Hi everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re starting off with some changes to the Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. If you’ve tried it before, you’re probably used to the ancient flip phones used to play the game. This week those were upgraded, and it has definitely made the game more popular. They actually aren’t distributing phones in Future World anymore to help keep up with demand. Even with that change I had to stop at two different locations before finding an available phone to play with! I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait in the past.
Here’s a look at the new graphics in action. You can really see that the upgrade made a huge difference. However, Disney hasn’t done a great job locking down the phones. My husband was out of the game and playing with other phone features in a minute flat. They’ve actually put a sticker over the camera lens rather than locking down that feature. I imagine this is going to cause some problems down the road.
So you can tell the size, I asked my hubby to model the new phone for you. As you can see, I’m not sure they’re going to survive many drops. With Disney’s relationship with Apple I was surprised to see a Windows phone. Maybe they’re expecting them to get dropped and broken frequently? I don’t even feel like I could throw this phone in my purse without scratching it.
As we walked around the World Showcase playing with the new phone, I spotted this wedding reception setting up. I thought it was worth including for every little girl (or little girl at heart) who is still dreaming of a Disney wedding!
Next, let’s park hop over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the Rock Your Summer Side Dance Party. It seems like this will be one of the shortest lived events in Disney history as it’s being replace next week with the Coolest Summer Ever. I stopped for a few other photos on my way to the stage. Taking a look at the photo below you can see the rumored location for Starbucks under renovation. Personally, I hope those rumors are true! (Of course, now where do we go for all our Duffy needs at the Studios?!)
Another thing that caught my eye was the below sign. If you ever see this, RUN! (Just kidding!) I stopped to talk the to cast members about this sign, and it turns out they have a special FastPass+ process for tour groups. Anyone who was ever stuck behind one person with 100 tickets will be relieved to hear this news. All in all, FastPass+ is slowly but surely getting better. It will be interesting when we head back to Disneyland and try the old system. I’m not sure which I’ll prefer.
Okay, now let’s get over to the Rock Your Summer Side Dance Party! For starters the characters aren’t out for the whole time: the band and the characters alternate. This video will give you an idea what the crowd looked like for Mulch, Sweat, & Shears.
Not bad, right? I was thinking that with it being a slow night, maybe I’d have luck with the characters. But, wow, once they were out they were immediately mobbed. This is as close as I got to my girl, Daisy. 🙁
Here’s another group of characters before the crowds moved in.
I got to dance a little bit with Mickey before he moved on through the crowd.
Dale loved my camera and struck several poses for me.
After my first couple character interactions the crowds pushed in all around me. I’m not one to fight for attention, so I took that as my cue to head towards the back and take it all in. Below you can see a really quick clip of the big crowd swarming the characters.
We decided we were all done with this party pretty quickly, and not just because it was crowded. We were ready to go when they started playing Jason Derulo’s, “Talk Dirty To Me.” Maybe I’m turning into an old lady, but that just isn’t Disney appropriate. How is Daisy supposed to dance to that?! What do you guys think? Am I just an old poot?
Leaving did have benefits. Check out this beautiful pink sunset!
That wraps up the news for this week, so I was left with a dilemma. Do I leave you with a short week? Or add in some park fun? I decided to take you for an evening spin around the Magic Kingdom. You know it’s going to be a good night when there’s a rainbow over the ferry boat.
Here’s the classic look down Main Street from last week. If you’ve been keeping up with my articles the last few weeks you’ll be able to tell from this photo that the crowds are really picking up. I’m sure next weekend will be nuts for the holiday!
We wanted to be in Frontierland for Wishes, so we headed that way. We decided to see Country Bear Jamboree’s last show of the night. Did you know that it normally closes at 9pm even when the park stays open until midnight or later? Make sure you don’t save this one for last. Here’s my favorite part of the show:
I also wanted to be sure to include a photo of Trixie. If anyone was confused about the Park Star from last week then this should clear it up!
After the show we were just a few minutes away from Wishes. I keep talking about doing an article on all my favorite spots for Wishes. This is one of them. Here’s the finale as seen from Frontierland.
After the fireworks we were able to walk right onto Pirates of the Caribbean. I think this is still our favorite scene after all these years!
I also grabbed a few shots from The Haunted Mansion that were worth sharing. This chamber has no windows and no doors!
I also wanted to share this one of the ballroom because it really feels like you’re there.
Next we hopped over to “it’s a small world” for one last ride of the night. Something I don’t think I’ve ever shown before is the queue area. While Disneyland still has us beat by miles, it’s much prettier than it used to be. The clock featured chimes every 15 minutes and displays characters.
I had to share this photo because it’s my favorite from this week. I’m always trying to get a shot of this room that shows all the elements. I think I finally captured it! 🙂
And with that we’ll say goodbye to the week of July 3 and get ready for next week. There’s so much to share!
If you’re heading to Disney World next week, here’s a look at what you can expect:
Crowd Calendar: The July 4th holiday is a very crowded time at Walt Disney World. Be prepared for crowds. Remember, the Magic Kingdom will feature holiday fireworks on July 3. It’s always easier to see them the day before and skip the 4th at Magic Kingdom.
Weather: The heat has been sweltering lately. Be sure to stay hydrated and reapply that sunblock! While the afternoon rain has been missing us some days, it’s always a good idea to come ready for rain or shine this time of year.
Here’s my top tip for this week: Did you know there are peaceful boats that do nothing but transport guests between Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Yacht and Beach Club Hotels, BoardWalk, and Epcot? It isn’t the fastest way to get around, but it can be the most fun. Here’s a video I took earlier this week as we approached Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Next week I’ll also have some every special, not Walt Disney World news to share with you. But you’ll have to tune in next week to see the surprise! 🙂
Do you have any news I missed or any requests for coverage next week? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading! I’m wishing all of you the Best Week Ever, until next time!