapped?
For those of you that thought the Skiing Mickey cards were too subtle:
The other set came with two more cards.
Another classy choice.
Plenty of choices.
Not sure what this does:
For $30, I feel like it should do something.
Something I would be happy to put on top of my Chanukah Bush.
And underneath it.
Can’t imagine these will last.
Another good topper…or hat.
Liking this too.
I think you could have a fight with these. Cheaper than a few plastic Jack Sparrow swords.
Wheeeewwww. Out to World Showcase. Not too crowded over here.
Or here. There was actually no one in line at the Italy booth.
The food items, minus the cannoli:
The Ravioli Di Formaggio All’Emiliana (Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Beef Bolognese Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Melted Mozzarella) – $4.50 is probably one of the safest items at any of the Food/Wine booths. It has a hearty layer of cheese on top of a baked ravioli filled with more cheese. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was “heavenly,” but it was definitely one of the better items I’ve had and a decent value for the money.
Cappellini con Gamberi Piccanti (Cappellini Pasta with Spicy Shrimp) – $5.25 is one of the spicier items that probably doesn’t appeal to a lot of people. I didn’t care much for it either. The shrimp were gummy and the pasta a mixture of hot and cold noodles that were bizarrely chewy. With six shrimp on a bed of pasta it isn’t necessarily a terrible value in and of itself, but it’s a pretty gutsy choice.
Heading out via Germany.
Test Track still had FASTPASSes available at 7:40pm for 8:30pm – 9pm with a 15 minute standby wait and a 0 minute wait in the single rider line.
No one arriving just before 8pm.
Another good day. Headed out to Magic Kingdom tomorrow for more merchandise, a look at crowds, and the Castle Dreamlights show.