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A genuine Disney mystery!

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One of the “lands” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Camp Minnie Mickey. There isn’t a whole lot that goes on there these days, now that the live animal show with Pocahontashas been discontinued. At this point, the only reason to go to Camp Minnie Mickey, really, is to see Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway-quality musical review of songs from The Lion King movies. Look to the sides of the path that leads to the theater and you will find many of the beloved classic Disney characters engaged in a variety of outdoor leisure activities. Let’s see who I found there during my most recent trip to Walt Disney World!

102320091306-WDW-DAK-Donald-Duck-Fishing:) Looks like Donald has made quite a catch today, but I’m not sure that particular item will taste very good breaded and fried! Normally, Donald wears a sailor hat, but today he’s wearing the type of hat you can pin lures to, so you don’t lose them. Donald’s bill and feet are yellow, and his jacket is blue – but you will note that Donald Duck wears no pants!

This is really sort of odd. Of all the classic Disney characters, the only one who is not anthropomorphic is Pluto. That’s because he’s actually supposed to be Mickey’s pet, so he is not typically represented with any human characteristics. So, aside from Pluto, all the other classic characters wear clothing, like humans do. But Donald is the odd man out – he is NAKEY from the waist down! Apparently, this is one of the great mysteries of Disney – even the Disney company itself does not seem to know WHY Donald wears no pants.

So… why do YOU think Donald wears no pants?
Hoping for some really creative responses!

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Fancy flyers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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IMG_1306-WDW-DAK-pair-scarlet-macaws:) Look at those colors. Look at those wings! These are scarlet macaws, one of the more colorful parrots that are native to the New World. They’re shown here with a Cast Member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, who had stopped by to check their feed and ended up sticking around to answer questions and interact with the birds. The first time I laid eyes on a scarlet macaw, I didn’t quite believe that these were their natural colors. It just sort of reminded me of the 80s, when seemingly every teenager I passed on the streets of New York City had used Jell-O to add patches of color to their hair.

IMG_1311-WDW-DAK-scarlet-macaw-sitting-prettyHowever, I quickly came to discover that the scarlet macaw, so called because the predominant color is red, comes naturally by all these colors. I love the yellow on the underside of the wings, and the blue down the sides. There are some subspecies that are differentiated by how wide the yellow band is, or whether or not green is present in the plummage.

The scarlet macaw is a native of humid, subtropical locations in Central and South America, and is the national bird of Honduras. Deforestation and pesticides have drastically reduced their numbers in recent decades. Hunting/capture/sale is illegal in many countries, except for very specific, permitted circumstances.



IMG_1300-WDW-DAK-Scarlet-Macaw-closeupScarlet macaws can be found in singles, pairs or sometimes in large flocks. The more remote the location, such as sparsely populated islands in Central America, the bigger the flocks tend to be. They nest in hollows of trees, and their young stay with them for well longer than a year before striking out on their own. I was amazed to learn that they can live to be up to 75 years old! They are very social when they are in captivity and like interacting with their people.

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When critters attack! Part 2

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IMG_6610-WDW-EPCOT-Germany-blue-train:) It’s a a day just like any other day in the beautiful German alps. A gentle breeze sets the pines a-whispering amongst themselves. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and a single, blue passenger car serenely makes its way along the alpine train tracks, little suspecting what insidious dangers lurk ahead…

IMG_6612What a pretty and quaint train station! OK, so the dead truck isn’t very attractive… but the buildings are a lovely pale yellow and the railroad staff stand ready to attend to the passengers, looking so smart and spiffy in their uniforms… but wait! What’s this I see? OH NO!

 

IMG_6612_cropIT’S A GIANT LIZARD! This horrible beast has apparently felled one person already (the unfortunate soul lying face-down by the tracks) and now it lies in wait on the roof of the station, ready to pounce upon the unsuspecting villagers as they disembark from the train.

 


 

RUN, UNSUSPECTING VILLAGERS – RUN!

(in case you hadn’t already guessed – just like Part 1, this is also the model train set-up at the German pavilion in EPCOT).

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Gateway to Walt Disney World

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IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-road:) The very first time I drove from my house in Southwest Florida to Walt Disney World, I was on the phone with Lisa, a good friend from Long Island. As I got closer to Disney property, I saw this structure – Lisa calls it “the pearly gates” πŸ˜‰ – and I let out a scream for joy. “OW!” Lisa exclaimed. “That was my EAR!”.

Ever since that incident, I still call Lisa to pass the time during the 3-hour drive to Disney – but she always asks, “Are we getting close to the pearly gates? Cause if we are, I have to hang up now!”

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Take the trolley to Fort Myers Beach

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Driving on Fort Myers Beach is not a very appealing thought during busy beach times. The main drag is one lane in each direction and is easily overwhelmed with traffic. An alternative is to park in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Summerlin and San Carlos, and take the trolley. You still get stuck in traffic, but at least you’re not the one being aggravated by driving. You can read or sleep or chatter with your fellow travelers. And it’s green – reduces your carbon footprint to take mass transit. There are very few mass transit opportunities in this area, so why not take advantage of this one?

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Kiddie cool-off fountain on the promenade, EPCOT

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IMG_1707-WDW-EPCOT-promenade-fountainThis little fountain is located on the promenade between FutureWorld and the World Showcase in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The colorful, swirly pattern painted on the concrete includes both blue and yellow. During a day of touring under the hot Florida sun, the refreshing fun that such cool-off spots provide is very much welcome. As the kids run through, the fountains start and stop; you never know when you’re going to get sprayed. In the background, you can see a couple of misters have been set up for the adults. As you stand there, a fine mist dampens your skin and your clothing, and the breeze comes along to cool you off. I have occasionally seen adults running through the fountains and kiddies getting misted. Nobody minds, they just want to cool off!

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A little bit of Provence in Walt Disney World

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IMG_1733-WDW-EPCOT-France-Provencal-dry-goods:) There are two parts to to the EPCOT theme park in Walt Disney World. The front of the park is known as “Future World”; there’s lots of stuff there related to the sciences and new technological advances. The other part of EPCOT is known as the “World Showcase”. Pavilions are arranged around a lagoon. Visiting these pavilions is known as “doing the country walk. If you go left coming from Future World to walk around the lagoon, you will start with Mexico. But if you go right, you start with Canada, cruise through the United Kingdom, cross the International Gateway and then you are in France.

This is pretty much my favorite pavilion to visit on the country walk. Great food and wine can be had here, not to mention the almighty Grand Marnier slushie! Look, we’ve arrived at the little shop that sells wine by the glass or by the bottle, and also French cook books, kitchen utensils and dry goods. Let’s go inside!

IMG_1959-WDW-EPCOT-France-Provencal-dry-goodsPerhaps this is yet another reason why I like the French pavilion in EPCOT. Blue and yellow are my favorite color combination. Unfortunately, this stuff doesn’t really go with anything in my house. My yellows are more Tuscan, and my blues are more cobalt I do still love looking at these ProvenΓ§al patterns. There is something about them that speaks of the aroma of fresh bread and the sound of the rooster crowing. Oh, and the entire shop smells like lavender! Can you imagine going to Provence and driving past those fields brimming with orderly rows of bushy, blooming lavendar – with the windows down? Heaven!

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Rockin’ at EPCOT’s Outpost

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:) I took some photos at EPCOT recently that I thought would be great for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. I thought I’d just tuck them away in the vault somewhere, hoping that an appropriate prompt for Manic Monday would someday be declared, and then I could use them for my Monday Meme Trifecta.

Well, I must have ESPN πŸ˜‰ or clairvoyance or something. Either that, or I’m very, very lucky, for Mo declared that today’s prompt is “ROCK” – w00t!

About two weeks ago, I stood in the Outpost, a little African section of the World Showcase at EPCOT, browsing the hats and jewelry and carved objects, when my eyes fell on this bin of rocks and semi-precious stones.

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So what, you say? Well, check out what was in upper-middle bin!

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Three of ’em, cause it’s a TRIfecta, after all. πŸ˜‰ Hearts mean love, so this is ME, sending lots of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to all of YOU who read here. Now, run along with you all, have a FABULOUS Monday and don’t forget to pay the LOVE forward <3 <3 <3 Visit these wonderful Monday memes:

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Disney’s POP Century Resort

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For the Monday Meme Trifecta this week, we start with the word “pop” as a prompt, and add a little yellow and a little blue. That’s how we play all three memes at the same time!

IMG_3165-WDW-Pop-Century-signHere’s the entrance to Disney’s POP Century resort in Orlando, Florida. This is one of Walt Disney World’s “value” resorts – the least expensive of the Disney resorts. The Pop Century resort is themed in sections that represent the decades of the 20th century. The entire resort is decorated in colorful representations of the popular culture of the times, represented in music, art, film and even the dominant news items of the times. I’ve stayed there twice – once in the 1950s section, and once in the 1970s section. These photos are from the 1970s visit.

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Here’s a shot of one of the standard rooms at the Pop Century resort. As you can see, the decor is dominated by color, with blue and yellow both well represented in both the quilts on the beds as well as in the border up near the ceiling.

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And look – there’s even a “Hidden Mickey” in the decorative border! πŸ˜‰

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Sanibel sad lane sideview

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:) BLUE sky? check
YELLOW line down the center of the road? check
SunSHINE on the water? check!

We have trifecta :)

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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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Walt Disney World Dolphin resort decor

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NOTE AFTER POSTING:
After checking Manic Monday’s page, I have discovered that the prompt is NOT “UP”! I could have sworn I saw a tweet on Friday that said it was “UP”. It does actually say that –

“~ the theme word for 5/31 is up ~ http://bit.ly/Zr5XM Have a wonderful weekend!

Well, I never followed the link – I just read that “the word for 5/31 is up” and I assumed that the words was up! But I think Mo might have meant that it was posted and I should have followed the link to see that the word is actually “memorial”.

Anyhow, I guess I don’t have the trifecta this week after all, because I have the wrong word. And I was SO excited to use my yellow and blue elevator-that-goes-UP stuff. Well you know what, I’m just going to let it ride. And next time, I’ll follow the link!

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I’m back! After a few week’s worth of hiatus, I have returned to participate in the “Monday Meme Trifecta. Manic Monday tells us the prompt is “UP”. As always, the prompts for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday are blue and yellow, respectively. Have I got blue and yellow to show you!

This is the lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort, where I stayed the week before last. I have stayed here zillions of time and did not really notice the decor in the elevator banks until this trip. The tile, the art work and walls are all sprinkled with a healthy dose of blue and yellow.

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The lobby at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort in Orlando, Florida is actually a rotunda, lined on the outside with shops, exits, the front desk and concierge, the escalators down to the restaurants and pool, and three elevator banks – East, West and Central. I found this blue and yellow painting hanging at the entrance to the East elevators.

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Here’s a close-up sample of the floor tiles and the walls. Love that “mojave” colored tile – makes the blue ones “pop” (don’t I sound like I watch HGTV? πŸ˜‰ ). Also love the trim detail on the walls that separates the blue from the yellow.

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See, even the elevator is decorated inside with blue and yellow! And of course, and elevator goes UP, so we’ve got the Trifecta once again (deafening roar of approval from the crowd πŸ˜‰ )

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Florida rainbows and pines

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IMG_2356-Backyard-double-rainbow 😯 Whew! I nearly didn’t post for the Monday Meme Trifecta because I was having trouble fitting it all together. We need yellow, we need blue, and according to the Manic Meme, we need “pines”. It’s tough to find yellow and blue things amongst the pines, you know? But finally – and once again – my very own backyard came riding to the rescue. Some yellow houses. Some blue sky. Not to mention, there’s yellow and blue in the rainbow. And if you look closely, you will see that there’s actually a DOUBLE rainbow. Now where the heck are those pines? Well, you see those dark shapes behind he houses? Yup, pines! Yay! The Monday Meme Trifecta has been saved πŸ˜‰

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Fun, fun, fun at the Flower and Garden Festival

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IMG_5714-WDW-EPCOT-surfboards :) In just two weeks, I’ll be packing my bags in preparation for my next trip to Walt Disney World. I plan to spend a lot of time at EPCOT, taking in the Flower and Garden Festival. Here’s some signage from last year’s Festival. The theme was “Fun In The Sun”. That phrase reminds me of a couple of Beach Boys tunes, most notably “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “The Warmth Of The Sun”. In fact, up front at the gates, with Spaceship Earth as a background, there was a giant topiary of Goofy surfing on a topiary “wave”, with Beach Boys music playing in the background.

Here, I found the video I posted last year – check it out!

Happy Monday Meme Trifecta, everyone! For the uninitiated, that’s Blue Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Manic Monday (the prompt this week is “warm) all rolled into one post. :)

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The trouble with Tinker Bell

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IMG_5857-Tinker-Bell-topiary 😑 This is probably the last photograph I will be able to take of a Tinker Bell topiary at the International Flower and Garden Festival, which takes place each spring in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The reason for this is that the Walt Disney Company, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to mess with the Tinker Bell character in order to cash in on her popularity, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to be brave enough to visit the Tinker Bell section of the festival ever again. Disney’s gone an made a movie filled with grave inaccuracies and a computer-generated effigy of the true Tinker Bell, and I could not be more upset! 😑 grrr!

Did you know they’ve actually got her TALKING in the film? Tinker Bell should NOT speak – ever. And nowadays, they’ve got her running around the parks – as a FACE character! You know, an actual PERSON. Hey, isn’t she supposed to be able to fit in the palm of your hand?

My childhood dreams are shattered. I’m traumatized, I tell ya! This is no way to treat Tinker Bell. Her entire mystique is being destroyed.

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I hear this year in EPCOT they’re having a Tinker Bell fairy garden (she is not a fairy, she’s a PIXIE – sheesh! :roll: ) The face characters will all be there doing autographs. Well, I guess I’m going to have to stay away from that part of the park. I cannot bear the prospect of coming face to face with these imposters, these… these… these POSERS! It’s going to be difficult, though, because the next time I go to EPCOT, I will probably be in the company of a certain 4-year old – Niece No. 5 – who really loves Tinker Bell, and probably loves the fairies too. She’s cute, this 4-year old. I may not be able to resist a request to go visit Tinker Bell…

Oh, and this has been yet another victory in the Monday Meme Trifecta. The prompt for Manic Monday today is “plant”, and I’ve got Tinker Bell’s yellow hair and blue wings to cover Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

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Sanibel Island’s Over Easy Cafe

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02-21-08_0855-Over-Easy-Cafe-Sanibel :) Last time I ate at the Over Easy Cafe on Sanibel Island, I took a picture of the menu. The Over Easy is decorated with a country motif featuring chickens and roosters; you can see that this one here has both blue and yellow going on, befitting the themes of Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. And since we’re in a restaurant, it’s easy to cover this week’s prompt for Manic Monday, which is taste.

The Over Easy is on Tarpon Bay Road, right at the foot of Periwinkle. If you read up at the various travel review sites about the Over Easy Cafe, I think you will find that the one thing they are most famous for is their giant homemade sticky orange rolls; I hear they taste great. However, the one thing on the Over Easy menu that stands out most in my mind is their Summer Salad. It’s a healthful mix of greens, fruits and nuts, with a pecan raspberry vinaigrette and crumbles of bleu cheese. Talk about taste – it’s truly awesome!

The decor at the Over Easy has lots more blue and yellow stuff – visit the Over Easy website to have a look at additional pictures and the menu.

Well, it looks like I’ve squeaked out yet another victory in the Monday Meme Trifecta – we’ve got blue, we’ve got yellow, we’ve got taste. Wondering how many more weeks I’ll be able to pull this off? Me too! Guess we’ll all just have to tune in again next week to find out :)

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Colorful birds from Orlando, Florida

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Probably what makes my Monday Meme Trifecta so much fun is that I never know until the Friday before what sort of prompt Mo is going to serve up for Manic Monday. It’s fun and easy to come up with something for Blue Monday and for Mellow Yellow Monday, but to make it fit with the “Mo factor”, well that takes some strategic maneuvering! πŸ˜‰

Mo has prompted us with “birds” this week, so without further ado, I bring you two specimens – you guessed it, one blue and one yellow – from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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I found this little guy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In the spring of 2004, I was walking the paths in the Pangani Forest and some splashing to the left startled me. There he was, splish-spalsh, takin’ a bath :) I think I’ve blogged this photo before, or one close to it, but no matter – he’s a cute little guy, and I’m happy to have him on the front page again.

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Fast forward to October of 2004. The sun was going down, and it was a bit overcast, too. I was walking that promenade between the fountain and the World Showcase Plaza at EPCOT, and stopped to check out the turtle action in the lagoon. After watching them a while, I looked up and saw an egret hanging out with some moorhens, and then a little further off, this beautiful little blue heron. He stood still just long enough for me to get this one shot, and then he took off into the gathering dusk.

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Florida’s Aquatic Preserves

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IMG_0258-SW-Florida-aquatic preservesAnother week, another edition of my Monday Meme Trifecta, where I compose a post that’s appropriate for Manic Monday, Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. Today we’re going to talk about aquatic preserves, specifically the ones that are located off the Florida Gulf coast in Charlotte and Lee counties. I found this sign posted at the boat ramp on the east end of Sanibel Island – when you come across the causeway and finally make land on Sanibel itself, you’ll see the parking lot for the boat ramp immediately to the left. I snapped the photo to remind myself to do some research about the aquatic preserves pictured, and find out exactly what an “aquatic preserve” is.

Aquatic preserves can be composed of a variety of community or habitat types. The yellow parts on the map are dry land, the edges of which border mangrove forests, seagrass flats and salt marshes, all of which are wet. The green parts are where the seagrass communities are located. These areas make a fine hatchery and nursery for a wide variety of aquatic life. The aqua-colored parts of the map define the extent and boundaries of each preserve.

One of the more interesting things I discovered about the aquatic preserves is that they often encompass sites of historical interest, specifically encampments and settlements of both Native Americans and European explorers and settlers. Quite a few of these are represented by shell mounds, the purposes of which are not clearly understood; perhaps they really are just kitchen middens/refuse piles, or perhaps there was some ritual reason for building them. Due to rising sea levels, many of these sites are now completely submerged under water – talk about wet!

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Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade – Blue and Yellow Edition

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IMG01413-Mickeys-Jammin-bannerHey there, hi there, ho there! Ready to start another week? ME NEITHER! But Monday always comes whether we want it to or not, and with it comes my own personal challenge in the form of the Monday Meme Trifecta. I use the prompt for the Manic Monday meme (this week, it’s “party”) and the missions of Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday and try to make ONE post that fits all three. This week, we’re going to do that by watching Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade go by, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This parade is full of energetic music and fun Disney characters – a true PARTY in the streets. Ready? Here we go!

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A blue crocodile cruises by…

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A guy rides along on a blue and yellow woven camel, providing some back-beat for the festivities

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Here’s another drum dude, this time riding on a blue and yellow elephant – all of this percussion guarantees that this PARTY‘s jumpin’!

Blue and yellow aren’t the only colors in this parade. Tomorrow, the parade continues; guess what color will be featured? πŸ˜‰

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Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

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IMG_0935-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-RoomThat’s right folks – I’m going for it again! It’s the “Monday Meme Trifecta” – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Isn’t this a nice room? This is a typical room at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter resort in Orlando, Florida, and there’s an awful lot of blue and yellow going on. The walls of the main room are a pale blue with a blue border around the top, while the walls of the dressing area are pale yellow. The artwork on the wall has shades of blue and yellow, too.

IMG_0937-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-RoomIn the previous photo, you’ll notice that the curtain for the dressing area is a golden yellow. In this photo, we can see that the drapes at the front window of the room are a brilliant blue. There are two queen-sized beds in the room (you Manic people thought I was going to say FULL-sized, didn’t you? πŸ˜‰ Fooled ya!). They are covered with quilts that have scenes from Mardi Gras on them. Each quilt has a pale yellow field upon which the scenes are set, and there’s a lot of blue going on as well. But wait, what’s this I see?

IMG_0050-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-bedspreadThe quilts are actually FULL of Hidden Mickeys! This is just one instance, where you can see that one of the Mardi Gras beads is shaped like a Mickey head (in case you could not find it for yourself, I’ve inserted a handy arrow pointing to it). As I recall, there were depictions of balloons and I think even lamp posts in the shape of Mickey heads, too.

Well, it looks like I’ve done it again – got the blue, got the yellow, got something FULL. I wonder how long before I run out of blue and yellow pics that match the Manic prompt? Stay tuned to find out on the next chapter of the Monday Meme Trifecta! πŸ˜€

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Mickey Mouse Chillaxin’ In Paradise

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Mickey Mouse Chillaxin'Third week in a row, and once again I’m going for the “Monday Meme Trifecta” – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Here we have Mickey Mouse, that most beloved of all Disney characters, lounging around in a hammock, diggin’ the sunshine. He’s wearing blue swim shorts, and surrounded by soft yellows that were used to depict the sand. This is actually a beach towel that I found in a shop in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World last October.

The scene reminds me of an idea I’ve been waffling about for a few weeks. Before I lived in Florida, I used to take my “ahhhh!” vacation each year on Sanibel Island. I would do nothing all day but eat, sleep, read, and go looking for shells on the beach. The world of work and other worries was left behind.

But ever since I’ve moved here, although I spend lots of time on Sanibel, I don’t get to have my week of unplugging any more. So, I’ve been thinking of booking myself a vacation… on Sanibel Island! Yes, 30 minutes from my house. Is that weird? Is it silly? It would not be the same if I took a week off and drove out to the beach each day. There’s something about being on the island for a week – it’s an insular experience, similar to going when you enter the gates of the 42 square miles in Orlando that makes up Walt Disney World, and don’t leave until a week later. Also, there’s something very appealing about being able to roll out of bed, walk out the door and set foot on the beach, all in less than a minute.

So, what’s YOUR opinion – should I do it? Should I book myself into a condo or hotel on Sanibel Island for a week? Please leave a comment with your thoughts!

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Fire, yellow, blue, MAGIC! on Disney’s Yacht Club beach

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For the second week in a row, I take it as a personal challenge to use photos from Disney that meet the requirements for all three of these Monday photo memes – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

IMG_6726_crop-Disney-Yacht-Club-beach-yellow-moonLast October, I attended a geek conference at the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel. I stayed next door at Disney’s Yacht Club resort. Conference weeks are totally exhausting. You arrive full of vim and vigor on Saturday and go to the parks. Sunday you ease into the conference thing by attending your first session at 11:00 am – the “soft opening” of the conference, if you will. When you’re done, you go to EPCOT to get some dinner at the Food and Wine Festival and stay late, eating and drinking – and blogging! You wander back to the hotel after the park closes and in the morning, the fun begins in earnest.

Monday morning comes and *BAM* – 7:00 am breakfast tent/industry networking opportunity, then the keynote address, followed by an insane mixture of sessions, seminars, logging into work to check email, picking up voice mail, returning calls, averting crises, rinse and repeat. At the end of the day, you might go down to the Expo floor and see what goodies the vendors are giving away (the conference hosts themselves had uncommonly decent ballpoint pens last year!). And then you head off to EPCOT again, because you are in Disney World, and it’s just a short walk away, and your Florida resident annual pass is burning a hole in your pocket, and food and wine as yet unknown are calling AND the park is open until 9:00 PM.

IMG_6727_crop-Disney-Yacht-Club-beach-fireworks-blue-moonAlong about Wednesday, I was starting to get tired, and actually left the park before Illuminations even began. As I ambled up to the Yacht Club, I realized it was movie night! There was a screen set up with parents and kids snuggled down on loungers watching Cars. I dallied to watch a scene or two and suddenly there were popping sounds and people running out to the beach to see. I turned around and there was the moon, high over the Beach Club resort, with the colorful fireworks from Illuminations visible above the rooftops.

So, there we have it – fire, yellow, blue, MAGIC! :)

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EPCOT at Walt Disney World – blue, yellow, CANDY!

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05-24-08_1639-EPCOT-Pocky-candy“Candygram… Landshark!” OK, who besides me is old enough to remember where that line came from? πŸ˜€ No googling now, that’s cheating!

My oldest niece LOVES Pocky. Last May I picked some up in the Japan pavilion at EPCOT and mailed it to her. I guess you could say I sent her a candygram. Unfortunately, it melted in the heat, but she says it was still edible! Don’t tell her but I think it might have been melted BEFORE I mailed it and not enroute. I did make a stop at Downtown Disney on the way home, with the candy in my luggage, and it was pretty hot that day…. Since then, she has discovered a local place where she can buy Pocky unmelted. I bet she’s relieved!

IMG_7147-EPCOT-Universe-of-Energy-geosphereUniverse of Energy Ellen Degeneres stars in this attraction, along with Bill Nye The Science Guy. It’s an informative show, and I like the message about different ways to produce energy besides fossil fuels.

It’s my big ambition in life to get this same shot, only with the monorail going by. And everything is in focus. Well a girl with no schooling or skill in photography can dream, can’t she? I love the cobalt blue of the Universe of Energy icon contrasting with the yellow of the flowers. Blue and yellow together have to be one of the world’s best color combinations.

IMG01482-EPCOT-festival-center-trash-can-artBut ma, I swear, it SPOKE to me! This festive-looking trash receptacle is primarily a teal blue and a golden yellow. It was found in the 2008 Food and Wine Festival center, which was located in the former Wonders of Life building.Β  It’s fun, but at the same time a shock, to walk into an attraction that used to be all about little kids, and find it filled with racks and racks of international wines!

Some of the trash cans at Walt Disney World talk – this isn’t one of them, but there IS one in EPCOT. Can you name the places in Walt Disney World where you can find a talking trash can?

IMG_7130-EPCOT-Wonderland-geosphere-fountain-show2008 Food and Wine Festival Disney went for an Alice In Wonderland tea party theme for last year’s Food and Wine Festival. It was lame. I’m not saying Alice In Wonderland is lame; the execution of the theme for the festival was lame. It was so painfully obvious that Disney did it on the cheap. Totally not up to their standards, IMO.

I waited for this shot and I’m happy with it. The fountain show was going on and I caught the spray in front of the geosphere/Spaceship Earth, with the scene from Alice In Wonderland in the foreground.

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What shall I wear? My closet needs an overhaul!

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What Shall I Wear? My Closet Needs An Overhaul!
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IMG_0232-what-shall-I-wearIt’s 61 degrees F here in Southwest Florida today, and I’m fixin’ to take a run out to Sanibel Island to do the Sunday Sanibel Bar Crawl with friends. Unfortunately, I’m having a couple of wardrobe issues, none of which can quite be termed a “malfunction”, yet troubling none the less.

First off, it would seem that I have clothing for extremes – shorts, or LL Bean flannel-lined jeans – but nothing for these 61-degree-in-between times. Secondly, it would also seem that things are not pristine within the hallowed walls of the walk-in closet in the master suite. There are empty hangers, which means either a) I don’t have enough clothes, or b) there’s stuff in the dryer that I never hung up. I have a lot of blue clothes and a lot of yellow too, don’t I? My fave colors are blue and yellow, so that’s a good thing! :) Also, a lot of them are Disney clothes. Yes I know how old I am, you don’t have to remind me. I draw the line at Pooh, ok? Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse are fine, but there is NO POOH in this closet!

IMG_0236-shoe-disaster-closetDisarray abounds. There are shoes on the floor, conveniently located next to the shoe rack, which has empty cubby holes…. The luggage is supposed to nest, but it appears that it has not only nested, but given birth as well, for pieces of it have sprawled over what remains of the visible floor after the shoes. I am embarassed to show you the rest of the closet. Crap, none of this is solving my dilemma – WHAT SHALL I WEAR?

I’ll be mobile blogging a little later on, so if you want to see what’s going on with the Sunday Sanibel Bar Crawl, scroll down past this sticky post!

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