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!

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!

Beverage Recon: Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

By Evan Chaisson

As we all know, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been going through many, many changes over the past few years.  In my opinion, one of their newest additions has not yet been appropriately noticed by the Disney masses.

What is it?  Tiffins?  Nope.  Located at the main entrance to Pandora, and right next to much-ballyhooed Tiffins is … Nomad Lounge!

Check out Nomad’s lounge menu at this link!

Nomad Lounge is an adult paradise!  Their huge wrap-a-round outdoor seating area features tables for two and for four with comfy chairs and couches for all.

They boast a full-service bar outside!  In addition, perfect for hot Florida days, they also house a nice bar inside.  It provides Nomad with a vast amount of seating.

The lounge offers a tasty-looking small plate menu which ranges from Vegetarian Pad Thai to African-spiced Wagyu Beef Sliders.  They serve other intriguing items such as Florida Lionfish Tacos, Pork Ribs, as well as Tiffins Bread Service.

Having said all that, we didn’t come for food.  We came in search of delicious adult beverages!  Let’s hop right into those!

The first one we tried was the Annapurna Zing.  A Bombay Sapphire gin-based drink, we ordered both the adult and non-alcoholic versions.  Why?  Our family is growing by a set of Mickey ears.  We’re pregnant!

The alcoholic version of the drink was much better than the non-alcoholic.  The reason?  Honestly, the alcohol cuts the taste of the drink’s ginger beer and lime juice.  Note: the non-alcoholic version is in the tall glass.  The “adult” is in the short glass.

The second drink I tried is called the Snow Leopard Salvation.  Made with Snow Leopard Vodka, it was really good!  To me, it tasted just like a Moscow Mule.  Quite refreshing on a hot Summer night!

The next beverage in which I wanted to indulge was called Mustang Coffee.  It was pressed hot coffee that was laden with Crown Royal, brown sugar, and butter.  What?!

Folks, all I can say is … coffee lovers’ beware!  This coffee should be on your radar.  Even on a hot day, it was still a thirst-quenching drink that went down very smoothly.

Finally, I sampled Jenn’s Tattoo.  Ketel One Vodka-based, the drink had tremendous flavor.  I picked up a hint of cucumber which added to the beverage’s watermelon, hibiscus, and lime juice taste.

I guess our verdict goes without saying … this bar is definitely a “must do” for any cocktail enthusiast.  Add it to your list of future Animal Kingdom stops.  Better do it now!  The place won’t stay a secret for long!