I promised you a picture of the new Yak & Yeti menu with Beef Lo Mein. While the modus operandi of this website is normally to over promise and under deliver, I’ll make one exception in this case because I know how important this is to you. The Beef Lo Mein is new. It replaces the Orange Beef. The Banana Pudding is also a new addition and Triple Chocolate Mousse replaces the “Chocolate Cake.” We’ll come back later for some egg rolls and the pudding.
It’s my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World. No, I’m not talking about the cooler weather. I’m talking about the College Cheerleading National Championships. Is there a better time to run a marginal blog about Walt Disney World? I don’t think there is. Someone was expecting to see a picture of a person wearing a shirt that was two or three sizes too small in a post from a few days ago. I’m sorry that there wasn’t one. This is a pretty good example though.
Rainforest Cafe is excited to be part of the Disney Dining Plan. I’m not sure what “Now Serving Lunch” means. What I mean is that I know what it means. But if they only served dinner, they would not be doing much business for most of the year when Animal Kingdom closes at 5pm.
Here it is – right inside the turnstiles on the left.
The menu. I have wider pictures if anyone actually wants to read it:
Devour the taste of the islands? I’m not sure if I want to. Considering you could put together a meal that costs about $42 here, it’s not a “bad deal” on the Disney Dining Plan. I feel like you would have to be from another planet to drop 30 bucks on a Rain Forest Cafe steak though.
Animal Kingdom is closing at 8pm, but the darkness necessitates a much earlier close for Kilimanjaro Safaris.
The “sports bottle” at Yak & Yeti.
Catching the Parade near Flights of Wonder. It takes it about 15 minutes to get over here.
The Parade!! It is coming right for us!!
Pandering to the LSU Tiger fans no doubt. Considering “crimson tide” is marine dinoflagellate (think plankton), I guess they better not get their own float. That would be kind of gross.
Make sure to check out the backs of the floats and vehicles. It’s often the best part!
You may recall that the Parade now starts and ends to the right of Pizzafari rather than next to Kilimanjaro Safaris in Africa.
Over to the Discovery Island Trails. Do you see it?
I was meeting the designer of my forthcoming eBook, “Best Places to Sip Scotch at Walt Disney World.” We were discussing whether or not it would be possible to climb to the top of the Tree of Life. I think that it would be.
You could easily make it up to the ant. From there, it’s a little iffy, but I think you could do it. If you’re planning to try – please inform me so that I can document it. Don’t worry, I’m no snitch and I’ll try to make sure Disney doesn’t do any irreversible harm to you.
She’s on her way…just a little higher…
A very nicely themed area.
Do you see it?
There it is! A lemur!! I love lemurs. Animal Kingdom needs way more of them. Like 1,000 more.
What a tail!
Endangered. A very tragic story.
If you’re wondering what $11.37 buys you at Walt Disney World, this would be a prime example. We’ve got two egg rolls ($4.49), the banana pudding ($3.69), and a Diet Coke ($2.59)
These are actually pretty good, if not a lot greasy. Not a tremendous value in the grand scheme of things, but not too bad either. I prefer the egg rolls from Safari Egg Roll further down towards Africa on the path that connects it with Asia.
Specifically the Chilled Summer Roll ($1.99). Fresher and lighter.
The banana pudding was a large portion – fairly standard for this sort of thing. It has a simple wafer sticking out of the top, some sort of crumbs on the bottom, and a chunk or two of banana somewhere in the middle of it all. It was a little different. A nice choice if you really like bananas, but it’s very banana-y if you don’t. It was almost too much for me. But I persevered for the good of the website. It’s a nice choice if you’re looking for something cold. Personally, I would shy toward the Frozen Lemonade.
Animal Kingdom was relatively busy today. I have the overall crowd level ratcheted up to a “7” for “above average.” It’s the same crowd level that we’ll be seeing in June once schools start letting out for summer.
FASTPASSes are gone. With Kilimanjaro Safaris closing at 5pm and Kali River Rapids not offering them due to January weather, there aren’t a lot of FASTPASS options.
Kali River Rapids with just a 10 minute wait. It’s about 65 degrees, which is 20 degrees too low to ride. Fast forward to July and the wait will easily be 60+ minutes.
Not too bad back here on the path between Africa and Asia. The trick would be to tour between 9am – 12pm and/or 6pm – 8pm. With the higher overall crowd level, the afternoon is going to be busiest enough that the standby waits at the major attractions are going to be too long.
Florida must be having a sale on beef or something because it seems to be popping up everywhere. We saw the Roast Beef Sandwich as a relatively new addition to the Contempo Cafe over at the Contemporary yesterday. This “Sandwich” at Tamu Tamu Refreshments is new. It replaces the Cheeseburger Basket, which seems to make sense, at least as far as the “theme” is concerned. Now that you mention it, I suppose hamburger is beef too. You’re right.
Disney had added a Pot Roast Sandwich to the menu at Studio Catering Company over the holidays. It’s gone now. Maybe they moved the beef to Animal Kingdom.
The Mango Smoothie is gone too. As is the Chocolate Mousse. Now we have Chocolate Milkshakes and Cheesecake. Such is life.
You may recall that the Mango Smoothie was a smoothie in the same way that a Chocolate Milkshake is a smoothie. So it’s probably a good choice. The fact that it comes with a straw is relatively hilarious. You would be more likely to be able to suck wet concrete through the straw than the smoothie.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is indeed closed. It’s about 5:20pm.
Headed out. I feel like this sign is inaccurate, since that’s really Discovery Island and the Tree of Life in the distance.
We’ll head over to the Polynesian Resort to check in on whether or not they’ve received their batch of resort-specific merchandise. Spoiler – they have. We’ve seen a nice helping over at the BoardWalk, Yacht Club, and Wilderness Lodge. Beach Club hadn’t received theirs when we visited last. All of the Deluxe resorts should have resort-specific merchandise by March if they don’t already.
Disney’s idea of a dollar store item. Actually really cute!
I think that’s the best haul we’ve seen yet. Some good stuff!
And another new item for the “Buy Some, Buy More” promotion:
An expandable duffle. As opposed to the kind of duffle with fixed dimensions.
I’m going to Sea World tomorrow. As you may be aware, I am terrified of undersea creatures. So if I have a panic attack and die – it’s been nice.