Continuing from Part 1, we’re headed over to The Seas Pavilion. Or as I call it, Disney’s Little Shop of Horrors.
You may recall that I have an irrational fear of ugly fish. Luckily, science invented Xanax bars. Unluckily, I don’t have any. So while I could take pictures inside, I can’t look at them now! We’re interested in seeing Turtle Talk with Crush, which is located where the arrow says that it’s located. It’s easily accessible either from the sliding doors near the gift shop or you can ride The Seas with Nemo and Friends, a fun little omnimover that will drop you off conveniently inside. Lines for Nemo are usually short and while the attraction isn’t anything special, it’s worth doing anyway since lines are usually less than five minutes. With summer crowds and no Test Track, lines have been longer though – peaking as high as 50 minutes several times last week. Disney is supposedly building an exterior entrance/exit to Turtle Talk. Not that it needs ones.
The Seas is actually pretty neat. The manatees over here are my favorite.
Since I ordinarily have my eyes closed, I had no idea they had all the Nemo fish in one tank! It is the cutest thing ever.
This is why I don’t like fish. Even the cute ones will cut you!
Cool story bro.
I’ll stick with fishsticks, thank you.
Getting eaten by a shark isn’t cute! Have you people not seen Jaws!
This is as busy as I’ve seen Turtle Talk with Crush. As I’ve mentioned before, there simply isn’t anywhere to put these people, most of which would be waiting in a 90 minute Test Track line right now if it was open.
Turtle Talk really is a lot of fun as Crush interacts with the audience live on screen in real time. It’s definitely a fun way to spend 15 air-conditioned minutes, with or without kids!
We’ll check out the Brave Highland Games Tournament next time.
If it ever stops raining.
This is why we move up through World Showcase as early as possible. There’s far fewer people than we’ll see in a few hours.
As you have probably surmised, lunch is at the Rose & Crown today.
Menu, which seems to change every five seconds:
I recommend Rose & Crown because it’s dirt cheap by Disney standards. With several entrees in the $12-$16 range, it isn’t any more expensive than a lot of quick services if you ignore the tip and count the 20% Tables in Wonderland discount. Even for dinner, you can easily get out of there for less than $20. On the other hand, I have no idea what they’re doing with the menu. Slow-cooked chicken curry? Grilled salmon? And they’ve removed a lot of favorites. You may remember a pretty lousy experience last September before the Sunday Roast was removed. While the Roast we received was largely inedible, it remains a favorite for a lot of people. It’s weird that they didn’t “fix it” instead of replacing it with chicken curry served over basmati rice.
The restaurant itself is quite small inside. Tables line the patio, but it’s not a place that I would like to be during the summer’s afternoon heat. Otherwise, it’s cute enough with a lot of wood and plates.
We started with the $8.99 Scotch Egg.
You may recall the Scotch Egg we received back in September, which I deemed to be on the sad side of things. It was only about three bites assuming you ate it daintily, like I would imagine the Queen would. In Disney-speak, the current iteration has a lot more sausage meat. As opposed to the non-meat part of the sausage, I guess. This was really good – bigger and more satisfying than the baby version. I’d still expect a second egg for nine bucks, but such is life.
Since I’m dining with four other people, we’ll get a chance to look at more food than usual!
The Cottage Pie – Ground beef, carrots, onions, mushrooms, creamy mashed potatoes, and Cheddar Cheese – $16.99. This was described as “meatier than expected” and looked to be the best entree of the bunch.
Fish & Chips – “Rose & Crowns Signature Dish” Beer Battered and Served with House Made Tartar Sauce – $17.99. I actually prefer the fish outside at Yorkshire County Fish Shop. It’s a lot crispier out there. This is more fish than what you’ll get outside, but it’s almost twice the price. The tartar sauce in here is much better than the packets though, assuming you can even get the packets open. I never can. On the plus side, it’s a lot of food!
Bangers and Mash – Traditional English Sausages with Braised Cabbage and Bacon served with Mashed Potatoes and Shallot Gravy – $14.99. Somehow I didn’t manage to get a bite of this one, but it does look good!
I ordered the Farmer’s Ploughman’s Lunch – Carved Ham, Cheese, Roast Chicken, Egg, and Traditional English Accompaniments – $17.99. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Everything you see is served cold. It’s a few bites of ham. A couple bites of chicken. An egg. A hunk of cheese. And two decent-size pieces of bread. I wasn’t too enthralled with this one. It’s basically leftover chicken out of the fridge with a side of ham that could just as easily be on the Angus Pizza Burger. The chicken has solidified fat hanging off the sides. The bread was warm and it made me realize that Rose & Crown doesn’t offer any sort of regular bread service with its meals. Overall, it was disappointing. When eating out, I like to order something that I wouldn’t or couldn’t put together myself. Anybody can bake chicken and buy a Honey Baked ham. If I was returning, I’d definitely go for that pie. It’s my fault for ordering something and then whining about it though! It’s sort of like ordering a hamburger and then complaining that you received a hamburger.
In other words, the food was very authentic.
This picture sums up the level of service pretty well. Everyone’s glasses are empty. The waitress let us know that we could let her know if we needed anything. Apparently that meant we had to “literally” flag her down and let her know that we wanted something. For dessert, we all ordered drink refills. I think she was genuinely surprised anyone would want another glass of water. Because, you know, it isn’t 90 degrees outside or anything.
The Jaffa Tarts – Orange Cream Filled Cakes with Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Sauce, and Fresh Oranges – $5.49.
Fresh oranges…out of a can? Somehow I didn’t swing a taste of these either. They didn’t seem to get rave reviews though.
Overall, it just wasn’t a great meal. There’s certainly nothing special about what I ordered. Service was lousy. If we were seated outside, it wouldn’t have even been much of a break from the weather either.
A big thank you to Brenda and Kevin for taking me out to lunch and I really enjoyed meeting you and your daughter, bodie3003!
A ground level view of the Agent P World Showcase Adventure transformation. As far as I can tell from scheduling, this isn’t going to open before the 17th. I would peg it closer to the 24th.
Vinylmation continues to be super popular(?)
Some new tanks:
We probably don’t have the body for them. And neither does 74.58% of the people that do wear them.
Under new management.
To go along with all of the “’71” merchandise floating around these days.
Wait times at 1:45pm. On a non-recommended day in June, you’re looking at 150 minutes at Soarin’, 65 at Character Spot, 60 at Mission: Space Orange, 20 at Spaceship Earth, etc.
Heading back into the Land Pavilion.
At 1:58pm, the last FASTPASSes during “regular” hours are being distributed.
A five minute wait at Living with the Land.
Into Innoventions West, where the Visa Card Meet and Greet line is pretty long. If you carry a Disney Visa, you can get a free picture taken here (and they actually give you the picture). Kids can play video games to the left while you wait. Currently, they’ve got Cars, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and a bunch of 2012 EA Sports games.
The Great Piggy Bank Adventure is actually a lot of fun for kids.
A bunch of interactive activities teaching children not to buy into Internet IPOs.
And generally save their money.
Where’s the Fire? Hopefully not in your house. I have actually never done this!
But you’ll learn how to stop, drop, and roll, among other things.
And you can check out this neat-o fire truck.
I always laugh when people discuss what area of Walt Disney World they would occupy in case of a zombie invasion. While Tom Sawyer Island or something might make sense on paper, I’d go with this fire truck. You’ve got a chainsaw and even zombies don’t go into Innoventions West! Let’s be realistic!
But we’re here for Runtime, presented by IBM. Just a reminder to buy Bosch!
This one is actually kind of neat, though you’d think they could run an update on the graphics. You’ll stand here facing a camera.
And follow the on screen instructions. You give them an example of you running, jumping, and dancing.
I’ve got moves.
You can then email home a copy of your game. I wish my email was email@example.com.
And you can play your game at one of these stations.
Yay, I am an hero! You can control me here: http://www.thinkingofyoupostcards.com/runtime/play/?Guestcode=KQCQ2FT4MXCRSQ!
As expected, there’s no one in line for Spaceship Earth at 2:28pm. Well, five people.
They must be adding new victims to the wall or something.
I’ll try to get more updating done before the next month’s operating schedule comes out. I’m expecting an update to July along with January 2013’s schedule on June 15th or 18th.