Yep. It's that time of year again. No, put down the eggnog. Forget about putting those decorations on the tree. Sit down and get comfortable (speedos, chaps and tiaras are all acceptable here) ... perhaps some of that Christmas music (but not the puke worthy Christmas Shoes) and a candy cane.
Yes. You know them. You love them. Even when they make you feel so dirty for reading, you still can't hit the 'next' thread .. it's time for some spirited WDW observations.
Some good thing: Epcot resort decorations all look wonderful ... much is new. Even the YC has indeed beefed up its offerings with a winterscape (even though it's mostly Department 56 with YC and BC signs added here and there). BC has the amazing gingerbread carousel AND new lobby furniture. Dolphin, which was so recently renovated you can still smell the paint and carpeting, has an amazing pastel colored tree that is huge. ... have had universally wonderful CM interactions (especially the transport workers who are giving accurate and updated park info) ... the new MK stage show, while nothing special, is still much better than the past two Cinderella-themed shows ... the MK looks cleaner than it has in a long time ...Epcot is so alive for the holidays with a great vibe. ... BC Marketplace gelato is yummy!!! Way better than Dole Whips. ... Two fireworks shows a night at MK with Wishes at 6 and Holiday Wishes at 9:30 (for MVMCPs but can be seen for free from MK resorts) ... MK has had some maintainance/painting done on buildings in Liberty Square and Fantasyland ... castle paint job makes it look more real (WDW1974 likes it so far!)... Disney has returned lights to the Hub, albeit on small trees, that will likely take 3-4 years to begin to mature. ... The FW boat dock sign that has been plagued by wood rot for years has been removed. ... holiday decorations (especially the LED lights) at DD are very nice.
Wow ... that's a lot of positives ... doncha hate when that happens? Not so easy to attack someone when they really are ... fair and balanced. ;-)
Now for some not-so-good ... you shouldn't step on a piece of glass on the floor of your Disney resort room because the Mousekeepers don't vaccuum them anymore ... just a little sweeping because consultants told Disney how much they could save by doing so. ... Buses speeding around Port Orleans doing 40-plus MPH on winding, dark roads. ... Seeking shelter in the laundry room at the BC in a downpour and noticing that the doors have such horrendous wood rot that they need to be ripped out and replaced ... what you'd expect at a Days Inn on the OBT, NOT a deluxe WDW resort where the lowest rack rate is $300 a night. ... MK holiday decorations are very, very, very, very tired and uninspired. The tree is even worse ... generic and bland. ... Filthy lobby carpeting in Dixie Landings lobby that needs to be thrown away. ... Price increases in food and beverage at resorts designed to push everyone into using the Disney Dining Plan ($6.99 for a tiny tuna sandwich -- most adults woul need at least two, $3.99 side salads that aren't as big as one from Wendy's) ... children and adults who don't cover their mouths when coughing ... $45.99 EXTRA if you want Christmas parade and shows and fireworks at the MK ... letting people enter MK for MVMCP at 4 p.m. -- THREE HOURS IN ADVANCE! ... Mouse Surplus -- don't go. What a waste. They appear to be having financial problems and are literally destroying all kinds of perfectly good furniture from the WL, Poly, Contemp and ASMu, fixtures, electronics etc ... and don't even talk about the lack of care they give 'artifacts' like Toad, Snow White, Space Mountain ride vehicles. Just a total depressing place. ... Epcot custodial needs to do better.
Something else to chew on ... anyone recall my $23 hamburger at Chefs de France thread?
Well, since the Free Dining Promotion is over (although if you are staying on property during December and book for next August or September now, you can get it), that burger has disappeared. So sad as we all know it was staple of fine French cuisine for years ;-)
Guess what, though? The filet of beef is back on the menu. Although at a $3.50 price hike to $28.50. Bet it is gone again come August!
Oh, and just try and book a PS at any popular or semi-popular dining locale for the rest of the month ... just try.
Disney's goal is simple ... they want everyone to buy all their food from the Mouse in advance. Because if they do, they can go the cruise line route ... 4-5 entrees (one beef, one fish, one chicken, one pasta/veggie). That's what they want here, folks.