Thanks for everything, Mickey dude. You rock 🙂
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!
Unusual seating arrangements at the Flower and Garden Festival, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.
The instructions indicate that it is a lot easier to weave with a garden hose if it has first been softened. And how do you soften a garden hose? Leave it out in the sun for a few hours!
You probably can’t see them bobbing around on the lower left of the pool,but I can – look for a lugged sole, like a hiking boot or sneaker has. I took some video with my camera zoomed in – will find out tonight if that worked. In the meantime, if anyone can tell me the mystery of the shoes in EPCOT’s Canada pavilion, I’ll be your best friend.
I am headed to the falls to see if I can spot the mystery shoes bobbing around in the water. I still haven’t been told what the shoes signify or why they are there. Apparently, this is privileged information, disseminated only to those who have worked at EPCOT’s Canada pavilion. Let’s go look….
Have yet to catch Characters In Flight while it is actually running.
Always loved the ballooning sequence over at Impressions de France.
And I love these dangly things in Living With The Land, which represent the seasons.
I will put ballooning on my bucket list!
Good morning from EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.
I am so happy that Disney chose to feature old school Fantasia at the front entrance this year. These characters deserve the place of honor. Here’s a Mickey + Monorail shot. I’m off to find breakfast that won’t cause me too much caloric grief!
Just chillin’ in the little theater that takes up the center of the Festival Center. What I might do is go check into the hotel, hit CityWalk for dinner, and come back here bright and early tomorrow to get some more touring in before the heat of the day sets in. Does that sound like a plan?
Every now and then while walking around the Flower and Garden Festival, you get a whiff of something and do an impression of the dog in UP! – "Squirrel!" – swinging your head this way and that, so you can find the source if your olfactory delight. Marigolds are factoring in heavily, with magnolia close behind.
He’s apparently taped to a remote control car, which then transports him around delivering Mickey stickers to guests. This was #3 on my fabulous cast member hit parade thus far today.
Right now, I am both thirsty and hungry. Where should I go for lunch?
OH! It’s Cinco de Mayo! 🙂
Guarded by hungry-looking frogs, a little pot of butterfly goop floats atop a stick above a flower bed in the Butterfly Garden tent. Saw lots of varieties, including the zebra longwing, Florida’s state butterfly. It’s SO hot in there! Time to continue on…
This is the SEVENTH in a series of “do-over” posts that are being created to make up for the mobile blogging errors that occurred during my last trip to Orlando.
The “pearly gates” of Disney. Day 3 started out with a few hours of work; income is a good thing, as it supports the Disney habit, so I’m not complaining! On my way to EPCOT, I hopped off I4 at Apopka-Vineland Road. There’s a Starbucks there 🙂 After getting my treat (I was a good little worker bee, so I deserved a treat, right?), I purposely passed the entrance, made a U-turn, and doubled back so I could stop at the light and get this picture (above) before turning into Disney property. This is “Pearly Gates, Jr.”.
No parking mojo at Disney. The parking mojo was not too terrible; Discover 13 isn’t bad at all. It could be far worse. To be honest, I don’t really think parking mojo applies at Disney World. They’re so busy telling you where to park, it’s unlikely that mojo will have a chance to exert itself. Still, this was not terrible.
It’s a blue sky Disney day. Ah, look at that blue, blue sky! Yes, it really IS that color. Those are jacaranda trees to the left, which grow just before Spaceship Earth/the geosphere. Next time I come back, which will be in May (conference/credits to maintain my professional certification), the jacaranda will will hopefully be in bloom. Spring came mighty early this year – I’m going to guess that everything is about three weeks ahead of schedule, all up and down the Eastern states. I’m hoping that the jacaranda will wait for me!
Jiminy Cricket! I was not in any particular hurry on this day, so I just adopted a meandering, vague touring style. First stop – a browse through The Art Of Disney store, just to the side of Spaceship Earth, where I saw this cute little Jiminy Cricket figurine.
Croc encounter. Next, I popped into Mouse Gear across the plaza, where I encountered the strangest pair of Crocs I’ve ever seen. It’s got a canvas upper, like a regular loafer, but the foot bed is pure Crocs. Weird!
EPCOT’s snapdragon sea. After a satisfying browse through Mouse Gear (I want it noted: I have been in two stores full of Disney merchandise so far, and purchased NOTHING!), I became interested in examining EPCOT for signs of Flower and Garden Festival preparations. It’s rare that I’m in the Disney parks when there is NOT some sort of festival or celebration going on, so the entrance was looking a bit spare to me. I wanted signs of festivular activity! The first thing I encountered was a sea of snapdragons. They were quite impressive!
EPCOT flower power. Just beyond the snapdragon sea, near the entrance to the Rose Walk, the flower power landscape of EPCOT was taking shape. The display on this side of the lagoon was pristine and orderly – and it smelled divine! It boggles the mind to think of how many pansies were painstakingly started, seed by seed, to become this magical landscape.
EPCOT’s hard hat mystery men. I came upon a section that was partitioned off by a marching row of vegetation. Peering through a space in the wall, I spied a small knot of men in hard hats and safety vests, conferring seriously with one another. Who could they be, and what could they be talking about, hidden there behind the shrubbery?
NEXT TIME: The hard hat men revealed, and epicuriosity in EPCOT!
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Our reward for getting drenched in Walt Disney World, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.
It’s like God goes, "Awww, we got you all wet – here’s something pretty for ya." 🙂
american Adventure – Community Gardens Are Blooming, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.
Goofy and Donald frolic in the corn and tomtoes
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.
And what’s freakier than sun-der showers in EPCOT?, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.
Marvel Comics merchandise for sale in EPCOT!
Well, it was only a matter of time
More Freebies from EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.
This is GoGo Squeeze – squeezable, no sugar added apple sauce. They’re handing them out free on the Rose Walk, so head over there if you are in EPCOT right now and interested in apple sauce!
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.
@SpottedMoose Heading Guess Where to do Guess What?, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.