Ridiculous Crap That I Want – Take 3

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough accessories for your power naps?  I never used to, but I sure do now!

The Power Nap Capsule

The frame and canopy create a personal, semi-enclosed napping space that can help you block out distracting sounds and sights. 
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The Power Nap Head Pillow

The pillow allows users to tune out their surroundings, creating a dark, quiet microenvironment ideal for achieving a deep, restful sleep whether stranded in a crowded airport or recharging between meetings at work.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

A few years ago we did the Pirate and Princess Party and had so much fun being in the park late at night with limited crowds.   Everyone tells me that the parade is the best part but I’m not big on parades so I spent the time on rides and they had no wait!

  • Haunted Mansion – the incredible lighting and the actress on the lawn were amazing touches!
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Me, as Madame Leota!  (it was a million degrees in that wig and my make up was melting off within minutes)

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Thunder Mountain
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks
  • WEDWay People Mover
  • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

There is so much to see at this event PLUS trick or treating with name brand candy!  The map shows all the locations where you can line up for candy.  Kinda funny to hear them blasting “Welcome to the Jungle” outside the Enchanted Tiki Room!

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Sept/Oct 2013 Trip Report – Final Days at EPCOT

Days 6 & 7: EPCOT

So we all know the story.  EPCOT isn’t nearly as awesome as it used to be.  I know that, and I usually turn a blind eye to it and still have an incredible time.   That’s usually because I’m running around so frantically trying to get in as much as I can.  This time, I was able to have a relaxing trip – a stop and smell the roses kind of visit.  I was able to stand in Future World, look around, and honestly admit that its the pits.

  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure?  45 minutes and a wait that included no shade in 90 degree weather.
  • Empty Wonders of Life?  Its so hard to accept that this space has become the junk drawer of the park.
  • Mission Space? 
  • Journey into Imagination?  Its so lame that its almost creepy.
  • Innoventions?  ”The next show starts in 5 minutes.”

That’s A LOT of caca.  Knowing how great it all used to be to turn to what we have today breaks my heart.   You’ve all heard this before, this is nothing new.  I just had to get it out there.

Now that I’ve spit out my grumpies, let’s focus on the good stuff that’s there.  We spent a good deal of time at SeaBase in the Living Seas.  They had a lot of divers in the tanks and the dolphin training is really fun to watch!

Thursday (EPCOT)

  • The Land – Sunshine Seasons (Breakfast)
  • The Living Seas – SeaBase
  • Captain Eo
  • Fountain of Nations
  • Fountain View – Peanut Brownie
  • Base21 Lounge
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Gran Fiesta Tour – Mexico
  • Food and Wine
  • Nap Time!
  • Beaches and Cream (Dinner)
  • Rest of the evening was spent at the Not So Scary Halloween Party

Friday (EPCOT)

  • Cape May Character (Breakfast)
  • The Living Seas – Finding Nemo
  • The Living Seas – SeaBase/Dolphin Training
  • Malestrom
  • Beach Club Solarium – It was FRIGID every time we walked through here but it was SO HOT on this last day we sat in here for over 30 minutes to cool down and that barely worked.  I will never complain about the temperature in here again.  I think it saved my life.
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Sept/Oct 2013 Trip Report – Hollywood Studios & EPCOT

Days 4 & 5: Hollywood Studios & EPCOT

We changed rooms from Bay Lake to Beach Club so the focus of the rest of the trip was around these two parks.  Also, it was HOT!  High 80′s.

Tuesday (EPCOT/Hollywood Studios)

  • Captain Cooks (Breakfast)
  • Monorail to EPCOT
  • Art of Disney - I think almost the whole Collectible portion of the tiki room merchandise was on display for purchase!
  • Yacht Club Lobby to meet a friend (and sit in the AC)
  • Boat to Hollywood Studios
  • Mai Tai from High Octane Refreshments

  • Muppets
  • Sci Fi (Lunch) – FINALLY tried the Vegetarian Sheppard’s Pie!  It was good, but shouldn’t be combined with a Mai Tai on a wicked hot day.  Ugh.
  • Hotel Room Hang out
  • Tutto Italia (Dinner) – The Tonnarelli is incredible.
  • Go-Go’s (again)
  • Illuminations

Wednesday (Hollywood Studios/EPCOT)

  • Beach Club Market Place  (Breakfast) – Cheesey Potato Casserole!!

  • Toy Story Mania
  • Tower of Terror (x2) – I LOVE it when the queue looks creepy with mist!

  • Great Movie Ride – kinda weird using the new queue line
  • Biergarten (Lunch)
  • Japan (Sake Bar)
  • Nap Time!
  • La Hacienda (Dinner)
  • Spaceship Earth
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Sept/Oct 2013 Trip Report – Lilly and Food & Wine

Day 3: Animal Kingdom & EPCOT

All other days on our trip included daily visits to EPCOT and the other parks.  This was my first Food and Wine and as a vegetarian I definitely didn’t go hungry. It was worth visiting during the day to avoid the lines but even at night, the lines moved pretty quickly.

Monday (Animal Kingdom/EPCOT)

  • Everest – I think this was my last time on this.   It crosses that fine line of an adrenaline rush and absolute terror.
  • Lilly!

Silly Lilly from Christine Benoit on Vimeo.

  • Dinosaur
  • Sanaa (Lunch) – I think this place should have a 24 hr delivery set up.  
  • Nap Time!
  • Monorail to EPCOT
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track – my first time since the refurb.  I wasn’t that into it but when I pretend its Tron then I like it again.
  • Food and Wine (Snack)
  • Go-Go’s, yes, the freaking Go-Go’s.

  • Food and Wine (Dinner)
  • Bay Lake Lounge (Drinks)
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Sherman Brothers on CBS Sunday News!

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Sept/Oct 2013 Trip Report – Magic Kingdom

Days 1-2: Magic Kingdom

Our trip started out with a few nights at Bay Lake so we took advantage of being able to walk into Magic Kingdom.  These were the first few days of the Food and Wine Festival in EPCOT so the lines in Magic Kingdom were very short, especially early in the morning.

Saturday (MK)

  • Be Our Guest (Lunch) - Potato Leek Soup
  • Its a Small World

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ariel Under the Sea (ride broke down, line was long)
  • Citrus Swirl (Snack)
  • Nap Time!
  • Polynesian Torch Lighting
  • Purchased my Luau Bowl at Boutiki

  • The Wave (Dinner) – surprisingly good vegetarian options!  Great tofu dish.
  • Watched Wishes from the Bay Lake Lounge
  • Watched the Water Pageant from the room

Sunday (MK)

  • Kona Cafe for Tonga Toast (Breakfast)
  • Peter Pan
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Thunder Mountain
  • Splash Mountain (x2)
  • Dole Whip (Snack)
  • Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Lots of browsing looking at all the haunted mansion merchandise, including purses, and ornaments

 

  • Main Street Bakery (Lunch) – Chocolate Walnut Brownie
  • Nap Time!
  • Jico (Dinner)
  • Breaking Bad – It was weird to watch how things end for Walt White while in Walt Disney but we couldn’t risk being in line at EPCOT and getting hit with a spoiler.  I’ve never scheduled my Disney Vacation around TV before and it was surreal to watch something so dark while various park fireworks were going off.

 

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Belated Happy 30th Birthday EPCOT!

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During my recent visit to WDW it was also the 30th birthday of Horizons.   Horizons first opened in EPCOT on October 1, 1983.  I was hoping that there would be some super special Limited Time Magic event for this important anniversary but when I asked about it at the gate, the young person didn’t know what I was talking about.  That hurt.

 

Disney did do a nice tribute in the form of some D23 posts titled Reaching for New Horizons.  Content is for members only and worth the read. (Remember, you can join for free!)  These were written by Michael Crawford from Progress City USA who also has a great summary with some awesome images summarized in a post titled Reach for Lost Horizons.

 

The Horizons fan base came out with a lot of good stuff to celebrate!

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Design Pavilion

Great art by Design Pavilion – http://designpavilion.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photgraphs by Sam Howzit

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Ride Through Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EPCOT Commercial – Disney Parks Youtube

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Ride Design Images – http://epcotexplorer.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In case you missed it

Here are some highlights from the summer!

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Wallpaper by TikiT (Disney Parks Blog)

10 Things you Didn’t know about Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Disneyland Classics – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (Walt Disney Family Museum)

Photo Essay – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (Disney Parks Blog)

The Disney Gallery Presents Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms – Celebrating 50 Years of Enchantment (Disney Parks Blog)

Other Disney Awesomeness!

50′s Prime Time Cafe Wallpaper by TikiT (Disney Parks Blog)

Preview video for Epcot Center, 1978 (Boing Boing – Cory Doctorow)

Art of Herb Ryman (MiceChat)

Transportation Departure Center to Tomorrow (Main Street Gazette)

Disney must win over wary fans to make MyMagic+ work (Orlando Sentinel)

Len’s incredible Space-Mountain/Disney-Cruise-themed mid-century house remodel (Boing Boing – Len Testa)

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I’m baaaack…

…FROM Disney!  I’ll be cleaning up the code on this blog for a bit but here is a preview the trip report.

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