The Dawn of a New Disney Era…..
The Dawn of a New Disney Era is the title of our Commemorative Pre-Opening Guide to Epcot Center we received in early 1982. “On October 1, 1982, Walt Disney’s greatest dream Epcot Center – – becomes a reality. An $800 million entertainment kingdom, Epcot Center is located on 6 hundred acres approximately two and a half miles south of the Magic Kingdom. Beyond its colossal gateway, you’ll see wonders beyond your imagination.”
To this day I can remember the excitement I had for a new park. As the park neared construction completion they opened the monorail so you could go on the grand circle tour and then back to the TTC. I think I rode it 20 times trying to take it all in.
But Walt’s true dream was a bit different than what was constructed. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, not Every Person Comes Out Tired or as Cast Members like to say Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday. Walt’s vision was a true community in which one would work, live, and play. In his words, “EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems.”
EPCOT was to have around 20,000 residents living in the spherical city. Similar to the weenie in the parks, the city would feature a large hotel and convention center which would tower over the city at 30 stories. Surrounding the hotel would be businesses and commerce along with high density apartments. Many theaters and restaurants were proposed along with shopping districts that would be modeled off of streets from around the world (hmmm). More residential/suburb type living would be around the outside of the sphere.
As for transportation, the monorail and PeopleMover would be the main transportation with the center of the sphere serving as the Grand Central Station / Hub. Car and truck traffic would be located on streets underground and away from pedestrian traffic. As you can see from the model there were only two roads heading into the city, so vehicles would likely only be used for vacations away from the city. If you are at the Magic Kingdom, be sure to take a trip on the PeopleMover for a peek at a portion of the city model.
After Walt Disney died in 1966, most of his ideas for this planned city were abandoned, and Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971 with only the Magic Kingdom and a few hotels. If EPCOT was created exactly as Walt had planned I do not think we would have the same vacation destination that we have today. What do you think, let us know in the comments below.
DREAMERS AND DOERS : “If we can bring together the technical know-how of American Industry and the creative imagination of the Disney organization, I believe we can build a community that more people will talk about and come to look at than any other area of the world” Walt Disney
Our Favorite Food This Week: Frushi
Location: Hanami – Epcot Japan Booth during Flower and Garden Festival
Welcome to this week’s Favorite Food Friday where we share our favorite foods with our friends. This week we have been showing off our #DisneySide Epcot Flower and Garden Festival style. This week we look at the Frushi – what is it? Fruit Sushi 🙂 Even if you don’t like sushi, you are sure to love this dish if you like fruit.
Frushi is Fresh Strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe rolled with coconut rice, atop a raspberry sauce sprinkled with toasted coconut and whipped cream. Oh my gosh it’s oh so good you might want to make it at home. The Disney Food Blog shared a recipe to do just that. So when you are at the Flower and Garden festival be sure to try some of the foods and let us know what your favorite is.
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On our early trips to the Magic Kingdom, one of my favorite attractions was the Plaza Swan Boats. These boats would take visitors around the Hub and back into Adventureland for a great view of the Swiss Family Treehouse (the travel path is highlighted in yellow below).
The attraction operated from 1973 till 1983 and had a live guide that both piloted the boat and also provided commentary along the way. The Swan boats were a D ticket attraction which meant it cost around 75 cents to ride in the 1970’s. But because it was a live guide attraction it was one of the more costly attractions to run, thus why it was removed in the 80’s.
After the Swan attraction was removed, the boat dock (circled in picture above and pictured below) became a quiet place to sit and watch the excitement of the park pass by. It was also used for many of the special events to pass out wristbands. With the Hub undergoing many changes , one of the items that is being removed is this dock that was used for the Swan boats. This was my one last reminder of the long lost attraction and I will surely miss seeing it and all of the magical memories that it holds.
Awhile back we were honored to host a #DisneySide Home Celebration Party. It was a blast and I’m thrilled to share some of the highlights with you. Welcome to the party…..
Our party contained a group of energetic 9 year old boys, so as you can imagine it was exciting, and filled with food and fun.
We covered the party room with all the fun decorations from our #DisneySide @Home Celebration kit. The table cover, Mickey plates, and decorations created a festive atmosphere that any Disney lover would have envied. Thanks to our local Dollar Tree Store, we were able to buy cheap felt Disney character buckets that we filled with many of the items from the #DisneySide kit along with a couple additions found at our local grocery store.
Bingo with Disney Prizes
BINGO! Yes, competition became tense between these boys with this game provided in our #DisneySide package. In fact, this was their favorite activity. We played BINGO many times, giving everyone a chance to win one of our exciting Disney prizes. We used pretzel squares to mark our places, although at times there seemed to be more eating of the chips then playing.
Food, Food, and More Food
Every party has to have food, and when DisneyDayByDay is involved you know there is going to be lots of snacks. We had many Disney themed pre-packed items such as fruit snacks and rice crispy treats. We also had some fun Mickey shaped chocolate chip cookies and brownies thanks to the cookie cutters supplied by our kit.
Mickey Pizza Creation
After working up an appetite playing games we pulled out our pizza crusts and had each of the boys make their very own Mickey-shaped Pizza. As you can see we used a Mickey template to cut the pre-made crusts to form the shape. I helped with the sauce spreading and everyone put their favorite toppings on. We even cut out Mickey-shaped pepperoni. He’s everywhere 🙂
As we wrapped up our pizza it was time to get crafty. Yeah, you could hear the air deflating from the room as I asked the guests to gather around for a craft. I guess 9 year old boys don’t rank crafting high on the must-do list. In fact, the only thing they find interesting about crafts is Minecraft. But we quickly turned their disinterest around with a manly melting bead craft.
We found this fun craft, making sun catchers, on the web. Believe me, if I can do it, the craft is easy! Basically all you do is melt beads in a pan. The steps are simple and the boys loved trying different colors to see how they would look after melting.
If you would like to create your own Sun Catcher, just watch our video or follow these simple steps:
- Purchase Pony beads (translucent are the best for sun catchers)
- Select a pan. We liked using the cupcake pan to allow everyone at the party to create their own and try different colors. Do not spray the pan with any cooking spray.
- While you are making your creation, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the pans in the oven and check them around 28 minutes. Some of ours took up to 35 minutes to fully melt.
- Be sure to have your oven fan going and a window open if possible as it is melting plastic so there will be a smell. We had our partiers head outside to play while they melted.
Can you have a party with 9 year old boys and not have video games come into the picture? Thanks to our Disney Infinity, we headed into toy box mode and started building our own Disney world. Everyone was able to pick their favorite character for game play.
Boys will be Boys
As the party wrapped up the boys headed outside for some silly string fun and foam sword fighting. Many of them were headed off to sports games so we let them make their own trail mix before heading out with their goodie bags.
Thanks again to Disney and all the sponsors including American Tourister, HP, and Ocean Spray. Hosting our party was a Blast!!! If you would like to host your own #DisneySide @Home Celebration, be sure to head to their website for great ideas.
Note: I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own, I promise.
We’re having a party!! Walt Disney World is going to party all year long… Come on everybody, jump into the beat and put your hands up…. Havin a party….
How many of you remember that song from the Walt Disney World 15 Years of Magic parade. That song has stuck in my head for many years, so anytime I have a party I have to bring it out. I might not have all the lyrics right, but it’s still fun.
What is a Disney @Home Celebration, you might ask? Well, we all have a #DisneySide and who doesn’t love a party? Combine the two and… bang, pow, boom! A Disney Side Celebration is born. Disney Side Celebrations helps bring the #DisneySide out in all of us by supplying ideas, themes, recipes, activities, and more to make your Disney celebration the best. Be sure to check out their website for more details and ideas. http://www.disneysidecelebrations.com/
So, yes, we’re having a party, come on everybody jump into the beat and put your hands up…. I can’t wait to share all our party pictures with everyone, but first here is the package that arrived to wake up our #DisneySide and help plan our celebration.
As we opened the box we were excited to see all of our celebration supplies packed nicely in an American Tourister DeLITE Spinner. Yes, it’s purple… I know. But I’m man enough to show my purple DisneySide and I will definitely use this for our trip to Disney next month. Did you know that American Tourister is the Official Luggage of Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts? One of the highlights of this suitcase is that its weight is only 8.4 lbs. Of course this will help with all the increased baggage fees that continue to rise. But don’t let the light-weight fool you. This luggage is sturdy, and made with high quality materials. I’ll let you know how it holds up on upcoming trips.
Open it! What’s inside?!
I know we were as excited to you to find out what was inside. We want to get planning!!
Look at all that…
It’s a lot to take in, I know. As we began to explore the kit, our excitement built and we started to dream about our party theme. In the kit you’ll find everything you need to plan your party. Just add people, food, and your own bit of pixie dust. Here are more details on what we found inside….
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party supplies, including swirl decorations, cups, plates, tablecloth, and cupcake holders. Looks like someone will be having cupcakes at their party.
Also included were measuring cups, cookie cutters, and recipe cards to help you whip something up for the party, or to include in baking activity. The picture below called “So this is Love” by Will Gay (creative director at Disney’s Yellow Shoes) was also part of the package. We love the print and can’t wait to give them to our guests!
The kit also included RunDisney Cheer cards, Craisins from Ocean Spray , and HP Photo Card pack… which we plan to use for our invitations and as party mementos. Disney stickers, tattoos and bingo cards can also be seen in the photo below.
But that’s not all! The package also includes a few recipe cards, RunDisney decals and bracelets, and finally… Disney trivia cards!
We would like to thank all the amazing people at #DisneySide who have allowed us to have this opportunity and the wonderful sponsors HP, American Tourister, and Ocean Spray! Of course we can’t forget to thank Disney!
Amazing, right? We can’t wait to get our party planned, and “Jump into the beat and put our hands up!!!!”