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Review: by-the-slice pizza at EPCOT’s Via Napoli

Don’t do it. If I had any free hands, this would have gotten a big thumbs DOWN. However, it is raining on and off and no one has been by to squeegee the outdoor tables. Not wishing to put my plate down in a puddle, I took cover in that alcove near the stairs with the lady’s head on the bannister.

The "crust" – and I use that term loosely, since there isn’t anything remotely "crusty" about it – is bready, which is typical of Sicilian-style pizza. Neapolitan-style pizza does not seem to be available at the window. Since there’s nothing crispy going on anywhere on this thing, the "crust" is a FAIL. If you were expecting more than half a teaspoon of tomato sauce (I was), then you will be disappointed. The cheese at least is pretty fresh.

They are clearly making the take out window pizza on the cheap – VERY cheap. I won’t be doing this again unless someone – ok MANY someones tell me that it has improved.

FAIL

Pixar’s 25th Anniversary Weekend

We picked up maps and brochures at EPCOT last night for Pixar’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. I just remembered they were in my"safari" bag, so I’m going to check it out while riding to the park. looks like there will be country-appropriate character meets around the World Showcase and some Pixar animators holding speaker sessions.

Via Napoli gets three thumbs up



Via Napoli gets three thumbs up, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

We loved our meal. The crust of the pizza was limp except for the "handle" but the flavor was outstanding. We had the family salad first and then a large pizza – half was cheese and the other half a hodge-podge of eggplant, mushroom, artichoke and ham. With a pitcher of sangria, we are VERY happy for $21 each.

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Disney Friends

Friendship can be a motivator, a mover and a shaker. I am fortunate to be blessed with some really cool friends who’ve made adventurous plans for the month of May and they want me to tag along – w00t! Well you know my motto –Have Signal, Will Blog! Here’s what you can expect to see here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* during the month of May:

The Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers, Florida




My friend Christene is an avid Florida gardener who blogs at The Great Wall Of Lutz. She’ll be driving down to spend some much-needed vacation time on Sanibel Island. While she’s down this way, she’ll be indulging in her passion a bit by visiting some local gardens. Among her selections is the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, situated on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. There, we’ll tour the beautiful gardens and check out a festive bromeliad event that’s about to begin starting May 1st. We’ll go during the week, though, to avoid crowds.

IMG_1830-WDW-EPCOT-China-pond-water-lilyNaples Botanical Garden
Naples, Florida


About a half hour or so down the interstate (or down the Tamimami Trail/Route 41, take your pick) is the city of Naples, Florida. Naples can boast of several nature-related attractions, including the Corkscrew Swamp (on my “bucket list”) and Rookery Bay (been there, done that – check it out!). For this particular outing, Christene has selected the Naples Botanical Garden. I’ve checked out the map, and the place looks SWEET! Not only that, but our mutual friend Snowbird recently spent some time there and returned singing the praises of the place. I’m hoping this is a good time of year to visit and that there are lots of photo opportunities.

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival VistaWalt Disney World – EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Orlando, Florida


Yep, I was just there, in February and in March. Yep, we’re going to do it again :) This is one of my favorite events at Walt Disney World. For years, I dreamed of going to EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival. When I finally got my chance, it became an annual habit that was broken only in the year I moved to Florida (the move stepped all over the Festival in a big way, timing-wise). I’m especially looking forward to all the amazing scents – gardenia, jasmine, magnolia and many more. But more importantly, I’m looking forward to some quality time with my “sistas”, an amazing collection of women, all of whom I am privileged to call “friend”. AND, all of whom have a penchant for the Grey Goose/Grand Marnier Slushie kiosk in EPCOT’s France, not to mention the tequila bar in Mexico. Happy times, straight ahead!

Entrance, Universal Studios OrlandoThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort


Yes, we were just here as well – ides of March, picked up Niece No. 1 at MCO and away we went for several days. This time, a couple of the “sistas” want to do only one day here, primarily to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I imagine there’s butterbeer in our future, and I know I’m kinda looking forward to the ribs at the Three Broomsticks again 😉 What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and when I find a habit that I like a lot, I stick with it! I’m happy to go for one day and hit the highlights – Spiderman, Jurassic Park, maybe The Hulk if they are feeling adventurous, and of course, the entire Hogsmeade/Hogwarts compound, complete with a turn on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as at least a walk through the queue for The Dragon Challenge. Should be a fun day!


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So, it looks like May will be packed with mobile adventures. I need to get over the school hurdle first – it’s the end of the semester and I have papers to write. Guess I’d better get to it – SEE YA REAL SOON!



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New topiary character at EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

As you approach the turnstiles, you can already smell the sweet scent of "artificial strawberry flavoring" wafting on the breeze. Did not see where they’re pumping it in from, but it’s a fun touch, and good to see something new added to the front gate tableau since last week.

If you want to know what took me so long to post from inside the park this morning, then you should really check out a brief monorail tale that I just mobile blogged on TheSingleRider.com

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Tropical birds in EPCOT’s Mexico

These are not topiary. They are sort of beaded papier mache only instead of papier, it’s mesh. Mesh mache?

Anyhow, I remember when EPCOT used to turn this area of Mexico into an educational walk through a rain forest. Brightly colored orchids tumbled out of the trees everywhere you looked and the various layers of the ecosystem were explained.

No more. Nowadays, Disney does this festival on the cheap. And a sweatshirt approaches $60 and a Mickey bar is $3.50 *shakes head*

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Interloper in the Butterfly House!

I am more-than-vaguely certain that this is a moth, and therefore it does not really qualify for safe harbor here in the butterfly house.

In general, there is not a lot to see in here beyond the beautifully appointed habiyay that Disney Horticulture has assembled. This is probably because the festival only started two days ago and not a lot of butterflies have hatched yet.

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