Tapestry of Nations - Epcot
I actually really love the Beverly. I delight in taking pictures of people tasting it for the first time, then leisurely taking drinks myself. My little sister’s friend said she actually came to love it too, after being disgusted by her first drink. It’s an acquired taste, and we have acquired it for sure!
The first time I tried Beverly, I’d never heard of it or its reputation…but I gave the expected reaction of scrunching up my face and fighting not to spit it out, followed by dumping out the rest of the cup and frantically getting another flavor to wash it down.
The next time, which was about nine years later, I wanted to taste it again — even remembering how much I disliked it back in 1999. And it wasn’t as bad as I remembered.
Then in 2011 I tried it again, and actually kind of liked it.
Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old and maybe my taste buds are dying or something, but it’s kind of fun to see people watching to see how you react to it, then downing the whole cup and nodding approvingly. It simultaneously impresses and disappoints the people waiting for the grossed-out reaction.
in the spirit of Christmas…
so I’m four away from my next goal & I would be a very happy girl if you’d reblog this post so others could see it! I will promote all blogs that do :)
much love & disney magic to all!
For the night crowd.
A complete look at Test Track 2.0 — including the queue, the design process, the ride, and the post show. Don’t press play if you don’t want to spoil the surprise.
If you want to skip to the design, that starts at 3:30
The ride itself starts at 9:15
The official opening is on December 6th.
“Detailed tour of the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The first 7 minutes is the journey from the park entrance of Epcot to Norway in World Showcase. This was filmed on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 around 4:30 PM.
I filmed the entire Maelstrom ride, the church, and the shopping area.”
Those who seek the spirit of Norway face peril and adventure.
This morning’s introduction to EPCOT Center’s 30th anniversary
From the YouTube description:
At the special Epcot 30th anniversary celebration on September 30, 2012, D23 head Steven Clark introduced the full day of presentations, including bringing back the old World Key kiosks to choose the first presentation. This was the only portion of the event in which video recording was allowed.
It’s too bad. I’d love to see what Marty Sklar has to say. Maybe when I get up later, someone will have been sneaky with a camera and put it online for us non-D23 folks.
Whoops…that was supposed to go on this blog.
The Living Seas (by Celebration Harts)
Once upon a time, guests entering the Living Seas pavilion would view a pre-show film, ride a Hydrolater to the ‘ocean floor’ and then take a Sea Cab ride to visit Seabase Alpha.
The Sea Cab ride closed in 2001, and shortly after, guests were given the option of walking down a hallway past the movie and Hydrolaters directly to the exhibits at Seabase Alpha, thus ruining the intended story and illusion designed originally.
Pixar’s Nemo and his fish friends took up residence in 2006 via a new attraction using the Sea Cabs track but closing off virtually all the views of the giant tank along the way (ride track pictured above from inside the guest viewing area), in order to tell the movie story in dark ride format. Gone too was the ‘hard science’ angle of Seabase Alpha, though admirably still had many exhibits about fish and marine habitats.
I still miss the original Living Seas…truly a shame to have lost it.
I’m glad I got to experience The Living Seas before it changed. I was blown away when I rode the Sea Cabs through the huge aquarium, surrounded by sea life. Now, it’s just projections of Nemo characters until a brief glimpse of the actual aquarium near the end.
You still travel through the aquarium…but it’s almost completely hidden from view.
I can watch Finding Nemo at home. To waste the aquarium that is at Epcot to show it to me there is just sad.