Downtown Disney

2/7/14 Friday at Kissimmee, FL (Sherwood Forest RV Resort-Encore)

The rain finally really got here-lots of it this morning as I worked on the blog. So this afternoon we went to Downtown Disney. Following our neighbor’s directions we got lost again. Even trying to follow the Downtown Disney signs we managed to go past the road that was right after the sign said Next Right. We could see the Cirque du Soleil building and the large parking lot on the left as we approached. Driving in was easy-no charge. This excursion wasn’t as quiet or peaceful as our time at Fort Wilderness. There are plenty of restaurants and small food vendors along with all sorts of shops, even a bowling alley and I think Disney Quest is like an action experience. It looked like they showed movies there, but there was an AMC movie theater just down the way too. The Legoland Store reminded us of the M&M store in Las Vegas with all the containers of colored Legos to choose just which you need.

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I have to share this advertisement for some sweets. We were at Disney World in 1990, with our children. One of our funniest memories is of Justin eating the Mickey Mouse ice cream bar you see on the top left. It was all over his face and shirt. We were hurrying him so we could go into the next building, and laughing at him, poor kid.  He was almost 13 years old.

Sweet

The staff are really sweet to us. An excited Goofy helper at the Goofy candy store opened the door for us as we were leaving and gave us a high five with his cartoon hand. I discovered they have Disney pins that people like to purchase (different collections) and trade. They then have them displayed on lanyards they wear. One staff member there encouraged me to take photos of the “Hidden Mickey Collection” of pins so that if I was working on such a collection I’d have a record of all that were in it. Right then another lady (shopper) appeared wearing her lanyard filled with pins. I and my staff friend noted the Hidden Mickey pins on it. Apparently she was working on that collection as well as Epcot.  (John was avoiding the place!)

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Very special for me was the musician, Patrick Frost, who played the steel guitars and even made music with a conch!

Music

Not being shoppers we had fun just window shopping, making our purchases by taking photos.

We did manage to spend money today at the Post Office in Celebration: 20 stamps for postcards I plan to mail to our grandchildren. I was hoping they’d have forever stamps for postcards but John noted that how would you know the different price from 1st class. Dang, he has a point. Maybe they could call them Forever P for postcards?

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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