I first put this on the tail end of my TR …but it didnt really belong there … SeattleRedBear thanks for the topic idea
opinions, thoughts, and observations
Ok please ya’ll jump in with comments, remarks or what ever.
first we all know AK is the most humid of the parks, and a breeze can be a hard thing to come by. . In some area’s mostly like Camp Mickey Minnie, there are these large fans, there are not many of them …but they do at least provide a breeze. I know there also use to be these same fans that were in the regular line (now its standby line) for Splash Mt. I remember those fans because I remembered how finally getting near one was like having the golden spot for a while when you were in a 2 hour line for Splash mt. (yes Virginia there once were 2 hour lines at WDW) While we were waiting at the Handicapped entrance for Splash, I asked the CM at the rope, what ever happen to those fans and she said she didnt know and wondered that her self. So why can’t the powers that be install more of these fans? And does anyone else remember those fans at Splash Mt? Does anyone else remember when the line for Dumbo had no shade? but remember the long wait we had in the handicapped line to get on the safari ride? … the only breeze we got was when a CM crossed between us. I joked and asked her could she walk by more often. It really seemed that this would be a great place for one of those fans. the area is surrounded by vegetation, there needs to be some way to get air. My heart went out to those others in w/c and on EVC’s and their families too, because it was just miserable.
Another thing “Ask a CM” … I love CM’s please dont think I am speaking bad about them… but you never get the same answer from a CM and honestly …they dont always know sometimes as much as you do. Back a few years ago WSC and Futureworld opened at the same time. But I had a CM tell me that this was never true . Well at Epcot I got three different answers about the AT&T area. ( I really believe it was a special room for AT&T personal ) when I asked about that area and what it was for. (we had seen some kind of party with balloons going on up there when we were there in June) Out of the three I asked only one said that it had been for AT&T use, one denied that there was an area there at all. Another CM, told me I was wrong, this was at POR. For several years we had not seen the Mickey Straws… I remember when the girls would get the children’s meals these straws came with the meals. The do not any more …but at POR food court you can buy them for .49 cents. I commented on them being free in the past with the kids menus and was told I was wrong …funny, I have about 40 of them from past trips. She said “only the short ones” nope … not only the short ones.
Another thing that bothers me just a little. I do not mind paying adult prices for the girls meals …and they want the adult meals…but they miss the kid things too, like the placemats you can color. The only meal they still get the kids stuff is Garden Grill. I have tried every time to explain, yes they are over 12 but they would like the crayons and the placemats they can color. Maybe its just that our granddaughters are different … maybe most kids their age would be insulted if given crayons and the placemat. but confessions from someone that has never grown up … I even want the crayons and placemat!!!
And another observation, at Pop Century resort, they offered-- sugar, sweet & low, and equal. Well I use Equal, my DH perfers sweet and low. But I also always pack my own when going to WDW, which is a good thing because at POR (and CBR) …only sugar and Sweet and Low are offered by the coffee/tea area.
Also, why does the food court and store stay open later at Pop Century and not POR? Bottom line it seems that the moderates have less in some area’s then the value resort.
Now a few other things I left out but wanted to put in my trip report.
one day at MK while in line for Timon, the CM told us that we would have to wait a couple of minutes while, timon went and got rafiki … just a few minutes. Some behind us got upset …but he promised he would try to be entertaining while we waited. so he told us that some of the classical characters are slowly being brought back out and that just a couple of days before Thumper was out!! He said even CM’s were lined up with cameras to take pictures of Thumper.
another time … while eating in The Land, we had a CM who was cleaning spend about 30 minutes standing right next to DH talking. She told us that All of the Land was about to be totally changed, and everything there would be gone. Kinda sad … I think that the area in the food court is so beautiful like it is. I am not saying anything bad about this CM … I swear, but the more she stood there talking … the hungerer (sp? ) I got … I mean I couldnt talk to her and eat … She had a ton of info, which I dont know how much was fact or rumor, one thing that she said was there were plenty of jobs at WDW and you could just pick and choose from any. DH commented after she finally went back to cleaning, “if that is true wonder why she picked cleaning up in a food court”.
Oh and one more about Charley and they way they pre-pared for his arrival at POR. All the trash cans and things like that were removed, which makes so much sense. But I remember when going down to the van for some snack items, over hearing one man tell another he was going to try and move his car because one of the campers had some lawn chairs just sitting on top and he was worried they would fly off and hit his car. Now at this point with the parking lots being packed with campers and RV’s aside from all the other cars, I dont know where he thought he was going to move it to. But Disney seemed to be right on top of it when it came to making sure that anything that could become a missile was removed or tied down.
and I think this is the last thing… if you read where I said watching the monitor while waiting on show for Timon and Pumba in the Land … the fact that the same water we drink today was drank by dinosaurs … this simple fact just makes me laugh when I think about it …because after that every sip of water any of us took … well I couldnt help thinking …it went through a dinosaur first.