One of the neatest, most unexpected (by me) parts of the Festival was how many artists were scattered throughout the World Showcase, creating beautiful works of art inspired by some of my favorite places in the World.
Dan and I came across two such featured artists sitting along the path through Victoria Gardens in the Canada Pavilion, and both were super sweet about stopping what they were doing to talk to us about their artistic style.
Charles Schaefer, a pointillist camped out in front of everyone’s dream home, was especially kind and talkative, and we had a lovely conversation. I wish we could have bought one of his creations … but we’re poor.
Check out the UK artist rocking a Magic Band!
By the end of the day, we were so inspired by all of this wonderful Epcot creativity that we stopped at Art of Disney on our way out of the Park and picked up a special engagement piece for our apartment.
Have you ever stopped to talk to an Epcot artist? Or bought one of these original pieces? Let us know in the comments!
All photos of this post were taken by my fiance, Dan, from At Disney Again, and the artists’ work has been blurred to prevent any copyright infringement. For more photos from 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, visit his photo post.
This may sound crazy coming from a Disney blogger, but 2014 marked my first visit to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival! I’ve visited in the weeks leading up to the Festival and have always enjoyed watching as the floral art begins to take shape, but I’ve never seen Epcot in full bloom.
She is beautiful!
I literally only spent about six hours enjoying her splendor a couple of weekends ago, but it was enough to convince me that an Epcot day in spring should be on everyone’s must do list! In fact, I liked it so much, and Dan from At Disney Again and I took so many amazing photos, that I’ve decided to present a whole week of content dedicated to the most lovely time of the year in Epcot.
The first glimpse of the Park is lovely, of course, but I am not sure if I’d have had such an incredible day if Disney hadn’t set the stage with an extra-magical welcome from two very special Epcot ambassadors.
That’s me with Will Grower and Rose Petal. They’re, apparently, a regular fixture during Flower and Garden, zooming around Spaceship Earth in their beautifully decorated golf cart.
I know some people don’t love Streetmosphere characters, but I really love this kind of thing. Their costumes were spot on. And so were their hilarious hayseed accents. They joked with me about making my own Festival-appropriate hat (and about sniffing glue in the process), and they didn’t let the conversation go on too long as to become awkward. Just good times and (slightly off color) humor.
It’s one of those special touches that really makes me happy to be a Disney fanatic.
What’s your favorite bit of Flower & Garden magic? Tell us in the comments below! And make sure you come back throughout the week to see if it’s one of my favorites, too!
All photos of this post were taken by my fiance, Dan, from At Disney Again.For more photos from 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, visit his photo post.
When the Magic Kingdom first opened, each attraction was tiered: E-ticketed adventures were the most sophisticated and sought after, thus folks spent more on them. A ticket attractions were the simplest and least expensive … today, some might call them “kiddie” rides (although I just love the Main Street vehicles).
Last weekend, my partner and friend Dan from At Disney Again asked Disney twitter to imagine some modern Disney experiences as A tickets. Their answers–which are hilarious–are below, separated by theme park:
What’s YOUR favorite A-ticket? Let us know in the comments.
Last fall, I found myself alone in the World Showcase. Totally alone (with thousands of tourists). So I walked around, found something in each country that made me experience a moment of happiness … and snapped a photo. I’ve been sharing them with you, one each week. This week … NOT A COUNTRY!
These amazing drums are, as you probably know, at the Africa Outpost. I just love. love. love. them. Not only are they beautiful and intricate and amazing, they also add a bit of kinetic energy to the area: a fun way for kids and adults to let out some energy and excitement, to make themselves heard, to jam to the beat of their own Epcot.
I really love this whole non-Pavilion. From the recycled map beads to the awesome Coke details … it’s just an awesome super great space. And I’ve spent several afternoons huddled under the umbrellas in the seating-area during downpours. And even more sunny afternoons enjoying a drink. Because heaven.
See? It’s love.
What’s your favorite detail at the Outpost? Let us know in the comments!
You’d better believe that Old Key West is one of my favorite (if not my absolute favorite) Disney resorts. It’s so warm and cozy … I love the little town feeling. And I love it even more when I’ve got a room there for one night only with three of my favorite people.
Yea, you read that right: THREE. And because of the extra two friendlies, Dan and I got a one-bedroom DVC villa instead of our standard studio. And let me tell you: the one bedroom is amazing amazing amazing. I think I may never stay in a DVC studio AGAIN.
The room was BIG. And really awesome in a slightly old school way. The giant bathtub, full kitchen, separate bar area AND awesome private deck (well, private as long as you don’t mind a few golfers) were just what the doctor ordered for some grown up Disney fun. All that and we were walking distance from The Gurgling Suitcase!
Here are some of my favorite details from the room:
Awesome beach chair light fixture
More of the beach chair light fixture
Vase details in the bar area
Amazing coffee table
Living room rug
Milk bottle details in the bar area
Bathroom wall details
Bathtub floor tiles
Bedroom lamp and chair
I love the beachy vibe combined with the slightly grandma-ish details, and how neatly it’s all tied together with a fresh, light color scheme. Love!
What’s your favorite resort room detail on Disney property? Share your memory or photo in the comments below!
Well hello there! It’s Tuesday, which means I totally did this on time this week. Amazing, right?
I apologize for the very little attention Mouse on the Mind has been getting lately. There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment, not the least of which is a new engagement. Also? Eating ice cream for dinner has been keeping me very busy. (And, no, I am not joking.)
Time has just been getting away from me lately, and not necessarily in a bad way. But I do have lots and lots of things to share with you, so we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program soon. Promises.
Have a hip-hip happy week!
One Little Spark of Inspiration Emma, who always has A Pinch of Pixie Dust, shows off some photos from her Disney cruise. What I really love? HER THEMED OUTFITS! So cute.
You are probably familiar with the popular parlor game, Kill Boff Marry, where given the choice between three people, you must decide which you’d murder, sleep with or spend the rest of your life with.
A few months ago, Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and I decided to transform the popular game into a WDW-themed game of Kill Refurb Marry. Our little game has been growing in popularity, and eventually we decided to add a little Blog Hop action to the game so we can all link up!
Below, you’ll find an ever-growing list of bloggers who’ve decided to lend their own take on this month’s topic (Animal Kingdom Drinks). Want to play along? There are simple instructions for adding your own link to the list as well as include the list on your own blog!
Thanks so much for being part of our EIGHTH Kill Marry Refurb Blog Hop! Our next Hop will take place on May 14, and the topic will be Disney Princesses.
You are probably familiar with the popular parlor game, Kill Boff Marry, where given the choice between three people, you must decide which you’d murder, sleep with and spend the rest of your life with.
Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and I decided to transform the game into a WDW-themed version called Kill Refurb Marry. Our little game grew in popularity, and a few months ago, we decided to add a little Blog Hop action to the game so we can all link up!
This is the eighth Kill Refurb Marry Blog Hop! I hope lots of Disney bloggers will join in the fun. You can check out their links on the Kill Refurb Marry homepage.
This month, we’re ranking Animal Kingdom Drinks
Kill: Big Bamboo at Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti
On a recent trip, Dan from At Disney Again and I stopped in to Yak and Yeti for a nice sit down lunch and a respite from the hot Florida sun. I was feeling adventurous, so while Dan snapped photos of the restaurant, I ordered one of the bar’s specialty drinks: A Big Bamboo.
It sounds good. It starts with two kinds of rum (coconut and light) and ends with Disney’s signature blend of tropical fruit juices. But I neglected to take note of the third ingredient: Banana Liqueur. Even that sounds okay, in theory. But in practice … yuck. The drink was already sweet from the juices, but the liqueur really took it way over the threshold of good taste and into “Very Much Too Sweet” territory.
Refurb: Frozen Chai at Royal Anandapur Tea Company
Royal Anandapur Tea Company
Frozen Chai (A Pinch of Pixie Dust)
I’ve always been curious about this little tea cart between Africa and Asia. It’s so cute, and I am a super big tea drinker … but who wants a cup of hot tea in the Florida heat? So I was really excited, a couple of years ago, when I noticed a frozen chai on the drink menu here.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Not only did the sip clock in at more than $5, but it was a terrible consistency! My expectations weren’t exactly high: I was thinking, like, if 7-11 made a Chai Tea Slurpee. But what I got was more like a solid brick of ice crystals with some watery chai tea sunk to the bottom of the cup. I wish it had been more/better blended together so that I could enjoy the cool, icy treat I expected instead of the cold, watery mess I ended up with.
Marry: Iced Coffee with Amarula at Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
Kusafiri Sign (Disney Food Blog)
Iced Coffee with Amarula
This, though … yum! I’ll take two, please!
The coffee at Kusafiri is good–nice and strong but not too bitter–and the sweet, creamy Amarula adds the perfect balance. A lot of reviews compare Amarula, a South African liqueur, to Bailey’s, but I don’t think there’s any comparison. Amarula is much more velvety and much less astringent with buttery, warm caramel tones that blends into coffee in a way that Bailey’s can’t match.
If you want to play along, write your own post and add it to the list! (If you don’t have a blog, zap me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’d be happy to host your guest post for the next round of KRM!)