For Part 1 and the new Tinker Bell Meet and Greet in particular (with new pictures of the actual Meet and Greet inside the Veranda), scroll down to the following post or click here to be taken directly there. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ACTUALLY KEEP UP WITH THE WEBSITE. Enjoy.
Here we are picking things up at around 9:30am. Admittedly, I don’t get on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin very often, but it offers some outstanding views of Adventureland. In a similar vein to TriceraTop Spin at Animal Kingdom, Aladdin generally runs at half capacity for the first hour or so of operation and possibly even longer when crowds are lower. You can basically walk on to the attraction and disembark three minutes later.
Aladdin and Jasmine were hanging out at the exit. It would have been fun had they hopped on the carpets with some lucky guests like Alice has been known to do at the Tea Cups, but it didn’t appear like they were interested. If you’re wondering why Aladdin is pointing, I yelled, “Who runs a slightly above average amateur blog about Disney World?” And he knew what was up.
We’ve been looking at a lot of crowds at Magic Kingdom over the last month or so and you may think I’ve snuck in a picture from mid-September or something to trick you. But no, this is actually today’s morning crowd at 9:35am. This is why I’m always begging you to arrive prior to Park opening.
More emptiness. Convinced? Our “most recommended Park” status helps too.
Doesn’t get any better than this at 9:40am. Wait times at Peter Pan are virtually always in the 40-60 minute range in the afternoon, regardless of crowd level.
Not a lot of people lined up for Rapunzel. If you were to get in line now, it would be about a 25 minute wait before you got through meeting her.
I had commented on Thursday that the tarps over Enchanted Grove weren’t exactly working, but Disney has already replaced them with these well-themed tarps. It almost looks like Enchanted Grove!
I’m a little late getting back to the person that asked about the “sport bottles” throughout Disney World. It’s the bottle to the right of the “Monster” Energy Drink. Designs vary by location, but they’re all this same basic shape.
No wait for tin-foil-hat Chip and Dale.
The Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade had been scheduled at 10am through most of July, but should move back to 11am for the foreseeable future (in addition to two other times later in the afternoon). This actually helped keep a lot of people near the entrance throughout the duration of the Parade, which is about 20 minutes in total.
Another pass through the Tinker Bell Meet and Greet at 10:15am. What we’ve seen from these new Indoor Meet and Greets is that they’re significantly less popular than their established outdoor counterparts. The Adventureland Veranda isn’t exactly a well known meet and greet location. Generally speaking, people don’t get in a line they can’t see. To get in line for the Fairies, you would need to know where they’re located and that location simply isn’t obvious. We can expect more attention to the Fairies once Ariel and Eric return to the Porch area. People will inherently see the line for that Meet and Greet and figure out the Fairies are inside. At least that’s what I’m expecting to see happen. I’ll keep a close eye on wait times moving forward.
Few people in Adventureland or Frontierland at 10:15am.
Reasonable waits at two of Magic Kingdom’s headlining attractions. I hopped in line for Splash Mountain and the actual wait was six minutes. Not bad at all.
More people around at 10:45am, but still far from “heavy crowds.”
Here we are on our way out at 11:10am. If you’re wondering how I keep track of time throughout all of this – I take a lot of pictures of clocks.
There’s still a lot of talk regarding the reduction of monorail hours. Express monorail (long) lines have looked like this for the last month, pretty much all day, every day. While the Resort Monorail line has no one in it, the Express Monorail line would still be quicker because more vehicles service it and it’s a direct route. The Resort Monorail would be more comfortable though because you always run the risk of having to stand on the Express route. We’re headed over to the Ticket and Transportation Center and then Downtown Disney.
While it is Saturday, which is one of the busier days at Downtown Disney overall, you’ll never find it busy in the early afternoon.
I guess “Vinylmation” is the big thing at the moment, but I’m just not into it. These guys are $45 each and while they’re “limited” to 1,000 pieces, they’re still widely available here and online.
We’re headed to Portobello’s Meatball Bar for lunch today. As embarrassing as it is, I have not been to Portobello in 2011. From the site’s review, you might gather that we basically have a “hold” rating on it. That is to say, it’s nothing to go out of your way for, but it’s not the end of the world if you end up at it. Not a lot of people eat at Portobello and you won’t see a ton of reviews on it, mostly because it’s not on the Disney Dining Plan.
This is the Meatball Bar (as stated above the bartender’s head there). You can walk right up and take a seat at your convenience. I was interested in the meatball sliders, which were purported to be three for five dollars.
Here they are. Three meatball sliders for $5. Can’t beat that on Disney property, I guarantee you. They have three varieties of meatballs – beef and veal; spicy pork; and chicken. You can mix and match at your pleasure. I ordered one of each. The spicy pork was the most unique, though, all were excellent. I also ordered the European Pilz beer from Orlando Brewing Partners, which was much better than I had expected. I’m planning to return to Portobello for pizza and pasta in the near future, at which point I can update the past review. Those were the types of dishes that were previously lacking. While I can’t adamantly recommend Portobello as a restaurant, I can certainly recommend the meatball sliders and a beer at the bar. The bartender was extremely friendly, helpful, and efficient. You aren’t going to do better for five dollars.
The Portobello Dining Room. Interestingly, the parent company of Portobello also owns Fulton’s and Wolfgang Puck Cafe.
Overall, a very pleasant afternoon. Arriving early really is the key and lunch at Portobello was cheap, fast, filling, and tasted great. Can’t beat that.