There's No Place Like Home
We just arrived home from 8 days in Walt Disney World and it was absolutely fabulous. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid….waaaay back when Magical Kingdom was the only theme park. That’s right, that far back.
|Cinderella Castle at Magical Kingdom|
What I truly loved about Disney was that the majority of the “rides” – and I’m talking probably about 90% of them - were more like shows…and they were all amazing. They also did a fantastic job of describing the rides so that you knew EXACTLY what you were in for...spinning, big drops, small drops, dark, loud, fast, slow...it was all described in the app we downloaded onto our phones, together with up to the minute wait times for every ride.
|Spaceship Earth at Epcot|
But what really surprised me was that I found it to be just as much an experience for the adults as for the kids...maybe even more so. There were many couples there, both older and younger, with no children in tow. Even my husband mentioned that he would love to go back as a couple at some point.
|Disney's commitment to the environment & sustainability|
was evident in many of their exhibits & shows
|I had never seen such thick bamboo, |
which grew throughout the parks
Although there were not a lot of garden related sights to see, I did get a few shots of plants and flowers that caught my eye:
The UK pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot had some beautiful landscaping...no surprise there!
|One of many houses in the UK pavilion in the World Showcase|
|Blurry photo courtesy of the boat ride we were on at the time ;)|
Taking photos during the tour was not easy as it was difficult to focus and shoot as the ride moved along. I also didn't want to be so pre-occupied with taking pictures that I didn't enjoy everything there was to see. The photos that I did end up taking represent only a small portion of what we saw on the tour. As with practically every other attraction at Disney world, this "ride" totally exceeded my expectations:
|Carolina Reaper Hot Peppers|
Notice the ones hanging from the overhead trellis
|Nigerian Drum Gourd|
|Close-up of the white eggplants|
hanging in the eggplant "tree"
|Pineapple (YUM!) with a macadamia tree|
in the back left corner
|Rice and Papayas|
|Tomatoes grown using the "Lean and Lower" technique|
(had to look that one up)
|Water Lily, Lotus & Sea Grapes|
Wouldn't I love to have one of these
under some grow lights in the basement
As for how the garden fared back here in Ontario while we were away, things did ok, although it could have done with a bit more rain. I think it rained on one day this past weekend, but the weather has also been fairly hot, so it was not enough – the beds were bone dry and I had to give them a good soaking yesterday.
I am now in catch up mode - I have a ton of work to do in the garden, including finishing the raised bed for the blueberry bushes that have been sitting in pots since spring (and they are miraculously still alive) as well as a ton of harvesting & blog reading.
Disney is truly a wonderful place. But each and every time I go away, no matter how fabulous a vacation it was, I always breathe a big sigh of contentment when I arrive back home. Dorothy really knew what she was talking about ;)
Till next time…
Although I can't say I share your enthusiasm for The Mouse (vowed never again once my son grew up), you sure did find an interesting "ride." Glad you had a great time, and welcome back to the chore/pleasure of your garden!ReplyDelete
Thanks Will! There is definitely something to be said for the carefree life you have when you are on vacation. I did miss my garden a lot, especially by the end of our holiday. I was quite disappointed when we got back and it was already dark as I was just itching to get outside and see what was what.Delete
I've never been to a Disney park, but you have whet my enthusiasm! We just got back from Colorado and it sure is good to be back home again.ReplyDelete
It is truly a wonderful place and I have since spoken to a couple of other people (who are older than I am) who also said Disney surprised them & they hadn't expected to enjoy it as much as they did. And welcome back!Delete
Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! We have been there a couple of times but not for a long time! Sounds like there is so much more to do and see now! Welcome home! NancyReplyDelete
Thank you Nancy - Things have definitely changed a LOT since I was last there. I suppose that's not too much of surprise considering it was almost 40 years ago!Delete
I always loved Epcot Center. Once my husband was presenting an award to someone there and we got to go without the kids. I did Living With The Land without anyone which was really nice. My family thought it was kind of boring but I loved it. I also loved the festival they had going that week, which was foods and drinks around the world. They had small booths set up in each of the countries (and some not normally represented there) and little nibbles and small drinks all the way around. It was a heck of a lot more fun than sitting in a restaurant.ReplyDelete
Oh, that food festival sounds amazing! When we go back, I'll be doing the greenhouse walking tour on my own as well - like you said, I'm sure it will be more enjoyable that way.Delete
They have a Flower & Garden festival from March to May & I'm hoping that we eventually make it to either that one or the Food and Wine festival, which just started yesterday. I actually think it will be hard to choose between them!
That sounds like such a fun trip and since you went in the fall you probably missed a lot of the crowds.ReplyDelete
I went on a trip that included Disneyland, Knots Berry Farm, and Universal Studios in highschool during the winter. It was so fun with no crowds and no lines whatsoever. Disney World is supposed to be a lot bigger so there's probably a ton more to do and those green houses look amazing. Six Flags Magic Mountain is probably my favorite but there's always lines there no matter the season.
Oh the Food and Wine festival sounds wonderful!
I've never been out west, but Disneyland and Universal Studios would definitely be on the short list of attractions we would take in if we ever do make it out there.Delete
Apparently early September is one of the best times to go to theme parks when it comes to crowds, probably because so many kids go back to school at that time. They were definitely not a big issue for us; most rides had a 10 minute wait. There were still a ton of people, however, and wait times for the most popular rides could get up to 90 minutes. Thank goodness for the Fast Passes!
We were there in 2000 and 2002 and I'd love to go back again. Disney certainly know how to do theme parks, I don't think anywhere else comes close. The second time we went, there were three generations of us, my mum and dad, myself, Mick, Daniel and Eleanor and my brother and his daughter and there really is something for everyone, we all had a great time.ReplyDelete
Yes! That's what I found so incredibly wonderful. I had honestly thought it would be mostly about entertaining young children & was not expecting to enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did. I don't think I've ever had my expectations surpassed as much as on this vacation.Delete
I never knew that Disney did that agriculture / horticulture stuff! Truly something for everyone, eh? Like you, I would have wanted that ride to go slower - or for me to jump off it altogether.ReplyDelete
Let me tell you, that thought crossed my mind more than a few times!Delete