Sunday, April 21, 2013

4/15/13 Monday Morning Alone

And then the weekend was over and Bob had to actually work, which was, after all the reason for the trip. 

So I found myself in the very odd position of waking up and not having to consult with anyone else about whether they were ready, or hungry, or where they wanted to go, or what they wanted to ride, or when/where they wanted to do anything. It was just me, free to do whatever I wanted.

So, of course, I went to the Magic Kingdom. 

My Monday morning

I spent a lot of time reading all the names on Main Street in the windows. Yale Gracey (1910 - September 5, 1983) "was a Disney Imagineer, writer, and layout artist for many Disney animated shorts, including classics such as The Three Caballeros and Fantasia. He designed many of the special effects for the Disney ride Haunted Mansion and the fire effect used in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. He was honored by having "Master Gracey" named after him."

Joyce Carlson (March 16, 1923 – January 4, 2008) "was an American artist and designer credited with creating the idyllic universe of singing children at "It's a Small World" rides at Walt Disney theme parks around the world. Carlson also worked as an ink artist in the Walt Disney Animation Studios, on such films as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty.She was the lead ink artist for the 1955 Disney classic Lady and the Tramp.She spent 56 years working on Disney's animated films and theme park attractions."

And center, This window honors the MAPO group. MAPO originally was short for “Mary Poppins,” which was the source for much of the funding for Walt Disney World. It was later “officially” redesignated as “Materials And Production Operations.” Basically, it was the manufacturing arm of Walt Disney Imagineering. Most of these men were in Audio-Animatronics design and manufacturing. Booth was also the shop manager, and helped with the manufacturing of the parking lot trams. Broggie, son of Disney Legend Roger Broggie, Sr., worked on the Country Bear Jamboree for WDW and the Lincoln figure for the New York World's Fair, among others. from Mouseplanet

I walked down the dead-end that most people pass by, although they recently they've installed a new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom portal (more on that in another blog).

I felt a little like Cinderella before she got involved in all that Prince nonsense, as lots of little birds came to call and sing and hop about.

These two are babies, and mama kept coming back to check on them. 

So after a bit, I realized what was missing. Breakfast! So I walked around the corner and brought back some beignets to follow the Mary Poppins advice to feed the birds. Not that they were tuppence a bag, but it is Disney World. 

And we all shared breakfast.

Oh, yeah, down the street where there were people and parades and such. Not nearly as fun.

Once other people starting milling about, the birds, and I, took my leave.

Inside the shop nearby was a glassblower hard at work. 

This particular piece is yours today for only $32,500

 And so I made a walk though the center of the kingdom before heading back to the hotel for a shower and a nap.

The dwarfs are still hard at work on the new coaster that will be completed next year in the new Fantasyland. I'll have another blog on that expansion soon.

The stepsisters and Lady Tremaine (who's actually a man, man) were traipsing about as I walked by the carousel.

 the back of the castle

Around to the front, where the forecourt show was wrapping up.

 talk about nice timing.


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