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August 6, 2010

Via Napoli

Yesterday (August 5, 2010) Disney held grand opening ceremonies for its newest Epcot restaurant, Via Napoli. I was on hand to capture the festivities and sample the food. Yea!


Via Napoli Logo


Located in the Italy Pavilion, this restaurant is operated by Nick Valenti, Restaurateur and CEO, Patina Restaurant Group and will be the first authentic Italian pizzeria to ever open in the park. The Patina Restaurant Group currently has over 50 restaurants in California, New York and Las Vegas.

The company was formed by combining two organizations: the public restaurants of Restaurant Associates in New York and the Patina Group in California. The company was established as Restaurant Associates / Patina in 1999 under the leadership of CEO Nick Valenti. In 2006, Valenti and his partner Patina Group Founder Joachim Splichal bought the company and named it the Patina Restaurant Group. The Shidax Corporation of Japan is also an investor.

Pictured here are Nick Valenti on the left and Joachim Splichal on the right.


Nick Valenti on the left and Joachim Splichal on the right


As with every grand opening at Walt Disney World, the occasion was marked with a big celebration. The morning began with two hilarious Italian women clowning around and stomping a few grapes. This was followed by Disney Ambassador Clay Shoemaker welcoming us to the event. Next came Epcot Vice President Dan Cockerell and Nick Valenti sharing their excitement about the opening of this new venue. And of course no celebration would be complete without Mickey and Minnie joining in. Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting, a grape vine was cut to officially open Via Napoli.


Hilarious Italian Women

Dan Cockerell

Mickey Mouse

Ribbon Cutting


If you'd like to see the festivities for yourself, check out this seven minute video.



The Italy Pavilion is the smallest of the World Showcase pavilions. To me, it always had an incomplete feel about it when you entered the back areas. But with the addition of Via Napoli, this area takes on new life. The architecture and design is based on a mix of traditional Italian styles. Florentine architect Stefano Nardini (of Magris & Partners) working in conjunction with Rick Swisher Architect created a stunning addition to the World Showcase landscape.


Via Napoli Exterior

Via Napoli Exterior


The interior of the restaurant is very spacious (9,760 square feet) and the tables are spaced a good distance from one another. I like this as I hate to be seated so close to another party that I can overhear every word they say. The dominate feature in the dining room is the extremely long table. It was never explained whether this table would be used for very large parties or shared by numerous groups. Via Napoli can seat 250 inside and 50 on the outside, covered patio.


Interior Seating

Interior Seating

Patio Seating


Via Napoli also features a show kitchen that invites guests to walk up and watch the chefs create their magic. Architect Nardini brought some whimsy to the kitchen by creating three wood-burning ovens and named them after the active volcanoes in Italy, Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli. Each oven was given a face reflecting the gods whose mythology surrounds each volcano's history.


Volcano Ovens

Chef at World


For a better idea of what the restaurant is like, check out my two minute video which shows the exterior and interior seating areas and the kitchen.



Before we sat down to eat, I spent a few minutes talking with Epcot VP Dan Cockerell. I asked him why Disney was adding more restaurants to World Showcase. I figured that there were already enough eateries to satisfy everyone. But apparently I was wrong. Dan told me that there is enough interest and demand, especially at dinner, to justify more restaurants. Epcot has become known for a place to find a unique dining experience and reservations go quickly at some of their more popular spots.

The full name of the restaurant is "Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria." So as you might expect, pizza is the main focus of this establishment. But for those of you who would like something else, other Italian fare is available like lasagna, chicken, and pasta dishes. To see the complete menu, click here.

My experience at Via Napoli yesterday is not what you'll enjoy when you eat here. Since I was an invited guest to a press event, I did not order off of the menu. Instead, servers wandered the restaurant passing out samples of some of the offerings.


Server


The first item I tried was the Fritto Misto. This is an assortment of just-fried seasonal vegetables, calamari, and cheese. This appetizer sells for $24 and is meant to be shared by the table. For me, the best item here was the corn-crusted asparagus. It was great. Please note, for the most part I cannot attest to the portion size that you'll be receiving since we were being served "all you can eat" samples.


Fritto Misto


Next I tried the Arancini. Cheese lovers rejoice. Here you get four fresh risotto balls filled with mozzarella and a side of meat ragú dipping sauce. I thought these were delicious and so did everyone else, but I think $10 is a little steep for only four.


Arancini


We were not offered any non-pizza entrees, but we were provided with a good quantity of pizza to sample.


Pizza

Pizza


Overall, I'm a fan of thick-crust pizza but this thinner-crust pizza was excellent. And the variety is wonderful. This is not what you'll take home from Dominoes. This is gourmet, Neapolitan style pizza with toppings like calamari, artichoke, eggplant, prosciutto, and arugula. Of course, traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms are also available. We were told that one of the reasons the crust is so wonderful is because the water is calibrated specifically to the pH found in Naples.

The pizzas come in three sizes, Individual $16, Large $27, and ½ Meter to Share $36. I felt these prices were a little high, but I spoke with some friends who ate here a few days earlier at a "soft opening" and they said the pizzas are large. They got the ½ Meter for four people and were stuffed by the time they were done. $36 divided by 4 is $9 so that's not too bad.

We sampled several desserts but I have to say, the Tiramisu, was to die for. $8 Once again, this is a sample size shown here. I had seconds of this taste treat.


Tiramisu


The Gelato Frizzante is billed as Ice Cream Soda "Italian Style". It's made with San Pellegrino's "Aranciata" and vanilla gelato. $9 I liked this dessert. It had a sparkling quality about it. It was almost "fun" to eat/drink (it's served with a spoon and straw).


Gelato Frizzante


I was disappointed with one dessert, but I think that's because they only served us half of it. The Zeppole id Caterina $10 consists of ricotta cheese fritters served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Unfortunately, they only offered us the fritters. This item really needs the dipping sauces to be experienced correctly.

A gluten-free dessert is also available. This is chocolate cake with whipped cream. If they hadn't told me it was gluten-free, I never would have known. It was wonderful.


Gluten-free Dessert


If you like sangria, then give Via Napoli's a try. I enjoyed the one glass that I sampled, but unfortunately, couldn't find a waiter with a second glass. Darn. I had to make do with a glass of sparkling wine instead. Shucks.

Also offered are Acqua Fresca. These are Via Napoli's signature house-made seasonal fruit juice coolers. Please note, a glass costs $5 for 14 oz. and there are no refills. I tried the Limonata. To me, it tasted like lemonade - and $5 is a lot to pay for ONE glass of lemonade. One of my dining companions tried the Strawberry flavor and was treated to real bits of strawberries in the glass. This helped justify the price.

Overall, my impression of Via Napoli is very good. I like the atmosphere and the food was outstanding. I have heard complaints that the pizza is too expensive. But others tell me the portions are large. The rest of the prices are typical of all Disney restaurants. If you're looking for a bargain, then look for a restaurant off property. But if you're looking for a unique Disney experience, then give Via Napoli a try. I certainly intend to go back and dine here as a regular guest.

Via Napoli, will begin taking reservations August 6th for September 10th arrivals and later. The restaurant will be in a "soft opening" walk-in phase with no reservations from August 5th through September 9th. This restaurant is part of the Disney Dining Plan and accepts Tables in Wonderland.

I want to draw your attention to one more thing. Allears reader John Kurowksi's experienced this restaurant a few days earlier and wrote a great report. He covers a few things I have not. Click here to read it.

Here's a picture of me and a Mickey Mouse pizza that was made specifically for the press event.

Jack Spence and a Mickey Mouse Pizza


Buon appetite!


August 12, 2010

Living with the Land

The Land pavilion at Epcot focuses on man's impact on Planet Earth and his efforts to learn from the past in order to create a promising future. The structure was designed to look like a futuristic green house, emphasizing our dependence on plants, especially food, a requirement for our survival. Encompassing six acres, this is the largest pavilion in Epcot and is roughly the same size as Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. This structure houses three attractions, Soarin', The Circle of Life, and Living with the Land.


The Land Pavilion


The Land was an opening day pavilion at Epcot (October 1, 1982) and was sponsored by Kraft Foods. Kraft ended their sponsorship on September 26, 1993 and Nestlé took their place. Nestlé oversaw several pavilion makeovers during their tenure but decided to end their affiliation on February 13, 2009. Currently, The Land Pavilion has no corporate sponsor.


The Land Marquee


Today's blog will focus on the Living with the Land attraction. But before we begin, I have an important message to share with you from The Secretary.


Good morning Mr. Phelps.

A noted artist from a country friendly with the West has created beautiful murals leading up to The Land pavilion.


Tile Mural


So ingenious is his design that the south wall is an exact mirror image of the north wall right down to the very last tile. Pictured here are close-up shots of the two sides illustrating this unique design.


Left Mural

Right Mural


However, an evil Imagineer has cleverly hidden a rogue tile within the murals throwing off the delicate balance, thus threatening peace among the World Showcase nations.


Rogue Tile


Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to find this tile, share its location with your friends and family, then experience the Living with the Land boat ride.

Should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed by Disney security, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

This blog will self-destruct in five seconds.



During Kraft's sponsorship of The Land, the boat ride portion of the pavilion was called "Listen to the Land." When Nestlé entered the picture, the attraction was given a minor refurbishment and the name was changed to "Living with the Land." The attraction can be found on the lower level of the pavilion at the bottom of the "down" escalator.


The Land Interior

Living with the Land Sign


If you arrive first thing in the morning, this attraction has no wait and you can often ride all by yourself. But between 9:30 and 9:45, people start to exit Soarin' and a line ensues. FastPass is available, but if the line is 20 minutes or less, I suggest riding at that time.

In an effort to make the queue more interesting, a mural was envisioned featuring inspirational quotes from world leaders, philosophers, scientists, and writers. As the idea began to develop, Walt Disney Imagineering President Marty Sklar suggested that children be included with this distinguished group. Several children's environmental organizations were contacted and one, Kids for Saving Earth, volunteered to run a story about the mural in its newsletter. They received more than 800 submissions, of which 10 were selected for the mural.


Living with the Land Queue

Insperiational Message

Insperiational Message


We all know about "hidden Mickeys," but did you know about the hidden prince and princess? This can only be seen from the FastPass line, but if you look closely at the wall, you can see a prince leaning over and kissing his princess. It's subtle, but once you see it, there is no doubt.


Hidden Prince and Princess


Our fourteen minute journey begins at the loading dock where we board 20-passenger boats that travel in tandem. The attraction can accommodate 2,400 people an hour.


Loading Dock


The first sight along our journey is rather ominous. Here we see a video monitor reminding us that the entire attraction is under surveillance (all Disney attractions are). There is also a reminder to remain seated at all times. This warning is becoming more and more common and the cast members take this rule very seriously. I recently witnessed three teenaged girls being escorted off of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and out of the park because they repeatedly ignored warnings to sit down.


Surveillance Monitor


Our boat first travels to a tropical rain forest where a storm is raging. We're told that while the wind and rain may appear to be violent and destructive to us, to nature it represents a new beginning. Beneath the surface of the land, roots trap water from the flowing mud, extracting nutrients and minerals. These elements, combined with sunlight, create the diverse living systems of Earth. Although the rain forests make up only a small portion of our planet, they contain more than half of its plant and wildlife species.


Rain Forest

Rain Forest


We travel next to the desert where we learn that this seemingly hostile climate is also teeming with life. The plants and animals that call these sandy expanses home have learned to avoid the sun and make use of what little water they can find.


Desert


As our journey continues we come to the American prairie. The narrator explains that this area was also once a bleak desert, but over time, water and nutrients made their way into the soil creating rich farmland.

In the original version of this attraction (Listen to the Land), we were told how nature continually changes the face of the planet. In the prairie scene it's explained that a lightning storm has set fire to a field of wild grass. This in turn stirs up a swarm of locusts that lay waste to the plains. The lightning, flames, and the insect swarm can still be seen in the distance.


American Prairie


The next scene brings us to an American farm at the turn of the 20th century. We are told that in our quest to feed a growing nation, humans have had a bigger impact on the land than Mother Nature, sometimes with negative consequences.

Be sure to take a close look at the mailbox. The route number is 82, the year Epcot opened.


American Farm

American Farm

American Farm


We travel into a barn where a hundred years of farming history is presented via film clips and narrative. We're told that although man has made mistakes, these can be reversed and we can feed the planet while living harmoniously with the land. We're also told that Epcot is playing a part in the solutions of tomorrow by testing innovative techniques in the greenhouses we're about to visit.


History of Farming


The next portion of the tour takes us through five working food production areas, Tropics Greenhouse, Aquacell, Temperate Greenhouse, Production Greenhouse, and Creative Greenhouse.

For over twenty years, these sections of the tour were narrated by a cast member positioned at the front of the boat. This was deemed necessary as the crops were continually changing and the information shared with the guests needed to be current. However, on August 20, 2006, the spieling cast members were eliminated and a prerecorded narrative was added as a cost saving measure. The spiel is voiced by Mike Brassell who also narrates the Tomorrowland Transit Authority at the Magic Kingdom. The spiel is updated periodically as the greenhouses are replanted with new crops.


Mike Brassell


The Tropics Greenhouse is located inside a geodesic dome and features crops native to Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and portions of the southern United States. These regions are home to the greatest diversity of plants on the planet. Most of us are aware of papaya, banana, cacao, coffee and rice which are grown in these areas. But other, lesser known plants such as jackfruit, fluted pumpkins, and dragon fruit are showing great promise as they have high nutritional value and are well adapted to grow in soils unsuitable to other vegetation.


Tropical Greenhouse


During your travels, be sure to look for pumpkins and squash shaped like Mickey Mouse. This bit of Disney magic is achieved by placing a plastic mold around the budding vegetable and forcing it to grow into this famous shape.


Mickey Mouse Shaped Squash


Our journey next takes us to the Aquacell. This section of the tour introduces us to fish farming where we learn that more than 200 species of aquatic animals are grown today in tanks like these and man-made ponds. Cultivated fish account for almost fifty percent of the seafood consumed around the world. The Land pavilion grows about 5,000 pounds of fish each year. Much of this is served at various Walt Disney World restaurants.

If you're wondering why this area is bathed in red light, it's to help prevent the growth of algae.


Aquacell

Aquacell


In the Temperate Greenhouse we learn that cross breeding has created plants that are more resistant to disease and insects. Some of these hybrids can even survive where water and nutrients are in short supply.

Drip irrigation is also displayed in the Temperate Greenhouse. Here, the exact amount of water and nutrients needed to grow perfect vegetables are delivered to each plant individually. This produces higher yields with less impact on the environment.

This room is also where you'll find the nine-pound lemons. Imagine the pitcher of lemonade one of these fruits could produce.


Drip Irrigation

Nine Pound Lemon


In the Production Greenhouse we're introduced to more innovative farming methods. Lettuce is grown by using the Nutrient Film Technique. This system uses a thin film of nutrient solution that flows through plastic channels containing no solid material. In time, root matting develops in the shallow stream of recirculating solution. Disney grows over 27,000 heads of lettuce a year with this system.


Lettuce


The "tomato tree" was developed by Chinese scientists. These plants live longer than traditional tomato plants and produce significantly more fruit. One of The Land's tomato trees lived 16 months and produced 32,194 tomatoes with a total weight of more than 1,151 pounds.


Tomato Tree


The final phase of our tour brings us to the Creative Greenhouse. One of the farming techniques seen here is the Integrated Aquaculture System. This method combines hydroponic crops with an aquaculture system populated by fish. The plants' roots are bathed by the nutrient-enriched water from the fish tank. The water is cycled through a series of filters before it is circulated through the plants and returned eventually back into the fish tank.


Integrated Aquaculture System


Another innovative growing method suspends plants in the air. The plants are moved through a chamber by a conveyer system where nutrients are sprayed on the exposed roots. As the plants continue their journey, excess water drips into the rocks below where it's collected and reused.


Plant Conveyer System


Many of the vegetables grown in the Living with the Land attraction are served in the Garden Grill Restaurant located on the entry level of the pavilion. This rotating restaurant revolves every 45 minutes and offers views of the rain forest, desert, and prairie scenes experienced at the beginning of the boat ride. This eatery has gone through several name changes over the years. Originally it was called the Good Turn Restaurant. On May 2, 1986 it reopened as the Land Grille Room. And on November 16, 1993 it became the Garden Grille.

Open only for dinner, the Garden Grill offers family style dining featuring grilled beef strip, turkey breast, sustainable fish, and a variety of side dishes. Being a character meal starring Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale, reservations are strongly suggested.


Garden Grill Restaurant


If you arrive at Epcot first thing in the morning, you might want to make The Land your first destination. Grab a FastPass for Soarin', then experience the Living with the Land attraction and see The Circle of Life movie. By the time you've done both, your FastPass will be ready and you can go hang gliding over California.

If you find that the Living with the Land attraction only whetted your appetite for this type of information, you can learn more by taking a backstage tour called "Behind the Seeds." This excursion takes small groups on a walking tour of the greenhouses with a knowledgeable guide who can answer many of your questions. The sign-up desk is located near the entrance to Soarin'. There is a small fee for this tour.


Behind the Seed Sign-up Desk


I took the Behind the Seeds tour a couple of years ago and you can read my review by clicking here.

Mike Bachand took this tour in May and you can read his review by clicking here.

As usual, I have created a video of the Living with the Land attraction. Even with editing, it is rather long running at 13 minutes - I wanted to capture the entire ride. I hope you enjoy it.




August 17, 2010

Coronado Springs Resort -- Part One

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First, a little history.

In the early 16th century, the people living in New Spain (now Mexico) began to hear rumors of the "Seven Golden Cities of Cibola" located in the deserts hundreds of miles to the north. The legend told that these cities held vast amounts of wealth just waiting to be claimed by anyone fortunate enough to discover their whereabouts.

In 1535 Francisco de Coronado left his home in Salamanca, Spain and came to the New World. He climbed the social and political ladder quickly and was soon appointed to the position of Governor of Neuva Galicia. In 1540, Mexican Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza sent Coronado on an expedition to find the "Seven Golden Cities of Cibola" and secure their riches for Mexico and Spain. Coronado's travels took him through Northern Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and as far north as Kansas, but he never did discover these magnificent cities teeming with gold. He returned to Mexico empty-handed in 1542.


Francisco de Coronado


Disney's Coronado Springs Resort was not so much named for Francisco Vasquez de Coronado as it was for his journeys. While traveling through Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States Coronado encountered breathtaking landscapes, unique architecture, and fascinating cultures. The resort draws its inspiration from the missions, pueblos, haciendas, and cabanas he saw during his journeys. In addition, a new myth regarding the "Seven Golden Cities of Cibola" has emerged at the Coronado Springs Resort. It proposes that if the stars align correctly during the new corn moon, images of the golden cities will be reflected on the waters of Lago Dorado, the Lake of Gold, found in the middle of the resort.


El Centro at Night


Coronado Springs is one of three moderately priced resorts located at Walt Disney World. The others are the Caribbean Beach Resort and the Port Orleans Resort. Coronado Springs opened on August 1, 1997, has 1,921 guest rooms and suites, and is the only resort in this price category to have a full-fledged convention center. The entrance to the complex is located off of West Buena Vista Drive.


Main Entrance Sign

The Spanish influenced architecture is unmistakable when you approach El Centro (The Hub or Center). This area was intended to create the illusion of a 16th century Mexican village marketplace, complete with stalls, civic buildings, and eateries set alongside the waterfront. A multifaceted façade was created to invoke the look of a community that has grown over the years.

Underneath the porte-cochère are a number of cast members waiting to help you with your luggage and direct you to the registration desk.


Porte-cochère


The indoor design hints at the lavish palaces and town halls of latter-day Mexico. The centerpiece of this design is "La Fuente De Las Palomas" (Fountain of the Doves). This lovely fountain is a gathering place and acts as a seating area for families and friends waiting to begin their day. On top of the fountain is the traditional symbol of hospitality, a pineapple. Be sure to take a look at the hand-painted domed ceiling which is filled with clouds and doves. The sky and clouds were painted on canvases off-site and applied to the dome in pieces. The doves were added once everything was in place.


La Fuente De Las Palomas

Dome


In a room to the right of the fountain are the registration and concierge desks. The architecture in this room is stunning. Large wooden beams crisscross the ceiling, hammered-tin chandeliers hang from wrought iron chains, and stucco arches line the wall. Be sure to take a look at some of the murals located behind the check-in desk. They depict colonial life in Mexico.


Registration Hall

Mexican Mural


To the left of the fountain is Panchito's Gifts and Sundries which sells the typical array of Disney souvenirs. Named after Panchito Pistoles, this feisty rooster is one of "The Three Caballeros" and joins Donald Duck and José Carioca in a tour of Mexico and Latin America.


Panchito's Gifts and Sundries


"The Three Caballeros" (1944) followed the movie "Saludos Amigos" (1943) and was part of a good-will tour promoting Latin and South America. Tiles depicting these feathered adventurers can be found high overhead in the shop. In addition, a statue of Panchito Pistoles is prominently located in the middle of the store and a likeness of José Carioca can be seen perched on a balcony railing.

In the Disney series "House of Mouse" (2001-2003) we learn a little more about Panchito's lineage and find out that his full name is Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González III. Somehow his original family name of Pistoles is lost in this explanation.


The Three Caballeros


Panchito Pistoles

José Carioca


"The Three Caballeros" was a collection of short segments loosely bound together by the presence of Donald Duck opening gifts throughout the movie. One of these shorts is titled "The Flying Gauchito" and tells the story of a little boy from Uruguay who discovers a winged donkey, Burrito. A likeness of this cute little animal can be found near the entrance of the shop.


Burrito


Also radiating off of the fountain is a long hallway. Along this corridor you'll find several restaurants and a lounge/bar. This is also the way to the convention center.


Hallway


Café Rix, a grab-and-go restaurant, was added to Coronado Springs several years ago. Before its existence, there wasn't any place for guests to quickly pick up a bite to eat and be on their way. Breakfast is offered from 6:30am to 11am and includes such items as egg-&-cheese sandwiches, pastries, quiche, and fruit plates. Lunch and dinner is served from 11am to midnight and offers standard fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. A temping selection of ice cream is also offered. Tables are available next door in Rix Lounge. If you want to take the food back to your room, the cast members will be happy to provide you with a nice carrying bag.


Café Rix

Café Rix

Café Rix


Rix Lounge, located next door to Café Rix, is perhaps one of the best watering holes at Walt Disney World. Even though it can accommodate 300 guests, it feels dark, mysterious, and cozy due to its well-designed layout. It's a wonderful place to hide away for an hour or so. Although the tables are available all day to accommodate Café Rix, the bar is only open from 5pm to 2pm. A DJ cranks out music from 9pm Thursday through Saturday and a private room is also available for special events. Full catering options are available. For more information about Rix Lounge, click here.


Rix Lounge

Rix Lounge

Rix Lounge


One of the things I hate about the food courts at the other resorts is the way you pay for your meal. By the time everyone in your party gets what they want and you make it to the cashier, your food is already starting to cool off. And if there's a line waiting to pay, your meal can be cold by the time you get your beverage and find a table. But this isn't a problem at Coronado Spring's Pepper Market.


Pepper Market


Your meal begins with a host or hostess escorting you to an assigned table. As you're being seated, each person is given a "receipt" and it's explained that everything you order will be recorded on this piece of paper. Shortly after the hostess leaves the table, a server will approach and take drink orders and each person's selection is written on their receipt. Refills for Coke products and similar beverages are free and brought to you by your server.


Pepper Market Receipt


Designed to resemble an open-air marketplace, the Pepper Market is comprised of a number of stalls and booths, each serving a specialty. One stall might offer grilled items while another serves pasta dishes. It's fun to wander from stall to booth and vendor to merchant, inspecting their wares.


Food Stall


When you finally make up your mind, you tell the vendor what you'd like to order and they will stamp your receipt with your selection. Depending on cooking time, you order might be dished up immediately or within a couple of minutes. Once you're served, just return to the table with your food and receipt in hand. If you want dessert, just take your receipt back to the food stalls and make another selection. At the end of the meal, one person in your party can gather up all of the receipts and pay as you leave. No more cold food. A 10% gratuity is automatically added to your bill unless you're on a Dining Plan. In this case, no tip is added so please remember your server.

The seating area is very festive. A large kachina doll stands watch over multi colored tables and chairs, complete with umbrellas to add to the illusion you're dining on an expansive patio. Strands of lights hang overhead and soft music plays in the background.


Kachina Doll

Pepper Market Seating


At the far end of El Centro is the Maya Grill. But you won't find typical Americanized Mexican fare like tacos and burritos here. This is an upscale restaurant where guests sit inside a Mayan temple and are offered seafood, chicken, beef, and pork prepared with a Latin and Caribbean flair, much of it cooked on a wood-fired grill. The restaurant also features wines from Mexico, Argentina and Chile. The Maya Grill is open for Breakfast from 7am to 11am and for Dinner from 5pm to 11pm.


Maya Grill

Maya Grill

Maya Grill


I think I've eaten at the Maya Grill five times, but to be honest, it's been at least four years since my last visit. The reason? This restaurant has yet to knock my socks off. The food and service has always been fine, but just fine, nothing spectacular. And although I like sections of the restaurant, other areas in this room leave me cold. To me, portions of this eatery have a "coffee shop" feel about it. When I'm paying $7-$13 for an appetizer and $20-$29 for an entrée, I want things to be better than "fine." But as I said, I haven't eaten here in a while. Although the atmosphere is unchanged since my last visit, maybe the food is now spectacular.

If any of you would like to share your dining experience at the Maya Grill with me, either positive or negative, please feel free to add a comment to this blog. Whenever I've had a less than fantastic experience at Disney, I like to think it was just bad timing on my part and not indicative of an overall pattern. If you leave a comment, others can scan the remarks and obtain more than just my opinion.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, Coronado Springs is the first moderately priced Disney resort to offer full convention services. Although I have never had a problem with conventioneers interfering with my enjoyment of the resort's facilities, I started to wonder what would happen if a group of 500 let out for dinner and they all descended on the Pepper Market or Rix Lounge at the same time. I like to think that Disney designed Coronado Springs with this in mind and the resort can handle the ebb and flow of people. I asked several cast members about this, but I was unable to secure a firm answer. Once again, I'm curious about your thoughts. If you've experienced a convention letting out while staying here, let me know how everything went. Remember, I'm looking for positive as well as negative feedback.

You can also leave and read comments in the Rate & Review section of Allears.

El Centro sits on the shores of Lago Dorado or Lake of Gold. This fifteen acre body of water offers a tranquil setting for cocktails at Laguna Bar (open 11am to 11pm) or for a run around the ¾ mile jogging track.


Lago Dorado

Laguna Bar


This area is also the perfect spot to gather with your friends and family and enjoy some good conversation. There are a number of tables, many with umbrellas, in which to kick back and relax. Nighttime is especially pleasant here when the heat of the day has dissipated and a cool breeze blows off of Lago Dorado.


Seating by Lago Dorado

Seating by Lago Dorado

Seating by Lago Dorado


And don't forget to check out "The Three Caballeros" topiary located nearby.


The Three Caballeros


The Marina is the spot to rent surreys, bikes, kayaks, pedal boats and more. Please note, this facility is open seasonally so if these amenities are important to you, check with your reservationist when booking your room.


The Marian


This ends Part One of my article about Coronado Springs Resort. Check back tomorrow for Part Two.


August 18, 2010

Coronado Springs Resort -- Part Two

The Dig Site is located in the middle of the resort and this is where you'll find one of the best themed swimming pools at Walt Disney World. The centerpiece here is the Pyramid of the Sun. Inspired by the Temple of the Great Jaguar at Tikal, this structure is covered with years of jungle growth and a waterfall cascades down the ceremonial stone steps into a pool measuring 120' by 90' and containing 272,912 gallons of water. Towels and life-vests are available poolside.

The pool officially opens each morning at 10 am. To kick things off, children are invited to participate in a simple ceremony where they are asked to chant to the Mayan gods asking them to let the waters flow.


Pyramid of the Sun

Pyramid of the Sun


This area is called the "Dig Site" as it is supposed to represent a modern day archeological excavation of a lost Mayan community. Numerous "finds" are located throughout this area including a Mayan idol and hieroglyphs etched into the pavement.


Mayan God

Hieroglyphs


No Disney pool would be complete without a water slide and the Dig Site is no exception. The entrance is located behind the pyramid and this 123 foot long ride takes you through a jungle and beneath a spitting jaguar. The "splashdown" is well positioned to afford a good photo op.


Jaguar Slide

Jaguar Slide

Jaguar Slide

Young children can enjoy their own pool complete with fountains and for those of you who wish to soak away your aches and pains, a 22-person hot tub is on hand.


Children's Pool

Hot Tub


One of the most imaginative children's spots you'll ever hope to find is located to the left of the pyramid. Explorer's Playground features an assortment of Mayan ruins that have been unearthed and "converted" into a swing set, slide, sandbox, and jungle gym. The 3D face of a Mayan god is especially compelling.


Explorer's Playground

Explorer's Playground

Explorer's Playground

Explorer's Playground


Near the playground is Iguana Arcade where you'll find the typical assortment of electronic games for the kids and dad. Be sure to notice the architectural details of the building. Giant serpents flank the entrance and intricate Mayan carvings line the exterior walls.


Iguana Arcade

Iguana Arcade


Next to the arcade is Siesta's, a pool bar that offers just about any concoction you can think of. A reasonable selection of food is available here like sandwiches, salads, and nachos. The choices are numerous enough to create a nice lunch so you do not need to return to El Centro for a bite to eat. Refillable mugs can also be replenished here. Siesta's is open from 11am to 7pm.

Siesta's


To the left of Siesta's is a Mesoamerican Ball Court that the archeologists have converted into a volleyball court. If you look to one side of the playing field you'll see the traditional hoop of this ancient game. Although the rules of this contest have been lost to antiquity, it's believed that the Mayans used their hips to toss a heavy rubber ball through this vertical hoop.


Volleyball Court

Volleyball Court


The guest rooms at Coronado Springs are divided into three, distinct villages, Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas. Each village has its own, "quiet" pool and laundry facilities. No towels are offered at these pools so be sure to bring some from your room. I'll start my description with the Casitas village.

The Casitas guest rooms are located in three and four story buildings and are themed after urban areas of the Southwestern United States (such as Santa Fe) and Mexico (such as Monterrey). The buildings exude the feel of an ultra-deluxe hotel. One would never guess you were in a moderate resort. Fountains, overhead walkways, arbors, courtyards, and lush landscaping create a feast for the eyes. I was amazed the first time I walked through this area. It is remarkably beautiful.


Casitas

Casitas

Casitas

Casitas

Casitas


The Casitas village is located closest to the convention center and these rooms are generally allotted to those participating in a sponsored event. It's also in the Casitas Village that you'll find the Casa de Belleza Salon and the La Vida Health Club (Building Four). Located nearby is the quiet pool.


La Vida Health Club

Casitas Pool


The guest rooms of the Ranchos village can be found at the far end of the resort and are designed into two and three story pueblos associated with the American Southwest. Think upscale dude-ranch. The landscaping is intended to look like rural desert ranchland and is dotted with large wind-swept boulders, a dry creek bed, and various varieties of cacti. The effect is so convincing that it's almost possible to forget about Florida's humidity for a moment. It's interesting to note, the dry creek bed, or arroyo, is actually used as a water runoff channel during the rainy season.


Ranchos

Ranchos

Ranchos

Ranchos

Ranchos Pool


The third village is called the Cabanas. The theme here is that of a small tropical fishing village found along the Mexican coast. Four, two-story buildings sit beside an inlet of Lago Dorado. Velvety lawns, palm trees, and low hedges create an exotic atmosphere. Nearby, a white sandy beach, complete with hammocks, beckons you to relax and enjoy the lake breeze. In many ways, this village reminds me of sections of the Caribbean Beach Resort.


Cabanas

Cabanas

Cabanas

Cabanas

Cabanas Pool

Cabanas Beach


The guest rooms at Coronado Springs measure approximately 314 square feet. Most rooms feature two queen beds. There are 224 rooms with king-size beds and 99 disabled-accessible rooms.

The beds are simply made, covered with a white duvet and blue runner featuring a silhouette of Mickey Mouse. The headboards are tall and constructed of dark wood, creating a nice contrast to the light-colored linens and walls. Enclosed florescent lamps cap each headboard.


Guest Room Bed

Guest Room Bed

Guest Room Bed


All of the guest rooms were renovated in 2009 and now feature flat-screen TVs and a desk rather than a table and chairs. The desk is designed with laptop computers in mind. Electrical plugs and a high-speed internet connection are located on the desk's back panel for easy access. Internet access costs roughly $10 per day. The internet cable can be found hanging in the vanity area. The desk chair is also functional for "office" use.


Guest Room Desk

Guest Room Desk

Guest Room Desk Chair


The TV and DVD player sit on a dark wood chest. The chest contains six drawers and a small refrigerator. A coffee maker, ice bucket, and glasses are also located on the chest.


Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers


Something that I really like about Coronado Springs as compared to Port Orleans and Caribbean Beach Resort is the divider between the vanity and the bedroom. Instead of being a flimsy curtain, sliding wooden doors separate the rooms. This helps tremendously in keeping the vanity light and noise from intruding into the bedroom.


Sliding Vanity Doors

Something I don't like as well about Coronado Springs as compared with the other moderate resorts is it only has one sink. A family getting ready in the morning needs two.


Sink


In the vanity are clothes hangers, an ironing board and iron, and a key-locking safe. This safe is extremely small. At the most you could store a wallet and a pocket sized camera in it. The hair dryer is not attached to the wall as it is in other resorts. Instead it's found in a bag along with the hangers. Be sure to look for Mickey Mouse on the bathroom mirror.


Hanger and Ironing Board

Safe

Hair Dryer

Mickey Mouse Mirror


The toilet and shower area is separated from the vanity with a solid door. The shower curtain rod bows out at the top allowing for more space when bathing. The shower head generates a decent spray with three settings.


Tower and Shower


Overall, I like the bedroom decor at Coronado Springs. I think it's well themed and executed. But I have to admit, the vanity and toilet area are uninspired. I like to believe the Imagineers could have created a more inviting look even if this is a moderate resort.

Another advantage to Coronado Springs over Port Orleans and Caribbean Beach is the availability of room service. Whereas the other moderate resorts only offer pizza delivery after 4pm, this resort provides a decent menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Note, a $3 delivery charge, an 18% tip, and appropriate taxes will be added to the bill.

About half of the Cabana rooms offer a lake view. I decided to spend the extra money to see what I'd get. This first picture was taken with a standard lens setting from my window. In the second picture I zoomed in all the way. You tell me if you think the view is worth the money. I'm sure other rooms offer better vistas, but what room you're assigned is the luck of the draw.


Water View Standard View

Water View Zoom View


Coronado Springs is a large resort. A very large resort. My room was in building 9B, one of the closest to El Centro. It took me between three and five minutes to walk to the lobby. Although you can drive to El Centro from your nearby parking lot, there really aren't all that many spaces once you get there. Primarily, this area is used for those guests checking in and out. It was the designers' intent that you use Disney transportation if you don't wish to walk to and from El Centro and the convention center. Each village has its own bus stop. If you wish to ride TO El Centro, catch a bus marked Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. This will drop you off at the main bus depot. When you wish to RETURN to your room from El Centro, board any Downtown Disney bus.


Bus Stop


I think Coronado Springs is the "forgotten" moderate resort. Many people have a deep love for the Caribbean Beach or the Port Orleans Resorts and they aren't willing to give the Coronado Springs a try unless they are forced to stay here due to a lack of availability at other properties. That's a shame. Its large size really isn't any more inconvenient than Caribbean Beach and it has just as much charm as Port Orleans.

I'm a big proponent of trying everything Disney has to offer. To stay at the same resort year after year and to eat at the same restaurant time and time again is limiting. Disney has put a lot of effort and imagination into everything they do. When you try something new, it might not make it to your top-ten list. But then again, it just might. And it's rare that Disney will give you a bad experience so you really don't have anything to lose. So next time you're contemplating booking a moderate hotel, consider Coronado Springs. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

When I wrote about Port Orleans, I created two separate articles, one for the Riverside and one for the French Quarter. This allowed me to create shorter videos. Since Coronado Springs cannot be divided so easily, my video is rather long running at 13 minutes. This was necessary to capture the entire resort. The second video is of the room interior and is just a little over a minute long. Enjoy.




August 23, 2010

Window Artists

I was recently provided with an opportunity to learn a little about window design at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I'm talking about the art of displaying goods and merchandise in shop windows to entice you into the stores to part with your money. Like everything at Disney, a lot of thought and detail goes into all you see, and very often, the windows tell a story if you take the time to look.

One of the first things I learned was that for the most part, the store windows are divided into two categories, those belonging to Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) and those belonging to Merchandise Presentation, the local merchandising departments found within each park

The WDI windows, more often than not, deal with characters and portray an atmosphere or mood rather than trying to advertise a particular product. Good examples of WDI windows can be found in the "Beverly Sunset Sweet Spells" and the "Villains in Vogue" shops located on Sunset Boulevard. For the candy store we see Snow White's Queen as the Old Hag. She holds an apple over a cauldron, concocting her own "Sweet Spells." And who better to represent the scoundrels and rogues of "Villains in Vogue" than Maleficent.


Old Hag and Cauldron

Maleficent


Another "Villains in Vogue" window appears to be a part of the WDI collection, but in fact belongs to the Studio Merchandise Presentation team. You can tell because this window promotes a specific item, in this case, Vinylmation. (I know, you either "get" Vinylmation or you don't.).


Vinylmation Window


This is a very compelling window. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Take a look at the apple cores. They are Vinylmations. There are also several bottles of "ingredients" scattered around the scene. One contains "Black of Night," another "An Old Hag's Cackle" and a third "Mummy Dust." These elements were all used by the Queen to transform herself into the Witch. And finally, look at the oversized Vinylmation. The face contains the Magic Mirror and the mirror's spirit. It's details like this that make Disney so special.


Apple Core and Potion

Magic Mirror


Other window dressings offer unique challenges. Take "Celebrity 5 & 10" found on Hollywood Boulevard. This store represents a time when you could actually buy something for a nickel or a dime. Here, the window artists need to display inexpensive merchandise (by today's standards) yet not so inexpensive as to look cheap. For instance, Disney sells key chains and plastic snow globes, but these items could look tacky in a window display. A better idea would be to display Disney housewares items. Kitchen utensils were a common sight in a Woolworth's window during the '30s and '40s. By placing these modern items on chrome bar stools that look like they came out of a Woolworth's cafeteria, guests never notice the incongruity of the display.


Celebrity 5 & 10

Celebrity 5 & 10


Clothing stores also offer a challenge for the window artists, especially on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Disney wants to showcase the actual merchandise that can be found inside a particular shop. But the stores that line these streets represent a bygone era. Although vintage clothing would fit the theme better, these garments are not for sale inside. So the window artists need to play tricks on us so we don't notice that they are selling styles that did not exist in 1940. This can be accomplished with props.

In the pictures below, notice the large, magazine covers that hang on the back wall. These props were created by a window artist to trick our minds. First, he found pictures featuring men and women wearing vintage clothing. Then he created magazine titles befitting of Tinseltown and added an era-appropriate price and date. Finally, he added art deco frames and presto, he has props that transport us back to the heyday of Hollywood. Now it's easy for us to accept contemporary clothing in an era-specific theme.


Window With Magazine Covers

Window With Magazine Covers

In these next two windows, the furniture surrounding the mannequins is from the 1930's and 1940's. Throw in some antique perfume bottles, antique jewelry, a few pieces of old luggage, and photographs of Hollywood legends and you've created a tableau frozen in time. You never really notice that the mannequins might be wearing a Disney World t-shirt. In addition, a subtle story is being told in these windows. Both of these characters represent young actors getting ready for an audition.


Window Props

Window Props


A new story may be emerging in the near future around a second story window found in the Aztec inspired building located on the corner of Echo Park Drive and Sunset Plaza. In this window is an advertisement for Marge, a palm reader.


Aztec Building

Marge's Window


To carry out the theme of this window, Marge will become the "Palm Reader to the Stars." To tell this story, the three windows on the first floor of this building will be converted to represent Marge's reception room, her reading room, and her private chambers. It's subtle details like this that most of us don't really notice on a conscious level, but if they weren't there, we'd feel something was amiss.

Disney has a number of locations where props are stored and the window artists can rummage through these items looking for ideas. In addition, they often have pieces custom made. Take for instance these cubes used as display stands. Here, the window artist wanted to hint at Mickey Mouse to create a Disney connection, yet you will not find a true "hidden Mickey" on any of these metal platforms. The circles never quite achieve the correct dimensions to form that famous silhouette. Yet this design forces guests to look at the merchandise while saying to themselves, "Mickey must be here someplace."


Mickey must be here someplace


I especially love the level of detail you'll find inside the Carthay Circle Theater on Sunset Boulevard.


Carthay Circle Theater


Located right inside the main entrance is a uniquely dressed mannequin. First, notice her skirt. Then take a look at her velvet blouse.


Uniquely Dressed Mannequin


Now take a look at the overhead light fixture and the drapes that line the wall. Coincidence? I don't think so.


Overhead Light Fixture

Drapes


Next take a look at the table our fashion plate sits on. Then take a look at the hand-painted ceiling. Notice a repeating pattern?


Hand Painted Table

Hand Painted Ceiling


I learned that window artists also do more than just create compelling displays to draw us into their stores. They are also responsible for the interior arrangement of merchandise. Although there are some guidelines that they follow, much of what you see is a result of their artistic ability. And the proper grouping of items is important. For instance, Disney clothing is now being branded into three categories, Classic, Vintage, and Graphic Edge. It's important when arranging racks and shelves of clothing to keep like type merchandise together. For example, you would want to keep Vintage hats close to Vintage shirts and Classic shorts next to Classic blouses.


Classic Tag

Vintage Tag

Graphic Edge


Each morning before the parks open, all of the window artists visit their respective shops to make sure other cast members haven't unwittingly rearranged the merchandise. They want to make sure everything is perfect for the guests when the day begins.

I've only begun to scratch the surface of what goes into the art of marketing merchandise, but I'm sure this sample gives you an idea that nothing is taken for granted at Disney. A great deal of thought goes into every nook and cranny and window of the parks.



August 27, 2010

I Know I Heard It Someplace - Quiz - Questions

Today's quiz will test how well you listen while visiting Disney World. I will give you a line or two of dialogue and you must determine where it can be heard. Remember, not everything will be from a ride or attraction. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

Once again, no winners will be announced and no prizes will be awarded so please do not send me your answers.

Have fun!

1. Voice 1: Hey everybody. I'm done programming our new voice activation system. Voice 2: Now all our household items will do anything we tell 'em to do.

2. Years of planning. Years in the making. Years before its time. Walt Disney and the talents of a thousand craftsmen bring to the screen all the wonders of Fantasia.

3. Hey. Thanks again for being such a great test crew. Come back and ride anytime. Bye now.

4. How dramatic that moment must have been when the common people first entered these once hallowed grounds. Gone are the landlords, warlords, and emperors.

5. There is a spirit that lives within the rainforest. A spirit of life that surrounds you.

6. You're mine! You're mine! And you're not gettin' away this time.

7. Throughout today's performance, please refrain from buzzing, stinging, and pollinating.

8. Welcome aboard. This is Captain Rex from the cockpit.

9. From the cold gray north they come to the golden glow of the Riviera.

10. Be sure to bring your death certificate.

11. Voice 1: Wow! Look at the spectacular view. Did your man deliver or did he deliver? Voice 2: Marlin, you're going to wake the kids.

12. Once a normal voluptuously beautiful woman she drove into a nightmare of horror and saw descending from the sky a titanic monster whose fearsome touch became a frightful curse.

13. Up here with me today is the galaxy famous amazing Astro Organ. And the incredible but invisible vocal talent of my backup singers the Space Angels.

14. There is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone.

15. You must continue now. Thomas, it is difficult to make thirteen clocks chime at the same time but we must carefully justify the separation.

16. In a moment, you'll be going live to our control center for a comprehensive safety briefing and then it's on to the tour that will convince you forever that the future is truly in the past.

17. My siestas are getting shorter and shorter. Hey Michael, mi amigo. Pay attention. It's show time.

18. Voice 1: Hey. Hey. Hey look. Look at the guy in the Goofy mask. Voice 2: That's not a mask. Voice 1: Oh. Sorry lady.

19. Voice 1: Hey, hey, hey. What are you guys still doing here? You're supposed to be at a show -- now. Voice 2: I'd like to introduce our lovely manager. She's usually not like this folks. Voice 3: She's usually worse.

20. When we mention farming, you probably don't think of fish. But fish farming, or aquaculture, is an innovative way to increase harvests, protect wild fish populations, and produce a healthy crop.



August 28, 2010

I Know I Heard It Someplace - Quiz - Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's quiz. I hope you did well.

Once again, no winners will be announced and no prizes awarded so please don't send me your answers.

1. Voice 1: Hey everybody. I'm done programming our new voice activation system. Voice 2: Now all our household items will do anything we tell 'em to do.

In the fourth act of Carousel of Progress Mother and Father talk about their modern home.


Carousel of Progress



2. Years of planning. Years in the making. Years before its time. Walt Disney and the talents of a thousand craftsmen bring to the screen all the wonders of Fantasia.

This narrative is part of the preshow for The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Great Movie Ride



3. Hey. Thanks again for being such a great test crew. Come back and ride anytime. Bye now.

This is heard as you finish your ride on Test Track at Epcot.


Test Track



4. How dramatic that moment must have been when the common people first entered these once hallowed grounds. Gone are the landlords, warlords, and emperors.

These words refer to the Forbidden City as seen in the Reflections of China movie at Epcot.


Reflections of China



5. There is a spirit that lives within the rainforest. A spirit of life that surrounds you.

Grandmother Willow speaks these words in the Song of the Rainforest booths at Conservation Station at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Song of the Rainforest



6. You're mine! You're mine! And you're not gettin' away this time.

Brer Fox says this to Brer Rabbit just before you start your climb up Chick-A-Pin Hill on Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.


Splash Mountain



7. Throughout today's performance, please refrain from buzzing, stinging, and pollinating.

This "safety spiel" is spoken at the beginning of the "It's Tough to be a Bug" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


It's Tough to be a Bug



8. Welcome aboard. This is Captain Rex from the cockpit.

You're about ready to blast off on a trip to the Moon of Endor on Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Star Tours



9. From the cold gray north they come to the golden glow of the Riviera.

This can be heard in the Impressions de France movie at Epcot.


Impressions de France



10. Be sure to bring your death certificate.

Little Leota speaks these words towards the end of the Haunted Mansion attraction at the Magic Kingdom.


Little Leota



11. Voice 1: Wow! Look at the spectacular view. Did your man deliver or did he deliver? Voice 2: Marlin, you're going to wake the kids.

These are the opening lines to Finding Nemo The Musical performed at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Finding Nemo The Musical



12. Once a normal voluptuously beautiful woman she drove into a nightmare of horror and saw descending from the sky a titanic monster whose fearsome touch became a frightful curse.

This can be heard in the Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Sci-Fi Dine-In



13. Up here with me today is the galaxy famous amazing Astro Organ. And the incredible but invisible vocal talent of my backup singers the Space Angels.

Sonny Eclipse says this at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom.


Sonny Eclipse



14. There is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone.

You'll be singing this all day long. This line is from "it's a small world" at the Magic Kingdom.


It's A Small World



15. You must continue now. Thomas, it is difficult to make thirteen clocks chime at the same time but we must carefully justify the separation.

These words are spoken by Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jefferson in the American Adventure at Epcot.


American Adventure



16. In a moment, you'll be going live to our control center for a comprehensive safety briefing and then it's on to the tour that will convince you forever that the future is truly in the past.

Dr. Marsh speaks these words in the preshow of Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Dinosaur



17. My siestas are getting shorter and shorter. Hey Michael, mi amigo. Pay attention. It's show time.

These are the opening lines to Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management located at the Magic Kingdom.


Tiki Room



18. Voice 1: Hey. Hey. Hey look. Look at the guy in the Goofy mask. Voice 2: That's not a mask. Voice 1: Oh. Sorry lady.

These lines are spoken by Statler and Waldorf in the Muppet*Vision 3D movie at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Statler and Waldorf



19. Voice 1: Hey, hey, hey. What are you guys still doing here? You're supposed to be at a show -- now. Voice 2: I'd like to introduce our lovely manager. She's usually not like this folks. Voice 3: She's usually worse.

These lines can be heard in the preshow for Rock 'N' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Rock 'N' Roller Coaster



20. When we mention farming, you probably don't think of fish. But fish farming, or aquaculture, is an innovative way to increase harvests, protect wild fish populations, and produce a healthy crop.

This narrative can be heard on the Living with the Land attraction at Epcot.


Living with the Land




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