We pop into Magic Kingdom on the evening of Monday July 13th with the patriotic bunting still lining the train station. Speaking of the holiday, as I mentioned in a previous post, poor weather kept a lot of people away. A look at wait times over the course of the day:
It could be a lot worse, though Magic Kingdom did see a low level capacity closure from around 6:15pm to around 8pm. Probably just to keep the streak alive as far more people were leaving in the evening than were arriving.
Compare that to the day of this visit just over a week later:
This is about what you can expect for the next five weeks or so.
Scrims are down on this portion of The Emporium.
Which means no scrims on Main Street for the time being.
I covered Hub construction back on the 9th in this post, and won’t bother you with the same pictures over again.
Not much of interest on the Dining Plan snack credit front at Magic Kingdom. Considering we saw some hearty snack additions over at Animal Kingdom, I was hopeful that something like Casey’s Corner’s Corn Dog Nuggets would be added. But of course, they aren’t. Historically, there’s a massive quick service menu update at the end of August in which every single quick service menu across property gets updated. We’ll see what changes then.
Walls are still up to the left of what’s now Sunshine Tree Terrace across from Swiss Family Robinson.
As mentioned about a month ago now, the Egg Roll Cart moved from the Aladdin’s Magical Carpet area to past Jungle Cruise on the way to Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Cheeseburger Spring Rolls were added a couple of months ago, but recently replaced the Pork Egg Roll.
$4.50 buys you two greasy spring rolls that are about four inches in length each.
The flavor is almost exactly like a McDonald’s Cheeseburger. The exterior remained crispy, despite too much oil seeping in. Value-wise, I think I’m neutral. They’re a little different than the run-of-the-mill snacks available in the area, but they’re also previously frozen spring rolls that taste like a McDonald’s cheeseburger.
We might not have Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, but we do have twirling plastic snakes.
The scene outside Big Thunder Mountain at 7:35pm.
50 minutes at both Big Thunder and Splash Mountain.
With the line backed up a ways into the extended queue, 40-50 minutes is about right:
This is the first time I remember seeing this Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah sweatshirt. $50 in July…I’m not sure.
I don’t think this is new.
I’m not sure I’ve mentioned Pecos Bill doesn’t do onion rings anymore.
Disney removed the hot cheese sauce from its remaining condiment bars a couple of weeks ago, which means you’ll have to visit the “nacho bar” at your local 7-Eleven between the hours of 1:30am and 7:30am to get hooked up. I’ll see you there.
More inconsistencies on the Dining Plan. You may remember that the “Pretzel Garden Okay?” kiosk at Hollywood Studios was bundling the Mickey Pretzel with cheese sauce and Churro with a chocolate dipper for a single snack credit, instead of offering each separately..
Like so. At every other kiosk I’ve seen, the two items are not bundled together, like you see at the Frontierland pretzel cart.
Liberty Tree Tavern is closed through at least November 20th for an extensive refurbishment centered around the kitchen area and probably having a lot to do with the Adventureland Veranda restaurant.
Friar’s Nook is the quick service location in between The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to the left and Princess Fairytale Hall around the corner on the right.
It switched to the predominantly macaroni-menu back in January 2014. I had previously tried the Bacon Cheeseburger version, having this to say:
It’s piping hot, EXTREMELY CHEESY!!!!!! and loaded with stuff. There’s a layer of Disney ground taco meat sans seasoning underneath the lettuce and tomato. Bacon bits might work better than the strip, but the strip does offer a bit more visual oomph. As I walked my tray over to Pinocchio Village Haus to sit down, people literally sneered at me. Haters gonna hate. Anyway, this thing is probably 7,000 calories and tastes like Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese with ground beef mixed in. I probably would have left off the crunchy lettuce and tomato and the flavor would be a bit more cohesive. You can always ask for the toppings on the side. Friar’s Nook is only open on busier days. I was pretty much disgusted with myself over how much I enjoyed it.
This time, I ordered the $8.99 Pot Roast version, which is the same Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese with some sort of shredded beef on top. The main problem with it is the moisture in the beef, which causes the cheese underneath to become watered down and sort of pool at the top. The beef didn’t have a lot of flavor on its own and had a mushy quality to it. The Cheeseburger version worked a little better I think and you can always opt for one of the $6 Macaroni and Cheese Kids’ Picks for a smaller cup, along with a couple sides and a beverage.
The Min & Bill’s version over at Hollywood Studios with barbecue chicken and crispy onion straws also works a little better. I’d advise either over the pot roast version.
It can’t be artsy.
One perk of visiting around sunset.
By 8:30pm, Cinderella/Rapunzel had a 20-minute posted wait and Anna/Elsa had dropped to 55 minutes. The later you go, the lower the wait times will be. You can also have a lot of success getting in line about 20 minutes before Wishes starts if you can’t secure FastPass+.
The Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party went up to $49/adult and $29/child back on July 5th with the promise of “upgraded” desserts. I peered over the bushes and nothing looked particularly stellar:
Wishes is easy enough to see that I don’t usually recommend this sort of thing. Most people should be satisfied with just one $5 cupcake or ice cream sandwich and you can pocket your $45 for something else. On the other hand, the Dessert Party is largely a hassle-free way of enjoying the show, albeit with an off-centered view and too much sugar. I have a review of the previous version, for whatever that’s worth, here. The new version does come with some kind of juice cocktail in a champagne flute to start though.
The Main Street Bypass on the Tomorrowland side is one of my favorite things at Magic Kingdom, offering a quick way to exit the Park behind Main Street Proper. Or if you’re just arriving, you can use it for quick entry into Tomorrowland.
Since it’s historically a backstage area, the Bypass was unattractive for a long time, lined inadequately with short shrubs with cast buildings and parking lots in plain view. It was basically Main Street’s louche cousin:
I’m happy to report that a lot of progress has been made:
While it’s not done, fairly good looking walls block unsavory views of parked cars and “no accidents for 1 days” (sic) banners.
That’s what’s going on at Magic Kingdom…which is admittedly…not much. But big things coming!!!! Maaaayyybeeeeeee.