Thursday, July 24, 2014

"When You Wish Upon A Star"

Well, I've spent the lat week with my brother and his family, and I have to say that I had a blast! Whether it was going to Disneyland, or just chilling at home, it was always so enjoyable.
Now, the day after we got there, we were all pretty tired, so we decided to push the theme parks back a day, and do something that would be less strenuous. So, we all decided that it would be fun to go on an airboat ride! ;P

There's a gator in this picture, can you spot it?
Does this need any explanation? ;P

After that, we headed back home, where we rested for the day. The next day though, we made our way to Epcot; aka, Disney's futuristic educational theme park. We had a tone of fun, and it was amazing to see what Disney does for the world of science.
The exterior of "The American Adventure" Theatre
The Interior of "The American Adventure" Theatre

The next day, we headed over to the "Magic Kingdom". There, we started our day with "Enchanted Tales With Belle", where Lumière and "Madame de la Grande Bouche" (The Wardrobe), help the children to "surprise" Belle by "re-enacting" part of the "Beauty and the Beast" story, specifically, when Belle and the Beast fell in love :). For those of you who don't know, "Beauty and the Beast" is my all-time favorite Disney movie. After saying goodbye to Belle and the gang, we headed over to the classic "Peter Pan's Flight", where we soared over London in a flying pirate ship, and then we made our way to "Space Mountain". After that, we headed over to the "Be Our Guest Restaurant" for lunch, where one of my childhood dreams cam true. We were able to not only see, but eat in the gorgeous ballroom from "Beauty and the Beast", where Belle and Beast share there iconic "First Dance".

So Adorable!!! :D

Now, if that wasn't enough to have me freaking out, they even had the "West Wing". For those of you who are not familiar with the movie, the "West Wing" was the only part of the Castle that Belle was forbidden to enter. It was destroyed by the Beast when he was first transformed, and is also the place where he keeps the "Enchanted Rose". (Am I geeking out to much? ;P)

"The Enchanted Rose" and Mirror.

"Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?"

After Lunch, we headed to "Thunder Mountain", where we rode the "Wildest ride in the wilderness!!", and then, it was off to Splash Mountain. After our little adventure with Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox, we headed home. Overall, Id say that we had a zipadeedoodah day, and I think I found my laughing place :). Two days later, we left Orlando in search of some white sand. We had a great week, and I'm excited to tell y'all about our time at the beach. 

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"The American Adventure" is one of Disney's most spectacular shows. It tells the story of America, and the people who helped to create it. It is also one of the most technologically advanced shows at Disney. You may wonder why. You see, there is not a single live actor in the whole show. All of the performers are Disney's signature "Audio-Animatronics". Each of the 35 animatronics actors are extremely lifelike, and perfectly programed to mimic human actions. The "Guides" on this adventure are none other than Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, and there comedic back-and-forth bantering keeps you amused throughout the show. It was amazing to see how much each character helped to bring the story to life.

"Try the grey stuff, it delicious. Don't believe me?
Ask the dishes!"

"Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme,
Beauty and the Beast"

My crazy brother and I

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