Monday, February 28, 2011

Picture of the Day 3

Dole Whips are the best. You can find them in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, the kisok is called 'Aloha Isle'. You can also get one at the Polynesian resort, at the quick service restaurant, Captain Cooks'. 

The best part about Captain Cooks' is that you get to make it as big as you want, for the same price as a Magic Kingdom Dole Whip. I made a pineapple/vanilla swirl that was about the size of my head. Then I wandered around the resort in the dark until I found the gorgeous sandy beach, reclined in a hammock, and watched the 'Holiday Wishes' fireworks for the first time.

My favorite is the pineapple/vanilla swirl, but there's three flavors: pineapple, vanilla, and orange. You can 'swirl' them any way you want. Other people really like the floats, which is any kind of the ice creams mixed with pineapple juice.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscars 2011

The Oscars are my second favorite awards show. The Tonys have my award show-loving heart. Tonight the 2011 Oscars happened.
The full list of winners can be found here.
I love that the show ended with the PS22 choir singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', and at the end, all the winners coming onstage. Then Anne Hathaway started high-fiving the kids. It was precious.

This was my favorite part:
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I love, adore, and want to be like Anne Hathaway. She seemed to be having so much fun.

Other highlights:
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Kirk Douglas, and his 94 year-old banter with the audience before presenting the Best Supporting Actress to Melissa Leo from The Fighter.
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Colin Firth's many fantastic expressions before winning Best Actor for The King's Speech.
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Why is mold growing on the back of her dress? The front is just as bad.
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Some of Anne Hathaway's style for the night. More can be found after the cut.
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The Black Swan parody. Anne tap-danced. It was awesome.

There's more thoughts and pictures behind the 'Read more'.

Picture of the Day 2

This was taken backstage, somewhere in Disney World's jungle. My friend Mandie and I had a 'treat shift' for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween costume. Compared to my regular Fantasyland costume, this was delightful. I could curtsy to girls now! I wasn't wearing shorts or pants! I got a bitchin' purple bat headband! The skirts were sized small, when I put it on, I had a waist that would shame a Disney Princess. Unfortunately, my tiny waist was covered by the always too-large apron. The apron straps would always fall down my shoulders (thanks, extra-small apron), so I called myself "the candy harlot." Backstage, of course.

The Halloween parties were the best to work, you got paid to give out candy and watch fireworks! You also got more breaks and sometimes got free candy at the end of the night. I worked by Peter Pan's Flight, the Alice in Wonderland 'treat trail' that led from Toontown to Space Mountain, Pinocchio's Village House, and I was 'crowd control' one night for the 7 Dwarves. The parties lasted for almost 2 months, and almost all were amazing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Picture of the Day

Hi Pooh Bear! Would you please sign my book?

In December, my friend Brooke and I went to eat at Crystal Palace, a buffet restaurent in Magic Kingdom where you meet Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. We got in without reservations because she worked there. It was delicious, and I was filled with child-like wonder and delicious food, much like the rest of my time at Disney World.

I was thrilled.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pondering

How on earth did I miss the make your own ice cream sundae when I ate breakfast at the Grand Floridian? I had Mickey waffles, granola, strawberry soup...how did I miss the ice cream? I love ice cream! I went back to the buffet three times! I met Tigger! I met Pooh! And Alice and the Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins! Is it because we were in a hurry and ate in less than an hour since my parents had a plane to catch? Probably.

I guess I'll just have to eat at 1900 Park Fare again when I go back to Disney World.
 Ignore the crazy eyes. Tigger's my favorite and he seemed to be flirting with me. Kissing and growling and giving me big long hugs...
The fantastic Mad Hatter.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Completely Adorable

Preston Blair was an animator for Disney, MGM, and Universal. He was born October 24, 1908 and died April 19, 1995 at the age of 86. Looking at his animation work makes me really happy. Such as this:
Look at that goddamn suave alligator from Fantasia.
Blair was on the animation team for Fantasia, Bambi, Pinocchio, The Flinstones, Tom and Jerry, and various cartoons from all 3 studios.
 The owl from Bambi! I love the sketch of him preening.
"Heavy Pugnacious" may be the best character descriptor I've read in awhile.

 If you're interested, there's more sketches behind the 'Read more' cut.

I found my information at IMDB, Wikipedia and the art here.

Montana, a place where everyone knows everyone

Last week, I joined a dating site. I was feeling lonely. It's what the kids do nowadays.

My friend and I had lunch today, and commiserated over her jackass of an ex-boyfriend.

He sent me a message tonight. Of course. It's Montana. I kept in mind what I knew about him from my friend, and found his message to be really pretentious.
 The subject was: Man Five Hundred Thousand Says Hello.

Hello!

You mentioned bonding over video games. Using that piece of data, I'm sure you are utterly inundated with men contacting you. Internet. Woman. Video games. Instance digital target. I suppose I cannot say I'm much different the rest of the gaggle, but I'll throw my cards in regardless.

When I was a child, my parents said I would grow out of the silly little "Nintendo Games". They meant video games, but they knew nothing of the culture. I love games for various reasons: art, emotion, experiences impossible in real life, and they're just plain fun. In the end, life is about fun. Fun is important! Games are important. I love games. This is easily provable if you check my Steam game list (if you don't know Steam, it's a digital distribution service for games). I'm the first to admit that the sheer volume of games on that list is... pathetic. Embarrassing. And AWESOME. I'm quite proud of my nerddom. *Throws up the horns for being a nerd*

*cough* Alright. Now that's out of my system. I'm a huge movie buff. Not quite with Disney movies, but my tastes vary wildly. I can enjoy most things as long as they don't have massive, glaring plot holes. For some reason those bother me greatly. 

 
It's interesting to find someone with such defined goals at your age. Usually by the early twenties most people settle for a general area of a dream rather than a specific position. It's commendable. 

The rest of the message is after 'Read more'. Oh yeah, there's more.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Billards and Up!

This past week, I had a pretty incredible first date. It was arranged through a friend, a blind date kind of. We met at a bar downtown. I walked in, and he immediately came over. I had my favorite old man drink, gin and tonic. We played 4 rounds of pool, and he won every game. I sort of got better, because by the last game, I only had one ball left on the table. He mentioned that he had never seen Up before, and I was aghast. We drove over to his house to watch it. After the movie, he drove me home and we kissed goodnight. It was fantastic. I saw him again on Saturday, and we're going to hang out again this week.
 
Delightful.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pretty Castle

I had never been to Disney World, or any Disney park before I moved to Orlando to work there. However, being in Fantasyland was the best place for me. I got to see Cinderella's castle on a daily basis, which was magical. I got done early at work one night in December, so I went to watch the castle lighting ceremony from Liberty Square.

The Fairy Godmother, along with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; magically lights the castle every night in a 10 minute show. It's one of the coolest things Disney World does for the holidays, in my opinion.

Yes, the castle is really pretty by itself:
 But when the lights are on it:
It's so gorgeous. Another of my favorite parts was when the castle lights back up after Wishes, and showing a kid the window where Cinderella lives.

Making magic, it's what I did.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Disney Princess Post 10 (Ariel)

Ariel, the red haired mermaid who turns into a human for true love, is one of Disney's more popular princesses. I saw a ton of little Ariels around Disney World. Her movie is The Little Mermaid. The movie has delightful sidekicks such as Scuttle the ...pelican?, Sebastian the crab, Max the dog and Flounder the fish. The movie has such awesome songs as 'Kiss the Girl', 'Under the Sea', 'Part of Your World', 'Poor Unfortunate Souls', and the fish-killing song, 'Les Poissons'. Her prince is named Eric, who is delightfully badass and handsome. He slays Ursula the sea witch!

Ariel can be found in her human form at Magic Kingdom in Adventureland. Ariel's Grotto, where you could meet her in mermaid form in Fantasyland, was taken away in early August 2010. I've also met her at 'Akershus' in fake Norway, and at 'Cinderella's Royal Table' at the Magic Kingdom.
Ariel is sometimes paired with Eric in Adventureland, if you're lucky.
 At 'Akershus' in fake Norway the first time, celebrating a roommate's birthday.
 At 'Akershus' a second time, celebrating a friend's birthday
 One of my favorites, right after I had gotten Flounder. She said that Flounder should be fatter.
 At my College Program's winter formal, at Coronado Springs Resort.

To see more pictures of Ariel, click 'Read more'. As always, click on the picture to make it bigger.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Disney Princess Post 9 (Rapunzel)

Rapunzel is Disney's newest princess. Her movie is called Tangled, and has quite possibly one of the best Disney love songs, 'I See the Light'. She's delightfully kid-ish in personality, and is equally badass. Disney animators, you did a stellar job.

Rapunzel can be found in Magic Kingdom, in a 'play and greet' that replaced 'Storytime with Belle'. It's located on the walkway to the right of Cinderella's castle, if you're on your way to Cosmic Ray's or Fantasyland. Her lines are super long, so I only met her twice while I was there.
Rapunzel is paired with her prince, Flynn Rider.
This was at a cast members-only event.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Disney Princess Post 8 (Belle)

Belle is my favorite princess. She's a reader, she's smart, she's self-assured, and knows that beauty comes from what's within. Her movie is Beauty and the Beast, the best scene is the waltz to the same-titled song. The first time I met Belle at Disney World, I cried.

Belle can be found at Magic Kingdom in Adventureland, at Epcot in fake France, and at Hollywood Studios at the Art of Animation on nights when Fantasmic isn't playing. I've also met her at 'Akershus' in fake Norway, where she's the first Princess you meet, and at 'Cinderella's Royal Table' at the Magic Kingdom.
Belle is paired with the Beast at fake France in Epcot.
 
 Just after the last 'Storytime with Belle' at Magic Kingdom.
 More Belle photos are behind the cut, click 'Read more'. As always, click on a picture to make it bigger.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

200th Post!

Good stuff.
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Disney Princess Post 7 (Tiana)

Tiana is Disney's first African-American Princess. Her movie is called The Princess and the Frog. She's a self-assured woman who knows what she wants. Tiana's Prince is named Naveen, a Prince from the distant land of Maldonia. They both get turned into frogs in Louisiana, various hijinks ensue, and a happy ending is had by all. There's also delightful sidekicks, a lightning bug named Ray and an alligator named Louis. There are some lovely songs, like 'Almost There', one of the best villain songs 'Friends on the Other Side', 'Down in New Orleans', and 'Ma Belle Evangeline'. Her dress is gorgeous.

Tiana can be found at Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square, near the Christmas store. She is almost always paired with Naveen. Also, the line gets closed off fast because they spend so much time with each family.
Tiana in her 'winter wear'.