Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Long Wait Times For "Flight of Passage"

This Orlando Sentinel article highlights the popularity of "Flight of Passage" at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the fact that the wait times have not diminished, reaching to more than 6 hours recently.

Visitors who did not have FastPasses waited in stand-by lines an average of about 2 hours and 15 minutes in June, according to Testa’s numbers. He bases those on a rolling average, which helps eliminate outliers, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the busiest time of day, he said.

Through Touring Plans, Testa’s 140,000 paying subscribers (plus half a million who use his website for free) feed him data. He’s collected 20 million data points to guide his analysis, he said.

Fast forward to Dec. 16, a Saturday, about 6 p.m., the wait time hit 6½ hours — the highest Testa has ever recorded, beating the previous 305-minute wait for Soarin’ Over California at Epcot.


We managed to go on "Flight of Passage" twice during our last trip in Dec. 2017. It is certainly a spectacular attraction. But is it worth a wait that long? It appears that many people standing in line for hours seem to think so.

But the Na'vi River ride? Not worth the wait more than 20 minutes.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


The inside of Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant at Disney Springs

Gourmet Donald at Festival of the Arts

Donald is sometimes feeling deconstructed so he is having Deconstructed BLT and a DC strawberry cheesecake. The BLT is pork belly, egg and tomato jam.

Donald at the Painter’s Palatte

Don is eyeing a gourmet appetizer at the Festival of the Arts. The egg with candied bacon was especially good.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

More news out of D23 Expo Japan. New details on the attraction replacing The Great Movie Ride at DHS has been released.

"On the attraction, the fun begins when you see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic," Disney said. "As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy's train for a wacky, wild ride."

This is interesting because it will be the first ride at WDW that features Mickey and Minnie (not counting Philharmagic, which is a show and not a ride).

Let's hope it is not another lame attraction such as the Na'vi River ride at Pandora.


Epcot's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Coaster Will Be Massive

The big news that came out of the D23 Expo in Japan is that the "Guardians of the Galaxy" roller coaster ride at Epcot will be one of the largest indoor coasters in the world.

With the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster, we’re going big. This one-of-a-kind family attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it’s added to Future World at Epcot. It’ll feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests.

OK, wow!

I hope they're not doing to wait till WDW's 50th Anniversary to finish it.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dragon in Blue

Seen somewhere at EPCOT. Inspired by Festival of the Arts.
Part of a treasure hunt type game so exact location can’t be revealed

Donald’s pandemonium

Don with strange bear

Chalk art at EPCOT

An area dedicated to chalk art by various artists, at Festival of the Arts

Chalk art in progress

Chalk art at the Festival if the Arts at EPCOT

Donald and Donald

Our famous duck admiring a portrait of himself at EPCOT

Mona Figment

A possibly rare painting by a possible Italian master, possibly seen at EPCOT. Actually it isn't and it was.

Impression de Figment

A rare Monet (or not) painting of Figment seen at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts goodies

From the Painters Palette at EPCOT, white chocolate "paintings" with chocolate easels.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Star Wars Dessert Party

One of the tables at the dessert party at DHS. Tried the blue stuff, it was delicious. The party includes a special fireworks viewing area.

Star Wars Ice Cream

Seen at Annie's on the Boardwalk. The cup has a scoop of First Order, very chocolate.

New Disney Skyliner

Seen at DHS, poster for the new Tram that will connect several places(see map). This also shows the proposed Riviera resort which might be near the Caribbean. Construction can be seen at DHS.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Dancing and Singing Mickey and Minnie

OK, so this is rather late to show something that is more appropriate for the holiday season, but hey, I've been busy!

We bought these at CVS, of all places, in Nov. 2017. At first we didn't want them because we need more singing Mickey and Minnie plushes like we need a hole in the head. But when I played and put it on the floor, we just had to get them because they actually dance and move across the floor! They were too adorable to pass up.

So, this may be late, but here they are, Mickey and Minnie, dancing and singing "Deck The Halls".


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Fate Of John Lasseter May Depends On What Happens On Thursday

Disney Animation unit has scheduled a "Day of Listening" tomorrow, Feb. 1, 2018, to discuss, among other things, the issue of John Lasseter and if he will be welcomed back.

The gathering, which Disney veterans say is unprecedented for the Burbank-based animation unit, comes as sources with ties to both Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios speculate that John Lasseter, who oversees both companies but has been on leave since November, will not return from what was characterized by Disney as a six-month "sabbatical." At the time, Lasseter, 61, acknowledged "painful" conversations and unspecified "missteps" in a memo to staff.

The loss of Lasseter will definitely be a major blow and a major transition for both Disney Animation and Pixar.

I wonder if they have removed, or will remove, all those bottles of wines from the two Remy restaurants on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships.


Monday, January 29, 2018

ESPN Wide World of Sports

How many big Disney fans have ever visited the ESPN Wide World of Sports at WDW? I have, but only a couple of times, and for both times, it had nothing to do with sports (both were related to pins).

So while I know about the facility, I don't know much about it since I don't have much of a reason to go there when I'm on vacation at WDW. Still, for those who are curious on why Disney would have such a facility, this article will enlighten you on why it is such an important part of Walt Disney World. I, for one, didn't know that the Cheerleading thing is that big and how the World of Sports is the major venue for the event.

No wonder I kept bumping into cheerleading squads every now and then when I'm going to WDW.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Inside The Flavor Lab

I don't get to read much about the Disney's Flavor Lab at WDW. So it was quite informative to read this article on what it is and what it does.

Flavor Lab is a 7,500-square-foot complex tucked away in the backstage parts of Disney's Florida property, off limits to the countless tourists who will eat the dishes dreamed up within its walls. In this building, the company’s chefs and Imagineers have access to a one-stop workshop to build immersive dining experiences, create detailed mythologies that lend story to restaurant locations and menu items, try out new technologies, make sure ideas are practical on a Disney-size scale, and test everything down to the individual appetizer. The goal: Create restaurants where a meal is as much a part of a theme park vacation as a ride on the Haunted Mansion.

Hey, when will get a backstage tour of this place? :)


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Le Creuset Disney Collection

Oh, as if I need another reason to spend money!

I just found this (thanks, Chuck!) Le Creuset Disney collection. Le Creuset is never cheap (I have several dutch ovens and a few other ceramic items). Pair it with Disney, and it becomes downright expensive.

But hey, those ramekinds are awfully tempting!


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Happy Holidays From Living With The Land

These are photos that I managed to snap of the holiday decorations inside the greenhouse during the boat ride on Living With The Land at Epcot. This was taken this past December, 2017.


Friday, December 15, 2017

A Review Of Mobile Food Ordering

On this trip (which we are still on for at least another couple of days), we used the mobile food ordering service that is inside the My Disney Experience App. This feature allows you to preorder and pay for food at various counter services at the 4 theme parks, and one in DS. Supposedly, it will expand even more as they add more counter service.

The take home review of this feature is: IT IS FREAKING AWESOME!

Say you want to order food from Flame Tree BBQ. You tap on "Order Food" section in the App. It will then list all the quick service restaurants that are able to prepare your order. Under Animal Kingdom theme park, you'll find Flame Tree BBQ. Tap on that, and you will be shown the menu that are available for mobile app ordering (for Flame Tree, it is identical to the one you get standing in line at the counter. For Sunshine Season, there are items that are not listed in the current menu list for that establishment).

You then pick the item you want, ADD to your selection, and add as many as you want. Also note that you may have the ability to customize, as in the type of side dishes if the item comes with it. So you may want to keep the default fries, or maybe change it to a fruit cup.

You also may add drinks, desserts, side dishes, etc., anything that is on the listed menu.

Then, once you are done with your selection, you place your order. This is where it will be processed to be paid. Then you will be presented with a button that said "I"m here, process my order now", or something to that effect. It is only THEN will they start preparing your order. Once your order is ready, the app will refresh that page and will tell you that your order is ready to be picked up.

Picking up the order is simple. You either give the name of the person who ordered it, or the order number that is displayed on your app. At each counter service that accept mobile order, there is a location denoted by a sign on where you should go to pick it up.

Having used it MANY times on this trip, this is one of the most convenient feature that we have come across with. It saves time standing in line, or the aggravation of standing behind a group of people who seem to only start to figure out what they want when they get to the cashier. Many times, we often start the order even before we got to the place we want to eat. When we get there, I would indicate that they should start the order while we look for a place to sit. Often times, it takes less than 5 minutes before we get the notice that our order is ready.

From what I can see, there are still not many guests who are making use of this feature, so the efficiency of this service may change as more and more people use it. But as of now, I can't think of any sane reason for anyone not to use this. Unless of course, you enjoy standing in long lines that crawl.