We’ll drop by Epcot on the afternoon of April 19th with just a Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II lens by our side. Occasionally, a zoomed-out photo will show up from a previous visit.
That basically means everything is going to be really zoomed in.
Was taken from here.
The Muppet Lab show, which is worth seeking out behind Spaceship Earth, recently added a couple of afternoon shows. It’s currently scheduled at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, and 3:45pm, though these times don’t appear on the Times Guide because technical problems can cancel/delay things.
But you certainly want to drop by if you’re in the vicinity as the 10ish minute interactive show is a ton of fun.
When you wait 15 minutes in the drive-thru and they tell you the ice cream machine is broken.
What refreshing FastPass+ availability must have felt like in the year 336.
Ma’am, would you like some fresh grated parmesan with your soup, salad, and breadsticks combo?
Just hear me out about Nine Dragons.
The ease of the experience…
When you both know you didn’t really have that Mine Train FastPass+.
When she tells you it’s fine that you’d rather go out with your friends.
Putting the finishing touches on the itinerary.
We’d save $612 using the room-only discount but if we upgrade to a bunk bed room at the Wilderness Lodge we’d get the Dining Plan for a difference of $811 or we could stay at the All-Star Sports and get the Quick Service Dining Plan for a total of $908 but we already have the Caribbean Beach room booked with the $75/night gift card offer.
Trying to connect to Disney WiFi from the Tower of Terror boiler room. (Failing.)
Mom at 6:59am on FastPass+ day.
Back to what’s important in life, I’m crestfallen to inform you that the delicious vegetarian flatbread at Electric Umbrella has been switched out for some cheesy nonsense.
How many flippity different places can you get a cheese pizza on property that it’s so detrimental to Epcot’s culinary landscape to offer something approaching interesting. YOU’RE NOT PICKY. YOU’RE LIMITED.
MEANWHILE, HOW IS THE VEGGIE NAAN WICH STILL ON THE MENU? TEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS!!!1!
At least the $20 hamburger combo is safe!!!
I’ll spare you the World Showcase changes and instead quietly mention that the Sunshine Seasons’ fish is now “Salmon with Shrimp Pil Pil and Quinoa Taboulleh [sic].”
And while the 70-200mm managed to take this earlier in the day…
It doesn’t do so well with food with the minimum focusing distance of around five feet. Which means I basically took this picture of the salmon on the ground floor of the Land Pavilion from the Circle of Life theater. My life is awkward enough, but taking fast food fish pictures from 25 feet back is a new low that I didn’t know I needed.
Thanks first generation Android phone. This one was a bit strange in that the hot salmon is placed on top of cold quinoa. Both tasted good on their own, but I think there’s a reason steaks aren’t typically presented on a bed of ice. The pretty red sauce otherwise had a nice spicy flavor from the red pepper and paprika, which was mellowed with a lingering taste of garlic. The shrimp show off the flavor of the sauce better, but I would have preferred more of the flaky salmon, which had a nice spice rub in its own right.
The Quinoa Tabbouleh was prepared well with a lot of cucumber and tomato mixed in with the seed and what is probably mint, garlic, red onion, and pepper. It had a nice chew to it and being packed with protein, added considerable weight to the dish. I’m not sure if anybody in the culinary division actually sat down and ate this dish as plated because it doesn’t really work with the hot and cold components, but everything separately tasted quite good and it was a filling meal. It may be on the healthy side of things too.
On the Kids’ front, the “Pasta with Marinara and Turkey Meatball” replaces the “Turkey Meatloaf” and the “Pizza Panini” is out in favor of the “Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup.”
Each of the salads is up 50 cents, while the Kids’ Caesar is up 80 cents.
The Shrimp Stir-Fry is officially now “spicy,” even though it really isn’t.
The Flatbread is now vegan rather than “just” vegetarian. The picture is the exact same as before, so it might just be omitting the potato salad side.
A quick trip through Living with the Land:
Waits here remain elevated from 11am-3pm most days, with longer waits beginning at 10:30am and lingering until 5pm on busier days. It’s an easy 4th or 5th FastPass+ selection if you need to visit during those times.
The Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge has received some signage.
I cover what that offers in the middle of this post.
A minor update on the Disney Visa Meet and Greet, which you’ll find up the ramp in the same area as the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival.
The meet, exclusively for Disney Chase Visa holders, continues to operate from 1pm-7pm with the longest waits from 1pm-4pm. Arrive after 5pm if you can and you shouldn’t run into more than a couple other people.
Two characters typically meet from a pool of four: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto. PhotoPass digital downloads are included.
Speaking of the Imagination Pavilion:
My face when I get hung up on for the third time while trying to book Free Dining.
The simple tools required to understand FastPass+.
Actual footage of the new gondola system.
Me in my suit of armor a couple of years ago trying to explain how much FastPass+ is increasing wait times.
The DisFlix business model.
Flower and Garden continues through May 29th and it’s worth stopping by the butterfly garden behind Club Cool/Character Spot to check out one of the prettiest seasonal spaces at Epcot.
Some flowers and such as the sun sets:
I’ll be out and about at the Parks a lot over the next ten days with the gf in town, so you might hit me up on Twitter to see what (family friendly things) the website is up to. You don’t actually have to sign up to see the pictures and stupid commentary and bad pictures etc.