Hi, and welcome to another Observations post. Before I jump into my trip on January 27, I want to look back at the prior night. I mentioned previously that Fantasmic! is currently down for refurbishment, and because of that the Mark Twain Riverboat is running later than usual. Not only do you get to take some fantastic nighttime rides on the Mark Twain, but you can also view the fireworks from the boat when it is docked. It’s a great place to catch the fireworks and avoid the insanity of Main Street during fireworks time. And, I mean, come on, you’re on a giant steam boat watching fireworks. How cool is that?
More pictures after the jump:
Back to January 27, I started the day like all Disney fans should: by taking a ride on the Monorail! On Monday I started my monthly process of updating our vast Disney dining menu database. Being the only Disneyland researcher, it is my responsibility to keep hundreds of menu items updated. Luckily for you, I won’t bore you with any of that in this post. Instead you get to look at pretty pictures.
The exterior of Space Mountain isn’t looking so hot right now. The dome has been getting dirtier each week, and now it’s at the point where it looks kind of disgusting. The scaffolding at the top of of the mountain started appearing last Friday, so hopefully that means some work will be done soon.
Over on the west side of the park, the Sailing Ship Columbia is slowly starting to emerge from its refurbishment. It will reopen on February 15.
The always entertaining Bootstrappers perform in New Orleans Square. These guys are great; it’s just too bad that most people miss them because they don’t perform on weekends.
Splash Mountain is closed for about a month for refurbishment. I didn’t think they were going to do anything major, but it sounds like there’s a lot of work going on inside. At various points around the mountain you can hear heavy equipment running inside the ride.
Just kidding! In reality I ate a chicken bowl from Lucky Fortune Cookery in DCA. I think this is one of the most underrated quick service restaurants in both parks. The meals are made fresh, taste great, and even though the price has gone up in the past year, I still feel like I’m getting a good value for my money.
That’s all for this time!