Note: I didn’t really have time to edit this before running out, so it may be riddled with even more typographical errors than usual. If you would like to experience this post in the way it was intended to be written, you may want to delay reading it until this evening or cancel it altogether.
A bit of news coming out of this weekend’s “media” event. Splitsville. Art of Animation Resort. Test Track. Star Wars Weekends Merch. Opening Dates for New Fantasyland. The million dollar question is when most of New Fantasyland will reopen. There is no definitive date, which is why we’re only hearing the vague “in time for the holiday season.” I’m not going to go on the record just because whatever I tell you would end up being wrong. Not because it isn’t accurate today, but it may very well not be accurate tomorrow. Such is the case with construction of this magnitude. I will tell you that there is a major push to get both Test Track and New Fantasyland open by November 12th. Both would open on the same weekend and we would see a “media” event very similar to the one from the past few days.
Since this website can’t compete with the media elite’s exclusive access to the Art of Animation Resort, I decided to spend Saturday walking around Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside. Unfortunately, it turned out there was actually a “media” event at the Riverside. Princess Tiana’s Tea Party. I will take this opportunity to remind you that this website can absolutely be bought off. For $20, I’m willing to say or do just about anything.
We’ll take a look at those resorts intermittently over the next few days. I want to spend most of the time before the next crowd calendar update refreshing past content.
Continuing from Part 1. It’s 10:59am.
Mad Tea Party is still virtually a walk-on. You might be waiting for one spin before it’s your turn.
Construction continues on the Winnie the Pooh Meet and Greet next to his attraction.
Work also continues on transforming Fairytale Garden into Princess Merida’s Meet and Greet. The lamp canopy has been removed.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe now has a “lunch” and “dinner” menu. Basically, that just means the ribs are no longer available for lunch. Which means the half chicken/rib combo is only available after 4pm. A reaction to the Disney Dining Plan, no doubt.
Continuing over to Tomorrowland, the wait for the Speedway is still just 10 minutes. Rewind three weeks and we would have seen the line out into the extended queue.
The Cool Scanner attached to the Cool Ship was closed for what I would imagine is a very brief refurbishment. Until it reopens, the kids are just going to have to take your word for it that you’re “very cool.”
The line for Stitch is shorter than usual.
Same with Chip and Dale.
And Buzz Lightyear.
At 11:09am, Space Mountain has a 15 minute posted wait with FASTPASS return at 11:50am.
Nice to see no extended queue whatsoever at Buzz.
No wait for Stitch.
Heading back in the opposite direction to Winnie the Pooh.
Thanks to its low capacity and frequent stops, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh continues to see some of the longest wait times at Magic Kingdom. It’s not uncommon for this and Peter Pan’s Flight to see the longest wait times at Magic Kingdom. You’ll either want to ride in the first hour of operation, after 10pm, or with FASTPASS. Winnie the Pooh’s FASTPASS return times are usually sooner and available further into the afternoon and evening, so Peter Pan’s Flight remains the priority.
The menus on the pillars at Storybook Treats continue to be missing.
Not sure why, the menu hasn’t changed.
Continuing through Fantasyland. Disney has actually put up additional walls since Wednesday as pictured here.
Winnie the Pooh FASTPASSes continue to be distributed at Mickey’s PhilharMagic. It’s 11:22am, so they’re just under an hour out.
Compared to FASTPASSes almost two hours out at Peter Pan’s Flight.
The longest wait times in the Park.
We’ll try it’s a small world instead.
Remember when this extended queue was necessary?
Luckily it isn’t.
Seating from Pinocchio Village Haus overlooking the attraction’s loading area. It would have been neat if they could have somehow made the Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland overlook the attraction. One of my fondest memories of my childhood trip to Disneyland is sitting at Blue Bayou overlooking Pirates of the Caribbean.
A bit of a competition for “just chillin’ bro” status on this one. He’s definitely chillin’. But is it enough?
I think we have to give it to the tiger. Just chillin’ bro.
Not sure what s/he’s up to with that chicken.
Tough competition going up against Tick-Tock for favorite croc. There’s no contest.
Possible name change to “it’s a little stereotypical.”
If there’s anything creepier than clowns, it has to be clowns in a balloon.
It seemed like the sound had been turned way down. Or I’m going deaf. I didn’t even really notice the song during most of the ride.
Looks like we have time for a quick snack before Haunted Mansion.
Liberty Square Market across from Haunted Mansion:
It isn’t usually busy at all. We took a look at the Corn on the Cob and Baked Potato at the end of this post.
Today we have our eyes on the Sweet Potato. Which comes with a bucket of cheese! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was really good and larger than I was expecting. Served hot, it was just what you would expect from a sweet potato. It has salt rubbed on the skin and comes alongside an ounce of sour cream and two little butter containers. This would be a great use of a snack credit if you’re looking for something that’s actually food. Most of the “food” items aren’t included as snack credits. Not that there’s anything wrong with ice cream and candy, mind you. This one comes highly recommended. A nice value at $3.29.
Walking into Haunted Mansion.
You have the choice between walking through the cemetery interactive queue or heading straight into the holding pen before the preshow.
I recommend the interactive queue unless you’re in sort of super hurry. It only adds about five minutes to the “wait.”
You can make sounds based on which instrument you touch.
And play the organ.
Or visit your long lost Brother Dave.
If you take one piece of advice from this website, other than never ordering the fast food scallops (other than Cooke’s of Dublin), it would be to not chase bears into caves.
You can push books back into a bookcase.
Or take a picture with a bathtub.
And have a chat with the nearly departed.
Looking back at the area, it’s by no means huge.
Filling in all available space.
Stretching. The door to the next area opens underneath the tightrope walking woman above a gator. Wish it was Tick-Tock.
Proceeding through. I’m never in much of a hurry to get out of the preshow area. The difference between how long the first person to exit will wait and the last person to exit is only a minute or two. But you’re welcome to try to angle yourself underneath the woman!
Always wondered what these guys look like.
Proceeding into the next area. I have honestly not been on Haunted Mansion in some time, but I’ve never seen this many people in this area. It was kind of uncomfortable trying to walk through this narrow hallway in the dark with hundreds of other people.
I thought the HDR in here made it look even creepier:
Decent pictures in here are going to have to wait until I have a faster lens.
The Citrus Swirl machine was working at Sunshine Tree Terrace. Disney Parks Blog announced the return of the Orange Bird and the Citrus Swirl and then the machine broke down for the next five days.
Lunch today is at Tortuga Tavern.
The Beef Nachos:
The nice thing about Tortuga Tavern is the toppings bar. The nachos above are “dressed up” a bit with some additional lettuce and cheese. What you’re served is the chips, the beef, and the black bean salsa/plastic cheese topping. I’m always amused at the look on people’s faces when they’re served the Taco Salad. Because all they hand you is the shell with a little bit of beef on the bottom. You then proceed to fill it with whatever you like from the toppings bar. The process is the same at Pecos Bill.
This was pretty good. You get a ton of chips. I would have liked more beef because you’re really only going to get a bite of it with about a quarter of the chips. Unless you really ration it! The chips basically taste the same as the tortilla shell on the Taco Salad, so you’re basically getting the same meal, sour cream and all. This would make a great snack if you’re looking for something big, filling, and relatively inexpensive. $7.19 isn’t bad at all. Also recommended. Two food recommendations on the same day. The world must be ending.
Still a ten minute wait for Pirates at 1:10pm.
The line for Ariel has completely cleared out since she won’t be returning until 2pm. If you can’t get here first thing in the morning, arrive at 1:50pm for the 2pm meet. There won’t be any residual line from the previous meet time because the break is so long and people won’t line up without a character present.
Peter Pan is meeting guests more often now. His current meet times are 10am – 10:35am; 12pm – 12:30pm; 12:45pm – 1:15pm; 1:35pm – 2:15pm; 3:30pm – 4:15pm; 4:30pm – 5:15pm. Check Kenny’s website for the latest meet and greet times.
Le Chapeau needs a rewrap. You may recall they redid Main Street Bakery a few weeks ago.
Rapunzel’s line has seemingly eased, but she just started one of her 20 minute breaks. So you’re still looking at an hour.
Heading out for a power snack with Disney Food Blog.