We’ll make a quick stop at Magic Kingdom to check out the Halloween decorations and Hub construction progress. Other updates in the pipeline include an in-depth look at what’s going on at Animal Kingdom with menu updates, Avatar discussion, and the new Grilled Vegetable Stack at Harambe Market. I’ve also got Part 2 of the Trader Sam’s review and a look around the Polynesian, maybe a Wave dinner review and of course, the blowout reviews that are the Disney Vacation Club Villas.
It’s September, which means it’s Basically Halloween as Mickey’s Party season ramps up beginning next week, which is actually later than usual.
The Halloween decorations are relegated to Main Street and to a much lesser extent, Liberty Square.
Anybody who has visited over the last few years will recognize most:
Around Town Square:
Up and down Main Street:
The decorations offer a nice opportunity to take seasonal photos along Main Street and otherwise don’t disrupt the other Lands’ atmospheres.
Central Plaza looks better than it has in however long it has been since the project started. 18 months?
Walls remain up around one of the turrets on either side of Cinderella Castle.
A short wall stands directly in front of the Castle Forecourt Stage as Dream Along with Mickey plays here throughout the day.
The show being performed.
The project is supposed to largely conclude by the end of the month, and it looks like it’s going to take that long here as just about everything is being rebuilt behind the scenes.
The grassy area that replaced the Rose Garden and Swan Boat Dock is mostly done.
Walls have come down.
From the other side.
Looking at what they ended up doing with the space, one wonders why they couldn’t have just kept the rose garden intact for the most part.
But it’s pretty.
Walls still do line the walk up to the bridge over to Tomorrowland as work on the final piece of the puzzle on this side concludes.
More evidence that the end is near…but not that near.
The Adventureland side.
Princess Tiana’s gazebo remains vacant as construction continues on Skipper Canteen. You can find her in Liberty Square in the old Heritage House space in the meantime.
There isn’t a lot of visible progress on the Adventureland side.
Skipper Canteen has walls now sort of.
It’s still hard to imagine that the restaurant is expected to be operational in 12 weeks.
Behind the Castle, Castle Couture is behind scrims.
And the crane that aids the Dreamlights’ installation is on-site as it will be for the next two months or so.
The crane on one side and the scrim on the other behind Cinderella Castle will undoubtedly drive a few hundred pages of posts on the DIS. MY VACATION IS RUINED.
A better look at Castle Couture.
The nice thing about early September is the crowds. This is Labor Day Monday and Anna/Elsa are at 45 minutes at 6pm.
Last Wednesday will likely be one of the least crowded days of the year overall. It’s not every day you see Big Thunder Mountain with an average wait of 12 minutes. Jungle Cruise is 9 minutes. Space Mountain is 19 minutes. It’s almost unheard of in the FastPass+ era. But even then, there are attractions that see 45+ minute waits like Peter Pan’s Flight, Mine Train, Mickey Mouse, etc. You do still want to take advantage of booking FP+ for those priority attractions in advance, just like you would over the much busier summer. I often say the difference between a “2” crowd level and a “7” crowd level is what you can expect to do at 11am. The mornings run like clockwork if you follow an intelligent plan, but in July you’re largely out of luck at anything with a posted wait come noon. Here in lower crowds, you can still walk on the majority of what are historically secondary attractions.
Even on the day I visited – a non-recommended Monday and a national holiday, things are more than manageable.
These sorts of wait times only last for a couple of weeks in September. Once October hits, we’ll be back up to below average to average level crowds for the most part.
That’s what’s going on.
See ya real soon.