FIRST STARBUCKS AND NOW DISNEY IS OUTSOURCING HOT DOGS TO THE WEINERMOBILE! I DON’T TRUST ANYTHING THAT HAS TO CONFIRM IT’S FOOD AS PART OF ITS MARKETING CAMPAIGN. SICKENING. WALT IS CURRENTLY SPINNING. ON MISSION: SPACE. ORANGE TEAM CAUSE THAT’S HOW THE MAN ROLLS…ER…SPINS. DISNEY PLEASE STOP HIM FROM SPINNING ANY MORE. HE IS TIRED OF SPINNING IN HIS GRAVE.
We’ll head out to Hollywood Studios on the Sunday of Thanksgiving Week. It’s only going to get busier.
In what will probably end up being the most exciting part of this update, the Celebrity 5 and 10 on Hollywood Boulevard is out from behind scrims with Christmas themed windows.
This is 4:09pm, so it’s about as busy as it’s going to get. Add another 30 minutes for Wednesday’s wait times.
So the big(?) news is the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s located where The Narnia Abomination used to sit, which is in between Toy Story Mania and One Man’s Dream.
The official opening isn’t until December 6th, but it has been open in “soft open mode” since Saturday and should remain open up through and then continuing after December 6th.
The main problem you’re going to run into is the wait.
Posted waits have been about twice as long as actual waits so far during the soft opening. The posted wait was 45 minutes when I got in line and it took around 20.
The main culprit is capacity, which is pretty lousy. It seemed like they could have crammed more people in each room and it might end up that they do.
You’ll enter the first room where you’ll encounter the talking skull from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over at Magic Kingdom. Amusingly, I don’t think more than three other people in line had any idea what they were about to experience. Half thought it was actually the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the other half were just in a line.
To confuse things further, the skull has almost exactly the same sayings as the attraction. DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES! Which seems contradictory since he’s a talking skull. But I digress.
After a brief encounter, you’ll move into the next room, which features a pirate ship as the focal point.
And the room is decorated well with pirate paraphernalia:
The attraction is about 11 minutes long.
I may be going against the grain on this one, but I actually enjoyed the show quite a bit.
The show basically relies on projections and sound effects.
There are no actors.
But the quality of the effects was very good I thought.
It’s otherwise “just a pirate ship.” The Kraken is currently attacking us on screen. I recommend standing on the right side of the room so you have a better look at the larger screen behind the ship.
When Disney looks the word “interactive” up in their dictionary, I have to assume the dictionary says that “interactive” is a synonym for “corny.”
There are a few instances of “audience participation.” Here, the mermaids are singing and we’re instructed to cover our ears.
During the Kraken scene, we “roared” back at the screen. I don’t have a lot of experience with krakens. But from what I’ve seen in movies, a small group of tourists in a theme park in Florida roaring is unlikely to stop a mythical sea monster.
Another scene had us yell, “Tell the skeletons to go away! Say ‘Go bones to Davy Jones!’”
Despite potentially erring on the campy side, I was impressed with the entire production. I will say that my expectations were rock bottom after experiencing the tragedy that was Journey into Narnia – Prince Caspian. Talk about terrible.
So is it worth doing? If you’ve been to Hollywood Studios a lot and find yourself looking for something new to do, then I think it absolutely is worth doing. With limited time in the Studios, I’m not sure it would be on my short list unless someone in your party loves Pirates of the Caribbean. If you’re trying to choose __________ or the Pirates Thing, then chances are the _________ would be a better way to spend your time. The scope of most of the Studios’ other shows and attractions would be much larger. But this was a neat display of effects and what may be possible in the future. Disney would have a real winner if they could incorporate this kind of technology into a dark ride or live show. Considering how unrevolutionary (not a word) the new Mermaid dark ride is, it seems like a shame that more of this sort of projection work couldn’t have been incorporated.
More proof as to why we can’t have nice things. Disney had to rope off this sand area outside the building because people were traipsing through it, causing a mess as you can see around it. Amusingly, as I was standing there right after they put it up, a kid decided to walk across it anyway.
Since it has “literally” been open for two days, it’s hard to gauge popularity and wait times at this point. Disney seems to be exaggerating waits so fewer people actually get in line. But it doesn’t take a lot of people for the wait to be 20+ minutes and I think you’re looking at a minimum wait of 15 minutes or so regardless of when you choose to visit. At this point, I wouldn’t make it a top priority, especially in the morning. It just takes too much time – 10 minutes to wait for the next show and then the show itself is 11 minutes. I’d expect actual waits to max out in the 30 minute range. I waited about 20 minutes and it was around 4pm during Thanksgiving Week. I’ll update as things change. Hopefully it will get to the point where wait times are less than 15 minutes.
Here’s a video of the Sparrow portion at the end of the show. It’s really quite good and will probably remind you of the queue for that ride over at Universal Studios that must not be named. I’ll return to tape the rest so my 17 YouTube subscribers can enjoy the full show!
Dinner this evening is at 50’s Prime Time Cafe avec Scarlett from TouringPlans.com and Mr. The Tom Corless from WDWNewsToday.com.
I guess I should have taken pictures of the actual menus in the restaurant! Bad Blogger! Okay, a little redemption. The menu is available at DisneyWorld.com here along with Desserts and the Kids Meals.
Prime Time is a restaurant known for its “antics,” much like Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.
The antics can vary quite a bit depending on where you’re seating and who is serving you.
If you’d like to be harassed by your cousin (the server), as well as have an opportunity to watch the old-time television, request a table with a television next to it in the main dining room.
We were seated in a separate room and didn’t have much of a view of the television and our cousin really didn’t mess with us much.
The only thing we had to do was set the table. Theoretically, the staff can harass you about cleaning your plate, putting your elbows on the table, using soap in the restroom, and a plethora of other stuff.
I’m usually a 50’s Prime Time proponent, but this meal was terrible. The $20.99 “Sampling of Mom’s Favorites” had obviously been sitting under the heat lamps for too long. So much so, that a film had developed over the potatoes. And everything was so salty. I’m guessing I’m going to be carrying an extra 20 pounds of water for some time.
Speaking of food under a heat lamp, the entrees “literally” took less than five minutes to come out of the kitchen. They were so fast to come out that our onion ring appetizer was brought out after the entrees. The server joked that “Mom must be working in reverse tonight.” While cute!!!!!! You at least want to have the guise of food being prepared to order. The onion rings were good – a crisp batter and the sauce had a bit of a kick to it.
The Fried Chicken was the best part – still hot and juicy. Not better than your typical restaurant that specializes in everything fried, but very good nonetheless.
The Meatloaf was the worst – dry and flavorless. I think the heat lamp must have been bearing down on the potatoes because the loaf was nearly ice cold by the time I got around to it.
The “Pot Roast” was more reminiscent of Shredded Beef Mush. But my estimation is Shredded Beef Mush wouldn’t be a top seller. So salty oh my gosh. And not a lot of flavor otherwise. The mushy texture was a turn off too.
And the potatoes were showing their age. A lot of garlic too. On the plus side, the green beans were prepared very well!
Scarlett and Tom both opted for the Fried Chicken – $16.99. Both were happier with their meals than I was with mine. But both confided in me that mine looked gross. Thanks guys!
The Kids Grilled Hot Dog and Fries.
And about half the macaroni and cheese. Considering the kids get an appetizer and dessert along with it, you can’t really question the $8.59 price tag. A great deal if you have kids.
I was not impressed with 50’s Prime Time Cafe this time around. You can’t really excuse entrees that come out in three minutes, long before the appetizers even show up. And someone in the kitchen needs to ease up on the salt. And you could probably freshly plate food rather than have it sit under heat lamps for an extended period of time. And had we gone for the antics, we would have been sorely disappointed too. But the green beans – really quite good!
The cozy bar sits right next door to the restaurant, where you can order a drink and anything off the Prime Time menu.
It’s a cute little area with some Christmas touches for the season.
This is where the Christmas Manger is located this year now that Santa Goofy has replaced Jesus. We took an extended look at the Lights in this post if you missed it.
Herbie’s drive-in should be open during the Lights. You’ll find it close to the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.
Just the regular menu.
And on the Streets of America, you’ll find this kiosk offering holiday favorites.
The Regular Egg Nog for a buck-75 seems like a reasonable price unless the cup holds “literally” four drops. We’ll have to grab a Spiced Egg Nog next time. Disney does a pretty good job with the glazed nuts too.
Otherwise, the Lights are just as beautiful as they were a few days ago.
Tough to get a decent shot with the moon photobombing left and right.
And this small strand of lights was broken.
SHUT IT DOWN.
At least Duffy works. Trying to claw his way into your heart.
My initial reaction to the Pirates Thing is that it’s pretty cool.
I’m not sure how my opinion would be affected if I was expecting it to be awesome.
So don’t let me raise your expectations! It’s exactly 97.4 times better than The Narnia Atrocity though. And that’s a good thing.
June Crowd Calendar, more Downtown Disney Drinking, and potentially another dinner at Be Our Guest incoming.