Starbucks is coming to Walt Disney World. There, I mentioned it.
Don’t worry. I am still diligently researching beers that may or may not be offered during the Food and Wine Festival or at any time at any location on Disney World property. The goal is to have tried one of everything possible so that I won’t have to drink like 30 when the Food/Wine menus come out in September. That would be terrible(y awesome)!
Here’s a look at the Epcot Times Guides from last week and this week. You may recall that we’ve been taking a pretty close look at how Disney is treating the Land Pavilion from 9pm to 10pm. Originally, Disney explicitly stated that Living with the Land and The Circle of Life would operate from 9am – 9pm. That’s an extension from the usual 9am – 7pm hours. This week, they don’t mention either attraction as having special hours nor do they note that the Land Pavilion will operate until 10pm. It still is, along with the Character Spot.
Arriving at 12:38:36pm, the line for Guest Relations is just a little bit out the door with full staffing inside.
You may remember my harping on Disney for putting Test Track’s wait time as “RENEWAL” and stating that it should simply read “CLOSED.” Apparently they agree. If you knew Test Track was closed, “RENEWAL” might might sense. But if I told you that your local mall was being “renewed,” your next question would be whether it was open, right? Or one of your top five questions or something.
Unfortunately, this board still says “Renewal” with the insinuation that FASTPASSes were at one time available.
Nice to see a crowd for the fountain show. With Test Track’s closure, what else is there to do! I kid, I kid. There’s Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Circle of Life, Captain Eo…….
More longpants in Mouse Gear.
The most sane of the designs. They are 2 for $50 or $34.95 each. If I didn’t wear jorts everyday I would definitely pick up a pair in every design.
Can I get a smile?
Oh my! A Lotso pillow pal that smells like strawberries!
Also Cheshire Cat.
To me. From me.
They open up to become pillows! Oh my gosh!
A wall of them. They are $26.95 each.
More pillows while we’re on the subject:
Mom, I want the Minnie Mouse!
These are $19.95 each. Kind of goofy that the return window on the FASTPASS one is an hour and five minutes rather than the standard hour.
End on a positive note.
Sure, some bloggers might have gotten wined and dined by Green Builder at Vision House and then again at the Seas Pavilion, but I got this sweet button! BOOM! What organ is in his mouth?
Stopping in for lunch at the Refreshment Port. It’s located on the way to the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase.
The current menu:
We’ll be sampling the Poppers. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich looked pretty sad. No lettuce, tomato, or anything like that. The Crispy Fried Shrimp looked similar/the same as what’s served over at Columbia Harbour House. I’ll pick up an order one of these days. With so much interesting food coming up in the World Showcase, I don’t see much of a reason to order one of these more mundane items. I saw several people order the Chicken Sandwich, which seemed kind of ridiculous considering you’re so close to Yorkshire Fish or Sunshine Seasons. There are two major downsides to Refreshment Port. They’re horrendously slow. There’s ordinarily just one register working. Two max. Assume about two minutes for each person/group in front of you to order/pay. Then I waited eight minutes for the Poppers to be ready. On the plus side, they were fried up fresh! The other downside is that there’s no dedicated seating area – just various benches and ledges around. We’ll take a look at your best seating bet in a moment.
Six Poppers and a side of fries.
So we’ve got gooey, cheesy, jalapeno-y cheese in the center that’s encased in chicken, which is then encased in deep fried.
It took me a while to get my head around it, so I’ve created this diagram. There will be a test. The Poppers were legitimately really good. The cheese was actually spicy for once. They were piping hot. An explosion of goodness in my mouth. The chicken exterior does a nice job of keeping the cheese contained. A lot of the time with cheese poppers, the deep fried portion will already be collapsing in on itself. Not the case here! Something I wish I could buy at Costco on the cheap, stick in the oven, and have them come out similarly good. With all the goodies in World Showcase, it’s hard to advocate that this should be your quick service meal at Epcot. But it would be a nice snack for two or more to share if you’re not in the mood for fish and don’t want to walk all the way to Morocco to get some “real food” to eat. If these things are real food. Anyway, they were really good. Not a tremendous value for the money, but they’re there. And they’re good.
There are no tables near the Refreshment Port, so your best bet is heading down here to the seating section for Yorkshire County Fish. They don’t care if your food is from elsewhere, you just march right through in between these two kiosks. There are additional tables closer to Yorkshire, but they are few in number and are usually occupied.
There’s usually plenty of tables, especially during off-peak meal times.
About six weeks into the Flower and Garden Festival, Disney has finally gotten around to planting flowers in the International Gateway garden.
Some plots still await planting.
It’s a pretty area.
With each flower/plant clearly marked.
Walking over to the BoardWalk area from the International Gateway.
With the Yacht Club in the distance.
If you can dodge the death machines, the BoardWalk is a very pleasant area in the afternoon. I recommend the sangria from the BoardWalk Pizza Window and a nice chat alongside the water.
Without football, ESPN Club is much less busy on Sundays. Just full of Canadians and people from Boston with the hockey playoffs. Go Bruins! I guess.
Inside the BoardWalk Inn:
The creepiest chair ever.
BoardWalk restaurant hours.
Messing around with the HDR mode on the camera.
I’m not crazy about it.
We last took a good look at the BoardWalk around Christmas time. The resort merchandise is pictured near the end of that post. Here are a couple items that weren’t featured:
The tumbler isn’t new, but I really like it! I would imagine selling jackets in Florida in the summer is about as easy as selling timeshares in the Florida swamps. Not impossible, but it’s going to take some strong arming.
A better look at the logo. It’s one of the best. As far as I know, Beach Club Resort hasn’t received its Resort specific merchandise yet. Please post if you’ve seen some!
Walking down in the opposite direction to the Belle Vue Lounge, my favorite on property.
I like that it’s open, airy, interesting, has a variety of seating options, has interesting bartenders, and is rarely busy.
More HDR garbage.
Looking back at the BoardWalk Inn.
And the other direction in the various modes:
Back to November analysis. Probably drop by the Magic Kingdom later this week and Animal Kingdom on Sunday.