Sorry about the hour or so of downtime this afternoon. Server problems. The story of my life.
We’ll pop into Epcot for a moment on the afternoon of April 10th. Disney is going ahead with the Test Track refurbishment beginning April 16th, despite it not showing up on the refurbishment calendar at DisneyWorld.com and hearing nothing about it at all from the company since January. This is the same company and website that lists Liberty Square Riverboat refurbishments four months in advance. And a company that usually files permits to fix bathrooms a month or more before work is scheduled to begin. They just filed the Test Track paperwork yesterday, apparently. It’s a pretty bizarre handling of the most significant refurbishment that I can think of in recent memory. Obviously closing an attraction like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom for five months is a big deal, but Magic Kingdom at least has a dozen more major attractions to help distribute crowds, including Splash Mountain right next door. At Epcot, you’ve really just got Soarin’ and Test Track. Sure, there’s Mission: Space and a few supporting attractions, but nothing anywhere close to Soarin’ or Test Track in terms of popularity. Soarin’ is going to get absolutely hammered this summer. While this website does not usually focus on the poor state of some attractions, I will say that Soarin’ is in terrible condition. The screen appears to be filthy and the film itself is riddled with artifacts and other nuisances. I would have fixed that before tackling Test Track.
Now back to the smiles, sunshine, and hand holding that this website is known for. We’re at Spaceship Earth at 4:08pm. Unlike last week, where we saw both sides of the extended queue completely full virtually all afternoon, we have just one side full. That’s still a much longer line than you’ll ordinarily see for it. Even during the summer, when crowds are heavy, Spaceship Earth is virtually a walk-on after 3pm. That hasn’t been the case over the first two weeks in April.
Another new batch of flowers in Epcot.
Wait times at 4:10pm. Way too long to wait for Soarin’ or Test Track, but still shorter than last week where we arrived to a 105 minute wait at Mission: Space.
I know how you feel Minnie. Every morning.
It’s like if you’re a Disney character you aren’t allowed to wear pants. Is costuming really that cheap?
I liked these Hawaiian shirts.
Subtle enough that maybe your friends wouldn’t make fun of you for wearing it right off the bat.
They are $49.95 each.
Less subtle, but just as fun!
A few more choices.
Go ahead. Pull it.
I guess I shouldn’t comment on whether or not I think anything is new since in the last post I said a Tower of Terror shirt was new and then linked to a post where that same shirt was pictured. I never said I was good at this.
Might have to pick up the bottle opener on the top shelf, but I feel like it would be confusing to have ten kitchen utensils with the same top.
Can’t buy it or I would have the urge to fill it with cookies.
For your tea.
The neighbors would probably have you committed if you showed up to the neighborhood picnic with these Mickey Corn Holders.
Catching up with Tick Tock. He is always trying to get me to move Captain Hook a little closer.
Mickey and Minnie continue harvesting.
Popping into Duffy…I mean Disney…Traders across from Duffy’s Meet and Greet. Someone had asked about pictures of the Duffy outfits. Most of them are available at DisneyStore.com. If you were to call merchandising, they could pull up the outfit if you describe it, so the sku numbers aren’t really necessary.
It’s full of Duffy merchandise:
Tell him you hate him to his face. He’s wearing bunny slippers for crying out loud!
Is this panties-on-the-head Duffy? As I recall, Buzz Lightyear is sort of a baller.
Sombrero Duffy is an excellent drinking buddy.
One person waiting for Duffy across the way. I wonder at what point Disney will give up on Duffy.
Headed up toward Mexico where it just isn’t out of control.
Always nice to see live music out on the Promenade…..even if it is mariachi. I’m practicing my Norwegian opera singing skills with hopes to get hired sometime in November 2019. Mostly for the girls.
We’ll take a look around the Pavilion while we’re here. The new camera should allow me to capture some shots that would have been unthinkable with the XTi.
The beautiful Stave Church. I would say Norway is my favorite Pavilion, but I think I could say that about every one (except Canada because it’s based on Canada).
I have been to Oslo. Again, mostly for the girls.
The side with Kringla Bakeri seating and bathrooms to the left.
Most people don’t realize you can go in. But you can! This isn’t Hollywood Studios after all.
Inside is a small room with authentic Viking artifacts.
I hear a lot of crazy stuff trolling around Walt Disney World, but I think I heard the stupidest conversation ever in front of this map. Please don’t read the next few sentences if you’re down to your last brain cell. This is going to kill it. They were arguing over why “the Americans” didn’t attack the Vikings. I don’t want to say that they were from New Jersey. But they were from New Jersey. Bigger map: https://www.easywdw.com/reports3/americanlanding.jpg.
It’s worth taking a moment to pop your head in and check it out. Though you sort of just did.
In part two, we’ll have lunch and take a look at the treats at Kringla Bakeri. We’ve got a look at some Norway merchandise, The American Dream, the Bead Outpost, and more! So much more!