I have been spending a ton of time at EPCOT lately, so I decided to head over to the Magic Kingdom to see what I could find…
Main Street USA is buzzing with activity, as there are still several buildings behind themed skrims…
As you turn the corner to enter Adventureland, you get the immediate sense that there is a lot going on around here!
While the bridge at the entrance to Adventureland is undergoing a complete makeover, a smaller walkway is being used.
Over near the exit to the Swiss Family Treehouse, the stroller parking area is getting a facelift!
The last bit of skrim is still up between the Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill’s…
Walking over near Splash Mountain, I caught a picture of the new logs in action! I had the opportunity to ride Splash a few days ago, and I can only hope that they are able to work out the timing issues that the new lap bars have caused at loading.
The Liberty Square Riverboat is being refurbished…
There wasn’t much to see, but I headed over to Hanunted Mansion to see if anything was buzzing. The ongoing work is still going on behind these walls…I can’t wait to see it when it reopens…
Tomorrow I will be taking a look at Fantasyland, Toon Towns last days, and Tomorrowland.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this look around the Magic Kingdom!!!
When I read on the Disney Parks Blog that Josh Agle, better known as SHAG, would be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort for the first time to sign deluxe prints of the 40th Anniversary Map I knew that I had to be there!
I got to Uptown Jewelers at around 10:00 am and found myself sixth in line to purchase the print to be signed by SHAG. It was really exciting!
The confectionery was sending over samples of goodies, and some of the citizens of Main Street USA came by to offer a visit. The wait was made to be enjoyable thanks to the humor of Fire Chief Smokey Miller…
At 11:00 am we were able to buy our items to be signed. There were prints, Haunted Mansion decanters and glasses, and Haunted Mansion aluminum water bottles available.
Then it was time…but just as SHAG was about to begin signing the good Fire Chief had a surprise! He joined the Dapper Dans in a serenade of “Grim Grinning Ghosts” for SHAG!
The Print itself features the icons and resorts that were present as Walt Disney World opened 40 years ago. From the Polynesian to water skiing to the sky buckets…it’s all there!!!! And to top it off, he was a super cool guy who graciously signed and spent time with each of us.
It was definitely an experience that I won’t soon forget!!!
Yesterday the ‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun’ Parade stepped off for the first time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The ‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun’ replaces the popular and high energy ‘Block Party Bash’ Parade with a lack luster eight minute blink and you missed it “parade”.
Let’s start with the similarities between the current offering and ‘Block Party Bash’…
Starting time – Both parades begin at 3:00 pm.
Starting location – Starting on Hollywood Boulevard and ending near Star Tours the route snakes its way around the center of the park.
Slightly rethemed parade floats – The large floats are all the same, while the smaller floats have gotten a fresh coat of paint.
Reused costumes and props – Okay, the costumes, props, and scooters are pretty much EXACTLY the same…
So if all that is the same, what’s new?
Music – The songs we all loved to hate have been replaced by a tweaked “I Don’t Want to Work”…over and over again.
Characters – While the large floats have the same characters from The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Monster’s Inc, and Toy Story, Carl, Russell, and Dug from Up, Remy from Ratatouille, and Lotso from Toy Story 3 have been added.
While I really enjoyed the characters that were added, but I can’t help but miss all the excitement that ‘Block Party Bash’ brought to the streets of Hollywood Studios.