The day started out warm and became ridiculous. I just want to go on record with photographic evidence that I most certainly DID have something resembling a hair style when I walked out the door in the morning. This is me at the bus stop –
Cast Member at the exit obliged me for a photo of her sign. One of my favorite quotes ever! I will probably come back at the end of the festival, when family will visit Orlando once more. SEE YA REAL SOON!
Heading out of the park now – have taken leave of the family and will soon be on the road back to Fort Myers area. Stopped just long enough to enjoy Daisy playing a game of badminton. Fore! Or whatever one shouts prior to launching the birdie LOL 😉
The birds situation here at the waterside tables in Mexico is abhorrent. We spoke to the manager and let him know that the dining experience is severely degraded and the birds and humans are in peril when guests are not told that feeding wildlife table side is not acceptable. He asked us to stop by guest relations and tell them too.
When a mama duck will parade her children past a crowd that is only 6 feet away, it’s time to relocate the family. These ducks are simply too unafraid of humans and this leads to encounters with humans that are not safe for anyone involved.
This morning on Walt Disney World property, I witnessed parents and children alike persisting in chasing ducks down, trying to pet them, and then "OUCH – hey it BIT me!". More signs and more Cast Members are needed to educate and intervene.
Please, Disney – you used to be better at this! Don’t wait until someone gets hurt. And yeah, "someone" includes the animals. Practice a little risk management while making the World a little safer for the wildlife that lives and breeds on YOUR property. You can do this – don’t let me down!
It’s nice to see the rainforest dripping in orchids again. For several years, the rainforest was dormant during Flower and Garden Festival. There are bromeliads in here too – pitcher plants are always fun 🙂
I have reached France in EPCOT and discovered that the crepe myrtle are actually NOT grafted – they are greening up nicely. If I come back at the end of the Festival, they should have flowered by then.
He’s a little dark in the shade here but I thought the Eiffel Tower in the background made for a nice tableaux. I think I will head to France for my brunch. I had to pass by the RUM Dole Whip booth because of empty stomach – mon Dieu, we need to get our drink on!
I purposely arrived hungry because this year the Flower and Garden Festival features food kiosks, like Food and Wine Festival. So here I go – off to seek more culinary adventures. What are you waiting for? Lets go!
I took the monorail back and my first stop is Ireland. The Fisherman’s pie is flavorful but the Meade honey wine is HELLA sweet. I like it ok enough to finish it, but not ok enough to go back for more.
The fish and rice are citrusy and flavorful. I am told by the Cast Member serving that the wine is French, and that there is a large French colony in Singapore. It’s a bit on the sweet side for me. I am holed up an an alcove under the terrace in Japan – the wind from Hurricane Sandy’s outer bands has really picked up and there’s some shelter to be had back here.
As symbolism goes, nothing in all of Disney World speaks to me quite as eloquently as the torri gate at EPCOT’s Japan. It marks the transition from the material world to the spiritual world. Today’s sky only adds to the ambiance.
A special edition of ILLUMINATIONS: REFLECTIONS OF EARTH was presented at EPCOT in Walt Disney World on the evening of that theme park’s 30the anniversary on October 1st 2012. Here is some really, REALLY primitive video of the event. The show ran 18 minutes long with the extra tribute fireworks, which reverberated in the ears and chest, and scared the heck out of the local flock of ducks (at about 17 minutes, 41 seconds, you’ll see a few of them leaving). We had the EXCELLENT harvest moon alongside the show too, dancing in and out of clouds that flashed frequently with heat lightning. It was nice of Disney to arrange that for us 😉 Hope you all enjoy.
I admit it – I’m monorail-obsessed. Standing beneath the jacaranda trees, breathing deeply of their final fragrant blooms before heading out of the park. I think I will go to Downtown Disney for dinner.
STITCH! Look who I found riding around atop a remote-controlled monorail (he’s rubber-banded to it). The CMs seem To be having lots of fun with this simple but über playful concept of delivering stickers to guests. Loving it!