Wrapping Up Some Business … Before Tomorrow’s Action Kicks Off! [Poll Results]

Action?  What action?  My friends, tomorrow, the 2018 (yes, I know it is still 2017) All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Attractions “Series” kicks off!

We’re getting a head start on the New Year, folks!  Leading off?  Sticking with tradition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom steps up to the plate to test your opinions first.

Yes, indeed, led by former champions – Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined by upstarts – Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey – the competition will begin!

Will Pandora knock off our perennial favorites?  You’ll decide that when you elect the 2018 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Animal Kingdom Attraction!  Join us tomorrow and VOTE!

Until then, let’s clean up some earlier business, eh?  Did you listen to our “kick off” podcast?  No?  Then, by all means, catch it at …

Episode 417 – Animal Kingdom Favorite Attractions Poll!

Fun times, if I do have to say so myself.  Hey!  John Peters and I got Doug Davis to rant about the same topic three separate times in the same show!  And, you know, “ranting means ratings”.

Anyway, Doug has himself convinced that Expedition Everest is the absolute worst coaster in The World.  Hmm.  Well, John and I disagree, that’s for sure.  Do you?  The votes spoke loud and clear!

Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Find the article at … An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown!

  • Expedition Everest – 62%
  • Big Thunder – 28%
  • Seven Dwarfs – 10%

Yes.  I did omit Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.  Frankly, I felt it came up in our conversation as a side-comment.  Would its inclusion have changed the results?  Nope.

A few days ago, I floated an unsubstantiated rumor or speculation … will Space Mountain get demolished within five years of the TRON coaster opening?

After all, why do we need two indoor sci-fi roller coasters directly adjacent to each other?  Find the full article at … UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

What was your verdict?  First, over 80% of you “screamed” that this rumor best be false!  Not a big surprise, at all, I’d say.  What did some of you have to say, though?

“Iconic” seemed to be the word of the day.  However, I was interested to hear this … “Space Mountain is at every park but Shanghai.  It’s a Disney Parks institution … not to be said that those can’t close.

What I would not be surprised at is if Space Mountain closed after the 50th, maybe in 2023, and a complete refurb was done to bring it more in line with the other Space Mountains.”

And, “I don’t think that it will be eliminated as it’s pretty iconic.  That being said, TRON being opened would definitely allow for a long-term refurbishment and/or rebranding without worries regarding attendance.

But, as far as a total destruction?  No.  There’s no chance Disney would do this without having something impossibly amazing to take its place.  Even then, they’d have to deal with a ton of fans that were furious about it.”

Finally, “Personally, I’m not a fan of Space Mountain, so I’d be thrilled at a rebranding.  But, I’d put even that at less than 25% … particularly since there’s been such a massive outcry over a relatively minor change to Pirates.

Disney isn’t stupid.  They realize that Universal is gaining marketshare and that every little bit of bad press or attendee outrage is worth avoiding in the near future.”

What do you think, everyone?  Do those comments sum it all up?  I’d say that they do.  Myself, I can see a massive rebuild on Space’s horizon.  I do not see a full destruction.

An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown! VOTE!

Hello, folks!  We need your help!  How so?  Well, what better way to end a week than with an old-fashioned roller coaster “throw-down” … presented All in WDW style.  By way of a poll, that is!

Actually, I promise … this, seemingly random, vote is going to make much more sense after you listen to next week’s mid-week episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  So, bear with me, OK?

Last night, Doug, John, and I pre-recorded a show in which we seeded the “contenders” that will compete in this year’s Animal Kingdom favorite attractions “tournament”.

Led by our reigning “champion” – Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined for the first time by Disney’s two new newcomers from Pandora, twenty-four attractions will vie for your favor.  It is set to kick off next Friday, the 15th, folks.  Please mark your calendars!

Anyway, in the midst of our discussion, a spirited debate ensued.  The question at hand is quite simple.  Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Thanks for your help, my friends!

An Old Friend with a New Trip Report!

Hey, folks!  What, oh what, has our retired colleague – Dennis Conroy – been up to now?  I mean, where has he been?  Did lose his key to the WDW Main Street Pub, or something?

Actually, he recently returned from WDW, and he’s back to share it all!  Did he enjoy his stay at Riverside?  Did he lift his ban on eating at buffets?  Did he like STK Orlando?  Catch it all in …

Episode 410 – A Trip Report with Dennis!

Dining Recon: Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Animal Kingdom

By Evan Chaisson

Hi, all!  I’m glad to be back!  As I think about our last trip to Walt Disney World, I find myself reflecting on our dinner at Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti Restaurant.

Unfortunately, though, the only thing that pops into my head and makes my stomach growl is desert.  Everyone, it was “to die for”!  That being said, let me get into the whole meal.

Yak & Yeti is located in Asia very near to Kali River Rapids.  The restaurant is themed nicely with statues and Asian-inspired artifacts everywhere.

There is a small bar with about 8 to 10 seats to the right as you walk into the restaurant.

As an appetizer, my wife and I got their Pork Pot Stickers.  They were pretty basic and very comparable to the ones you can get at any Asian-inspired restaurant.

For main courses, I had a shrimp and lobster garlic noodle dish.  My wife got their Crispy Honey Chicken.

Honestly, neither dish was overwhelmingly good.  The shrimp and lobster was priced at $35.00.  The honey chicken, which I personally thought was more enjoyable, was a much better value at $18.99.

As I hinted above, the best thing of our entire meal was the desert!  Fried Wontons.

Skewers of fresh pineapple and cream cheese wontons, vanilla ice cream, and honey-vanilla drizzle.  Wow!  I’m telling you, they need a place in Disney where they just sell these! They were that good!

When it comes to the Yeti, our recommendation, fans, is that you order a few appetizers … and, then, go straight to the wontons!  You won’t be disappointed.  I promise!

It’s Tough to Be a Bug! The Final Verdict!

Hey, folks!  Good afternoon!  While you’re watching your Saturday football games, I’d like to take a quick second to update you on another final score – It’s Tough to Be a Bug!  The Final Verdict!

The poll is now closed.  The results are in.  After days and days of voting and tons and tons of comments, your voices have been heard!  You have spoken your minds.  Disney will be compelled to listen … we hope!

  • Leave it Alone  –  44%
  • Rehabilitate  –  32%
  • Eliminate  –  24%

Do you see that, Disney?  All in WDW’s re-imagineers have contemplated the question.  We have overwhelmingly decided.  You need to put away your cans of Raid.  The bugs can be spruced up a bit, but they must be spared!