Re: Sgt. Tibs at DLP 05/04/09 - 10/04/09 (Photo HEAVY!)
ok so last sunday we got there late and there was no time to get to the park so we walked down to the lake and round to disney village for a browse and a McDonalds. the mickey picasso in the disney gallery is now my most wanted thing in the world!
monday was an early start for extra magic hours but not before a lovely 7:30 breakfast in hunters grill. all the staff were very friendly in the restaurant but if you ate after 8 it just turned in to a free for all, quite unorganised. there were two lines outside, one said 'on time' which i assumed was meant for people who had turned up for their alloted time slot and the other said 'all other times' which i again assumed was meant for people that had missed their slot but would take a chance on getting in. now here was the problem, the 'all other times' line was being served as fast, if not faster than the 'on time' line. if this is the practice then what is the need for two lines?
some photos of the hotel bar and lounge
so we hit the park, it started off damp but turned in to a gorgeous day
here is the requisite ride times board :-)
we hit buzz first, and walked straight on, good times.
then on to space mountain. it still wrecks me every time. i love how disney realises the importance of at least one hardcore ride.
time for a stroll and some castle pics
time flew while we were enjoying the almost empty park so we decided to move over to the edge of fantasyland for the adventureland rope drop at ten for Pirates :-)
extra magic hours rule!
so the CM drops the rope and every ones runs round the corner only to be met by another rope and CM's telling us there is a problem and they don't know how long it'll be til it opens, gutted.
so as second best we head over to indy, which was a lot better than i remember from 2 years ago and i totally forgot about the inversion!
45 euros for a hat but i had to get one.
ok onto frontierland for some haunt.. i mean phantom manor and BTM.
and then a spot of lunch at caseys corner
ok i'm gonna take a break, this is more work than i anticipated, respect to all you TR posters out there :-)
Great pictures! I agree with your comments about the CMs too, the ones that are friendly and helpful are so great, really happy to help, but the apathetic ones just seem like they don't want to be anywhere near the park.
so we finished eating and waited for minnie's character train
and stuck around for mickeys magical party, none of us were very impressed, even the youngster amoung us, but i guess it was adequate just not 'magical' :-)
it was so riveting i took pictures of the flowers!
so we moved throught the castle...
...and on to small world, which seemed busy, but was only a 10 minute wait
and then on the way to pirates we spotted some characters having fun.
and finally pirates which i rode 6 times altogether last week. easily the best ride ever!
here are some experimental shots of the blue lagoon, not very accomplished :-)
oh some more pirates shots, we rode it a lot :-) it's hard not to though when you can walk on. lines in general were short all week, i think the longest was 20 mins for tower of terror and peter pan.
that's it for monday i think, all those pirates shots were from the whole week by the way, i could have got all those in one go! i was lucky one time because we were backed up by the treasure haul for about 10 mins one time :-)
oh yeah, tuesday morning we had breakfast at cafe mickey and met the mouse himself, i went slightly quivery :-)
we also got time with prince john, goofy, chip and dale, and got physically abused by friar tuck who was in a very rambunctious mood :-)
back to the evening we headed back to the park..
through my favourite spot in the park...
to eat at the silver spur steakhouse. all in all it comes down to the CM's again, the place was amazing the food delicious and the service....bleh.
there is only one veggie option on the menu and when our veggie companion requested it they were told it was not available, and that the menus were being changed the next day (i'd love to know if this happened, it was the cheese ravioli if anyone checks :-) it took a trip to the kitchen to get the chef to 'specially make one'. from then on it felt like the waiter hated us. still, we had a good time and here are some pics.
requisite bathroom shots :-)
then we hit pinocchio, peter pan and pirates before park closing.
yeah cafe mickeys was good, basically a disney hotel breakfast with the cooked options included as part of the price, oh yeah nutella donuts aswell, awesome!
spent the morning in discovery land doing buzz again, top score of 382200! ok i admit it the ride stopped :-)
and then SM again followed by star tours and some cartoons in videopolis. seeing steamboat willie on a big screen was sweet. in the cartman sense :-)
we also saw a bit of stitch's new 'dj' thing outside star tours which was ok but not great.
plaza gardens under wraps. this was the biggest project going on in the park while we were there but some walls are coming soon for all those wall fans out there :-)
after the awesomeness of stitch we headed over to fantasyland for storybook land but were met by this
it was closed on thursday too but luckily we caught it on friday :-)
after this setback we decided to do fantsayland to frontierland on the train and then a trip on the molly brown, it was at this point my camera died.
later after a retool and refresh we headed back in to the park for the parade. solid entertainment as usual but surely a new one is due right? how long do parades usually last at DLP?
the main thing of note was the absense of the beast?!
we then hopped from our vantage point on to the first train to fantasyland for the quick walk to some more pirates...
we then scooted over to WDS for stars and cars which i enjoyed and have a video of, which i will probably post later.
oh yeah, here are some more walls, this time in adventureland, and various other things.
amazing ceiling in the emporium
mickey waving goodbye to us at the end of the day, lovely touch :-)