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Back in Florida!

In adventure, Carnival, Disney, Florida, friends, fun, traveling, walt disney world on September 3, 2012 at 7:05 am

Well as you know, I’m back in Florida! It’s been a wonderful week and I’m so happy to be back in my American home! I started off the week with some lovely friends of mine, we went all over the place! We even went to the town hall at Magic Kingdom and got ‘I’m celebrating’ badges and wrote ‘Erica’ on them and told everyone it was Erica Day. It was lovely!!

We also went to the Disney Art of Animation hotel. I posted about DAAR the last time I was in Florida, I saw it when only a few sections of the resort had opened. Now even more have opened! There’s the Lion King section, and the Cars section and they are both SO cool! It’s like you’re actually in the movie! Before they opened the Cars section they actually had Pixar animators come through to make sure that everything looked right. Those imagineers really know what they’re doing.

I’ve spent the week spending time with some very lovely friends of mine and have had such a lovely time. I’ve had amazing reunions with some people I worked with on my Disney College Program that I haven’t seen in a long time. I’ve been relaxing, lounging by the pool, going to the gym, then back to the pool, eating amazing food, and roaming the Disney parks. It’s really the perfect way to transition to my amazing new job. On Tuesday I take the train up to Miami and then Wednesday morning I’m off to my new job! I don’t really know what to expect, all I’ve been told is that I get on a bus or a shuttle of some kind and it takes me to the port where I get on my ship! My lovely friend Andrea has told me kind of what to expect but I still don’t really know. I’m excited! And a little apprehensive. I’m about to go live on a boat! Oooooo as soon as I typed it I stopped being apprehensive and started being excited again.

Although I’m not going to lie, I could get used to living this life of leisure.

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CARS!!

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The tower in Hollywood studios!

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Hyena from the DAAR Lion King section

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It might only be august, but the Halloween decorations are up in the Magic Kingdom!!

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SCAR!!! My favorite!! I do love the villians!!

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More Cars, this is one of the hotel entrances I believe

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Lion King section of DAAR

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Myself and Lauren, we both worked concierge at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and now we’re reunited again!!

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Pumbah and Timon

Art Of Animation

In Disney, Florida, walt disney world on June 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I just came back from a wonderful, wonderful vacation in Florida and had a chance to look at Disney’s brand new resort, Art of Animation!! You may recall that I posted a video about the resort and how it was getting ready to open. Well the first phases of opening have begun, and it is glorious!! Just a short jaunt (across a lovely bridge over the Hourglass Lake) away from the Pop Century resort, Art of Animation is so lovely. The first section of the building that has opened is the Finding Nemo section and it’s really neat because it’s designed as though you are Nimo! So it’s pretty much like a giant fish tank!! The other sections of the resort are Lion King, Little Mermaid, and Cars themed. Each of them are sized around a specific character, in the Lion King you see from Simba’s point of view, in Cars you’re Lightning McQueen, and in Little Mermaid you are Sebastien!! By the next time I return to Orlando, the whole resort will be open!! I’m so happy I got to see the resort while I was there, it’s a shining example of how amazing the Imagineers are and what fantastic work they do!

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Look it’s a really big Crush!!

Goofy Shuffle

In Disney, Disney College Program, Florida, walt disney world on April 30, 2012 at 5:16 am

I can’t remember if I shared this before, but I watched this video the other day and it really took me back to Orlando and the Disney College Program and I decided to post it (possibly for the second time)! So I’m not sure if you’ve ever considered exactly what goes on at a Disney College Program graduation ceremony, but if you guessed characters in caps and gowns, you would be correct! They also dance. I took this video on our graduation day! I love having memories like this to look back on, my Disney experience is something I will remember forever!!

Art of Animation

In Disney, Disney College Program, Florida, magic kigdom, walt disney world on April 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

So something that I love about Disney is how they are so inventive and constantly changing. There were many exciting changes happening at Walt Disney World when I left last fall and one of them is rapidly coming to completion. A NEW RESORT!!! It’s very exciting because they haven’t opened a new resort since Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge (where I worked), in the 90’s. The new resort, called “Art of Animation”, showcases varying stages of Disney art in the hallways, colorful fountains in the pool, and is coming along quite nicely, as you can see here in this video!!

 

I can’t wait to see it when I’m back visiting Orlando at the end of May!!

Fireworks!!

In Disney, Disney College Program, fireworks, walt disney world on July 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm
There’s something I totally forgot to mention before. One of our engineers took me up on the roof the other day and it was so high up that we could see the fireworks from all three other parks, MK, Hollywood Studios, and epcot. It was amazing!!! Such a phenomenal view. I took a picture of the lodge so I could show you the ladder we went up to get to the top of the lodge!!
So if you look to the immediate right of the peak thingy you can see the ladder that we climbed up!’ I was waaaaay up there!!!! 

MK

In Disney College Program, fireworks, magic kigdom, walt disney world on July 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm
So last night I took my lil old self over to the Magic Kingdom to see the fireworks for the last time for who knows how long. It was lovely. I spent time wandering around and watched the electrical parade, which has been a favorite of mine since the first time I saw it in Disneyland! Then I stayed for the fireworks!!! I had a spot right in front of the castle and I had such a lovely time. I reflected upon my time here and just enjoyed the show. I’m going to miss MK! I need to go to all the parks before I leave. One down, 3 to go!