Almost wordless today…
I love the attention to detail at Disney! Everywhere you look Disney has taken time to add the “Disney touch”. You can find this everywhere- bathrooms, attractions, restaurants, sidewalks, costumes, landscapes, resorts, EVERYWHERE!
Have you ever paid attention to the details in the small train scene at the Germany pavilion in Epcot? Here are two shots of the same small house by the tracks- one in spring, one at Christmas. I would have never thought to add Christmas decorations to that small house, but Disney did!
Guests can purchase the map and stickers at the following locations: Disney Traders, Festival Center, Pin Central and World Traveler (International Gateway). Note: Maps, stickers and pins are available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Purchasing limits may apply.
This year I made an unusual choice. I went with the Couscous Salad from Morocco’s Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot. Last time, I played it safe and chose to make my great grandmother’s spaghetti sauce. While it wasn’t an official Epcot or Food & Wine recipe, it was an authentic Italian dish. The reason this year’s Couscous choice is unusual is because my visit to Morocco’s Tangierine Cafe a few years ago was one of my least favorite meals in Walt Disney World!
I’ve continued to read recipes on Pinterest and in magazines that use couscous, so I thought I’d give Moroccan food a second chance! Thanks to Deb at All Ears for publishing this recipe.
Couscous Salad from Morocco
Yield – 4 servings
1/2 of a red onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/2 of a sweet red bell pepper
1/2 of a sweet green bell pepper
1/2 of a chopped zucchini
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Cinnamon to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 cup orange juice
12 ounces cooked plain couscous
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup tangerine segments or mandarin orange segments
Mint sprig for garnish
In a large nonstick skillet, sauté onion, garlic, sweet bell peppers and zucchini in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Add 1/2 cup olive oil to vegetables along with raisins, chickpeas and orange juice.
Toss vegetable mixture with couscous and pan juices. Add parsley and gently fold in citrus segments. Mound mixture onto a serving platter and garnish with mint.
At Epcot, children can participate in a FREE activity at each of the 11 countries in the World Showcase. Find the fun stop area and ask a cast member for a complimentary Duffy Bear cardboard puppet. At the Kidcot Fun Stop, kids can color, decorate and personalize their Duffy Bear. Encourage your kids to talk to the cast member and ask how to say “hello” in each country, or how to write their name in that countries respective language (Japan and China). Cast members will also add a stamp of Duffy from each country.
Where to Find Kidcot Fun Stops:
- Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos)
- Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost)
- China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China)
- Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst)
- Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana)
- American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts)
- Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery)
- Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina)
- France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France)
- United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier)
- Canada Pavilion (at the exit of O Canada!)
It’s time for another “game” of Kill, Refurb, Marry- Epcot Style! This month’s topic is Epcot Pre Shows. At first I had a hard time even thinking of three pre shows. But after some talking with my husband and YouTube searching, I decided on my three… plus one!
Here is a pre show video from Disney Video Dude.
Today for the Kohl’s #DestinationSummer Road Trip, we’ll be traveling to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Epcot was the second park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1982. Did you know Walt Disney himself planned for Epcot (which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) to be an actual city where people would live and work while using the newest technology produced by the very best? While this city never happened, the Walt Disney Imagineers did create the theme park we know and love today.
|Spaceship Earth image from wdwnews.com|
If you are heading to Walt Disney World during the summer, these things are on my Epcot summer “must do” list.
- Ride Spaceship Earth. This is the “golf ball” attraction at the entrance of the park. It’s a must do for me!
- Speed around Test Track, which is the fastest attraction at Walt Disney World.
- “Fly” on Soarin’ to experience California. While you’re there, take a boat ride on Living with the Land.
|Italy image from wdwnews.com|
- Tour World Showcase and experience the tastes, sights and sounds of eleven countries from around the world: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada.
- End your day with Illuminations: Reflections of Earth with fireworks, lasers, pyrotechnics, and video.
In addition to the fun attractions and pavilions at Epcot, there is a great splash pad area for children. When you visit, you’ll need to bring a change of clothes along with a swimsuit, water shoes and a towel. If you have time in the day, head over to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon- the two water parks on Walt Disney World property. Here your entire family can enjoy the Florida sun while floating in the water or zipping down the water slides!
Check back Sunday as we explore the fun things Disney’s Hollywood Studios has for us!