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Now, a guy I know owns an umbrella cockatoo named Lexie – or, more accurately, Lexie the umbrella cockatoo owns a guy I know! – and he’s got this little Lucite-type carrier for traveling and such. We kid around that it’s actually bullet-proof, and we call it Lexie’s “pope-mobile”, so I had to snap a picture of this toy from Disney’s CARS 2, and send it to Lexie. I’m sure he got a kick out of it
I found my friends in front of the animation courtyard, and after a bunch of hugging and exclaiming (I have not seen them since October 2010), we set out to do some touring. Toy Story Mania was a 70 minute wait and Fast Pass “sold out”. We grabbed a Fast Pass for Star Tours; while waiting for it to mature, we did One Man’s Dream. Inside the exhibit with all the models of the resorts, a Cast Member told us to examine the model of Tokyo Disneyland for “the world’s largest Hidden Mickey”. Sure enough, we all spotted it – easy to do with a bird’s eye view! Taking a photo of it without a ladder was a bit difficult, but you will spot it too, I am sure.
We also took in The American Idol Experience. A woman named Jenny won the round that we saw. She had a great voice and her delivery was very polished. This, however, is not Jenny. This is the dude they send out in the beginning to fire up the crowd and coach them on how to react to the judges (boo them when they criticize).
There is nothing going on in the sound studio now, and the Cast Member we asked didn’t seem to think a new attraction would be coming in any time soon. They weren’t even playing Radio Disney like they used to – when did they stop that? I took a picture of the neon tower anyway, just because I like it.
Finally, our Fast Passes for Star Tours matured, and we encountered some droids, but they were not the droids we were looking for. Rats.
This is the second in a series of “do-over” posts that are being created to make up for the mobile blogging errors that occurred during my last trip to Orlando.
When last you left me, I was standing in the parking lot of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, awaiting my chariot. No, really, the tram LOL
First order of business was my new park pass, and then I found myself sauntering up the boulevard. I left a message for my friends Joy and Al, and started browsing the shops.
The sky was a lovely shade of blue, and I snapped a photo of Mickey’s backside at Crossroads Of The World.
Next time: dinner!
As a mobile blogger, I use a lot of phone juice. I was initially concerned about tales of poor battery life with the iPhone 4S. With previous phones, I’d been able to carry extra charged batteries and swap them out as needed. Well, you cannot remove an iPhone battery, so you’re basically stuck using up whatever it has to offer, and then you have to find a way to recharge.
I was not too happy to be walking around EPCOT last week with my phone in one hand and the portable charging device in the other. Meanwhile, my touring partners the the “badelves” had an extended battery case in THEIR phone and experienced none of the mobilus bloggus interruptus that I was experiencing.
I surmised that for the iPhone too, there must be a better way, so I took to the interwebz and selected Mophie Juice Pack
, a case that charges your iPhone. I will be playing with it for a while and will report back my findings.
I like Mophie already, because when you unbox the device, you get an inspirational message :). Stay tuned!
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Mickey Ears On I-4 This is one of my famous “point and pray” shots; eyes on the road at all times, aim camera in general direction of target, hope for the best! I usually try to get this structure both coming and going. It’s on I-4, just west of the first exit for Walt Disney World (there are four exits, I believe).
Characters In Flight BONUS: another point and pray shot. I happened to get lucky and see Characters In Flight was aloft as I passed between exits 67 and 68. I was headed for exit 75A, Universal Blvd.
Room With A (Hogwarts) View This was the view from my room at the Four Points by Sheraton, Orlando Studio City. I am an SPG member (Starwood Preferred Guest) and I usually seem to score a Hogwarts view when I stay at this hotel, which I like a lot. It is pretty much always reasonably priced, it’s clean and comfortable and was redecorated fairly recently – maybe within a year and a half or thereabouts. Plus it is right outside the gates of Universal Orlando Resort, and I can stay there free using Starwood points. If you are interested in the Starwood program, click here to read more about it.
Just a stroll across the parking lot of the hotel is an International House of Pancakes. I happened to have a gift card left over from Christmas, and I was ravenously hungry, so it seemed hike a harmonic convergence. Off I went to have one of their “smart” meals before hitting the parks to meet up with friends.
I emerged from the iHop apparently in the nick of time, for an egret had already besmirched the windshield next to mine and had that look in his eye, like he wanted to leave his mark on a Toyota. Um, no. You go ‘way now, ok?
By 1:52 PM, this is where I was standing, waiting for the tram to take me into Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I was about to have some fun and frolic with a pair of old and dear friends (when I say “old”, I do not mean that we are ancient; I mean that we were all once young together )
This is the first in a series of “do-over” posts that are being created to make up for the mobile blogging errors that occurred during my last trip to Orlando.
Intrepid readers, especially those who read this blog via RSS feed or email subscription, may have noticed that during my last trip to Orlando, there were some issues with the pictures that we’ve never had here before. For those reading via RSS reader or via email, my most recent mobile blogging efforts from Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort didn’t display photos – just links or else nothing at all. This wasn’t random – there’s a reason.
This was the first time I used the WordPress app for iPhone to mobile blog an adventure. The photos are stored in a different spot than they were when I was using Flickr to mobile blog here, and I believe the anti-hotlinking settings caused the problem. My bad – didn’t know subscribers were going to be interpreted that way!
I feel terrible that people had to jump through hoops to see the photos, so guess what? Do-over! That’s right. We’re going to relive the trip, the good old fashioned way, using Flickr to host the photos. I’ll spread it out in posts over several days, to simulate an actual mobile blogging adventure. LOL, there’s something about that idea that just makes me laugh Laughter is good for us. So here we go…
The first thing one needs to do when embarking on a 3 hour drive from Fort Myers to Orlando is obtain sufficient fuel for the journey. That’s a grande-no-whip-mocha, purchased at 8:27 AM on Monday February 13th, if the time stamp on the original photo is to be believed. There’s a large heart logo on the cup which can be scanned with your phone using the Starbucks “Cup Magic” app. I’m not going to tell you what happens when you scan it, but it’s cute
Stay tuned, there will be more – we are only just beginning!
I had a GREAT week so I don’t really mean the sad face. I got to hang out with beloved friends and family, eat fabulous food (mostly, ahem veggie pancake), and have oodles of fun.I am blessed. I’ll be back
We are going to learn how to be horrifying
C’mon, guess! You will never guess!
We’re at Mel’s Diner and the beach Boys “All Summer Long” is on the jukebox
EDITED to add the missing photo!
Krust Krew members only beyond this point
Commence to killing monsters!
Trying to imagine what lies beyond the walled off path after transformation to Diagonal Alley.
EDITED to add the missing photo!
Welcome to Duloc! Poor Gingy is writhing on the table and those piggies are sleeping through the entire trauma.
Universal has outfitted the fixtures in jester hats!
In search of food and family…
My brother and the family arrived in Orlando this evening. We went to the California grill for dinner. This drink is a Ray-Ray! It is pretty full of the awesome sauce.
I haven’t been here since December and didn’t know what they were busy building alongside the last moving sidewalk into CityWalk. Well, now we know – mini golf!
I have my own personal boat back to CityWalk not sure what I want to do next. Boo-boo doors is not really better, but not worse either.
The fountain is melodious and there’s plenty of natural light too. I’m going to start making my way back now (I am slow today, remember?)
The photo may be too dark to see that it is painted blue and yellow, my two fave colors, together. However – $53 for ONE small bowl is excessive. I will have to restrain my domestic instincts here.
A wide piazza stretches down to the water. There is nightly entertainment here, and I saw a few take-out windows so there will be food and drink as well.
Look up. See the skinny pink sliver of a building? See the terrace up top with the dark-colored table and chairs? If I ever stay at this hotel, then that is the room I want. That there is a primo view of whatever is happening in the piazza.
A dark, vaguely romantic and winding staircase leads to the lobby – since I have a boo-boo foot today. I will have to look for an elevator.
The buildings that line the piazza are equipped with long, somewhat meandering porticos, with occasional mysterious stranger taking up residence in random alcoves. Can you spot the shoes?
Gulls have overtaken one of the dinghies that are moored in Portofino Bay.
The hotel seems to be hosting a lot of conventioneers from the U.K. – accents galore.
There are some sea shells for sale inside the L’Ancora gift shop at Lowes Portofino the large whelk in the trunk is only $17, which surprised me. Still, I would rather find my own… which is why I live where I live
Lowes Portofino, as seen from the dock. As you move ashore, the captain fires up a recording of “feniculi, fenicu-LAAAAAAA”
Sine I am taking it easy, a boat ride seems just the thing. Going to check our the Lowes Portofino Bay resort. It’s the only one of the three Universal resorts I’ve not been to yet. Aboard!
Ok, so it’s afternoon – I got a late start due to an old injury acting up. I am walking but it is SLOW. Just taking it easy today, meandering around. Went to the Fossil store to see if I could score a new belt but all they have is bags and watches.
Big thumbs down for this – where are the vegetables? It is mostly pancake. I even scraped the mayonnaise-like white stuff off and it’s still dreadful. Big thumbs down. Ewwww.
Going to try the vegetable pancake – drumroll, please!
Time for a nap – um, I mean time for the American Adventure. If I am
Lucky, I will catch the tail end of The Voicea of Liberty.
Sitting on a bench in the shade, people-watching. Found a little peephole scenario through which I could take an “artsy” shot. The sweet alyssum smells awesome.
I don’t think these beads made of paper are all that attractive. They are strips of paper (park maps and such) that have been wound and shaped and shellacked into “beads”. Not very pretty, but a valiant effort!
You can do the “country walk” with food in mind –
But then, there’s the liquid version!
T-shirts seen at the outpost in EPCOT.
No, he’s not drinking a sombrero; he’s wearing one!
And margaritas are made with fruit. So I feel virtuous about my lunch
Coming up the rose walk toward Canada, I saw an area blocked off by shrubbery. Peering inside, I spied a group of dudes marking the area with stakes and colorful flags. I wonder if they are from HGTV? Then I saw a sign heralding the coming of the Flower and garden Festival – yay!
All of the flowers are fragrant, as is the fresh cedar mulch that’s been laid down in the beds. It’s clear that prep for Flower and Garden Festival is ramping up.
They looked from afar like regular canvas loafers – but they’re Crocs! I think someone finally got it through that company’s head that their product was fugly…
Here I am at EPcOT! Let’s see what sort of adventures await …
Excellent Spanish guitarist by the margarita stand on Pleasure Island. He threw his guitar in the air like it was a pizza!
These guys are excellent – fulll of brogue and energy!
The beef stew came in a cauldron!
Her name is Danielle, and we think she might be making it up as she goes along
We’re looking forward to the music and the dancing. Oh and the foo LOL
We have traversed the tree in search of kangaroos and finally achieved our objective – w00t!
Simba’s parental units, catching a cat nap
Just moseying down the road…
Ten minute wait a Kilimanjaro Safari – unbelievable!
We’re on our way to the Kilimanjaro Safari and had to stop to watch these fabulous gymnasts do their thing
Now, go have an adventure
We’re on our way to see Nemo The Musical.
Mandarin chicken salad from Yak & Yeti take out windoW
Don’t let me forget where I parked!
Can’t move past the Oasis up the right side, which is causing something of a traffic jam on the left. We shall persevere!
Going to meet some friends at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this morning. Later, there will be dinner at a place I’ve never eaten before, in Downtown Disney. Stay tuned!
Here’s The view that awaited me when I checked into my hotel earlier today.
We made our way out of the park after sitting in the ABC Commissary with Mickey On A Stick ice cream, talking over this and that. Tomorrow we shall meet again and see what further adventures and/or mischief await.
We’ve been seated at the Sci Fi Diner
We’ve grabbed out Muppetvision glasses
Sadly we walked all the way over here only to find that Sounds Dangerous is permanently gone. The Cast Member we asked didn’t know who or what is moving in, or when.
A small egret has landed on the car next to mine. One
Ore to the left and my windshield would have taken the hit!
This is the view from my hotel. I will drop in on the boy wizard during the week. Right now, I need lunch and I need to get over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see some friends from Da Loverly Isle of Long.
Experimenting with the WordPress app for iPhone. Someone tell me how this post comes out, and if the picture looks ok. Oh, and guess where I am going – c’mon, guess!
I recently amassed a fair amount of Points using my Starwood American Express card. Thus, I was able to book the Walt Disney World Swan for a big meet with a bunch of my friends during Food and Wine Festival this coming fall. The confirmation email told me that there is now a "Swolphin" app, so I downloaded it to check it out.
This is not the interactive app I was hoping for. You can’t use it to book the spa or a restaurant or anything like that. It provides a video overview of both hotels, a lot of static information about the amenities, and a page with hotel contact information. Nothing to write home about, but I guess having the resort numbers and map handy are a good thing. Maybe they will upgrade it by time I get there.
Came out of the movies at the Bell Tower here in Fort Myers and found myself wading through a small flock of Muscovy ducks in the parking lot. Since this is the lot where I usually encounter chickens, I wasn’t too shocked; took a shot and stepped around them! Seriously, this is the town where they pasture cows right up alongside the CVS, so barnyard animal sightings are of no concern. However if I ever see goats outside Banana Republic, I’m leaving!
He gave a shout as I ran past, so I went back and played paparazzi.
Weird thing to find a rake abandoned alongside the lake, until you realize that this park is maintained by a dedicate band of community volunteers. Then, you simply wonder what made him drop it and run…
Running in Lakes Regional park (Fort Myers, Florida) this morning, the world suddenly turned upside down!