Hey! Where’s Santa Claus?

Yeah!  Where is Santa Claus?

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I can tell you where he should be.  He should be “holding court” in Santa’s Village, of course!

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My friends, the “halls” of World Showcase’s American Adventure pavilion are decked “to the nines”!

Whether it’s merchandise for sale or trees, wreaths, red ribbon, and poinsettias, it looks like a snow-less Christmas “wonderland”!

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And, the centerpiece of the whole display is the most epic Christmas tree in Epcot!  How’d you like to have a mini-version of this beauty in your living room?  Outstanding!

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Where are the Fifes? Where are the Drums?

It’s been a very sad month for good-byes, hasn’t it?

For example, I think I still have an Off Kilter video that I filmed some time back but never posted.  And, now, they’re gone.  How sad.

Anyway, Mrs. All in WDW and I got one last glimpse of these patriotic fellows before they “retired”.

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Play on, old friends.  You were a huge part of the World Showcase experience.  We’re so sorry to see you go!  How about you?  Will you miss The American Adventure’s fifes and drums?

Celebrate the “Spirit of America”!

Happy 4th of July to our fans in the U.S.!  My friends, please enjoy your family gatherings, barbecues, parades, fireworks, and whatever other activities you’ll be doing as you commemorate this year’s Independence Day!

Before you start, however, take a few short minutes to CELEBRATE America’s birthday by viewing the most patriotic display any WDW web site can offer you – the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corp in action!

Appearing every day at Epcot World Showcase’s American Adventure pavilion, you can also see it, here, on All in WDW TV!  Click the link, and enjoy the short video!

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“Food” & Garden ’14 Update!

I had a great “Dining Recon” queued up for you to enjoy for lunch today, but you’re going to have to wait one more day.  You see, I was lurking around the Touring Plans Lines chat app last night and ran into and old friend – JustTimmy.

He pointed us in the direction of AllEars.net and their, recently-published, update on Epcot’s “other” food festival – “Food” & Garden ’14!

Oh, so, OK. It’s really the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, but we know better, now, don’t we?  Bring on “Food” & Garden!

I encourage you to pop over to AllEars in order to see the full “spiel”, but, in the meantime, here are the important things you need to know.

First, the festival opens on March 5, 2014 and runs to May 18, 2014.  It’s hard to believe that it is just a mere three months away!  Mark it down, folks!  March 5th!

Second, the food is definitely back!  At this past July’s Food & Wine preview event, Chef Marianne Hunnel told us that …

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American Adventure Trivia! – The Answers

According to Disney’s web site, “The American Adventure took Disney Imagineers 5 years to complete. The beautiful building in which it is housed … [takes] design cues from the classic Georgian style of the late 1700s, Colonial Williamsburg, Independence Hall, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Old State House in Boston.

The facade of the American Adventure Pavilion is made of 110,000 bricks handmade from Georgia red clay, aged for an authentic look and feel. Its central rotunda is approximately 35 feet high, with its dome adding another 10 feet. The pavilion itself encompasses an expansive 108,555 square feet!

The American Adventure’s theater can accommodate up to 1,024 Guests.”

Ben Franklin and Mark Twain guide guests on a journey through America’s history with the help of 35 audio-animatronics figures which include representations of Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Teddy Roosevelt.

The theme song for The American Adventure is “Golden Dream”.  It gets its biggest push at the end of the attraction, but it has also been heard in Epcot’s entrance plaza since opening day!  If you want to see a fantastic tribute to this patriotic song, click this link to YouTube.  It is an excellent testimonial to Walt Disney World’s “American Adventure”!

My thanks to all of you who participated yesterday!  See ya’ tomorrow!

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