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September 28, 2014

Saying Good-Bye to Off Kilter & Mo'Rockin - A Bad Day, Disney-Style

Walt Disney World has been on a much-discussed "killing spree" as of late, and it seems to be coming fast - and all at once. This has been a ridiculously hot topic in my house, with the entire family trying to speculate at Disney's justification for this abrupt succession of closures and dramatic revamps. After a busy week, the kids and I decided we had to spend this day (the day of the ax) saying good-bye. Today was the last day to experience Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Mo'Rockin, Off-Kilter, and Drum and Fife Corps at Epcot. 

Recently, we've been discussing the local transportation services (Lynx). The I-Drive Trolley runs just past our home, and we're laying out some plans to haunt the I-Drive area in the coming months. Feeling adventurous, we decided to take the Lynx bus to Disney. I looked up the route. We can walk to a stop for the #50, which runs directly to Disney property in 20 minutes. Why not? We could catch the 11:40 bus, and all would go smoothly. Neither of the kids wanted to get an early start or spend a full day-night at the parks. We were simply on a mission, and we could accomplish it! I looked up the schedules of the performances at Epcot, and all seemed do-able... except.... Walt Disney World's official site suddenly said that the final Drum and Fife performance would be on the 25th, not the 27th. Needless to say, this sudden change left me more than a little upset, but I have no time travel abilities, so I suppose I'll have to hang on to the last performance I saw - earlier this year...

September 15, 2014

Times They Are A-Changin' at Epcot

Maelstrom is defined as: 

  • A powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river
  • A situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil

Seems appropriate. "Maelstrom" is also an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot - at least until its final voyage on October 5. There is quite a storm (or turmoil) currently brewing around this Maelstrom. It's a situation that's becoming far too familiar - another attraction bites the dust. 

August 28, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Norway Pavilion

I'm just going to jump into this one bluntly. Norway Pavilion has been a thorn in my side all week. At first, I was cursing an emergence of writer's block. Then, I moved on to mentally flogging myself for getting so wrapped up in my latest distraction ("CSI: NY") that I ignored all sense of duty and responsibility. It is surprisingly challenging to focus on Vikings and trolls when you're scrambling to understand ballistics and DNA... but frankly, I don't think writer's block or CSI are to blame this time. After much contemplation, I think the problem is simple - Norway Pavilion is lacking. 

August 21, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Mexico Pavilion

Mexico Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase is one that is very near and dear to my heart. Not only did I grow up submerged up to my sombrero in Mexican culture (Texan transplant alert!), but Mexico is the only country I've personally experienced outside of the U.S. I don't know if it is a surge of youth memories or just the genuine nature of this area, but I feel so comfortable here. Overall, it's a warm, inviting, fun area to explore... and a good portion of it is indoors! If you've learned nothing else about me, you know I love to pitch those escape zones from the Florida heat! 

June 21, 2014

DSB - A Tribute to Journey @ Epcot's 'Sounds Like Summer' Concert Series

We all know that the Journey hit, "Don't Stop Believin'" is the center of the karaoke universe. Truth be told, it's so good because it's usually so badly done. After all... who can sing like Steve Perry?? Okay, so I'm partial to that voice. Personally, I think he's got one of the finest set of pipes in rock music - ever. Yes, I love me some Steve Perry, and of course... I love Journey. Last week's visit to "Sounds Like Summer" was a bit disappointing for me. The venue is not the kindest, weather is a considerable factor (ever been to Orlando in the summer? Land of the afternoon storm!)... it really isn't easy to hit a home run in this scenario, is it? But every now and then, you have that perfect pitch - and out of the park it goes!

June 19, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Japan Pavilion

Of all the lands represented within Epcot's World Showcase, the Japan Pavilion would have to be the one I've visited the most. In fact, there was a span of time where my son's weekly allowance required a shopping run here for the latest in Pokemon gear. We learned quickly to make this a last stop at Epcot, because the kids always held out for Japan before calling it a day.

June 17, 2014

Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles @ Epcot's 'Sounds Like Summer' Concert Series

The "Sounds Like Summer" concert series officially kicked off on June 8th. Running daily through July 26th, this musical celebration is an annual staple at Epcot. Sounds Like Summer is a series of concert performances that feature cover bands paying tribute to legendary greats. Some of the scheduled acts are event regulars - like this year's openers, Hotel California ("A Salute to the Eagles").

June 4, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Morocco Pavilion

Morocco is a culturally rich kingdom known for sandy beaches, spicy cuisine and exceptional craftsmanship. It is the jewel of North Africa, but at Epcot's World Showcase, it's nestled between France and Japan. 

March 12, 2014

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival 2014 - In Full Bloom!

It's that time again, folks! The annual festival of Disney florals is once again upon us. In celebration of the arrival of Spring, Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom. This year, the event runs daily from March 5 - May 18; and as always, it is included with standard park admission. This is the 21st year of the fanciful festival, and some notable changes have taken place!

December 6, 2013

Holidays Around the World at Disney's Epcot

All of my life, I have been fascinated by the diversity in holiday traditions around the world. I grew up in New Braunfels, Texas - a charming little town (at least it was little back then) steeped in German and Mexican culture. My grandparents were Irish and Native American on my mother's side, and as authentically Mexican as they come on my stepdad's side. These influences combined so brilliantly in my childhood to make such wonderful cultural understanding. Perhaps that's part of the reason why I adore Epcot's Holidays Around the World. Every time I visit, I find that giddy little kid emerging again, as I soak up the performances of the storytellers. I'll admit, I sit right down with the kids, interact with the storytellers, grin like crazy, and sometimes even catch a little tear developing in my eye when a particularly sweet or nostalgic memory comes to mind.I cannot say enough about how enjoyable this event is. Disney does this one so very very right! Holidays Around the World is included with your Epcot admission. (In other words, it's better than the Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom AND free!!)

October 21, 2013

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2013

The Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that takes place at Epcot. It lures in visitors from far and wide with a vast array of cultural samplings that are sure to tantalize the taste buds!

July 18, 2011

Disney Explored: Epcot's Morocco

Epcot is one of our most frequently visited parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. We've been trying to really spend focused time exploring the different nations of World Showcase more intensely. This gives us a chance to really appreciate the details that were put into the re-creation of these beautiful lands. Morocco is one that we have particularly developed a fondness for lately. The architecture, combined with the available merchandise really provide a feel for this far-off country, and it's alluring culture. Sounds and smells contribute as well, but those are a bit more difficult to capture on film. :) Join us on our Moroccan adventure in pictures...

 A girl could truly get used to THIS!

 Tony has since added the fez to his crazy hat collection wish list. :)

Disney Explored: Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

If you have not yet attended the International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World's Epcot, you absolutely have to add it to your bucket list! This is an annual event that demonstrates the perfectionist mentalitites that lay behind the brilliance of Disney. This year's event featured more works of manipulated greenery than ever before. Rather than trying to put mere words to this indescribable beauty, I'll just let a few pics do the talking...

 Buzz Lightyear, along with other "Toy Story" friends, greets you upon entry at Epcot.

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