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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!
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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 πŸ™‚

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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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Wishes from the Seven Seas Lagoon

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πŸ™‚ One night during my May whirlwind weekend trip to Walt Disney World, my brother, the infamous “Chez Bro”, had a surprise for us. He’d hired a boat to take us out on a cruise from Disney’s Contemporary resort on Bay Lake over to the Seven Seas Lagoon, where we would watch Wishes from out on the water. After we’d had dinner at The Wave, we met some of our local Orlando-area cousins up in the Contemporary’s lounge for a drink, and then we proceeded to the Contemporary’s dock. Our skipper met us there with a cooler full of soft drinks and a basket of snacks. It was a fairly warm night, no need for a jacket. The skipper guided us under the monorail bridge and then over the water bridge that passes over the road leading to and from the front entrance of the Contemporary (the road actually passes under the water!). Soon we were floating in the middle of the Seven Seas Lagoon. We could see the light parade floating in the distance but by time we caught up with it, the show was over and the barges were dark.

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After a while, the fireworks started and they were spectacular! Here, you can see the castle is lit in blue, lurking behind the train station. Mostly, our skipper tried to float us into a position where we could see the castle off to one side, but sometimes we listed away – this was one of those times.

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Here, we’ve righted our position, and you can see the castle again, this time in lavender. I took many, many pictures but it was difficult to get clean shots due to the movement of the boat. These two were the best of the bunch. It was a wonderful experience and I’d certainly love to have the opportunity to do it again.

Please vote for Give Kids The World. They work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of seriously ill children who want to visit Orlando. You can vote daily until June 30th.

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Tink’s *~*~* Links: The one thing that might get me to go to WDW in the summer is…

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05152010653-WDW-MK-pearly-gatesI’ve seen Disney’s Main Street Electrical parade only twice – well, one and a half times actually. The half-a-time was in August 2001 when I visited Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. I forget why, but my friend and I were in a hurry to get out of the park. We saw half the parade while trapped behind the inevitable ropes that prevent Guests from being trampled upon by the parade. Once the barricade was removed, we were outta there.

The second time was in February 2003 at Disneyland Paris. I climbed up to the train station at the head of Main Street to view it. I remember it was bitterly cold and I played a jumping-around game that I’d made up on the spot with some little kid I met up there, to keep warm. The little kid did not speak English and I did not speak French. But we both spoke the language of fun and games, so it was all good πŸ™‚ I loved the music from the Main Street Electrical Parade so much, I bought the CD on my way out of the park. The introduction in the disembodied electronic robot voice is in French!

Anyhow, after last year’s June visit to Walt Disney World, I privately vowed “Never again!” in the summer. May is tough enough, but June was a terror. The heat! The crowds! The bad behavior, obnoxious attitudes and meltdowns! And that was just the adults!

However, the Main Street Electrical Parade is only around through the summer and then it’s gone again. 2003 was a long, long time ago. I kinda wanna see it again.

My AP is good through the middle of January 2011, and it’s only a three hour drive….

I dunno – should I go?


Summer Nightastic! preview: Disney passholders can see Electrical Parade, fireworks early | TheDailyDisney.com from OrlandoSentinel.com.

Lost scenes from the Jungle Cruise

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πŸ™‚ Look, it’s a hippo! He’s either hungry, or else bored….

Sometimes when I’m out and about and taking photos with the camera phone, I’m too busy photographing to mobile blog. I know that sounds strange but consider: can you send email and take pictures with your phone at the same exact time? I can’t. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a camera phone that CAN do that. So if I start emailing, which can take 30-60 seconds depending on the size of the shot, I cannot keep on taking pictures while that’s going on, and sometimes miss a good shot. Therefore, I will sometimes just keep on taking pics and then forget to scroll back and start sending!

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That’s what happened with some shots I took on the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom last week. I just kept snapping and snapping and then when we got off the boat it was off to another adventure and I never sent them. I love the animatronics on the Jungle Cruise -they still look great and some of them are very realistic. I think Disney especially did the hippo and the littler elephants really well.

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This isn’t an animatronic anything. It’s part of the stone ruins that you pass before entering the temple. I call her “the goddess”. I’m not even sure why I think this is a “her” – just a hunch, I guess. She’s one of my favorite things in the Magic Kingdom πŸ™‚

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Scenes from Saturday – for my friend Alicia

We did a few things in stroller hell – y’all know it as Fantasyland – before making our way out of the park for dinner. Caught the parade on the way out and saw Baloo!

oK that’s all for now – gonna hit the shower now and meet the family. I think today is an MGM oops I mean Hollywood Studios day. See ya real soon!

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Scenes from Saturday – what a scream!

After Splash, we stopped in the shade to have some ice cream – Nieceling opted for Mickey head sammich while I chose a Mickey On A Steeeeek πŸ˜‰
Then we headed to the Haunted Mansion where we witnessed a belligerent Guest being approached by Security… We hastened inside and didn’t stick around for any of THOSE kind of fireworks!
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Farewell, Magic Kingdom



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i must depart, and not just because of the deluge that threatens to transform the Magic Kingdom into sunken ruins. I actually have to work tomorrow! So I need to get back to my room and pack up, because the alarm will ring early. But first, a stop at the bakery on Main Street USA!

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Things with wings at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World is in the quasi-tropical climate of Orlando, Florida. The flora is so well-maintained and lush, it can support any number of critters that love the warmth and humidity. Encounters with local wildlife (in other words, not placed there by Disney) are not only very satisfying, but can also be frequent if you keep your eyes open and pay attention to your surroundings. Today we’re going to look at some “things with wings” – butterflies I’ve met at Walt Disney World.

IMG_0454-WDW-MK-butterfly Found and photographed near “stroller hell” aka the former sky ride in Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom – November, 2004


 

IMG_0638-WDW-EPCOT-butterfly Not sure if this is a butterfly or a moth. Found in EPCOT, and I believe I was over by Universe of Energy. April, 2005


 

IMG_3055-WDW-DAK-butterfly Last one – this beauty was found quite near a gorilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – it was like “beauty and the beast” in there that day πŸ˜€ October, 2006


 

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Castle Dream Lights in the Magic Kingdom

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IMG_2618-WDW-MK-castle-clock Hong Kong. Tokyo. Paris. Orlando. Anaheim. Everywhere there’s a collection of Disney theme parks, there’s also a castle. The one in Orlando is Cinderella’s Castle; her tale is told in the form of mosaic tile murals covering the walls of the castle archway. Cinderella’s Castle houses a restaurant, a beauty salon and even overnight accommodations for some lucky guests who are periodically chosen at random for a castle sleep-over in the newly built luxury suite. The castle also provides entertainment. Characters romp and sing on the outdoor stage just beyond the park’s hub, and at night fireworks dance high in the skies above the castles turrets and towers.

IMG_2765Also at night, the castle is lit in brilliant colors that morph and change with such elegance, one can remain seated for hours just staring at the transformation. As if the castle were not pretty enough on a normal night, imagine how it looks during the holiday season with over 200,000 LED lights simulating a sparkling coating of ice. A brief stage show provides a magical lead-in for the transformation. Several Disney characters have gathered and are attempting to decide how the castle should be decorated for the holidays, and ultimately agree that since it is her home, Cinderella should be the one to decide.

IMG_2778When consulted, Cinderella proclaims her wish to see the castle dressed for the holidays with all the shine and twinkle of her own glass slipper. Her Fairy Godmother comes along to see that it happens, recruiting the audience to help Cinderella’s wish come true. For the remainder of the night, the castle appears to be encased in ice (or perhaps a sugar-frosting, as I’ve observed before).

For those who want to know more about Cinderella’s Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, just visit Wikipedia or AllEars.Net to get more details.

 

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Sugar-frosted reflection at the Magic Kingdom

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The story goes like this – Cinderella decided that for Christmas, she wanted her home to look just as sparkly and beautiful as her glass slipper. And before you can say “Bibbidi bobbidi boo!”, the deed is done. Here we see all that glistening goodness reflected in the moat – if only the bridge was located 20 feet back, we could get the whole castle in the shot! But it’s not, so this will have to do. Happy Hump Day, everyone!

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A Magic Kingdom twilight

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Solar reflection
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twilight castle glow

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Critters in bronze – it’s Jiminy Cricket!

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Love these little bronze statues that circle the hub at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Here’s Pinocchio with his beloved little friend…

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“… and always let your conscience be your guide!”

For a twisted take on Jiminy Cricket = conscience, take a look at this blog post at Disney Every Day. My Twitter friend @AmandaTinney has put together a clever post filled with humorous animal pictures, one of which I tweeted to her earlier this week. Enjoy!


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Grab a stagecoach in the Magic Kingdom

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Each Disney theme park has a sales spot for the Disney Vacation Club which is cleverly disguised to blend in with the themeing of the park. Here we see that you can visit at DVC representative in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom – just look for the RED “Getaway” sign.

Do you see the “hidden” Mickey?

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Native wildlife in the Magic Kingdom – The Great Egret

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IMG_1213-WDW-MK-Frontier-trading-post-egret πŸ™‚ At first glance, I thought this was a statue perched atop the Trading Post in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland. But then my brain reset itself and remembered that egrets are often found in this section of the Magic Kingdom – it’s right across the street from the lagoon that separates Frontierland from Tom Sawyer Island. If you take the time to look, you will find that there are egrets flying, wading and hunting all over Walt Disney World. These are native Floridians, availing themselves of the amenities of the Walt Disney World resort – well-maintained habitats and dropped food opportunities πŸ˜‰

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See? Told ya he’s not a statue πŸ™‚

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Critters on the Castle: The Cheshire Cat

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

 

The Cheshire Cat

 

IMG_0886-Castle-Critters-Cheshire-CatWe’ve come to the end of the Critters on the Castle series, bringing it full circle back to Alice in Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat is the only character in the story who levels with Alice. He explains to her that everyone in Wonderland is mad; madness is the norm, and Alice, with all of her logic and reasoning and impatience for the nonsense that is the very fabric of Wonderland, doesn’t fit in. So if Alice is not normal, she must be mad… but… but… if she’s mad, then isn’t she really normal, by Wonderland standards? It’s all so confusing!

To top it all off, The Cheshire Cat can make parts of himself disappear! He can reduce himself to just a grin, floating on thin air with no head, no body, nothing but teeth. You know what I think? I think he got into the caterpillar’s hookah, that’s what I think!

In Disney’s 1951 animated feature, the Cheshire Cat was voiced by the incomparable Sterling Holloway, whose impressive resume includes the voicing of several other prominent Disney characters, including Kaa from The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh. Admit it. You just heard his voice in your head, saying, “Oh, bother!” πŸ˜‰ I know, me too!

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Critters on the Castle: Hakuna Matata!

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

Hakuna Matata!

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Critics and literary analyst-types have likened aspects of Disney’s 1994 film The Lion King to a number of works, most notably Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a few stories from the Old Testament. The former kind of intrigues me, for that would mean that Pumba and Timon are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… πŸ˜€ I laugh just thinking about it!

Here we see Timon and Pumba leading the young Simba on a merry march around one of the castle turrets. Can’t you just hear them singing “Hakuna Matata” as they amble along? As I recall, the phrase is Swahili, and as the song instructs us, “it means no worries for the rest of your days”. This is Pumba and Timon’s “problem-free philosophy” for life, and they teach it to Simba so that he may forget about his unhappy past.

“Hakuna Matata” was one of three songs from The Lion King that was nominated for an Academy Award; the other two were “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (which ended up winning).

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Critters on the Castle: Kaa

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

Kaa

IMG_0857-Disney-Castle-Critter-Jungle-Book-KaaaDisney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book is based upon a novel of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book makes several contributions to Disney’s burgeoning collection of villains, not the least of which is the ssssoft-sssspoken python, Kaa. In Kipling’s novel, Kaa was actually Mowgli’s very close friend, and his gift of hypnotism worked on everyone except Mowgli. In the Disney film, Kaa has a bit of a competitive streak, making not one but two attempts to capture and eat Mowgli before the man-eating tiger Shere Kahn does.

Kaa was portrayed by the hypnotically soft-spoken Sterling Holloway, whose resume is peppered with Disney projects. I’ll have more about Holloway in a subsequent edition of Camera Critters.

Walt Disney died during production of The Jungle Book, so he never got to see it. However, the film still bears Disney’s imprint; the original script was a bit dark for Walt’s taste, and it underwent revisions by a different writer at his insistence.

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Feeding the birds can be hazardous to your vacation

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Come feed the little birds,
Show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag…

– From Disney’s Mary Poppins

Virtually all of us have done it. Sometimes we’ve done it deliberately, clutching the remains of a week-old plastic bag of Wonderbread as we head off to the local duck pond. Sometimes we’ve done it accidentally, when a request to “super-size it” has resulted in spillage that is immediately pounced upon by pigeons and sparrows in the parking lot of the local fast-food joint. Whether thoughtfully or thoughtlessly, we have all fed the birds.

IMG01520This seemingly innocuous pastime has consequences that add up to much more than “tuppence a bag”. People food is bad for a bird’s digestive system. Feed any wild animal and they learn to associate humans with food. This makes them lose their fear of humans in favor of a full stomach. It can also make them lose their hunting skills and give them a sense of entitlement, to the point where you almost have to beat them off with a stick in order to eat out-of-doors in peace.

I found this sign posted on the green wrought iron fence that surrounds the Village Lake at Downtown Disney. Times past, there used to be fish kibble machines peppering the perimeter of the lake. Pump in a quarter, get a fist-full of fish kibble. I don’t know if the machines are still there. You could fling your handful of kibble all at once and watch the fish (and sometimes turtles) jump for it, or else you could drop your pieces one by one, very close to where you were standing, so you could get a good look at them as they surfaced with their large mouths open, ready to devour whatever you were dropping.

Problem, Houston. One time as we were flinging our kibble into the lake, my NIeceling and I were set upon by a mob of hungry, swooping, squawking, flapping avian muggers. In broad daylight! We had to keep walking and pretend we weren’t furtively dropping a kibble here, a kibble there over the side for the fish.

Other times I’ve been seated outside at the Boardwalk or outside the Peppermarket at Coronado Springs or even in the Magic Kingdom at Caseys or in Frontierland, and all manner of feathered fowl and fiends have milled about my feet, hopped up on the table and even attempted to steal food right out of my hand. And every time I’ve seen bad behavior from the birds, it’s been right alongside bad behavior from the humans.

Moral of the story: since we all paid much more than “tuppence” for that burger, not to mention our theme park admission and accommodations – DON’T feed the birds!

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Critters on the Castle: The White Rabbit

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

The White Rabbit


IMG_0849-Magic-Kingdom-Castle-White-RabbitThe White Rabbit is a character from Disney’s 1951 animated feature Alice in Wonderland. Without the White Rabbit, Alice would never have ventured down the rabbit hole to have all those adventures in Wonderland.

The film was based upon Lewis Carroll’s novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.. Those who endeavor to analyze literature have always taken Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole as a metaphoric representation of some sort of intellectual and/or emotional and/or spiritual awakening (they can’t seem to agree on this). That would make our White Rabbit the catalyst for such an awakening. He is, after all, a herald – note he’s got his trumpet, preparing to announce the arrival of the Queen of Hearts and her hapless King.

On the other hand, Jefferson Airplane saw the White Rabbit as a metaphor for a (possibly chemically induced) psychotic, mind-altering experience. Whereas Disney’s White Rabbit races by muttering, “I’m late, I’m late!”, Grace Slick’s version admonishes us to “Feed your head! Feed your head!”

Whichever the case – if you see the White Rabbit, remember that he is the proverbial rocker of worlds and hang on tight – your trip down the rabbit hole is likely to be a wild ride πŸ˜‰

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Yet More Disney Characters Who Wear RED

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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˜‰

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Mickey Mouse Chillaxin’ In Paradise

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Mickey Mouse Chillaxin'Third week in a row, and once again I’m going for the “Monday Meme Trifecta” – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Here we have Mickey Mouse, that most beloved of all Disney characters, lounging around in a hammock, diggin’ the sunshine. He’s wearing blue swim shorts, and surrounded by soft yellows that were used to depict the sand. This is actually a beach towel that I found in a shop in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World last October.

The scene reminds me of an idea I’ve been waffling about for a few weeks. Before I lived in Florida, I used to take my “ahhhh!” vacation each year on Sanibel Island. I would do nothing all day but eat, sleep, read, and go looking for shells on the beach. The world of work and other worries was left behind.

But ever since I’ve moved here, although I spend lots of time on Sanibel, I don’t get to have my week of unplugging any more. So, I’ve been thinking of booking myself a vacation… on Sanibel Island! Yes, 30 minutes from my house. Is that weird? Is it silly? It would not be the same if I took a week off and drove out to the beach each day. There’s something about being on the island for a week – it’s an insular experience, similar to going when you enter the gates of the 42 square miles in Orlando that makes up Walt Disney World, and don’t leave until a week later. Also, there’s something very appealing about being able to roll out of bed, walk out the door and set foot on the beach, all in less than a minute.

So, what’s YOUR opinion – should I do it? Should I book myself into a condo or hotel on Sanibel Island for a week? Please leave a comment with your thoughts!

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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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Friday the 13th at Walt Disney World

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All photos taken Friday the 13th of October 2006 at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
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Friday the 13th
Who says unlucky? Not me!
Looky, rising sun πŸ™‚

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Friday the 13th
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Looky, pretty day πŸ™‚

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Friday the 13th
Who says unlucky? Not me!
Looky, I Gots Friends πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Respectively, that was the sun rising behind the WDW Swan hotel, the sun reflecting off the front of the WDW Dolphin hotel, and my fellow Long Island transplants watching the SpectroMagic parade in the Magic Kingdom that evening – Barbara, Austin, Lexie and Debbie In Paradise.

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Cinderella’s Castle In The Sky

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Cindy’s Castle

Cindy’s castle spires.
Sky is pastel pink and blue.
*NOT about breakfast!

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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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Clouds Rolling By Cinderella’s Castle

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Clouds Rolling By Cinderella’s Castle

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Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Photo taken 10-17-2008, while standing outside the boat house in the rose garden. It was a blue sky day with puffy clouds drifting by.

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Just off Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom

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Just off Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom
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IMG_6734-Disney-Magic-Kingdom-Art-Festival-10-17-2008As you make your way down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, there is a little side street off to the right where you can escape the crowds and the noise for a bit and chill out, enjoying the ambiance. The last time I was there, just last month, I made such a pitstop there to enjoy my lunch. And as I sat there munching, I began to realize that I was sitting in Ruby Tuesday heaven!

In this first photo, you can see that there are red chairs and a table, and that there is more vaguely red stuff reflected ghost-like in the windows. Before getting my lunch, I sat for a while and listened to the most fascinating thing – a singing lesson! Yes, the windows above the stores advertise all sorts of services available in these buildings, like singing lessons and ballet lessons. The fascinating thing about the singing lesson is that when the singer first starts the scale, you are absolutely sure that it’s a guy, but four octaves (!!!) later, and you could swear it’s a soprano! Back down the scale she descends, and inexplicably, you’re back to believing that you are listening to a very fine baritone limbering up the old vocal chords. It’s kind of like an aural hallucination or something… isn’t Magic Kingdom supposed to be a “dry” park? πŸ™‚

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If you can pry your attention away from the singing lessons long enough to allow for visual stimuli to register in your brain, you will soon realize that the table and chairs are not the only things that are red in this place. Why, the very sidewalk is a lovely shade of blush that compliments the bricks of the Crystal Arts store quite nicely.

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Look, here’s a free table in the shade. And it’s clean, too! Mostly, that’s the way you find stuff in the Magic Kingdom – clean, inviting, and just waiting for you to come along and think it’s all just swell. The Disney Cast Members work hard to ensure a happy guest experience, but guess what? The guests are at least partially responsible for everything looking “neat and pretty”. They bus their own tables, and they dispose of their trash in a proper and orderly manner. So we have a lot of people to thank for this wonderful table. But it’s empty! What shall we eat at this lovely table on a shady side street in the Magic Kingdom?

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Mmmmm, chocolate-dipped strawberries – served up by Da Mouse Himself! Now that’s what I call a snack!

What? Oh yeah… yeah, you’re right. I WAS kind of concerned about gaining weight on this trip. I fought so hard to lose some of the I-don’t-smoke-anymore-weight.Β  No, no, you’re right. I should have that nice turkey-on-whole-grain sammish and a bottle of water. It’s just unfortunate that we’re sitting here, right outside the place where they make all the sweets, and I can SMELL the chocolate-dipped strawberries… hey, they’re fruit! I mean, there’s fruit in them there strawberries. So they should be ok. Five a day, you know – five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. That’s what all those healthy people say you should eat. They don’t mention anything about chocolate but you know, I hear they make it from a plant, which would be a vegetable… see, that would probably count as TWO servings of healthy stuff!

Will Tink *~*~* break down and eat the incredibly delicious and succulent yet poundage-inducing chocolate-dipped strawberries? Or will she settle for the dry, boring turkey-on-whole-grain sammish? And what about…. HAROLD???? (dun-dun-dun!). For the answers to these and other questions, tune in to next week’s episode of “My Mobile Adventures *~*~* presents… RUBY TUESDAY!

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Happy Halloween from Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

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Happy Halloween from Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

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Not the sky but I think it’s cool, and um feathers come from birds which fly in the sky, so there!

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Little witches

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How Disney’s Magic Kingdom Decorates For Halloween

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How Disney‘s Magic Kingdom Decorates For Halloween
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Giant jack-o-lantern at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom

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Pumpkin-headed scarecrows on Main Street USA – the bass drummer in the marching band

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… and the drum major

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Here’s the chef – I think he makes those delicious bakery items…

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… and one of the candy-maker ladies from the confectionery.

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Around the hub, just in front of the castle, the classic Disney characters show off their “Three Musketeers” Halloween costumes. Here’s Pluto…

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… followed by the lovely Princess Minnie Mouse.

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Here we have Musketeer Donald Duck, holding a jack-o-lantern that’s been carved with the image of his beloved Daisy Duck.

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This final image is dedicated to Debbie In Paradise – feel better soon, my friend!

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Castle reflected in moat



Castle reflected in moat, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

I got a couple shots with the Canon before the battery finally did what it had been threatening to do all afternoon. Sorry, you have to turn your head – was the only way I could get most of the scenario into the shot. It’s REALLY pretty!

Spectromagic parade is going to start soon, and everything is all roped off – not sure I can get outta here now!
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