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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Trivia Answers!

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:
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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Trivia Contest

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!

A Typical Day at Epcot

One of the most re-pinned pins on my Pinterest board has been the infographic I created on A Typical Day at Animal Kingdom – see the pin on Pinterest here.

Creating infographics is fun, but they can be pretty time consuming and I just haven’t set aside the time to create more until now!  I decided my next ‘typical day’ infographic would be about Epcot.  Since it’s my favorite park, it was really hard to fit everything I love to do into tiny geometric shapes, but I think I figured it out.  I may not eat quite as much as I have outlined, but it isn’t for lack of trying!  Is there anything in your typical day at Epcot that’s not on my list??  Re-pin a Typical Day at Epcot here.

A Typical Day at Epcot (INFOGRAPHIC)

A Typical Day at Epcot (INFOGRAPHIC)

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10 photos I take on EVERY trip to Disney World

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:
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Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure

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.

Agent P

Agent P

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

Epcot’s Keep Moving Forward Segway Tour

In November 2012, my husband and I went to Disneyworld to celebrate our anniversary.  We wanted to take the opportunity to experience something that we can’t do when our daughter is with us, so after some research on the Disney website I found the perfect activity – a Segway tour!

*Note: as of earlier this year, it looks like the tour has been cancelled.  Hopefully they’ll bring it back someday, because as you’ll read below it was awesome!

I was both excited but hesitant, since the last time I was on a motorized vehicle by myself was Spring Break ’00 when I crashed a moped into a fence in a parking lot in the Bahamas.  I feel I have to explain the crash – it wasn’t as easy as it looked!  The handlebars on the moped controlled the speed, so once I got nervous and started gripping the handles it caused me to speed up and I lost control, flew over a curb and crashed directly into a fence.  After paying $200 in damages, tending to a bruised arm (not to mention my wounded pride) it’s no wonder I waited over a decade to try something like it again!  I was hoping I would fare better on my Segway experience.

Keep Moving Forward Segway Tour

Keep Moving Forward Segway Tour

The tour took place in Epcot and was scheduled for three hours.  We met at the guest relations building and our tour began at 9am.  The group of about 15 people was escorted over to the Innoventions building where the first hour was spent in a combination classroom/hands-on training session to learn the workings of the Segway as well as practicing on the indoor course.  We learned mounting and dismounting, speed control, maneuvering around cones and how to ride up and down inclined surfaces.

Segway practice course

Segway practice course

Segway training

After our training session, everyone was anxious to get on the road and try the real thing.   The tour included breakfast, so the first part of our ride was over to The Land pavilion.  We rolled through a side door that lead into an alleyway with a backdoor entrance to the Sunshine Seasons restaurant.  It was odd to see the back alley since it’s something that is so carefully hidden from guests at Disneyworld.   We had picked our breakfast when we signed in before the tour so once we were seated at the tables, which were reserved just for us in a quiet area of the restaurant, our food was served within a few minutes.  After breakfast the tour was ready to begin!

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Parking behind The Land pavillion

Parking behind The Land pavilion

You might think it sounds kind of dangerous to have 15 inexperienced Segway riders speeding through the crowds at Epcot, but like everything else at Disney, it was completely well organized to keep everyone in check.  Cruising in a single file line, we had a tour guide in the front who spoke to us through earpieces that we each had that hooked around one ear.  Our in-class instructor pulled up the rear shouting ‘Ducks in a row!’ when anyone got out of line.

Segway tour group

Segway tour group

We learned about countries in the World Showcase and how the pavilions were chosen for Epcot.   We learned a few cool tidbits of insider knowledge – the pillars and façade in front of Italy were built from a photo slide and when it was created, the slide was backwards so everything is transposed from the real thing!  Another interesting fact is that if you look across the lagoon at Morocco (you have to be in one exact spot close to the ferry dock), one of the buildings in the pavilion is actually the Tower of Terror!  They painted it to match exactly and you’d never know it was even there because it blends in so perfectly.

Once we maneuvered back and forth through Italy’s pillars the guides set up a coned off area for us to freestyle.  After free time was over, we moved on to Japan for our next obstacle.  Rolling up and down the narrow inclined path around the coy pond and ducking below a tree branch may look easy… well, easy for me, hard for my 6’3” husband!  The tour guide was a lot of fun and he showed us the pavilions in a new way.

Freewheeling in Italy

Freewheeling in Italy

Celebrating 10 happy years at our favorite place!

Celebrating 10 happy years at our favorite place!

Overall the tour was one of my favorite experiences at Disneyworld to date.  Like I mentioned earlier, it’s cancelled as of now, but there is a Segway tour offered at the Wilderness Lodge which I may need to check out at some point.  One of the fun things about going back to Disneyworld time after time is that there’s always something new to learn, see, or do in the bubble!

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Picture Gallery of Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

I’ll admit it – I don’t have a green thumb.  I see my neighbors every weekend diligently pruning bushes, planting flowers, pulling weeds, but it seems like such an unforgiving hobby.  All you need is a bad storm, a local bunny or even the neighborhood kids to rip through and ruin hours of tedious labor!  My husband does 100% of the yard work at our house and for that I am so thankful!  Otherwise we’d be living in mile-high grass and the only flowers we’d have are the ones no gardener wants to see – dandelions!

I like enjoying the view of a beautiful landscape, I just don’t like doing the work.  And after seeing how much work goes into a small yard with modest landscaping, I can’t begin to imagine the hours that go into the amazing displays of horticulture at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival – not to mention the sheer volume of plant life needed to pull off this magnificent display!

The event is sponsored by HGTV and it turns both Future World and the World Showcase into an amazing wonderland of perfectly manicured flowers, topiaries and Disney characters made from plants.  For those who love HGTV, the weekends have special events where personalities from HGTV and DIY have demos in the dome that’s in Future World over towards Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

Epcot Flower and Garden Sign

Epcot Flower and Garden Sign

Here are some of the HGTV celebrities who were there for the 2012 show.

HGTV Personalities at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival 2012

HGTV Personalities at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2012

The flowers throughout the park were amazing, with floating bouquets on the lake area by the Odyssey Center where you cross between Future World and the World Showcase.

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Floating Flowers at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

But the most amazing part was the characters.  It was really incredible to look up close and see how the different colors were incorporated and everything was done with such precision – it was hard to believe that these were live plants!  To make it fun and engaging, there was a scavenger hunt throughout the park to locate all the different topiaries.

Epcot's Topiary Scavenger Hunt

Epcot’s Topiary Scavenger Hunt

I think we found most everything on the scavenger hunt – we may have missed a few photos, but not many!

Mickey & Minnie Topiary

Mickey & Minnie Topiary

Aurora & Prince Phillip

Aurora & Prince Phillip

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Cinderella & Prince Charming

Cinderella & Prince Charming

Snow White

Snow White

Fantasia Ostrich

Fantasia Ostrich

Pluto

Pluto

Daisy Duck

Daisy Duck

Lady & the Tramp

Lady & the Tramp

Woody

Woody

Magician Mickey

Magician Mickey

I have yet to see any garden outside the Disney bubble that matches the perfection of the Flower and Garden Festival in terms of amazing arrangements.  It’s definitely a must-see for everyone, whether you are an avid gardener or just the owner of a chia pet – prepare to be amazed!

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