It’s finally come to our last day in Florida on our 2016 adventure to Disney World, Universal Studios and always the “sad” day, however we will return soon and the magical adventures will once again come! This is also a super pumped day for me because we finally were able to make a reservation at 50’s Prime Time Cafe which is literally known as one of the best gluten free restaurants in all of Orlando, and it turned out to be awesome. This park should also charge half price, literally 80% of the park is under construction such an eye sore right now, pathetic D, lower the price to Hollywood.
As you make your way down Hollywood Boulevard, towards the Sorcerer’s Hat, on your left you will find a bronzed statue of a cameraman working a movie camera.
Underneath the statue is a sign with a quote, “Movies are a medium of expression like a symphony orchestra.. or a painter’s brush or canvas” -Walt Disney. Why is this life sized statue there and who is it?
The statue was made by Aldo and Andrea Favilli in 1995. Andrea Favilli was a Disney Imaginner, who joined Imagineering in 1987 as a laead concept designer. Favilli worked on a number of projects in Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Island, Pleasure Island, the Animal Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
The statue itself is based on the original statue that Andrea made with his father that is located in Hollywood across from the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank. Interestingly enough, the original statue was commissioned by Roy E. Disney and Shamrock Holdings, which was meant to be a piece of art that celebrated the art of film making.
The man in the statue is a generic film maker, not based on anyone per se. Imagineers had a replica built at the Studios since the statue’s message of honoring film making fit in perfectly with the theme park.
Day 5 WDW: Well not really WDW but still all in the same universe of sorts, we wanted to come specifically to check out Diagon Alley since last time the park was closing and we didn’t even discover it until by accident since it’s hidden! Crazy I know but finally we made it so heres some photos of our adventure! I’m not sure if it was because of the people or weather or park in general but this time around Universal Orlando seemed down right “ghetto” to me in a way.. I don’t know why.. it seems they have lost their class.
On my latest trip to Walt Disney World I saw a video of abandoned Disney stuff and one of them was the old Walt Disney World preview center. It was so close to our hotel and the Disney parks I had to go, so check out a little history and some of the photos I took of myself at the Preview Center below! Now it’s called the Amateur Athletic Union but it still looks like the preview center and even has a huge Mickey on the inside.
Here’s a little history about it below:
In mid-January, 1970, the Walt Disney World Preview Center became the first building on WDW property to be opened to the public. Near the intersection of Interstate 4 and State Road 535, the thoroughly modern glass, concrete and steel structure was situated on the southern shoreline of Lake Buena Vista along the then-quiet Preview Boulevard. This roadway would later become Hotel Plaza Boulevard, a main artery serving traffic to the WDW Village and a gathering of hotels. Hit Read More to see my full gallery
After our fishing excursion we went back to our hotel Port Orleans and changed and showered the fish off of us. Then set sail in our trusted minivan to Animal Kingdom (which we knew would be the hardest day). Since none of us are in shape and it’s the most treacherous territory to walk and it was also super hot that day which we were hoping would be a cool day!
Anyways I love Animal Kingdom, especially since Safari Mickey is my version of Mickey.
So if you have someone you know who loves to fish, or you love to fish you can book a guided fishing excursion at Disney World. When I was younger we did it at EPCOT in the middle of the world showcase which was awesome!
This time around we booked it my for my dad and the guide took us to Disney Springs. We were picked up from our hotel at Port Orleans, and off we went on a Pontoon boat through the back alley’s of Disney Springs.
I’ll post a link of the site to book this, I think it was like $200 for 2 hours, and they include everything, sodas, rods, reels, and a guide who does all the work for you. Besides the fishing part the actual boat ride and just cruising around Disney Springs was way more awesome and adventurous then I thought it was going to be.
Day 3 of our adventure begins heading over to the Magic Kingdom, and holy shit was it packed. Towards the end of the night we ended up getting the heck out of there and heading back to EPCOT, but here is my update/photos of that day since it’s technically the magical place! Also sorry for some of the image quality, had some mess ups with my new camera and a lot of the photos came out real grainy.
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Wouldn’t all fit in one post, so bam we continue on to the World Showcase & Food & Wine Festival, first stop wine booth.
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Day 2 Blog Entry:
Today is the day my fatself is super happy because we are headed to the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival! If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a bunch of different countries that you walk to instead of fly and try food from their culture, it’s amazeballs. They also have gluten free items at most of the countries so you glutenators can join in the fun. This will be a large blog post, if you missed Day 1 go back one blog post! Enjoy yourself.