Monday, December 03, 2007

It's Been Updated!

Ok everyone. Go check out the official Walt Disney World site. They've updated the intro and it's beautiful. And clean. And just... nice.

So much better than before. Remember how it was always covered in graphics and... well, junk? And how it took forever to load because of being covered in junk? Not anymore!

Now it has a nice, big, intro video with a little music, but mostly appropriate background sounds. The little "travel dates" section, and 4 graphic buttons. Total.

At the very bottom are a couple of drop down menus, and of course there's the audio on/off and a small menu with tabs at the top. Very clean. The colors are more muted... No, that's not the right word. The colors are more enchanted rather than in your face.

All in all, it's a very positive change. I hope Disney sticks with this theme for a while if not the actual page.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Just Saw Enchanted

It's a wee bit cheesy (I think that would be obvious from the previews and the concept of course), but funny, and definitely unique. There were a few obvious connections to Disney animated movies- particularly Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella.

But what I loved, were the more subtle connections. My particular favorite, was while Gisele was staring at the fish in the aquarium and the background music was "Part Of Your World" from the Little Mermaid. I went nuts at that point.

My husband pointed out that many of the musicians and some of the dancers in the scene where Gisele and Robert were walking around NYC were actually from Walt Disney World. He remembers seeing them, though I don't remember faces as well as he does. I do think it was a great touch.

I'm also positive that Amy Adams (Gisele) used to play Ariel at WDW. I could be wrong, but one of the Ariels that I've seen there looked suspiciously like her.

I'd give it a 4 out of 5, only because the beginning was a bit slow and I don't like Susan Sarandon (the evil queen). Otherwise, it was fun, vastly entertaining, perfectly safe to take kids to, and had some great lines at the end.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Show On The Travel Channel

I think it's obvious by now that I'm just a tiny bit obsessed with Walt Disney World. No, really!

I was just getting ready to start mixing up some biscuit batter and was looking for something to watch while I was cooking. Lo and behold, Walt Disney World Resort was listed on the Travel Channel. Ok. I've seen it a dozen times already, but I'm always up for a bit of Disney. Seriously people, I watch their "vacation planning video" for entertainment.

But I was in for a pleasant surprise. It's a brand new episode! They don't have the updated Haunted Mansion, but they do have the new Nemo attractions, Expedition Everest, and the Monsters Inc Laugh Club.

So if you see it listed on the Travel Channel, don't just pass it by, check it out!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Early Walt Disney World Footage

I was searching for some new YouTube videos to add to my Animal Kingdom lens on Squidoo, when I came across these:

A Walt Disney World commercial from 1971

Some promotional footage from the 1970's- complete with extinct attractions

And footage of the 1975 Electrical Water Pageant- the embedding was disabled by the owner of the video.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Haunted Mansion T-shirts?

Note: We now have 2008 Haunted Mansion T-shirts! Click the link to see them.

A strange phenomenon has been occurring recently. I blog about things, and then they change. Now, I know there's no connection (or if there is, it's more along the lines of a company searching for reactions to their products and procedures), but my husband is a little superstitious.

So here's what I'm supposed to change. Our last trip to Walt Disney World was in December of 2006. The Haunted Mansion is hubby's favorite ride (and my 3rd fave after Dinosaur! and Pirates of the Caribbean) and he loves getting t-shirts while at the World. But there weren't any!

We thought that we were just missing them. Ok, not at the park, but surely at the big Disney store at Downtown Disney, right? Nope. We looked everywhere. We went back to the Magic Kingdom (I think we were there 3 times that trip), and finally asked the lady manning the cart outside the Haunted Mansion- you know, the one full of Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise. She not only said that there were no HM t-shirts, but that she's asked that question all day, every day.

And now we hear that the rumored Haunted Mansion store is non-existent. We thought that after the renovation there would surely be a shop with t-shirts and such. Right? Wrong. I've heard very little in the way of merchandise and absolutely nothing about t-shirts. What's up with that? How wrong can that be? The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular rides in the world, and there's no shirts? My husband has threatened to not go back to WDW if they don't have HM t-shirts. I know he won't hold to that, but isn't it a bit ridiculous?

I promise that I won't rant much on this blog since it's actually devoted to my love of all things Walt Disney World. But just in case hubby's right... We want t-shirts!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mickey's Toon Town

Exhibit A
It's been a long time since I posted, I know. Part of it is because I had a lot of pictures on another computer and only just now got them downloaded to this one. Another part is that I have 5 or 6 active blogs and trying to keep them all updated is exhausting.

Anyway. A few days ago Mickey's house in Mickey's Toon Town Faire popped into my head. I have some brilliant shots, but my husband is in most of them, and he hates being posted online. While Mickey's house has a lot more in the way of theming (particularly his garage), you can't touch as much. In Minnie's house you can touch everything! The microwave makes popcorn, the oven bakes a cake, and you can sit in her big comfy chair.

Exhibit A is taken from Mickey's garden. I was tickled by all of the cactus characters they had there! Goofy (obviously), Mickey, I believe Donald and some others. He also had a bunch of tomato plants shaped like classic Mickey's.

Exhibit B
But Exhibit B is one of my favorite shots from Toon Town, and it came from Minnie Mouse's house. Can you guess what it is?

It's a "palm tree"!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

2007 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video

I ordered a copy of the 2007 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video a few months ago. I won't watch something like that for the first time without my husband, who in the meantime was avoiding any mention of Disney because of homesickness.

Tonight, as a result of a complete lack of decent television programming, hubby gave in and we watched it. Well, part of it.

Usually everything Walt Disney World puts out sends us into paroxysms of joy- we're weird that way. But this one.... ew. Seriously. If I'd never been to WDW before and was ordering the video to see if I'd be interested in it? That DVD would have hit the trash can after the first 5 minutes. I like the bits with Cast Members discussing dreams come true at the parks, and the basic "gee look at the neat rides/shows" part of the video was averagely good. What royally sucked was all of the people and kids talking about "I dreamed I was a pirate!" and "I dreamt that a dinosaur attacked my school". It's the kind of thing that has potential to be cool and emotional, but it fell flat. Horribly flat.

The other thing that we hated was that we couldn't rewind. I was looking down as something supposedly interesting flashed on screen. My husband gallantly volunteered to rewind it so that I could see it only to find that it couldn't be rewound! We either had to watch the "main show" straight through or not at all! Rediculous! It could be paused, but that was it.

All in all, if you're actually going to use the video for planning or to try enticing someone else to go to the World, try to get a 2005 or 2006 video. Those were packed with information and had really great hosts. A bit cheesy, but good.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Another Disney Blog

I saw this blog while checking out a new neighbor (via blog catalog)- I Love Walt Disney World. If you're like me, you probably already have certain sites that you use to see WDW updates- but you still have to look at this blog. The design is completely droolworthy to Mickeyheads like me.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Disney Addiction

I've never thought of myself as someone who has an addictive personality. But, tell me if this sounds like a normal person's reaction.

I'm flipping through the Yellow Pages and spot and ad that says "20,000 Ears of Experience". My first thought? Ooooh! A travel agency that specializes in trips to Disney!

And then I look more closely at the ad- it's for an ear doctor.

Le Sigh.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Gorillas- Up Close And Personal

I love this gorilla. On our last trip, my husband, my brother in law, my mother in law, and I rode Kilimanjaro Safaris. When we got off the ride and walked out the exit, this is the sight that greeted us.

Now, I've never really been much of a gorilla person. My husband loves gorillas, bears, sharks... and just anything else that can be that intimidating. Except lions. I love lions, he doesn't.

Anyway, even though he's the one that loves gorillas, we were both in awe of this one. We were so close! Seriously, he couldn't have been more than four or five yards away- all that kept us separated was a little fence (keeping us out) and a very, very deep ditch (keeping him in). You can't see the ditch from the picture, but it started just past those plants in the front of the picture, and ended just in front of him. It was about 10' deeper than where his head was when he was at the bottom of the ditch.

So much personality. It was fascinating just watching him chew on plants. I never had any interest in the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail before, but after seeing this fellow, I can't wait for our next opportunity to check it out.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What I've Never Done: Animal Kingdom

I've been doing quite a bit of writing about Disney's Animal Kingdom: An article here, and a lense here. So it got me thinking... there's still a lot that I haven't done at the Animal Kingdom.

Things I Want To Do:

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - I've done the Maharajah Jungle Trek, but never Pangani. On my first three trips, my feet hurt too much to do that much walking. On our last trip my feet were fine, but we didn't have time.

Character Greetings - We've had many opportunities, but they've always been with Winnie the Pooh. Blech.

Flights of Wonder - It's supposed to be a great show, but we've never really had the opportunity. The times were always awkward for what we wanted to do.

Wes Palm - I've seen Pipa and DeVine, but never Wes Palm. I heard he's a morning performer, so that could be why.

The Awakening - Some sort of ceremony or show that they do at the park's opening. I think the earliest we've ever gotten there was 10am, so we obviously miss that.

Things I Will Never Do:
Expedition Everest - Can't help it. I love the idea, it sounds incredible, and I've heard nothing but good reviews. But I just can't stand heights. Seriously, I won't even go on Goofy's Barnstormer.

Primeval Whirl - Again, I wish I could do it. But I just can't handle coasters. It looks like so much fun, but I just can't deal with drops. My husband loves it though!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Disney Articles

I haven't been posting much lately, but I have been writing about Disney. I wrote a two part article on transportation at Walt Disney World. Here's part 1. Also- I have an article on tips for wearing Crocs at Walt Disney World on the same site.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hubby's First Trip

I was reading Anita Answer's first blog post (from Allearsnet), and it made me think of my husband.

I've been to Walt Disney World 4 times, but he's been there 8. He was 18 when he went on his first trip- like Anita, he had to wait until he was able to go on his own since his parents didn't "do" theme parks.

My husband was born in 1968, and Walt Disney World opened in 1971- he still insists that he remembers it opening because of seeing it on TV. In highschool he met his best friend, who'd gone to WDW every year as part of a camp (originally one of the kids, in later years as one of the counselors). This year he'd decided to not be part of the camp, but still wanted to go to WDW.

Hubby had a tour guide.

He went with his friend, stayed at a HoJo's, and fell in love with everything the World had to offer. He even showed me the video footage he'd taken on that trip. Boy, was he skinny at 18!

He went twice with his ex-wife (obviously she wasn't his ex at the time), and after their divorce he tagged along with another friend.

4 trips.

A year or two later he met me. He asked me out to the movies. I said yes. The next day he invited me to Walt Disney World. I said yes. Four years and three trips to the World and I married him. And on our fourth trip, we brought the best mother-in-law and brother-in-law that a girl could have. And guess who wants to go back? That's right. We may never go alone again.

Can you ask for anything more?

A Bird In The Hand

Something that I've noticed in the past, and am noticing more and more is the proliferation of birds at Walt Disney World. In fact, one of my favorite memories (out of the thousands) is when one of these cute little brown ones flew so close to me that either its wings or the wind from its wings stirred my hair. It then landed just behind me where I was sitting on a wall that surrounds some bushes in Tomorrowland. Several times the bird hopped out close enough that I could have just reached out to touch it.

Another memory was watching a bird sitting on a branch and... ahem... letting loose mere inches behind a boy's head.

These birds were actually closer than this if you'll believe it. Unfortunately, everytime I got my camera ready to take a picture they'd hop away before I could get it! My lovely mother in law sprinkled a few bits of energy bar on the ground to bring them back long enough to get the shot.

Eventually I'll get a few duck photos up- all of which were close enough to be touched (which, of course, I didn't).

Friday, July 27, 2007

Walt Disney World Is Not For The Silent

Naturally there's the laughter and screams of children (and adults) on the rides and in the attractions. There's the background music, street shows, and the constant pounding of feet. And then there's Walt Disney World's hidden cast.

No, I'm not talking about the plain clothes security or the CMs who keep the pathways pristine (sometimes right in front of your face without you even noticing that they're there)- I'm talking about the talking boxes, waterfountains, and trashcans.

For instance, Pipa- the talking recycling can at the Animal Kingdom (I've only ever seen him/her at Rafiki's Planet Watch).

Pipa has quite a personality, and will often notice t-shirt slogans or comments made by passersby. Pipa even called my husband Grumpy because of his hat (too bad I missed that!).

As entertaining as Pipa is, he/she doesn't have quite the same personality as Push- the talking trash can at the Magic Kingdom.

Yanno- I think it really says something about Disney to realize that even the trashcans are camera hogs.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

AllEarsNet recently posted a new review of the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre, which reminded me of one of my favorite things at the world.

My personal feelings on the Sci-Fi Dine In is that the food is mediocre at best, but the theming is some of the best on property. You sit in booths shaped like classic cars (complete with license plates) with the "dashboard" as your "table". All of the cars are facing a large screen where trailers for cheesy old sci-fi/horror flicks are playing in a loop of about 45 minutes.

If you're lucky, your waiter/waitress will be wearing roller skates and you'll get to be in the front seat. The back seat is fine, but since you can't face each other (unless you're sitting in the back of the "parking lot" where they have round tables with umbrellas) the only entertainment is what's on screen. Remember, these cars are topless- so you can't be!

The desserts are as good as the average Disney restaurant, as are the drinks. Some of the other restaurants offer drinks with the glowy ice cubes- but there's no where else that they make such a big impact.

Everytime I order a Space Invader at the Sci-Fi Dine-In, eyes turn as the waiter/waitress brings it to my car. Some lean over to ask me what I got, while those farther away begin motioning to their waitstaff.

And total bonus? Those icecubes make great reading lights as they can be cupped in your hand so as not to distract the driver/fellow passengers on your way home. They last hours! Make sure you wash them off first though.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cosmic Ray's Has Me In Stitches

Yes, I know, I've already talked about Cosmic Ray's, but that was a completely different thing!

Two trips ago, my husband (then fiancee) and I stopped at Cosmic Ray's fairly late in the evening. We were hungry and, if I remember correctly, the food court at our resort was closed. It may have been the night we stayed for Extra Magic Hours which ended at 3am.

Anyway, there are a few tables along the windows that look out over the balconies where you can sit and stare at Cinderella's Castle. We were inside but looking out and periodically we heard static over the intercom/radio thing. Strange.

We continued to talk, stopping on occasion to try to hear what was being interrupted by static. It wasn't until he went into the restroom that I heard it. Stitch's voice, and occasionally another voice broadcasting that this wasn't an emergency, stay calm, just an escaped blue furry convict, etc.

It was hilarious! And yet, so subtle. Hubby came back and told me he could hear it clearly from the restroom.

I loved the promos Disney did for the Stitch attraction, it's just a shame that the attraction itself was terrible. Stitch may make for great promotions, but Alien Encounters was just soooooo much better. I miss Skippy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Liberty Tree Tavern

As hard as I try to talk hubby into starting off our trip at the Animal Kingdom, he always persuades me to start of at the Magic Kingdom. Since this last trip was with his mother and brother I certainly couldn't argue!

However, my BIL is something of a gourmand. He does appreciate good fast food, but prefers good table service restaurants. Or at least restaurants with table service type food. The Magic Kingdom really doesn't offer much in terms of normal restaurant food, and Cinderella's Table is too hard to get into while hubby won't do buffets (leaving out the Crystal Palace). We were disappointed with Tony's Town Square, and have not tried the Plaza. So we suggested reservations for Liberty Tree Tavern as we'd been there before and loved the food quality and portions as well as ambience. What better way to start off a visitor's first Walt Disney World vacation?

My BIL ordered the New England Pot Roast (pictured below), which I had tried on our trip previously. I'd thought it was a little salty, but BIL said it was the best pot roast he'd ever had. It certainly looked delicious.

I believe my husband had the pot roast as well, and my MIL's Fresh From The Harbor (salmon) looked amazing- though I wasn't able to get a picture before she tucked in. I ordered the Pilgrim's Feast (turkey- shown below) since I'd tasted hubby's on the previous trip and loved it.

It's just a shame I couldn't get a good photo of it- it was lovely.

While everyone else was ordering Patriot's Punches with their meal, I'd seen their portions before and was determined to have dessert. I agonized over which dessert to choose since they looked so good and I knew it would be a year or more before I had the opportunity to try another. Finally I picked the Liberty Shortcake (below) since the fresh berries sounded so appealing. Notice the size of it? I didn't even get half way through before I went from comfortably full to "OMG I'll never walk again" full.
And if you think I remember the names of all these dishes off the top of my head after 7 months, then you've got a much better memory than I do. I looked them up on Allearsnet's menu page.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Magical Cast Members

Our last day at Walt Disney World and my mother-in-law still hadn't seen the daytime parade. Well, you certainly can't have that! So hubby and I decided that even though we never bothered to watch parades on Main Street USA (always opting for less crowded conditions, such as Frontierland or Liberty Square) we would stick it out and grab spaces early. Like, an hour early.

I expected to be bored just sitting there on the sidewalk, waiting for my husband and my brother-in-law to finish shopping and occasionally waving at my MIL across the street sitting in the only chair available.

Until this guy came out:

I've more or less forgotten his routine, though I laughed constantly. The children were absolutely charmed by him and the weird dances he "taught" them. The parents loved him because even though he was so good with the children, he never sank to the cheesy or sappy persona that so many people adopt around kids. He was actually more or less dead pan, while doing rediculous dance steps and, um, "fixing" the gramaphone (he didn't hide the fact that there was a CD player underneath it despite his removing the trumpet part of the machine above).

You wouldn't believe how many times it took for me to get this picture right:

So many times it's the little things that will make your day. And if you (meaning the CM pictured above) ever see this- thank you for making at least one outstanding Disney memory.

I Love Mouse-keeping

Maybe there are other resorts around the world that will prop your stuffed animals up in bed with the TV remote so they won't get bored, but how many take the time to make towel sculptures?

We've had mousekeeping arrange our stuffed animals, turn towels into stuffed animals, and never once touch our loose change or valuables (I think once our change was straightened up, but nothing missing), and I never bothered to take a picture. I don't know why. But on our last trip one lovely mousekeeper presented us with this, and it tickled me so much that I had to take a picture. In fact, I took 5 trying to get the lighting right.

Do they take classes for this stuff, or what?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Best Meal Ever

You know I'm feeling "homesick" when I write a post on one specific meal. Pathetic.

We drive to Walt Disney World from Pennsylvania. It's about 16 hours depending on traffic, pit stops, etc. This past trip neither my husband or I slept at all. We arrived about 8am, and couldn't get into our room until 3pm. Since we were able to get rooms at 8am on our last trip, we didn't expect this. We'd planned to go straight to our rooms, nap, then come out and eat.

Poor husband was so exhausted that he stayed in the van and finally slept for 3 hours. I was too excited. So BIL, MIL and I decided to go to Boatwright's for breakfast (hubby always insists on the foodcourt when he's awake).

Hm.. Banana Stuffed French Toast? I normally hate french toast, but just for the moment that sounded very tempting. Served with strawberry and banana sauce? Um, not so much. I was expecting it to be like Nestle's syrup topping and planned to order my BSFT without sauce. Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, I was so tired that I forgot to make my request.

And out came our breakfasts. Was that huge thing mine? Holy cow! And... ooooh, look at that sauce. They used pureed strawberries with small banana chunks as the sauce. It was unbelievable. So good. I am ever so grateful for my lapse in memory. I tried to talk everyone into going back for breakfast again and never managed it. But this next trip, I swear we're going!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

My Favorite Disney Memory

I never did get around to posting about my last Walt Disney World Vacation. So here's one: My favorite Disney memory (not necessarily the same thing as the best, but close).

Have you ever been the last guest to leave the Magic Kingdom? I have. Twice.

Our last trip was in December 2006. We took my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law with us, and it was their first trips. Now, my MIL went mostly for the experience of trying something new, going somewhere different. My BIL however, was mostly interested in golf (they do have some fab courses).

Now, the parks were open very late, especially if you count Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (which we did attend once). Even at that, we had so much fun that we stayed very, very late. The first time we didn't know how late until we walked down to the ferry as they were shutting the gate, saw us, and stopped. We ran up and went through, and as we passed the person closing up shop she said "you just made it, this is the last ferry". At the time we thought the monorail was still running, so we only felt guilty for holding up the last trip.

Until we got off the ferry. All of the bathrooms at the Trasportation and Ticket Center were closed; where people should have been exiting the monorail was empty with a closed sign on it, and we were part of a group of about 10 tramping towards the turnstiles and trams.

We got on the tram. We got off the tram. There were three other vehicles in the lot and a wheelchair.

A few days later we went back to the Magic Kingdom- and would you believe it? It happened again. We ran to catch the ferry. We were the only ones on the tram. Now there were no other vehicles in the lot aside from us and, again, a wheelchair. Luckily this time it was pretty close to our van and my husband and I took turns wheeling it around the parking lot before heading back to the hotel. Wheee!
(aside: That's my hubby on the left)

The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square

I originally started this blog to talk about the exact place that I want to be at any given moment. Here's a new one.

Just to the right of the entrance to the Haunted Mansion with the Liberty Tree and Liberty Tree Tavern just to the right to your rear stands The Yankee Trader. As disappointing as it is as a store (they used to have cool headless horseman stuff, though the rest was rather disappointing as well), the location and exterior are perfect. The theming is great, and when you've just come out of the Haunted Mansion you're excited and ready to explore new things.

Doesn't that building look inviting? Doesn't it look like it holds some great new treasures not offered elsewhere in The World? And just as you're tugging on your companions sleeve to go in, that store looks like the most unique and interesting store on property.

And I fall for it everytime, no matter how many times I've been in there. Now if they could just get the merchandise to match the draw...

Thursday, July 05, 2007

New Disney Vacation Club Digs

I don't know if those of you reading this blog are familiar with AllEarsNet or not, let alone their blogs (though IMHO, it's the best Disney website ever)- but right now Linda Mac is staying at the brand new DVC Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge. She's posting regularly and has tons of pictures of these gorgeous rooms. And I do mean gorgeous!

I've always wanted to stay at AKL, but now I want to stay in one of the DVC suites! The theming is incredible (look for the pictures of the curtains with Lion King characters on them), and the suites are just scrumptious. Right now I'm very upset with my husband for not letting me join.

Deb Wills also has a few posts on AKL, but no pictures.

Disney Lenses

I've been a little more obsessed with Walt Disney World than usual lately. So, as a result, I spent several hours putting together two lenses at Squidoo.

One on Keeping The Magic Alive (after you've come home), and one for planning your Walt Disney World vacation. I don't plan to stop there, but I'm running out of free time so the rest will have to wait.

Actually, I have 5 lenses right now, but only two on Disney.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Homesick for Walt Disney World

I just wanna go hoooooome. I remembered today that I hadn't read Anita Answer from in two weeks. That's not normal for me. I've also been so busy with cds that I'm reviewing that I haven't been listening to Park Hopper Radio or Radio Buena Vista lately either. So I did today.

Hubby came in, heard the Pirates of the Caribbean ride playing on my computer and immediately started talking about suites at the Boardwalk that are two stories high and have private gardens. What? I made him prove it to me, and sure enough- Allearsnet has pictures inside and out of the Garden Suites. Two Floors. Private Garden. Well, semi-private anyway. The suite pictures start at 22 of 80 if you want to skip ahead.

The funny thing is, I never had any interest in the Boardwalk before. Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs sure. But never Boardwalk. I have to admit though, after seeing the pictures I'd love to stay there. I kept repeating to my husband "I can't wait till we're rich".

Currently even the All Stars are out of our budget (as are tickets, food, souveniers, and gas money), but when Anita mentioned the All Star Music renovations in her column, I had to take a look. How beautiful! I always thought the All Star Music resort looked like a nice place to stay (hubby and I want to stay at the Broadway section, with a room overlooking the rose garden), but with these renovations- wow! So far they only have pictures of the Jazz section post-renovation, but I can't wait to see the rest.

That's one of the many things I love about Walt Disney World- even the cheap hotels are better than 4 star anything else. (ok, so that's my opinion, but I'm sticking to it!)
By the way, I took that picture from our van as we pulled in. Turned out good, no?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Epcot Inferno Barge

No, I don't want to be on the inferno barge, but I'd love to see the inferno barge burnoff some day. Until I manage that, check out the video I found on YouTube (with the help of Anita Answer at

The Inferno Barge is part of Epcot's Illuminations, the closing ceremony, which involves fireworks, a globe shaped LCD screen, and lighting the lagoon on fire. Very cool show. Before they can store the barge at night, they burn off the excess propane well after closing. Anita's explanation is the last post on this page.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Cinderella's Castle

Ah, I'm dreaming of Cinderella's Castle right now. You know, after the park closes, and the only lights are on Main Street USA, watching the "Kiss Goodnight". It's so peaceful. Almost all of the other guests have left, and you know that it's just a short walk to the ferry (much more soothing than the monorail), a quick tram ride (the drivers always get crazy at closing) to the car, and then, you're drowning yourself in a soothing just-over-lukewarm shower, walking out to the quiet pool to dangle your feet. Then back to the hotel room, and crawling under those comfy covers, onto that delicious not-too-firm-not-too-soft bed.

Should I be concerned that most of my Disney Daydreams turn into sleeping at Disney?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Welcome To The Haunted Mansion

I was listening to The Haunted Mansion! on Live365 today, and was overcome with a longing to be just at the entrance of the ride. You know, where you've just passed the last cast member and are entering the dark chamber with the floating candelabra up near the ceiling.

Ok, so who doesn't want to be on the Haunted Mansion? But I could actually feel the cool air wafting over me as I sat at my work desk, daydreaming. It really was just my imagination. Today has been rather warm considering the past few months, but not warm enough for a fan or air conditioning. Just very intense daydreaming.

It helps though, that Disney's shutting down the Mansion over the summer for rehabs. Our first wedding anniversary is coming up in May, and since we couldn't afford to get married down there, we were going to go for our anniversary. Well, we can't afford that either (since we went with his mom and brother in December). While the Mansion isn't supposed to be closing until June, you can never be certain when it comes to Disney. Wouldn't it be awful to drive 16 hours, pay thousands of dollars, and then have your second favorite ride closed? (My favorite being Pirates of the Carribean- but HM is hubby's favorite) I still remember refusing to go down while they were rehabbing Pirates, even though hubby wasn't bothered about it ("just as long as the Haunted Mansion is open").

Bah. It's rare for me that a ride is what I miss most about WDW, but it tends to be harder to shake when it happens.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ah, Port Orleans Riverside

There is one place that I want to be right now. The Alligator Bayou section of Port Orleans Riverside has the most incredible beds in the whole world. Now, I'm only 5'4, but I do have fairly long legs, and I had to jump to get into those beds. They're not super squishy, they're not super firm- they're just right. Hm... I sound like Goldilocks. Anyway, those beds just support you in all the right places.

I have difficulty breathing for long while lying on my back, but on those beds I slept through the whole night and hardly budged at all. And the only thing that's better than sleeping on those beds? Laying down on one, after a shower, and just after dangling your feet in the quiet pool nearby. Aaaaah.

I wanna go!