Archives for December 2011
Mexico: The Three Kings
|Papa Noel at Canada|
|Father Christmas at the United Kingdom|
|Nativity in the train display at Germany|
While we don’t have our own storytellers at home, we do have some Nativities from around the world to help us celebrate the Holiday of Christmas and the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
|Nativity from Panama|
|Nativity from Costa Rica|
|Nativity from Nicaragua|
Believe it or not, we only have 6 more days until Christmas. So, in helping count down the days left until we celebrate, I’m going to count down one thing a day that I LOVE about Christmas at Walt Disney World.
Last year, I had the chance to see all the Gingerbread “stuff” around the property for the first time! It was incredible! Our first day at WDW we did not go into a park. Instead, we spent the late afternoon and evening resort hopping. We had our own car so we first made our way to the Polynesian where we parked, walked through the resort and hopped on the Monorail. We got off at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary to see the decorations including the Gingerbread House and the Gingerbread Tree. After making our Monorail Loop, we jumped in the car and headed to the Beach Club where we saw the Gingerbread Carousel. Later in the week as we were exploring the American Adventure at Epcot, we found a small(er) Gingerbread House inside the Liberty Inn Restaurant.
|Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian|
|Gingerbread Tree at the Contemporary|
|Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club|
|Gingerbread House at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot|
So, since we can’t be at WDW this year for Christmas, we decided to make our own Gingerbread Men in honor of all the fabulous Gingerbread “Stuff” at WDW!
|Cman decorating his “baby men”|
|His finished product (with a little assistance from mom)|
|My horrible attempt to decorate a Gingerbread Man on the left.
A much easier and more colorful way to do it on the right! 🙂
Then, he tore the bread apart and gave me part of it and said, “You are Abu!”
Then it hit me… he was “reenacting” the scene from Aladdin when they stole the bread and shared it in the ally!
It’s moments like this that make me so happy that I’ve instilled the love of Disney in my son! A day doesn’t go by without a reference to WDW, Mickey, Disney or something along those lines. 🙂
Four for a Dollar. I wish I had a picture of these guys from WDW! Do any of you remember them? They were the pre show entertainment at The Beauty and the Beast Stage Show at Disney’s MGM Studios. They came out about 15 minutes before the show started to entertain the people who got seats early. If I remember correctly, they would come on stage to do a “sound check”. One would come out on stage and start singing to himself. Then, the other 3 guys would come on and complete the a cappella quartet. They would sing while interacting with the audience. Most of their songs were from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, but songs most generations would know.
This group was called Return 2 Zero, but performed for 14 years at MGM Studios as “Four for a Dollar.” They ended their run in 2008 after cutbacks to save money. After one of their performances at WDW, I surprised my dad with a copy of their CD “Return 2 Zero.” These are the songs on that CD:
- Return 2 Zero
- Fly Like An Eagle
- How Sweet It IS To Be Loved By You
- Steppin’ Out
- Happy Together
- Georgia On My Mind
- December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
- Spinning Wheel
- Love Potion #9
- On And On
- Turn Your Love Around
- I’m Alright
- The Point of No Reutrn