Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weston Brewing Company

        A few Saturdays ago, we visited the Weston Brewing Company. A local company, it was established in 1842 and the original cellars are still open for tours.  We had a wonderful evening touring, tasting, enjoying a gas light dinner and listening to live Irish music (unfortunately no pictures).  

To get to one of the cellars farther down, they had to raise the stairs. It was really fun to take a secret tunnel of sorts to get to where we were going.  I was the first one on the way back out and found that they had lowered the stairs back into place after our group. We were trapped! We must not have been quite because another employee quickly lifted the stairs to let us out. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Most Magical Day Part 4

And so our trip comes to a finale....

This is the last and final day of the trip Mom, Claire and I spent in Orlando, Florida. Most convientently, it also happens to be my favorite park. For those that don't know, I am a HUGE history buff.  Before ever going to Europe, EPOC helped my picture in person the places I had only dreamed about in the books I have read. 

And for those who didn't know, just like I didn't know, EPOCT is actually an acronym: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

A little fun fact! 
Our hotel, The Yacht Club

I think the Starbucks lady saw too much into the crown....

I never got to take such a photo as this while in London this spring...

It was a little strange, seeing the place as believed by Disney when we had been there earlier in the year...

The cutest little full scale train set in Germany 

She wasn't quite ready for me..

Found quietly, of getting a beer

I found it exceptional, that Disney had artisans working throughout the day

They had a lot of fun details from the making of Frozen in here! 

For those interested: 

I have mentioned before that our mother is a Disney travel agent. Should you wish to visit Disney or are considering booking a trip, here is her contact information! 

- Elise 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Most Magical Place Part 3

It has been a busy few weeks here for Claire, Mary and I, but I'm so glad to finally be sharing day three of Claire's Birthday weekend!

I have to tell you, I was beyond excited to be back at Disney's Magic Kingdom, and for two reasons: the first, it has been a while since we've been there and they have opened up a whole new section of the park since our last visit and second, I wanted to see the park all decorated for fall and Halloween. 

It didn't disappoint! 

A little mother/daughter love! 

The largest Starbucks I've ever seen! But also, weirdly, the fastest...

A little view of Main Street U.S.A
See what I mean about the fall decorations?

The crowing glory, Cinderella's Castle!

Claire was extremely excited to meet her first princess...

Her favorite one, Ariel!!

Disney has done a lot of terrific work cleaning up and re-vamping the park. The next few photos are from the improved Haunted Mansion! 

As you touch the instruments, they play music!

My favorite addition, 'Captain' spits out water at passerby as well as bubbles! 

Our close family friend Maralee! 

Yes Claire, you have to blow out more candles...

After dinner, I insisted that the group head back to the park; it closes at 11:00pm after all! I am so glad that I did to. 

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According to the Disney schedule, the 'Wishes' nighttime firework show was not supposed to play. BUT...there was a local holiday for the schools so the park was a lot more crowded than it would have been on a Monday. As we were walking down Main Street U.S.A, the park started playing Jiminy Cricket saying, "'Star Light, Star Bright'". Claire and I immediately looked at each other, started grinning from ear-to-ear and then bolted! We found the perfect spot and watched the show! It was made even more magical due to the fact that we thought we would have to miss it. 

Disney sure knows how to put on a show! 

The finale, so many fireworks! 

One of the family's favorite rides, and movies! 
As we were walking out of the park, we saw everyone lining up along the side of the street. I asked what was going on and the answer was, "the Electrical Parade of course!". 

Needless to say....we stayed :)  

While we waited for the parade to start

Thank you Disney!

For those interested: 

I have mentioned before that our mother is a Disney travel agent. Should you wish to visit Disney or are considering booking a trip, here is her contact information! 

- Elise