Heading out to Magic Kingdom on the evening of March 28th for no reason in particular.
Still messing around with the new camera. A lot of motion blur today. This one in two thousand pixels wide: http://i.minus.com/ibaEq1PNPrlrGM.jpg.
It’s 7:31pm. Isn’t it?
People walking right into Stitch’s Great Escape, which is a far cry from the extended queues we’ve been seeing over the last few weeks. If there’s anything worse than Stitch, it’s waiting for Stitch. And then “riding” Stitch.
No FASTPASS return backup at Buzz with a 35 minute posted wait and FASTPASS return at 8:15pm – 9:15pm, or about 35 minutes out.
No green flags required at the PeopleMover.
The Club 626 Dance Party hosted by Stitch, Goofy, Chip, and Dale from 5pm to 10pm this week remains extremely popular.
We’re learning four key moves from Thriller.
Dinner tonight is at The Lunching Pad, which is located in Tomorrowland underneath Astro Orbiter.
Note that there is no “a” in The Lunching Pad. Well, there is. But it’s not in Lunching. I guess we’re eating at the Dinnering Pad tonight. Not to confuse you or anything, but at least there’s actually no “a” in that.
A couple of other common things:
- It’s Cinderella Castle. Not Cinderella’s Castle.
- It’s Tangierine Cafe. Not Tangerine Cafe.
- It’s ‘Ohana. Not O’hana’s. Not really Ohana’s. Not particularly ‘Ohana’s.
- It’s Innoventions. Not Innovations.
And OMG. WOULD YOU PLEASE LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR AND YOU’RE? Read all of these until you figure it out:
I feel better now.
Back to the diagram. There are multiple order windows, but they all offer the same items, unlike Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe where each of the Bays offer different items. The window on the Space Mountain side usually has the shortest waits, but it’s rare to see more than three or four people in front of you at any time of day.
You could say it’s Casey’s Corner Light, in that they serve just three hot dog entrees.
The main reason to come here would be for one of these $4.29 Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzels that are served at just a few quick service locations (Fife & Drum Tavern in the United States Pavilion at Epcot and Pretzel Garden in the Streets of America in Hollywood Studios).
Okay, back to the topic at hand. This is the Taco Hot Dog Topped with Ground Beef, Lettuce, Salsa, and Sour Cream. It’s supposed to be served with Disney Apple Slices or a Small Bag of Chips, but this is another entree that you can order without either for $2.00 less than the stated price. So we come away with the Dog for $6.19 and we can put that extra two bucks towards one of those delicious pretzels instead of a mundane bag of chips or 25 cent bag of apples.
Inviting you to take a bite. Do you want to?
Yeah, me neither really. But hunger makes you do some really bizarre things. Actually, this wasn’t bad. The beef topping and cheese aren’t a lot different than your standard chili cheese dog. The lettuce and salsa add that fourth dimension of flavor that we discovered at the Liberty Tree Inn at Epcot the other day. It’s quite messy and not something you would want to order if you’re looking to impress someone with your hygiene or good tableside manners. I’m not sure I would go out of my way to order it, but it’s a little different from your usual dog and here if it sounds good. It was certainly better than that Burrito Dog over at Fairfax Fare at Hollywood Studios. Click here for a reminder of the Not Hot Dog (warning: graphic).
The main problem with the Launching Pad is the outdoor seating. You’ve just got a few tables with uncomfortable, low to the ground stools with no backs. And most of the people sitting at those tables are just resting without food. My go-to quick service at the Magic Kingdom is still the Columbia Harbour House.
You noticed I “misspelled” The Lunching Pad there and went right for the comments section to point it out, didn’t you? You’re so smart.
One of these days I’ll make a list of my favorite quick service items, since it seems like I just rag on every single thing. The truth is that I ate all the good stuff months ago and I’m slowly working my way through things that don’t sound, look, or taste good. Which is why we’re in a bit of a Disney-quick-service-rut at the moment.
Not as long of a backup at Space Mountain to return with a FASTPASS as this picture might suggest. These people had just walked up and would be through shortly.
Moving up through Tomorrowland where it’s less busy than we’ve seen in recent memory.
What is that popping up in front of my favorite miniature castle? Get out of here Mine Coaster or whatever you are! Shot ruiner…
No extended queue for Mad Tea Party. Just about a ten minute wait.
Our first few images of Dumbo at night didn’t come out all that well. Dumbo really is beautiful flying over the water. It was never “leaked” that water would be a component, right? Proof positive that your rumor mills have no sources. Unless it was leaked like 1,000 times and I live in a hole. I mean I live in a hole, but I mean figuratively.
New Fantasyland is going to look so good.
With pretty LED lighting effects.
I can guarantee it’s going to exceed your expectations no matter how many pictures you see.
On the flip side, The Barnstormer’s track and vehicles aren’t lit whatsoever, which is a bit disappointing.
Fantasyland Station has a new sign.
It used to look like this.
But don’t worry, it still mentions Carolwood Park and the elevation.
Lame picture of the bathrooms lit up at night. I wonder if I can move easyWDW Corporate upstairs into that creepy blue room.
A much shorter line than we’ve seen at any other point for Barnstormer.
It could be a lot worse.
Other than Tick-Tock over at Epcot, this is my favorite thing at Walt Disney World right now.
My dream had been to steal Beast’s Castle and install it in my living room, but I have a new mark now. I will have you.
The smoke billows over the queue.
The poor misfired rocket is smushed up here against some dirt. The detail is just amazing in this single piece.
The train station illuminated for the evening. So much ambiance.
And from the Goofini queue after the train pulled up.
Of course they stuff poor Goofy in the cannon.
The wait ended up being about 15 minutes. There’s enough to see throughout the queue that it wasn’t a big deal though. Disney has come a long way from the old Peter Pan and Dumbo queues.
My knife throwing aim isn’t as good as it used to be, but it’s still slightly above average. Anyone want to strap themselves in?
Explosives, aspirin, and cool hats. If that’s not the trappings for a good day, I don’t know what is. And a big LOL @ Second Aid.
And this was the last picture I got with the Mark III before it went flying out of my hands on the Barnstormer. Just kidding. But the Barnstormer is pretty wild. I’m sure I’m wrong, but it feels like a more intense ride than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, even if it lasts just north of 30 seconds.
If you’re doing Dumbo in the morning first or second thing, I would head over here right after. It’s right next door and the short duration won’t put you more than a couple of minutes behind where you would be otherwise. And afternoon waits are in the 30 to 40 minute range these days, which is pretty long for a 30-second attraction. Barnstormer is fun though even if your group is comprised of adults.
It may be a bit of a challenge for someone tall and/or with bad knees or other parts to get down here and comfortable in the seats. The back on the seats is low and it’s a bit cumbersome to pop up at the end of the ride.
A look at the Barnstormer whizzing by with Dumbo in the background.
Even the signs are beautiful.
On the Railroad. Choo choo! The frequency of the trains depends obviously on how many are running. At this time of night, one was supposed to arrive every seven minutes until 9pm.
Main Street Station.
With the Monorail platform over on the left.
A bit claustrophobic as we travel through a big black box on our way to the Frontierland station.
Make sure you look to your left at Frontierland Station, particularly at night. This overlooks the Splash Mountain exit.
It’s just us if you want to make out a little bit or something.
Over to Mad Tea Party around 8:55pm, just as the Electrical Parade steps off on Main Street. This is an excellent time to visit Tomorrowland and Fantasyland because the Parade doesn’t travel through either Land whatsoever. Over in Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland, we’re not going to be able to move much with the major walkways blocked off and people huddled around everywhere. You’re golden between Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland and the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. Mad Tea Party is a walk-on here.
Winnie the Pooh consistently hits 60 minute waits these days in the afternoon.
Pretty chill over here at Space Mountain with a 40 minute posted wait. Hard to tell what the actual wait is.
The Dance Party still going strong for another hour.
Buzz Lightyear’s wait has dropped over half since we checked last time at 7:30pm.
With the last FASTPASSes still available.
Even Stitch is looking watchable (rideable?) at this time of night.
And with that, I’ll leave you with a terrible picture of the The Plaza Ice Cream Sundae over at The newly refurbished Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. It was right during the Electrical Parade so there were people everywhere. So this is a picture of a sundae on top of a trash can. I shouldn’t have to remind you that this isn’t Disney Food Blog. We’re not a classy outfit. And not everything is tasty.
Can you believe I’m going to say that this was a bit of a let down? Can you even believe I would say that? I know, right? There is just no pleasing this kid. Even if you throw freakin’ ice cream and hot fudge at him, he’s still going to complain about something. But let me tell you! There was barely any hot fudge on it! Almost entirely just ice cream and whipped cream! And the hot fudge wasn’t very hot either! Otherwise, it was really good. There was also the fact that whoever was serving the sundaes:
- Didn’t know how to make them. Because it’s really hard to master a menu that is two things long. And the ingredients you’re accountable for are whipped cream and one cherry.
- kept accusing me of ordering on the “other side.”
But other than that it was really good. Really good.
We have a big day at Animal Kingdom on tap.