Archives for October 2012
Disney thinks of EVERYTHING! I think most of us are aware of this. But, did you know the original idea for the Seven Seas Lagoon resorts? Originally, the plan was for all the resorts to mirror the different lands found in the Magic Kingdom:
- Grand Floridian – Main Street
- Contemporary – Tomorrowland
- Wilderness Lodge/ Fort Wilderness – Frontierland
- Polynesian – Adventureland
|Wolfgang Puck’s Crispy Chicken Finger Roll|
- Whole-wheat Cheese Pizza
- Grilled Chicken
- Fresh Fish
- 100% juice and low-fat milk for beverages
- Low-fat Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit for Dessert
- Fresh fish of the day served with corn
- Grilled chicken tenders
- Sautéed shrimp pasta
- Sides including fresh celery and carrots, vegetables and fruit
Wolfgang Puck’s Café
- Grilled Chicken
- Kid’s Salmon
- Kid’s Sushi
- Sides including fresh veggies, applesauce, baby carrots
- 100% juice and low-fat milk for beverages
While it’s been another busy week around here, I didn’t have much original content! I was able to share a few things passed on to me from Disney and join in on a few blog hops. I did find some great things around the web in the Disney Community though!
- Growing Up Disney is giving away a Disney Surprise Pack! Enter to win!
- Heidi’s Head highlights her friendship with Melissa from Disney on Wheels. What an amazing tribute to a special girl!
- Disney Parks Blog shares the art of pumpkin sculpting and a great vintage WDW trick or treating photo of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Ryan at Main Street Gazette shares a frozen Jim Beam recipe for a drink from the Food and Wine Festival.
- Focused on the Magic shares awesome Disney Parks Halloween merchandise.
- Latest Digital Scrapbook Kit Release by Capturing Magical Memories focuses on Vintage Hollywood
- Disney on Wheels shares the booths to visit for the perfect brunch at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.
- Disney Living reviews a Girl Scout’s troop participation in Disney’s youth group program.
Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Living and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
One of the most interesting places in the Magic Kingdom, especially for my history nerd of a husband, is Liberty Square. In Liberty Square, you can find three attractions: The Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents and Liberty Square Riverboat. You can also find three restaurants: Sleepy Hollow (snacks), Liberty Tree Tavern and Columbia Harbor House. Do you know what you won’t find? Restrooms… kinda! Since this land is reminiscent of the Colonial Era of America, Disney imagineers tried their hardest to keep the area as realistic as possible. So, they had to be sneaky with their restrooms since there was no indoor plumbing in the Colonial Era. You can find restrooms in Columbia Harbor House, but they are located upstairs and technically they are in Fantasyland! You can also find one restroom in Liberty Tree Tavern. This restroom is upstairs and is very small. Disney had to include a restroom in the restaurant to meet code.
While we’re on the subject of restrooms, have you noticed the pavement in Liberty Square? The brown gravely pavement represents an open sewer. In the colonial times, people would empty their “waste” by pouring it out of the second story windows of their homes where it would collect in the middle of the roads.
There is a replica of the Liberty Bell located in Liberty Square. In 1976, 50 replicas of the bell were made in honor of America’s Bicentennial. Each state was given one of the replicas, but Pennsylvania already had the original bell in Philadelphia. Eventually, Walt Disney World was given Pennsylvania’s replica bell to place in Liberty Square. On July 4, 1989, the bell was moved to Florida and now Florida is the only state with two of the replica bells.
Each of the buildings in Liberty Square have a two digit number above the door. If you add an “18” in front of the number, it shows the year that style of house would have been present. The date over the Hall of Presidents is the year the the US Constitution was ratified.
If you pay close attention to the shutters on the windows, you will notice they are crooked. This is due to the fact that during the Revolutionary War, the colonists needed as much metal as they could get their hands on to make bullets. They used the metal hinges from shutters to include in the making of bullets. Then they decided to use leather, like the Pioneers did, to hang their shutters. Over time, the leather hinges would loosen and cause the shutters to tilt.
Outside the Liberty Tree Tavern you will find an actual Liberty Tree. This tree supposedly weighs 38 tons and is the largest living thing in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. On the trees branches are 13 lanterns which represent the 13 original colonies in America.
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back Friday, November 30th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
“Don’t think, and
don’t worry. If the time comes, you’ll know what to do.” ~Mrs. Incredible
Did you know “Surf Pool” at Typhoon Lagoon and “Melt-Away Bay” at Blizzard Beach were not the first wave pools at Walt Disney World?
Remember my previous posts about Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon? I’m sticking with that theme… The first “wave pool” was in the man made lake, Seven Seas Lagoon. Before water was added to Seven Seas Lagoon, a wave machine was installed hoping that images of guests surfing in Seven Seas Lagoon would entice people to vacation at Walt Disney World in the early 70’s when it opened. At this time, people came to Florida to visit the beaches and WDW didn’t have the traditional beaches like the coastal cities had. In 1971, when the wave machine was first used, it worked very well for the cast members. But by the time guests arrived in October of the same year, the wave machine was already being worked on by engineers. It continued to “work” into 1972.
While there is no definitive answer to why it shut down so quickly, there are three ideas:
- Erosion of the beach at the Polynesian.
- Difficulty for water craft to travel on Seven Seas Lagoon.
- Frequent break downs.