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Via Napoli gets three thumbs up

Via Napoli gets three thumbs up, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

We loved our meal. The crust of the pizza was limp except for the "handle" but the flavor was outstanding. We had the family salad first and then a large pizza – half was cheese and the other half a hodge-podge of eggplant, mushroom, artichoke and ham. With a pitcher of sangria, we are VERY happy for $21 each.

Photo Friday: Baloo Is A Primary Color

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Baloo is a Primary Color

Baloo is a primary color… as are red and yellow πŸ˜‰

I have a special friend who absolutely loves Baloo, so every time I am in the World, I try to get photos of him as he passes by in the parades. In addition to the Magic Kingdom, the other good place to find Baloo is in the Harambe section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He’s known to sign autographs and appear in the parade there, along with King Louie.


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Upcoming Adventures: Flowers, Festivals, Walt and Wizards!

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Disney Friends

Friendship can be a motivator, a mover and a shaker. I am fortunate to be blessed with some really cool friends who’ve made adventurous plans for the month of May and they want me to tag along – w00t! Well you know my motto –Have Signal, Will Blog! Here’s what you can expect to see here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* during the month of May:

The Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers, Florida

My friend Christene is an avid Florida gardener who blogs at The Great Wall Of Lutz. She’ll be driving down to spend some much-needed vacation time on Sanibel Island. While she’s down this way, she’ll be indulging in her passion a bit by visiting some local gardens. Among her selections is the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, situated on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. There, we’ll tour the beautiful gardens and check out a festive bromeliad event that’s about to begin starting May 1st. We’ll go during the week, though, to avoid crowds.

IMG_1830-WDW-EPCOT-China-pond-water-lilyNaples Botanical Garden
Naples, Florida

About a half hour or so down the interstate (or down the Tamimami Trail/Route 41, take your pick) is the city of Naples, Florida. Naples can boast of several nature-related attractions, including the Corkscrew Swamp (on my “bucket list”) and Rookery Bay (been there, done that – check it out!). For this particular outing, Christene has selected the Naples Botanical Garden. I’ve checked out the map, and the place looks SWEET! Not only that, but our mutual friend Snowbird recently spent some time there and returned singing the praises of the place. I’m hoping this is a good time of year to visit and that there are lots of photo opportunities.

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival VistaWalt Disney World – EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Orlando, Florida

Yep, I was just there, in February and in March. Yep, we’re going to do it again πŸ™‚ This is one of my favorite events at Walt Disney World. For years, I dreamed of going to EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival. When I finally got my chance, it became an annual habit that was broken only in the year I moved to Florida (the move stepped all over the Festival in a big way, timing-wise). I’m especially looking forward to all the amazing scents – gardenia, jasmine, magnolia and many more. But more importantly, I’m looking forward to some quality time with my “sistas”, an amazing collection of women, all of whom I am privileged to call “friend”. AND, all of whom have a penchant for the Grey Goose/Grand Marnier Slushie kiosk in EPCOT’s France, not to mention the tequila bar in Mexico. Happy times, straight ahead!

Entrance, Universal Studios OrlandoThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort

Yes, we were just here as well – ides of March, picked up Niece No. 1 at MCO and away we went for several days. This time, a couple of the “sistas” want to do only one day here, primarily to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I imagine there’s butterbeer in our future, and I know I’m kinda looking forward to the ribs at the Three Broomsticks again πŸ˜‰ What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and when I find a habit that I like a lot, I stick with it! I’m happy to go for one day and hit the highlights – Spiderman, Jurassic Park, maybe The Hulk if they are feeling adventurous, and of course, the entire Hogsmeade/Hogwarts compound, complete with a turn on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as at least a walk through the queue for The Dragon Challenge. Should be a fun day!

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So, it looks like May will be packed with mobile adventures. I need to get over the school hurdle first – it’s the end of the semester and I have papers to write. Guess I’d better get to it – SEE YA REAL SOON!

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New topiary character at EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

As you approach the turnstiles, you can already smell the sweet scent of "artificial strawberry flavoring" wafting on the breeze. Did not see where they’re pumping it in from, but it’s a fun touch, and good to see something new added to the front gate tableau since last week.

If you want to know what took me so long to post from inside the park this morning, then you should really check out a brief monorail tale that I just mobile blogged on TheSingleRider.com

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Character of the week: Alice

One of my favorite authors has blogged about one of my favorite Disney characters – Alice In Wonderland πŸ™‚ I was kind of surprised, because Paulo Coelho’s Character of the Week is usually one of his own characters from one of his own books. But this week, he chose Alice – and he’s got a few choice quotes from her in his post as well!

Character of the week: Alice Β« Paulo Coelho’s Blog.

He reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of Disney art work, which is hanging in my “long-ass hallway” (a ridiculously long, empty, bowling alley of a hallway in my home). It’s a series of Disney first day covers, issued by the US Postal Service in 2005. Here’s the part that features Alice. You can tell it was a long time ago by the price of the stamp! I don’t think Disney could have made her any sweeter or prettier, do you?

Alice first day cover

(You can also see the reflection of my fingers on the camera, right around the Anaheim, CA postmark LOL)


Last spring, Alice In Wonderland merchandise was a big presence in Walt Disney World, probably due to the imminent release of the updated version with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. There were all these “flatsy” versions of Alice and her strange pals, including this version of the Cheshire Cat (above).


On a subsequent trip, I ended up purchasing the more conventional Cheshire Cat. He fit quite nicely in my toy chest with the rest of the gang I’ve assembled over the years.

Someone has a sense of humor

And finally – only a few short weeks ago, I was in Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney and caught this comical little scene. Someone had posed a leering Cheshire Cat on the arm of the huge Duffy bear that stands in an alcove in that store. Meanwhile, Duffy appears to be placidly unaware that a demented maniac has commandeered his limb. This is the cleverest thing I’ve seen in Disney since the Canadian mystery shoes πŸ˜‰
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Tribute to the USA

Tribute to the USA, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

You know, I don’t believe they had this part when I saw this parade in Paris. The only reason I was able to take a few shots of the parade is because there was a log-jam at the Town Square and I was unable to proceed out of the park until it cleared up. Then it was time to make like a salmon, as people poured into the park for the late hours. One woman on a scooter was actually shouting, "Make way for the wheelchair!"; she was referring to herself. I made her go around me.

There was a similar log jam on Apopka-Vineland Road, only no parade to blame – that’s just Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista for ya.

Are we ready to eat strawberries tomorrow? πŸ™‚
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Quasi-healthy lunch at Tortuga Tavern

Well, the vegetarian dish was comprised mainly of rice, which was neither wild nor brown. so I figured if I only eat half the beef and not more than a bite or two of the "bowl", I could use the taco salad as an excuse to consume fresh vegetable matter and hot sauce. πŸ™‚

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Castle In The Tropics

Castle In The Tropics, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

I’m pretty sure that Cinderella’s Castle was fashioned after some historic ones that still stand in European countries. So it’s kind of amusing to glimpse its spires between the palm fronds and exotic flowering trees; amusing but also beautiful.

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Not seeing a “miracle” this time

No hidden Mickey or grilleed cheesus in my food today. Glad I got this, because I might have to be bad for my next fuel break. The Terrace is closed – not the seating part, just the counter service. That’s where they serve a pretty good salad here in the Magic Kingdom.

So if I’m bad, how bad should I be? Casey’s bad? Or bakery bad?

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Magic Kingdom refurb continues

Hmmm you think maybe that there paint is wet? πŸ˜‰

There are still walls and facades around the storefronts in the town square and on Main Street USA. I got this picture just in time – two CMs came ’round to take it all down while I ws typing this.

From behind the facades and walls, one can hear hammering and saws. This used to be considered "bad show" – allowing the audience, the guests to glimpse maintenance activities. Just another one of Disney’s customs that has gone by the wayside – probably because it is more expensive to do it off hours and heaven forbid the stockholders should get anything less than more, more, more.


I went into the Exhibition Hall to ask a CM to recycle my camera batteries. He told me that he HOPES the tiny theater will come back, where you could go to take a nap and get out of the heat – and watch cartoons πŸ™‚

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Tropical birds in EPCOT’s Mexico

These are not topiary. They are sort of beaded papier mache only instead of papier, it’s mesh. Mesh mache?

Anyhow, I remember when EPCOT used to turn this area of Mexico into an educational walk through a rain forest. Brightly colored orchids tumbled out of the trees everywhere you looked and the various layers of the ecosystem were explained.

No more. Nowadays, Disney does this festival on the cheap. And a sweatshirt approaches $60 and a Mickey bar is $3.50 *shakes head*

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Interloper in the Butterfly House!

I am more-than-vaguely certain that this is a moth, and therefore it does not really qualify for safe harbor here in the butterfly house.

In general, there is not a lot to see in here beyond the beautifully appointed habiyay that Disney Horticulture has assembled. This is probably because the festival only started two days ago and not a lot of butterflies have hatched yet.

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What a cutie – it’s BOLT!

Been thinking a lot about Bolt lately.

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

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

Been thinking maybe I should get a dog.

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

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

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