Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brave Disney Dream Portrait from Annie Leibovitz


Have you seen the latest Disney Dream Portrait from Annie Leibovitz? She has created several amazing portraits in the past several years, and I just love them. The most recent portrait features actress Jessica Chastain as Merida from the Disney/Pixar film Brave. The portrait is titled Where your destiny awaits. This photo appeared in several magazines earlier this year.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm Back!

It's been a very, very long summer. I recently returned home after spending four months helping my mom get her house ready to sell. It was a lot of hard work to get it finished, but it looks like it will sell fairly quickly, so it was worth the effort.  (Besides, once it sells, she's promised that a Disney Cruise will soon be in my future. Hooray!!) Now that I'm back, I thought I'd catch up on all of the Disney news that has come out recently and share it with you.

First up, it appears that Star Wars Expansion will happen after all. I'm so excited! Disney hasn't announced exactly what it will entail, but I'm hoping for a Cantina with the musicians from Episode IV. Additional details aren't expected until some time next year, but it's definitely a start.

The Frozen Summer has been held over and will continue until September 28. The fun starts with Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome. Then you can join in the fun with "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration". Stop by  Wandering Oaken's Frozen Funland to shop for all your winter needs and maybe even try a bit of ice skating or play in the snow. Finish the night with Frozen Fireworks set to music from the movie. It sounds like a lot of fun. Rumors have suggested that the event may continue until 2015, but Disney hasn't announced an extension so far.

A new night time parade will be coming to Animal Kingdom in 2017. It's called the Rivers of Light and will take place on the Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. The floating show will feature lanterns, live music, water screens and images of animals. This parade will be the park's first kiss goodnight. Other nighttime activities will include night safaris on Kilimanjaro Safaris and live performers. All of this will lead up to the debut of Avatar land in 2017.

It looks like there are a lot of new things planned for Walt Disney World in the next few years. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Club Cool at EPCOT

Have you heard about the new flavors at Club Cool in EPCOT? I must admit, when I first heard that they were getting rid of many of the more popular flavors last fall and only keeping the odd ones like Beverly and VegitaBeta, I was very disappointed. I really liked the Smart Watermelon from China and the Lift Apple from Mexico, so I was sorry to see that they would be gone by the time I made it down again. My sister liked the Mezzo Mix, an orange flavored Coke from Germany, so well that she often mixes her Coke with orange soda now. However, as sad as we were to see them go, the new flavors sounded rather exciting.

Here are the descriptions straight from the labels.

Beverly - Italy - Beverly, with it's bitter flavor, is a popular non-alcoholic aperitif that is a traditional part of Italian refreshment culture.

Fanta Pineapple - Greece - Fanta has more than 90 distinct flavors available in more than 180 countries. It made its European debut in the 1940s and was introduced to the USA in 1960. Fanta Pineapple is caffeine-free and features a sweet pineapple taste.

Fanta Melon Frosty - Thailand - Fanta is the number one soft drink of Thailand. With a fun melon flavor, this carbonated beverage is beloved in Thailand's sunny, tropical climate.

VegitaBeta - Japan - Originally launched in Japan in 1992, VegitaBeta is a non-carbonated beverage with apricot and passion fruit flavors and is rich in beta-carotene that contributes to its unique yellowish-orange color.

Bibo Kiwi Mango - South Africa - Originally created in 1998, Bibo is a fruit flavored line of juice drinks popular in South Africa. The brand features fun characters such as Johnny Orange, Taka Strawberry, and Paolo Peach.

Sparberry - Zimbabwe - A raspberry flavored cream soda, Sparberry launched in Africa in 1955. It is exclusively available in several countries in southeast Africa.

Guarana Kuat -  Brazil - Guarana Kuat is a guarana berry flavored soft drink first launched in Brazil in 1997. The word guarana comes from the Guarani word guara-na which translates to "fruit like the eyes of the people."

Inca Kola - Peru - Known as "The Taste of Peru," this soda has an unusually sweet fruity flavor that many compare to the taste of liquid bubblegum. The name "Inca Kola" refers to the Quechua words for king and queen.

First up, I tried the Fanta Pineapple. I really like pineapple flavored drinks, and this one was great. My sister really liked the Melon Frosty flavor, and my niece did too. I'm not very fond of  melons, but this is one yummy soda. My niece wanted to try the Inca Kola after I told her it was supposed to taste like bubblegum, but none of us really cared for it. I liked the Sparberry, which is a raspberry cream soda, and had a hard time choosing whether it was my favorite or the Frosty Melon. The final two flavors, Bibo and Guarana Kuat weren't popular with any of us.

Although I will miss the Watermelon and Lift Apple, I'm glad they've changed up the flavors. Club Cool is always a favorite stop on our trips to EPCOT, so be sure to check it out. You may find a new soda obsession.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

I've been a big fan of Star Wars since the beginning, but I'm not so serious about it that I can't enjoy a little good-natured parody by Phineas and Ferb. My niece and I have been waiting months to see their new Star Wars special. We always enjoy the crazy antics of Phineas and Ferb and this was no exception. We started laughing during the first minute and didn't stop for at least half the show. We loved all of the little injokes and references to all of the other Star Wars movies.

I have to say, some of the jokes were expected and some were out of left-field. While all of them made me laugh, I had a few favorites. I totally want a Perry the Platypus in carbonite. I have no idea what I would do with it, but I definitely need one. Ferb's hair as Darth Maul was just ridiculous and hilarious. And Doofenschmirtz as a Darth was both pathetic and funny.

Overall, we loved it. It was hilarious! A definite keeper. (We've actually watched it 3 more times since it debuted on Saturday, and I can't wait until it's available on DVD.) The songs are so catchy, my niece has been singing them for days! As she said during the credits, "That was the greatest movie of Phineas and Ferb history!"

Photo Credit: Disney

Saturday, July 19, 2014