Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re visiting Typhoon Lagoon, taking a look at the fall decorations at Magic Kingdom, and stopping by to check on Frozen at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You may notice a little difference in the photo quality this week. I picked up a new camera, the Canon S110. I wanted to get something a little more portable than my big DSLR. I’m still getting the hang of it so forgive me if anything looks “off”. With that out of the way, let’s get started! I thought what better way than how I start every trip to Disney? WIth a quick pass under this magical sign!
Our first stop is Typhoon Lagoon, somewhere I’ve never taken you before! When I visited I had every intention of busting out the GoPro and taking you on some slides, but mother nature had a different plan. Black, ominous storm clouds started to fill the horizon and I knew it was going to be a short trip. I decided to run around and take a few photos and ask you if you’d like to see more. Pictured below is the Crush ‘n’ Gusher. I’ve only done the slides a few times and didn’t love it, but the wading pool out front is very nice.
As I was dashing around I ran into this guy! There was only one family waiting to meet Stitch so I had to stop. He was so funny. Since I had him all to myself he went into full photo shoot mode, striking pose after pose and then blowing me a kiss when I finally moved on. A themed costume is the only thing that would have made it better. It seems like at the water park they’d throw a hawaiian shirt on him. Still, character greetings don’t get better than this!
If you’ve never visited Typhoon Lagoon this might look like just a boring, old water photo. What you’re actually looking at is people swimming with sharks! Did you know that long before the days of Discovery Cove the Shark Reef offered the first controlled snorkeling experience in Orlando? It’s included in your admission to Typhoon Lagoon. It doesn’t look like much from here but it’s a beautiful (but cold!) experience when you’re actually in the water.
Here’s the last shot I have to share with you from my quick visit. That sky might look normal if it was late at night. However, I was looking at that sky at 3pm! The clouds moved quickly and the storm was huge. As much as I love the parks in the rain, even I skipped this crazy storm!
The next morning, all the weather had passed and it was a beautiful day to visit the Magic Kingdom. The fall decorations seem to go up earlier every year. When I was greeted by this sign out front I knew most of the decorations were up in the park. This is my favorite time of year so I’m certainly not complaining that pumpkins are starting to pop up in August! It does seem a little early, though. What do you think?
I believe these pumpkins were placed in the flower bed right in front of the train station last year, but I like them much better here. When the opening show switches to their fall costumes this will be a beautiful shot! It was funny to see them in their summer costumes singing all about summer during the morning Main Street performances. I’m not sure when they switch to Fall, but it isn’t soon enough. Once they decorate all of Main Street it’s time to update the show!
I say it every year, but why can’t Disney sell these wreaths?? It seems like they’ve replicated so many other decorations around the parks but still not this guy. I can’t wait for when they finally sell these. I might keep mine up all year long! 🙂
All along Main Street the typical garlands and buntings are on display. These are wrapped around every building! It’s really beautiful when you add in the wreaths. I’ll be sure to get you a photo closer to dusk looking down Main Street towards the castle. The lighting wasn’t right for it this morning and I didn’t want to ruin it!
Of course, there are my favorite pumpkin people on display too! There are several more of these than the two I pictured. Take a moment to stop and visit if you’re lucky enough to be here during the fall season. Just like last year everything is up except the statues around the partners statue. I’m not sure why they always seems to save those for last.
Okay, last one! Here are another few happy pumpkins around City Hall. As usual, the decor ends at Main Street and there is nothing in the other parks. Though, Villains Unleashed gives me a glimmer of hope for Halloween events coming to the Studios someday.
After my adventure down Main Street I decided to check out Adventureland! Nothing new to report there, but I did take a quick ride on Pirates of the Caribbean. I wanted to test the low light abilities of my new camera. Since it’s just a point and shoot it isn’t perfect but you can see the results below.
Afterwards, I passed back through the hub and headed towards Tomorrowland to check progress on refurbishments going on there. As I passed by I noticed they were filming in the rose garden. I believe I even spotted John O’Hurley! I should have zoomed in but I was already getting the stink eye from security so I moved on.
Blocking the unsightly construction views along the bridge are green fences that I’ve showed several times. But the below one I just noticed this weekend. Could it be new? On it Stitch has painted Disney villain outlines over his wanted posters! (the one on the far end is tough to see, but it’s Jafar)
And behind the wall… is this mess. They are really making great progress. I can’t wait to see the new bridge once it’s all put together. Hopefully the changes will make it a little easier to move around the park. Goodness knows it’s gotten nothing but more difficult since New Fantasyland opened, despite the price increase.
In Tomorrowland, I’m very happy to report that the Astro Orbiter is slowly coming back together. The crane is back but it’s worth it to not have that empty hole there! Hopefully they are on track to reopen on the 28th. I’ll be there to get video for you when it does!
Speaking of video, last week Cleo asked to see Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. I’d originally planned to just record a clip, but since we got the front seat I did a full ride through. I’m always excited to help with your requests! Just let me know in the comments below! 🙂
Last week, I also promised a ride through of Living with the Land that I’d had trouble posting. You can find it linked below. It’s a whopper at almost 14 minutes long, but it’s such a relaxing ride! I like to just listen to it. (actually, I have it in the background while I’m writing this very post!)
Our last stop this week is the Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a little Frozen Fun. Now that the summer crowds are gone this event is really growing on me. The band is fun to watch and it adds an energy that’s been missing at the studios for years. I’m really hoping something more permanent springs up from this event.
And like all good things, let’s end with fireworks! I often get asked about fireworks viewing spots outside the parks. This is what the Frozen fireworks look like from outside the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While they are beautiful I really think it’s missing something without the music for this particular show. I’m confused why they wouldn’t pipe the music outside the park? In any case, I recommend you head inside for the best experience on this one.
That’s everything for this week. Now let’s see what you can expect if you’re visiting next week.
Crowd Calendar: While Olaf can’t wait for summer, all year long I can’t wait for September! You’re going to enjoy to slowest crowds all year. Here’s a look at this same time last year. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Weather: It’s still a little warm out there and we’ll see some rain but neither are as bad as the summer season. And with the low crowds you can hide from the heat riding your favorite rides all day!
Remember: Dole Whips are available again at the Polynesian! The newly opened Pineapple Lanai is home to everyone’s favorite treat. Sadly, they are no longer self serve. But there’s a nifty, new souvenir bowl. (Well, new to us. Old to Disneyland.)
Here’s my top tip for this week: You don’t want to miss next week. No REALLY. I have an epic surprise for you guys! 😀
Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!