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According to WDWMAGIC, The Land Pavilion and Character Spot are going to be open until 10pm during the Test Track refurbishment, while the rest of the Park closes at 9pm as usual. You may also remember that most of Future World closes at 7pm. Ordinarily, Circle of Life, Living with the Land, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Journey into Imagination with Figment, and Captain EO close at 7pm. It doesn’t sound like those attractions will remain open late. I’ve been trying to obtain confirmation on exactly how this is going to work, but haven’t been able to. Not that this website isn’t well connected, but “literally” no one seems to know. Will Soarin’ issue FASTPASSes for 9pm – 10pm? Will Circle of Life be running? Will the Monorail run until 11pm? I’ll try to check on things on Monday, but it’s a little late for me to be out. Mother likes me in bed by 9pm.
Also according to WDWMAGIC, Disney is going to have an a cappella group performing at Test Track. On one hand, it’s nice that they’re doing something. On the other hand, it’s tragic (hilarious?) that people are going to be absolutely stoked about riding Test Track, only to find that an instrumentless singing group is in its place. Remember, the Test Track refurbishment isn’t listed on DisneyWorld.com as of today and the refurbishment begins Monday. If you don’t follow “Disney planning sites,” you would likely have no idea that Test Track is going to be down until you arrived at the attraction. Then imagine plodding over to Soarin’ only to find waits are 100+ minutes and FASTPASSes are gone. It’s an ugly situation. While I’m not ordinarily of the mind set that one closed attraction is a “deal breaker” or will “ruin your vacation,” there’s no debating that a lot of people have Test Track on their “must ride” or “top five favorites” list. The refurbishment is necessary and should come to pass, but the handling of it and lack of communication from the Walt Disney Company are suspect. There’s absolutely no reason why Test Track isn’t listed on the refurbishment schedule. The question may be when it’s reopening, but Disney has certainly put up refurbishments and then extended them afterwards. Dumbo over the last couple of months is a good example.
Norway is behind us. “Literally” as they say. Continuing up through Germany, it’s nice to see people interested in the train set.
This kiosk should disappear in about two weeks when Tutto Italia reopens. It hasn’t been terribly popular, but there’s always a line around peak meal times.
$9.00 for a 16 ounce Moretti seems pretty crazy for a beer that ordinarily runs $7-$8 for a six pack in stores.
I prefer the La Rossa dopplebock, which is 7.2% alcohol versus the 4.6% in the usual Birra Moretti Euro Pale Lager. La Rossa is available at Via Napoli and I would assume Tutto Italia when it reopens. In either case, Birra Moretti is really just a small part of the Heineken conglomerate and nothing particularly special.
Headed up through Italy where it isn’t terribly crowded. Just as a reminder, it’s 5:35pm this past Tuesday.
Tutto Italia is supposed to reopen on April 28th.
And through the United States Pavilion.
Stopping at the Fife & Drum Tavern in the United States Pavilion.
The current menu.
Nothing says “The American Dream” like two flavors of Fanta Icee mixed with vanilla soft serve. DisneyFoodBlog.com turned me onto this one. It’s amazing and some of the best $4.00 I’ve spent at Walt Disney World. Icee + ice cream = genius. If you’re looking for something cold and refreshing around the United States, this is definitely on your short list. Plus it comes with one of those straws with the little spoon on one end. Love it!
Walking over to Japan. We should be looking at even lower crowds as we progress through the rest of April. I’m happy to see Easter behind us and would have happily fast forwarded through the past two weeks if anyone would ever trust me with the remote control.
The Kabuki Cafe in the Japan Pavilion is now offering the hot food items that were originally on the menu, but never actually offered.
We’ll give it a whirl next time.
The current Rose & Crown menus:
I’m running back out to Epcot this evening and we should see an update to the May operating schedule and release of the November operating schedule on or around April 20th, though it could come as soon as Monday the 16th.
Have a good weekend!