I'm impressed. I've been down on WDW CMs for years now, but I didn't have one bad one the entire trip. Met a few wonderful ones too. It's amazing that so many CMs still care considering the way they are treated by their management and many guests.
Guests -- like society -- continue their downward spiral. The only bad thing that happened on the whole trip (and I won't go into detail here as I promised that I wouldn't broadcast this on the Internet) was when a complete stranger exiting the MK Saturday night when I was entering with a friend, decided to try and run my friend over and then uttered an ugly slur. It was decidedly unmagical. Finding security would have been a waste. With today's political climate of hatred being cool in the USA, the guy probably would have walked away with a free vacation and we would have been asked to leave. Mind you, this person had never seen us, never met us, didn't know us from anyone, but decided that my friend's 'type' (whatever that was) didn't belong at the MK because apparently FOX News told him so while he was sitting in the trailer drinking a beer watching NASCAR, waiting for his wife to get home from WalMart and ... suffice to say, people really scare me.
Is Disney moving toward cruise line type limited menus at its best restaurants? It sure seems that way. If they cut anymore, the servers may just ask "do you want the chicken or the beef?'
Six entrees is simply a joke at a high-end restaurant. Narcoosee's calls itself a seafood restaurant with four entree choices from the ocean?!
I'm starting to think the Disney Dining Plan is behind this. It's a major marketing deal for The Mouse, so with so many people on it why offer choices? Just make it simple and further dumb down the product.
Even a location like Nine Dragons, which still has a REAL MENU WITH PAGES, has had its menu cut vastly from when I was last there maybe four months ago. Not good at all.
As I mentioned on another thread, Splash Mountain was a pleasant surprise. It looks better than it has in years, although some effects will likely never be fixed. But the MK as a whole still feels very, very empty. Way too much prime real estate just sitting wasting away. I spend less and less time there on every trip.
Pirates is under rehab, but there's no sign of what's to come. Just a simple rehab sign out front, and indeed the parrott is history, its perch empty. I also have heard the attraction will NOT, contrary to some reports, open again this week. But I'm not real sure my source knows ...
EPCOT is starting to look truly wonderful with the Flower and Garden Festival on the horizon. And what can I say about Illuminations: RoE that I haven't before. I could watch that show every night and not tire of it, but I am still eagerly awaiting the new one.
Biggest downer at Epcot was the sorry state of Soarin. I took a friend on it who had never been either here or at DCA and, first I was sickened by all the graffitti carved into the metal railings and grates in the queue. So Six Flagish. But again, guests can do whatever they want.
Then, we get strapped in and ready for our flight and UGH!!!! the movie has huge dust particles on it. It looks like alien spacecraft are descending on San Francisco. AWFUL SHOW! This just shows how much Disney cares about presentation. Impressions de France, a movie filmed in 1981 that debuted a year later, looks better than a film installed a year ago. Pathetic. Needless to say. My friend wasn't overly impressed.
Roaring Fork has reopened, half of it anyway has, and looks much nicer. New sandwiches are freshly made and are found at a counter near where the old register was located. The grill also was rehabbed. Both have some very nice tilework with fish appropriately on them.
Tried to 'sneak' up to the seventh floor of the WL to check out the new concierge lobby. Well, it seems some idiot that works for the company is afraid someone might come up and steal a can of coke or a few cookies and ALL the stairwells are LOCKED from the inside. I can't imagine that's legal. If there was a fire, people could be in real trouble ... SAFETY GUYS!!! It comes before profit.
Parks were generally not crowded despite folks at WDTC saying rooms were sold out across property. I'm starting to wonder if rooms are held back, just like table are left empty at restaurants, because Disney simply doesn't have the staff to clean/care for them. I saw hundreds of empty rooms at PO (both halfs), but Disney said they were all sold out.
America's Funniest Home Videos had some huge setup for a taping in Town Square last night. Have no idea what that was about.
Epcot and DAK both looked worlds better cared for than the MK does. How Phil Holmes keeps his job truly boggles my mind.
Lawyers are at it again. In their never-ending quest to prevent litigation, which naturally is impossible even bubble-wrapping Disney guests, Disney has pumped up the lighting at ALL pool areas and jacuzzis. I first mentioned this a year ago or so and my good buddy, Bill, 'splained it away as temporary. Nope. It's not. They've added them in many places, like one horrendously bright light at the PO-FQ jacuzzi that shines right in your eyes and could blind you.
You may notice this trip report is light on talk about park attractions and that's simply because this was a quick long weekend all about relaxing and enjoying the great spring weather before our miserable summer arrives, so attractions weren't a must ... did a lot of swimming, a lot of walking, a lot of eating and drinking ... and watching fireworks and visiting with friends.
It was a great weekend, but not one spent doing a lot of rides ...
Any questions or comments, bring 'em on!