Jiminy Cricket said it best.. "Night time is the most magical time at WDW...especially if you are in the company of TDLFAN conducting a 'Quality Control Audit' walk around the MK and Epcot!" Of course, he didn't say all of that but you know what I mean.
Took a short evening stroll at the MK and EPCOT tonight and took some photos...just because. Parked the TDL Mobile at EPCOT's lot then took the Mono to the TTC and on to the MK. As usual..we had to wait not once, but twice for traffic clearance into the MK station. Typical. Of course.. here are some other observations as well from the MK...
-TTC has gone to the dogs! (see photos)
-MK definitely looks much better at night, partly because the issues I have with maintenance and cleanliness are less apparent in the evening hours.. Still MK looks it's best at night.
-The Castle's revolving window is broken again.. Funny how DL has lasted 50 years but no one seems to be able to get this turkey ornament to work properly for more than 50 hrs.. A shame indeed because I like the strobes that accompany the spinning effect, and always get a kick to see the "TDL" name represented up there.
-Buzz' ride has reopened after a brief refurbishing.. however, DO NOT make a special trip to see what has been done, which is virtually nothing. Show wise, there are no changes but at least it doesn't look as dusty in there as it did prior to the closure. However, the queue area looked like it had not been cleaned since opening time this morning. A very bad show indeed.
-Stitch's Great Escape...with FP being offered, the stand by wait for posted at only 5 mins at 7:45pm. But! if you wanted to FP it later, you could not see the show for another 40 mins at 8:25pm when the FP window would open. Meanwhile at the same time... Buzz's stand by was posted at 30 mins and FP were available as well... Seems to me it's clear Stitch's show does not need FP whatsoever. The fact that Stitch's Great Escape logo has been deleted from the front cover of the MK's guidemap speaks volumes to me. It's a lost cause.
So it was now past 8PM and I wanted to get to EPCOT before SpetroTragic parade started, since Main Street was beginning to get busy with guests claiming their view spots for the parade... I headed out to EPCOT on the monorail...again. So help me God. We again, had to endure not once but TWO "waiting for traffic clearance" before reaching the TTC..one in front of the Wedding Pavillion where a wedding was underway... "Don't do it sister!!!", and the other wait stop by the front of the Polynauseaus Hotel. Finally after what appeared to be 10 mins since our departure from the MK, we arrive at the TTC in time to catch our monorail to EPCOT. God help us again... As we are ready to depart..the mono CM comes on the PA system to tell us we are being "briefly delayed due to a maintenance check" on our monorail... So here we go again... It took about 2 mins before we were finally on our way! And you wonder why I am so harsh on the monorail system at WDW... Finally we arrive at EPCOT about 28 mins after I left the MK. That's 28 mins folks! I could have done the TDR Line loop (with 4 stops) TWICE! in that amount of time and still have a couple of mins to spare!!! A thorough review of the monorail operation needs to be conducted and improvements made.
BTW...memo to Disney: Monorail Pink, 3rd car, forward door... carpet needs shampooing... smelled like a kid peed inthere. Not pleasant at all... Don;t take it from me, but ask the silly teen girls next to me going "yuk! phew! etc etc"...
So now were at at EPCOT... Sad to say the wand is still there. But EPCOT does not feel as crowded as I thought it would be on a Saturday evening. I made my way to World Showcase and after a little while, I find a spot right on the fence by the lagoon, between UK and Canada, and set up my camera to take photos of "Reflections of Earth". This is my first time seeing the show after the barbee-Q barge has been brought out from rehab.. The lights go out and the show begins.. and ... Pretty. Flames galore..bright and high into the air. I don't know about you but I like my Reflections flame-broiled. The show goes off without a hitch and I enjoy the reaction from the newbies parked next to me... "Oooooh! Aaaah! WOW!!! etc etc etc". I think to myself "ain't my show pretty? and BTW... you need to get out of Omaha more often, please".
After the show is done, the pop version of "We go on" plays and colorful spotlights came on from over some of the World Showcase pavillions, while the lasers coming out of the American Adventure pavillion paint a "Presented By Siemens" on Spaceship Earth. The little light show lasts about 5 mins before everything returns to normal, and I leave EPCOT and return home.
All in all, it was a nice enjoyable walk around the MK and EC, and fun was had by all. Enjoy the photos...but caution.. do NOT read the captions if you are easily offended by constructive criticism about WDW. Otherwise, enjoy!