Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For a little about the Tree of Life, let's read from The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom.
"The Tree of Life is one of the most amazing pieces of art ever created by WDI. It's beautiful and meaningful, and captures the essence of this park at a glance. It's a poetic statement of the majesty of nature, the stunning diversity of animals, and our respect for our place in the world, and underscores the ideal that all of these elements can co-exist harmoniously. In our story, the animals are not carved into the surface - they're grown out from it. As one approaches the Tree and the animal forms begin to reveal themselves, it becomes clear that there is almost no tree at all. That tree is the animal kingdom."
More to follow...
Note: excerpt from The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom, by The Imagineer's, pg. 34.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
If I had a bucket list, seeing one of the surviving Beatles in concert would have been on it. Moving forward, any list that I make will not include that item.
Last Sunday night Sir Paul McCartney, one half of one of the 20th Centuries most prolific song writing teams played the “The Joint” at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Casino and Resort. When tickets went on sale for the concert, they sold out in 7 seconds, making it that fastest sell-out in history.
I knew the concert would take place while we were in Vegas but held no hope of getting a ticket at something other than an exorbitant price. Yet, on Saturday morning last, a few tickets were released and I, along with my daughter and her boyfriend, were able to get tickets. Wow! Paul McCartney and Cirque du Soleil “Love” both in a little over 24 hours.
I will spare all the details of the show; suffice it to say that it was an emotional rollercoaster for me as I relived so many familiar songs from my childhood.
I must share two thought with you though. First, being able to stand with a crowd of people and sing songs like Drive My Car, Hey Jude, and Sgt. Pepper’s with the man that wrote them is an experience I will not forget. It will also be an experience that will be hard to best with any concert I attend from here on. Second, his tributes to my hero, John Lennon, and George Harrison were quite moving. I am happy, that after all these years, I can still shed a tear for the Eggman.
Thank you Mr. McCartney for the memories!
The set list...
Main Set: Drive My Car, Jet, Only Mama Knows, Flaming Pie, Let Me Roll It, Highway, Baby Face, The Long and Winding Road, My Love, Blackbird, Here Today, Dance Tonight, Calico Skies, Mrs. Vanderbilt, Eleanor Rigby, Sing the Changes, Band on the Run, Back in the USSR, Something, I've Got a Feeling, Paperback Writer, A Day in the Life, Give Peace a Chance, Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude. 1st Encore: Can't Buy Me Love, Lady Madonna, I Saw Her Standing There. 2nd Encore: Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Get Back, Sgt. Pepper's (reprise), The End.
Tomorrow, I will share one last tribute to John.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Now, onto today's Where In The World.
Let me also encourage you to stop by my friend Ryan's Main Street Gazette periodically this week. He is in The World and mobile blogging. If you can't be in Walt Disney World this week, then the MSG and Lou's Daily Disney Diaries are the next best thing.
More to follow...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
As I have written before, the parks take on a different appearance and a new magic after the sun goes down. Disney's Animal Kingdom is no different.
"...the world's tallest mountain - Everest - has risen from the peaceful village of Serka Zong."
Take a walk down the streets of Serka Zong and enjoy the peace.
Note: italized text from Birnbaum Guides 2008 Walt Disney World, Pg. 185
Monday, April 20, 2009
...I turn 52. Last night I saw Paul McCartney in "The Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tonight I will be experiencing Cirque du Soleil "Love" at the Mirage, following my birthday dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas. Life is good!
But what makes life great is family! Today, I simply want to reflect on and give thanks for the greatest gifts I could ever hope to receive. Their names are Mom, Gregory Jr. and Jennifer, Ali and Ryan, Cindi and Keith, Jeff and Camille, Devon, Shelby, Luke, Emmery, Jackson, Christian, and my very heartbeat, my wife Gerrie. This is my family and they are precious to me. I am also blessed with friends, near and far. There are far too many to name for fear of leaving someone out.
For you, family and friends, and those of you I have not yet met, but who are reading this post, I offer you three things that I have learned (one of which I have mentioned in prior posts).
- We all have to grow old, but we do not have to grow up.
- With each day that passes, we have fewer "one of these days," so perhaps we should start living our "one of these days" today.
- We work to live; not live to work.
More to follow...
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
As with any good trip to Disney, there was plenty of food to be had. We ate dinner at Le Chefs de France, The Yatchsman Steakhouse, Boma's, Mama Melrose's, and The Rose & Crown. My birthday dinner, at the steakhouse, was topped off with a Illuminations Fireworks Cruise.
Now, let Doc give you two tips. One, The Yatchsman Steakhouse is probably one of the top five restaurants on Disney property. Splurge. Have dinner there. Trust me on this. I recommend the rib-eye, medium rare. And two, you have not experienced Illuminations until you have seen it from the water. If you can have my friend from Passamaquoddy along for the ride to narrate the story, yes, there is a story to Reflections of Earth, all the better.
In 2008 I celebrated my birthday with friends in the Magic Kingdom. Among them, Ryan Wilson of the Main Street Gazette, Glenn Whelan of Passamaquoddy, and the godfather of Disney Geeks, Lou Mongello. There was no big deal made of the event, other than it was big deal to me to spend time in my one of my favorite places on Earth with some of my favorite people on Earth.
So, back to the premise of this post. It's odd this year. On the year that I could get into Walt Disney World on my birthday for free, I am not going. Whoa! It has taken a bit of getting used to that fact. And it will be tough missing my friends who will be gathering later in the month for the Studio 20 event. But, I suppose I'll get by. Because...
I'm Going To Vegas Baby!
For this year's anniversary of my entrance into the world (thank you mom), I will celebrating in Las Vegas with my daughter and her boyfriend. Now, as with any trip that involves me, there will be plenty of food. So far we have reservations at Canaletto in the Venetian, the Social House at Treasure Island, Joe's Seafood in the Forum Shops at Caesar's, and for my birthday dinner, we'll be enjoying the fountain show at the Bellagio from our table at the Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas. Oh, we also plan on picking up a burger at BLT Burger at the Mirage, and I am sure we'll discover a few other places where we can enjoy some in-between meal snacks.
Oh, and I need to mention, that while we're there, we'll be seeing Cirque du Soleil "Love." This is the fireworks cruise for 2009! My daughter called me as she was leaving the show last year and said, "Dad, we have got to this." So, we are. And...Paul McCartney is at the Hard Rock Las Vegas our first night there. Yes, we are looking into tickets.
If you plan on being in Vegas, and see me walking down the street, taking pictures of all the lights, stop and say hello.
Okay, I won't look quite like that, but, you get the general idea.
More to follow...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
That is the story as best as I can remember it. I have searched for a copy for years now. I knew it, not from a book, but from a 78 rpm record that played on our family console stereo. The record has long since dissappeared. Knowing that "Google is our friend" I have searched there. Nothing. I had hoped it may have been one of Aesop's Fables, but it is not. Not that I have found at any rate.
So, my search for the story continues.
This photo of the moon over Expedition Everest reminds me of this story and my memory of it. I hope it may inspire some memory from your childhood.
More to follow...
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Okay, maybe not, but it could have happened.
Onward, let's try another something somewhere. My personal opinion, this one is not nearly as difficult as the last one.
Have fun and there will be,
More to follow...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Now, a little about the monorails.
There are currently 12 Mark VI monorails trains operating in Walt Disney World. They are distinguished by the color stripe that runs the length of the 203.5 foot train. The colors are black, blue, coral, gold, green, lime, orange, pink, purple, red, silver and yellow.
Did you know that if you alphabetize the colors of the trains, then take the first letter from each color, and place those letters in reverse alphabetical order, it spells absolutely nothing. I am just sayin’…
More to follow…
Editor's Note: I use this particular photograph as the wallpaper on my laptop.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
P.s. I noticed that things have finally begun to thaw in Passamaquoddy.