Monday, September 19, 2016

We're Skipping Not So Scary This Year...But Not At Home

   Many of you have been asking about our costumes for this years Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party...but guess what? We're not going this year.  We have decided to skip what has become one of our absolutely favorite things in the world. In fact we decided shortly after last years event that we would make it an "every other year" kind of thing.  This wasn't because we didn't LOVE the party, but because we wanted it to stay special.  Not enough changes from year to year to keep it feeling fresh and exciting.  So in lieu of getting bored, we decided to opt out. (Plus, we wouldn't tell you our costumes ahead of the party ANYWAY CAUSE ITS ALWAYS A SECRET.)
   Luckily thanks to the internet we're still able to enjoy the music that accompanies the various shows and such. I especially love listening to these after a long work day. An INSTANT pick me up...

   Boo To You is the highlight of MNSSHP.  Many Disney fans place this parade at the very top of the list as far as nighttime parades go.  There is plenty of spooky floats/characters, but for the most part its pretty silly.  PLUS Clara Cluck is my favorite in the world. I look forward to her clucking all year long. 

   The long running Villains Mix And Mingle was replaced last year by the AMAZING Hocus Pocus themed show (which actually contains many of the same elements)...and we don't prefer one show over the other. It's just a terribly fun, and gives Dr. Facillier some much needed stage time. What an under rated villain. 

   The night peaks with a showing of Hallowishes. This show is much more impressive than Wishes...but lacks the emotional investment that makes Wishes to endearing. 

   I'm so glad that youtube exists for situations like this.  I know that it's our decision to not visit the party this year, but I can't imagine going through the Halloween season without these soundtracks! Do you listen to a lot of Disney parks music at home?  Do you think it takes away from the magic? 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Beaded Crown and Panels

   The grandiose over the top lobby at Jambo House is home of dozens of beautiful pieces of African artwork.  They don't rotate too often, but some slip by my attention none the less.  These whimsical crown and panels are among those.
   Made by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, these represent a significant trope in their artwork. The Yoruba are a large ethnic group known for their artwork. While most of the style they produce is more lifelike and intricate, whimsical beaded pieces like this are also very common.  The crown is a practical piece that would in fact be worn in court among the different groups.

   The panel actually reminds me of a style of handbag that is popular among aging hippies.  I'm absolutely in love with the birds on the crown, and what appear to be skulls in both pieces.  Dark and whimsical, these are new favorites in the pantheon of Anima Kingdom Artifacts. 

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Four Interesting Frozen Drinks Around Walt Disney World (And Two Gross Ones...)

   Today is Labor Day here in the United States. For most this signifies the end of the Summer season. Kids are going back to school, the days are getting shorter, and pumpkin spice is once again gracing us with an obnoxious omnipresence.  This is a time where us in the north start transitioning a few Summer routines as well, including many people swapping their iced beverages for something warmer.  However, our favorite vacation destination of Walt Disney World is still blisteringly hot and will remain so for most of the year.  Be it July or January you can enjoy a refreshing frozen beverage any time of year.  
   With hundreds of dining options across WDW your frozen drink selection can be a little overwhelming. In the name of research we have gathered four interesting frozen drinks around Walt Disney World! (and a few you should avoid)

   Starting off the list is the Frozen Elephant.  This bizarre drink is found in the often overlooked Refreshment Coolpost in the African Outpost section of World Showcase. While this area of the park is kind of useless, this drink certainly isn't.  The Frozen Elephant is basically frozen Coca Cola slush (the carbonated kind of slush, like a Slurpee...) blended with Amarula.  For those unfamiliar with Amarula it is a cream liqueur similar to Bailey's Irish Cream, with a more pronounced fruit flavor. Some might complain that this drink isn't very strong, which is true, but it does hit the spot on a hot day. A quintessential "weird Disney drink." 

   Moving over to Disney's Animal Kingdom and the lovely Harambe Market we find our next fun frozen drink!  The Leopard's Eye is blended frozen Bibo soda and Snow Leopard brand vodka. Bibo is a popular brand of soda in Africa, and comes in a variety of fruity flavors.  The one used for the Leopards Eye is kiwi-mango, and lends the drink its signature chartreuse color.  This drink is strong and goes down VERY EASY.  You have been warned.