I just want to take a moment to thank Halloween for at least giving Disney World an excuse to put off celebrating Christmas until November 1st. Can you imagine when Christmas would start without Halloween? August? September? May? So thank you Halloween. Without you, Disney would be selling tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties with dates in July and I’m not talking about one of those “Christmas in July” holiday bazaars.
The Monorail hours we’ve become accustomed to seeing continue to be in place. Epcot is open until 10pm to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get hammered and swear at little kids, which means the Monorail operates until 11pm.
Just take me where I want to go.
Not quite as involved as the Halloween exhibit, but there’s something to say for these oversized poinsettia things.
Right off the bat we see some nice wreaths adorning the train station. Like the Halloween decorations, we should see another round of stuff added over the next couple of days.
Chip and Dale were appearing out in front of the train station which is rare. The television crews are in town to shoot some commercials and that may have something to do with it. If you ever have the pleasure of watching a Disney World planning DVD or commercial, you can usually pick out about 100 things that are unrealistic. I still remember seeing people standing up on the Tower of Terror on the commercial and was so surprised to see that it was a seated attraction.
A nice Photopass opportunity out front as well.
Pluto also appearing. Pluto should be near the flag pole and Chip and Dale belong in Tomorrowland.
Some wreaths on Town Square Theater. We should see some additional decorations in the next few days.
On the light posts:
We’ll see some other designs in a moment.
Toy Soldiers and candy canes.
The other side of the Train Station looking good as well.
Another Photopass opportunity. Remember, all Photopass photographers are more than happy to take a picture with your own camera so you can take advantage of these shots as well.
Sorry, this is a little dark.
But the real gem is to the left in Tour Guide Gardens:
This would be a great place to put Duffy during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!!!! Or Santa Claus closer to Christmas….I guess.
Even the Popcorn Cart gets into the action.
Looking up Main Street, we see the usual Christmas decorations.
Some nice details.
Mickey wreaths, of course.
The Confectionery is looking good. Let’s see what’s inside. We’ve seen almost all of it in Holiday Merch Parts 1, 2, and 3, but here are some “new” items.
Here we go. These are happy holiday cards with this year’s holiday design. Looks great.
A quick peek at some of the holiday cupcakes and cookies. That’s it. We’ve already seen everything else!
Moving along. I love these giclees!
Not that much though.
The Crystal Store is still behind scrims. They are amazingly realistic.
Some blown glass ornaments.
Precious, like almost everything else.
Most of the time I would tell you that you can do pretty much anything you want to a Disney employee and they can’t do anything but smile and apologize, but this is one guy that I would not take my chances on. Who knew Lex Luther retired to work on glass?
Some Burberry-esque scarfs:
I like sequins as much as the next bro, but you have to draw the line with sequin epaulets, right?
At least you have your choice of colors.
How on earth would you wash this thing?
Not holiday specific, but some more fleece throws:
You knew it was going to happen – Disney Snuggies:
The Mickey is more navy blue rather than black. Maybe if it came with built in underwear too or something. Wait…am I on to something?
I know how you feel Minnie.
When I saw the tablecloth with arms, I briefly thought that it might be one of those items that looks stupid on you (not you personally, it’s a figure of speech), but babealicious on your girlfriend/wife/one night stand. Here they have it modeled on a somewhat feminine mannequin and it looks okay, but I think the standard oxford shirt and tie (loosened) would be a lot better.
A bad shot (the story of this site), but this is a really cool shirt. Most of what you see is “sparkly” against the black shirt. Very cool.
Another wall of ornaments. Full size for more detail: https://www.easywdw.com/reports/ornamentwall2.jpg
The elusive happy holidays mug:
Kind of rough for a coffee mug, but it does come in this box!
Some sort of Mickey Snowman snow blowing device:
You press the button and the snow bounces around inside of the globe.
A light up snowman necklace thing:
Not the most Disney item I’ve ever seen.
Pen and sticker books.
More ornaments, this time in a nicely wrapped package:
CDs and DVDs. Party like it’s 1999:
There was a question about the back of that gray Santa hat from yesterday’s post:
It does indeed say Grumpy.
Happy New Year!
Minnie headpieces. Don’t think we saw it in silver previously.
A wall of hats.
Finally, an adult sweatshirt:
Of course it’s LAME!
The current buy more…buy more promotion.
For 14 bucks that better be real gold.
Back outside for another look at the backside of the Photopass shot near the front of the Park.
A walk around the Magic Kingdom. Make sure you pop into the Tinker Bell queue to make sure the wait is as long as the sign indicates.
Probably closer to 25 minutes, but it depends on the length of interaction and who’s getting pictures. The line certainly gets a lot longer than this though.
The dorks are really excited that the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse queue is being extended or something. Gut it and put in something worthwhile as far as I’m concerned. The Tiki Room also sucks. There, I said it. I’m not saying it sucked in 1965, 1975, or even 1985, but it sucks in 2011. And 2012. And 2013.
Speaking of the Tiki Room that sucks, the Sunshine Tree Terrace refurbishment now necessitates the 14 people that see any particular show to walk this corridor.
Short wait for Jungle Cruise with FASTPASSes 40 minutes out.
Not a lot of people in Caribbean Plaza (boss edit: this is Adventureland).
Or inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Golden Oak Outpost with no menu, no staff, and no operating hours. You may remember my review that lambasted their “Flatbreads.” It seems like I wasn’t the only one.
But the wait at Splash Mountain was five minutes at 6pm.
And 20 minutes at Big Thunder Mountain.
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade opened after a lengthy refurbishment. The 14 people that watched Tiki Room are also excited about this. They won’t pay the $1 it costs to play, but they like the fact that it’s there.
Nothing’s changed as far as I can tell. The exterior and roof were basically replaced, but that’s about it.
The Heritage House in Liberty Square is now full of holiday merchandise. It’s located just past Hall of Presidents on your way to the Hub or just before the Hall of Presidents on your way to Liberty Square.
This may or may not be a robe:
Or a fleece something or other? Sorry I’m not much help.
Expensive for something that is entirely boring.
Yet another set of ornaments, this time with engraved words.
I’m not sure what the deal is with the Princess and the Frog characters, but they’re virtually never out. Even here, their line is cut off so no one new can enter. Another line forms outside the actual queue in anticipation of the next time they appear.
Their gazebo is nicely decorated for the holidays though.
99.99% of people walk by the silhouette cart in Liberty Square, which is located directly across from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments.
But it’s one of the most unique, most economical souvenirs you can purchase on Disney property. Just make sure they get your good side.
A look at Haunted Mansion before popping into Columbia Harbour House for a snack.
This is the vegetarian chili from Columbia Harbour House. Obviously, it would be better with beef, but it’s also one of the better vegetarian snacks. It’s full of beans, corn, and to a lesser extent, mushrooms and olives. It has a bit of a kick to it, but not overwhelmingly so. It is Disney after all, so you can be sure it will appeal to most palettes. At $4.49, it’s not necessarily a tremendous value, but it’s restaurant quality and a nice choice if the vegetarian in your group is looking for something hot to eat that isn’t a dessert. Recommended, especially because it’s served piping hot. Also, the clam chowder here is amazing.
A shorter wait at Haunted Mansion at 6:30pm.
I should point out that Magic Kingdom is our most recommended Park today. No wait at it’s a small world.
Lean crowds in Fantasyland.
Still the longest waits of any attraction at Peter Pan’s Flight.
Actually a short line.
At Snow White’s Scary Adventures too.
I hopped on since Snow White’s days are reportedly numbered. Seven minute “actual” wait.
I don’t care how high the heels are on this thing, it’s short.
The “interactive” queue at Winnie the Pooh is closed this week while they tinker with it. The FASTPASS entrance is the only viable entrance at the moment (which feeds into the much larger queue). 20 minute wait.
Castle Forecourt decorations:
Let’s play “Find the Dreamlights:”
Did you find them? We’ll take another look later….when they’re lit up.
Heading over to Tomorrowland behind a large glob of people for some reason. Not sure where they came from. Ask the TouringPlans.com data.
Buzz Lightyear with a 20 minute posted wait.
FASTPASSes still 40 minutes out as they almost always are.
A 30 minute posted wait at Space Mountain. This is probably the hardest line to gauge without actually getting in it.
FASTPASSes also 40 minutes out, which is rare for this time of day.
These poor people waiting for Stitch.
A garbage picture of the holiday decorations lit up.
The Castle is looking good prior to Dreamlights.
Dreamlights is preceded by a five minute show feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, the Fairy Godmother, and Cinderella. Mickey and Minnie get in an argument about how to decorate the Castle (women, typical) and the Fairy Godmother ultimately lets Cinderella decide how to decorate it.
Cinderella ultimately chooses right.
Cinderella’s Holiday Wish is scheduled Saturday night at 7:15pm, but will happen at 6:15pm every night for the rest of the holiday season.
I remember when the Magic, Memories, and You show was officially announced and it was largely met with disdain by the “Disney online community.” As it turns out, the show is awesome. It’s amazing. I hope they continue it in one form or another through next year (wink).
Of all the viewing locations for the Magic Kingdom fireworks, I think the Ticket/Transportation Center is the most neglected. The truth is that the soundtrack is piped in just like the Polynesian Beach or the Contemporary Resort. Yes, it’s hard to hear the soundtrack closer to the ferry boat dock where the view of the fireworks is best, but it’s hard to hear at the Polynesian and other spots.
The view at the Ticket/Transportation Center is almost as good as the Polynesian Resort and much easier to access. If someone in your group is adverse to the noise of the Fireworks, but you want to give them an opportunity to enjoy them (or you want to walk them back to the car while the rest of the group enjoys the fireworks), then you might want to consider the Ticket/Transportation Center.
Really, it’s a good spot.
Animal Kingdom on Sunday.