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Thursday, March 5, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY!

This week on TBT, we take a look at the EPCOT FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL from 2013.  It was my first time attending this beautiful event, and I wish I could pull off a trip and go this year, but unfortunately that will not happen.  Anyway, here are a few of my favorite pictures from the exhibits in the United Kingdom pavilion.  Enjoy!
















Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Reflecting ........

Yesterday was my 57th birthday.  As God as my witness, I never thought I would be this old.  The old saying, there by the grace of God go I.......is really true. You have to wonder sometimes why others die, and you press on.  Why some die young, and those like my Mom at 92 are still here to walk the earth.

Live the life you want.  That is the point here.  If you don't do the things you want today, you may not have the chance tomorrow. Be the best you can, do good, and share what you have.   The song I have posted below by Rob Thomas from the movie Meet the Robinsons called "Little Wonders" states "these small hours still remain"........and this is truly what we have.  Small hours, so make the most of all those small hours and cherish them with all your heart.  

http://youtu.be/TfhuAWGscvg                Please click on the link to open to video.

The blog today is dedicated to those who are no longer with me, and to those who have lost friends and loved ones from their lives way too soon.  

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY!


Monday, March 2, 2015

My Disney Pin Collection Monday

Last week, I was so excited to show you Belle on the pavilion pin from France, that I totally skipped the pin the from the United Kingdom pavilion!  This one has Alice holding a cup of tea, (English tea no doubt!)  in front of one of the cottages in the pavilion.  



The United Kingdom pavilion is one of my favorites, especially during Flower & Garden Festival time!  

Next week, on to Morocco!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Walt Disney World Photo of the Day!

A classic view that never gets old - the Partners with the Castle.

POCAHONTAS Trivia Tidbits Re-cap

We enjoyed finding out some Trivia Tidbits about the Disney film, POCAHONTAS.  I really love this movie, and it was fun to research this movie. These are the fact we posted on out Walt Disney Maniacs Facebook page.

1. This film was first animated Disney movie to have an interracial romance.

2. This is one of the Disney animated movies inspired by a true story, the other being Mulan(1998).


3. Animators working on the film regarded it as being one of the hardest films ever produced by the studio. The complex color schemes, angular shapes, and facial expressions meant that the film was in production for 5 years. The hard work paid off, however. Pocahontas herself is now frequently cited as being one of the most beautifully and realistically animated characters in the Disney canon, her fluid movements mainly being attributed to rotoscoping.


4. POCAHONTAS was the first film to feature Mel Gibson singing.


5. The film's release on June 23, 1995 was also the four-hundredth anniversary of the real Pocahontas's birth.


6. "Colors of the Wind" was the first song written for the production and helped define the tone and direction of the film.


7. Irene Bedard, who provided the voice of Pocahontas, was also the physical model for the animated character.


8. In their quest for authenticity, the Disney studios hired mostly Native American actors to do the voices. They also employed Native American consultants and had a session with a real shaman. Despite these efforts, prominent Native American activists issued an open letter condemning the film for its historical inaccuracies and stereotyping of the Indian people. However actor and Native American activist Russell Means (who performs the speaking role of Powhatan) has referred to the film, in particular the opening, as being the "single best representation of American Indians that Hollywood has ever done".


9. In the song "Savages", some lyrics were changed for the film as they were viewed as inappropriate:

• 1. "What can you expect/ from filthy little heathens?/ Their whole disgusting race is like a curse!" was changed to "What can you expect/ from filthy little heathens?/ Here's what you get when the races are diverse!"
• 2. "Let's go kill a few, men!" was changed to "Let's go get a few men!"
• 3. "Dirty redskin devils, now we sound the drums of war!" was changed to "Dirty shrieking devils, now we sound the drums of war!"

10. In real life, Pocahontas would have been more likely to be topless.
11. A song titled "If I Never Knew You" was cut after children in test audiences found it boring. At the time, it was almost fully animated, with the exception of color. The unfinished sequence was shown in ABC's 1997 airing of the film. For the 10th anniversary DVD release, the animation was completed and the song inserted back into the film, as well as a short reprise in the final scene. 
Editors note: I am very happy they put that song BACK in the film! It has such great meaning, and is a beautiful song!

12. In the very first draft of the script the character of "Grandmother Willow" was written as a male character who was the spirit of the river, the character was named "Old Man River". The song "Just Around the River Bend" was written for this character to be sung. Gregory Peck was offered the role and as much as it pained him to do it, turned down the role because he felt the title character needed a motherly figure to turn to for advice. Soon the filmmakers agreed with him and the character was changed.

13. The film's premiere was a huge event in Central Park. With over 100,000 people attending, it holds the record for the largest movie premiere.

14. The Disney executives had all the secondary animal characters, such as Meeko and Flit, lose all their dialog in order to make the film a bit more serious.

15. Irene Bedard (Pocahontas) and Christian Bale (Thomas) both went on to appear inTerrence Malick's live-action version of the Pocahontas story, The New World (2005) (as Pocahontas's mother and John Rolfe, respectively).

16. Many at Disney had high hopes for the movie upon initial release. Then studio headJeffrey Katzenberg regarded it as a more prestigious project than The Lion King (1994), and even believed that it had a chance of earning an Academy Award nomination for "Best Picture", following in the steps of Beauty and the Beast (1991). However, the movie was less successful commercially than was hoped. Because the film dealt with more adult themes and tones, it did not appeal to younger children as much as earlier Disney hits had.

17. John Candy had provided a large amount of voice work into a character named "Redfeather", a turkey as Pocahontas's sidekick. However after Candy's death in 1994, the concept was scrapped.

18. 55 animators were involved in designing the character of Pocahontas.

19. Richard White was originally going to voice Governor Ratcliffe, but the filmmakers felt the audience would hear White's distinctive voice and think of him as Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (1991). So he was replaced with David Ogden Stiers. Coincidentally, Stiers was was also a cast member of Beauty and the Beast, namely as the voice of Cogsworth.

20. Howard Ashman was going to write lyrics for the songs of this film as soon as he finished writing lyrics for the songs in Aladdin (1992); he died before he could finish the lyrics for the songs in Aladdin, so therefore did not write any lyrics for any of the songs in this film.

21. At the time, Disney cartoons traditionally featured a show-stopping musical number. Previous examples would include the "Kiss the Girl" segment from The Little Mermaid(1989), "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast (1991), and "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin (1992). This proved to be problematic, however, with "Pocahontas" as the story didn't really lend itself to such an ornate production number. Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken penned several songs, of which the leading contender was a song called "In the Middle of the River", but it was eventually dropped when it was decided that the song simply didn't fit within the dramatic context of the story.

22. The animation style is of a more flat and geometric appearance, first employed by the studio back in 1959 on Sleeping Beauty (1959) and in 1961 on 101 Dalmatians (1961). It would be a style that was re-used on Hercules (1997) and, to a lesser extent, on Mulan (1998) .

23. "Pocahontas" was put into production at the same time as The Lion King (1994). Much of the animating talent at the studio opted to work on "Pocahontas" as they saw it as more of a prestige production than the latter film.

24. Pocahontas must be one of the few cartoon characters to be granted a proper "photo spread" in Harper's Bazaar. For the June 1995 edition, Gianni Versace, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, and Isaac Mizrahi all designed special outfits for her which were then drawn by Disney animators for the magazine.

25. The world premiere was staged at Central Park, NYC, on June 10, 1995. 70mm prints were projected on three enormous screens, and the sound was offset by twelve frames to accommodate the vast seating area.

26. The Europeans using matchlock muskets was a nice touch. This is exactly what mariners would be using at the time, as the wheellock was too delicate and expensive and the snaphaunce (forerunner of the flintlock) was still too new and unreliable for general use (especially at sea).

27. The opening song indicates the English are sailing to America "for Glory, God, and gold." This was actually the motivation of the Spanish conquistadors, who were at the time enemies of England.

28. Pre-production: According to the behind-the-scenes section in the July 1995 issue of Disney Adventures magazine promoting this movie, there was a title card that featured an early version of the Disney heroine who looked a lot like Disney's Tiger Lily from Peter Pan (1953). It showed her head held up high, eyes closed, arms folded, and surrounded by a few forest animals. Therefore, it seemed it's actually this same Tiger Lily and not just someone who resembled her, but under a different name. And this gave the indication that she might have been considered in the eponymous, lead role at one point early on. The title card is what convinced the Disney executives to proceed with the film.

Bonus fact:
There is NO waterfall in the tidewater region.. closest one is 4 hours by CAR out in the mountains.

Friday, February 27, 2015

FOODIE FRIDAY!

TROUT PASS BAR

This is a great poolside bar at Wilderness Lodge.  With the views you get indulging in your drink, why would anyone not want to swim  there way to this place!



Specialty Drinks

Grand Margarita

Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh Lime Juice, and Sweet-and-Sour
 
$10.50
 

Banana Cabana

Cruzan Mango Rum, Coruba Coconut Rum, Créme de Banana, with Orange and Pineapple Juice and a float of Grenadine.
 
$9.50
 

Black Cherry Lemonade

Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, fresh Lime Juice, and Grenadine topped with Sprite®
 
$9.00
 

Island Moon-Shine

Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine, Blue Curaçao, Coconut, Pineapple Juice, and Coconut Water
 
$10.25
 

Captain's Mai Tai

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Amaretto, and Tropical Juices topped with a float of Myers's Original Dark Rum
 
$9.50
 

Big Island Iced Tea

Pau Maui Handmade Vodka, Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, Hendrick's, Cointreau, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola®
 
$10.25
 

Mango Margarita

Patrón Silver Tequila blended with Mango Purée and topped with a Passion Fruit-Mango Foam
 
$11.00
 

Moscato Colada

Skyy Infusions Moscato Grape Vodka and Blue Curaçao blended with Piña Colada Mix and topped with a Passion Fruit-Mango foam
 
$9.75

Non-Alcoholic Specialties

odwalla® All-Natural Lemonade

 
$3.79
 

Lava Smoothie

Raspberry Purée blended with Piña Colada Mix
 
$5.29
 

Orange Freeze

Orange Purée blended with Nonfat Yogurt
 
$5.29

Beer, Wine, and Sangria

Assorted Draft Beers

 
 

Assorted Bottled Beer

 
 

Zipz Chardonnay

 
$7.50
 

ZIPZ Merlot

 
$7.50
 

Beso Del Sol Sangria

Red or White
 
$9.00