October 15, 2006

Disney, Day Something

On the monorail to Epcot on Friday, a well-modulated female voice encouraged us to get on some slow-pokey little sim called LOOK AT EARTH or OH SPACE! or PROJECT SPACE---I forget but it sounded drippy-- and she said something like "glide over a wealth of cultures and appreciate the diversity that is our earth"

Scott: I prefer to appreciate the diversity that is our earth as I rocket past at 80 miles per hour.

He's ESPECIALLY appreciative if we do loop-the-loops. We went to MGM yesterday. Three Towers of Terror and 2 Rock-N-Rollercoasters in a row and I was close to re-appreciating my lunch. Which would have been a shame, it was a VERY nice lunch the first time.

Earlier, we sat outside the Brown Derby in MGM Studios perusing the menu and waiting for our Your-Table-Is-Ready beeper to light up and buzz and fetch us to foodly goodness. Maisy was on Scott's lap, half asleep. My father had his eye on buttery grouper served in a nest woven of balsamic glazed grilled asparagus.

Dad: What are you having?
Me: Either the salmon or the duck.
Scott: I am definately having the duck.
Maisy: *sleepy* I think it must be Donald Duck.
Me: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'll be having the Salmon.

THE FOOD WAS PRETT DERN GOOD. Dad's fish was SO fresh and his asparagus was CRISP and perfect. I ended up ordering Donald after all----he was served over grits with a mushroom and portwine glaze and chili jam, and I tell you---It was yum. We were all surprised...We each drank a quart of pellagrino, and it made a HUGE difference to sit down for 90 minutes and enjoy a good meal. We were able to pop back up, refreshed, and stay in the park until closed. We even caught Fantasmic or Fantasmagastic or Fantasmagaorastical or whatever that final show is called. They said you had to get there an HOUR early to get into it, but we rode rides until 3 minutes after start time and walked right in to good seats. The way the show is set up, there ARE no bad seats. If you go to MGM, see this show.

Speaking of FANTASMORATORIUM, Scott, my closet theatre geek, is blown away by how much Disney has borrowed from Asian theatre----
The type of puppet you see used in Chinese New Year parades, those segmented dragons, MADE the final show. They put a different puppeteer in each snake segment and then they worked together to make him coil and undulate and rear.
The mechanics of the Ariel show were taken from Bunraku---A Japanese technique. In the Disney version, colorful puppets are lit and play against a black backdrop and the puppeteers are dressed all on black to render them invisible.
Shadow Puppets of India were used quite a bit, and the it's ALL pretty much stolen from Kabuki, a can't beat combo of special effects, dance and drama.


Posted by joshilyn at October 15, 2006 8:29 AM

But what...no more phantom child pics? :-)

Glad you're having a blast!

Posted by: DebR at October 15, 2006 8:39 AM

If we file the adoption papers as soon as you guys get back, everything will be ready for NEXT YEAR when I TURN FOUR and Grandma and Grandpa can take ALL OF US to Disney!!!
Yep, sounds like a plan to me...(mentally pictures Joss disappearing completely from the blogworld and turning into the most reclusive author since J.D. Salinger in an extremely successful effort to avoid me)

Posted by: Elena at October 15, 2006 9:15 AM

We have never gotten to go to DisneyWorld, which I hear is a far better than Disneyland, but Disney anything is still a lot of fun. One of my favorite memories has to be the night we went to Toon Town. The parade was just starting and we had discovered that the different "lands" practically emptied out whenever the parade began, so we ran over to Toon Town so we could ride the rides as much as we wanted without having to stand in those terribly long lines. Much to my girls' surprise and delight Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto all showed up and they had a great time playing tag with the characters. The look on my youngest daughter's face when she finally caught Pluto and got to give him a huge hug--priceless! It's magic, I tell you, just magic.....

Posted by: Sheri at October 15, 2006 5:46 PM

I dislike Disney. (I know I'm a terrible person)
I only go for the food! the restuarants are WONDERFUL around there!!

Posted by: desi at October 15, 2006 6:27 PM

Dude. I've been to DisneyWorld and I didn't see any grits. Of course I wouldn't know grits if they walked up and bit me on the butt.

Posted by: Heather Cook at October 15, 2006 11:21 PM

Ha! I saw grits at Disney World! It's the only place in my life I ever saw grits, and I know they were grits because the waitress put them on the table with our breakfast and the girls and I all went, "Ewww, what is THAT?" And the hubby said "grits" and then he ATE them.

So the Brown Derby is good? Should I put it on my list? Usually we just grab fast food and take it into the Fantasmic theatre to eat before the show. We missed it once because we got there late and it was standing room only.

Posted by: Shelley at October 16, 2006 12:49 AM

im glad u guys are having fun, but im split in half, i would like to be there with you but i think i might need to put some glass in one eye

Posted by: your nephew at October 16, 2006 1:57 PM

we just were in disney last week with my parents...it IS a small world, after all!

Posted by: karen carpenter at October 16, 2006 4:46 PM

OMG, your nephew does read the bloggie. And he's got a wicked sense of humor.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at October 16, 2006 7:10 PM

Thanks for thinking of us, and taking us with you to Disney!!

Posted by: North at October 16, 2006 11:27 PM

Here to spread good news... just saw a link to your Atlanta and Co. interview at Trashionista! Yay for you and Disney good times too!

Posted by: Catherine at October 17, 2006 3:39 PM