There are SO MANY artists at the Festival of Arts but we got to see more work by a few favorites.
First up was meeting Ashley Taylor and having her sign an EPCOT specific piece titled “World of Dreams!” .
Ashley’s portfolio captures all the details of our most beloved attractions, movies, and shows with whimsey and skill. To top it all off, one cast member referred to her as “a true angel”.
Some of my other favorites of Ashley’s:
I’ve come across Dave Perillo‘s work at the Wonderground Gallery in Disney Springs before and his reimagined attraction posters as bright and cute!
Luckily for my dwindling wall space (and wallet) these posters are also available in postcard form. Some of my other favorites of Dave’s:
I came across Steve Thomas‘ art in the Acme Star Wars tent. The Endor poster caught my eye first but everything from his collection was something I would love to have.
In addition to the Star Wars fan art, Steve also has a series of art deco space travel posters, including travel to Ultima Thule!
We found some work by Mcbiff in the Art of Disney store outside Spaceship Earth. He will also be signing at the booth near Canada later this month.
His Trader Sam looks awesome!
Jason Tiki Tackett
If you are lucky enough to attend the festival when Jason Tiki Tackett is presenting I am jealous. He’s very inspirational and entertaining in addition to being very talented! He has a passion for the New York World’s Fair and is a fantastic digital artist!
I’ve written about some of my other favorites of Jason’s work before but here are some additional favorites of his work:
Sunday, Jan 27
Cold and rainy day! ☔️❄️🌧
Mostly walk ons at MK. All rides were running! No fastpasses needed.
- Pirates (1st time seeing new auction scene 👍)
- Jungle Cruise
- Tiki Room
- Thunder Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- Peed @ Tangled (Peter Pan was down for refurb ☹️)
- People Mover
- Buzz Light Year
Friars Nook – Creamy Macaroni & Cheese Tots
Casey’s Corner – Plant-Based Slaw Dog
Begging Disney Ducks
******* BREAK TIME! ******
Ale and Compass Lounge
Still cold and rainy and now also windy! Just went to Mexico and back for dinner.
- Three Caballeros
Purchased art and had it signed by the Ashley Taylor! In the pouring rain! I hope it makes it back home.
Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake from Beach Club Marketplace for dessert.
Monday, Jan 28
The gorillas 🦍 don’t go outside unless the “feels like” temp is 50 degrees. We found that out while going on the gorilla walk. No meerkats either.
Navai River Ride (Fastpass)
Stella gave me a kiss at Yak and Yeti.
Then it got warm(er)…
Gorillas! No Lilly sightings but the CM said she is now 8 years old and the size of her Mom.
We took the bus from AK to EPCOT.
- SSE – of course! Only 20 min wait.
- Bought some postcards from art tent
- Taste and toss “chewbacca” Mosaic Canteen – Morocco Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds
******* BREAK TIME! ******
Met up with Ann who came in from Dunedin. Had dinner at Big River Brewing 👎 then drinks at the Belle Vue Lounge.
Since no one was outside the performers came inside the lobby so we saw the cutest hula hoop girl in a 30’s sailor swimsuit. She was adorable.
For a change of scenery we moved to the Ale and Compass Lounge and Aaron saw they sort if had my purple drank on the menu!
Tuesday, Jan 29
Star Wars Launch Bay
Tower of Terror (Fastpass)
It was a little too much for Stella but she was compensated with cotton candy.
Muppets 3D (Fastpass) with Mom, Luke, and Stella while everyone else did Rockin Roller Coaster.
Sci-Fi Diner for Lunch then our first visit to Toy Story Land!
Slinky dog (Fastpass) 👍👍👍
******* BREAK TIME! ******
We took the bus to EPCOT from AK Lodge. That bus drops you off very far from the entrance!
SSE – a walk on
We met up with Mike and Sandi and enjoyed some EMH.
- The Land
- Test Track (single rider)
Wednesday, Jan 30
Cloudy, windy and cold all day. Started out with a leisurely stroll in EPCOT.
- Frozen – 15 minute wait so why not?
- School Break for breakfast
Then the Seas
Beaches and Cream for lunch.
******* BREAK TIME! ******
(Included a nap WITH THE HEAT ON)
Took Lyft to Poly. It was so cold that the Torch Lighting Ceremony was canceled as was the Dinner Show but they did a few numbers next to the Lounge.
Tambu Lounge – BEST Mai Tai on site.
Monorail was down so we had to take a shuttle bus. The bus had the extra stop of the Contemporary BEFORE MK. Trip took almost 40 minutes so we missed our window for quick serve before the fireworks.
Around Firework time the temp was damn cold for FL
Pooh – to kill time after the bus rush. Too cold to do anything else.
Got on the bus, not sure what time, but at 9:08 pm we noticed the driver drove to the wrong hotel. Instead of pulling into the Yacht Club, he drove to the Caribbean! We finally got to Yacht Club 17 min later. So we spent over an hour of our day for round trip travel to MK.
Got off at Yacht club Crewmans Cup to grab a bite and drink. Not much for vegetarians so I had mashed potatoes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Thursday , Jan 31
Sunshine Seasons for breakfast
Color by number
Figment Art hunt
Chefs de France for lunch
An absolute favorite from APOD.
I’ve been thinking about this poster down the hall from me. Its pretty, but its information about the sun is pretty spectacular. To really understand it, you have to go back to the basics about light. We can only see light within a certain range of wavelengths and frequency. This range is called the visible spectrum. Here is what this looks like in pretty picture form:
What’s a basic way to study light? Well, don’t stare at light and hurt your eyes. Please. A better method is spectroscopy – which spreads a light source out. You could use a prism for this. As the full spectrum of visible light travels through a prism, the wavelengths separate into the colors of the rainbow because each color is a different wavelength. Violet has the shortest wavelength, at around 380 nanometers, and red has the longest wavelength, at around 700 nanometers. If the light doesn’t pass through any low-density gas, the spectrum shows no features and is considered a “continuous spectrum”.
If the light however passes through a cool “cloud” of gas, that “cloud” can absorb particular wavelengths and we can an adsorption spectrum. If you don’t have a prism, you could instead use an imaging Fourier transform spectrograph (IFTS). You probably have one in the telescope you live in on top of that mountain right? A spectrograph is an instrument that separates incoming light by its wavelength or frequency and records the resulting spectrum in some kind of a detector. This device will produce a spectrum that features spectral lines. The appearance of spectral lines is caused by atoms and molecules in a material that the light is passing through. Those atoms and moelecules both emit and absorb radiation at distinct wavelengths.
Absorption lines will appear when there is a hot light source (like our Sun) passing through an intra-meaning cool material (like gas). The radiation is absorbed by the cooler gas causing the lines (or reduction in intensity corresponding to the spectral transitions of the elements in that gas).
For most elements, there is a certain temperature at which their emission and absorption lines are strongest. The lines you see in a star’s spectrum act like thermometers.
This picture below looks like its the poster down the hall from me, but upon close inspection, its actually different. The same scientist, Bob Kurucz involved with the original poster made a version 2. This spectrum below was taken through the atmosphere, through oxygen and water lines in addition to the solar lines.
In the spectrum on the wall, he has removed the O2 and H2O lines so the spectrum looks the way it would appear above the atmosphere. It is the way the sun would look from a planet or another star. And here is the poster I get to see every day.
First I was picked up at work in Bestie’s air conditioned Caddy and she whisked me away to the Friendly Toast in Burlington, MA. It was definitely better than the Inman Square location has been over the years.
Knowing how I long for the malls of the 90’s, Bestie took me into the Burlington Mall. We got ignored in Sephora, played with the overly priced going out of business sale items at Brookstone, then she tolerated my need to visit the Disney Store. It had the standard not too impressive stuff but I noticed some promo items for the Solo movie behind the cashier. Turns out if you pre-order the movie they include a Lithograph Set. I made the pre-order instantly, but what the hell am I going to do with these weird prints?
Then, for $1.19 I purchased an ABSURDLY large Solo tote.
The bar we planned to go to didn’t open till 5pm and it was just after 3pm, so then, Bestie decides to spend the time with an awesome surprise! Reflexology! She took me to Happy Feet in Waltham which involved a dimly lit room filled with the most orderly setup of beds where we got clothes-on massages. Total unexpected relaxation in the middle of an epic day.
After feeling like we had no feeling we stopped at The Outer Limits comic book store on the way to the car. I think I could spend HOURS in there but upon first entering I had my eye on yet another Han Solo item! Han Solo Hoth Coffee Mug! Bestie had it taken out of the case for a look. SOLD!
At this point – we are unstoppable. Next we hit up the Baldwin Bar in Woburn. Since neither one of us live in Woburn so we were only good for one cocktail each. We convinced the hostess that we would be in and out in 45 minutes and she agreed to seat us. I had the “Paper Sun” which was my first experience with Maurin Quina. I think it needs to be added to the rotation if I can find it!
While enjoying our libations we contemplated dinner. The result was a decision for South Shore bar pizza at the Lynwood. On our way there, we stopped at Bestie’s house to pick up her homemade Kahlúa Cheesecake featuring a chocolate brownie crust covered in a decadent chocolate ganache . I will give you a second to read that again – homemade Kahlúa Cheesecake featuring a chocolate brownie crust covered in a decadent chocolate ganache.
Truly one of the best days with the best company a woman who is emotionally 14 could ask for!
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Day 4 – Jawa Issues
I can’t tell if I was overwhelmed later in the day from all the fun I had the night before at Trader Sam’s, or was depressed to have to leave the Polynesian, or if meeting Kylo Ren was that overwhelming but I wasn’t feeling magical on day 4.
The day started out great – I got breakfast from Captain Cooks and brought it back to the room. We stayed at the Poly till check out time at 11am and walked around the resort. The new pool looks so relaxing! I hope there is a chance for me to experience it in a few years.
We left our bags to be delivered to Beach Club and took the bus to Hollywood Studios AGAIN. We had to see the Jedi Training again and we also checked out Watto’s Grotto and Launch Bay.
I got the BB-8 soda cup I had been eyeing since we got to the parks and within an hour almost lost it to a Jawa!
After the Jawa encounter I was already excitable but then we did the Disney Visa Character Meet and Greet. I didn’t ask who we would be meeting and they have it all hidden around corners. When I walked in and Kylo Ren was there I almost crapped my pants. I had so much fun I can’t wait for the park ‘s full concept to be put together.
We finally got to ride Tower of Terror and for the first time in forever (no, not Frozen) I was able to take the queue to the left side of the bell stand and could see parts of the lobby I haven’t been able to check out for years.
It was starting to get hungry and a bit tired so we took the boat to Beach Club to find out what was up with our room. For some reason the online check in didn’t work and we got a text that we needed to see the front desk. They fidgeted with our magic bands for about 15 minutes then gave us the room number.
Before going to the room we had lunch at Beaches and Cream which was the definite highlight by far of our stay at Beach Club. We got to our room and it was so run down looking it was depressing. ESPECIALLY after a stay in the brand new Poly Villas. It was actually uncomfortable.
We walked around World Showcase and had a light dinner at the Boardwalk because I wasn’t feeling it.
And check it! You can see the Star Wars fireworks from the Boardwalk! Although you need to really be there to experience its full effect.
Its always hard to say goodnight to your last night in the Park. But the excitement about the Egg Hunt I had for the next day kept my spirits up!