Thanks to everyone who participated in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series trivia contest on Twitter! Congratulations to the lucky winner of the wine cork keychain – @the_real_cho!
For everyone who’s wondering, here are the complete questions and answers:
Labor Day is over and that means we’re even closer to the start of Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. The fall edition of the Mickey Monitor passholder newsletter included the musical lineup for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series lineup and I have to admit, I didn’t immediately recognize all the artists. So I thought it would be fun to do a Twitter trivia contest to see if people can identify the 19 acts who will be performing this year from clues I’ll put on Twitter. Make sure you follow @InDisneyBubble to get the clues!
RULES OF THE CONTEST: Revised 9/6 at 6:00PM to make it easier!
- The contest will run from Friday, September 6, 2013 – Monday, September 9, 2013.
- Each artist/group will have 2 clues tweeted about them, along with the hashtag #EatToTheBeatTrivia
- To guess the answer, reply to that tweet so I know which question you’re answering with your answer including the hashtag #EatToTheBeatTrivia
- At the end of the contest, all who answered a question correctly will be entered in a random drawing to win a wine cork key chain (in honor of the food and wine festival.) Each correct answer is another entry into the drawing!
- I’ll post the clues/answers along with winners here on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Disclaimer: I got of my trivia facts from the artists’ websites and Wikipedia, I apologize in advance for any errors!
After going to Disney World many times, you’d think that it would become less and less important to take pictures since we have literally thousands of pictures from the parks. However, no matter how many times we go there are certain pictures that I find myself taking again and again, even though nothing has changed since the last picture!
One of my biggest pet peeves about picture taking in general is taking a lot of photos where people are not in the shot (things like landscapes, animals, buildings, etc.) because they always seem so interesting at the time but are boring to look through later. However, I find myself breaking this rule all the time at Disney! Even after taking these photos every year, I still just can’t resist the urge when the next trip comes around. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in my opinion no pictures really capture the magic of what happens in the Disney bubble… but at least they help bring back those magical memories!
Here are 10 photos that I take every single time I’m at Disney World:
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
Epcot has a reputation for not being kid friendly, but on all of our trips one of my daughter’s favorite things to do is Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure in Epcot. (There was previously a similar adventure based on Kim Possible from the Disney TV show, but was reimagineered a few years ago based on the popularity of Phineas and Ferb.)
Phinneas and Ferb is one of the few shows on the Disney channel that I can stand to watch and the only one that I actually enjoy. Agent P is the secret code name of Perry the Platypus, the googly-eyed pet of Phineas and Ferb.
The missions are set up as an interactive scavenger hunt using a cellphone-like controller called a F.O.N.E. (Field Operative Notification Equipment.) There are 4 stations where you can sign up for a mission: Continue reading
Since we’ve been to Disney several times over the past few years, sometimes we get to the point of been-there-done-that, which takes away some of the magical feeling we love about Disney. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it most recently happened on a long holiday weekend trip where we didn’t plan our daily itinerary very well and we ended up wandering around aimlessly and left disappointed. When planning our latest vacation, which we had the luxury of staying for 8 days, we knew that we needed to plan some new experiences to keep us excited and engaged in the parks for an entire week. My husband has always wanted to search for hidden Mickeys and we figured that was a good way to see something ‘new’ in the places we’ve seen many times.
So before leaving on our trip we purchased Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets by Steven M. Barrett. I was excited because it was the newest version including the new Fantasyland – little did I know when I bought it, Fantasyland would be where we found the best one!
We just got back from our weeklong trip to Disney and it was awesome! Our goal for the vacation was to relax which is not always easy on a Disney vacation! But we accomplished what we set out to do and I’m excited to write down all my thoughts about the trip before they become faded memories, not to mention sorting through the 1,000+ pictures we took!
In addition to relaxation, our second goal on vacation was to try new things. The more trips we make to Disney, the more comfortable we feel trying different things because we finally know what we’re doing. It’s so overwhelming on the first few trips that we usually stuck to the parks – not to say that’s a bad thing because there is so much to see you can’t really cover it all in one trip. Now that we know the lay of the land, we don’t feel as pressured to get on every ride, see every show or have table service reservations every day. We pick and choose our favorites, which allows us time for new experiences!
A few of the new things we did on this trip were:
- Stayed at a new resort – Port Orleans Riverside
- Dinner at Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Golfed at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- Looked for Hidden Mickeys with the help of our handy guidebook
- Did the Pirate’s Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom
- Had a LeFeu’s Brew – so yummy!!
- Used the My Disney Experience app for the first time
- Drank a frozen beer in the Japan Pavilion of Epcot
A few things that weren’t entirely new but still surprised us:
- Got into HS early and rode Toy Story Mania before the park officially opened
- Ran for our lives through the most treacherous thunderstorm I’ve ever been in
And one thing we expected, but it was still shocking to the system:
- The HEAT (but I loved it!)
Once I get everything from the trip organized I’ll write about it in more detail. My brain is still unwinding from the overstimulation of all that time spent in the bubble!
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In honor of Father’s Day I just wanted to say thanks to my husband who is a great dad who always works hard, even on vacation!
My husband, Mr. Incredible
Here are just a few of the many things he does to make him our Mr. Incredible:
1. Holding our daughter on his shoulders so she can see the shows, no matter how heavy she gets or how hot it is:
2. Dancing with her at the dance parties:
3. Swimming even when it’s cold:
4. Carrying just about everything:
Seeing him with our daughter reminds me of my dad, and even though we never went to Disney when I was a kid, my dad came to Disney with us last year (now as grandpa too!) To all the dads out there, but especially my 2 favorite dads, Happy Father’s Day! Love you and can’t wait until we’re all back in the bubble together again!
Happy Father’s Day Dad, Love You!!
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