Flower and Garden Week: Paint by Numbers
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Flower & Garden Week (At Disney Again)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.

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Weekly Round Up: April 22
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Flower & Garden Week (At Disney Again)Happy Flower and Garden Week!

I’m so excited to bring you lots and lots of photos and stories from my brief visit to the Flower and Garden Festival. My first one! So exciting.

As you might imagine, during a week called Flower and Garden Week, I’ll be bringing lots more Flower and Garden coverage over the next several days. Come back and enjoy!

And have a wonderfully springy week!

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My partner-in-crime Dan, who, yes, was At Disney Again this weekend, took some vintage lovely photos with a real film camera at Sanaa on Easter Sunday.

Jen hunted out all of the Disney Easter Eggs in Epcot and shared the results on EPBOT.

The boys from Disney Hipster Blog spent a relaxing day on Castaway Cay.

Estelle takes a deep breath and enjoys a relaxing vacation moment on This Happy Place Blog.

Melissa, who’s Rolling With The Magic, wrote a love letter to Boardwalk Inn.

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Frozen is still watch word! And Nicole, who will live Sparkly Ever After, is doing an awesome giveaway.

James helps us get our Frozen Fix at Disney World on Home is Where the Mouse Is.

What are you reading this week?? Let us know in the comments!

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Flower & Garden Week: Welcome To Epcot
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Flower & Garden Week (At Disney Again)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.

Melissa, Will & Rose - 2014 Flower and Garden (At Disney Again)q

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.

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Inspired by the Internet: A Ticket Attractions
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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.

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What a View: African Outpost
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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!

Africa Outpost (Mouse on the Mind)

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.

Melissa with Brown Elephant - 2013 Food and Wine (At Disney Again)

See? It’s love.

What’s your favorite detail at the Outpost? Let us know in the comments!

 

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One Night in Old Key West
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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:

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! 

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Weekly Round Up: April 15
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ECV Placard (Mouse on the Mind)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!

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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.

Teevtee goes on a touching adventure through his memories on Parkeology.

The boys from Disney Hipster Blog give the Italy Pavilion some love.

Josh celebrates his recent WDW trip with an awesome comic strip on Mickey Mutineers.

Beth, the leading lady from Any Happy Little Thoughts, jams along with an awesome Flower and Garden-inspired playlist. Love it!

Suzannah and family join the Muppets on an adventure around the World Showcase on Zannaland. (SPOILER ALERT!)

Dan joined the This Happy Place Blog team, and he tells us all about Marty Sklar’s recent book.

Melissa visits Pete’s Silly Sideshow and captures all the details on Rolling With The Magic.

What are you reading this week?? Let us know in the comments!

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Weekly Round Up: April 10
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Muppets Topiary (Mouse on the Mind)The following was written by my fiance, Dan from At Disney Again, who wanted to help me get this post out on time for Tuesday … it didn’t happen, but I’m keeping his words here because he’s the best:

It’s already the second week of April and time sure is flying! Spring has sprung just about everywhere, and I’m still recovering from my first official trip to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

While I get back to some spring cleaning around here, I’ll spring some links on you.

Puns! That’s why I love this man.

Before we move on, I want to give a super special shout out to David from futureprobe. He wrote a really honest piece about what you do when, as a Disney “personality,” you stop feeling the magic. He’s got a solution that’s working for him … and seem a lot better than negative teeth gnashing, as far as I am concerned.

Thanks again to everyone who played Kill Refurb Marry with Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and myself! And now, for those links …

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Safari Mike, who writes for Jambo Everyone, wrote about Restaurantosaurus’ history. (One of my favorite subjects!)

Shane uncovered the creepiest doll outside of Gran Fiesta Tour on Parkeology.

Nicole of Sparkly Ever After shared some truly amazing Disney photography.

Estelle literally changed Katherine’s life!! She told the tale on This Happy Place Blog.

Melissa, the leading lady from Rolling with the Magic, sipped and snacked during the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party.

The guys posted photos of some vintage Tomorrowland attraction posters on Disney Hipster Blog.

Rosanne of The Disney Point lets us in on a Disneyland time-saving secret!

OMG! Beth from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts created a DIY Star Wars Weekend snack that I could actually replicate at home! No Pinterest fails here!

My fancy friend Emma took us with her on a trip to the Contemporary Resort’s Atrium Level on A Pinch of Pixie Dust.

Alan joined the This Happy Place Blog team, and his first order of business was a nice, relaxed and unplanned trip to Disney World.

Ryan offered some thoughts on the forthcoming Figment comic (I am so exciteeeeed!) on Main Street Gazette.

What are you reading this week?? Let us know in the comments!

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Kill Refurb Marry Blog Hop: DAK Drinks
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Kill Refurb Marry Blog HopYou 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.  

To add the Blog Hop participants to your own post, click here for instructions

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Kill Refurb Marry: Animal Kingdom Drinks
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Kill Refurb Marry Blog HopYou 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

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

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

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.

Get on it, people! Or don’t … more for me!

 

Thanks so much for reading! Don’t forget to click here to check out Kill Refurb Marry posts by other Disney bloggers!  And make sure you come back on May 14 forKill Refurb Marry with Disney’s Princesses!! 

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 (melissa@mouseonthemind.com). I’d be happy to host your guest post for the next round of KRM!)

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