Idols in the shrubbery at Loews Royal Pacific

Just wandering the resort between conference sessions. I found myself near the site of the luau, where stone idols are nestled in the foliage here and there. Yes, I have been to the luau – yes it is fabulous! Great food and fine entertainment, plus the company of good friends all conspired to make it a pleasantly memorable evening *shout out to Joy* :)

How I solved the parking problem Loews Royal Pacific

I am attending a techie conference at Loews Royal Pacific but staying off-site. The first day, I had to practically sever a limb to liberate my car from the Royal Pacific parking lot. It occurred to me afterward that what I should do is use my Universal Orlando annual pass to park for free at Universa,l and then walk into the Royal Pacific from CityWalk. So that’s what I’ve been doing. Hey, even if I had to pay to park at Universal, it would still be less than parking at the Royal Pacific. Plus, I get to see how great CityWalk looks in the early morning when there’s hardly anyone around yet :). If you look closely at the left of the tower, you’ll see the waning moon.

Chilin’ on CityWalk

Chilin’ on CityWalk, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

After my run through the Royal Pacific, the skies turned threatening. I went to Pastamore to grab a light dinner, watched It rain and Shazam’d some tunes while I dined at a table just inside the doorway. Felt good to cool off – had it been overcast, I would not have enjoyed that run in the humidity at all! Glad to have had the opportunity to run through a pretty place.

Waiting on the water taxi

Waiting on the water taxi, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

Done with business for the day. Now I am waiting for the water taxi out back of the Pacifica Ballroom convention center at Loews Royal Pacific in Orlando. I plan to go back to the car and get my running clothes, then use the resort running routes to get in some mileage and burn off some of this conference food!

EPCOT Canada Mystery Shoes ARE BACK!

You probably can’t see them bobbing around on the lower left of the pool,but I can – look for a lugged sole, like a hiking boot or sneaker has. I took some video with my camera zoomed in – will find out tonight if that worked. In the meantime, if anyone can tell me the mystery of the shoes in EPCOT’s Canada pavilion, I’ll be your best friend.

Shout out to the Mooses – O, Canada!

I am headed to the falls to see if I can spot the mystery shoes bobbing around in the water. I still haven’t been told what the shoes signify or why they are there. Apparently, this is privileged information, disseminated only to those who have worked at EPCOT’s Canada pavilion. Let’s go look….

Color, color everywhere! At EPCOT

Every now and then while walking around the Flower and Garden Festival, you get a whiff of something and do an impression of the dog in UP! – "Squirrel!" – swinging your head this way and that, so you can find the source if your olfactory delight. Marigolds are factoring in heavily, with magnolia close behind.

Special delivery from FIGMENT!

Special delivery from FIGMENT!, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

He’s apparently taped to a remote control car, which then transports him around delivering Mickey stickers to guests. This was #3 on my fabulous cast member hit parade thus far today.

Right now, I am both thirsty and hungry. Where should I go for lunch?

OH! It’s Cinco de Mayo! :)

“You have arrived…”

"You have arrived…", originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

That’s what the GPS lady always says, but I don’t need GPS to get to The happiest Place on Earth. I had not been here more than 2 minutes and already had three great CM encounters.

1. The security dude doing bag check looked deep into my eyes and said, "Have fun, Princess."
2. The CM at the turnstiles took note of the fact that Goofy is on my AP and said, "hey there, no goofin’ around now haw haw haw!" just like Goofy
3. I’ll tell you the third one in a minute…