Epcot Entertainment – Italy Pavilion – The Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro

Late in 2014, new live acts came to World Showcase at Epcot. My favorite newcomers are the Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro. These charismatic young men proudly exhibit their talents in a colorful, energetic performance…a fabulous cultural display.

Sbandieratori di Sansepolcro

Flag waving originated in Europe back in the Middle Ages. During times of war, standard bearers led troops into battle. These flags were used to signal commands to be executed during the maneuvers and were defended to the death.

Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro

These symbols were a source of tremendous pride for the people they represented. In peaceful times, drills were developed for parades and shows. The routines eventually evolved into the art of flag waving that is still used today.

Solo Waver, Two Flags

Modern flag waving has become a sport with several specialties. The Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro demonstrate a few of these. Accompanied by trumpeters and drummers they’re a fine addition to Epcot’s line-up of live entertainment. They appear seven times daily on the outdoor stage in the center of Italy Pavilion at World Showcase.

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Wildlife Wednesday – American Crocodile

Crocodylus acutus

This gigantic reptile with impressive gaping jaws is the American crocodile. Outside of his normal habitat, you can find him in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. For a closer look, at a safe distance click on the photo above. Then click your browser’s back button to return to this post.

Conservation status: Vulnerable
Habitat: Coastal areas of the Caribbean, southern Mexico and the

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Wildlife Wednesday – Malayan Flying Fox

The large fruit bats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are among my most favorite of all critters there. You can find an all-male colony of Malayan flying foxes in the bat house on Maharajah Jungle Trek. There are about 10 of them hanging about. The kids and I enjoy watching when they’re active.

Some people don’t enjoy bats. At all. Ever. How do you feel about hairy giant bats?

MalayanFlyingFox

Conservation status – near threatened
Primary habitat – Southeast Asia

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Wildlife Wednesday – Meerkat

Meerkat on Alert

I’d never even heard of meerkats before Disney’s “Lion King,” but practically everyone knows what they are these days. You can find this adorable carnivore cousin to the mongoose on a self-guided tour of Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Conservation status – least concern
Habitat – southern tip of Africa

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Disney @Home – #DisneySide @ Home Celebration – Big Hero 6 Party, Mission Complete!

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Despite a small turnout, my #DisneySide party was a big success. I’m very happy that I was able to host a low-stress event with a lot of simple details. My DVD premier celebration included festive decor, themed treats, entertaining activities, generous goodie bags and of course, the Oscar-winning animated feature, “Big Hero 6.”

#DisneySide Big Hero 6 @Home Celebration

For my decor, I picked up a few inexpensive items from my local party store, used things from my #DisneySide party box and added stuff that I had on hand. I customized the food labels from my Disney Parks party box, with online images from the movie.

The back drop for my table consisted of black and white crepe streamers and white balloons with Baymax eyes drawn on them. I used a small bunch of red and white helium balloons as a centerpiece and I added “Big Hero 6″ PVC action figures to accompany their corresponding dish.

Big Hero 6 Party Table

The menu items were a cinch but satisfying.

Fortunate One - Hiro Cookies

I opened a box of store-bought fortune cookies and dumped them onto a serving tray. Voila! Hiro Fortune Cookies

Are You Satisfied With Your Cake?

Easy-peasy…round white layer cake with homemade cream cheese frosting and Wilton black sparkle gel features…this was super simple.

Fredzilla Fireballs

I formed Rice Crispie treats into spheres and dusted them with Wilton red, yellow and orange nonpareils and colored sugars to make Fredzilla Fireballs. BIG hit. Zero leftovers.

Yummy Honey Lemon Bars

I used a store-bought lemon bar mix and added 1 tablespoon of some yummy local lavender honey to make it party perfect.

Wasabi Jello Jigglers

Not really wasabi, but neither is Wasabi! Green gelatin jigglers, another guest favorite.

Gogo Punch

For my GoGo punch, I mixed pineapple juice, orange juice and sprite. Very yummy!

Now Playing! Disney's Big Hero 6!!

I used Baymax kites and a fabulous Hiro/Baymax beach towel for decorations in my theater. I used crepe streamers and balloons for the theater backdrop.

I really had to restrain myself with this party because of time, but I’m hoping to follow through on some of the ideas I didn’t get around to completing. If you like these, keep checking back for future party posts. Or better yet, hit the subscribe button on the side and never miss a thing.

Thanks for stopping by!

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Wildlife Wednesday – Western Lowland Gorilla

Mighty Joe Young

It’s hard to look at gorillas without wondering what they’re thinking. You see their expressions and just know that they must have thoughts like we do. Fascinating and intimidating creatures. You can find them on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Conservation status – critically endangered
Habitat – central Africa

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Wildlife Wednesday – African Lion

Sleepy Kitty

This sleepy boy resides on Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s always a treat to see him whether he’s awake or asleep. Such a handsome kitty.

Conservation status – vulnerable
Primary habitat – eastern and southern Africa

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Wildlife Wednesday – Siamangs

Siamang Family

Today’s featured creature is the siamang. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find them hanging out in Asia, next-door to Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe and Kali River Rapids.

Conservation status – endangered
Primary habitat – Malaysia, Sumatra, Thailand

Siamangs on the Disney Parks Blog: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/

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Wildlife Wednesday – Rhinoceros Iguana

Rhinoceros Iguana

I love wildlife. A lot. I often feel more connected to the natural world than I do to the human world, so I’ve been toying with the idea of starting Wildlife Wednesdays here on Without a Care. This is how it begins.

My first post stars the rhinoceros iguana. This critter can be found in the Oasis, near the park entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Have you seen him/her during your visits?

Conservation status – vulnerable
Primary habitat – Hispaniola

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Walt Disney World 101 – Character Dining

Dinner with Tigger!

Many travelers coming to the Walt Disney World Resort are familiar with the characters that reside there. Character Meet & Greets are very popular and fun for visitors of all ages. A character dining experience can be one of the easiest ways to meet your favorite Disney pals and there are several restaurants that offer this.

Advance Dining Reservations are recommended. You can make them conveniently with Disney’s interactive website or by phoning in. Don’t be discouraged if you’re unable to get the restaurant of your choice. As your trip draws closer, an opening may become available due to cancellations by other guests. Keep checking!

Be mindful of cancellation policies. Some restaurants charge a fee for late cancellations and no-shows.

Reservations
-Call up to 180 days in advance for reservations
(407) 939-1947
0800 16 90 748 (UK)
1800 812 675 (IE)
-online (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/)

Breakfast with Princesses

Listed below are the restaurants that feature character dining and some of the characters you might find there.

Breakfast
-1900 Park Fare (Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh)
-Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Snow White, Belle, Ariel)
-Cape May Cafe (Goofy & Friends)
-Chef Mickey’s (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy)
-Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Ariel)
-The Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore)
-Garden Grove -Saturday & Sunday ONLY
-Hollywood & Vine (Doc McStuffins, Jake, Sofia the First)
-‘Ohanah (Lilo & Stitch, Mickey, Pluto)
-Tusker House (Donald Duck)

Lunch
-Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Snow White, Belle, Ariel)
-Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Ariel)
-The Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore)
-Hollywood & Vine (Doc McStuffins, Jake, Sofia the First)
-Tusker House (Donald Duck)

Dinner
-1900 Park Fare (Cinderella & Prince Charming)
-Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Snow White, Belle, Ariel)
-Chef Mickey’s (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy)
-Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Ariel)
-The Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore)
-The Garden Grill (Chip & Dale)
-Garden Grove
-Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Mickey, Chip & Dale)

Simply Mad About Breakfast!

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