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October 2, 2011

A Day at the Studios and Epcot with HM's and first-time visitors from Canada

Vickie and I had lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We like to cool off inside this restaurant on a warm day. While watching the cartoons and movie clips, I took photos of Tinker Bell

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and Mickey
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and the classic Hidden Mickey on the youngster's spacesuit; it's formed by a circle and two knobs on the upper chest.

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A helpful Cast Member showed Vickie and me a classic Hidden Mickey in blue lights in the gift shop at the exit of Star Tours. It's at the lower part of the counter to the right as you exit the ride.

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Vickie and I had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants: Teppan Edo at Epcot's World Showcase. At Teppan Edo, you sit with other folks that you may not know, and sometimes that allows for making new acquaintances.

This particular evening, we were lucky to enjoy the meal with a family from Canada. Not only was this their first visit to Walt Disney World, it was their first family vacation in 17 years! After dinner, I introduced them to the world of Hidden Mickeys. I pointed out a few Hidden Mickey gems in World Showcase and Future World. In the photo below are (from left to right) Linda, Tony, son John, me, and daughters Jacquelyn and Julia.

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We all strolled into the Test Track queue. The Hidden Mickey in the third pre-show room was voted in on my website, and it's still there! It's at the upper left of the greaseboard.

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This delightful family from Canada was having a memorable vacation at WDW. They all were reveling in the entertainment WDW has to offer. We walked back to World Showcase, and I recommended they not miss IllumiNations. As luck (or pixie dust) would have it, we were chatting with a friendly Cast Member in the United Kingdom Pavilion, and I introduced him to the first-time WDW visitors from way up North. He pulled out a clipboard and wrote down their names. He declared them to be "VIP's" and reserved a spot for them along the wall behind the Rose & Crown Pub to watch the fireworks. As you might imagine, they were enchanted and amazed by IllumiNations.

Now is that Disney Magic, or what?

October 14, 2011

Soaring High at Downtown Disney and new Hidden Images

One afternoon, Vickie and I had lunch at Paradiso 37 at Pleasure Island. The chips and salsa were fresh, and the Mexican dishes were decent (I had chicken enchiladas with verde sauce). The overhead music was interesting - a combination of current pop music and country songs. I'm not normally a country music fan, but I enjoyed tapping along with really good two-step boot-sliding music.

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After lunch, we lined up to soar high in the Characters in Flight balloon. It was a sunny and mostly clear day, so we knew we'd be able to see for miles from 400 feet in the air.

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During ascent and descent and while tethered at the top, I snapped many photos from the balloon deck. Here's Future World at Epcot

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and Planet Hollywood

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I thanked our pilot for a great experience!

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Vickie and I wandered over to Wolfgang Puck Cafe to check out the classic Hidden Mickey on the mosaic tile pyramid behind the check-in counter. It's still there!

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Two friendly employees showed us some other Hidden Gems in the mosaic. Check out the red fork at the lower right front of the pyramid

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and an orange spoon high on the right side of the pyramid

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Don't miss the purple fork on the right side, below the spoon

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The tile artists had fun with this mosaic design, and I'm glad they included Mickey!

October 26, 2011

D23, a Disney Legend, and Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Vickie and I strolled toward the back entrance of Epcot one morning to check out a D23 event at the Food & Wine Festival. I spotted remnants of some Food & Wine (in this case, Beer) revelers outside the Beach Club Resort. I think they're still asleep!

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I very much enjoy Disney's music lineups for the seasonal festivals. That evening, I was able to catch the last part of Starship's (with Mickey Thomas) set ("We Built This City ...") at America Gardens Theatre.

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The D23 event started in the American Adventure Pavilion Rotunda.

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The highlight of the D23 event was meeting Disney Legend Bob Gurr. He was the early Disneyland attraction transportation guru, conjuring up the vehicles for Autopia, the Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Monorail, the Submarine Voyage, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, among others. He is incredibly energetic and enjoys the camaraderie with other Disney fans. It was an honor to meet him! (He did seem to know about Hidden Mickeys!)

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The next day, we heard from other luminaries, including Marianne Hunnel and Michael Jenner, the creators of Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. Food & Wine gets better every year; thanks for all you do!

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The D23 lunch included some delectable choices:

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That evening, D23 had special seating for the America Gardens Theatre show: Sugar Ray ("I... just wanna fly, put your arms around me baby ...")! What a show! The audience (me included) was really into the performance! (One cool fact: Sugar Ray has had the same band members for over 20 years; that's a real working partnership!)

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Sometimes, even though I live near WDW, I just don't want to leave! Thanks D23!

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