Thursday, July 17, 2014

Disneyland Celebrates a Birthday...

Disneyland opened its gates to visitors 59 years ago today! I'm an east coast person, and I rarely have the chance to visit California. A few years back, though, I lucked into a work-related conference that was being held in Anaheim. I took time out to visit the parks, and loved every moment I spent in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Looking back, though, I realize I missed so much. I had a cursory understanding of what the parks were about, but I wasn't nearly as well-versed in the history and background as I am today.

The parks- particularly DCA- seemed to be in a transition time. Cars Land construction was nowhere near complete, World of Color had just recently debuted, Tron was in full swing, and  Ariel's Undersea Adventure was still under wraps. Much has changed in the subsequent years, and I very much look forward to a return trip. Happy Birthday, Disneyland.






































Friday, July 11, 2014

Tipsy Ducks in Love

I used to stroll by the Joy of Tea stand in Epcot without giving it much thought, assuming there wasn't anything there to entice me. I'm not really a daytime tea drinker, so I didn't take much notice of the offerings here.



Then... I started hearing about a beverage that sounded almost too good to be true.

Caffeine? check.
Chocolate? check.
Bourbon? ....yup.


Tipsy Ducks in Love is a rich, creamy, cold drink of goodness that combines elements I wouldn't usually expect to blend together so well. It's described as a "Hong Kong Style Yuan Yang Drink", which sent me seeking answers on Google. Apparently, Yuan Yang is a popular Asian beverage, a mixture of 2/3 milk tea and 1/3 coffee. I found a few different explanations, but it seems that Yuan Yang refers to Mandarin Ducks, who are often seen in mated pairs and who look very different from one another (just like the coffee and tea), and are seen as a symbol of love.  The tipsy part we can figure out...


The drink can be ordered with or without whipped cream (I prefer without), and you can also order a non-alcoholic version (I don't advise this). 




Heavenly.



Have you tried Tipsy Ducks in Love? What's your favorite beverage in World Showcase? Tell us in the comments...


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Different Perspective



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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Magic Kingdom's Center Street


One of my favorite often-overlooked areas in the Magic Kingdom can be found just after you enter. Center Street is a little alley of a street just off the hustle and bustle of Main Street. Crystal Arts is on the corner. So many people rush up Main Street, eyes on the castle, and they neglect to take in some of the details found off the beaten path. Make time for Center Street. It's here you'll find the talented silhouette artists, a few peaceful nooks, a quiet place to sit...












One of my favorite details is on the second floor of this building. As indicated by the window signs, a music & dance studio can be found upstairs. If you stand down here for a while, you might just hear the voice of the dance instructor wafting through the open window, or perhaps the sound of a tap dance routine being rehearsed upstairs...






Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Where in the World...

Where in Walt Disney World would you find this? Do you have an idea? Take your best guess, and share in the comments...