Sitting in the airport reliving the most amazing, wonderful, memorable experiences of our 3-week journey: Amalfi Coast drive, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Vatican, Table 16-the first one, Mixology Class, nude beach, I realized I forgot to tell you some stuff!
In this restaurant, the walls come to life, literally. You can draw a character and watch it animate on screen. They interact them amongst each other and even intersperse them in Disney cartoons and make them dance. How cool is that? You get your drawing back with a seal that you’re an official Disney animator. Melvin’s the artist in the family so I will show his off.
Mickey with Stack of Drawings
Melvin’s Animated Character
Random Character and the Princess and the Frog Crocodile
Behind the Scenes of the Walt Disney Theatre
We did a behind the scenes tour of the Disney Magic theatre. I was like a kid in a candy store! It was fantabulous for a theatre geek like me. We met all of the technicians through various station stops: stage manager, costume, prop master, lighting, audio/microphones, sound mixer, scenery, stage lift operators (we got to ride up and down!), pyrotechnics, theatre technicians and some of the cast members. They rehearse for two months in Canada, then come on board for a 6 month contract. The costume person said she has a team of 3 and they handle 3,000 costumes. That are tailored to each cast meMber. The wig person has to redo a total of over 500 wigs. The most expensive costume is the Belle dress from Beauty & the Beast at $20k!
I met the stage manager on another cruise and he remembered me! He teaches at Bowie High School when he’s not on contract and runs a theatre camp in Bethesda and we knew a fellow Helen Hayes judge. Small world!
Look who I met in St. Maarten.
Back to Normal
Nephew reports that the boys are acting up a bit so he said “they need y’all”. Soon it will be back to work, business trips, Black Girls Runs, and football practices and games. I’m ready for some normalness, teenage boy attitudes and drama sprinkled with home cooked meals.
Melvin and I were talking about how some folks wait til retirement to travel the world. That was his parents plan but his mom passed away before that plan could happen. But Melvin and I know for sure, up close and personal, that tomorrow is not promised.
On this trip, I have watched a million Disney cartoons. I mean I know all the words to all the Pixar movies now. But anyway, at the end of A Bug’s Life, Randy Newman sings, “You can only go around one time, as far as I can tell; it’s the time of your life, so live it well.” What a motto.
And with that, I will see you all on the next journey adventures: New York, Atlanta, Trenton, Miami, Orlando are on deck for this year. We have a West Caribbean cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel WITH the boys early next year. Smooches!
Oh yeah, we finished our Run Across the Atlantic with Melvin 75, Natalie 11 plus all those miles of walking in Europe. So it balances out! (tee hee)
A Happy Ending
Italian Cocoa drinks (hot chocolate with Frangelico) in the Cove Cafe before getting off.