There isn’t a whole lot to this one. But they can’t all be epic, right? After all, it’s not every day Disney opens a Dumbo-themed-playground inside a circus tent. I had mentioned in the Dumbo post about the “obnoxious outcry” over the Dumbo playground and Casey Jr. Splash Station and for once it wasn’t actually aimed at DISboards.com. It was actually regarding this thread on WDWMAGIC. Just be warned that it’s going to take you five hours to read it and you’ll feel a little dirty once you’re done. The first page is funny if you have five minutes though. And it might give you a new perspective on this website if you think it’s “negative in tone.”
It’s June 25th at 6:58pm. The storm has put a damper on what I’ve been able to accomplish outdoors recently. I was supposed to have dinner with Josh (not me, the other one) at Raglan Road this evening, but the chance of rain from 6pm – 10pm when I checked at 1pm was purportedly 100% for the entire four hours. So I chickened out and stayed put. No rain.
I spent part of today watching a couple hours of videos on editing pictures in Adobe Lightroom. I don’t know if they look better or not since the purpose of this website isn’t necessarily a photography exhibit. Check out this set of pictures of Buena Vista Street or this set of Radiator Springs Racers over at DisneyTouristBlog.com and join me in my feelings of inferiority.
Work is actually going on at the Splitsville construction site. As you’re probably aware, this is the pretentious nighttime bowling alley that’s scheduled to open “this fall.” It still seems like fall is going to be a miracle, but they may not be talking about September here. The word is that the bottom floor will be “family friendly” and the second floor will cater more to me and my cussing band of alcoholic cronies.
A few more:
Dinner this evening is at the West Side version of the Wolfgang Puck Express. You may remember we visited the (superior) Marketplace version back in February here.
Much more limited than the Marketplace menu.
The salads, cold sandwiches, sushi, lighter options, and desserts are pre-packaged, making them quick choices for those on the go.
$8.95 seems a little rough for a prepackaged slice of pie.
Otherwise there isn’t a lot to it. The Wolfgang Puck Cafe table service restaurant and upper floor signature restaurant are also located in this building off to the right. If you see a line for the restaurant, you can enter the doors closer to the quick service tables or weasel your way through the main entrance. There’s only two cash registers, a few indoor tables for two, and the soda machines inside.
And a side of the Wolfgang Puck Cafe kitchen. Wolfgang has long since sold his shares of the restaurant, making this one of those “in name only” joints.
The decor may or may not be incredibly creepy. As someone who is creepy, I’m leaning towards creepy.
Like the Marketplace iteration, you’ll be given a number and you’re welcome to find a table. Although the seating area has always seemed fairly extensive from the walkway outside, it turns out that there really aren’t a lot of tables. Several families were standing around waiting for someone to leave and those seated near the walkway may get wet in the rain/wind. That wasn’t helped by the fact that the rain picked up or the fact that it took 32 minutes to receive my pizza. And not the, “it was actually eight minutes but felt like 32 minutes” sort of thing, but it was “literally” 32 minutes between when I ordered and when the pizza finally did arrive. Inevitably, I asked, “You haven’t forgotten me, have you?” and then “literally” two seconds later the pizza arrived. That always happens.
The Barbecue Chicken Pizza – Grilled Red Onions, Cilantro, Smoky Barbecue Sauce – $14.95:
For portion sizing purposes. And:
22 megapixels just in case you want to make this pizza your desktop picture: http://i.minus.com/ibmULeupFqiYfV.jpg.
You get what you pay for at Wolfgang Puck Express. I don’t think it’s possible to find higher quality “quick service” food on property. I’m trying to think, but I can’t think of anything. This destroys the new Pinocchio Village Haus Flatbreads. Destroys Disney pizza. There isn’t even a comparison that could be made. It’s $5 more, but there’s more of it and it’s 714.3% better. Of course, Pinocchio Village Haus is going to be a lot more convenient if you’re at Magic Kingdom and they feed 3,000 more people a day than Wolfgang. Compared to Via Napoli, it might be a little closer, and I think we need to do more research. A lot more research.
With the 30 minute wait, it’s obvious everything is prepared fresh. I was expecting more of a barbecue sauce presence. Really the chicken is the only thing doused in barbecue sauce. Unlike your stereotypical “barbecue chicken pizza,” there isn’t any barbecue sauce underneath the cheese. The crust was perfect. Crispy, but not overdone. I say the Marketplace version is superior (because of the more elaborate menu), but if you’re looking for something on the menu and you’re in the vicinity, this is a great option. On the Disney Dining Plan, it (along with the Marketplace) is a no-brainer.
The House of Blues “Club.”
I spent a couple of hours at “DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park.” I didn’t take a ton of pictures because it was so busy with the rain. We’ll return for a much more thorough look in the future. It’s fun, but very loud, and the “major attractions” are extremely dated. I played “Invasion! An ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter,” which is one of their “major attractions,” and the graphics and gameplay were worse than the original Wolfenstein. I wasted a few “good guys” before I realized they were different than the blobs riding the other blobs. But they did have a nice assortment of pinball and other more “classic” arcade games. With the invention of surround sound and “next-generation consoles,” I don’t even know what the “arcade game landscape” looks like these days.
Anyway, I’ll discuss it more in depth when I have pictures of everything.