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Beyond the Mouse

In adventure, Disney, fitness, friends, fun, holiday, orlando on February 13, 2015 at 4:03 am

In my personal experience, the more you visit a place, the more new things you tend to discover. At least if you possess an adventurous soul you do. Of course there are lots of people who go places and do the same thing every time, and that’s just fine, but it’s not my style. I like to explore. As I am currently on vacation and spending time with some friends in Orlando, we have been making the usual theme park rounds, but we’ve also been on a few random adventures. Today we drove to Winter Garden and rented bicycles, determined to discover places we’d never been.

First of all, Winter Garden itself is delightful and I want to live there. Its a beautiful sleepy town with ambiance music and fountains and benches!! Something about it feels charming and welcoming. If a town could embrace you, Winter Garden is like a warm hug from an old friend. i did not want to leave.

Winter Garden is a haven for triathletes, cyclists, and athletes of all kinds and the bike shop we went to was staffed by some very lovely people who made us feel right at home. Our bicycle adventure took us around the West Orange Trail which runs partially alongside Lake Apopka and reminded me of the Galloping Goose Trail at home in Victoria B.C. I got to see the lake, gazebos, country fields, trees, and random animals. As much as I adore all of Florida’s many theme parks and attractions, I am very excited to have explored a whole different slice of what the sunshine state has to offer. The moral of today’s story is: STAY ADVENTUROUS my friends!!

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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

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!!