I woke up at 8:30 which was a dumb idea as I was tired all day. Went to Epcot and attempted to have breakfast at Electric Umbrella (love their French Toast Sticks) only to learn they stopped serving breakfast
. Instead, I wet to the Universe of Energy (which had a nice crowd for that early in the morning). I wish every Future World pavilion blasted their music like UoE does. I got breakfast at one of the carts ($3 for a croissant?). I had a croissant and a strawberry smoothie. Tip of the hat for Future World West having the same smoothies as Old Key West.
Went to SSE next. Project Tomorrow looks great. While I didn’t actually stop to do anything today the whole area looks great. A definite improvement over the New Global Neighborhood (and the announcement of it during the ride is actually bearable). While I certainly think a refurbishment will be great (Siemens has been on a roll), I will very much miss the music, narration, sights and smells of the current version. Also, found out I’ve been pronouncing the company’s name wrong this whole time (I said S-eye-mens instead of Sea-mens).
At this point it was a toss-up between Soarin’ or Test Track (single rider), I opted for Soarin’ to check out the queue process. Sign said 75 minutes…. actual wait was about 25 minutes. The queue will definitely be interesting when it completely reopens. All the giant pictures are gone, replaced by projection screens (confirming at least part of Screamscape’s rumors). Right now they have the standby-line move into the FastPass line at the giant-pictures section and at the same time the FastPass line move into the never-used Single Rider line. When we get to the blue-swirly room, both lines merge back to the normal configuration.
I went to go get lunch at Seasons, but they seemed too expensive for me for lunch. Remembering how much I loved China’s Lo-mein last year, I decided to go to China for lunch. A Tip of the Hat for the new electronic menu screens in Lotus Blossom….. nice to actually see the food before buying it. But a Wag of the Finger for the new menus at Lotus Blossom. They took off my two favorite items, the Lo-Mein and the Shanghai something.
Not liking anything enough on the new menu, I decided to get a Strawberry Shortcake at America….. if they had one. If not, I would get an Apple Pie. After all… how could they not have Apple Pie? Well, a wag at the Liberty Inn for not having Strawberry Shortcake or Apple Pies. I’m sorry, but the phrase is American as Apple Pie…. not Apple cobbler. I got over it fast though and had a salad & apple cobbler.
Luckily enough for me, I just made the next showing of the American Adventure…. A gargantuan tip of the hat to that attraction. The new footage is simply beautiful. It is amazing that by just adding some clips to the end, they turned a very good show into a great show. I loved how not only did they NOT remove clips, they also did NOT change Golden Dreams. Instead, they ADDED a new portion. I believe YouTube has the new ending on display, but just some of the added scenes (that I could make out) include President George W. Bush along with the pairing of Presidents George H.W. Bush & Bill Clinton, Oprah, Willie Nelson, Vietnam soldiers, the Vietnam wall (with people crying), George Lucas, C-3PO, WTC rubble, iconic flag raising, We Support Our Troops sign among quite a few other scenes. The added portion of Golden Dreams seems to follow the same style as the beginning portion and seems to be the same singers.
Enough is enough for one morning, so I headed back to the room for a break.
Going to the Animal Kingdom, I had an idea. We all know that the Safari closes at 7pm and any other animal exhibit closes 30 minutes later. So on EMH nights (and when they eventually lengthen the park hours), the final few hours are animal-less. So why not at 7pm convert Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Disney’s Beastlie Kingdomme. The beasts (and villains) can come and take over the park at night. Everything can be lit up in a beastly/fantasy way and they can culminate the night was a big extravaganza at the Everest Lagoon. Kills two birds with one stone in a way. Just a thought.
Looks so much better in person
Everest was great as always and I had dinner at Restaurantosaurous, only because I wanted a Strawberry Shortcake.
A tip of the hat to Restaurantosaurus for still having Strawberry Shortcakes. I went on Dinosaur, which was bumpy fun as always (though I do think they should wait to start the preshow until everyone is in).
Better be prepared Just hangin' around Ready to pounce Wall decorations
I got the wristband for EMH and saw It’s Tough to be a Bug. After Maharajah Jungle Trek (which is nice at night), I headed back to Dinoland for Primeval Whirl. I crossed to the opposite side of the Kingdom to see the night showing of FotLK. Each time I see this I want to pass it off as overrated but I just can’t. It is a fantastic show and a cool light display if nothing else. Now for the main reason I went to AK’s EMH….. nighttime lighting. The Tree of Life, I think, has one of the best nighttime lightings in Disney World. There’s nothing overly special to it tech-wise (I believe it is just white lights), but something about the positioning of the lights, the colors of the leaves (& bark) and the surrounding “nothingness” makes it look so cool in my opinion.
Know what sound a Yak makes? Yaaaaaaak.... yaaaaak
I saw Everest’s nighttime lighting for the first time and found it nothing overly amazing. I like the fantasy aspect to it, but the purple doesn’t do it for me (I did like the red portion).
That was all for tonight, time to go home and sleep. All in all I think I circled the park about 4 times tonight.