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Hibiscus: Hollywood’s haute cuisine

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IMG_1035-WDW-DHS-MGM-Dinosaur🙂 I have decided that it’s DINOSAUR WEEK here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* – if for no other reason than I have a few pics of dinosaurs 😉

Here’s one from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, only I took the photo when it was still Disney-MGM Studios. He seems to enjoy chowing down on the hibiscus. He’s not very scary, as dinosaurs go – he’s rather placid looking, friendly even, and there are no discernible teeth. I’m pretty sure he’s a vegetarian, actually, so unless he accidentally stomped us, I’m convinced we’ve nothing to fear from him.

I’m not sure what movie he’s supposed to be from – can’t be Jurassic Park because that’s that “other” theme park in Orlando *cough* Universal *cough*. I’m trying to think of what movie Disney or *cough* MGM did that has a dinosaur like this in it, but I’m afraid I’m coming up blank.

Does anyone know what movie this dinosaur appeared in?

I promise, I will not google – I will wait for one of you to tell me!

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Can you name the film in which Disney’s OTHER red-headed mermaid appeared?

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Red stuff at McT's Tavern🙂 I was at McT’s Tavern on Sanibel Island yesterday, and decided to check at Foursquare. However, Foursquare was not already listing McT’s in their list of venues, so I had to create it. For that, I needed something that had McT’s street address printed on it. My friend Gary went and fetched a take-out menu from somewhere, and that was when I noticed the red-haired mermaid. I’ve seen the mermaid painted on the walls inside McT’s but I guess it just didn’t register that she had red hair until I saw the take-out menu. Of course, this brought to mind another, rather more famous red-headed mermaid.

IMG_4371-WDW-STUDIOS-Little-MermaidAnyone who was even remotely alive in the 80s is aware of Disney’s big blockbuster animated film, The Little Mermaid. She had red hair, too. In fact, up until 2007, when actress Amy Adams created the role of Princess Giselle in Disney’s hybrid live-animated film Enchanted, Ariel had been the only red-headed Disney princess. BUT – she wasn’t Disney’s only red-headed mermaid, nor was she even first!

Can you name the film in which Disney’s OTHER red-headed mermaid appeared?

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“Chinese Princess Minnie” – ???

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121220091843-Disney-Minnie-Chinese-red🙂 Night was falling on the Magic Kingdom, and I was browsing in the Art of Disney store on Main Street USA, amusing myself until it was time to take up a position for the fireworks. I came upon this odd statue of Minnie Mouse. I’m not sure who she’s supposed to be dressed like, but it seemed to me she’s supposed to be some sort of Chinese princess.

If anyone knows what this “Chinese Princess Minnie” is all about, please enlighten me!

The style felt very familiar to me, and it wasn’t until I’d been home several weeks and was staring at this photo that I realized why she felt familiar. Here’s a little collections of photos I’ve taken of what the style of this statue reminds me of – the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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“Your next stop… THE TWILIGHT ZONE!”

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Heard from ‘cross the lake –
intermittent screams of fright =8^0
Tower of Terror!

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One RED Thing From Each Walt Disney World Park

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It’s Ruby Tuesday again! For your crimson viewing pleasure today, I’ve selected a cross-section from all four of the Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando.

IMG_1277-Small-World-Magic-KingdomIt’s a Small World, MAGIC KINGDOM
I want you all to know that it is in the interest of primacy and latency that I lovingly dish up the entrance to “It’s A Small World”. It’s a proven theory of learning that the first thing on the list and the last thing on the list are the things you will remember the best. So now, your brain will be humming “It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all….” ALL DAY! What a gift, huh? How cool am I – don’t you just wanna be best friends for evah? Bwahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa 😈

Disney-Epcot-WS-EmblemWorld Showcase, EPCOT
I know, that was cruel. And I’m sorry, truly I am. To make it up to you, I will now tell you a bunch of interesting things to try and make you forget that song that your obsessive-compulsive brain is repeating over and over, ad nauseum, ad infinitum…. OK here’s a door. It’s actually a gate. It’s located in the World Showcase at EPCOT. Look, you can see the gap between the two parts of the gate. What’s back there? I’ll tell you… I’m not sure! I have been back there precisely once, in the year 2000. I was in Walt Disney World for a conference. I think my SIL (Chez Bro’s wife) was with me – I imported her one year to keep me company, and I’m pretty sure this was the year. The Millenium Village was back there. From what I can remember (hey it was 9 years ago), there was a big tent with lots of tables and demonstration areas and booths representing a plethora of countries that are not present in the World Showcase. I believe actually that Israel was the primary occupant of the tent, but there were other countries back there too.

The only other time I’ve seen this gate open was a couple of years ago. I was passing by at twilight, and there was a private party going on back there. It was all shiny and bright and lit up back there, and heavenly aromas of delicious food emanated from within. I was like a little orphan child with her nose pressed to the glass. Man, when I grow up, I wanna be invited to a party behind the big gate with the “WS” (for “World Showcase”) on it.

IMG_0994-Disney-Chinese-theater-detailChinese Theater, DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
This statue is a piece of the awesome detail work from the exterior of Disney’s replica of the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Times were, you could enter Disney-MGM Studios oops I mean Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see this iconic work of art/architecture waiting for you at the end of the boulevard. Nowadays, what you get is The Big-Ass Hat. It’s a shame really, because the theater is quite beautiful. I’ve read that the Disney version has some details on it that no longer exist on the Hollywood version, so it looks like Disney made an effort to duplicate the original from it’s very earliest days. This structure houses Disney’s Great Movie Ride, an attraction that delivers the Guests to tableaux from famous Hollywood productions like Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones, and many other classics. I have to say that I like the queue for The Great Movie Ride nearly as much as the ride itself. Sometimes I’m so wrapped up in watching the continuous loop of clips from famous movie classics, I don’t want to go on the ride when it’s finally my turn – I just want to stand there and watch some more!

IMG01464-Disney-snack-hutA snack shack, DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM
Ah, finally – we’ve made it to the Animal Kingdom. This park is my second favorite behind EPCOT. The art and architecture can be whimsical, colorful and folk-ish in certain areas of the park. This snack shack is one such example. If you click the picture, you’ll see a larger version in Flickr. You might be able to see that there are hints as to what sort of snacks are sold there built right into the artwork that adorns the building. Yep, those are pretzels and bottles of Coca Cola. Pretty cool, huh?

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SNOW White at Walt Disney World

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<h2>SNOW White at Walt Disney World</h2>
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Time for another Manic Monday post! This week’s prompt is “SNOW”. Well, I live in Florida, and I don’t have to deal with that stuff on a regular basis any longer! So, here’s Florida’s version of “Snow” – White, that is 😀

EPCOT, April 22nd, 2004 – alone –

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and with Dopey

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DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS, April 24th 2004

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Love the waves in her skirt on this one –

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With a few of the Seven Dwarfs –

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November 5th 2004 – a mural in the queue for the Snow White ride at Magic Kingdom –

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May 28th 2005, EPCOT, Flower & Garden Festival –

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May 12th 2007, EPCOT, Flower & Garden Festival (and I’m afraid I chopped off her hair bow) –

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May 24th 2008 – EPCOT, Flower & Garden Festival. Those of you who have been reading here for a while should recognize this as “Sky, Ho! Sky, Ho!”, a Skywatch post –

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Flora, Fauna, Magic! revisited

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Flora, Fauna, MAGIC! revisited

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Was reliving some old trip reports to Disney, and came across this Photo Story that I call “Flora, Fauna, MAGIC!”. It’s 4 minutes, 38 seconds, set to music, mostly animals found around Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It’s a Windows Media Player file.

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Osborne Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Osborne Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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There’s one in nearly every neighborhood. You know the one I’m talking about. The house that goes WAY overboard every year. So it was with the Osborne family of Arkansas. Their hobby of doing bigger and better Christmas lights each year caused lots of traffic, which displeased the neighbors enough to seek a legal remedy to the problem.

Somehow, Disney got word of this and decided to relocate the Osborne family’s lights to their then-called Disney-MGM Studios. The lights now live in the Streets of America area, and Disney actually starts putting them up in the early fall, since there is so much to hang.

Without further ado, I present some photos I took of the Osborne lights on December 8th 2006. Click any photo to see a larger version on Flickr (choose All Sizes, then Original)

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