This has been a big week for big sightings and I’m still trying to fit puzzle pieces together and make sense of this dragon dilemma. For me, it’s not a question anymore, it’s a quest.
This week, as I wondered where this dragon came from and where’s he’s heading, I found more clues. First, I uncovered this worn, 8mm piece of film. I found evidence of footprints. And then, this photo:
It’s not dated, but judging by the logo on the utility vehicle and the “WED Enterprises” label, it has to be old. By the proximity of Cinderella Castle, it could be smack-dab in the middle of the Enchanted Forest. Could this be related to the “curse” over the forest that’s told at FindingFantasyland.com? (And could those creatures seen flying above the forest be dragons too?)
Do you believe yet? I do. I’ll post more findings here, and you also can keep up with my dragon blog at
disneydragons.tumblr.com for updates. If you want to keep up with similar conversations on Twitter, use the hashtag #BelieveInFantasy.
If you’ve read the Disney Parks Blog in the past, you might have run across some of my posts, photos and videos that show some of my interests. I love Disney Parks (of course); I’m curious and enjoy new experiences. But here’s something you probably didn’t know: I love dragons. Always have. When other kids on my block liked dinosaurs, I liked dragons. And what’s not to like? Some can fly, some breathe fire, some protect castles and some attack them. Some are good, some are evil. But they are all magical. For me, Disney and dragons share that quality — they’re both chock-full of magic.
In this video, I take you into my home for a look at a discovery I recently made online. I found something that could be the greatest dragon I have ever seen. But I’m not sure. Maybe it’s an internet hoax, maybe it’s an albatross or condor. But maybe, just maybe, it’s a dragon.
I want to believe it’s a dragon. I will find out more, so stay tuned for updates.
And if you want to see exactly how much I love dragons, take a look at my dragon-centric Tumblr blog: disneydragons.tumblr.com. If you have your own dragon stories (or possible sightings!) to share on Twitter, use the hashtag #BelieveInFantasy. Because isn’t that what “magic” is all about — believing?
“Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality” gives you the chance to jump into one of 20 randomly pre-determined animated, 30-second scenes. They’ll even shoot a photo during your scene. As you leave, you’ll receive an address to a special website where you can share the picture from your starring role with friends and family. And it’s all free fun.
Just look for the giant backyard set at Downtown Disney West Side, next to Bongos Cuban Café. The experience will run through December 1, 2012, from 2-9:30 p.m. daily. (Please note: the experience will be temporarily closed November 8-11 during the annual “Festival of the Masters” event.)
I recently took a trip to Downtown Disney to hang out with Phineas, Ferb, Perry the Platypus, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and even the mysterious Agent P. Check out some of the animated fun I had with my virtual pals in this video. And let us know if you’ve had a chance to hang out with the inventive duo.
Read more about what’s happening at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in the posts below:
Half the fun of the festival is discovering new dishes in the 29 marketplaces. But what’s your favorite?
That’s the assignment I had on my recent trip around the Epcot culinary world. Whether it’s the subtle seasoning of the Kefta Pocket at the Morocco Marketplace; the volcano sauce on the Spicy Hand Roll at Japan; a smooth, fine Merlot from France; Griddled Greek Cheese at Greece or the wonderful selection of ales and beers at the Hops and Barley Marketplace, there’s a lot to please every palate. Rob, our Concerned Bystander, also makes a cameo in this video, but it seems his tune has changed just a tiny bit.
So, after experiencing all 29 marketplaces in one day, what was my favorite dish?
The Kalua Pork Slider (the chutney and spicy mayo are an unbeatable blend) from the Hawai’i Marketplace takes the top spot in my (very) unscientific sampling. Although the White Corn Arepa (AREPA!) from the Florida Local Marketplace was a close second. With the famous sweet corn from nearby Zellwood, Fla., it’s a tasty treat. (And if you order it, please shout “Arepa!” and you might get a reaction just like I did in the video.)
The best thing is that I received a special stamp at the Festival Center for visiting all 29 countries. (Although I might suggest visiting Epcot a few times before the event ends to collect all of the marketplace stamps!)
Let us know in the comments if you have visited all 29 marketplaces, or if you have discovered your favorite from this year’s festival. Arepa!
See what’s happening at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the posts below:
It’s not odd to see guests often dancing through our Disney Parks. The parks just have that effect on many people (including me). That’s one reason I was excited to hear the Jabbawockeez dance crew was on vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Since I’ve tried to dance in previous videos at Raglan Road and also with Barbara, the dancing cast member at Magic Kingdom Park, I jumped at the chance to learn from these world-famous pros.
The Jabbawockeez, a name inspired from the pages of Lewis Carroll’s classic literature, exploded onto the scene by winning the first season of MTV’s dance competition series, “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Known for their signature, expressionless mime masks and high-energy moves, the Jabbawockeez star in stage shows in Australia and Las Vegas (an original show called “MÜS.I.C”), and have guest-starred on shows like the dance-driven comedy series “Shake It Up” on Disney Channel and “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC-TV.
During their visit, I asked the guys to stop by the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot for a quick (and unmasked) interview. I also asked Mickey Mouse to drop by and showcase a few of his newest hip-hop moves. And as you’d probably expect, Mickey does some pretty magical dancing. Take a look and let us know in the comments what you think of this all-star dance party. (Plus, give yourself some bonus points if you remember — like I do — the famous “Mickey Mouse Disco” record. To my delight, Mickey was kind enough to show me off-camera some of his famous disco steps. It’s good to know he still appreciates the classics.)
And keep an eye out for Rob, our always-concerned bystander. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him. I guess he’s been practicing his dance moves as well.
Read more about dancing at Disney Parks in the posts below:
In a place where fairies fly, Space Shuttle Endeavour made a “ferry flight” today, mounted atop a NASA-modified 747 airliner. The historic flight took place in the early morning hours and was a space-explorer surprise for early-rising guests across Walt Disney World Resort. As part of its flight path, Endeavour soared over Magic Kingdom Park and could be seen from various points across property.
When a space shuttle is mounted above a 747, the NASA term for it is a “ferry flight,” which is quite appropriate since Magic Kingdom Park is a place where fairies fly.
Conducted in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration Endeavour’s cross-country journey is the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Endeavour’s final destination is the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be on display to inspire future generations with the storied history of the space shuttle era.
First Flight: May 7, 1992 First Flight Launch Weight: 256,597 pounds Total Missions: 25 Total Days in Orbit: 299 Total Orbits of Earth: 4,671 Total Miles Travelled: 122,883,151
As Endeavour makes its way across the country, our friends at NASA encourage people who spot it to use the Twitter hashtags #SpotTheShuttle and #OV105 (Endeavour’s official orbiter designation). To keep up with Endeavour’s cross-country journey, log on to NASA.gov for the latest updates.
Tinker Bell’s newly discovered sister, Periwinkle, is the newest fairy friend to meet guests at Disney Parks. Introduced in the upcoming film “Secret of the Wings,” the “frost fairy” Periwinkle is intrigued by the other seasons once she meets a warm fairy (her sis Tinker Bell), and she becomes eager to make new friends beyond the Winter Woods.
The newest Disney Fairies movie, “Secret of the Wings,” comes to Blu-ray and DVD October 23.
Scheduled for appearances during the fall and winter months, Periwinkle joins Tinker Bell at Pixie Hollow at Disneyland park and inside Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook at Magic Kingdom Park. (Be sure to check the Times Guide when you visit for the current schedule.)
And while you’re visiting their magical home, be on the lookout — when Tinker Bell and Periwinkle get close to each other, their fairy wings illuminate in magical fashion.
In addition to Periwinkle’s sparkling winter-wear, Tinker Bell dons new cozy clothes to welcome guests for these special meet-and-greet opportunities.
Phillips, who hit the top 10 on the charts with his single “Home,” was in central Florida for a performance of the “American Idol Live!” concert tour. The nationwide tour continues through mid-September.
In addition to making a surprise appearance for guests at “The American Idol Experience,” Phillips taped a series of short videos that Walt Disney Entertainment plans to utilize in the future during the attraction experience.
And of course, what visit to Disney Parks would be complete without a meeting with Mickey and Minnie? Disney Parks Blog author and photographer Matt Stroshane shot this picture of the smiling trio posing in front of the attraction.
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Aubrey and her dad, Kent Emmons, shared a few laughs with the fedora-wearing alter-ego of Perry the Platypus. A fan of the Disney Channel show, Aubrey showed off some of her own secret-agent skills to the cartoon crime fighter.
And she had even more reasons to celebrate while on her Walt Disney World Resort vacation. During the 2012 Emmy Awards nomination announcements on Thursday, “Modern Family” received 14 nominations — the most for any comedy series this year. The 64th Primetime Emmy Award ceremony will air September 23 on ABC.
Read about other celebrity visits to Walt Disney World Resort in the posts below: