Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday Where?

One of my new year's resolutions for 2012 is to do more weekly blog post themes, like cupcake monday!  Anybody have any ideas for things they'd like to see?  A Sandwich Saturday?  Or a Fireworks Friday?

I have an idea for Wednesday!  I'm going to try to have a tricky "where in Disney is this" picture for you.  Here's one to start us off:

Anybody recognize this pretty little courtyard?  I'll give you a hint.  It's in this park...

Although, really, I didn't post that pic to give y'all a hint...I posted it b/c it was too pretty of a picture not to share!  lol. Happy Windsday!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wishing You All a Very Merry Christmas!

It's the holiday season...and what a busy time it's been!  Just in case I don't get another chance to post before the new year, I wanted to wish you all a marvellous holiday and best wishes for 2012...

And what better way to send Christmas wishes, than with a CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE!


(courtesy of Main St. Bakery - the beautiful Christmas tree sadly is not entirely made of icing, it's an ice cream cone covered with icing.  but it was still wonderful!)

May all your days be merry and bright!! :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas at the Contempo.

A few weeks ago I strolled into the lobby of the Contemporary to get some holiday photos for the blog.  I've seen the decor here before -- it was on a trip three years ago, we were about to head off on a Disney cruise and I was a sophomore in college.

Three years!  Somehow it doesn't feel so long ago.  You know how sometimes a memory will come back to you all of a sudden, one you haven't thought of for ages and so inconsequential you're surprised it got stored up in your brain at all?

Well it was like that, a little time warp, when I walked over to the tree and looked at the orangy hues of the glass ornaments - I vividly remembered doing the same thing three years ago, remembered staring into a very similar, pretty orange-and-golden striped ornament that looked like a crystal ball, and laughingly trying to read my future in it.

Could I have imagined, three years ago, that I'd be back at Disney for the whole holiday season, working there, with the leisure to visit lots of the resorts and try to read my future in all their shiny glass balls?  Back then I hoped that I would get to work at Disney World, but I couldn't have pictured it as it actually happened.

Even now, I can't picture where I'll be in another three years.  But I guess that's what makes the future the future!  Its mystery gives it its excitement and fun.

LOL, but enough of the reminiscing...on to more decor!

The only problem I have with these amber hues for the ornaments is that it makes the christmas tree look rather autumnal.  And it seems a christmas tree rather shouldn't look like it belongs to the wrong season.

The check in desk was hopping the day I was there...I bet it was a Saturday or Sunday, those always seem to be the busiest check-in days.  Anyway, note how pretty those little red dangly things are hanging from the garlands.  I am a fan of dangly decorations.


All the trees in the ground floor lobby were in rust, golden shades...except for the one in the pic to the left.  It looked a little out of place...but maybe it was different 'cause it was in the kid's area.  lol, these are the sorts of little things of no consequence which I, for no reason, like to notice and wonder about!

Now THAT is a BOW!

After documenting all of the lobby decorations I headed on up to the concourse, where the main attraction was.  In recent years Disney has gone crazy for gingerbread at its resorts, and especially for gingerbread stores!

At the Contemporary there's a big gingerbread Christmas tree and counter!

Close up of all the "snow" encrusted ornaments, gumdrops, and candy canes on the tree!


I loved the Mary Blair/Small World inspired background!

Complete with cute little Small World doll cut outs!

Some of the items for sale were really pretty.  The snowflakes were so delicate and darling I was very tempted.  But they were like $10 for a stale cookie.  Yes, I could've used it as an ornament, but I don't imagine it'd keep more than a year.  Ah well, I am determined to make some snowflake cookies of my own and decorate them like this!

More gingerbread ornaments on the top, then below are white chocolate monorails (to the left), linzer cookies (to the right), and at the very bottom you can just see they're selling gingerbread shingles embossed with the main mouse.

I'm told that Disney gingerbread is made with the American recipe, with honey that is, but that much of it is baked in August, so it's not as good as fresh gingerbread.  I tried a sample of it when they were putting up the gingerbread display at the Boardwalk, and while it didn't rock my world or anything, it was still perfectly tasty.

At the Contemporary they sell, oh no, not an ordinary gingerbread house -- a gingerbread Contemporary resort, complete with a little monorail peeking out the side.  That's just adorable.

Chocolate lollipops!

A few other decorations in the Bay View Gifts!

Colorful Concourse Decorations.

One of my favorite parts of a Contemporary Christmas...the giant Mickey wreath!

It looks so cool from the monorail!

One last picture from the monorail, just 'cause the sky and castle are pretty.  And if you look carefully you can see the Contempo's giant outdoor Christmas tree peeking up over the convention center.

IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE EVE!!  Hope everyone's feeling festive! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Naughty or Nice...or Nautical?

Just a few more days now, and St. Nick'll be arriving in houses all 'round.  So have you guys been nice?  or naughty?

I don't know whether Disney Yacht Club is nice or naughty, but it certainly is NAUTICAL!

Imagine you're heading into the Yacht Club on a grey, rainy evening.  Cold and wet and rainy is the best you're going to get when it comes to winter weather in Florida!

This furry fern christmas tree is made of greenery!

The poor YC, I feel like it gets eclipsed by the Beach Club a lot, but it's so pretty!

The be-swagged staircase.  (also, apologies that the pic's so blurry!)

Another view of the lobby from the side.

The Yacht Club doesn't have room for such grand decorations as grace the mammoth lobbies of the AKL or the Wilderness Lodge or the Grand, but what it lacks in space or size it makes up for in detail.  The trees here were filled with BIG, awesome model ships...

A GIANT sailboat used as an ornament.  I'm sorry, that's just awesome.  Someday I want to have a nautical Christmas and fill my tree with model ships, that'd be fun.  In the mean time, I pretended the Yacht Club was my mansion for the evening, and I sat beneath the tree writing letters and reading.

If you're a fan of old-fashioned transportation -- not only sailboats but trains as well -- then the Yacht Club is the place to be!  They have a wicked train layout, I don't think any of the other resorts have a holiday train layout as impressive as this.

The little villages nestled in the mountains were just darling!

A snowman water tower and a ski lift (which moved!).

There was also a Disney village tucked in there!

I can't show a train layout without showing a pic of the train!  It was puffing around so quickly, though, I never got a very clear shot.

Possibly my favorite thing about the layout was the way there were little mentions of Yacht Club and Beach Club restuarants and shops everywere, either on tiny billboards like this one, or the mini pub even had a sign that said "Yacht Club Galley."

We'll have a quick peek at the decor in Fittings and Fairings!  I liked how the trees and presents in the window were a very nautical blue.

Nothing all that exciting, just some garland garnishing the ceiling!

Decorations from the Contemporary are up next!  (as soon as the pics load, which hopefully will be tonight! ;) )

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Ubiquitous Cupcake

I love words. and cupcakes. Both. so. awesome.

Today we have a fun cupcake and a fun word!

SO, the word is ubiquitous. It's an adjective you'd use to describe something you see everywhere.

And today's Disney cupcake is, in fact, a cupcake you see everywhere!

Here are some at Goofy's Candy Kitchen.

This one my little brother got at Writer's Stop at DHS.

I know that they are also at Bay View Gifts at the Contemporary, Seashore Sweets at the Boardwalk...basically anywhere there's a candy counter with fudge and such.

All of these are fun places to go to purchase said cupcakes - I imagine they taste the same everywhere, they look like they're mass produced then shipped out to the different stores around WDW. I don't know why, but I feel like these cupcakes particularly belong at the Main St. Confectionery...

No, those aren't cupcakes...those are decorations! The Confectionery has really cute decor...

...the swags are filled with pastel, minty colors, frosted gingerbread-look-alike ornaments, and sugar-coated snowflakes...


A masterpiece under construction and a cute little sleigh tucked on a shelf above some holiday biscuit tins.

And if you're sick of could always have a peek at some rice krispie treats!

...or they've got plenty of Christmas cookies!

But back to the cupcake at hand... (get it, that Mickey hand is holding the cupcakes??  haha...sorry...)

The bold pinks and blues just seem right alongside the bright cotton candy colors of the Confectionery.

One buys these ubiquitous, swirly, blue or pink cupcakes because they are fun to look at and because they will turn your tongue BRIGHT BLUE, not because they taste great.  The cake is ordinary, the icing is pure sugar -- the Caramel Kuche cupcakes walk the too sugary line, but these guys definitely cross it.  I had a bite of my little bro's and didn't want any more.  He did enjoy it though!

I did notice the Confectionery had some Christmas-y cupcakes alongside the ubiquitous ones.  I haven't tried them, so they may have tasted a bit better.  One never knows.

So although they aren't the best cupcakes Disney has to offer, they're so omnipresent I knew I had to dedicate a cupcake monday to them.  Well, now it's almost Tuesday, but hope it was a Happy Monday anyway!