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Stalking the big, red “hidden” Mickey heads at EPCOT

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I love the banks of the lagoons at EPCOT during the International Flower and Garden Festival, because of the all the fun shapes planted into the flower beds. I’ve seen hearts, stars, half-moons and of course, “hidden” Mickey heads. Last spring, the landscaping included two huge, red “hidden” Mickey heads in these locations. One was very close to the glass pyramids that house the Imagination! attraction. The other was quite close to the butterfly house on the other side of the park. Here we go – enjoy!

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A SIGN that Disney thinks GREEN

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:) This sign was captured at the Festival Center in Disney’s EPCOT theme park. The occasion was the 2009 Flower and Garden Festival. Jiminy Cricket encourages us all to behave as though every day was Earth Day. I’ve never been at Disney on Earth Day itself, but I hear The Mouse likes to celebrate – Jiminy looks like he’s having fun (he’s also looking pretty green), so clearly Mickey’s friends like to celebrate, too :)




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The “unknown flower” at EPCOT

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These bright, orangey-RED flowers were found growing in a pot inside the Festival Center at the 2009 International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT this past May.


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Normally when I photograph flowers at EPCOT, I look for a sign posted nearby that tells me what I’m looking at. However, for whatever reason, I don’t appear to have done that this time – and therefore, I’ve got NO CLUE what this flower is called! I tried googling, and the closest I could come up with was gerbera, but didn’t see any in this particular shade of red.

Anyone have any idea what this flower is called? Please leave a comment to let me know!

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Tales in topiary at Walt Disney World

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:) Rafiki presents the newly-born Simba to his father’s kingdom. The scene, from Disney’s animated feature The Lion King, has been rendered in topiary as part of the 2009 International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT.

I have fond memories of taking my two oldest nieces to see the Broadway stage adaptation of The Lion King in New York City, when they were 6 and 8 years old. Now they are 18 and 20. Where does the time go?

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Hidden Mickey in full bloom

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;) Hidden Mickey on the shore
grow and bloom forever more!


Can you find the “Hidden” Mickey in this photo?
I’ve sort of helped to “point” you in the right direction!
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Sand sculpture critters at Walt Disney World

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:) Several years ago, the BBC presented a series called Planet Earth, which explored wildlife stories as they unfolded in natural habitats. The story goes, there was footage to spare, and since Disney, like country radio, is all about “the story”, there was enough to form stories about three animal families and release it as a DisneyNature production called Earth.

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This past spring at the 2009 International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT, the film was being publicized in the form of sand sculptures strategically located in the fountain plaza just outside of MouseGear. There were some Cast Members on hand, as well as activities for smaller children. Me, I just thought the sand sculptures were cool – enjoy!

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“Experiment 626″ aka “Stitch” at EPCOT

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:) “Experiement 626″ aka Stitch sits in a bed of red flowers, with a red DANGER sign overhead, and the red planet Mars in the background (that’s the Mission: Space! attraction) at the 2009 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.

In actuality, Stitch is blue – I should know, he lives in my home office! Yes, I have a Stitch – he talks! If I say, “Can you play?”, he will say, “I cannot – I have nothing to wear”. :D I think he says something like 21 different things. Anyway, now you know my worst secret – I have toys! And no, I don’t have children. I just have toys ;) Perhaps I will do a post on my toys one of these days…

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Dancing mushrooms from Disney’s Fantasia

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At the Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT this year, there was a whole section at the front of the park devoted to Disney’s 1941 animated classic Fantasia, which made my heart glad. Disney does not put the old classics on the shelf, but finds ways to introduce them to subsequent generations of Disney fans.

Here’s one of the dancing mushrooms from Fantasia, rendered in topiary. Note the red hat! The sequence with the mushrooms is set to a section of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite ballet. While googling around for tidbits about the dancing mushrooms, I came across some conversations that debated whether or not the sequence is racist. I’m not sure where people are getting “racist” out of this sequence. The piece of music is called the Chinese Dance, which is probably why the Disney artists chose to go with Chinese dancing mushrooms.

Here, have a look – it’s one minute, seven seconds long – and then tell me what your thoughts are:

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A colorful and spicy display at EPCOT

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:) A delicately blue sky and SPICY-scented yellow marigolds help to frame a scenic view of the butterfly tent at the 2009 Flower and Garden Festival. And there we have it – this week’s entry in the Monday Meme Trifecta!

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International Gateway at EPCOT

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Walking up the hill
International Gateway
Time to tour the world

This way to EPCOT!
Hurry, before those clouds start
to look menacing…

That’s the bridge between the United Kingdom pavilion and the France pavilion at EPCOT, as seen from the hill you have to walk up when you enter via the International Gateway.

My recent trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower and Garden Festival coincided with the beginning of rainy season here in Florida. It rained nearly every day of the trip. That’s ok, Florida really needs the rain. There have been droughts and the inevitable grass kill and brush fires that follow. I kind of feel sorry for people who booked their vacations in Orlando that week… but sorta not really, because I’d rather have it rain on people’s vacations, including mine, than see the entire state burn to a crisp.

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Orlando skies reflected at EPCOT

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OK, the blog has been sleeping long enough! It’s time to get back into the swing of things, and what better way than with one of my favorite recent shots taken at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. At long last, after a VERY dry winter, Florida’s rainy season began last week, and with it comes all these delicious clouds. We are now entering the very best time to get reflection shots of the sky here in Florida. Lots more to share in future posts!

Here comes the haiku…

Hot, humid, drippy.
Mirror, mirror in the lake –
I need some ice cream!

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Chillaxin’ by the pool at the WDW Dolphin



Chillaxin’ by the pool at the WDW Dolphin, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 16 May ’09, 7.42pm EDT PST

Fergie is crooning and rappin’ about someone who is "delicious". There’s a cooling breeze making the palms sing. AND, I’ve got root beer float from The Fountain. Does it get any better than this?

I’m an Hon. World Showcase Player!



I’m an Hon. World Showcase Player!, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 16 May ’09, 3.29pm EDT PST

. I got picked to be Edna. Debbie got pictures. Will post in future


Romeo & Edna



Romeo & Edna #Disney more on blog, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 16 May ’09, 3.06pm EDT PST

The World Showcase Players are performing Romeo and Edna and they asked us to tweet it, so I am!


Glorious morning, Walt Disney World Dolphin



Glorious morning, Walt Disney World Dolphin, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 15 May ’09, 11.14am EDT PST

ORIG. TRIED 830 AM :) I’m awake and enjoying coffee on my little balcony. They have Starbucks African Kit-something in-room (too lazy to go inside and look).

The plan for today – well, I need to find my brother, because I have his t-shirt. It’s got the sea gulls from Finding Nemo on it, saying "Mine Mine Mine Mine….". And I think Deb should arrive around noon-ish, so we’ll want to get her all checked in and all. After that – who knows? I do want to check out the Festival Center, which should be open today.

But for now, I’m just going to finish my coffee while enjoying the sights and sounds of the resort waking up. I can watch the boats come and go for a while I daydream about nothing in particular. Life is good :)

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In other news – yes, I bailed on EPCOT and the rain early. I came back to the Dolphin and had a burger at The Fountain, and then I picked up some packages at the hotel’s gift shop, Daisy’s Garden (my spoils from having stimulated the economy). Now I’m just cruising the web for a bit before turning in. Touring in extreme heat just kicks my butt!

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Lady and the Tramp in Italia, EPCOT



Lady and the Tramp in Italia, EPCOT, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 14 May ’09, 5.54pm EDT PST

I’ve reached Italy. Battery looking weak… Still raining lightly, and it is SIGNIFICANTLY cooler now, with a lusty wind that wafts the delicious aromas of the Italian perfumes shop all the way into America. I could do some serious damage in that shop… *le sigh*


At long last, Grand Marnier orange slushie!



At long last, Grand Marnier orange slushie!, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 14 May ’09, 5.02pm EDT PST

It has started to thunder and rain lightly. I barely escaped the slushie line to the safety of the back entrance to Les Chefs de France before it started coming down. Mo’ Rockin’ is playing on full frenzied force. I’m in EPCOT, I haz tunes, I haz slushie – life is good!

Definitely fire #Disney more on blog



Definitely fire #Disney more on blog, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 14 May ’09, 3.59pm EDT PST

Don’t know if u can see it in this pic, but there is definitely smoke in the air. Saw it while in bus from DAK to EPCOT (see Twitter or TwitPic for photo). Smelled it the minute I got off the bus at EPCOT. If anyone finds out what it is, please tweet @BellTinkR !

“If you’re standing, please hold onto the handrails…



"If you’re standing, please hold onto the handrails…, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 13 May ’09, 6.46pm EDT PST

…and stand clear of the doors!"

On my way back to Magic Kingdom for dinner with da fam… Feeling somewhat wiped out from the heat (and maybe that mango margarita has something to do with it, too)

Warning: #Disney World Rant Ahead



Warning: #Disney World Rant Ahead, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 13 May ’09, 3.01pm EDT PST

It’s clear to me that Disney has been cutting corners on the Flower and Garden Festival for several years. Among this year’s disappointments -the garden sculpture section is bare, the rainforest section of Mexico is not dripping with orchids, and now you can see that the festival center is only open on the weekends. I guess Deb and I will come back on Friday or Saturday. I hope there aren’t any more disappointments…

Off to EPCOT



Off to EPCOT, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 13 May ’09, 11.38am EDT PST

I came to the Magic Kingdom This morning to take pics of my niece in her Cinderella costume, which her exceedingly cool aunt bought for her. Now I am off to EPCOT to take my time thru Flower and Garden Festival and do stuff you can’t do with a four year old in tow. Will reconnect with da fam for dinner.

I <3 Disney transport



I , originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 13 May ’09, 10.33am EDT PST

Late start today . Boy, did it feel good to sleep in! – especially with the "Heavenly Bed" here at the Dolphin. Heading to the Magic Kingdom for a bit, to see a certain small princess go to lunch at the castle in the Cinderella costume her auntie (moi) gave to her for just this occasion. On the bus now, strap-hanging like days of yore on the subway. See ya real soon!