After spending too much time going over menu changes and reviewing a couple of new-ish items at Cosmic Ray’s in this post, we venture into the rest of Tomorrowland.
We’ve taken a pretty good look at the blue rocks since painting began, but with the project completed, it might be worth another look:
I am not sure if I am the only person that sees creepy faces in these rocks. I may need to see someone.
Disney added a new Carousel of Progress sign a few weeks ago now.
I think it looks far more handsome than the more cartoonish version that it replaces.
The previous look.
Space Mountain has a new LED lighting scheme at night that’s a lot brighter and more colorful.
The colors change slightly as time passes.
There’s some scaffolding up on the opposite side, which is sort of hard to see.
What is considered by some to be a “secret” path that connects Tomorrowland to the left of the Space Mountain store with the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland next to The Barnstormer, has doubled as a smoking area for years.
If you ever walked the path, you probably noticed that it was littered with smokers most of the way, despite the designated smoking section being just a small circular area that’s supposed to be a bit removed from the rest of the path. Disney has recently installed signage pointing smokers to their designated area. The bad news is perhaps that instead of a faint smell of smoke throughout, you now get a much more concentrated plume as you pass by. Personally, I don’t have a lot of use for walking the path – you might save a minute of time, but you lose the opportunity to smile smugly at all of the people waiting for Tomorrowland Speedway. It’s not all dollars and cents, folks.
Crowds have been inconsistent throughout much of October and into November, which is usual for this time of year as the Columbus Day Holiday, Wine and Dine Marathon, fall breaks, Veterans Day, and more combine to push people towards specific weeks.
Here’s posted waits at Buzz from October 1st through November 5th:
Being an omnimover that enjoys a similar hourly capacity all day every day and one that is not particularly prone to malfunction, Buzz is a good indicator of how wait times are looking on any given day. I’ve also highlighted the Halloween Party dates in green as further evidence at how much lower waits are on those days, even if peak waits are often 45+ minutes. It’s also pretty clear how much busier the middle of the month is compared to the start and finish, in addition to clearly showing how light early November is up until the Friday of Jersey Week/Wine & Dine Marathon Weekend, which was on November 4th.
The 50-minute wait from a couple pictures above was taken during the afternoon of Wednesday October 26th, while the 10-minute wait immediately above is from the afternoon of November 2nd, when the overall average wait was 20 minutes. This is basically a walk-on at 3pm.
But when it gets backed up…it certainly gets backed up…the end of the FastPass+ line is in here somewhere.
Meanwhile, Stitch’s Great Escape remains “seasonal.” It’s supposed to reopen on Thanksgiving Week, assuming there are enough pieces left inside to adequately operate. Luckily, expectations are already low.
The closure is good news for those that push strollers as the area is now used for parking.
But potentially bad news for everyone else. Even if only 100 or 150 people were inside the Stitch building at any given time, it’s still 150 people not somewhere that I want to be. This is people filing through the extended queue of Monsters Inc. on Wednesday October 26th. Granted, it’s an evening Extra Magic Hours day in the heart of Mickey’s Party season. But still.
PeopleMover backups have been an everyday thing ever since FastPass+ was installed however long ago now.
But this is pretty rough from around the same time as the Buzz line and Monsters Inc. pictures above.
Going around on November 2nd, a much less crowded day, at 3pm:
I’ll be at the first Mickey’s Christmas Party this year. Even after throwing every possible discount at it, it’s still going to cost something like $68.
While it’s in no way specific to Tomorrowland, the Refillable Popcorn Buckets are still available. Once you buy it, you can use it at any Park or at Disney Springs for your length of stay.
And ending with the most important change, the merchandise cart to the left of Tomorrowland Speedway is gone.
So there are a number of improvements to Tomorrowland in front of what is hopefully a brand new attraction replacing Stitch’s Great Escape. “Rumors” indicate it’s Wreck-It Ralph, though I can’t remember the last time a blue sky prediction actually came to pass. We’ll move on to some changes over in Liberty Square.