We’ll pick things up after yesterday’s post on the President’s visit to Magic Kingdom with new scrims on Main Street. Now that I’ve doubled my number of followers on Twitter from 17 to 34 virtually overnight with the tweets from the President’s visit, I feel like I’m going to have to clean this website’s content up. I’m not going to. But I feel like I should.
If there’s anything that gets the Disney blogs/forums erupting, it’s tarps. I’m trying to think of things that are a bigger deal. The truncated monorail hours, maybe. Big refurbishments. A presidential visit. Ummmmmmmm…I think that’s it.
You may remember our last look at the Magic Kingdom scrims from this post.
This was The Chapeau then.
This is The Chapeau now.
Main Street Bakery then.
Main Street Bakery now. A couple more:
It’s no big brown box…but beggars can’t be choosers.
Chamber of Commerce too. All of Main Street should be behind scrims at one point or another over the next couple of years.
Ruining your pictures of Main Street.
I popped over to the Contemporary Resort to do some blogging from the Contempo Cafe. The Internet was fast there – 22.84mbps download and 17.91mbps upload according to speedtest.net. I’m sure it gets bogged down in the morning and evening when more people are on though. For those keeping score at home, the Contemporary does not have resort-specific merchandise yet.
Now over to Hollywood Studios at about 5:15pm to catch the Rock the Night Fireworks. You may remember our Characterpalooza post from a couple of days ago here. Ordinarily, the characters meet in the Animation Building, but Disney had moved them up to the front of the Park. This is just inside the turnstiles on the left side. My assumption is that this is a “one time thing” to help offset the inconvenience of the Main Street closure over at Magic Kingdom and the characters should return to the Animation Building. Here, we have Geppetto and Pinocchio.
Mary Poppins and one of her penguins.
Captain Hook and Smee.
Pocahontas and Meeko. Chip and Dale and Minnie were also meeting.
Hollywood Studios ordinarily features Fireworks only two nights each year – New Year’s Eve and Independence Day. This is a real treat.
Nominal wait times according to the board. It’s about 5:25pm.
Remember how DJs are Disney’s answer to everything?
The Britto figurines are still prominently displayed in the front of the Animation Gallery.
They run $60 each. Only the usual characters were appearing inside the Animation Building – Frozone/Mr. Incredible, Winnie the Pooh, and Sorcerer Mickey.
If you’re wondering why Disney doesn’t offer Fireworks more often, there are two basic reasons. The first is money. The second is that it necessitates the early closure of several attractions, Toy Story Midway Mania included. Toy Story closed at 5pm, Great Movie Ride at 5:30pm, and One Man’s Dream at 5:30pm. Some amount of setup is required for the Fireworks and the “fallout” rains down overhead. Not really the place you want to be during a Fireworks show. With the closure of these attractions, along with Backlot Tour and Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground at 5pm due to darkness, only Sunset Boulevard is basically open. And Star Tours/Muppet Vision 3D.
Most of the quick service eateries had also closed. Backlot Express at 5:30pm. Studio Catering Company at 4pm. Pizza Planet at 5:30pm. So basically Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, Sunset Ranch Market, and ABC Commissary are the only quick service locations operational at this hour. This is the Fried Fish and Fries, which is actually one of the cheaper entrees at $7.49. It’s the same fish you’ll find over at Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom. It’s not much more than “food.” The fish is decently crispy, but it’s certainly nothing to write home about. And those Heinz tartar sauce packets are virtually impossible to open. I’m just saying.
And while we’re here, the 1/3 Pound Angus Cheeseburger topped with three fried shrimp for no reason in particular. It is your stereotypical Disney burger, but the addition of fresh lettuce, onion, pickle, and tomato is a nice touch. And the shrimp are crispy. They ought to start serving a fried shrimp entree similar to Columbia Harbour House. Actually, they should serve the entire Columbia Harbour House menu. What they don’t tell you is that the has the “secret sauce” already on it. Order it without if you don’t care for Thousand Island dressing.
Some new arrivals while we’re in the neighborhood. I guess I’m in the minority when it comes to theme park merchandise – I think they do a great job with it.
Don’t they though?
Launchpad McQuack. So epic.
If Disney released Rescue Rangers and DuckTales on Blu-ray I would advertise it every single day for five years.
Aren’t I fabulous?
I usually look like the “Mornings aren’t pretty” Minnie Mouse version. All day I mean.
Can I get a smile?
Not sure about the target audience there.
The Perry shirt comes in adult sizes now. Which size did you need Darcie?
What does it mean?
Your options. Good stuff.
Here we are waiting for the Rock the Night Fireworks.
One of my favorite drinking games in Walt Disney World is “Who’s That Blogger?” When you see someone that looks like a Disney blogger (typically dorky looking, 25-30 years old, males, big cameras) you chug the vodka you snuck into the Park in a water bottle. That’s the whole game. This bro in the leather jacket is serious. Huge tripod and a microphone. Probably laughing at me and my Rebel XTi.
These sorts of events are very popular with the Disney blogging community. WDWMAGIC was on hand. WDWNewsToday was in the house. InsideTheMagic too. And OrlandoParksNews. Those links will take you to their videos. If you like this website, you should bookmark those if you haven’t already!
Behind us near the beginning of the show.
It was pretty epic. Sorry for using “epic” twice in the same post. But it was. Mulch, Sweat, and Shears is playing live music on the stage in front of Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat. The best line of the night goes to them – “This is where it starts to get expensive.”
I wish Disney would have run this show during the entire Fantasmic refurbishment. It’s pretty awesome. Logistically, having to shut down Toy Story, One Man’s Dream, and Great Movie Ride two hours before the start of the Fireworks is infeasible though.
A nice end to the night. Mr. President, you are welcome any time!