Tag Archives: Flower & Garden Festival

The EPCOT Jammin’ Gardeners

Β© Copyright 2011 | http://MyMobileAdventures.com | CLICK any photo for a larger view

The EPCOT Jammin’ Gardeners are Daryl, Paulie and Leo – aka Petunia, Rosebud and Weed πŸ˜‰ This video dates from the opening weekend of the most recent Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World (March 2011). Isn’t it amazing what music can be made with trash pails, buckets and flower pots! Subscribers: if you don’t see a video below this sentence, then please CLICK through to the blog.


Subscribe to receive email updates

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

More Flower and Garden Festival prep

Belle and Beast agreed to pose for me. It was fortunate that some powerful lights were upon them. They were snuffed while I was typing this! Um, the lights were snuffed, not Belle and Beast LOL πŸ˜‰
Sent from my Nokia N97

Photo Friday: Trees

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com
There are some wonderful flowering trees that bloom in the spring, just in time for Disney’s annual International Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT. They bloom at varying times during the spring season. Here’s a sample from the front entrance of the park.

IMG_0947-WDW-EPCOT-jacaranda-Spaceship-Earth

In May, you can see the jacaranda trees in bloom. Planted in clusters near the geosphere, their misty lilac color melts into the steely gray of Spaceship Earth. They smell heavenly πŸ™‚ The bees like them even more than I do, so there’s an opportunity to observe them in the act of collecting pollen.

IMG_0952-WDW-EPCOT-Jacaranda-tree

Here’s a closer view of the jacaranda blooms with the geosphere and the sky as a backdrop.

Crepe Myrtle at EPCOT

Just one month later in June, the jacaranda have already stopped blooming – but the crepe myrtles are now in full force. These vines have been expertly woven over time into beautifully shaped trees. These bright pink ones stand in stately rows alongside the Leave A Legacy monuments near the geosphere. I’ve seen white ones scattered throughout the park too, most notably by the French pavilion.

IMG_1803-WDW-EPCOT-geosphere-pink-crepe-myrtle

A closer view of the crepe myrtle blooms against Spaceship Earth.


PhotoFridayBigger

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS
Click to Subscribe by email

Masterful topiaries at the International Flower & Garden Festival

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_3457-WDW-EPCOT-butterfly-houseπŸ™‚ Even if you’ve only been reading My Mobile Adventures *~*~* for a short time, you know that I’m not a fan of the “Disney fairies”, Tinker Bell’s alleged little friends from her alleged home of Pixie Hollow [see 5 Ways Disney has defiled Tinkerbell]. Still, I like to think that my prejudices still leave room for giving credit where credit is due. The Pixie Hollow display outside the butterfly house at EPCOT this past spring was a study in how to make great topiaries. Even without facial expressions, the artists who create these masterpieces manage to convey personality and emotion in every piece they created in this garden. I’m going to shut up now and just let you look. Brava, bravo, bravi Disney horticulture team!

04242010285-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-fairies


IMG_3811-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-fairies


05162010812-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-fairies


05162010813-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-fairies


05162010816-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-Tinkerbell

TA-DAAAAAA!

So, whaddaya think? Pretty darn good, huh? πŸ™‚


OutdoorWednesdayLogo WateryWednesdayBadge WordlessWednesdayBadge

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚
You want me to be happy, don’t you?
DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

If topiaries could talk…

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_3306-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-Zazu-Scar

Zazu bemoans his fate to no one in particular


IMG_3228-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-Bambi-Thumper

Meanwhile, at the O, Canada! pavilion, Bambi and Thumper wax rhapsodic over the chicks they’ve just encountered


IMG_3407-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-Stitch

Yeah, just what Stitch needs – sugar and caffeine!

Happy Critturday!

Camera CrittersVisit other Camera Critters participants
CLICK for my previous Camera Critters posts
SUBSCRIPTIONS to My Mobile Adventures *~*~* are FREE!
CLICK to Subscribe by email
CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

Scenes from the Tuscan garden

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_3556-WDW-EPCOT-DianaπŸ™‚ This year’s Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT featured outdoor living spaces set in a Tuscan garden. There was a grove of olive trees spread with slate-gray gravel, in the center of which stood Diana, mistress of the hunt. You might remember Diana. She was featured at the end of the drunken Bacchus scene in Disney’s Fantasia. She shot an arrow into the twilight sky, which burst with stars. However, she looked a wee bit different than pictured here; in the film, she was fully clothed πŸ˜‰

After a bit of research, I am unable to determine why Diana was chosen to grace the Tuscan garden. She’s not especially connected to Tuscany. In fact, most of the known shrines to Diana in Italy stand significantly further south. This will have to remain a mystery – perhaps it’s simply a random selection by the CM who themed the garden.

IMG_3554-WDW-EPCOT-rainwater-cisternAlthough I did study Italian briefly in school, that was many years ago so I needed to take a photo of this phrase written in the round on the patio. It was the word “piovana”, which I’d never heard before, that was baffling me. When I got to a computer, I googled it. “Cisterna di acqua piovana” means “reservoir of rain water”. I guess the implication here is that the reservoir is sunken into the ground. I’ve heard that’s a bad thing to do with your rainwater if you’re going to consume it in some way, but I guess if you’re only going to use it to water the plants and you don’t actually drink it or bathe in it or use it to cook, then it is probably ok.

IMG_3553So far we’ve only seen a sign with a reference to “acqua” or “water”. Now we’re going to see the actual water. You may have to click the picture and view it in a larger size to see. Here it is – a fountain mounted on a wall of ivy, in the shape of a ram’s head. See that trickle coming out of his mouth? That’s water! I know, it’s barely a trickle but it is actual, genuine water! There was much more to this outdoor living space, but I will save those photographs for another day.


 

OutdoorWednesdayLogo WateryWednesdayBadge WordlessWednesdayBadge

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚
You want me to be happy, don’t you?
DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

May 2010 trip to Walt Disney World – mobile blogging roundup!

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com

10-06-07_1242-WDW-Pearly-Gates-2During my last trip to Walt Disney World (May 2010), I shared photos and comments on Twitter (via TwitPic), on Facebook and on this blog. Unique content was sent to each of these places. Here are some handy links to access that content

The Mobile Blogging Roundup for Walt Disney World, MAY 2010

Happy reading, and thanks for all the follows, “likes” and subscriptions – much appreciated πŸ™‚

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS
Click to Subscribe by email

Shady glade on the rose walk

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_3472-WDW-EPCOT-shady-glade-on-rosewalk

πŸ™‚ EPCOT’s rose walk has the only bench that I know of in any of the Disney theme parks that has a market umbrella installed next to it. The umbrella is a testament to the fact that it’s a rare thing to find a shady spot along rose walk. There are two places where trees throw shade JUST off the walkway. Even if you can’t sit in that shade, it still brings a smidgen of relief just to look at it on a hot day.

OutdoorWednesdayLogo WateryWednesdayBadge WordlessWednesdayBadge

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚
You want me to be happy, don’t you?
DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

April trip to Walt Disney World – mobile blogging roundup!

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com

10-06-07_1242-WDW-Pearly-Gates-2During my last two trips to Walt Disney World (March and April), I’ve tried to focus on posting unique content to three different places. I’ve sent photos and comments to this blog, to TwitPic (it gets tweeted on Twitter) and also to Facebook (fan page for the blog). I’ve gone through and tagged the blog posts and the TwitPic posts in order to bring them up with ease; Facebook, we’ll all just have to wing it because tagging beyond identifying people does not exist there.

So without further ado, I present

The Mobile Blogging Roundup for Walt Disney World, April 2010

Happy reading, and thanks for all the follows, “likes” and subscriptions – much appreciated πŸ™‚

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS
Click to Subscribe by email

LIVE mobile blogging from WDW Sat. 4/24 and Sun 4/25

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com
030720102616-2010-Flower-and-Garden-FestivalπŸ™‚ THIS POST IS STICKY; SCROLL DOWN TO SEE FRESH CONTENT

Yep, I’m going to Disney World! Arriving Friday after work, so might possibly start with dinner, but otherwise expect posts here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* starting Saturday 4/24.

I’ll also post unique content on Twitter and on Facebook too.

ΒΊoΒΊ .β€’:*¨¨*:β€’. ΒΊoΒΊ See Ya Real Soon! ΒΊoΒΊ .β€’:*¨¨*:β€’. ΒΊoΒΊ

Click to Subscribe by email

Tink’s *~*~* Links: Swamps, secrets and Sedona

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com

Disney quietly working on $1 billion-plus β€œnext generation” technology project

It’s a story after my own, geeky heart. The Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney blog reports the existence of a sooper seekrit high tech initiative to incorporate a great deal more wireless technology across the spectrum of the Walt Disney World experience, including the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) chips. Enshrouded in confidentiality agreements and references to “next generation” technology, there are definitely pluses and minuses to any application of this technology you can think of as it relates to theme park resorts. The minuses give me much food for thought. It boils down to an essential question:
QUESTION: Will Disney’s Guests be OK with the use of technology that enhances their experience, but also tracks their every move, all day long?
Come and leave a comment, let me know what you think.

*~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~*

Upcoming Mobile Adventures!

Corkscrew-Swamp-MapCorkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Naples Southwest Florida
Date: unknown!
We got rained out last Sunday – and I mean it practically MONSOONED, so we were grateful we’d had the good sense to call it off. Unfortunately, it looks like it might rain again this Sunday too; as of right now, there’s only a 20% chance, but that could change over the next couple of days. And seriously, who wants to be in a SWAMP when it’s pouring? πŸ˜€ So you can see why I’m not precisely sure when I’ll get to this Southwest Florida attraction – which is run by Audubon, by the way – but I WILL get to it! One of the “ghost orchids” bloomed down there last month, and April is typical for ghost orchid blooms, so I’m hoping to be in the right place at the right time to see it. I know I want to get there before Florida becomes hell-hot. Can’t go the following weekend, because I’ve got another adventure planned for then…


IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-roadLe Petite Moose Meet
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dates: Saturday 4/24 – Sunday 4/25
Yes, you are correct – those are the “pearly gates” and I’m going to Disney World! Last month we were there at just the beginning of the Flower and Garden Festival; not everything was assembled yet, and more importantly, the magnolias were not yet in bloom! So I need to get my fix. But the most important thing is that a small (hence “petite”) herd of “mooses” will be converging upon Walt Disney World that weekend. The “mooses” are a clan of Disney-lovin’ folk who met on the internet initially but now all that internet stuff is just filler between play dates at The World. Look for people like @DisneyMoose and @badelves and her family to be tweeting and blogging along with me. I think we’re going to have a blast!

MOBILE BLOGGING happens with unique content in three different places:

  1. on Twitter
  2. on Facebook
  3. and here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

I love visitors – drop by and say hi anytime!

Oh, and PS to http://pleaserobme.com/ – don’t bother. I have an impressive alarm system, two attack dogs and a fire-breathing dragon at the front door. :p

*~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~*

Big Thunder Trivia

[Subscribers: if you do not see a video just below this sentence, then click through to the blog HERE]

Here’s an interesting piece of “Walt Trivia” that I found this week, again in the Daily Disney. Apparently, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction reflects more than just one of Walt’s personal fascinations. We all know about his love of trains – how he worked one summer selling newspapers on a railroad, and how he grew up to build the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in his back yard when he lived in California. Well, not only are trains incorporated into the Big Thunder attraction, but the attraction itself was allegedly inspired by the time when Walt Disney had owned a home in the vicinity of Sedona’s red rocks. In fact, there’s a rock whose official name is Capitol Butte, but people now call it Thunder Mountain in honor of the Disney attraction.
*~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~*



That’s it for TINK’S *~*~* LINKS this week – hope you’ve enjoyed πŸ™‚

*~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~*

You can have My Mobile Adventures *~*~* delivered to your mailbox. It’s easy! Just Click HERE to Subscribe by email
This post may contain affiliate links.

*~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~*

POST SCRIPT: I was googling around for a picture to go with the “Walt Trivia” piece. I searched PicApp for “submarine rock” and much to my surprise, I saw that familiar, three-orb silhouette. I never expected to get this “Hidden Mickey” photo out of “submarine rock”!. I have NO idea who or what that is behind Ringo and George, but I’m grateful because I needed to laugh and laugh and laugh like that πŸ™‚

*~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~* *~*~*

Here comes the monorail!

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_1174-WDW-EPCOT-monorail-flowersπŸ™‚ I’m a total geek when it comes to trying to take photos of the monorail at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The tracks dip enticingly into the park before taking passengers on their merry way, and there are various places to stand around and wait for it to go by so you can get the perfect shot. And I do! Stand around, I mean. I’ve get to get the perfect shot πŸ˜‰ Here’s one from last year’s Flower and Garden Festival. That’s the Test Track building behind the monorail, and the butterfly tent to the left. Can you see the “hidden” Mickey? I’ll give you a hint – this is Ruby Tuesday, when we post things that are RED. See it now? Good! Can’t wait to get there – 3 more sleeps!

Is there a particular Disney thing that turns YOU into a geek? I’d love to hear about it – consider the “comments” section your confessional πŸ˜‰

RubyTuesdayLogo

Subscribe to My Mobile Adventures *~*~*
That way, you’ll never miss a post. πŸ™‚

Click to Subscribe by email

6 more sleeps till the Flower and Garden Festival!

Β© Copyright 2010 Tink *~*~*

http://MyMobileAdventures.com

Next Friday after work, I’ll head over to Orlando to meet up with some friends for dinner. We’re going to cheer some other friends who are running in Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon, and take in the Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT.

Be sure to check in over the weekend (Saturday March 6th and Sunday March 7th)for some mobile blogging fun – I hear we’re going to hit the tequila bar in Mexico πŸ˜‰

In the meantime, enjoy these topiary critters from last year’s Festival.

IMG_1060-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-critters

Rafiki presents the newly-born Simba to the kingdom

IMG_1070-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-critters

Mufasa’s subjects arrive to pay homage to the new prince

IMG_1056-WDW-EPCOT-topiary-critters

Just look at that Orlando sky!

Happy Critturday!

Camera CrittersVisit other Camera Critters participants
CLICK for my previous Camera Critters posts
SUBSCRIPTIONS to My Mobile Adventures *~*~* are FREE!
CLICK to Subscribe by email
CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival drives away the winter doldrums

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

During the winter time, even here in Florida it can be chilly and bleak. Right now, we’re having an unusually long cold snap, with temps plunging into the lower 30s at night and never making into the 60s during the day. So I went looking for outdoor, watery scenes full of flowers and color and spectacular skies for today’s post. Here’s EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival this past May (2009). The Festival will begin again in March – that’s only 2 months away! In the meantime, photographs and memories can keep us going until spring comes once more.

IMG_1094-EPCOT-flowers-water

IMG_1106-EPCOT-Imagination-fountain

IMG_1098_crop-EPCOT-yellow-rose

OutdoorWednesdayLogo WateryWednesdayBadge WordlessWednesdayBadge

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚
You want me to be happy, don’t you?
DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Jacaranda in bloom at the 2009 Flower and Garden Festival

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_0947-WDW-EPCOT-jacaranda-Spaceship-Earth

There are several jacaranda trees planted in the courtyard right before you pass underneath Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. May is the perfect time to catch the jacaranda in bloom. The flowers are a lovely shade of lavender and they give off the most subtly sweet scent.

The jacaranda is not a native of Florida, but close enough – it’s found in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and other subtropical and tropical regions of the world.

On the day I took these photos, I stood beneath the jacaranda breathing in the fragrance as blooms shook free in the breeze and rained down softly upon me. It was heaven!

Todays-Flowers-Logo Scenic Sunday

SUBSCRIPTIONS to My Mobile Adventures *~*~* are FREE!

CLICK to Subscribe by email


CLICK to Subscribe by RSS
Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

The trouble with Tinker Bell

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

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.

dramaqueen

I hear this year in EPCOT they’re having a Tinker Bell fairy garden (she is not a fairy, she’s a PIXIE – sheesh! πŸ™„ ) 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.

w00t
W00t!

RELATED POSTS:
My previous victories in the Monday Meme Trifecta, where I attempt a single post that satisfies the requirements of the following three wonderful Monday memes:

Manic Monday Logo MellowYellowMondayBadge Blue Monday

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚ You want me to be happy, don’t you? DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Flower and Garden Festival Surprise

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_0612-water-feature-near-Mission-Space
What’s in the bottom of this here pond?

IMG_0614-Hidden-Mickey-stones-under-water
SURPRISE – It’s a Hidden Mickey!
πŸ™‚

Photos taken April 28th, 2005

OutdoorWednesdayLogo WateryWednesdayBadge WordlessWednesdayBadge

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚
You want me to be happy, don’t you?
DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Yet More Disney Characters Who Wear RED

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_0210-EPCOT-Donald-Duck-topiary πŸ˜€ Is there no end to the number of Disney characters who wear RED? Apparently not! I’ve already documented the phenomenon of Disney characters wearing red quite extensively. Then this evening, while drooling over some old photos from the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival from ‘way back in 2004, I found a couple more Disney characters wearing red, and then fast forwarded to October of that same year to find one more, just because I think three is a nice number of photos to include in any given post πŸ˜‰ This is, of course, in honor of Ruby Tuesday, where once a week, our host Mary encourages us to post a little something to do with the color RED.

Here we see Donald Duck in topiary, his jaunty blue sailor hat and perky RED bow tie standing out from the ivy he’s made of. At his feet, some RED apples; behind him, the RED brick wall that separates The American Adventure pavilion from… um… what’s on the other side of that wall? Oh yeah, Japan! See, it’s been all the way since October since I was last there, and I’m forgetting it all – I need a fix! πŸ˜‰ The trip report I wrote about this day indicates that I spent some time just hanging out at the American Adventure listening to music – the twin brother duo Nelson was there, playing their one pop hit plus all the classics made famous by their more-famous father, Ricky Nelson.

IMG_0240-MK-Parade-PinocchioNow we will fast-forward a few months to November 1st 2004. I was in the Magic Kingdom with Chez Bro and Da Fam (SIL and Nieceling) when the Share A Dream Come True parade came through. Many of the characters are presented inside these snow globes; I found myself hoping that these vehicles came equipped with air conditioning! I hear that it’s really quite hot and stuffy enough inside those costumes without the sun creating a hothouse effect inside the plastic bubble! Inside this particular bubble/snow globe is Pinocchio, who is wearing RED knee britches. If you look real close, you will see Jiminy Cricket hanging from the roof of the globe.

IMG_0070-DAK-Lilo-StitchLast shot – back in time we go to April 2004 again. Here are Lilo and Stitch, waiting to greet what was no doubt a LONG line of autograph-seekers. Stitch is not looking as good as I’ve seen him; that costume just doesn’t seem right to me, maybe a little too baggy, and the head is too small. Or something. There doesn’t look to be anything particularly RED about Stitch. However, the lovely Lilo is modeling a RED Hawaiian print, and has a RED hibiscus bloom adorning her hair. And for my great buddy Christene, both are wearing leis made of plumeria blossoms. While I concede that they are probably not contraband plumeria (and therefore, probably not especially thrilling to Christene, whose tastes run toward contraband), they plumeria none the less πŸ˜‰

RubyTuesdayLogoRELATED POSTS:
My previous Ruby Tuesday posts
Visit other Ruby Tuesday participants

Subscribe to My Mobile Adventures *~*~*
That way, you’ll never miss a post. πŸ™‚

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Getting ready for the Flower and Garden Festival

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com

IMG_5861-EPCOT-flowers-landscape-lagoon πŸ™‚ I’M SO EXCITED!

I’ve booked a trip to Walt Disney World in mid-May, where I’ll attend the 16th annual EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. I look forward to this event each year, and I was really bummed one recent year when I could not attend (I had a really good reason – my checkbook and I were occupied at the time with moving here to Florida πŸ˜‰ ).

The Flower and Garden Festival is held at EPCOT but its influence can be felt throughout Walt Disney World. Expect to see spectacular displays of all manner of trees, shrubs and flowers in decadent full bloom. The whole place is just eye candy; gardeners and flower lovers will think they’ve gone to heaven. Topiary figures of all your favorite Disney characters are encountered everywhere in the park. There’s usually a butterfly garden, demonstrations of new innovations and tried and true gardening techniques, garden sculptures, lectures and lots more.

Yep, I’m excited – so filled with anticipation, I’ve been going through photos of visits past, reminiscing and counting the days. Don’t be surprised if more than a few of these are posted in the next month or so. πŸ˜€

If you love flowers and beautiful scenery, visit these wonderful memes –

Todays-Flowers-Logo

Scenic-Sunday-100-x-100

SUBSCRIPTIONS to My Mobile Adventures *~*~* are FREE!

CLICK to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS
Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

Of Mice and Mutts – Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com
click any photo to see a larger version in Flickr

IMG_4264-Pirates-Donald-Duck-Pluto-topiarySpring is coming, and you know what that means – soon it will be time for the Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT in Walt Disney World! I am positively enamored of the Flower and Garden Festival. I used to be quite the garden geek back in the day, before I moved to a place where I have NO idea what is growing on the side of the road. It’s kind of disconcerting not to be able to identify any of the trees or shrubs or flowers that are in my own front yard! Yet when I go to the Flower and Garden Festival, I can identify stuff, thus re-inflating my sense of self-worth. (Pssst… if by chance I cannot identify it, guess what? They’ve got signs on practically EVERYTHING! πŸ˜‰ )

IMG_4272_crop-Minnie-Mouse-topiarySomewhere in my travels across the internet, I have heard Disney’s character topiaries referred to as “The Chlorophyll Zoo”. Now, it is true that not all of the topiaries you’ll find at Disney World are animals. Just a few weeks ago, I featured topiaries of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and despite Dopey’s big, floppy ears, none of these can be accused of being a critter. Even today’s topiary critters are suspect; they’ve all got some anthropomorphic qualities. Well, all except for Pluto. While Goofy, who is a dog, walks upright and speaks and has “hands” instead of front paws, Pluto, who is also a dog, was introduced in a cartoon short during the 1930s as Mickey Mouse’s puppy! And typically, you will see pluto on all fours. So technically, only one of today’s subjects is actually a critter through and through. The rest of them are suspect :mrgreen:

IMG_4263-Pirate-Goofy-TopiaryBack to the subject of topiaries – often you will find that Disney topiary supplies are offered for sale in Downtown Disney or at the festival itself. The frames can be rather pricey, but if you keep looking online, you can sometimes find a bargain. I’ve seen smaller versions of the ones you see here; I think most of these are taller than I am, and at 5’7″, I am not short. The smaller ones are about two feet high and I hear tell they take quite a bit of sphagnum moss and fishing line to get them set up. I’ve also seen very small table-top sized versions of a Mickey Mouse topiary for sale at the Flower and Garden Festival. The larger ones are started at least a year, if not more, before the Festival at which they debut. There must be a greenhouse somewhere on property with a dozen or so of each character in various stages of it’s life cycle – some just starting, some halfway there, and some ready to take their place in the landscaping of the parks

IMG_4270-Pirate-Mickey-Mouse-topiary The year these photos were taken, the theme was pirates. Peter Pan, Hook, Smee and the pirate ship all graced the front entrance of EPCOT, with Spaceship Earth making an iconic backdrop for the scene. Meanwhile, in the World Showcase Plaza, Mickey and the gang were posed around a “treasure chest” with ivy and golden blossoms spilling out of it. I had my oldest niece with me; it was her graduation gift to be taken to Disney World.

In the middle of this coming May, my very youngest niece, just 4 years old, will be making her first visit to Walt Disney World. I’m not sure she will be paying attention to the topiaries. She’ll be too busy being excited over the prospect of having a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Auntie Tink *~*~* recently sent her a lovely Cinderella costume that she’ll be wearing for her visit to the castle, complete with dainty slippers, tiara, and earrings that don’t pinch but she’s afraid they will, so she won’t try them on πŸ˜‰ Bro. No. 2 says she’ll get over it by time she heads up to the Royal Table. She will be beyond adorable with or without them, I’m sure!

*~* More posts about Disney’s EPCOT

*~* My previous Camera Critters posts

Camera Critters
Visit other Camera Critters participants

Todays-Flowers-LogoEDITED Sunday 02-22-2009: someone suggested that I use this post to play Today’s Flowers, too. So that’s what I’m doing! I’ve never played before, and I hope this qualifies.

SUBSCRIPTIONS to My Mobile Adventures *~*~* are FREE!

If you’d like to subscribe to this blog, here are some options:

CLICK to Subscribe by email
CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

RED Stuff at the EPCOT Festivals in Walt Disney World

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com
RED Stuff at the EPCOT Festivals in Walt Disney World
(a Ruby Tuesday post)

click a photo to see a larger version in Flickr

The color RED makes a strong showing in the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps that’s the reason that so many of my Ruby Tuesday posts are laden with photos taken at Walt Disney World.

IMG_1142-EPCOT-China-topiary-dragonThis dragon topiary was photographed at the Flower and Garden Festival, which takes place in EPCOT each spring. Red is the predominant color at the China pavilion, which is no surprise because red is the most significant color in Chinese culture. From the Chinese flag to the emblem of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, red represents China like no other color.

IMG_1083-EPCOT-flowers-Mickey-HeadIn 2005, the theme of the Flower and Garden Festival revolved around “hidden” Mickeys. There were 50 of them hidden in the park in connection with the festival. Some were more obvious than others. They could be anything from an arrangement of stones on the bottom of a pool to this giant, red, not-so-hidden Mickey on the banks of one of the lagoons. It’s made up of hundreds of flowering plants in bloom.Β  You might think that this one was sort of a “gimmee” because it is so big, but I think that sometimes, the best “hiding” place is right out in the open.

IMG_0705-EPCOT-flowers-butterflyHere’s another water-side display, this time in the shape of a colossal red
butterfly. If you click through to the larger version of the photo, you will see that there are butterfly topiaries behind it. This display was near the butterfly house, a mesh tent that contains a butterfly garden and LOTS of butterflies. There are cocoons in there too, but I’ve never been lucky enough to be present while one was hatching. In the background on the right, you can see the tall spire from a defunct attraction called The Wonders of Life.Β  Sometimes the Wonders of Life pavilion is used as a Festival Center.Β  Last year when I was there in October, this pavilion was filled with food-related merchandise and racks and racks of bottles of wine during the Food and Wine Festival.

IMG_6367--EPCOT-Louisiana-spices-vegetables-wineAnd speaking of Food and Wine, it’s time to switch festivals. Here’s a display that I found in the temporary “Louisiana” section of the 2008 Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. This display represents the classic ingredients in Louisiana cooking. I didn’t recognize even half of these brand names, so I guess they are either local to Louisiana, or maybe they are memorabilia-type representations of classic ingredients from the past. Anyone out there from Louisiana that could enlighten us?

To give you an idea of scale, people were hoisting their little kids on top of the can that says “Delta….” to take a picture of them – until a Cast Member came over and asked them to stop. Spoil sport! πŸ˜€Β  Included in the display are a giant bottle of red wine, and a smallerΒ  red bottle that looks like it might be the equivalent of Tabasco.

IMG_6382-EPCOT-Louisiana-potager-garden-vegetablesThis little vegetable garden was just across the path from the ingredients display. A little sign in the garden stated that these are the typical vegetables that go into Louisiana cooking. I see onions, parsley, several varieties of peppers that include some red ones and … not sure what all else was growing in there. It kind of made me all misty-eyed for the days when I had my own little organic potager growing in the yard… and then I remembered all the back-breaking work it is to grow vegetables, and I got over it!

Hope you enjoyed our little stroll through the RED stuff at EPCOT!

RELATED POSTS:
My previous Ruby Tuesday posts
Visit other Ruby Tuesday participants

Subscribe to My Mobile Adventures *~*~*
That way, you’ll never miss a post. πŸ™‚

Click to Subscribe by email
CLICK to Subscribe by RSS

SNOW White at Walt Disney World

Β© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
http://MyMobileAdventures.com
<h2>SNOW White at Walt Disney World</h2>
(a Manic Monday post)

Click photos to see the Flickr version

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 πŸ˜€

EPCOT, April 22nd, 2004 – alone –

IMG_0214-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

and with Dopey

IMG_0215-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS, April 24th 2004

IMG_0260-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

Love the waves in her skirt on this one –

IMG_0262-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

With a few of the Seven Dwarfs –

IMG_0263-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

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

IMG_0453-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

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

IMG_0645-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

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

IMG_4331-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

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 –

05-24-08_1808-Snow-White-Seven-Dwarfs

RELATED POSTS:
My previous Manic Monday posts
Visit other Manic Monday participants

Subscribers bring me JOY! πŸ™‚ You want me to be happy, don’t you? DON’T YOU? πŸ˜‰

Click to Subscribe by email

CLICK to Subscribe by RSS