Work continues on the Grand Floridian Resort’s Villa addition as Disney pushes toward the official October 23, 2013 opening.
I imagine each contract comes with two free Guest Assistance Cards. FOR THE PRICE THEY’RE CHARGING THEY BETTER.
Starting August 1st, “I’m too rich to stand in line” should be a certifiable disability.
These days, Disney is basically in the parking lot and timeshare building business as work continues on the bus loop expansion.
It’s summer, which means higher temperatures, more exposed skin, and heavier crowds than any of us would like.
RFID seems to be speeding up the admission process at Magic Kingdom in particular, where two Mickey Readers replace each turnstile.
The only thing tourists love more than a $2.75 Dasani is a line. As usual, if you’re willing to walk 30 more steps to the further turnstiles/readers you’ll often find nobody there. These cast members are waving their arms and yelling for people to walk toward them, but there is no breaking up the line. That would be positively uncivilized.
Expect Magic Kingdom and potentially the other Parks to be out of ECVs by 11am everyday until September. You’ll save money and guarantee a ride by reserving your electric vehicle from an off-site company. I spend more time in theme parks than your average bear and I don’t need any fingers to count the number of times I’ve been run into by an ECV. But I also look behind me before I stop on a dime more often than not and don’t jump in front of the things. At 50 bucks a day, I’m of the opinion that virtually nobody on an ECV wants to be on one. It’s much faster to weave through the crowds than it is to try to maneuver around on one of these suckers, not to mention the time it takes to park etc.
It’s 11:42am, which is basically the worst time to get in line for the Town Square Theater characters. Most people will want to return after 1pm when the fewest number of people are entering the Park and thus, waits are shortest.
With so many kids in tow for summer, Princess FASTPASS return is over five hours out. I’m not real sure why five cast members are manning the booths, but one of them kindly explained to me how FASTPASS worked.
Sure, fudge prices have gone up 10% across the board, but if you buy six pieces you save 33%! And the saturated fat will take 17.3 to 25.1 days off your life, resulting in an even greater savings!
“Beautifully Disney” is available just around every corner should you be looking for some Wal-Mart quality makeup at M·A·C prices. Although I will say I got more compliments wearing the Evil Queen lip gloss than I ever got with Plushglass.
There’s a new addition to the Buy More…Buy More promotion.
As part of the “We Were Going To Do That Anyway,” I mean, “Limited Time Magic” promotion, Disney will be offering the “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” each night from July 1 – 7. That’s at 9pm on July 3/4 and 10pm on the other dates. Which is actually pretty cool as Magic Kingdom tends to be a madhouse on July 3rd and 4th. It will still be a madhouse on the other dates, but at least there are more opportunities to watch. Or on the other hand it makes the actual July 4th spectacular that much less special. THERE IS JUST NO PLEASING SOME PEOPLE. I like to watch the show from the Polynesian beach where you’ll be able to take in the peripheral fireworks and not have to deal with all those kids on dads’ shoulders.
A few more July 4th things:
Limited Time Magic will otherwise offer more merchandise and more cupcakes.
My Official I Bought This At The Outlets Shirt. Larger: https://www.easywdw.com/reports8/justno.jpg.
This is the time of year I start feeling sorry for people who arrive without doing any research or planning.
I really can’t imagine saving up, spending $95/person on a one-day Magic Kingdom ticket, and showing up at 11am to these waits and this heat.
Speaking of “things we would do anyway,” there is a summer trolley show for “Limited Time Magic” that’s limited to the next few months.
The song before this sounded like they were dropping three F-bombs in a row followed by some other mangled words.
Just tilt it and turn it up for perfect photos.
YOU TRY TO TAKE ONE PICTURE OF THE CASTLE AND YOU’RE BLOCKED BY THIS EGREGIOUS UMBRELLA AND THESE STUPID TREES.
Tilt it, turn it up, and your problems evaporate. The camera tilt is sort of the Xanax bars of photography. It makes everything better.
So Crystal Palace is 41 bucks a person for dinner. Two adults, a 12-year-old, and a seven-year-old would run you exactly $178.00 with tax and an 18% tip, or an average of about $45 a person.
Work continues on what may just be an expanded break room for cast.
With wait times at 60+ minutes for most attractions, spending an hour in line for Tinker Bell in some of Disney’s best air-conditioning seems more pleasant than some of the alternatives.
Swiss Family Treehouse may be one of those alternatives as this is the start of the queue. All of these people are staring at me because of my beautiful Evil Queen lip gloss. It’s that magical!
It can always be worse. This is as close as Magic Kingdom has come to a capacity closure since Easter. Magic Kingdom was this website’s “least recommended” Park. TouringPlans.com had it “neutral” with a “Per Park Crowd Level of 6.7” haha. Just wait until we get to Tomorrowland with Space Mountain at 180 minutes and the line for PeopleMover backed up to Carousel of Progress.
No matter how short the line at Sunshine Tree Terrace is, you can be rest assured that it’s going to take forever. This isn’t helped by the fact Disney is basically not training anyone anywhere these days. They will just send cast members from other Lands to work here, Aloha Isle, or anywhere else sight unseen. That’s one of the reasons for the lines.
The poor cast member working the register had no idea where the button for the Limeade was, let alone how to make the drink. So instead of 15 or 20 minutes of training, wait times for everyone in line increase by the same amount all day. It took 14 minutes to receive my beverage with four people in line in front of me.
Perhaps Walt’s legacy lives on in flavored foam toppings. Should you wish to bring some of the magic home with you, look for Fomz foam at your neighborhood retailer.
And you thought a foam topped lemonade couldn’t get any more desirable. As far as $3 lemonades go, this one was as good as the others. It didn’t suffer from that fake sugar metallic taste and had a pleasant sweet/tart balance. Taste seemed more like a generic red berry than lime, but it was refreshing on a 90+ degree day and not a bad serving size for the money. I prefer the lemonades to the typical fountain beverages most of the time. MOST OF THE TIME. Sometimes you just want the comfort of aspartame and potassium benzoate.
12:40pm with a 70 minute wait for Jungle Cruise. The New Normal.
If you can find an otherwise pleasant, open area, Disney will find a way to clog it up with a show or dance party.
50 minutes for Pirates of the Caribbean with a cast member alerting guests where the entrance is with a seven foot tall sign. Given a crowd level of 5 or less and a recommendation, wait times for Pirates would be closer to 10 minutes. Over the summer, once 1pm hits, you can expect waits to be in the 30 to 60 minute range. This is why the website recommends visiting the Parks from 9am – 1pm and 7pm – late as you can go. There isn’t much to do at 2pm with short waits and the heat borders on unbearable for most people.
Over at Tortuga Tavern, Disney is at least filling their generic brown plastic “steins” with something other than Diet Coke. And check out that sick sticker.
The Pina Colada Slush is actually really good – creamy and colada-y.
The non-alcoholic sangria is no longer available.
Full size if you want to play my favorite summertime game: COUNT THE SMILES: http://i4.minus.com/iYl6ygz05tkGo.jpg.
Guests magically wait for Splash Mountain to open after being down all day.
90 minutes for Big Thunder at 12:42pm with FASTPASS out to 3:15pm.
The unfortunate scene inside Pecos Bill.
Pecos actually has two new menu items.
I had left Tom at home when I ordered the Deluxe Chicken Sandwich and it was pouring outside, so photos in the darkness that is Pecos with an iPhone 0.5 will have to do. This $10.59 sandwich suffered from too much bread and too little sauce. It was extremely dry and lacked flavor.
The picture of the inside of the sandwich is not particularly appetizing. You may click a larger version if you have the stomach for it. Disclaimer: The website is not responsible for any harm that may come to you or your loved/hated ones should you opt to click the image.
The Sandwich replaces the mostly tasteless wrap. I’ve heard some better reviews of the Sandwich and you may have more luck. I would ask for an extra tub of the chipotle sauce.
And the Southwest Chicken Salad – Mixed Greens, Chicken, Monterey Jack Cheese, Tomato, Roasted Corn, and Chipotle Ranch – $9.19. This was a large salad that was similar in flavor to the Sandwich with the same dressing/sauce and a healthy portion of sliced up chicken. But again, there wasn’t nearly enough dressing in that little tub to cover the salad. I can appreciate them wanting to give guests the opportunity to dress their salad as they like, but if they’re going to give you two ounces, they might as well pour it over themselves. Beware of that jalapeno – it’s no joke. There’s a lot of heat there. Fortunately you can simply remove it if it’s not your thing. Finally, the corn was lacking much flavor, despite looking attractive (in real life) on the plate.
Overall, I’m not particularly enthusiastic about either new addition. Grabbing an extra tub (or two) of sauce would help.
Pecos has also added a Root Beer Slush for $3.99 or served in a Souvenir Boot for $6.99.
Unfortunately again, the execution is lacking. It looked like the slush machines they were using were from the early 80s. It was basically an ice cube with root beer syrup poured over the top. Not recommended until things improve on that front(ier) either. Also pictured are the Chili Cheese Fries – $4.99 with cheese added from the condiment bar. They are not particularly attractive looking. Chili Cheese Fries rarely are. It’s basically a serving of fries covered in a conservative amount of Nalley chili. They’re a hearty snack, but not much to write home about I don’t think.
In Part 2 we’ll continue our walk through Frontierland into Liberty Square. Hit Be Our Guest for a “Prime Roast Beef Sandwich.” Find some more menu changes at Pinocchio Village Haus. And visit Tomorrowland.