Just as an aside. The main purpose of this website is the “crowd calendars.” When you see a major operating schedule update like this April one or a major operating schedule release like this October one, you can reason that I’m in “Crowd Calendar Mode.” That generally means fewer of these sorts of updates while that sort of work is completed. In the future, any whining about a lack of updates during this sort of interim period will result in a permanent ban from the website.
I guess we will join the hordes of irrelevant Disney blogs for a moment and rewind a little bit to meals that were eaten seven months ago and a resort review from a brief visit in 2010. Well, maybe not that bad. But we are going to revisit March 15th and March 18th. Which I guess isn’t that long ago, really. We’ll start with the 18th and work our way backwards.
Work continues on drinking beers that also happen to be served somewhere at Walt Disney World. Boddingtons Pub Ale is good if you like the taste of water mixed with metal. And I mean really. Who doesn’t?
It’s a great time of year to take the Ferry from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom. Highs are in the low 80s this week and the nighttime lows are just perfect – 67 degrees.
I find myself taking the Ferry more and more as crowds pick up moving into Easter and then summer. I was a Monorail bro for a long time, but the ferry ride is so much more comfortable than standing in a cramped Monorail car surrounded by crying children and BOB double strollers.
Looking at the Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower with the Monorail headed right for it. Duck!!
Cropped. My 5D Mark III (camera) preorder still hasn’t shipped from Amazon (jerks). I guess I should start caring about the quality of the photos or people will make even more fun of me.
In the afternoon we don’t have a ton of people waiting at the turnstiles.
With spring break, Easter, crowds, and Fantasyland construction, characters are moving around throughout Magic Kingdom. Here, we have Miss and The Easter Bunny, who will be greeting guests at Tour Guide Gardens (in between City Hall and Chamber of Commerce on the left side of Main Street just inside the turnstiles). They are scheduled intermittently from 10am – 6pm through April 10th.
Over at the Confectionery we have some additional Easter treats.
A better look. Where are they serving the matzo ball soup?
The Main Street Bakery scrim is back up. As we’ll see on March 15th, it had relapsed back to the UPS Store look:
Glad no one on DISboards.com visited on March 15th or this would have BLOWN UP.
Crystal Palace with its usual backup. Even with a “reservation,” you can expect to wait 15 to 30 minutes unless your reservation is really at an off-peak time.
The $3.19 Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace is all the rage at the moment, at least if you buy into the Disney World history blogs or whatever they are. This is vanilla soft serve ice cream mixed with real life frozen orange juice. It was delicious. It reminded me very much of those little cups of ice cream that were half orange/half vanilla and came with a little wooden spoon thing to eat them with. Only much better. If you think Dole Whips are the most overrated thing at Walt Disney World, but still want to fit in (with a superior treat, no less), I highly recommend marching up to Sunshine Tree Terrace and ordering one of these suckers. The item may not appear on the menu, but you should see a sign offering it near the cash register. Pictures of the building and the rest of the menu here.
Tomorrowland Terrace over in Tomorrowland has been open most of the month from 11am – 4pm and should continue to operate until at least the week after Easter.
Here is the current menu (same as the old menu):
I opted for the Pasta Primavera with Shrimp ($9.99).
Briefly, I would like you to imagine what kind of a sauce you would expect to receive on top of an item called a “Pasta Primavera.” An olive oil based sauce, perhaps? A little garlic? Maybe something with cream?
In “Disney-speak,” “primavera” translates “literally” to cold balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing. Accompanied by gummy noodles and gummier shrimp. I don’t have too much positive to say about this one. I was as hungry as any American could be after not eating for three or four hours and even considering those dire straits, this one still didn’t taste good. The cold sauce cooled down whatever may have at one time been hot. The pasta had been cooked some time ago and had obviously been sitting somewhere for a while. My mom is going to be really proud of this final comment though. The broccoli was the best part.
Over to Buzz Lightyear at 3:45pm. We have a 35 minute wait and no one waiting to show their FASTPASS to the cast member at FASTPASS return.
This is Stitch greeting guests in the very back of Tomorrowland to the right of Space Mountain. You could argue that this is where he belongs, but that would be rude. And we are a lot of things, but….wait. Rude is actually one of them.
Chip and Dale were meeting guests over here. You can’t really tell. But unless you’re one of my (many) ex-girlfriends, you can trust me.
Over at Space Mountain we also don’t have much of anyone waiting to show their FASTPASS to the cast member guarding the line.
Popping into Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, which is a nice, comfortable, air-conditioned diversion in the middle of the afternoon. Even with a 35 minute wait at Buzz and an 80 minute at Space Mountain, we had no problem walking into Monsters Inc with a wait no longer than it took for the next show to begin.
I never received my churro.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger have moved over near the exit to Splash Mountain, where Woody and Jessie previously met guests. They should continue to meet there through April 10th. Woody and Jessie are currently meeting guests to the left of Splash Mountain near the walkway down to Adventureland.
They’ve been over here before for one reason or another.
Pirate Goofy has also moved here further down towards Pecos Bill and Frontierland. Normally he meets just to the right of the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. His location here is a little more obvious, if for no other reason than the fact that the line is more obvious.
You can sort of see him up there. That’s all you get for free anyway.
Work continues on the Grand Floridian Resort’s Disney Vacation Club expansion. I guess these are the sorts of pictures we get to look forward to for the next couple years? Maybe I’ll stop.
The full daily analysis along with the crowd calendar image for October should be ready tomorrow.