WDW Odds & Ends…

May 24, 2012

Last Odds & Ends we looked at some items from the Studios & the Magic Kingdom, so this time let’s check out some bits from Animal Kingdom and Epcot.

Gotta love the Joe Rhode reference!

Let’s start at Miss Bonnie’s favorite park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

As you may already know, the Kilimanjaro Safari ride is undergoing a bit of a change – a section with zebras will be added to the ride, and the poacher storyline has all but been eliminated…

All that’s left of the poacher’s camp…

Currently the only mention of poachers on the savannah is at the tail end of the ride (the threat of dangerous poachers in the area giving the driver an excuse to drop you off at a ranger station instead of continuing on your “two-week” safari…) – Little Red no longer makes an appearance, and the short-wave messages from Warden Wilson are also gone… happily you still get to briefly hear that radio station that seems to constantly play the same song.

Right now there is very little in the way of “story” on the ride, we’ll see how that may or may not change as the ride evolves into it’s next incarnation…

Only the best Dinsey-nerds note new posters…

Along the walls of most of the buildings in the village of Harambe are many signs and posters pasted up… we saw a couple of new ones shown above… perhaps the warning to poachers will play a part in a new storyline for the safari ride… and we can all hope for Disco!!!

The street musicians in Harambe now have a dedicated stage area.

You never know what you might see when you take a walk along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – there might be a female gorilla who has climbed up a tree…

then a male may climb up after her…

and then the female may then drop to the ground…

So take a walk, keep your eyes open, you never know what you’ll see!

Before we leave Animal Kingdom and the village of Harambe, we need to fortify ourselves, so let’s visit one of the outside carts for a nice imported adult beverage (or a no-so-nice domestic one)…

and to be sure our sugar and carb levels are up to snuff, let’s stop by the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery for a tasty sweet…

Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake

Now fully ready to move on, let’s see what’s up at Epcot…

The construction walls are down in Italy…

and the much anticipated Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is now open.

Miss Bonnie and I did get a chance to sample some of the goodies here, but we’ll save that report for another day (soon… I promise).

Elsewhere in Epcot other construction walls have gone up…

With Agent P coming to Epcot later this summer, teen superhero Kim Possible has been ousted…

and the former Kim Possible kiosks are now all shuttered.

I greatly enjoyed the interactive KP experience, and am looking forward to seeing what the 2.0 version of Epcot interaction with Agent P will be like. I do expect that most of the physical gimmicks and gags will stay pretty much the same (especially since the turnaround time for the opening of Agent P is pretty short, late June has been mentioned as the debut), but with a new storyline laid atop. In any case, with the massive numbers of fans (young and old) that Phineas & Ferb seem to have (just judging from the numbers of park guests with Perry or Agent P shirts you see), I’m sure the Agent P World Showcase Adventure will be a big hit.

In Innoventions East, the House of Innoventions has re-opened with a Green theme as the Vision House.

Like earlier incarnations of this exhibit, the Vision House is nothing more than a not-so-thinly veiled 20 minute ad for the sponsors products, yet it can be a reasonably interesting way to spend some time in the air conditioning.

How many Hidden Mickeys can you find in the Vision House front door mat?

Vision House Kitchen

Sign in Vision House living room

Look who’s moved from the World Showcase to appearing in the daughter’s room of Vision House!

On our visit, our guide did a really great job with the script.

Let’s now move from the environmentally-friendly confines of the Vision House to check out the constantly changing world of merchandise (much of which fortunately turns out to be food & drink related).

In Germany you can find a Goofy-adorned beer glass.

And in case you need some help holding onto your steins….

It must be good – it’s “Official”!

And now you can purchase the ultimate in adult-beverage related headwear….

Mistress Sandra proudly models the Beer Mug Hat

And if you need to combine candy and booze, Germany is your place…

In Italy you can now purchase “Italy’s Favorite Coffee”, Lavazza.

Gotta be better than Nescafe…

And nestled among the bottles of water, is grab-and-go beer… right at kid level…

Peroni on ice

And speaking of beer… the Sake bar that’s tucked away in the back corner of the Mitsukoshi department store in Japan is now offering an interesting-looking brew…

haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on the list…

And on the subject of must-have-food-related-headgear (okay, you really don’t have to have it…), we come to the gift shop in France…

Miss Bonnie models the Remy-inspired chef’s hat in France

where Remy from Ratatouille adorns a chef’s hat – a rat in the kitchen is always appetizing…

There’s plenty more going on around the World, but we’ll stop here for now, but before we go let’s give you a tease of the food we sampled at Tutto Gusto.

Don’t tell my cardiologist about this…

Okay, so there’s a few more odds & ends from WDW… hope you enjoyed!

Back to the kitchen – see you soon!

5 Responses to “WDW Odds & Ends…”

  1. sambycat Says:

    that cupcake is disturbing


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