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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom for the first rainy day of the year! It’s also the unofficial end to the holiday season at the Walt Disney World parks, as most out-of-state guests head back home for work and school. Today, we’re caught in the middle of all these thing as the park begins to transition into its off-season form.
First things first, yes, it was somewhat rainy today. While not ‘torrential Florida summer rain’, it was a bit of an annoyance for most of the morning and early afternoon. The plus side of this is the relatively uncommon appearance of the Rainy Day Cavalcade.
“Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid” had a delayed opening of about an hour today, though we can’t imagine the wet conditions were the issue for Ariel.
Buzz Lightyear also took shelter from the elements at the Tomorrowland stage, limiting his movements to one dry, covered section.
Speaking of character appearances, the Evil Stepsisters have finally returned to Princess Fairytale Hall after a hiatus during the holidays. Their witty interactions were put on pause for a couple months, with a Cast Member advising that this was to avoid additional crowding in Fantasyland, which has been home to the worst choke points in the park during busier times.
Chip and Dale are, of course, still appearing in Frontierland. Like all of the characters in the park, they have done away with their holiday costumes and returned to their usual garb.
Meanwhile, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sign sail has been solid black since it was replaced prior to Thanksgiving, with wording for the attraction still not added.
Somewhere between the rapid removal of a holiday overlay, and the snail’s pace replacement of a fabric sign, is the steady refurbishment of the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island. Wire framing for rock work sits on the shore near Harper’s Mill, which is covered in scaffolding itself. The work is currently scheduled through at least February 28th.
Finally, lest we forget this is indeed the tail end of a holiday weekend, behold the 50 minute wait for Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in the early afternoon. While the actual wait may have been slightly less, nearly an hour for a carousel should put the holiday crowd levels into perspective.
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