First of all, thanks for not harping on me about not putting any pictures of a ferry ride in yesterday’s post titled “Ferry Boat Ride.” I thought about not including any pictures of what’s listed in today’s title, but I’ll just chalk up yesterday’s oversight to your gentle nature.
We’ll start back up this past Sunday October 23rd at Epcot.
The line for Spaceship Earth at 12:45pm on a non-recommended Sunday.
There seems to be a bit of confusion about the Epcot recommendations on the weekends for the Food/Wine Festival. On the “crowd calendar,” I list the recommended/not recommended Parks from left to right, with the far left Park being the “most recommended” and the far right Park being the “least recommended.” Just because you see a Park listed as “green” on the crowd calendar image doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a screaming positive recommendation. For example, on Fridays during the Food/Wine Festival, Epcot is officially “green.” However, if you read over the daily analysis below the calendar, you would see:
Epcot (Tentatively Recommended): 9am-9pm
Epcot is tentatively recommended due to the Food and Wine Festival that will attract a lot of locals in the evening and the fact that we don’t have evening Extra Magic Hours or special evening entertainment (since Fantasmic is scheduled most every day this month). Luckily, Disney moved evening Extra Magic Hours to Wednesday, so Disney resort guests won’t be as much of an issue as usual. If you’re trying to schedule Epcot over the weekend, today is your best opportunity, though yesterday and next Monday will be less crowded. You can certainly have success if you arrive prior to 9am and head straight for the headlining attractions, but the World Showcase will be busier than usual from 5pm through the end of IllumiNations. You’ll want to move up through the World Showcase at 11am if you want to stay ahead of the incoming crowds. Tomorrow and Sunday will be more crowded because many locals will have the weekend off work.
This is absolutely accurate. It’s the best day of the weekend to visit Epcot, but Monday and Thursday (on either side) would be better. Knowing that some of you would like to visit Epcot over the weekend, it’s worth pointing out that Friday is your best opportunity. Magic Kingdom, which is listed to the left of Epcot on the crowd calendar image (which reads MK EP | HS AK), would have been better. All recommendations aren’t equal, so it’s worth taking the time to read over the words underneath the calendar to see if the recommendations match your plans and touring style. Occasionally, you may find yourself wanting to visit the “non-recommended Parks.” After all, in many cases, the reason they aren’t recommended is because they have attractive nighttime entertainment or longer hours of operation. The daily analysis usually offers some tips on how to make non-recommended days “work” so that you can enjoy the evening entertainment while still having a fun, successful day. Usually, this includes arriving prior to Park opening, heading straight for the headlining attractions, and taking a sizable afternoon break to rest up for the nighttime festivities. You can also enjoy the less popular/high capacity attractions while collecting FASTPASSes for the major attractions and have a lot of fun too.
I booked the Robert Irvine culinary demonstration this afternoon having no idea who he was. I guess I should say, I knew who he was but I didn’t know who he was. Does that make sense? As it turns out, he’s the guy from Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible.
Per usual, the demo began with Pam introducing the representative from the wine pairing. Amusingly, many of the wineries at the beverage seminars talked poorly about the mass producers of wine and how their wine was different – more special. Whether it was the grapes, the water, the barrels, or whatever else, their wine was superior. Many of the representatives invited guests to their winery and would offer their card to anyone that wanted one. This winery on the other hand, sells wine by the million cases and doesn’t offer a tour of any of their facilities.
A nice big glass. It tasted like wine.
Here’s Robert Irvine taking a whiff of the wine. Amusingly again, he didn’t take a sip. I laughed out loud a little. For those wondering, Robert’s arms are even bigger than they look on television.
Mr. Irvine is known for his shenanigans at the Food and Wine Festival and generally over the course of his life. For some reason, he has this poor child standing on top of the counter and all of us standing up. For the next ten minutes we would stand there, while Robert tried to get everyone to yell loudly and put their hands in the air. It was sort of odd because no one wanted to stand yelling with their arms up. Nor did anyone want to waste 10 of the 45 minute demonstration doing absolutely nothing that had to do with cooking. But stand we did. Amusingly for the third time, Robert finally gave up and announced, “Well, that was a total waste of time.” Yes.
Robert didn’t actually do any cooking during the demonstration. He found these two guys from the audience and made them compete against each other to see who could make the better meatball.
Robert spent a lot of time harassing the crowd. Here, he’s making people smell his sauce, looking for people from Italy, and having his new wife take pictures of the stage.
The meatballs were good – not hot by the time they were served, but such is life.
Robert is making fun of Disney merchandising while this poor guy continues to cook the meatballs. Pam was horrified during the entire presentation.
There’s space outside the demo area for spectators to watch the festivities inside. Should you want to see a visiting chef/person of interest and find the event sold out, you can still show up and watch.
Get down with your bog self.
Heading up to the World Showcase at 2pm just to make sure it’s crowded. It is.
Some of the booths have two sides with cash registers. Australia is a good example. Because people enter the World Showcase from the other side, this side tends to have much shorter lines. Here, we only have one couple in line.
Admittedly, this isn’t the best example, but you can see that we have seven people in line and more people waiting for food. As lines get longer closer to meal time, this effect will only be more obvious. If you see a long line at Argentina or Canada, check the other side.
As expected, it’s busy looking up through Canada too.
Long wait times. Don’t buy into the “special events don’t affect wait times” hype. Locals visiting predominantly for the Food & Wine Festival want to get hammered and ride Test Track just like everyone else. Trust me. Mission: Space….not so much – I would give you that. The same is true for Star Wars Weekends. The heavier crowds absolutely affect wait times, making them longer across the board.
Maybe it’s just the Disney blogger in me talking, but I love Disney art. So cute!!
Short lines for most of the day at the characters in the front of Epcot, particularly in the afternoon. You can usually find Daisy and Stitch with virtually no lines.
No line for Stitch. Well, one family. At Animal Kingdom, the line for Stitch is usually 40+ people long all day.
As previously covered in this post comparing crowds at Magic Kingdom on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll pop over to Magic Kingdom. Here are a few pictures that didn’t fit into the previous commentary.
It’s about 2:45pm, which means most people are already in Magic Kingdom and lines at the turnstiles are short.
Crowds are forming for the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade. Other than Frontierland, this is actually my favorite location to see the Parade. The entrance is a great viewing location and for one reason or another, usually isn’t very crowded. I suppose people give up trying to find a spot and just fall in line (“literally”) further up Main Street.
Another great location for Parade viewing that isn’t popular on this side of The Emporium. Also, if you’re entering the Park right before a Parade and don’t want to watch, the easiest way to get up Main Street is through the stores. They’re all connected on the inside, even if they have separately themed exteriors.
Busier out here on Main Street, but still some front row spots. Remember, this is our “most recommended” Sunday. Saturday’s crowd would have been much heavier.
A great time to walk around. For most of the day on Saturday, you couldn’t even tell what color the concrete was.
Sunshine Tree Terrace is receiving a facelift and is currently behind scrims.
Still operating (at limited capacity) inside.
They’ve fixed “the sound issues” at the Enchanted Tiki Room and the pre-show is now much louder. Joy.
Not very busy around Splash/Big Thunder Mountains due to the Parade. It takes a ton of people away from the attractions.
Frontierland Parade crowds. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere over here than it is on Main Street. Keep in mind that it takes a while for the Parade to arrive. It’ll be about 3:35pm by the time everything passes.
I’m not a big daytime Parade person. We’ll head over to Pecos Bill for lunch. Not much of a crowd and only one register actually operating. The Taco Salad is the same one served at Tortuga Tavern around the corner in Adventureland. What you get is just the meat, shell, and small packet of sour cream. You then take the shell over to the condiment bar to “dress it up” with lettuce, cheese, salsa, and whatever else. This throws a lot of people off because they’re expecting to see something resembling an actual salad when it’s served. I like to order the Taco Salad at off-peak times because it can be a hassle to get to the lettuce and cheese during peak meal times.
Menu and condiment bar pictures are located here: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/pecos-bill-tall-tale-inn-frontierland-major-quick-service/
Pile everything as high as you want. I’m lazy and get tired of chewing salad after a while, so I don’t usually go too crazy. At $8.19, this isn’t necessarily a compelling value. There isn’t a ton of beef in the bottom and most of the meal comes from the condiment bar. It would also be helped along by some more interesting ingredients. That said, it is a nice light option and the shell is a lot of “fun” to eat as you go to town on the salad.
Not a very good view of the Parade outside, but I’m not complaining.
The Parade aftermath as the crowds in Frontierland converge with the people following the Parade from Main Street and Liberty Square.
Give it a minute and it will clear out. I actually didn’t give it a minute here and it’s already cleared out down near Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.
This is the most accessible wristband distribution place inside the Magic Kingdom for the Mickey’s Parties. It’s in Tomorrowland on the left side, just before you arrive at (skip) Stitch’s Great Escape and across from the Laughing Floor.
Busier on Main Street just before 4pm as people not attending the Halloween Party leave and those arriving for the Party begin to arrive.