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 –
Our main goal on this day was to Continue reading Saturday at EPCOT
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 😉
This is a tiny Venus fly trap in bloom – have never see this before! The bloom is vey small and delicate – could fit a couple of them on a dime. Fragile yet feisty!
Tillandsia in various forms are for sale at the a Garden Boutique outside EPCOTs Outpost. This one was in bloom – teeny tiny blossoms!
The troll in Norway has a fuzzy tail this year but the sun was in the wrong spot for me to capture it.
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.
The shrimp and grits at EPCOT’s Florida Fresh kiosk gets three thumbs up (thumbs not pictured). We’re moving on to Mexico.
I have had my eye in the shrimp and grits from the Florida kiosk since I got here on Monday. Now we’re going to find out how it is..
I happened to look up as the monorail was going by, so why not? 🙂
Taking a little time on my way to lunch to capture some more blooms from the Festival displays. The variety and colors are wondrous.
The topiary display out front of EPCOT is just totally mobbed. Not much of a photo op to be had here. Moving on!
I have to beat it back to Southwest Florida this afternoon. Going to sample some food from the kiosks at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival before I go. Lets go taste stuff!
We split this among three of us, and it was plenty! The wine was San Guiseppe Pinot Noir, a favorite of ours.
We’ve stopped into EPCOT’s Tutto gusto, but I guess the menu comes from Tutto Italia at this time of night. Looks like we’re going to split a few items and some wine.
The basis of this slushie is Grey Goose orange vodka, but it does sort of have a rose-ish flavor to it. Mysteriously, our drinks are arranged on a hidden Mickey shape…
You can find blanket flowers all over Florida, both in the wild as well as in landscaping. I found these in the Italy pavilion in EPCOT.
I am looking forward to seeing Monsters university one of these days!
Ever since the video of the newborn panda that sneezed and scared his mom, pandas have enjoyed an increase in their notoriety. I always wonder if the topiary pandas are life – sized.
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 smells like there is a bed of sweet alyssum around here somewhere. I’m off to find it 🙂
I stopped on my way out to see the fountain show – spectacular, as always. Dinner is at one of the resort restaurants this evening.
My sister in law says it looks like this flower came from Whoville. I think she’s in the wrong park!
We saw this bunny munching on the grass outside the Festival Center Apparently you can’t walk on it but chewing is ok!
Everything looks fresh and beautiful all over EPCOT. I have not seen these flowers anywhere else except the Festival Center planters.
Answer: in my Dole Whip! And that’s not all that got into my Dole Whip – see next post…
Here’s a fairy house constructed from sea shells – ingenious !
The colors on these irises were just stunning. Not a bad macro for an iPhone, huh?
Look how crumpled and magical and beautiful this newly-emerged butterfly is!
We’re heading into the butterfly tent and had to stop and capture Tinker Bell, the one, the only, the original!
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 am looking for the perfect place to do an iPhone panorama shot around world showcase. If anyone has a suggestion, please tweet @BellTinkR
Snow White is always one of the most attractive of the EPCOT topiaries. And that’s saying a lot, considering they are all so well done!
This year, the Festival features a country walk egg hunt. You can buy a map and stickers to place every time you find an egg. The resourcefulness of Disney Merchandising never ceases to amaze!
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!
This is not the version of Captain Hook that jumps out at you or photo bombs your family. No human topiary here – just a good old fashioned "Arrrrr!".
The crepe myrtle trees at the front of the park are barren as yet. I sometimes wonder if they are grafted into bloom, instead of progressing naturally.
I stood and watched two toddlers playing in the wet play area while waiting for the monorail to come along. It smells indescribably delicious in EPCOT right now. And I am HUNGRY!
I like the mural as Daisy Duck’s backdrop. This is located at the front plaza of EPCOT, right near the jacaranda trees.
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!
Earlier, before we were seated, the whole Chefs de France staff came running and applauded wildly around a particular table. A Cast Member told me, "She said yes!" Awww!
"Work rushes in to fill a void" and "If you build it, they will come" both come to mind. What used to be a hole in the wall with a handful of tables is now a BOOMING eatery in EPCOT’s France.
We are wandering th World showcase!
Very modern locomotives have popped up in EPCOT’s Germany.
We saw a disturbance in the lagoon approaching World Showcase Plaza. It turned out to be a formation of these large catfish/carp, heading together toward the bridge to the Odyssey side.
The breeze is mild, so the Fountain of Nations is not getting us too wet. What a beautiful afternoon in EPCOT!
It’s a pretty night at the Food and Wine Festival. I wonder if all the crazies will come out to EPCOT tonight?
I haven’t had a Napoleon in years. It was time – and it is still awesome 🙂
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.
Primary reason to stay at an EPCOT resort
One of the most inspired offerings of the World Showcase – Grand Marinier slushie with a shot!
It’s not even Halloween yet! At the Port of Entry shop.
There’s a live band and they are playing confection-inspired ditties such as "Peppermint Twist"
We have our bracelets and we ave our 3D glasses. We are ready to rock some serious caloric intake. My brother is da bomb.
It’s getting spooky, what with the dramatic skies and high winds. We are off to a Food and Wine Festival treat….
Twilight creates the most magical silhouettes
The American Adventure (Advenchah?) holds wonders! Oh and that’s a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat beeah.
I needed to slow down the wine sampling a little so I took a turn through the Japan merchandise area. Still very windy, but delightfully so. I may go in search of a Mickey-on-a-stick !
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.
I liked the scallops so much, I came back for them three weeks later. The family is at Chefs De France, but I prefer to graze. What shall I have next?
I think his would make a terrific framed poster, don’t you?
It is odd to think of jack-o-lanterns being related to watermelons – but after all, they are both carved into beautiful works of food sculpture, so why not?
Wine and chocolate – that’s what I’m talking about!
Breckenridge vodka – nice amount of fire going down, clean after-taste.
Love all the refurb signs with pearls from Walt. This is near Electric Umbrella.
Imagine if you could always see the sky from inside the house! It would be like living in the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Oops, wrong park!
The filet looks REALLY good and it has been a long time since I’ve had read meat….
We love this little cottage in O Canada – I want them to rent it to me for just one night!
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.
The family won’t be here from NY for several hours so I am heading intoEPCOT during the wait. Lots cooler than the last time I was here!
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.
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This is the hazelnut polenta Nutella torte thing. TO DIE FOR.
Should reach Germany In a jiffy. Then it’s on to Italy for a little wine cellar action for lunch 🙂
Handing out maps and buttons at the International Gateway – EPCOT is 30 years old today!
We’re standing in France to view the 10 PM presentation of Illuminations.
Italian tapas- like plates, and the desserts look to die for.
Empty sangria pitcher at Via Napoli in EPCOT. Awesome meal !
Via Napoli has the best pizza ovens LOL
Some of my friends will get that caption, and some will not 😉
I love Merida because she does not believe she is helpless, and she is not single-mindlessly pursuing a prince. She knows how to be happy into herself.
Going to duck into MouseGear to get to Festival Center. Have I mentioned that it is HE’LL hot?
Met more friends up at the African Outpost and walked them down front. Cooling of in a shop, then heading to Festival Center. It’s hella HOT – I may require a Mickey Bar.
I know lots of people who are at Walt Disney World this weekend and I hope to see all if the at least once!
Thanks for everything, Mickey dude. You rock 🙂
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.
Granted, Cast Members probably take a lot of crap from Guests, but there are aspects of the job that just can’t be beat. Imagine getting paid to blow bubbles. Sweet!
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!
Random star shaped topiaries near the Camera Center in EPCOT
Great blue heron chillin’ by the lagoon near Odyssey. I am not sure why but he keeps holding his beak open. Maybe herons pant? Will have to look this up!
Passing from the Haitian garden into the Outpost as the Earth floats by.
You can smell this guy way before you get here. The scent reminds me of that old Strawberry Shortcake doll that was popular when I was a kid.
The sacred portal between this world and that of the spirits is adorned with… Cars? Well, alrighty, then!
Found a tub of lantana growing in Morocco (at least, I *think* it’s lantana). Constantly amazed at what a camera phone can do, given the right light conditions.