Note From The Boss: Somehow Josh negligently forgot to click “publish” on this post. He will be punished. This is very old now – January 9, 2012.
Let’s see. We’ve been to Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom. I feel like there’s one that we’re missing…but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Typhoon Lagoon Epcot, here we come!
Not too crackin’ over here to the right.
Even here, fewer people at the turnstiles that are just a few steps further away from the bag check lines, including no one at the furthest open turnstile. America…
New flowers. Since condiment pictures aren’t putting this website on the map, maybe pictures of flowers will.
Is it working? Is traffic up yet? Can you hear me now?
So they take Lilo and Stitch away from the Animal Kingdom, where their line is virtually always 30+ deep. And keep him standing off to the side just past inside the entrance at Epcot, where you don’t even need any fingers to count how many people are in line.
Marching up to a two minute wait for Spaceship Earth. It’s just after 4pm.
Not sure this one ends well, Bambi.
Now that it’s boring season, Epcot’s itty bitty wait times board shows both sets of attraction wait times at once. Then it does a funny little screen saver scene with gears and axles. Then it shows the wait times again.
The Vacation Club super-kiosk has reopened after a brief refurbishment. Why doesn’t anyone get up and arms over walls around the DVC kiosks like they do over scrims on Main Street? Don’t you want to know the secret?
The logo is new. I bet they went through like 85,000 different color combinations.
Sort of makes me want to recheck my bank account to make sure I don’t have the million dollars to plunk down on one of those Grand Floridian units.
The (Le) Chateau Frontenac is my favorite building in Walt Disney World. It looks like there should be something awesome inside, but there isn’t.
In fact, there’s nothing back there. The building looks great though after coming out of a lengthy refurbishment in December.
Monday (the 9th) marked the first day that Winnie the Pooh and Tigger moved from the Toy Soldier shop in the United Kingdom to the International Gateway. Signs throughout the UK advise guests. Which is funny because virtually no one would have found them inside the store.
Winnie the Pooh used to meet behind this wall. The Kidcot Station is still open. That dad looks like he’s pretty into it to the right there.
There they are.
They look familiar.
The world’s most expensive slush. My dad used to joke about clam chowder that didn’t actually have any clams in it. He would tell you that they put a clam on a string and dipped it in. It’s funnier when he tells it. Instead of me trying to explain it. Anyway, I’m not sure if you can put Grand Marnier on a string or not.
Should you wish substance over style, you can request that they put your slush into one of these cups rather than the martini-style cup that they default to. Looks like about $9 worth to me…
I’ve mentioned this in the past, but my favorite World Showcase act is Serveur Amusant in the France Pavilion. Make an effort to see them!! And get down from there!
All of those chairs are balancing on those bottles at the base!! Just look!! GET DOWN FROM THERE!!
The grass in between the France and Morocco Pavilions is again behind bushes. Over the holidays, there was a stand selling almonds and pecans. During the Food and Wine Festival, the Belgium booth sits back here.
This isn’t as relevant now as it was last week, but this is the line to meet Jasmine and/or Aladdin in the Morocco Pavilion. Aladdin and Jasmine are so far away you can’t even see them. If you’d like to meet the characters throughout the World Showcase, and Aladdin/Jasmine and Belle/Beast in particular, plan to arrive about ten minutes before they’re first scheduled to appear. Mexico Donald, Mulan, Snow White, Marie, Princess Aurora, Mary Poppins, Alice, and Winnie the Pooh/Tigger usually see shorter lines.
The Fife and Drum Tavern in the United States Pavilion is the second location in Walt Disney World that I’ve seen Mickey Shaped Pretzels available. The other is the Pretzel Cart in Frontierland.
After you get over the whole “I’m taking a bite out of Mickey’s face” thing, they are quite good. If you’ve seen them anywhere else, please post a comment!!
Tutto Italia in the Italy Pavilion is behind walls through at least April 27th.
A long wall.
At this point in January (the 9th), the Christmas decorations were still up.
The area between Germany and China is also shrubbed off.
The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats continue to perform in China. The faces people make during this particular act are hilarious.
It gets to the point where you don’t even know which way she’s “supposed” to be facing.
I’m pretty sure all of these cups are glued together and the “liquid” is really some sort of solid glued into the interior of the cup, but I honestly don’t care one bit.
Not too busy. It’s around 5pm on a “Most Recommended Day.”
Sailor Boss, I mean Duffy, is back. After sporting extra-cute Halloween and Christmas outfits for the past few months. Maybe he will have a bunny outfit for Easter.
It’s time for dinner. This is the Pork Chop from Sunshine Seasons. $11.99. It’s awkward to eat a large piece of meat, covered in sauce, with a large bone in it, with a plastic knife and fork. I feel like I’ve heard good things about this one. And to be 100% honest with you, immediately after I ordered it, some guy whispered in my ear, “Good choice.” So I felt like it was a good choice. But it really wasn’t awesome. The Pork Chops were just sitting in a bowl waiting to be served when I ordered it. It wasn’t bad. Not particularly moist. It would probably be better if it was a little fresher. We were eating an early dinner around 5pm, so the food wasn’t exactly flying off the shelf. But $12 is a steep price for quick service. You can get table service lunch at a few places with prices in that range. For a quick service credit on the Disney Dining Plan you’d be doing well, but I wouldn’t order it out of pocket again.
Until next time.