I visited TDR on June 12th and had the chance to check out some new happenings in the park.
First up, the construction on the TDL Hotel continues, with several of the turrets on top of the building being currently placed and worked on. The central fixture above the building, facing the park is also being installed.
Over at TDS, the 5th anniversary celebration has concluded and with it, all of the 5th anniversary decor has been taken down and the park has returned to it's normal look. However, one 5th anniversary fixture has been kept: the stylish Mickey statue and character fountain around Aquasphere. This particularly popular photo spot is receiving a little face lift... the 5th has been removed and a new stylish TDS banner had been installed.
Due to my short amount of time... I skipped rides, even though most of them only had 10-20 mins wait time, except for TOT.. at about 100 mins stand by wait with all FPs gone. I decided to enjoy the park's surrounding sans 5th anniversary decor, and take in the ever unseen TDS details that to this day, keep popping up as if they had been placed there since the last time I visited. Now THAT is truly accomplished theming in the part of the Imagineers.
I took time to have dinner and enjoy my favorite counter dish at TDS, the delicious Curry Sampler in Casbah Food Court, then proceeded to enjoy the park... collecting my free Funderful Disney Fan Club passport holder wallet gift currently being given out to members of the Club.
Once I was done with my quality control walk at TDS, I boarded the TDR Line and headed straight to TDL, bypassing the new Cirque du Soleil theater now being built close by the Ambassador Hotel. Not a great location for this theater..as it destroys the views of the Ambassadors' splendor and retro architecture.
Once at TDL.. the park was much busier than TDS, with the Stitch event still going strong. I took time to enjoy the surroundings at World Bazaar and Tomorrowland this time around. The entire block of shops between Tomorrowland and the Partner's Plaza is still closed and under renovations. So is Frontierland's block of shops and Country Bears attraction. POTC is closed while the Jack overlay is being installed.
On my way to Tomorrowland, I could not help noticing the bad conditions of the floors on the bridge that leads from the Hub and into the ToowTown, Rocket jets area. This is a very bad show for TDL and one that reminds me of the days when the MK began it's slide into bad maintenance. OLC!!! GET BUSY!!! I don't want to travel so far to go see cracked floors since I can do that at the MK just 12 mins away from my place, so don't give me reason to rant on your park as well in the near future...
I went on Space Moutain to enjoy the new overlay. 25 mins wait was posted for Stand by guests, but we only waited 20 by my watch. As usual, I enjoyed the ride, and like the much darker environs of the main portion of the ride. Plus, now I am more than before convinced they have added a "wind-like" sound to the main area of the ride, and you do hear this whooshing sound as you ride down those darkened drops and turns. Space Mountain does not disappoint here and I wish WDW got busy and majorly overhauled theirs to this standard, and track!
Once outside...the new light show installed on Space Mountain looks great. It give the building a constant kinetic feel of colorful light patterns with subtle moments of light beams reaching out from the top of the building and into the sky. One moment Space Mountain is silver, or neon purple, or a combination of different colors..like aqua, red, or even navy, to name a few... at times, it also goes all out Gay Pride, with a rainbow pattern that should be the stationary look for TDL's gay day later in July.
*hint to OLC*
Finally, I wanted to catch Dreamlights again and enjoy the new Nemo, Monsters Inc and Cindy floats. Like I have stated before.. the Monsters Inc float, with it's unique intensity changing light patterns is stunning. However, when Cinderella's float comes around, and her lovely dress tranforms from pink to blue to shimmering white.. the GASPS from the audience can be heard all around. It's a magnificent achievement from Imagineering and the guests are genuinely floored by this rather low profile-looking float. KUDOS!!! The other much subtle changes to the parade are also appreciated, and it's always good to see Roger Rabbit in the "flesh" at the end of the parade.
After the parade was over, the announcement came about "Disney Magic in the Sky" fireworks being cancelled due to the windy conditions over the park. If the show had been presented.. the ashes of the fallout would have flown directly over guests in TDL. Not a good thing, and this is something I have had to deal with at the MK and EPCOT Center during their shows.. even though now I have learned to move to the opposite side of the winds for such shows...
Anyways... I ended up leaving TDR after that. As always... a fabulous, albeit short time, was had and with every visit I make here, I am still convinced this is as good as overall quality can get at a Disney Resort.
Enjoy the photos for this visit and read the captions for extra info, if you are bored to death and have nothing to do for the next 5 hrs.