November 22, 2010

A Hug From Disney's Goofy Character

How often do you have a chance to be greeted  with
open arms by Goofy?
 This was truly a magical memory!

I found my friend Goofy waiting for me along the Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trail in Animal Kingdom. Would you like to give Goofy a hug or met and greet other Disney characters? There are many opportunities to have your photos taken with the Disney characters throughout the Walt Disney World parks. They will even be happy to give you an autograph! 

November 09, 2010

Disney's Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Tour

Walt Disney World offers two Segway tours, The Around the World at Epcot and the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Tour which is held at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.  My husband and I have had the privilege of going on both tours, but today I will talk about the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure tour. Talk about fun! It was one of the highlights of our trip!
There are two guides that accompany you on this tour. You spend the first half hour or so learning to guide and drive the Segway. Safety is a number one concern and the guides want to make sure that you are comfortable on the machine. The driving of the Segway is not difficult. With your weight centered over the machine you then either lean slightly to the left or to the right to turn. To stop you lean back a little with your heels. Leaning forward on your toes allows you to move forward. The wheels on this Segway has the rugged all-terrain wheels. They allow you to go up hill and down, over bumps and even pine cones safely. You  are given a safety helmet to wear and a set of ear plugs that plug into what reminds me of a walkie talkie devise that hangs around your neck. This devise allows you to hear what the tour guild is saying along the whole tour. Just a little side note here, I wished I had brought the ear plugs that I use for my ipod. My ears are small and it was very hard to get the ones that were provided into my ears comfortably, but not missing a word that our guild said was wonderful!

The scenic two hour tour takes place at the Fort Wilderness Campground. We rode up to Bay Lake and paused to listen to our guild explain some of Walt Disney World's history, fun facts and to just enjoy the scenery. If you look closely you will see the Contemporary Resort in the background.
This is a bird sanctuary area and the wild life was abundant.
We made a few stops along the way and one was at the Disney Stables. This is where they house all of the horses that are used in the parks for the parades and of course for Cinderella's Coach. One of the draft horses was being groomed at the time. The groomer answered all of our questions and allowed us to pet the horse. I felt very small next to that draft horse!
One thing that I didn't expect was deer along our pathway. For some reason, the deer do not fear the Segways at all. It is like they think you are not a danger because you are not walking on two feet. They just look up and then ignore you. The guides allowed us to stop for photos and to just enjoy the wildlife. Of course Disney can't guarantee you that there will be deer on every tour but you never might see some too!
For most of the tour we were on a paved pathway, but we were also given plenty of time to go up and down small hills and around trees. If you were not comfortable with the terrain then you could stay on the paved pathway. We enjoyed the freedom that the Segway had to offer and loved weaving in among the trees.
The Magnolia Trees were in bloom that day. Beautiful! One of the tour guides gave me a blossom. I had never seen a bloom up close like that before, let alone smelled one. That was just one of the little touches that made this tour special.

November 08, 2010

Disney's Hollywood Studio Quackers and Cheese

When you are walking the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios be on the look out because you never know who you might meet! The Magical Memory Monday post today is about one of the characters you might find there. This French Chef was happy to share his latest creation with us.
He proudly lifted the silver lid from over the tray he was carrying to reveal his Quacker's and Cheese. This caused some giggles to erupt, and then to add to the merriment in his thick French accent he accused us of being a paparazzi.He put the lid back on the tray and with a look of disdain he continued on his way down the street. More giggles followed and we went on our merry way to see who else we would encounter during our day.

November 01, 2010

Disney Cruise Line And Castaway Cay

Do you enjoy the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies? I sure do! Did you know that the actual ship that was used in the movies, The Flying Dutchman is harbored at Disney's private island called Castaway Cay?
Castaway Cay is one of the ports of call for the Disney Cruise Line's Bahama cruises.When I was aboard the Disney Cruise Line's ship, The Wonder, this is what I saw when I looked off the deck.  Can't you just imagine Captain Jack standing on the deck? I sure could. The crystal blue water and the sandy beach is the perfect back drop for The Flying Dutchman.
The Flying Dutchman isn't the only thing to see while on Castaway Cay but that is for
another post!