Saturday, February 22, 2014

BACK!

I spent a week away with my family in Florida.  We went to Walt Disney World.  And you know what?  In spite of myself, I LOVED it.  I'm thinking it's all the marketing brain washing we go through since we are all children.  I may think I am immune to the sacharrine sweetness of the whole Disney machine, but in fact, as I walk along the brightly-lit Kingdom, whistling a tune or humming along to the piped in Disney music, I realize, no one is immune.  Certainly not me.
I found myself really kind of moved to see the iconic sights of Disney World.  Like seeing Mickey Mouse perched atop Epcot, and then seeing the flag with the big ball thing, gave me lump in my throat.
The stupid construction crane mars the view, but the castle at Magic Kingdom is kind of awesome.
I may have been making a mental "SQUEEEEEEE" when I had a picture taken with Merida.  I'm on the left, Merida is on right.  I want hair like that!
I may have squeezed Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  I may have made them uncomfortable patting them all over their giant rodent heads.

Some amazing things I was admiring was just how sterile, pristine and meticulous the whole experience was all over the parks.  Epcot Center, one of the parks making up Disney World showcases several nations of the world.  In this world, there is no ickiness, no trash.  Just milling tourists and several of the best-known cultural epitomized thing on display.

"Japan"

"China"
In "China" was a model scale set of the terra-cotta soldiers on display.
"Morocco"
"France"
Which also had a Guerlain & Givenchy shops!  Full of makeups!
I didn't buy any souvenirs, makeup or otherwise, but did nosh my way through.  Ok ice cream in "France."  I found it so beyond funny that at a snack kiosk in "Japan," they were selling Shrimp Chips.
"United Kingdom"  Hello, UK friends.  They tell me it looks like this where you are.  True?  Is that Selfridges I see tucked into the back over there?
"Norway" where Queen Elsa and Princess Anna were also stationed.  They had upto a 5 hour wait to take pictures.  No way, man!  I'd rather a short wait for quick pictures with 2nd tier characters, me.
"Germany" where we ate dinner at a beer hall.  I've had much better German food before, but the experience was fun.
Here is the Disneyfied version of New York City, which was very amusing.


At Animal Kingdom, we visited the little petting zoo, which had several domesticated animals.  This was the least smelly petting zoo I'd ever been to.  I'm sure you've also been to several of these types of zoos.  But it didn't really smell and the animals were strangely docile, allowing for all manner of children and adults petting them away.  Do they bathe and then tranquilize the animals?
There is a miniaturized version of pretty much everything there.  Here is a small Mount Everest.
I can see how people would go back year after year.  It's warm, sunny and fun.  <--- not like me.  It really is very magical.

Well, I'm back home now, attempting to put the blog back in order.  There is still snow on the ground.  It's gross here back home.  I put back on my red Merida wig.  (You do know that is my Merida wig?)  Things back to normal now.

26 comments :

  1. Ooo looks like you had fun! Guerlain/Givenchy boutique and you bought nothin??? Giiirl you just might loose your beauty blogger access with that confession! :D

    Erm where the heck is Canada? *taps foot*

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    1. Eeeeh! Well, the family has no patience for me dithering around a makeup counter! :DD
      They do have "Canada" there. It was very subpar. Had a wooden lodge or something.

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    2. Canada was a wooden lodge? The F??? LOL

      Looks like a fun trip! LMAO-ing at the return of the snow woman.

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    3. Yup, plus a totem pole. I was not impressed. :D

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  2. Missed you pretty lady!!! So nice to see sunshine even if it means living vicariously through your pics :-) Yay for fun time!!! I went to Disney a number of years ago and was surprised at how much fun I had...so happy you enjoyed it and the warm weather!!!

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    1. :)) I'm glad to be home, but really really wish I were back in sunny, warm, happy Orlando. It was really fun at Disney. I hope I can get back there again.

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  3. I *thought* that was the Mouse atop that ball. Walt Disney World sounds like a kid's version of Las Vegas, without the gambling, of course. Seeing as I've never actually been to either, I'm totally qualified to say so!

    Anyway, welcome home, dear.

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    1. Hahah! I've not been to Las Vegas either. I suspect it can't possibly be as fun as going to Disney World. I feel like I've just won the Super Bowl (which I never watch either)! :)

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  4. Welcome back!! Although I wouldn't have blamed you if you stayed there forever, lol. Disney looks like so much fun, I've always wanted to go. Glad you had fun! :)

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    1. Abby! What a fun trip. But the days and days and days of walking and waiting in lines was not so fun. But everything else was wonderful. You must try to get there.

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  5. OMG so much fun!!! I still remembered the times I spent in both Disneys when at USA, it was the BEST moment I had as a child, i love Animal Kingdom and Epcot and all that!! :D nice weather over there!!!

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    1. The weather was SO nice. We have more snow forecasted this evening back home. *hides under the covers*

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  6. Welcome back! Oh, this looks really fun.... and HUGE!!! My kids will love it... maybe I'll take them when they're much older :-)

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    1. It's a kid's paradise. Also a paradise for big kids like us. :) We did miles and miles of walking every day falling into bed at the end of the night totally tuckered out. I think you and the kids will enjoy it.

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  7. WELCOME HOME! <3
    Take me with you next time! You can show me the wooooorld. Shining, shimmering, splendid... Erm, I = also irrevocably brainwashed.
    *pets you through screen while you are sun-drenched and tranquilised*

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    1. :) A whole new woorrrrrld *warbles* They pipe in music throughout the whole thing, and lots of live music things and I KNEW EVERY SINGLE SONG. ALL OF THEM. :) *purrs*

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  8. Sounds like fun, I went to Disney World Florida when I was young girl, there was a Minnie mouse porcelain figure I wanted that my parents wouldn't buy me, I can still see it now..feeling the bitterness...
    I think I might take my little man to the one in Paris when he is a bit older, I'm thinking that I could pop into a Sephora whilst I'm there ;)
    xx

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    1. Ha! Some memories! I wonder if my kids are going to remember this years later and feel totally like their cheap parents got them nuthin'. :) Maybe I need to order them a t-shirt of something on line. :) I wonder what the Paris Disney is like?

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  9. Haha, thanks for this fun post!
    Glad to hear you and your family had a fantastic time and it's certainly good to have you back!

    (The moral issue aside(if the animals are really tranquilized;;), I really want to pet them myself! ) ^-^

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    1. Maybe they were all simultaneously drowsy from lunch? Also, noticeable lack of animal droppings anywhere. It was weird! Aren't they all really cute though? I had a nice long pet with the pigs, they were particularly adorable.

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  10. I love Disney World and if I manage to go this fall, it'll be a whole 20 years since my last visit ZOMG. I still remember what I got, and I believe they were all from EPCOT, haha! A book from "Norway" about trolls (non-internet kind) and some weirdly Victorian pendant because I had a bad case of the Anne of Green Gables. :P Did your kids really not get anything? It sounds like they were model kiddies who didn't badger their parents for stuff. Well brought-up belly kids!

    Let's hold a MUB convention there some day. XD

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    1. Epcot was great! Although I loved the whole thing. I really did get them nothing except for an autograph book for the character meets & a pen each. They were great and didn't whine at all! I'm pretty sure I gave birth to them, but they don't act all consumery like their mom at ALL! >.O

      MUB convention, at the Givenchy counter! :DDD

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    2. Big props to you and DH's parenting then! Consider sharing your secrets with the world; I bet a book called "Zero Whining: How I Brought My Kids To Disney And Bought Them Nothing" would be an instant bestseller. XD

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    3. A synopsis:
      Book the cheapest-ass budget airline that charges for every carry on and checked bag. Tell kids nothing fits.
      The End.

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  11. Lovely pics, I wish I can go there. Btw there is a fun tool in ps to remove unsightly cranes and whatever you want.
    I feel bad for tourist around here, nothing to see when it comes to theme parks.

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    1. I think will need PS! Stupid crane!
      Not every one is into theme parks. You guys have some other amazing sights to enjoy.

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