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Pain in the Derriere

Literally…what started out as a nagging little back pain has turned into a painful sciatica attack, rendering me incapable of walking. If Disney World was holding auditions for the Hunchback of Notre Dame character, they would pick me. I’m walking hunched over, dragging my right leg and groaning loudly. It helps when I push the little guy in the stroller because I have something to lean on, so the last few days have not been a total loss. We were able to catch the highlights at Epcot and sample some of the food at the Festival. but we were back in the room early so I could soak in the jacuzzi.

Getting ready to leave the resort at the crack of dawn this morning and God willing, I’ll be home sitting on my heating pad in a few short hours.

This trip was bittersweet. The smiles from my grandson made everything worthwhile, but I’ll sure be happy to get home.

Time to start the countdown for our February trip and hope that with excellent chiropractic care I’ll be able to run the 5K then.

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Sweating the small stuff

Haiga- a picture drawn to accompany a haiku poem

I’m learning in my Creative Writing class that inspiration comes from all around us. John Brandi, the poet, spoke to our class about this and remarked that he is inspired by his travels and his surroundings at his home in the mountains of New Mexico. He has traveled extensively and wrote some beautiful haiku from his trips to Japan and Vietnam. Both Mr Brandi and my professor carry small notebooks with them to jot down ideas and inspirations.

Only being lucky enough to travel to Walt Disney World I do have an opportunity to travel around the world at Epcot.  On my next trip I will have the luxury of time to be able to take in all of the wonderful details that make Epcot so special. I hope to come back with wonderful tidbits for the blog as well as inspiration for the 10 pages of workshop writing that I need to do for class.

Where does your inspiration come from?

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Around the World in 180 days

ADR- If you’re in Telecom like me, this means Alternate Destination Routing, but for this blog ADR=Advanced Dining Reservations.   If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort you can make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance.  I myself thought this was silly.  I did not like the idea of committing to be at a certain place, and a certain time for a meal.  However, this year I have a reminder on my calendar to call at the 180 day mark for reservations at Le Cellier in Epcot.  This restaurant is next to impossible to get in to.  Mr T. and I dine on demand.  We walk up to any restaurant and typically we can be seated within a short time.  It works well because there are only 2 of us, and we try to go at off-times; late lunch or early dinner.  BUT, not at Le Cellier.  This restaurant is booked months in advance and there is ZERO chance of a walk-in.

Also, any of the Princess’s dining events will require ADR.  Every parent wants to take their daughter to one of these meals and unless you want your own little princess to be deeply disappointed that she could not have lunch with Cinderella, then I strongly encourage you to circle the 180 date on your calendar in a RED marker.

Disney has done a wonderful thing now by requiring a credit card guarantee with your reservation.  If you don’t show-up, you’ll be charged $10.  This is to prevent guests from racking up a laundry list of reservations and then deciding at the last-minute which one they will attend.

If you are math challenged like I am, there is a nifty counter at http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/pscalc/dispscalc.html, which will help you to determine which dates to circle in red.

Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Undercover Disney

We have taken the “Keys to the Kingdom”  tour at the Magic Kingdom which was very cool.  Doing some research today, Disney has a tour that is even BETTER than that one.  The tour covers three parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  From the Walt Disney World website:

Discover some of the secrets behind the magic of Walt Disney World Resort! Get an in-depth look at the creative and technical operations used behind the scenes to bring innovative special effects, world-class entertainment and elaborate attractions to life.

At Epcot, we’ll reveal some of the exquisite details that make The American Adventure one of our most popular attractions. You’ll see Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom theme park in a whole new light after your guide leads you through a hidden world—the legendary underground “Utilidor” tunnel system.

From artistic accents to eye-catching designs, nearly everything that surrounds you at Walt Disney World Resort is created and maintained by the artisans of Central Shops whose masterpieces transport you to Fantasyland and beyond. Take a break with a family-style lunch at the Whispering Canyon Café inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Then, see how horticulture and landscape design play a starring role in creating an endless variety of uniquely themed environments at the Walt Disney World Nursery & Tree Farm.

Head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and see how Walt Disney Imagineers combined cutting-edge design with breakthrough technology to create the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Here, as in every corner of Walt Disney World Resort, wardrobe is an integral part of the magic, so you’ll learn how the Creative Costuming team outfits the performers in Disney parades and shows. Finally, wrap up a most wonderful day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park with an up-close look at Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.

The tour covers everything you ever wanted to know about Walt Disney World.  I’m especially intrigued by the visit to the Nursery & Tree Farm and Creative Costuming.  It’s a bit pricey at $229 per person, but you are getting a bang for your buck.  It’s going on my list!

Has anyone does this your?  Would love your feedback!

(Header photo courtesy of Disneyworld.com)

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Earlier this week I wrote about World of Motion and discovered a few (OK, 2) fans of the old ride.  My daughter suggested that Disney should bring back more old Disney attractions similar to what they did with Captain EO.  I think this is a great idea but be careful what you wish for.

Go– don’t bring back “Tapestry of Nations”.  From the lost Epcot website: http://www.lostepcot.com/worldshowcase.html

The Tapestry of Nations parade was Epcot’s first parade. It featured large puppets but lacked the Disney characters. The parade remained after the celebration and was rejuvenated for the 100 Years of Magic celebration in 2002, and it was renamed Tapestry of Dreams. When the 100 Years of Magic ended, Tapestry of Nations/Dreams finally came to a halt. 

All I have to do is just even hear the hint of the opening strains of this music and I want to scream– heyo, awayo wayo… blah blah blah.  I really did not like this parade at all.  The puppets were freaky and the music was just plain annoying.

Photo courtesy of Lost Epcot

Stay, kind of-“Illuminations”-has been the night-time show at Epcot since 1988, and not that it’s gone, but gosh, it really needs to be changed.  If you have never seen it, it is spectacular, but after a few visits, it gets stale.  I don’t really even watch it anymore.   I just park myself on a bench, wait for it to be over and watch the crowds file out of the park.  Not being a pyrotechnics expert, I don’t have any suggestions, but any change would be welcome.

What do you wish Disney would bring back to the parks?

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World of Motion

Photo courtesy of Lost Epcot

World of Motion was the pre-cursor to Test Track.  I loved World of Motion, even though it was very low tech and not a thrill ride.  One of the reasons why I love Disney World so much is that the rides were not adrenaline generating.  You simply ride along in some sort of vehicle and take in all the action in front of you.  You were not part of the action.

I’m including a link to a website called “Lost Epcot”, where you can read all the details about the old World of Motion.  http://www.lostepcot.com/worldofmotion.html

With the opening of Universal Studios, I think Disney felt the need to offer more thrill rides, and World of Motion became Test Track.  I like Test Track in that sort of way where you are kind of scared but then you’re not, because the fast race around the track is so much fun after it’s over.  I always scream.  Not sure why, but it seems like the thing to do.

I now read that Test Track is being refurbished.  From the Mouse Savers newsletter:

Disney and General Motors Re-Imagine Test Track Experience

Beginning this fall, Epcot guests will be able to enjoy a re-imagined version of the popular Future World attraction, Test Track presented by Chevrolet.

This new version of the attraction will transform the current testing workshop into the sleek “Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot,” where guests can become immersed in the fun – and fast – world of automotive design. Here, guests will become automotive designers and create their own custom vehicles. Next, they’ll buckle into a six-person SimCar ride vehicle and test out their design on the challenging track of the Test Track course.

Afterward, guests can take a fascinating look into the future of transportation by viewing a collection of the latest Chevrolet vehicles in an all-new showroom.

This is a bit vague but I note that the word “fast” is still in the re-design.  I just hope they don’t make it into some kind of roller-coaster, because then I’ll have to stop riding.  ETA for the new ride is Fall 2012, so I’m hoping it will be open when we visit in October.

Do you remember World of Motion?

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Time Machine

Flower & Garden Festival

My countdown to my next trip to Disney World has magically changed to 112!  How did this happen, you ask? It was magic!  Not to bore anyone with the details, but we are taking a quick trip for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. I’m excited to be going again so soon and to have an opportunity for more photographs and blogging topics.

From the Disney World website:

Overview

Excitement is in bloom at Epcot theme park this spring with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV!

Watch Disney spring to life with colorful flowers and gardens, dazzling Disney character topiaries, live music and fascinating programs. Held March 7, 2012 through May 20, 2012, this special event beckons you to be inspired by nature at its finest.

Designer Presentations

See how green your thumb can be as some of the nation’s top designers help you plan everything from planting your first garden to enhancing your home’s curb appeal. With expert advice from HGTV stars and Epcot gardening experts, you’re sure to be inspired!

Topiaries

You’ll find more than 100 topiaries throughout Epcot theme park—including more than 75 Disney character topiaries! Highlights include character topiaries representing Buzz, Woody and Lotso from the Disney•Pixar film Toy Story 3, as well as Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Disney•Pixar film Cars 2.

Flower Power Concert Series

Enjoy unforgettable live music from the 1960s and 1970s during the Flower Power Concert Series. You’ll find a different artist every weekend during the festival atAmerica Gardens Theatre. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Other than the Food & Wine Festival, this is my second favorite time of year to visit.  Epcot is beautiful and so is the weather; warm, but not hot.  Crowds are fairly low as the kids are not out of school and summer vacation has yet to start.  Also, there is a Flower Power Concert series and the line-up is much better than last year’s Food & Wine; Paul Revere, Three Dog Night, ELO, Guess Who, Herman’s Hermits and Davy Jones, to name a few.

Watch for me.  I’ll be one of those crazy old ladies who forgot how to dance.

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