Monday, September 26, 2011

WDW Slideshow Update 9/26/11:parking lot signs at MK, Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-o-Scream, Universal (Ripsaw Falls).

• New names (and signage) for parking lot sections at the Transportation and Ticket Center. The sub-lots now combine for a big "heroes" lot and a big "villains" lot -- and each one has a dedicated tram

• Big tower outside PotC has speakers for Sorcerers game

• New railings outside Splash Mountain

• Crane is out installing castle Dreamlights

• Spotted: half-size ODV cart selling ice cream

• Splash Mtn final boat scene is fully fixed, even rocking back and forth

• Spotted: benches outside Mansion have always had "dogs" as handles on the end of the armrests... but the eyes are now painted red

• Spotted: new doll in the window outside Hall of Presidents. For Sorcerers?

• New dish: $11 salmon with couscous and broccoli, at Columbia Harbour House. Well worth the price.

• Osceola signs: all but one are fixed! (and the last one was being worked on late in the weekend; probably fixed now).

• Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream: a rollickin good time, decent scare houses (6 of them), and one standout named "Alone" for a $40 upcharge (you can bring 3 others with you, so it's not truly alone). But the Alone house is not overrun with visitors; they only let groups go in every 5-10 minutes. Spectacular.

• At Howl-O-Scream, there are no scare zones -- everywhere is game! Instead, the scareactors roam in groups.

• The Midnight Hour show is campy fun with live singing (Obama, Palin, Sheen, Snookie as comic relief).

• The Fiends (naughty nurses) show is equally campy, more Monster Mash oriented.

• Construction photos of Universal mini golf. Still quite barren ground, some structures going up.

• Despicable Me signs are up at former Jimmy Neutron simulator

• Ripsaw Falls photo report: looking great!