Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Disney unveils new medals for two upcoming races

Disney photo of Wine & Dine medal
Disney unveiled new medals for two upcoming races.

The medals are for the 5th Anniversary Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and the 10th Anniversary for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, according to runDisney.

Disney photo of Goofy's Race and Half Challenge medal.
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon medal spins with Spaceship Earth on one side and Chef Mickey running on the other side. The marathon is already sold out.


The Goofy Challenge medal also spins and has Goofy on both sides with Goofy on one with 13.1 miles representing the first half of the challenge and an upside Goofy on the the other side with the 26.2 miles for the second challenge. Goofy's Race and Half Challenge is part of the Walt Disney World Challenge, which will take place Jan. 7-11, 2015.

Registration for the Walt Disney World Challenge starts April 22 at noon Eastern Standard Time.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Disneyland restaurants receive honors from writers group

Disneyland restaurants received a few honors recently by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Inc.

The group awarded 12 awards to eight restaurants at both Disneyland and California Adventure, according to the Disney Parks Blog, including Manager of the Year to , who manages Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at California Adventure.

The other awards include:

Golden Bacchus Wine Award
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Napa Rose
Steakhouse 55

5 Stars
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Napa Rose
Steakhouse 55

4 Stars
Ariel’s Grotto
Blue Bayou Restaurant
Café Orleans
Storytellers Cafe

3 Stars
Goofy’s Kitchen

Topiary Tour 2014: Tinker Bell's Butterfly Garden

Our last stop on the 2014 Topiary Tour has been one of our favorites - Tnker Bell's Butterfly Garden.

The garden is filled with butterflies fluttering inside this enclosed tent.

The 1,000 butterflies have about 24 nectar plants to eat on in the tent including Cape Royal plumbago, passion flower, coral honeysuckle and butterfly bush. In addition Michigan Craig Mitchell Smith created a number of costume glass sculptures of butterflies and flowers.

We hope you enjoyed our little tour of the topiaries at the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. To take the entire tour you can go here.

Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Butterfly topiaries
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Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Tinker Bell Butterfly Garden
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Butterfly garden
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Butterfly garden
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Topiary Tour 2014: Miniature community in Germany Pavilion

The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is celebrated in all parts of Epcot at Disney World, including the mini area of Epcot.

Outside the Germany Pavilion is home to a model community and a model train set. And within this miniature company are small topiaries as well, to celebrate the annual festival.

Whether, it is Lightning McQueen, Mater, Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse, these mini-topiaries can be found all around this small world community.

This  the 18th stop on the 2014 Topiary Tour.

You can follow here for the complete tour. 


Miniature Railroad topiaries
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Miniature Railroad topiaries
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Miniature Railroad topiaries
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Miniature Railroad topiaries
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Miniature Railroad topiaries
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

2014 Photo Topiary Tour: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This year there is something very different about the Snow White topiary at Epcot in Disney World. The face.

Normally the topiary has not had any facial features on it, but only black coloring for the hair. This year, the topiary's top is smoothed out with eyes, a sculpted nose and red lips. The black "hair" this year, has a red bow.

Following Snow White, as usual, are all of the seven dwarfs, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy.

Here is stop 17 on the topiary tour.

Snow White
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Grumpy and Doc
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Untitled
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Untitled
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2014 Photo Topiary Tour: Simba, Rafiki, Timon and Pumba

The Lion King
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The Lion King topiaries featuring Rafiki, the young Simba, and Timon and Pumba are the next stop (No. 16) on our 2014 Topiary Tour.

The tour is part of the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Follow along here on the topiary tour.
Timon and Pumba
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2014 Photo Topiary Tour: Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy

This spring has been all about the Muppets and the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival also celebrates with two new Muppets - Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy.

This is the 15th stop on the Topiary Tour.

Follow along here on the topiary tour.

Kermit and Miss Piggy
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Kermit The Frog
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