Possible new Disney Archives museum in California

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Walt Disney ArchivesA major Disney museum in Glendale? It may be the future for the company’s past

The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog reports that The Disney Archives are about to be made viewable by the public at a new museum in Glendale, California. Apparently, when Walt Disney died, his office was sealed as is. Years later, it was unsealed so an archivist could go in and catalog everything. That is how the Archives were born.

It’s much more today than just the contents of Walt Disney’s office – and definitely enough to entice me out to L.A. to visit the Disney parks on that side of the country. I haven’t been there since 2001, when I spent a day at Disney’s California Adventure. I think I’d need several days devoted just to the archives. And many return visits!


So how about you – is this enough to get you out to California for a Disneyland vacation?

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Scenes from the Tuscan garden

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IMG_3556-WDW-EPCOT-Diana:) This year’s Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT featured outdoor living spaces set in a Tuscan garden. There was a grove of olive trees spread with slate-gray gravel, in the center of which stood Diana, mistress of the hunt. You might remember Diana. She was featured at the end of the drunken Bacchus scene in Disney’s Fantasia. She shot an arrow into the twilight sky, which burst with stars. However, she looked a wee bit different than pictured here; in the film, she was fully clothed 😉

After a bit of research, I am unable to determine why Diana was chosen to grace the Tuscan garden. She’s not especially connected to Tuscany. In fact, most of the known shrines to Diana in Italy stand significantly further south. This will have to remain a mystery – perhaps it’s simply a random selection by the CM who themed the garden.

IMG_3554-WDW-EPCOT-rainwater-cisternAlthough I did study Italian briefly in school, that was many years ago so I needed to take a photo of this phrase written in the round on the patio. It was the word “piovana”, which I’d never heard before, that was baffling me. When I got to a computer, I googled it. “Cisterna di acqua piovana” means “reservoir of rain water”. I guess the implication here is that the reservoir is sunken into the ground. I’ve heard that’s a bad thing to do with your rainwater if you’re going to consume it in some way, but I guess if you’re only going to use it to water the plants and you don’t actually drink it or bathe in it or use it to cook, then it is probably ok.

IMG_3553So far we’ve only seen a sign with a reference to “acqua” or “water”. Now we’re going to see the actual water. You may have to click the picture and view it in a larger size to see. Here it is – a fountain mounted on a wall of ivy, in the shape of a ram’s head. See that trickle coming out of his mouth? That’s water! I know, it’s barely a trickle but it is actual, genuine water! There was much more to this outdoor living space, but I will save those photographs for another day.


 

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Lightning McQueen at the Studios

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This week, it’s been 2 years since I joined Ruby Tuesday, a photo meme hosted by Mary at Work of the Poet. To commemorate the occasion, here’s my first-ever Ruby Tuesday post – from June 24th, 2008! OH – and I have since seen this film, and I believe the cute little red car’s name is Lightning McQueen :)

Lightning McQueen at Disney's Hollywood StudiosHey, guess what? I lied to you guys yesterday, but I didn’t mean to. I forgot that it was going to be Tuesday today, and I did not intend to continue Flower & Garden Festival stuff because it is my very first RUBY Tuesday! I found out about it from The Teach – in fact, I think she might be the inventor and sole proprietor of Ruby Tuesday.

So here’s my first contribution. I believe this car was one of the stars of Pixar’s film called – wait for it! – Cars. But I am not 100% sure about that, because I have never seen the film.

There’s lots of other nifty red stuff in the background, too. This photo was taken at Disney-MGM Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the morning of May 26th 2008.

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Wishes from the Seven Seas Lagoon

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:) One night during my May whirlwind weekend trip to Walt Disney World, my brother, the infamous “Chez Bro”, had a surprise for us. He’d hired a boat to take us out on a cruise from Disney’s Contemporary resort on Bay Lake over to the Seven Seas Lagoon, where we would watch Wishes from out on the water. After we’d had dinner at The Wave, we met some of our local Orlando-area cousins up in the Contemporary’s lounge for a drink, and then we proceeded to the Contemporary’s dock. Our skipper met us there with a cooler full of soft drinks and a basket of snacks. It was a fairly warm night, no need for a jacket. The skipper guided us under the monorail bridge and then over the water bridge that passes over the road leading to and from the front entrance of the Contemporary (the road actually passes under the water!). Soon we were floating in the middle of the Seven Seas Lagoon. We could see the light parade floating in the distance but by time we caught up with it, the show was over and the barges were dark.

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After a while, the fireworks started and they were spectacular! Here, you can see the castle is lit in blue, lurking behind the train station. Mostly, our skipper tried to float us into a position where we could see the castle off to one side, but sometimes we listed away – this was one of those times.

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Here, we’ve righted our position, and you can see the castle again, this time in lavender. I took many, many pictures but it was difficult to get clean shots due to the movement of the boat. These two were the best of the bunch. It was a wonderful experience and I’d certainly love to have the opportunity to do it again.

Please vote for Give Kids The World. They work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of seriously ill children who want to visit Orlando. You can vote daily until June 30th.

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Sand bandits on Sanibel

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Not sure what’s less reasonable – the expectation that there will be no sand in the sink AT THE BEACH, or the apparently unwillingness to comply on the part of persons unknown. Captured in the restroom at the Lighthouse Beach, Sanibel Island.

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Give Kids The World REALLY Needs Your Help!

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IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-roadI first posted about this a couple of weeks ago, and between that and publicizing it on Facebook, many of you may already know what this is all about and you may already be doing your daily “click”. If you are, then thank you and God bless you.

For those reading who are unaware – Give Kids The World Villas is a resort in the Orlando, Florida area which works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of children who are ill with life-threatening diseases. Many of those children wish for the same thing – to go to Disney World. If their wish is granted, the family stays at Give Kids The World for free.

[pullquote]I’m sure there are lots of worthy causes out there, but the one that is currently in 2nd place is for building a weight room in a high school. As compared to granting the dying wish of a terminally ill child, I consider that a “nice to have”, and I can’t believe they are in 2nd place. They must be better at organizing than we are. Let’s change that, RIGHT NOW![/pullquote]

The Village is now 20 years old and needs some repairs. If Give Kids The World can get to 1st or 2nd place in the voting by June 30th, they will win $250,000 from Pepsi to help with the repairs.

When I started a few weeks ago pushing this cause, we were in 16th place. A few days ago, we’d gotten all the way down to 9th!!! Now, we’ve slid back to 10th again. I’m very upset by this :(

I can’t think of a better cause than taking a child who is ill and suffering and making him happy. If Mickey Mouse will make that child happy, then that child should have a safe and well-maintained place to stay while visiting Orlando.

I’m posting today to ask you all once again to PLEASE VOTE – it’s just a click!

http://www.refresheverything.com/givekidstheworld

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  • ATTENTION FELLOW BLOGGERS! Would you consider putting this on your blog too, and asking your readers to vote? That would really help a lot!

Thanks for your attention, everyone – and for your votes!

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A marauding mob of African meerkats

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As mentioned previously on this blog, meerkats are among my favorite animals because, like prairie dogs and otters, they are the shape and size of puppies and therefore very cute. In fact, all three species – prairie dogs, otters and meerkats – are known to “bark”, just like a puppy. The only time a meerkat doesn’t look like a puppy is when he’s standing up on his back legs, using his tail for balance.

Last week, I referred to a group of meerkats as a “colony” but I have since discovered that this is incorrect. One needs to refer to a group of meerkats as a “mob”, sometimes also “clan” or “gang”. This makes them sound dangerous, like they should be starring opposite the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story 😉

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This fellow is performing sentinel duties while the rest of the colony forages for insects, small lizards, scorpions, eggs, centipedes and anything else that might be “slimy yet satisfying”, as Timon of The Lion King has been known to describe his diet. Should the sentinel spot a predator approaching, he will emit a warning bark and all the mob of meerkats will scatter into the many “bolt holes” they have built on their territory, so they have a place to hide during such emergencies. The sentry is responsible for emerging first and checking to see if the predators are still there before giving the “all clear” signal.

Last time I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the sentry posed nicely for me for several minutes before staring at me to signal that the photo shoot was over. Here’s a slide show of the sentry from that visit, along with a clan from 2008.

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BONUS!- the Animal Planet channel has a series called “Meerkat Manor”, and there are some snippets of episodes on YouTube. Season’s 1 through 4 are available from Amazon.com on DVD

Meerkat Manor – Season 1
Meerkat Manor: Season Two
Meerkat Manor: Season Three
Meerkat Manor: Season Four – The Next Generation

Here’s Season One, Episode One snip from YouTube, which explains what the whole ongoing drama serial is about. I hope you enjoy it :)

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My California Grill chocolate lava cake experience

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Lava Cake from Flickr By BenSeeseIf you’re at all talented in the kitchen, then you MUST try to replicate this dessert recipe.

The first time I ever dined at the California Grill at Walt Disney World I was attending a conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs with some colleagues from work. I was desperate to have dinner in this restaurant while the lights were dimmed, the music swelled and the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks soared outside. I was ecstatic when I managed to snag a reservation at the last minute.

The California Gill is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so after the conference sessions were over for the day, we drove over to check the place out at our leisure. Finally it was time for dinner! I don’t remember what my entree was, but you know it was good because, hey, this is the Cali Grill we’re talking about. I do know that I ordered this chocolate lava cake dessert – and it arrived swimming in a sea of warm peanut butter sauce.  I cut into it and it OOZED chocolate sauce – flowed just like lava, hence the name. Sopped up some of the peanut butter sauce and popped a piece in my mouth. Oh.  My.  GAWD!

I made a few subsequent visits to the California Grill and always ordered the chocolate lava cake for dessert… until one night the server regretted to tell me that the California Grill had rotated it out of their menu in favor of some fresh, new dessert offerings. I was crushed and devastated. I’ve ocassionally tried ordering chocolate lava cake at other restaurants, but no one makes it the way the California Grill did, and no one thinks to set it into a warm, shallow pool of peanut butter sauce.

This is why I’m so thrilled to see it on the menu again for the Cali Grill’s anniversary! And now we have the recipe too – well, except for the peanut butter sauce. I’m going to have to extort that out of someone at the restaurant 😉

If you like to bake, then why not give it a whirl and let me know how it went! According to the receipe, you’ll need some 3.5″ ramekins. You can even come to my house to make it 😉 – I have an oven, and I’ll clean up!

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Mystic mountain mirrored

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IMG_1442-WDW-DAK-Everest-reflectedBack in the early days of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there was an attraction called Discovery River Boats, the purpose of which wasn’t really so much entertainment as it was to taxi the guests around the park via the river that winds around Discovery Island. There was a dock in Asia and another close to the entrance of the park, just after you emerge from the Oasis. These docks have been repurposed since the attraction shut down. The one in Asia is now a shaded sitting area to rest or eat, and the other one is a character meet-and-greet spot.

I sometimes find myself wishing that attraction still existed. It can be very pleasant to float along in a boat at Disney World, a peaceful respite during a busy day. And then I get a shot like this one, and I realize that it would not have been possible with boats running around disturbing the reflections.

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Lost post from 2009 – my notes from Disney’s UP!

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Notes about Disney’s UP! (one year late)

Premiere Of Disney Pixars Up - ArrivalsI was in Walt Disney World on June 14th 2009; I’d taken a professional certification exam the day before in Orlando and stayed the weekend to browse the parks. Well, it was so hell hot, I decided to cool off by taking myself to the AMC theaters in Downtown Disney. Pixar’s UP! was playing there, and I loved it. I made notes of my favorite parts and quotes… and then promptly lost the post! For some reason, I dated it June 14th 2010 instead of 2009, so it’s been sitting all this time waiting to auto-post. Anyhow, other than this little introduction, I’m not altering the post – however it was written, that’s how it was written!

I would, however, love to hear YOUR impressions of the film one year later – comments, please!

  • Ellie had a book called “My Adventures”.  I have a website called “My Adventures
  • “It’s like America – only, south!”
  • Females are drawn like the females in BOLT – in this way, animators create “cousins” across films.  Check the females in The Incredibles too.  Check animators of various films, who was in charge of which characters.
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    “Adventure is out there!”

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  • Amused by use of Bizet’s “Habanera” when he was coming down the stairs in his elevator chair
  • Second time in 24 hours I saw someone make a “w” with their fingers.  Saw Cameron Diaz do it in “The Sweetest Thing” the night before
  • Little touches, like when the bad guy in the suit puts his hand possessively on the picket fence post
  • Finally, seeing Disney's UP

  • Stuff I’m going to do “someday” was on these pages – sometimes, you get a big, fat NO from the Universe.
  • I heard the Miss Gulch bicycle music in my head as the house was tossed about by the storm
  • Another Wizard of Oz parallel – “it was in my own backyard at one point but I didn’t realize it at the time” – dreams of “someday” – sometimes you don’t realize it, but “someday” is NOW.
  • There’s no place like home – Ellie IS home, the physical location is irrelevant.
  • Little kid stuff – knee, elbow, another of the little touches.
  • “I do I do I do ever so want the ball.”
  • “Tents are HARD!”
  • “I like you temporarily.”
  • “I will stop the dogs – stop, you dogs!”
  • “It is funny because the squirrel gets dead.”
  • “I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most… I like that curb.”
  • Clinging to the dream can be the wrong priority.  But how to know if let go or hold on?  LOOK FOR SIGNS.
  • Dogs playing poker – great pop culture iconic reference :)
  • Old creaky warriors – flying dentures – make me bust up laughing :)
  • House disappears into the ether – home just alive in memories now (but Ellie made sure it landed where it was supposed to land)
  • HAPPY ENDING :)  I wish!

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Random Animal Kingdom trio

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This is the Great Blue Turaco. I heart this bird’s colorful plumage.

RANDOM FACT about the great blue turaco: In the province of Africa formerly known as Zaire, the great blue turaco is hunted for food as well as feathers. Those yellow feathers on the underside of the turaco’s tail are considered good luck. Next time I visit the Pangani Forest Trail, I hope I remember to look around on the ground for a yellow tail feather.


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Here’s a meerkat – for fans of The Lion King, that’s a “Timon”. I like meerkats for the same reason I like prairie dogs and otters – they remind me of cute little puppies.

RANDOM FACT about meerkats: Meerkats are social and live in little colony families. One of them always keeps lookout while the others forage for food.


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Saved the best for last. I stalked this Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly all over creation, it seemed, but only got ONE good shot, and this is it!

RANDOM FACT about swallowtail butterflies: There are over 500 species of swallowtail butterfly that live on every continent of the Earth except Antarctica.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – oh, the anticipation!

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We’ve heard of “too big to fail”, now we have “too big to ride”!

Well, how depressing! Imagine that you’re a real Harry Potter fanatic and you have scrimped and saved and finally landed in Orlando. You make tracks toward Universal Islands of Adventure and head straight for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter section. As you’re standing in the queue for your much-anticipated first ride on the new attraction Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, you can barely contain your excitement. Finally, it’s you’re turn to climb aboard the vehicle. You have a seat and pull down on the restraints. All this time, all this waiting, all this anticipation, only to find… you’re too big to ride!

A guest to whom this happened recently was featured in Orlando Attractions Magazine (link below). Well, he didn’t have to scrimp and save and fly, since he’s a local – but he did have the “too big to ride” experience. His name is Banks Lee and he seems to have taken it in stride. In fact, the incident has fueled his motivation to lose some weight. He’s blogging his odyssey toward fitting in the seat – I’m headed over there now to leave a comment with an encouraging word or two. Won’t you do the same?

Banks Lee and the Three Clicks

Good luck, Mr. Lee!

Are you too big to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey? | Orlando Attractions Magazine Blog.

NBC’s sneak peek at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

In the event that you missed it, and even if you didn’t miss it and you just want to see it again – here’s a video that aired just a few nights ago on NBC, which shows how The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was conceived, architected and constructed. There’s a sneak peak of some unique footage that was shot specifically for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey using new technology developed specifically for this attraction. It’s 21 minutes long – NO COMMERCIALS! – so go grab a cup of coffee while the video buffers and then settle in for a treat.

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Theme Park Insider reader reviews “Forbidden Journey” attraction

I recently read a reader review of the attraction in question over at Theme Park Insider. The writer describes the ride without going into too much detail, so I’ve still got a sense of anticipation about it and I can hardly wait for my October trip to see one of my favorite characters – THE SORTING HAT! This writer says that the whole family agreed – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey surpasses even Spiderman as the best ride of all time!

Reader review of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Orlando | Theme Park Insider

Dear Governor Crist…

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I sent an email last Friday to Florida governor Charlie Crist regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and what I consider to be the frittering away of funding on advertising tourism when we’re expecting to have a disaster to clean up. I realize people are suffering from lack of business, but I think there is other recourse to compensate them, and that it isn’t right to encourage tourists to gamble their hard-earned vacation dollars on a Florida Gulf beach vacation when we know there’s a good chance of the oil plume making landfall here.

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To: Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com
Subject: Redirect those advertising funds toward saving our Gulf shores!

Dear Governor Crist –

I moved to Southwest Florida 4 years ago from New York. I came here because of the tropical climate and natural beauty of the Lee Island Coast and because of my love for Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding out-islands. I love the wildlife sanctuaries and rookeries along Estero and San Carlos Bays, the availability of fresh seafood all year round and our astounding beaches. It breaks my heart to think of all this beauty and abundance covered in crude oil, consequently dead and ruined for generations to come.

IMG_0362-Sanibel-sailboat-seagulls-beachThe oil gushing into the Gulf has been doing so for over 40 days. Even capped, it is still leaking. I know better than to think that any part of the Gulf states’ shorelines are going to escape some sort of impact. There’s just too much of it out there, and now hurricane season is upon us which will bring unpredictability in the form of currents and winds.

It is unethical, bordering on immoral, to dupe people into coming to Florida’s Gulf Coast, when we cannot guarantee them an oil-free vacation. We are bilking them out of their hard-earned vacation dollars. WHY are we wasting these funds on misleading advertising when they could be applied DIRECTLY to the problem? We could be using the funds to compensate the fisherman and those in the tourist industry for loss of income. We could be conserving some of it to help pay for the cleanup we KNOW we are going to need.

IMG_0385-American-brown-pelican-Sanibel-IslandWhile Louisiana’s leaders are making quite a compelling and widely publicized case for disaster funding, Florida is busy telling people everything is coming up sunshine and lollipops. By this time next week, we could be just as awash in the foul stench of crude oil and decomposing wildlife as Louisiana is right now. Anyone with even half an ounce of sense knows this is true. So why are we being deceitful with our tourists and wasteful with our funding?

IMG_0642-Lighthouse-Beach-2004-SanibelGovernor Crist, I hope you will do everything in your power to stop this foolishness with the advertising campaigns and start instead and in earnest to prepare Florida’s Gulf Coast for the impact that we all KNOW is coming our way. Start working on BP to step up to the plate and provide compensation for the tourism and fishing industries and funding for the cleanup. Stop worrying about enticing tourists and refocus all that energy – and all those dollars – on ensuring that Florida is prepared to meet the beast swiftly and intelligently when it strikes.

It’s going to be bad. But you can mitigate a lot of that if you will just focus on what matters, on what makes sense and on doing the right thing, always.

Sincerely
Erin White
Lehigh Acres, Florida

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My Walt Disney World hurricane story

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IMG_0874How will a possible hurricane affect your Disney visit? | TheDailyDisney.com from OrlandoSentinel.com.

Recent article in the Orlando Sentinal’s Daily Disney blog reminded me of an autumn trip to see the Mouse a few years back that culminated in riding out a hurricane at the Port Orleans Riverside resort. I’d gone for a conference and at the end of the trip, did a couple of meets with folks from a couple of Disney message boards with whom I’d been carousing online for a few years.

Sometime during the week, I became aware that Hurricane Wilma was expected to blow through Florida. Now, this was the year before I moved here from New York. I’d been through one hurricane up on Long Island – that would have been Gloria in 1985. I knew that a hurricane could blow down trees and take out a home’s roof or crush a car – all manner of destruction. So I was aware that being outside or trying to travel would not be a good idea and that I’d better just hunker down in the event that Wilma DID strike.

IMG_1096-WDW-EPCOT-monorail-cloudsWe’d heard that the year before, when Hurricane Charley had come through, Disney had been wonderful to the guests, so I thought it was not going to be a problem. Well, I was wrong. I had one of the most negative experiences ever with Disney when Wilma struck on the morning we were supposed to check out. I still maintain that if a company won’t send their employees out in a storm, they should not toss their guests out on their butts during that same storm. Yet they fully expected me to check out on time, despite not wanting to send bell services out in the storm to get my bags.

There were other service failure type issues with Disney during Wilma. The moral of the story is, don’t depend upon Disney or any company for that matter, to do the right thing in the event of a catastrophe. We’d like to think most people and businesses would react with compassion and common sense, but that was not he case in this instance.

If you’re interested in reading about the rest of that trip, here’s a link to my old trip report site from before the blog –

http://www.tinkrbell.com/Vacations/Disney%20Vacations/OrlandoOctober2005/OrlandoOct2005Home.htm

I think the Wilma stuff starts on “Day 8” and extends into “Day 9”

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It’s just ducky in Canada

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A pair of ducks stop for a rest on the lawn of the Canadian pavilion at EPCOT.

Someday, when I grow up, I want to live in that little cabin.

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What Floridians Should Know About Reporting Oil

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IMG_1534-Ding-Darling-Sanibel-Cove-In-Mangroves :( I am thankful to report that our beaches here in Southwest Florida are as yet unaffected by the catastrophic BP oil spill. However, no one knows how hurricane season (started June 1st) will affect ocean currents and therefore the direction the oil spill takes.

This oil well has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 40 days. Impact would be devastating for this area – there are wildlife refuges that house rookeries and sea life breeding grounds all along the Lee Island Coast. The potential for unrecoverable destruction is high and it’s severe.

The City of Sanibel has provided links to important instructions that must be followed in the event that evidence of the oil spill is discovered. Follow the link below to access these documents from the City of Sanibel website.

City of Sanibel Urges All Residents to Review & Know the State of Florida “Oil Spill Reporting Guide” / News / City Manager’s Office / Departments / Home – City of Sanibel.

Tink’s Links: Please VOTE to award $250K to “Give Kids The World”

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IMG_2787-WDW-MK-castle-twilight:)If you are a fan of Walt Disney World, then you’ve probably heard of  the Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida.   This is where seriously ill children can come to have their wish for a visit to Orlando fulfilled. If I lived closer to Kissimmee (I’m about 3 hours away by car), I would definitely volunteer there.

The Give Kids The World Village opened in 1989. The villas there are now more than 20 years old and need repairs to keep them “safe and accessible”.  They’ve submitted their funding request to the Pepsi Refresh Everything program.  As of this writing, they are in 16th place – only the top TWO will receive the funding they’ve requested.  Now, it’s all up to YOU!

What You Can Do To Help:

  1. Visit the site and VOTE! Hurry, voting ends June 30th 2010
  2. Tell everyone you know and ask them to vote, too
  • SHARE IT on Facebook
  • POST IT on your favorite forum or message board
  • TWEET IT on Twitter
  • FORWARD IT to your email contacts

Here’s a short video featuring Wish Kid named Alyssa, telling about her experience at Give Kids The World:
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Here’s a link to the Refresh Everything page for Give Kids The World – remember to VOTE, then SHARE the page with everyone you know so they can vote too :)

GKTW: Program funds for 7,000 children with life-threatening illnesses | Pepsi Refresh Everything.

Orange moon over “Algiers” Beach, Sanibel Island

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Last Thursday (05-27-2010) was the “full flower moon” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The moon was orange and huge as it hovered over the Gulf of Mexico. This is how it looked as seen from the beach at Gulfside City Park on Sanibel Island – more commonly known to locals as “Algiers”.

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