This week is just going to be insane. Wait times on Monday April 2 at 12pm:
DINOSAUR: 30 minutes
Expedition Everest: 60 minutes
It’s Tough To Be A Bug: 20 minutes
Kali River Rapids: 90 minutes
Kilimanjaro Safaris: 60 minutes
Primeval Whirl: 20 minutes
Journey into Imagination with Figment: 20 minutes
Living with the Land: 30 minutes and offering FASTPASS
Maelstrom: 20 minutes
Mission: Space Orange: 90 minutes
Soarin: 120 minutes with FASTPASS gone before 12pm
Spaceship Earth: 30 minutes
Test Track: 120 minutes
Great Movie Ride: 30 minutes
Rock n Roller Coaster: 120 minutes
Star Tours: 60 minutes
Tower of Terror: 70 minutes
Toy Story Mania: 140 minutes
Astro Orbiter: 60 minutes
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin: 70 minutes
Haunted Mansion: 50 minutes
it’s a small world: 35 minutes
Jungle Cruise: 65 minutes
Pirates of the Caribbean: 40 minutes
Peter Pan’s Flight: 90 minutes
Snow White’s Scary Adventures: 45 minutes
Space Mountain: 120 minutes
Splash Mountain: 140 minutes
And then to add to that, today’s high is 91, tomorrow’s is 92, and Wednesday’s is a whopping 93 degrees. So you’ve got some of the biggest crowds of the year, summer highs, and the second highest resort prices of the year.
We’ll take a brief(?) foray into Epcot. It’s too crowded to really do anything.
Just wanted to take the camera through Spaceship Earth.
But we have a 30 minute posted wait and people on both sides of the extended queue. I guess it can wait until May.
BREAKING NEWS: The Peacock has moved forward a little bit.
Wait times at 1:23pm:
Sort of an unfortunate reflection (mine in the first image). FASTPASSes are gone at both Soarin’ and Test Track.
These are never brief.
Canada apparel is only worn ironically, right?
This is one area where you may see bonus character meet and greets. This is out in front of the World Showplace between the Canada and UK Pavilions.
And Rafiki in this case. Just a few people in line at both.
Great time to be driving a weird golf cart through World Showcase!
How many points for the guy with the umbrella?
The $14.95 Mediterranean Sliders Combo from Tangierine Cafe:
Full menu and more info: https://www.easywdw.com/menus-and-seating/tangierine-cafe-morocco-pavilion-minor-quick-service/.
For our purposes today:
Overall, this is another winner. At $14.99, we’re at the upper limits of the quick service meal price range, but the extra couple of dollars are probably worth it. Though Restaurant Marrakesh also in the Morocco Pavilion does offer this lunch special:
Which is pretty tempting. Next time.
Anyway, I enjoyed the sliders. The chicken was uncharacteristically dry, to the point where it was difficult to swallow. And I’m not ordinarily the type of person that has a problem swallowing. But everything else was just as it should be. Rather than overpowering the flavors of the meat/felafel, the onions provided a nice crunch. The tahini sauce referenced is (obviously) made with tahini, which is a sesame seed paste. I’m not sure what it would taste like without it, but the sauce didn’t seem to add much flavor to the dish. The tabbouleh and lentil salad are also nice cold accompaniments to the sandwiches. If pressed, I would probably order the Chicken and Lamb Shawarma Platter over the Sliders. It seemed to be more food, but this was a nice way to sample the menu’s major items too. Tangierine Cafe is a no-brainer on the Dining Plan, thanks to the high cost of several of the entrees. Even out of pocket, I think the quality and size of the portions make it worthwhile as well.
The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion is one of my favorite places to stop and cool off a bit. It always seems to be well air-conditioned and there is a ton of interesting stuff to look at, even if you don’t like to shop or have no plans to purchase anything. This is the popular Pick A Pearl.
Your best choice for solar powered toys in World Showcase.
Who isn’t looking to expand their collection? I mean really.
I want that owl.
The always popular Japanese snacks and candy room.
I ran into a family that purported to know who I was over at the Funnel Cake Stand in the United States Pavilion, which is always a little surreal. It’s nothing personal, but I have no idea who you are. Normally I deny that I am “Josh,” but they offered me a bite of their pumpkin spice funnel cake. I don’t usually take food from strangers because TouringPlans.com is actively trying to poison me, but they seemed trustworthy. But isn’t that the sort of person you would send to poison someone? You wouldn’t just send some sketchy monorail bro with a carton full of green corn dog nuggets and a weird smile. Anyway, it’s Monday and I’m not dead yet. Thanks for the funnel cake bite and it was nice meeting you, whoever you were.
So I got a bite of the Pumpkin Funnel Cake. Uh-mazing. I absolutely detest this next phrase, but it was “melt in your mouth pumpkin goodness.” I feel like funnel cakes are ordinarily pretty dry, but this was warm and moist.
Creepy-doll-making-lady was on hand. I mean the dolls are creepy. She isn’t as far as I know.
Just this little stand in the back of the United States Pavilion. That’s Disney World’s main photographer standing up there. He’s everywhere.
Sooooooooooooo creepy I don’t think I could even bring one of these into the house.
A better country for boozing next year, Walt Disney Company. The country of Stone Brewing Company?
Pretty, but getting hot already. Not looking forward to the next six months.
Up to China with a lot of people around.
The menu for the Mexico Tequila Stand has expanded:
I’m still headed inside to La Cava.
So instead of building me a house to live in, Disney was building this stage instead.
With various high school bands and choirs performing. This particular group was pretty bad. Just kidding. That would be terrible for me to say!
Mom, I want to ride Soarin’. Sorry son, the only only attraction we’re riding today is Journey into Imagination with Figment. No wait!
The entrance is through the sliding doors pointed at above. It’s a short walk inside to the loading bay.
You break it, you buy it.
Unless it was designed by Wayne Szalinski, in which case it’s probably already broken.
Despite the 100+ minute waits at three other attractions, we only have a dozen people in front of us.
It’s pretty lame, but dark, air-conditioned, and better than staring at a wall in the sun, which is really our only other option right now.
You’ll roll by a few sets. You’ll notice that the train of vehicles comes in sets of four. Each of the four pieces will turn so that they’re facing each of the sets, if that makes any sense. My point is that it doesn’t matter if you’re in the first or last car in terms of being able to see what’s going on.
Should have bought a ticket for that 600+ million dollar lottery. Three Figments wins you nothing here.
Don’t think we could have gotten this with the old camera.
Didn’t get the ISO turned down after emerging from the darker portions of the ride. But it’s still fairly usable, even at such a high ISO.
After riding, you’ll enter the Imageworks:
A few unpopular activities.
Over to the Character Spot, where the queue is completely full. From the Epcot Character Prioritization, we know that we want to be here first thing in the morning or after 8pm. Forget it in the afternoon or you’re looking at a 30+ minute wait. This is closer to 60 minutes.
Hopefully this camera doesn’t trigger the Fountain like the old one did.
Wait times at 3:21pm:
TouringPlans.com has this as an “actual crowd level of 2.8” and their “estimated crowd level” running up to the day was 3.2 according to their Facebook. It seems to me that any day where the three headliners hit waits in the triple digits would have to be at least a “3.” It’s certainly not every day that you see both sections of the external queue at Spaceship Earth running at 1pm and then again at 3:45pm. Test Track and Soarin’ were completely out of FASTPASSes by the time we arrived at 1:15pm. We have FASTPASS going at Living with the Land, which only occurs during the absolute busiest times. If you add up the current wait times for Soarin’, Test Track, and Mission: Space, you’re looking at a combined wait of 260 minutes, or over four hours for three rides. There is an interesting thread over on DISboards.com about this, titled “Has Touring plans lost its collective minds? [sic]” Len Testa appears around page four and seems to talk intelligently about whatever it is he’s talking about. But at some point I think you have to take a look at what you have and say, “This isn’t working.”
This is Habit Heroes curtained off to the right. There had been some erroneous reports that Habit Heroes was running because Disney never bothered to take down the sign that said testing was “in progress.” But it’s definitely down for the count. How long is that count? I’m going with forever.
One last sign telling you to visit a website that no longer exists.
Spaceship Earth around 3:45pm, again with the entire external queue running.
Good luck out there.