HF at the MK

Heat Frustration at the Magic Kingdom

Actually the frustration sensation begins before I even get to the Magic Kingdom.

I left the apartment at 7:53 a.m. and parked at the Transportation & Ticket Center at 8:18. A perfectly normal 25-minute drive. My first mistake, though, was to take the resort monorail to the Magic Kingdom instead of the ferry.

Monorail Green cooled its heels at the TTC for about 8 minutes before leaving for the Polynesian, where it idled another 10 minutes. At the Grand Floridian, we sat there for a good 25 minutes listening to we-apologize-for-the-delay messages and ominous announcements about how we were waiting for switches to be set so that another train could be brought on line. You’d think that after 47 years they would have figured out how to do that without causing a major disturbance in The Force…

They finally told us that we could stay on board and continue waiting if we wanted to, but that buses were now available to take us to the Magic Kingdom if we’d like to “disembark” and proceed to the Grand Floridian’s bus stop.

Well, I had sat on Monorail Green long enough so I joined the exiting masses and retreated to the grandiose lobby of the Floridian. Wherefrom I descended to ground level where it “felt like” it was going to be a scorcher:

85º feels like 100º

This was just twisted.

yes, twisted

The purpose of coming out here was to peek at the bus stop, where there were major crowds, of course, so I decided to suck it up and just take the boat from the GF to the MK…

On my way out to the dock, I paused to capture this glimpse across Seven Seas Lagoon and to wipe away the combo of sunscreen and sweat that was already stinging my eyeballs.

The Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower

It’s now 9:24 a.m. and the queue for the boat stretches back past Narcoossee’s.

lining up

We don’t make it on to that little boat, naturally, but thankfully the next one to come along is a much larger one, of the kind that usually only serve the Magic Kingdom-Wilderness Lodge-Ft Wilderness loops. The people in line next to me aren’t too happy, though, when I tell them that we’ll be going to the Polynesian before proceeding to the Magic Kingdom. (This is not my first time at the rodeo.)

But of course we all find it hilarious when we see Monorail Green departing the Grand Floridian heading out to the Magic Kingdom. “That’s the one I was on,” I say to my neighbors. “Yeah, us too,” they reply.

When we dock at the Magic Kingdom, we have to go through security again, even though we did that at the Trial and Tribulation Center. We had exited the secure zone when we got off the monorail at the Grand Floridian.

Thus it was 10:40 a.m. when I finally made it past the Passholder tapstyle and entered the Magic Kingdom, a mere two hours and 22 minutes after I had parked at the TTC.

So I missed my FastPass+ window for Splash Mountain, which was 9:20-10:20. But–the Mountain was down at that time so I received my alternate, which would let me either ride Splash via the FastPass+ at any time once it (if it) went back on line, or experience any other attraction (except for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight) at any time during the day. Nice.

Stopping in at Harmony Barber Shop I was able to be penciled in for 11 o’clock. This gave me a little time to wander through The Emporium, where the usual trio have been decked out in their seasonally patriotic finery.

Mickey, Minnie, Pluto

No waiting at the barber shop when I return to undergo tonsorial treatment at the hands and clippers of the charming and efficient Diane.

On the way to Liberty Square for my Haunted Mansion FastPass+ (10:55-11:55), I take time to admire the out-of-my-price-range offerings of Crystal Arts.

Four Princesses: Cinderella, Aurora, Rapunzel, Snow White…

as indicated above

…and the classic assortment.

Mickey, Minnie, Oswald, Goofy, Pluto

“Get mad, baby!”


After joining my fellow foolish mortals for the tour and reminding myself to bring my death certificate if I decide to join the 999 happy haunts of the Mansion, I report for my lunch reservation (12:15) at the Plaza Restaurant, where I get my usual table next to the kitchen door.

As I sip my iced tea and await the arrival of my salad, a citizen of Main Street with a strident, booming voice busts in to announce the selection of a lucky youngster as honorary mayor of Main Street.

During my enjoyment of the always delicious Strawberry Chicken Salad,

as indicated abouve

a second citizen enters to announce that the honored 100th guest of the restaurant today is Pathetic Smee himself. I humbly and gratefully accept this chocolate memento of the memorable moment.

chocolate memento

After my meal, I spot the kind lady on Main Street as I head up to the railroad station.

From within said railroad station you will admire this view.

I decide not to take the train but to hoof it back up Main Street, staying in the airco of the shops on the east side for as long as I can.

In The Chapeau, the wall phone, whose cord to the ear piece had been cut and was just dangling there for many months, is now missing both the cord and ear piece.

So you still can’t pick it up to listen in on the party line. Harrumph.

Although they still call it The Main Street Cinema, it’s really just been an Art of Disney store for several years now. (To be fair, they still show a loop of cartoon shorts on the one remaining screen.)

many characters on a canvas

This could enhance my apartment’s décor for a mere

150 bucks

A Stitch in Tiki

You can buy a lot of trouble for

595 simoleons

There’s always somebody with a red umbrella trying to obstruct your view of the tuba player,

Main Street Philharmonic in the Hub

who doesn’t care.

Philharmonic line-up

If you don’t love the

The Main Street Philharmonic

you are dead inside.

FastPass+, 1:50-2:50 p.m.: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Heffalumps and Woozles!

Smee in a honey pot

But Hooray! All ends well.

say Hooray!

On my way to Splash Mountain, I think how waiting for the return of the Liberty Belle seems to be taking forever…

spelling fail

Hopefully the next shipment of freight will include a spelling book.

At 2:22 p.m., Splash Mountain’s FastPass+ line is short and my plunge into the Briar Patch is satisfactually refreshing.

But at 3:31 p.m., I’m gettin’ outta here…

99ª feels like 113º

becauseHeat Frustration, of course

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Steamy Rolling

Mickey's Steamroller

towing Morty and Ferdie


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Musical Hens from Outer Space on the Beach

1932 The Musical Farmer

Shake it but don't break it

of a feather

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Happy Birthday, Donald Duck!

1934 The Wise Little Hen

“Donald Duck made his debut in this fable about a mother hen who needs help planting corn and harvesting it. When Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, sole members of the Idle Hour Club, refuse, she does it herself with the help of her chicks. When all is finished, and various types of corn delicacies are on the table, Donald and Peter, now interested, are not invited.” (D23)

to the Idle Hours Clubs

a corny dinner is served

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1939 Beach Picnic


Flig! Clug! Foof!

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1978 The Cat from Outer Space

Ken & Kitty

let's get down to business

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Chipmunks of the Air

Test Pilot Donaldreleased 8 June 1951

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Coming Attraction World

Flowers, potted & floatingEpcot’s 2018 Flower & Garden Festival ended the 28 May, but floating flowers linger.

more floating flowers and hints of coming attractions

Rémy is coming to France.

Construction on Ratatouille ride

C’est paisible au Canada.

it'a peaceful in Canada

Skyliner is coming to International Gateway.

Printemps en France.

Springtime in France

Primavera en México.

Springtime in Mexico

Boda póstuma.

Posthumous wedding

Boa de plumas rojas.

red feather boa

Fajín rojo para él.

Red cummerbund for him

Amarillo rico, suave…

Mellow yellow

En la Tienda Encantada:

Almira Gulch en regiones mas allá?

Almira Gulch in regions beyond?

You’re telling me…

there's more time than there is life

Before leaving Epcot for a while, I enjoy a lunch of Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken in the Liberty Inn adjacent to the American Adventure.

Cobb Salad at Liberty Inn

What I do not enjoy so much is the sight of the lady at the table next to mine flossing her teeth. No photograph of that. You’re welcome.

The Friendships are serving only Epcot and the hotels currently, not the Studios, since one of the bridges is being worked on…

Friendship boat on Crescent Lake

…so my plan is to walk to the BoardWalk

through a gazebo on the way to the BoardWalk

and take the bus across the street from there to the Studios.

But it’s hot, so first a trip upstairs for a cool Belle Vue break in the lounge of that name.

Did I mention it’s hot? That’s why I am photographing the flora from inside.

BoardWalk flora

Refreshed in the lounge and relieved in the restroom, I proceed to the bus stop. During that stroll I witness another one of my least favorite sights: the child picking his nose and eating his findings. No photograph of that, either. You’re welcome.

Skyliner is coming to the Studios.

Skyliner Station construction, Disney's Hollywood Studios

more Skyliner Station construction, Disney's Hollywood Studios

I don’t spend a lot of time here; the 90-plus temps are getting to me and I don’t want to exacerbate my dermatitis-ridden cheekbones any more than I have to.

On the monorail back to Epcot, where I am parked in

row 10 of the Journey lot

we observe that Ellen’s replacements are coming to Future World.

A light rain has begun when I board the parking lot tram. Seconds after I get in the car, the downpour escalates to Level Bodacious and stays there for about a third of my drive home.

All is dry for the remainder of the journey, but mere seconds after I am safely within the apartment, the second wave arrives and this is how it looks out my window:

bodacious rain in the Four Corners area


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Testing Cotton at the Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom: Monday 14 May 2018

You have to get here early to see Main Street Square like this.

feels crowded on the square

If you open City Hall, the uninformed will come, eventually.

City Hall

At 8:10 a.m. people head up Main Street USA to be held at the hub until official opening at 9.

Main Street USA

While waiting for the Harmony Barber Shop to open at 9, I wander through
The Emporium

which is domed.

Emporium Indoor Décorium:

first set of three shelvessecond set of three shelves

Emporium Outdoor Décorium (display windows, that is):

The brain that is divided into several parts will display its hand thusly

4 queens and a ?

Books, rope, ring… You figure it out.

Sailing to Sønderjylland.


it's perfectly paranormal

Chips ‘n’ Dales on the Steinmouse.

yes, it'a a genuine Steinmouse

Always visit the
Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad.

And enjoy the northward view.

Even though there is never anyone in the ticket office.

If there were I guess they’d have to be able to slip in through this door…

But it’s okay because you don’t need a ticket to ride. If you did it might have to be stamped.

Have they paid any bills since August of 1856? Have you?

Frayed wires on phones are a thing on Main Street USA.

Hello! Hello? Speak up, I can't hear you!

Looking eastward in the waiting room, waiting for crowds of passengers.

Looking westward.

Turn-of-the-crank turn-of-the-century entertainment. Parental Guidance suggested.


Casey’s Corner: Hot Dogs, Corn Dog Nuggets, Soda Pop and other equally healthy treats.

There are no longer any bleachers whereupon you could watch the game and try to balance your dog and fries on your lap as you ate. Now there are tables and chairs, indoors and out.


Who indeed?

Who will manage the Pirates in 1916?

Go Mudville!

Speaking of the Corner’s outdoor seating, it obviously isn’t lunch time yet. On a rainy day.

You know you want to ride.

double decker

For whatever reason, there are some guests who just refuse to purchase the lovely nine-dollar Disney rain ponchos.

cheapskates, like me

Cinderella Castle
Frame it in soft focus with flowers.

Cinderella Castle

Or frame it in wrought iron. Or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Liberty Square
On the way in…

the Haunted Mansion

…and on the way out. Rest in Pieces.

in spiritual repose

The cascading waters adjacent to Rapunzel’s tower remind you how close you are to an Opportunity for Relief.

The reason you can’t see through these windows is that if you could, you would be peeping into the Tangled Toilets.

This here’s the rootin-tootin-wildest-testin’in’est ride in the wilderness!

Pimîhkân: it’s what’s for dinner.

Uh-oh. Man is in the forest.

The trees of tomorrow are here today.

That moment when you ride off the rail on the Speedway.

the noisiest ride in the World

And just about time for me to mosey on back to Aladdin row 205 for the drive back home with stop at Publix so the rain will subside…

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Studious Tuesday

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Tuesday 17 April 2018

The Disney Skyliner continues to pile on pylons.

Skyliner pylons

A beautiful morning on Hollywood Boulevard.

Art Deco goodness of Hollywoodland.

And the Spanish Revivalism of same.

Mickey's of Hollywood

Pluto’s Toy Palace.

Undeserved side-eyes and scowls for the Hollywood Police Department.

At 10:37 a.m., I am 23 minutes too early to tune in.

Tune-In Lounge

Backlot Express Restaurant

Refreshing hot towels are distributed in business class only.

After getting your food, you can pick up your hammers and chisels at the condiment station.

Grand Avenue

It is indeed grand.

Tempting you with inedible delicacies.

Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

I don’t know what this has to do with it, but it adorns the gateway to the adventure we’re all hoping to live long enough to live.

above the entrance to Star Wars Land

Back on Grand Avenue

When I’m not riding my girl’s bike up and down the avenue, it’s parked on the fire escape.

Muppet Courtyard

A tamed-down fountain

duck in said fountain

and a theatre with a new name.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Or a FastPass+®. Beyond it is a third dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of what kind of foolishness would you like to see? You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas, of pigs and frogs. You’ve just crossed over into the Muppet Zone.

Romance on the high walls.

Piggy and Kermit

At the Happiness Hotel, there’s no one staying or working to disturb.

The rooms are narrow, but the hotel does offer facilities for the drying of your hand-washables. And life preservers if you should fall overboard.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Our vines have tender, strategically placed grapes.

It’s always a good time for it to feel like 75ºF.

Kermit the Clock

All heckling has been temporarily suspended.

The Chinese Theatre

where memories of the Great Movie Ride will linger even as we eventually ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad.


I didn’t sail today, but I do like this show.

Coming June 30, 2019

and hoping there will be a Passholder Preview!

Toy Story Land

From expert to beginner, everyone’s a winner! Especially if they’ve just been through the two-hour standby queue.

Toy Story Mania!

A rocket and a match? I’m in!

monkeys from a barrel

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

All aboard the merchandise train!

Minnie & Mickey on a handcar

The Rise of Disney Marketing

Circus Dining Car

back on Sunset Boulevard

The Hollywood Brown Derby

As I looked over from my Famous Cobb Salad, I observed Cast Member Ethan expertly crafting a sparkly surprise welcome for some guests.

hidden mickey in plain sight

The Beverly Sunset

The Sweet Spells candy shop has been closed to make room for TonkaTruckloads of Toy Story merchandise in anticipation of the new land. I still wax nostalgic for its glory days as Villains in Vogue.

just out on the street…

trolley car stop

…a streetcar named Sunset Blvd.

How did I not know (or how had I forgotten) that Fantasmic! was sponsored by Pop Secret™?

What I am trying to achieve:

Victory with Vegetables

Once Upon a Time there was the Carthay Circle.

back on Hollywood Boulevard, Keystone Clothiers

Winning the coveted Blue Sphere for Best Floral Gown.

porcelain (I presume) fashion model

On a scarf.

Minnie Mouse, that is

That moment when you realize you’ve used too much product.

ill-fitting hat

In a window at Mickey’s of Hollywood

Admit one to the Roxy Theatre.

Daisy Duck's Box Office

This is where we came in. And where we go out.

Crossroads of the World


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