In no particular order from December 6th:
The much-over-hyped “RFID” entrance test is over with the area now boarded up.
That’s Stitch over there in the distance. He remains about as popular as he was when he appeared regularly at Animal Kingdom. Which is to say, he’s giving Pocahontas a run for her money.
Daisy Duck is ever-so-slightly more popular. I’m sure she lets Stitch know it on a regular basis too. Women.
I feel like the candles that are half the size of the Eiffel Tower really bring out the vertical height of the new(ish) wait times board.
Some new silver-y products.
Looks like we have some champagne flutes and a picture frame.
Definitely a picture frame.
Some bottle stoppers. Let me just remind you that finishing the bottle would be cheaper and more fun.
I don’t know if this looks larger or smaller than it really is. It’s very small.
Looks like Duffy is on break. Don’t blame you buddy. Disney is running you ragged with your appearances at Mickey’s Christmas Party too. I would take it up with your union rep.
A Phineas and Ferb youth-size shirt that we hadn’t seen previously.
For your purchasing needs.
This is a shirt or something. It was very wide and very short. I don’t judge, but what kind of a person wears a shirt that is 18 inches wide and 9 inches long?
Should you fit these dimensions. Maybe they are targeting the South American visitor that would wear this as a dress.
Still a lot of stuff for sale.
A 2012 sleep-shirt. Or cut it in half and wear it as a regular shirt. Or if you’re visiting from South America, cut it in half and now you have three dresses.
Cute and a little sparkly. Dibs on this half.
With the closure of “House of Innoventions,” which is an “attraction” rather than either the Innoventions East or West buildings, Innoventions East sort of looks like your grandpa’s basement that doesn’t quite feel safe. We have construction walls and garbage-bag-looking things all along here on the right.
Hope you didn’t have the Mickey burger for lunch or you might not fit. Just give me a call and I’ll ram you through.
Disney has reinvented the meaning of the word “soon.” If you were to ask your significant other when dinner was ready and they said, “Soon, dear,” you would probably expect it sooner than nine months from now.
Virtually no one in line for Sum of All Thrills. This is mid-afternoon and you basically have the place to yourself. Maybe everyone else is stuck behind us in that narrow corridor, which would restrict access to the area.
A bad picture of the entrance to Storm Struck, which is an amusing diversion. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a 3D show in a very small theater. You sit there and watch a storm ravage your house. Then the audience is asked a series of questions with two choices – majority rules. Questions include, “Which way should the front door swing, in or out?” And, “Should we duct tape the windows shut?” Once the questions are answered, the storm ravages your house again. Depending on how you answered the questions, your house will either look really really ravaged or just really ravaged.
It’s just like the Food and Wine Festival, only with 30,000 less people!
Sombrero Donald continues to meet guests. For some reason Disney neglects to add him to the Times Guide, which only makes his lines shorter. You’ll find his meet and greet to the right of the pyramid outside on the promenade.
Mariachi Cobre throws in some Christmas Classics around the holidays. This woman up front has the right idea. She can just set up shop wherever.
The Katsura Grill lied about being open. We’ll catch it later.
Always nice to see a crowd for the live entertainment around the World Showcase. Matsuriza is a talented Japanese Taiko drummer group that is worth seeing on your jaunt around World Showcase.
Getting busier here in the World Showcase as it nears 3pm. Epcot was “not recommended,” which is evident by the 65 minute wait at Soarin’ and 50 minute wait at Test Track we saw earlier. With the relatively low overall crowd, it hasn’t been too bad at Epcot recently.
Alice continues to meet guests in front of the United Kingdom Pavilion. As you walk from Canada, you’ll see her out on the promenade just after you pass the Pavilion and walk up toward the bridge over to France. From France, she’s on the left side before you arrive at the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Mary Poppins meets guests even closer to the bridge that connects the United Kingdom and France.
I haven’t seen Rabbit since that one time I caught him meeting guests here inside the Toy Soldier store.
If you’re looking for some personalized leather accessories (and I mean really, who isn’t?), you’ll want to visit the Canada Pavilion where they specialize in folksy charm like that.
I think riding around on a horse would be more believable than this goofy shirt.
Now this Goofy shirt is a lot more helpful. But you still need the horse. That reminds me, Due South used to be one of my favorite television shows. Talk about a blast from the past!
For Terri, Promenade Refreshments has reverted to its pre-Food-and-Wine-Festival menu.
With one notable exception!
I don’t know…it’s a little too Indiana-Jones-and-the-Temple-of-Doom-esque for me. Now if it was a full size Duffy holding out a bowl of ice cream for me to eat then…WINNING!!! Too soon for a Charlie Sheen joke?
We’ll end today with an…….action shot!
Don’t worry, we have more days. On to December 9th:
We’ve seen this monster beer glass before, but it’s only $14.95!
This chambray shirt on the other hand is:
$84.95. Kind of rough.
I don’t think we’ve seen this ornament holder before. The Mickey head on top is a nice touch. Subtle enough that the neighbors might not pick up on it, but you can still be proud to add it to your collection of only-Mickey-stuff.
Won’t break the bank.
This is advertised as a…
Holiday apron? It’s um…pretty short. But I guess if you’re babealicious and don’t wear it when the in-laws come over for Christmas dinner…
I think you can get an idea about how slinky it is based on the price tag. Remember this is a company that charges $27.95 for an adult t-shirt.
Other than the Character Spot, Belle and/or Beast ordinarily have the longest lines of any of the characters. Aladdin and Jasmine next door in Morocco are a close second.
Over in Japan now, this is across from the Mitsukoshi Department Store and Tokyo Dining. It’s a new sake bar.
There are a couple of standing-room-only tables next door – not that you would need them. The Sake Cocktails and Amasake Mist sound intriguing.
We’ll take a look around at dusk.
If you’ve been hibernating over the summer (who does that?), Yakitori House closed for refurbishment a few months ago. It formally reopened on December 7th as Katsura Grill.
The waterfall and surrounding garden are just as beautiful, if not more so.
It seems like they’ve fit some more tables in here too.
Unfortunately, they are still using the same uncomfortable, rickety stools as before. With limited capacity, they don’t want anybody staying past their welcome – standard McDonalds’ playbook.
Some benches if you prefer.
The interior has a much more modern feel.
The new menu:
Compare that to the old menu:
We’ll try one of the “Recommendation” later. Just one warning – think Angus Pizza Burger.
My only “concern” is that the line to order isn’t long enough. You can see all the people standing up waiting. They’re crowding those eating at tables that are nearby. It’s not their fault of course, but there’s going to be some backups during peak crowds and peak meal times.
Another look up from the other side. We’ll return when it’s light out.
I like this shot.
Very quickly, this is the Dinner Package line for the 6:45pm Candlelight Processional with Isabella Rossellini exactly one hour before it’s set to start. All the way back to Japan.
A better view down here at Mo’ Rockin.
This is the new nuts stand, which is located to the left of Chefs de France where the Belgium Food and Wine booth was located.
Your choices – Almonds or Pecans.
This was a mixture of soft and hard pecans and just little balls of cinnamon/sugar coating. All very sweet. I enjoyed them and it was a nice portion for the price, but very sweet. Very sweet.
I’m moving on Saturday over near Sea World, so I am not sure how much I will be around over the next couple of days.