- May 3, 2009
Followed you over here from your other TR, glad to see a new one going. Looks like you had a great first day.
And I'm looking forward to Thursday!Great update and pics! We also enjoyed the soft opening.
I don't get how you did double mashed, II thought the Plaza Inn fried chicken was amazing! Double mashed, cannot go wrong.
Me too!Looking forward to this coming Thursday as well. So fun to be normal again!!!!
Thanks I hope to post more in the next day or so.Enjoying all the pictures.
It was quite fun!So nice to hear you had a great day.
It makes me wonder how many things will become permanent after this whole thing blows over.My dh thinks they should always keep the trash cans open He loved that part of WDW when we were there in September.
hehe me too!What can I say? I love Hei Hei!
the colours really match the castle!!Mickey started off the parade. I don’t even remember the name of this parade we were literally among the first people to see it. I think it started the day or two before.
I'm always impressed by the puppetiers on these sorts of floats, always try to smile at them
The genie jigging in the back ground cracked me up!
a wee bit less magical...
not like hearing it doesn't make it already stay in your head...song over and over and over again
Intriguing deal being made...
Stay strong Fran!
I would totally love this right now...I've never really made a beer/cheddar soup, although I do make a lager/cheddar fondueFrom there we got the Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin® Sourdough Bowl (Vegetarian) – $6.75
Yumm! Salmon (I know you aren't a fan) looks right up my alley
I'm thinking it's the cold brew (I think that's a coffee term?)I have no idea what that beverage in the background is, but both the option from that booth were non-alcoholic drinks.
Strawberry-Rose Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.00
Fig & Lavender Cold Brew (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.50
What were the big white things on top? Cheese?
Not sure about this..I like quac, but big chunks fried...hmmmTortilla-crusted Fried Guacamole
That's a lot of joy in that front seat!
the trials hey...Jacuzzi tub, since mine at home are continuingly malfunctioning.
Ya she did! Score!!!She got BG27
I'm sure M does that a few times with her Dad and I at the parksHer daughter, Chloe, put her head down, shaking it, saying, “That’s not my Mom.”
My "go to" now too, Dorian is a float fan like FranHowever, once they opened the Tropical Hideaway with the swirls, I immediately went for the raspberry and never turned back!
Mmmm want! Funny enough, when I was a kid, there was a dole whip machine at a stand behind where we used to sit at hockey games...my sister says that had strawberry sometimes- it rotated between pineapple, raspberry, and stawberry apparently.
I remember those!
Sounds like a plan!I learned that if we ever start traveling again, that I will text him the day we leave just to confirm that he should start feeding that night in case he entered it wrong in his phone.
I bet they were pretty happy to see you!Naked Jim, and he didn’t realize that we left Friday afternoon, so he didn’t feed the cats Friday night or Saturday morning.
Like how they roll, yup
I'm so glad you introduced me to the idea of Tiki Bars- had no idea...the one we went to in Vegas- so much fun, but WOW were the drinks strong!!we went to our local Tiki bar
You never know. I think your outbreaks were less than ours. Then again all the vaccine hesitant states are near your border.I wonder if the border will open this summer. Doubtful.
I know that they notified us that there would be a long walk. ECVs were available for rent at the parking structure.That might have caused some issues with some people I’m sure
With the price of shipping for your medal, can you imagine what it would cost?Send some up here!
Happy to help.
You never know...Yeah...... I probably wouldn’t have noticed.
Thanks! I planned it that way!Very well-coordinated for the magical return.
I'm not great at estimating distance but I'm sure it was at least half a mile. It wasn't quite as long as the walk from DHS to the Epcot Resorts, but it was close.Ugh. How long of a walk was that?
Me neither. Alrhough I didn't go inside. Maybe they had less gates open.Huh. Wouldn't have guessed that.
Any excuse is a good one in a Disney gift shop.
Yeah, I don't think CMs are actually enforcing stuff. I think they are relying on guests to follow the rules.I'm sure it always comes down to enforcement. Generally speaking, I think if people are following mask protocol there's no harm in sitting down for a bit.
There was a lot of pixie dust. And CMs were SUPER friendly. I was almost uncomfortable with how friendly they were being!I see the pixie dust is back, too!
When it first reopened, I got to ride it at the previews. They had an awesome blast sequence where a huge cloud thrust out of the flashpoint. But it didn't take long until that effect ceased to happen. There was an explosion noise, but the whosh of smoke/steam was gone.Wonder why they did that? The blast effects were awesome!
Yeah, you really should. I bet you'd like it!That sounds like a fun ride. I should try it sometime.
So yummy!Mmmm...Plaza chicken....
I saw hints you had started a trip report...your reports are some of my favorites Alison and I am so glad I found it!
I'll try and have plenty of pictures!Not too far behind....so nice to be able to walk into Disneyland again. Your updates will help refresh my memory--its been way too long
I noticed that in a video I watched of opening day! I must have missed WHY they did this change, do you know? It really is not nearly as cool...WooHoo! So much fun. They made some changes to the blast scene. It's not quite as cool as it was when the ride first reopened, but they used the technology that they use in the Castle projections to make the rocks explode.
15 minutes for Indy!!!!! Incredible!!!I noticed that Indy only had a 15 minute wait, so I rode it.
Your day sounds delicious before you even leave! Now I am reconsidering our RD plan for Memorial Day, wondering if we shouldn't annoy ourselves with the inevitable line trying to get out of the Grand into DTD. Love the idea of trying to set up our food plan/mobile orders before entering the parks.Soft Opening April 28
So before we get started on the new material, those of you who know me, know that I rarely visit Disney without a general plan. Once I knew what days we were going, I made lists of all the food I've missed, and I poured over all the new menus to make sure they had my favorites. Bengal BBQ fell off the list when I learned they don't have the Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewer right now. I also made lists of my favorite rides, and plan to tick them off over the coming weeks.
Now I have planned out all our favorite food places and which days we would enjoy them all they way through the end of May. We'll see how well we follow through and that's how June's plan will evolve.
So with that in mind, today's menu would include Plaza Inn fried chicken, and a raspberry swirl Dole Whip. I began checking the Mobile Food App while I was still in bed and no one had gone nuts and started ordering, all the slots were still open starting at 11AM.
The park opened at 9AM and we wanted to avoid the crazy opening crowds that we heard about for the first soft opening day. So we left the house at 9:20. Here I am ready to do this!
Love these details that Disney does! I've always hated that flap when I throw things away, feels like I have to wash my hands after throwing an item away.Right off the bat Fran noticed that all the trash cans are propped open so you don't have to touch the flap that pushes in when you discard your trash.
What??? Who wouldn't want to spend $8K on Disney art?DCA was busier than Disneyland!
We admired some of the artwork, but we didn't have $8K to blow on the original painting the HM ballroom. That was the only thing we really liked in there.
Glad to hear the slots were still available throughout your morning. After ToD I'm wondering if we'll have to pick all of our meals early or be out of luck.We went into the Emporium next. They didn't have a lot that interested us although I did spy these really cute aprons and hand towels. I need to replace a lot of mine at home.
I checked the food app and now the first slot was 11:10-11:40AM. Still OK. I wasn't really hungry yet cause we drove through Mickey D's on the way.
How did you get Double Mashed on a mobile order? We couldn't figure out how to customize at ToD!Great update and pics! We also enjoyed the soft opening. I thought the Plaza Inn fried chicken was amazing! Double mashed, cannot go wrong. Looking forward to this coming Thursday as well. So fun to be normal again!!!!
Oddly I've never picked up food here before...Bengal BBQ fell off the list when I learned they don't have the Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewer right now.
2 of my favs for SURE!!today's menu would include Plaza Inn fried chicken, and a raspberry swirl Dole Whip.
So cute! Matching
Even Mickey is masked!
I wish more places would do this, although will have to see how they do in the heat, we have lots of wasps here...Right off the bat Fran noticed that all the trash cans are propped open so you don't have to touch the flap that pushes in when you discard your trash.
I just heard music start in my heading looking at this!
Yum yum! Is there caramel under the chocolate on the marshmallow wands? Love it when there is both!
D's fav! Gotta love the wildest ride in the wilderness!!The wait for BTMRR was up to 25 minutes now, but I went to get a return time and they let me right on.
Well that's nice indeed!
Fran asked if I wanted to check out the dress shop, so we headed over to New Orleans Square
I hope it's open by the time I get there (I'm sure it will be) I was between sizes when we were last there, but I think I'm more one size now and want to get one.The Dress Sop was closed.
Score indeed!CM near the exit. I got the "return pass" for HM, and it was for 11:43, I was like, "It's 11:43 now?" Pretty cool no waiting!
Double score!!I had an hour to come back, just like FP. So instead of riding it right then we waited until noon, secured the BG and then I rode HM.
Wowzas! that area can be sooo frustrating and bottlenecked!I don't know if it was because it was soft opening, but never do you see this corridor in front of Indy so empty!
Ok this is awesome! I don't know if we ever have, even at say closing time!
We're making up for it now with our 3rd wave.You never know. I think your outbreaks were less than ours. Then again all the vaccine hesitant states are near your border.
Meh. How many arms and legs do you need?With the price of shipping for your medal, can you imagine what it would cost?
I hate that!Literally the 3rd time I've quoted this update, so I'm doing my replies Right Now!
I never even noticed!the colours really match the castle!!
I guess I really didn't notice them before!I'm always impressed by the puppetiers on these sorts of floats, always try to smile at them
I must be pretty blind, I only seem to notice what's in the front of the pictures, not the back.The genie jigging in the back ground cracked me up!
Yeah....a wee bit less magical...
But it was blaring so loud, and at least with a parade like this there are any number of songs that could get stuck in your head!not like hearing it doesn't make it already stay in your head...
Or as pkondz said, maybe she's giving him directions.....Intriguing deal being made...
I made the one from Le Cellier quite a bit, well at least once a year or so.I would totally love this right now...I've never really made a beer/cheddar soup, although I do make a lager/cheddar fondue
I wish I liked it, there are so many things I could do with it, but it's just too fishy tasting for me.Yumm! Salmon (I know you aren't a fan) looks right up my alley
Sounds right. It had to have been Leonard's. Jill doesn't drink coffee, and he likes his coffee, even late in the day. It would keep me up if I drank it.I'm thinking it's the cold brew (I think that's a coffee term?)
No they were hard boiled eggs. That was one of the reasons I didn't care for it, too much egg.What were the big white things on top? Cheese?
Yeah, guac is fine, but this was kind of weird. I can't wait to have my tableside guac next week! We are having dinner at Tortilla Jo's one night!Not sure about this..I like quac, but big chunks fried...hmmm
So much fun!That's a lot of joy in that front seat!
Funny how we are the giddy ones at Disney, and they say it's for kids.I'm sure M does that a few times with her Dad and I at the parks
Next time I'm going to try the raspberry/lemon swirl."go to" now too, Dorian is a float fan like Fran
Interesting.Mmmm want! Funny enough, when I was a kid, there was a dole whip machine at a stand behind where we used to sit at hockey games...my sister says that had strawberry sometimes- it rotated between pineapple, raspberry, and stawberry apparently.
I bet Fran has some of the original ones tucked away in a box somewhere.I remember those!
He can be rather forgetful.Sounds like a plan
I think they were just happy to have their bowls filled.I bet they were pretty happy to see you!
They got a pretty good head start on me.Like how they roll, yup
I think the strong drinks are part of the experience!I'm so glad you introduced me to the idea of Tiki Bars- had no idea...the one we went to in Vegas- so much fun, but WOW were the drinks strong!!
I'm guessing that the original technology was not sustainable. The event where they let us ride during CM previews had one of the imagineers speaking to us beforehand. He mentioned that some of the technology they incorporated into the refurb would not have been possible when the ride was originally built. Maybe it wasn't feasibly possible to run over and over daily in reality either.I noticed that in a video I watched of opening day! I must have missed WHY they did this change, do you know? It really is not nearly as cool...
I know! I had to do it!15 minutes for Indy!!!!! Incredible!!!
A place to sit and eat? Imagine that.Notice the table on the right, they didn’t used to have those there. Now you can take your Ronto Wrap to the table to enjoy it.
Especially since you can’t sit on the random rocks.
Makes sense. Better than staring at a parking lot or something.I never noticed this waterfall in the queue of the ride, probably because the queue did not extend past this waterfall until now.
Ah, I've already spoiled myself for this ride multiple times.If you don't want any spoilers, I suggest you scroll down to the third post.
Boo.What I didn't realize is that there was a path to skip the indoor queue, and the Rey briefing sequence wasn't running, we just walked straight through that portion and out to the ship where you leave the planet.
I think I read about that. Every state's guidelines get a little weird.And as I was writing this up the morning after our park visit, a story aired on my local news explaining that CA guidance says that Indoor rides can be no longer than 15 minutes. RotR is 18 minutes long so they had to remove the Rey briefing sequence part of the ride in compliance.
Somebody forgot to pack the cookies!And then we figured out the problem.
That's a pretty epic-looking room.
Who's driving this thing? You can't leave this dummy in charge.As we tried to escape, we inadvertently found our way to the bridge.
So cool.When Kylo Ren realized that the prisoners were escaping, he came after us. When we entered a lift, he climbed on top and tried to cut it with his light saber.
So cool!I love the way the walls are burning from blaster fire at various points throughout the attraction!
I guess he's not any better of a pilot than he was as a driver.Ooops we landed a little bit off course.
There's no fatigue like Disney parks fatigue.As I got off the ride, I could tell that I was "done". My legs felt a little wobbly, and that fatigue that only comes from a Disney theme park was starting to set in.
Gotta be more specific. That's like, every shop in Disney.Fran asked if we could look in “that expensive shop that always has so many people in it that I can’t see anything.”
I bet that was fun.These guys were trying to pick a fight with anyone who would bite.
This kind of thing happens all the time with us.We also got a Cheshire Cat Tail and Caramel apple.Sorry forgot to take pictures before we ate them!
Yes, what a relief!Nice to see Walt's light on.