Just got back from Asia and am sitting here comfortable in my computer desk just 12 minutes away from WDW. Hehehe...
Yours truly spent a few rushed hours at TDR the other day. Hot day, close to 90F, but mostly sunny, albeit quite windy, to the point of cancelling the fireworks yet again. Then again.. a little bit of wind will cause such traumas for the pyro dept at the resort.
Anyways.. I was there Saturday and both TDL and TDS were packed with a gazillion visitors (again, putting doubt in my mind that WDW attendance numbers are flawed or manipulated to show a healthy crowd year long).
Let's start with TDL.. Some of the halloween decor for this year is aleady completed or near conpletion. Decor around the Hub is fabulous as always.. Toontown and Westerland has a lot of the decor already up. Those silly ghosts have once again popped up everywhere in the park. Floral Mickey is sporting the colors of Halloween, and dozens of pumpkins have magically appeared at the Main entrance.
Over in Fantasyland, the Haunted Mansion re-dressing for Nightmare is almost complete, and at night, lit-up pumpkins flicker on top of the Haunted Mansion as well... very nice.
On other TDL news... there is new signage already up in World Bazaar (Dennis-in CT's favorite park area of them all) in anticipation of the new shoppes replacing the former Toy Shoppe, Storybook Store, Bee-Bop, and Mickey's Moderne Memories.
For those of you who have no idea who/what the Orange Bird is.. take a look here. If you don't know who the Orange Bird is, then you should not be allowed to leave the UK, ever.
TDLFAN also goes to the most uninteresting places at TDR... this one in particular being the newly built parking garage near TDL's entrance, next to the new TDL Hotel and parking auto plaza. After all... I just needed to see what the big deal was all about, and they have drink vending machines! Whoo-peee!
Finally.. you will find some obligatory shots of the current state of construction at the TDL Hotel.. Now.. did you know that all of the pictures I have taken of the hotel so far have been of the hotel's BACKSIDE? YES INDEED!! The courtyard that faces the TDR Line Station and TDL itself is actually the backside of the hotel. On the other side of the hotel, facing those unsightly and very un-Disney-like (but WDW-like) JR Train tracks lies the very front of the hotel. Here the porte cochere and the lobby entrance and exit ramps are being built as we speak. So guests who drive up to the hotel's frontside and pull up to the lobby, will have to drive on the road paralleled to the JR Train Tracks and access the hotel from that side. Also, the porte cochere and front side of the hotel are being built ON TOP of the hotel's own parking garage, which is totally separate from the parking garage you see in this pictorial. And yes, folks... the cheapest rooms at the TDL Hotel will face the JR Tracks and the ugly Urayasu condominiums on the other side of them train tracks. So be very specific as to what view you want when you are ready to reserve at this grand palace: train track view, parking lot view, TDR Line station view, or Bon Voyage view... Not really much to look at from the TDL Hotel rooms I am affraid. Do what resident rich boy TDR_Fan does and book the Miracosta instead.
Now on to TDS... TDS will soon be hosting the special event "Disney A La Carte", a culinary event for those discriminating food loving park goers. It's no secret to those who have been to TDS that this park offers the most varied and elegant dining experiences of any Disney park on Earth. Yes kiddies, better than EPCOT Center in my honest opinion. So it will be interesting to see how they plan to enhance the culinary experience here.
So far, two restaurants have recieved special decor for the event. Casbah Food Court in Arabian Coast is becoming the Genie Cafe, and Cafe Portofino is being turned into a Pinocchio Village Haus of sorts, with lovely simulated stain glass windows that are quite lovely and colorful.
More on "A la Carte" to follow on my next report after I return from TDR at the end of Sept.
Nearby, the Miracosta is also selling some nifty merchandise for the delight of the most discriminating Disney fans...such as Dustysage, Aimster or Big Piglet Fan... Just check out the pics and see for yourself..
Enjoy the album...but remember some shots are taken at night and turned out a bit too dark. Sorry.