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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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…

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

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And enjoyed Sangria in the Magic Kingdom…

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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.

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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…

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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.”

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

We found fire!

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Glowing Hippopottamai-tais

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And Captain Nemo and the Nautilus – A true adventurer.

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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.

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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

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From animals to crowds. Wonderful sights to delicious food.

One Man’s Dream


Toy Story Midway Mania

 Aerosmith 
Nemo

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Coral Reef Restaurant


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

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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.

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This area cost $199.00 to enjoy.

  
  
Wishes from Gaston’s Tavern

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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.  

    
    
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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.    

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

An Eye for Detail in Disney Parks

This summer I spent week at Disneyland, and then a week later, I played at WDW. This was my 16th trip to Disney parks, so it always a challenge to “see” something new. The following are things that I had not noticed on previous trips.

The Wonderful World of Disney Color…

Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure

All the pavilions at the Flame Tree in Disney Animal Kingdom have carved examples of predators attacking prey. Bizarre. This is just one of those images.

Death Pavilions at Flametree Barbecue

Death Pavilions at Flametree Barbecue

The helium balloons are captivating.

Balloons

Balloons

Mary Blair’s art work is on display in It’s a Small World, The Grand Fiesta Tour in Epcot, and the Contemporary Mural.

Mary Blair art at Contemporary

Mary Blair art at Contemporary

The Frozen Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are among the best I have ever watched.

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Frozen Fireworks 1

Frozen Fireworks

Frozen Fireworks

Frozen fireworks 2

Frozen fireworks 2

Two Magic Bands – they work interchangeably.

dueling magic bands

dueling magic bands

The recreation of Africa in Harambe is stunning.

Tusker House

Tusker House

Asia is fantastic too…

The Yeti at Everest

The Yeti at Everest

The Beastly Kingdom was never completed, but it would have been awesome I am sure…

Remnants of the long lost Beastly Kingdom

Remnants of the long lost Beastly Kingdom

The Tower of Terror scores a perfect 10 for theming, pre-show, and ride. A perfect theme park experience.

The Hollywood Hotel

The Hollywood Hotel

Details in the Hollywood Hotel Basement

Details in the Hollywood Hotel Basement

Being a librarian, you would think I would have noticed this before…

Streets of America in Hollywood Studios

Streets of America in Hollywood Studios

The World Showcase in Epcot…

Japan in Epcot

Japan in Epcot

Japan - Anime Exhibit

Japan – Anime Exhibit

Morocco in Epcot

Morocco in Epcot

Up close and personal with a terra cotta warrior

Up close and personal with a terra cotta warrior

It’s Tough to Be a Bug pre-show. This is an incredibly well themed area…

Movie Poster Tough to be a Bug

Movie Poster Tough to be a Bug

A Dung Ball in Tough to be a Bug

A Dung Ball in Tough to be a Bug

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Wall-E is one of Pixar’s best films, but Wall-E is banished from the parks except in the Pin Trader store in Downtown Disney…

Wall E

Wall E

Hollywood Studios is desperate for attractions, so they closed their weak Pirates of the Caribbean experience, and replaced it with some benches…

A lounge to cool off

A lounge to cool off

Funny bathroom image…

Kill the Beast - restroom signs in New Fantasyland

Kill the Beast – restroom signs in New Fantasyland

At the Muppet Theater…

Gonzo hanging on for dear life.

Gonzo hanging on for dear life.

Sadly, staff must have been cut at the Magic Kingdom, because this is becoming more common…

Peter Pan trashed #2

Peter Pan trashed #2

Peter Pan trashed

Peter Pan trashed