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Lily, aka “The Toddler Of Terror”

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Ok, where in Walt Disney World am I right now?There is a place deep in the Pangani Forest of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where mere mortals fear to tread; where unspeakable horrors lurk in the bush; where destruction and mayhem breed. Here, in the heart of the lowland gorilla tribe, we find *cue scary music* LILY, THE TODDLER OF TERROR!

In a rare surge of generosity, Lily and her mom granted an exclusive photo interview to My Mobile Adventures *~*~* this past spring. Let’s take a peek and see what Lily had to say:


“Look! I gots a log. I bet there’s ants and grubs and stuff in there.”


“I gots important business to conduct; if you’re gonna take pictures, you’ll just have to keep up”


“Watch me wrassle this here palmetto (I TOLE you it was important)”


“Hah! TOLE you I would wrassle it. I gots girl-illa powah!”


“Wait, I has an itch…”


“Look I has a tail. Wanna see my butt?”


“Look, I has cuteness. See, here’s my “Oh. My. Goodness!” face. Cute, right?”


“OK, done. You go ‘way now. kthxbai!”

Well, the official portion of the interview was over right then and there. However, through the miracle of modern-day paparazzi-ism, My Mobile Adventures *~*~* is proud to bring you this (not very) exclusive video of the Toddler of Terror, foraging around with her mama. Take it away, Lily!

(Listen – you can hear the Conservation Station train whistling in the background 🙂 )

Our previous coverage of Lily and her mama:
Me and my girl-illa
Me and my girl-illa: escape from the paparazzi

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What a cutie – it’s BOLT!

What a cutie – it’s BOLT!, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Been thinking a lot about Bolt lately.

Been thinking how John Travolta infused him with a sort of Zen-like, philosophical pont of view.

Been thinking how I read that he was modeled on a white (Swiss) shepherd.

Been thinking maybe I should get a dog.

Been thinking how white (Swiss) shepherd hair would look, embedded in my blue suede damnsofa.

Been thinking maybe Bolt should come home with me in plushie form only.

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Dear Disney: yer doin’ it wrong

Dear Disney: yer doin’ it wrong, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Dear Disney,

I’ve just gone potty and washed my hands. In that order, which is sort of important.

I do not know if you are aware of this, but while most people go potty, many of them do not wash their hands. In ANY order. Therefore, when I am on my way out of the potty room, I do not WANT to pull on any e-coli-infested door handles. Like, ewwww.

So could you please either eliminate the door or else make it so I can swing it OUT with a well-placed elbow or hip as I exit? Appreciate it muchly.


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From the “Sad Sights At Disney” series: OTTERLESS! :(

From the "Sad Sights At Disney" series: OTTERLESS! 🙁, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Where are my friends the otters? They used to live here and now they don’t. I don’t think I’ve seen them in a year, at least.

I love them unconditionally, except when the condition is "gone".

O otters, where art thou? 🙁

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To greatness, they can only aspire

To greatness, they can only aspire, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Lesser flamigos. Somehow, it does not seem right to refer to anything as "lesser". It’s like you’re telling them they will be forever inferior, no matter how hard they try.

Let’s have a rebellion against natural science for naming them "lesser". Let’s demand that the name be changed to something like, "learning to get their great on" flamingos. There, that’s not quite as limiting and defeatest as "lesser" 😉

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Disney getting serious about NOT feeding the animals

Disney getting serious about NOT feeding the animals, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

This card was on my tray from the Flame Tree BBQ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I get really annoyed when I see people feeding wild animals despite signs plastered everywhere that order thrm NOT to do that. The result of feeding the animals here is evident when one sits down to eat – there are some really aggressive white ibises lying in wait around the tables. They are totally unafraid of people and stalk between diners’ legs underneath the tables searching for food that’s been dropped. They will fly up and land on your table while you are eating – yes, I have seen this happen! They have probably lost some of their "skill and will" to hunt, too. I am glad that Disney is being more assertive about this issue. It’s been a long time coming.

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A Tree Of Many Totems

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All around the Tree Of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are paths you can wander from which you can view animals in their habitats as well as trees, flowers and the local wildlife that has been attracted to this lovely park. A key ingredient to that attraction is the abundance of water. It flows, it pools and it falls, over, through and between all manner of things built into the landscape. The whoosh of water is an ever-present lullaby in the background of this lush, jungle-like world. Let’s take a walk through it right now!


We’re inside a cave, with the water falling outside


The waterfall creates a constant, fine mist, which keeps things moist and encourages moss to grow.


Ooops, I think we’ve walked in on this giraffe taking a shower! 😉


It’s a tree of many totems…

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Waiting For The Kilimanjaro Safari

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IMG_3021 Disney prides itself on attention to detail and authenticity. Each attraction in a Disney park is themed to evoke a place, an era, a culture that is unique and instantly recognizable.

Here are some shots taken in the queue for the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando. The real Kilimanjaro is a mountain in a national park in Tanzania, just over the border from Kenya. The Serengeti is close by.

Yep, I’d say Disney did a good job with the authenticity – it’s definitely Africa hot in Orlando much of the year, especially in the summer! Make sure you’ve got something cool to drink while waiting in the queue.



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All kinds of Disney stuff happening in my Facebook News Feed lately. Disney news is popping up in the oddest places – check it out!

Disney aiming to establish technology standards for web-connected toys

So… how do you feel about kids having internet access through their toys? Even more controversial – how do you feel about the internet having access to your child through their toys? Do you feel better about it, knowing that Disney is going to have a hand in developing the standards that would govern such technology being included in the playthings used by children? I think the biggest issue with this is that there don’t seem to be laws that would enforce the adoption of such standards. Therefore, adoption of the standards, in whole or in part, would be entirely voluntary, which in my mind renders the standards sort of useless… Ultimately, I think it’s up to parents to decided if they want their kids ordinary playthings to increase their “always connected” -ness or not.

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IMG_5374-WDW-DAK-RafikiI followed a link in my FB News Feed to Wired.com and found the following articles totally by accident –

Disney World As Edutainment

A dad waxes geekish on the educational opportunities that abound at all four Disney World parks in Orlando. He calls out the World Showcase and the salt water aquarium in EPCOT, Indiana Jones in Hollywood Studios, Conservation Station in the Animal Kingdom and The Hall of Presidents and Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom.

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Review: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

Now that his youngest kid is 5 years old, this dad has a little time to play video games again – and what better than a family-friendly Disney game? I’ve never played this game, but he seems REALLY happy with it – not only because it’s a good game but because he’s getting back to something he liked to do before the kids AND he can share it with his kids. Full of WIN 🙂

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A Geek Dad’s Disney World Observations

Final offering from Wired – yet another “GeekDad”, a Canadian, shares his humorous observations about the Disney World experience after spending 14 nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (love me some POR!). I’m shocked to discover how much he says Disney wanted to charge him for a six-pack of Corona – surely he’s gotta be speaking in Canadian dollars, eh?

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The Goddess Graveyard Near Everest

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A temple lies in ruins near Everest, but the faithful still bring offerings to appease the local deities. I’ve blogged this scene before, but I don’t think I examined it very closely…


It looks like a goddess chop-shop around here! There’s even one goddess that’s accompanied by a (no doubt) sacred cow. She may be the only one that isn’t scattered about, legs over here, torso over there… I know better than to just assume these are random idols. Disney must have researched this! Someday, I’m going to figure out who all these goddesses are. I’ll get back to all uh y’all on that!
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(s)Wanderin’ around the Oasis

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The black-necked swan hails from South America and is considered the prettiest of all the varieties of swans in the world.

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Top 5 FUNky Facts About The Roseate Spoonbill

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IMG_2987-WDW-DAK-roseate-spoonbill🙂 One morning this past March, I found a pair of roseate spoonbills in the Oasis at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As I pointed my camera at them, they regarded me with their red-rimmed eyes as though a bit suspicious of the hunk of hardware in my hand (Canon SX110 IS). Today I decided to try and find out a bit more about them, so here are my Top 5 FUNky Facts About The Roseate Spoonbill:

  1. Aside from vultures and raccoons, one of the biggest enemies of a young nestling roseate spoonbill is fire ants!
  2. One of the top places in the United States to observe the roseate spoonbill in its natural habitat is Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on Sanibel Island. I’ve seen them feeding there and roosting in Rookery Bay down in Naples, Florida – check out these posts.
  3. The roseate spoonbill sometimes assumes a “wing-lift posture” to dry off its wings, similar to other fishing birds like the anhinga.
  4. I’ve often mistaken the roseate spoonbill for a flamingo when at a distance (and stubbornly not wearing my glasses). However, they’re actually not related at all. They are more closely related to the ibis. Here are some posts about the scarlet ibis (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and the white ibis (Sanibel Island).
  5. The head of the adult roseate spoonbill is sort of green, except when they are breeding – then, it turns a kind of golden color.
  6. The oldest known roseate spoonbill was found in 2006; it had been banded and the band showed it to be 16 years old!

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Adult beverages from around The World – what’s your fave?

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The appearance of this article in the Daily Disney made me smile.

Soul Candy spirited beverage from the Walt Disney World Resort | TheDailyDisney.com from OrlandoSentinel.com

So, I’m not the only one who can have a particular focus on Walt Disney World’s adult beverages, am I? 😉 I was especially delighted that a few of the beverages that were covered here are new to me – yay, another reason to go back!

Here are some of my favorites from various bars around The World:



The Bailout from Shula’s Steakhouse at
the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort

Grey Goose L’Orange, Bitter-Sweet Asperol,
Grand Marnier, Muddled Sugary Orange, Bitter Spring Water



The RayRay from The California Grill at
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Liquor 43, Mt Gay Rum, Pineapple Juice, Sour Mix



The Mango Gingerita from the China pavilion



"Lost On The Safari"

Lost on the Safari from The Dawa Bar at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Bacardi light rum, Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, fruit punch. Comes complete with stiff, environmentally friendly paper straw. Gratuity not included. No assembly required. 😉

What’s YOUR favorite adult beverage at Walt Disney World?

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