WDW Odds & Ends

June 16, 2013

Let’s just call this the “Random-Stuff-From-The-Past-Couple-Of-Months” Edition of Odds & Ends….

Rapunzel's Tower in the Magic Kingdom

Rapunzel’s Tower in the Magic Kingdom

nothing that’s too new or news-worthy, but some food, some drink, and some (hopefully) fun stuff from around the parks… so let’s get started!

"Tangled" Themed Restrooms in the Magic Kingdom

“Tangled” Themed Restrooms in the Magic Kingdom

If you’ve felt Nature Calling while you’ve been in the Magic Kingdom recently you may have visited the new “Tangled” inspired facilities in Fantasyland near Small World.

Hummm... what's inside that satchel???

Hummm… what’s inside that satchel???

This is without a doubt the best-themed toilet facilities ever at Disney… even if you don’t need to go, it’s worth the visit for the details…

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Posters for many of the Snuggly Duckling regulars adorn the exterior walls…

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And inside the gents room there are wanted posters…

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and there is a very cool detail from the movie on Flynn Rider’s wanted poster:

"They never get the nose right!"

“They never get the nose right!”

Above the sinks it looks like Rapunzel has left a cast-iron warning…

Be sure to remember to wash those hands boys!

Be sure to remember to wash those hands boys!

In the ladies, Rapunzel has painted the ceiling…

Of course, Miss Bonnie took this pic, not me...

Of course, Miss Bonnie took this pic, not me…

There is also a new seating area nearby…

which has some semi-hidden charging stations for your smart phones (or other idevice)…

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Charge me up!

Charge me up!

and while you wait for the electrons to flow, your little ones (or you) can hunt for Pascal and some of some of his reptilian pals…

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All in all an incredible example of Imagineering, and all (at least for now…) just for a bathroom…

For a few weeks this spring Annual Passholders were allowed to exchange their current cards for the new hard plastic ones that contain an RFID chip. This took place in the Odyssey building in Epcot…

Testing the new card for park entrance

Testing the new card for park entrance

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

During that time there were castmembers on hand to answer questions about the new Magic Bands and the upcoming MyMagic+.

Look at my band...

Look at my band!

Cast with the Mickeyhead-in-a-Circle logo on their shirts have been showing up in the parks and will be the go-to people for questions about MyMagic+.

Most of the MyMagic+ castmembers aren't as fuzzy in real life as this one...

Most of the MyMagic+ castmembers aren’t as fuzzy in real life as this one…

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In addition to getting the new cards and hearing the propaganda about the upcoming wristbands, we were also treated to a small display of artwork and park artifacts.

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Dedicated Readers should know I can’t go on too long without getting to some food… late one night while we were staying at Kidani Village I needed a bit of a nosh, so we stopped by the bar at Sanaa to get some take-away…

Lamb Kefta Sliders

Lamb Kefta Sliders

and came away with a trio of Lamb Kefta Sliders… accompanied by a nice marinated slaw, these little jewels were tasty and just right to quell the late-night munchies.

And on one trip we discovered a couple of food & beverage related tees:

"Food Critic"... guess that's me...

“Food Critic”… guess that’s me… woof!

Please really open this bar!

Please really open this bar! I’ll go!

Over at the Studios there is now a billboard (and some smaller posters) promoting one of my current favorite TV shows, the ABC daytime show “The Chew”.

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Hey Disney, you own this show, bring them to the World to film a few episodes! How about during Food & Wine (or for a Food & Wine preview)?

Oh yeah, here’s another cool shirt (and also a bit food-related…):

We all knew that Lord Vader is really just a big kid at heart...

We all knew that Lord Vader is really just a big kid at heart…

On one trip to Animal Kingdom, Miss Bonnie and I happened across an interesting event.

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Signs promoting tastings and bottle signings by South African winemakers were near the entrance to the park (and also were at other locations around the park, even the cash registers at Flame Tree Barbeque sported the signage).

Brochure from wine tasting at Animal Kingdom

Brochure from wine tasting at Animal Kingdom

Inside the Mombasa Marketplace in Harambe, a couple of small tables were set up at one side of the shop for the vintners to display their featured wines.

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Unlike other wine tasting or “wine walks” we’ve seen at events like the Epcot Food & Wine Festival or the Sundowner Celebration at Animal Kingdom, this was a one-one-one with an actual representative of the featured winery with only a couple of bottles being tasted at one time. On this day the first tasting ran from 11 AM until 1 on the afternoon, with the second going from 1 until 2:30 and the last one wrapping up at 4 PM with a different winery on stage at each session.

The procedure for the tasting was a bit awkward – guests had to go to one of the registers where the castmembers have a list of the wines being offered, you chose which of the wines you’d like and paid separately for each sample glass, then you take to receipt to the winemaker and he then pours your glass… as a couple of the bottles being offered were a bit pricey, the price per glass varied so in a way it made sense, but overall it seemed a bit over-complicated… but at least the first winemaker (and sadly the only one I got to visit with that day) did offer up a sample of the wine that I didn’t chose for me to compare and contrast even without me asking.

Pinotage and Kadette wines from Kanonkop winery

Pinotage and Kadette wines from Kanonkop winery

The glasses used were the same size used at Food & Wine, and most of the samples were about the same price range ($3 or so), but they did go up to $8 for a glass (which was the Kanonkop Pinotage, and yes I did try it – considering this bottle retails in the $40-range I didn’t think this was out of line – and yes, it was pretty dang tasty… and the Kadette was very drinkable…).

It would have been nice to be able to visit with each of the winemakers and sample all the wines at one time, but I would have re-visited the store throughout the day to try the others if we had been able to stay in the park later on that day. The event seemed to be sponsored by a importer/distributor of the wines (a representative of the distributor was at the table and when queried told us retail outlets for the wines), and the scheduling may have been partly their idea, but that’s just a guess on my part.

I asked the castmember at the register about the event, and she said “they do them from time-to-time”, but it had been about a year since the last one… how accurate that is I cannot say, but I hope that the next one isn’t another year away! Despite the unusual set-up, it was nice to be able to talk to the winemaker (at most samplings in the parks you’re just dealing with a castmember who’s reciting info from a script) and sample a couple of vintages I wasn’t familiar with – and this same concept would certainly work in other locations, some of the countries around the World Showcase in Epcot come to mind…

Now that we’ve had a glass of wine, let’s take a few more quick looks at some food starting with the usual good eats at Flame Tree:

Smoked Chicken with beans and slaw, Onion Rings and Smoked Chicken Salad from Flame Tree Barbeque in Animal Kingdom

Smoked Chicken with beans and slaw, Onion Rings and Smoked Chicken Salad from Flame Tree Barbeque in Animal Kingdom

Over in Epcot there are a couple of tasty and unique sandwiches now on the menu at Sunshine Seasons…

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a grilled veggie flatbread sandwich…

Oak-Grilled Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot

Oak-Grilled Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot

and an unusual Vietnamese-style pork sandwich.

Roasted Pork Banh Mi Style Panini at Sunshine Seasons

Roasted Pork Banh Mi Style Panini at Sunshine Seasons

One of the sides offered alongside the sandwiches that day was a cold Asian-style noodle – it was much like the curry-flavored Singapore Noodles we’ve seen during Food & Wine, and was simply yummy – I’d go back there just to get a bowl of these to go if they offered them on their own!

Let’s wrap up this edition of Odds & Ends with a look at a couple of ride vehicles – and not attraction ride vehicles, but ones belonging to park guests…

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Walking through a parking lot one day I came across this RV with a totally-tricked out golf cart in tow…

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that’s one hot Minnie-Mobile!

And speaking of hot…

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there’s this little red number…

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with one of the coolest car tags ever!

Okay boys & girls, it’s time to head back to the kitchen, so let’s call this a post… see you again soon!

4 Responses to “WDW Odds & Ends”

  1. Jacky Says:

    Do you happen to know when the Annual Passholders are going to be getting the Magic bands?

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  2. nora Says:

    We’ve seen the Minnie Mouse golf cart at Fort Wilderness every winter for the past 5 years… Don’t know the owner’s name, but he’s usually around beginning near Halloween.

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