Magic Kingdom Odds & Ends…

April 3, 2011

Some random things from a few visits to the Magic Kingdom over the past several weeks…

Probably the biggest MK news of recent months is the ongoing make-over in Fantasyland, and the resulting destruction of Toontown…

The former entrance to Toontown Fair is now closed and adorned with “posters” promoting the upcoming Storybook Circus…

A true carny if ever I've seen one... and I've seen carnys...

He's not just amazing...

Mmmm... they look delicious...

The construction walls around Fantasyland have been adorned for a while with paintings showing some of the upcoming additions and changes. Recently they have had some “3D” aspects superimposed on the original artwork.

The recently announced Mine Train ride is also prominently featured…

 

There are also several overall concept views of the new Fantasyland…

Also in the Fantasyland area is a “high-concept” popcorn cart…

Hummm... is that a still I see???

Gauging your popcorn...

Our good friends at the Main Street Gazette did a nice post on this cart… take a look here

Popcorn now gives us a segue into some food talk…

One day mid-morning I was feeling a bit peckish, and craving something savory rather than sweet, I tried the Chicken and Wild Rice Soup at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments…

This eatery at the entrance to Liberty Square emphasizes sweets, but serves one savory items earlier than most other venues, and it’s a nice choice…

Creamy and flavorful, this bowl of soup is just right if you’re looking for a “not-quite-a-full-meal” option, but want something more substantial than chips or popcorn – a shot of Tabasco would really set this off… is Tiana nearby???

Also in the Liberty Square area there are some interesting things going on with the favorite attraction of us here at Eating (and Drinking) around the World (well, favorite after LaCava del Tequila of course)…

For many weeks they have been working on a new interactive queue area for the Haunted Mansion.

An "aerial" view of the initial construction in January

And here are some shots from March...

And yes, in case you were wondering, the “classic” headstones are still (thankfully) in place…

There are other more details pics running around on the interwebs, and I’ll let you search for them yourselves if you’re so inclined – me I hope to see the new queue for myself finally opened in the next few weeks, so I really don’t want to spoil it too much for myself… and of course, it is always all about me, isn’t it?

But the outside isn’t all – something (or rather things) is also going on inside the Mansion…

As you leave the Stretching Room, you now see an open space below an Exit sign with costumed castmembers waving you to go past…

and after you exit the ride, you’re presented with the other end…

there has been lots of speculation online about what’s going on here, but we’re just going to take a wait-and-see attitude…

And also inside there is something going on with the Hitchhiking Ghosts – the scene where they have always joined you in your Doom Buggy has been replaced with an animated screen of them flying by – the consensus seems to be that this will wind up being where a ride photo will be taken with you and the ghosts.

Now on to more food…

A couple of the on-and-off eateries have been on (as in open) lately during the busy Spring Break season… and both have taken on new guises…

Across from the Pirates of the Caribbean is the restaurant formerly known as El Pirata y el Perico – now it’s been renamed (and slightly, and nicely, re-themed) as Tortuga Tavern (and a tavern that doesn’t serve adult beverages… damn…).

The menu is still Mexican themed…

Recently it has been opened mostly for lunch – if you’re passing by it’s worth a look to wander thru even if not open to check out the new theming…

Fixins' bar area

Miss Bonnie discovered this Hidden Mickey made of candles

Across the park the Tomorrowland Terrace (don’t call it the Noodle Station…) has also resurfaced with a revamped menu.

The former semi-Asian styled food has been replaced with a nicely varied selection – yes there are burgers and chicken sandwiches and nuggets…

but there are also a couple of pasta choices to which you can add either chicken or shrimp if you so desire…

and a couple of interesting-sounding salads, and, of all things, a lobster roll…

desserts, kids selections and beverages round things out.

Mistress Sandra, Miss Bonnie and myself gave this a try one evening. The Pasta Primivera (with a chicken breast added) was the choice of the Mistress:

Pasta Primavera with Chicken

The chicken was very tender and juicy with a nice balsamic drizzle – there could have been more veggies in the pasta for my taste, but Sandra approved of the dish.

Miss Bonnie made the gutsy choice of the Lobster Roll:

Lobster Roll with homemade Potato Chips

The lobster salad was tasty enough, but the real winner were the homemade potato chips – not as good as the hot ones at the Rose and Crown Pub, but they were actually the best thing on the table that night.

I chose the Beef and Blue Cheese Salad:

Beef and Blue Cheese Salad

The thick beef slices were next to impossible to cut with the supplied plastic cutlery, but once in the mouth the meat was fairly tender. I’d have liked even more blue cheese and a bit more dressing, but overall it wasn’t bad.

Bottom line we all thought the choices at the Tomorrowland Terrace were pretty good, not great, but a nice change-of-pace from the usual offerings in the Magic Kingdom. This is certainly not destination dining, but worth a try as a quick-service option with enough selection to satisfy most everyone.

It has been open mostly in the evenings, but I did see it open once fairly recently during lunch, and it’s been pretty packed every time I’ve seen it open.

It will be interesting to see how often both these restaurants will be open in the coming months.

Another big change in the Magic Kingdom is the transformation of the former Exposition Hall into Town Square Theater which is the new meet-and-greet home for Mickey, Minnie and (at least for the time being) the Princesses.

When we were last there, it hadn’t quite opened, but it’s now in full swing and by all accounts Disney did a great job with it…

By now there are plenty of sites with info on it – again I’m avoiding the details until I see it for myself, but feel free to indulge yourselves if you like… here’s a link to a write-up on AllEars.

Well, that’s just a bit of what’s going on around the World from our view… we need to head back to the kitchen…

3 Responses to “Magic Kingdom Odds & Ends…”

  1. sambycat Says:

    i guess we shood be glad there is not just chicken fingers and the same old burger at tomorrowland terrace, but, when it was actually open, the food at the NOODLE STATION (yeah i said it!) was different and good!

    long live TTNS! the noodle station for all the children of the world to get their noodles!

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  2. […] we noted in April, they are available at the Tomorrowland Terrace (no longer known as the Noodle Station).  But as […]

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  3. Samantha Says:

    I agree! As a vegetarian, the tofu noodle bowl was the tastiest thing in MK! (With fresh basil and fresh ginger. Yum! So sad.)

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