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The Magic is Subtle Sometimes

A quick five day trip netted these photos.  My favorite 12 out of 379 photos taken.


Fireworks from Gaston’s


Bay Lake Tower


Everest in the Distance at Animal Kingdom


First Order on the Move at Hollywood Studios


Narcoossee’s Designer Water


Pandora at Night


Classic Disney


Capturing a Rainbow


Maharajah Jungle Trek




Light Lunch Epcot


Matching the Disney Bubble – Dining

Charleston South Carolina has an amazing dining scene that is easily accessible, provides artful settings, and delicious food. These are a few of my experiences from my last visit.  I find it better than being at Disney World and I like WDW.

The Edison – Steampunk

We ended our five day WDW excursion with a visit to the Edison in Disney Springs. During lunch the place was wide open.  It was a great place to escape the heat and wander through the enormous place.  The Steampunk decor gave us plenty to look at and talk about during lunch.


The Edison in Disney Springs


Craft Cocktails – The Moscow Mule


Candied Bacon with Spicy Pickles


It looks like a super cool warehouse


The lighting stars


As does the art about light


This Tesla Shrimp Cobb was perfect


After 10:00 pm the Entertainment begins

WDW in three photos 

There are places to go at WDW to avoid the madness and crowds.  Here are three of them. Being in Epcot at 11:00 ready to eat is one of the most relaxing parts of my trips. The ferries provide me endless entertainment. It’s a Small World reminds of what made WDW special. Innovation. 

Quiet dining in Epcot

Anthony driving the Friendship 3

Classic ride developed by Walt

A Day of Adventure at WDW

I never visited the Adventurer’s Club before it was closed down, but there are hints of it still floating around.  So, we went off in search of finding a little of that magic. We started at the Jambo House, and we stumbled on to this artifact in the Zawadi Marketplace.


A cast member at the desk suggested that we try the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd at the Magic Kingdom.  The entire staff is made up of Jungle adventurers.  Off we went.  Along the way, we were sidetracked by the allure of the Tiki Birds.


They sang of mysteries in the Jungle and treasure that we should seek.


And warned us to be on the look out for danger…


Upon arriving at the Skipper Canteen, we knew immediately that we were in the right spot.  The servers talked in riddles and clues were embedded throughout the building…



We needed to stock up on food, so we ordered Cachapas (incredible) Shu Mai, Falefel, and duck confit noodle bowls.


And enjoyed Sangria in the Magic Kingdom…


From the clues at the Navigation Company and tips from the servers we knew we must set off to explore the major rivers of the world.  So we took a cruise.


During the journey, we spent most of the time in de Nile.  We avoided anacondas, gators, hippos, and waterfalls and finally found who we were looking for…


Trader Sam said, “I’ll give you a clue – if you want to experience the Adventurer’s Club you need to find the Grog Grotto. I will tell you know more.”


My band of intrepid explorers traveled by boat across the Seven Seas Lagoon to Polynesia and there we found excitement.

We found fire!


Glowing Hippopottamai-tais


And Captain Nemo and the Nautilus – A true adventurer.


Shortly after we ran out of money, we made our way back to Africa.  And after an arduous journey we stopped in to the Nomad Lounge.


The server immediately came up to us and winked.  He led us to a special table and said, “We have been waiting for you.”  He brought out a specially brewed beer for the Nomad Club.

He smiled, and said, “Kungaloosh!”


It’s the little things at WDW. 

These are a few of my favorite things at Walt Disney World. I wish I didn’t have to pay a $600+ cover charge to enjoy the food. But nonetheless, I pay – and I enjoy. 

An Anhinga at Disney Springs

Sorcerer Mickey at the Contemporary

Shooting pool on the pier

Black Cherry Mules at Geyser Point

The impotent Geyser at Wilderness Lodge

Flaming uh-oa at Trader Sam’s.

Animal Kingdom at Night. Stunning

Moroccan coffee at Spice Road Table

The Stars bust loose.

Duck Confit Sliders at Brown Derby Lounge

Random Photos from WDW


From animals to crowds. Wonderful sights to delicious food.

One Man’s Dream

Toy Story Midway Mania



Coral Reef Restaurant

9:00 am on a Saturday non Halloween party night.

Sad when the train isn’t running
Fastpass return line at Star Tours!

Guest services always looks like this. Why?

Saturday Food and Wine Epcot. Just don’t do it.  That is ticket windows.

I don’t like eating on trash cans.

This area cost $199.00 to enjoy.

Wishes from Gaston’s Tavern

Link Back to Disboards

Monorail lounge tour

Enjoyed my first trip to the highly themed Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. The servers and hosts are entertaining. I had my first shrunken zombie head and we tried the Tahitian Pearl, dark and tropical stormy, and a hippopotamitai. 

Mizners and Citroco’s were too crowded. Enjoyed appetizers and drinks in the Wave Lounge and the watched fireworks from the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Towers.  


Siemens VIP Guest Center. 

Siemens sponsors the best evening show – Illuminations. They have an interesting headquarters tucked away inside Spaceship Earth.  

The secret door 

Choose the floor color that you like. 

VIP ride admittance from the Guest Center. 

Epcot Food & Wine 2015

Beautiful views, tasty food, and fun seminars. The mixology sessions are the best.