Continuing from the NVIP tour of the Ticket/Transportation Center, we’re headed to Magic Kingdom this past Saturday to experience our favorite thing – Extended Queue Saturdays™.
The Fantasyland construction and scrims on Main Street are changing the locations of the various Town Square characters. This is Mary Poppins meeting guests further back to the left of Tony’s Town Square than she ordinarily appears. That means you don’t get The Chapeau scrims in the background. And instead this sign that advertises bicycles.
And as we saw in yesterday’s Magic Kingdom character prioritization, Pinocchio was meeting guests over here to the right of Town Square Theater. I’ve never seen him up there before.
Disney isn’t offering a ton in the way of Valentine’s Day merchandise. I guess with the divorce rate at 99% there isn’t much of a market for this sort of lovey-dovey junk. And Samantha, answer my lawyer’s calls OR ELSE I’M KEEPING THAT FLOWERY VASE YOU LIKE.
We’ve got these rice krispy treats that are easy enough to decorate.
At 390 calories and 60% of your daily saturated fat, you may not live long enough to finalize the divorce to that man you no longer love.
You could count the number of people in line at the Confectionery on zero fingers. We’ll take the opportunity to snap some pics.
I prefer these sorts of things because they don’t come with nutritional facts. I mean, I bet one of those cupcakes has what, 25 calories?
I wonder how much this one is?
This crane in Fantasyland is ruining pictures…and vacations!!
This is where Fairy Godmother was meeting. Do you see her? Yeah, neither does anyone else.
Quite the crane. If you’d like to see some pictures taken from the top of the crane looking down at Fantasyland construction and other parts of Magic Kingdom, check this out. It’s pretty awesome.
This is the “Seven Dwarfs Mine” store in between Snow White’s Scary Adventures and Friar’s Nook. It has recently been gutted of most merchandise and only sells beverages and a few trinkets. I’m guessing the space will be part of the Princess Meet and Greet that’s coming to Fantasyland or repurposed with another theme. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in Fantasyland is still another two years away, so there isn’t necessarily a big rush to debrand this location.
Over to Storybook Treats to the left, which has updated its menu to officially include more items as snacks:
Those $4.69 sundaes are just about as good as a snack credit gets. If you’re looking to be better apprised of the ever-changing-snack-credit-landscape, bookmark Terri’s thread over at DISboards.com here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2853528.
My, you’re getting big, Beast’s Castle! If I didn’t know better, I would say you look all of five feet tall!
It’s another Extended Queue Saturday™. Occasionally on Disney forums, I’ll see the sentiment that because it’s “slow season,” it doesn’t matter which theme park you visit. The logic is that “crowds are so low” that all of the theme parks will be “empty” every day. Then they’ll tell you that it’s much more important to pick the “right park” in the summer, holidays, or other busy times. The logic there is that crowds are “more of an issue.” “In reality,” the opposite is true. In July when crowds are much heavier, operating hours are more consistent, and the same evening entertainment is offered every night, we don’t see nearly the variability between days that we see when overall crowd levels are lower. Because the on-site contingent numbers 65,00+ people even when crowds are at their lowest levels of the year, we still need to be cognizant of what they’re up to and try to avoid them whenever possible. Occasionally I’ll post a comparison of crowds on one day and then return the next day to take similar pictures at similar times. I’ll try to do another one of those here shortly. This one is a good example though.
Over to Fantasyland.
The interactive queue refurbishment continues at Peter Pan’s Flight with an expected opening date of March 7th, just in time for Dumbo and Goofini to come on line in New Fantasyland. The wait here is just 50 minutes around 1pm, so things aren’t too crazy.
So this walkway through Fantasyland is already the most congested in Magic Kingdom. To add to that, we have stroller parking outside it’s a small world. Congestion city.
You poor people. Had you just “Googled” one of the very few, very specific key words this website shows up for in search engines, you would have seen that Magic Kingdom is the “least recommended theme park to visit” today!
Liberty Square Riverboat is back open after a refurbishment that lasted a few days. The boiler should be all checked out and ready for another couple months of action. The Riverboat will be closing for a lengthier refurbishment in April, from April 16th – May 20th.
Few things get my juices flowing like a good pavement refurbishment, which is what has been going on at Magic Kingdom since January 21st.
You’re so pretty girl, I could just stare into your eyes forever.
You would think the purchase of a Turkey Leg would be a fairy straightforward process.
1. Pay money.
2. Receive Turkey Leg.
But you’d be surprised. This is like a 20 minute line for one. Interestingly, the Brazilians love turkey legs. Love them.
You could eat this Turkey Leg shirt instead. No line.
This is why they’re they’re refurbishing the ground. Check out the new pavement at the top of the picture compared to this monstrosity.
Girl, you ain’t so pretty, but your personality is good.
I would marry you.
A look ahead of us. They’re just about done – we have a Main Street Electrical Parade this Saturday, so this will all be cleared out or it will be a very unfortunate parade.
Full size for desktop wallpaper: https://www.easywdw.com/reports3/best_wallpaper.jpg.
The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment continues. They’re working hard on this – I expect it to return to prime form at the end of May.
Going on 2pm.
An 80 minute posted wait with FASTPASS return times at 3:30pm – 4:30pm. It has a little to do with the fact that it’s been a warm January/February for the most part and the fact that Big Thunder Mountain is down. Just wait for the Test Track refurbishment over the entire summer.
More queue that could be full. Just wait for July.
More of Pecos Bill is out from behind scrims. This section on the left is the only section still covered.
It looks great.
The yellow POPS. POP POP POP POP.
Tortuga Tavern had been operating just about every day from 11am – 3pm since it changed over from El Pirata y el Perico, but it isn’t open at all this week.
Through Adventureland where it’s looking cramped with all the stroller parking on the right.
If the mood ever strikes where you want to sit in a dark room alone for ten minutes and have animatronic birds squawk at you, you can always hop into the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Jungle Cruise sitting at 30 minutes just after 2pm.
My Tiki Room quip was only half fair. They just let in a group a minute or two before.
Not just crazy over here in Adventureland. That’s the Treehouse to our right and Aloha Isle ahead of us.
Over to Main Street just after 2:10pm. The streets are already lined with people waiting for the 3pm Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade.
Looks bummed that he struck out.
So not only does the 3pm Parade only travel up Main Street, proceed around The Hub in front of Cinderella Castle, and come back the same way it came, but we can’t even sit or stand on the street outside Main Street Bakery because of the scrims. I guess you could stand there, load up the Parade on YouTube, and pretend like you could see it live.
The current Parade route. The Magic Kingdom Times Guide opens up to this picture. I remember when people thought I was nuts for saying it was going to be like this!
Can I get a Meet and Greet with Minnie in this outfit? Want to take you home with me girl.
I want to buy this bag to carry around all of the website’s treasures.
I wish the men’s stuff was this cute.
It’s textured so Minnie’s dress feels like velvet.
So these are see-through nightgowns for kids in Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, and Tiana.
And Minnie Mouse.
This is a new design as far as I can tell for 2012.
It comes in one of everything:
I think they’re hoping you dig the design. Or see you at the Outlets.
It should be pretty obvious that I was in the marching band. I would melt marching around in the 80 degree heat in Florida and that’s just in February. Often times a marching band will march down Main Street before the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 3pm. It’s about 2:40pm here.
A busy day at the Magic Kingdom. I didn’t capture a ton of the crowds this time for my own selfish reasons. I really needed a couple pictures to finish off that Character Prioritization post.
I’m sure the pictures are around here somewhere, but this is how organized I am. Each one of those folders is a day at Walt Disney World organized by nothing other than the date and the theme park.
This is the current state of the Grand Floridian’s Disney Vacation Club construction. It’s basically a scene out of FernGully.
That’s the Wedding Pavilion to the right. On the plus side, 99% of marriages end in rubble anyway. Might as well start it off by getting married in the midst of it.
Lunch today is over at Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney. You may remember these pictures of the menu and complex from last week:
The complex works like most Disney resort quick service outlets. You order what you’d like from Pollo, Fresh, babycakes, and the bar and then proceed to the cash register to pay for everything.
Plenty of interior seating.
Over to the condiment bar. Something this website is known for. Some interesting sauce choices. In my family, the sauce in the middle is called “fancy sauce.”
Some fresh salsas for your babycakes donut.
Self serve cola machines.
This is the 1/4 Citrus Grilled Chicken with Campero Rice ($7.49). Above it is two corn tortillas that come with the meal. To the right is a cup of Campero Beans ($2.49). And then barely visible to the right of that is the fountain beverage ($2.29).
$13.07 combined. Overall, the entire experience was lousy. Maybe I am ridiculous for asking the person serving the food what they would recommend. I usually ask just because I assume they have either tried some of the options or are trained to say something like, “Our signature dish is the Citrus Grilled Chicken with Campero Beans.” To which I would say, “That sounds great.” But the girl working the counter had no opinions – just a sneer and an “I don’t know…..what do you want?” I don’t know what I want. That’s why I asked! Anyway, I had in mind to order the grilled chicken. Didn’t know anything about any of the sides. They looked like a mixture of unappetizing, inedible, and dry. So I went with dry and got the Campero rice. The employee asked, “Do you want beans?” I said “Yes” assuming that it was some sort of topping for the rice or some other weird Pollo Campero signature thing. It turned out to be an additional side. That’s my fault, I guess. I should have inquired as to what I was being asked. But by this time our interaction had been unpleasant enough that I wasn’t looking to continue it.
Fortunately, the best part of the meal was the beans. The chicken was dry – obviously sitting under the heat lamps for too long around 3:30pm. I was the only one in line so who knows how long the food had been sitting there. The rice was cold and bland – worse than a bag of microwavable Uncle Ben’s Spanish Rice. The meal comes with corn tortillas for seemingly no reason. You could sort of make your own rice/chicken taco if you wanted. But otherwise you just have two plain tortillas to eat at some point. The best part of the meal was the fountain beverage. Not recommended with Earl of Sandwich as a cheaper option and Cooke’s of Dublin with far superior food and service.
But what do I really think, right?
Next up is an empty Hollywood Studios on Super Bowl Sunday.