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April 29, 2010

The Frog Band At Lowe's Royal Pacific Resort At Universal Studios: The Everday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 29, 2010

There's a covered bridge at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios that you walk across to get to the hotel lobby from the parking lot.

The bridge spans a stream whose banks are lined with exotic south seas trees and plants.

And, along the bridge itself is a collection of frogs playing musical instruments.

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The frogs are only about six inches tall and and each has a different instrument.

The Royal Pacific has 1000 rooms and is one of three hotels Lowes operates at Universal...the others are Portofino Bay and the Hard Rock Hotel...
john

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j

April 28, 2010

Sassagoula River Cruise: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 28, 2010

There are lots and lots of impressive things about Walt Disney World. One of the things that has always amazed me is the transportation infrastructure. Of course, there are the monorails and busses and even a train. But there are also boats...lots of boats.

In addition to the ferries to and from the Magic Kingdom and the EPCOT Friend Ships, there are several fleets that serve some of the WDW resorts. The Sassagoula River Cruise is one of them:

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Here is a map of the "ports" served by the Sassagoula River Cruise ferry service. This photo was taken at the Port Orleans French Quarter dock and you can see two of the ferry boats...one is tied up while the other is just departing.

There are 14 boats in the Sassagoula fleet with names like Cresent City Queen, Delta Lady, Louisiana Lady, Saratoga Queen, Memphis Miss, Azalea Bloom, Magnolia Blossom and Blossom Queen. Each boat seats approximately 30 guests.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 27, 2010

This Building At Disney's Polynesian Resort Has Eyes...And A Nose...And A Mouth: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 27, 2010

My earliest memories of the Polynesian are of catching fleeting glimpses from the monorail as a college student as it was returning from the Magic Kingdom.

A lot of the buildings have colorful designs in the gables and a couple have faces like this one:

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You can't see this face from the monorail, however...it faces the other direction.

It's on the building that houses the Neverland Club. Classic Disney: serious theming with a little fun thrown in...
john

Disney's Polynesian Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 25, 2010

Sprucing Up A Goose At Disney's Wilderness Lodge: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 26, 2010

One of the Disney horticulture crew was busy sprucing up one of the topiary Canada geese at the entrance to Wilderness Lodge very early this morning. They do an amazing job keeping Walt Disney World looking in tip top condition...
john



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Disney's Wilderness Lodge is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 24, 2010

The EL Centro Dome At Disney's Coronado Springs Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van

I'll bet I've been in the lobby of Coronado Springs over a hundred times. As soon as you walk in the door of the El Centro building, there's a fountain that immediately catches your eye.

And I had never bothered to look up...until this morning...and here's what I've been missing:



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The fountain I now know sits in a rotunda with this amazing dome overhead.

Coronado Springs is one of my favorite resorts. The theming is really a testament to lengths the imagineers will go to enhance guests' experiences.

And now that I've noticed the dome, I've got to put it right up there with Wilderness Lodge and Jambo House as worth a special visit.

And, yes, I was lying on my back on the floor to take this picture...and I still couldn't get it all in the frame...
john

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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j

April 23, 2010

Earth Day At Disney's Boardwalk Inn And Villas: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 23, 2010

The gang at Boarwalk had a contest for cast members to create something out of recycled materials (in other words, trash) in honor of Earth Day.

The winner was the recreation department with this model of the slide at the Boardwalk Villas pool.

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It's made of room keys...very clever! (I know that Earth day was yesterday but I just noticed the display this morning)...
john

Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Disney's Boardwalk Villas are located in Walt Disney World.

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j

April 22, 2010

Time Capsule At Nickelodeon Family Suites: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 22, 2010

I wonder what that glowing green stuff is inside this time capsule at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort?

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It looks like slime to me...

This "slime capsule" is located just outside the front entrance to the Nick Hotel as it's more commonly known.

Its located near WDW and has 777 one, two and three bedroom suites. It's won lots of awards for being kid friendly and, yes, they have daily "mass slimings"...
john

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j

April 20, 2010

Bottlebrush Tree At Disney's Old Key West Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 20, 2010

I know, I know, it's another tree. But after a really rough winter (for Florida at least) the trees are now blooming with a vengeance.

Take the Bottlebrush tree at Old Key West:




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One look at the bright red blossoms and it's obvious where this tree gets its name.

I don't know whether you can tell from this photo, but the Bottlebrush tree is a fairly unremarkable specimen...but it more than makes up for it in the spring.

This one is located across Peninsular Road from the Hospitality House near building 62. If you've never been to Old Key West, check out the railings around the balcony...
john

Disney's Old Key West Resort is a Disney Vacation Club Resort and is located in Walt Disney World.

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j

April 19, 2010

More Artwork From Bay Lake Tower At Disney's Contemporary Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of the Purple Van April 19, 2010

A little over a month ago, I shared with you some of the artwork in Bay Lake Tower and commented that the art is a major theming tool in the new tower next to the Contemporary. Click here to the earlier post showing the piece on the right hand side of the lobby entrance.

This is the companion piece on the left side of the lobby entrance.

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Like it's mate, it's a six panel photo montage of Cinderella Castle...
john

Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Vacation Club Resort and is located in Walt Disney World.

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j

April 17, 2010

The Ship's Helm Station At Disney's Yacht Club Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 17, 2010

Have you ever wanted to pilot a sailing yacht?
You can get your chance in the lobby of the Yacht Club.

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On the left side of the lobby near the entrance to Captain's Grill (formerly Yacht Club Galley) you'll find this "Mohagany Ship's Helm Station circa 1920"...so, while you're waiting to be seated, grab the wheel, close your eyes and steer your yacht into port...
john

Disney's Yacht Club Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 16, 2010

How Big Is That Pop Century Sign? The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 16, 2010

So, how big is the Pop Century sign? I knew it was big but I don't think I had a full appreciation of just how big until I saw these guys doing some touch-up work this morning...
john

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Disney's Pop Century Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 13, 2010

Welcome To The Pepper Market At Disney's Coronado Springs Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 15, 2010

Why is there a rather large pink dog welcoming you to the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs?

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The Pepper Market is the food court at Coronado Springs and is located in the main building, El Centro, at the resort and this little fellow stands right at the entrance. the red peppers you see decorate the gate to the food court. One side is open.

On the assumption that there might be some Mexican symbolism that would explain the use of a pink dog, I asked around and even spoke to the restaurant manager who was from Mexico City.

And, the answer?? She shrugged her shoulders and says she just thought Disney was being cute.

Symbolism aside, he is memorable!...
john

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 10, 2010

Woody At Disney's All-Star Movies Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 10, 2010

It's Woody from Toy Story...
It's a VERY BIG Woody from Toy Story...
It's a 30 foot tall Woody from Toy Story...
...and you can find him at All-Star Movies.

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Disney's All-Star resorts are famous for their huge icons like Woody.

All-Star Movies is divided into five sections themed after different classic Disney films.

Woody, of course, is in the Toy Story section of the resort.

All-Star Movies was the last of the All-Star resorts built and opened in 1999. It has almost 2000 rooms.

Note the toy soldiers standing guard on the roof and the letter blocks to Woody's left that are also from the film...and, speaking of film, the fence around Woody, as well as the balcony railings, look like strips of film.

Just like in the movie, "Andy" is written on the bottom of Woody's boot...
john

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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j

April 9, 2010

The Lobby At Shades Of Green On Walt Disney World Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 9, 2010

There's a real hidden gem of a resort at Walt Disney World that you may not even know exists. It's called Shades of Green and this is what the lobby looks like:

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Shades of Green is something called an Armed Forces Recreation Center owned by the US government to provide R&R for military and Defense Department personnel and their families. It became Shades of Green in 1994 and was expanded in 2004 and now has 586 rooms.

The resort has a very interesting history. It opened as a golf clubhouse in 1971 for the Palm and Magnolia courses across from the Polynesian. You'll note that the lobby still has a bit of a golf clubhouse look. 150 rooms were added in 1973 and it became know as the Golf Resort. An additional 150 rooms were added in 1986 and the resort changed its name to The Disney Inn with a Snow White theme.

Unless you're a golfer or are actually staying at Shades of Green, it's difficult to get a look at the resort You really can't see the building from its entrance near the Polynesian resort, and, as you might imagine, there's a good deal of security at the entrance!...
john

Shades of Green On Walt Disney World Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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j

April 7, 2010

Golden Trumpet Tree At Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 7, 2010

One of the things I enjoy most about driving a purple van around WDW is the landscaping. it always looks great. But it's even better if you get to see it every day, season after season.

Take this tree with the yellow blossoms at Caribbean Beach, For just a couple of weeks every spring it looks like this:

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It loses its leaves in the winter...but every spring before any leaves come out, there are tons of yellow flowers. The tree is stunning and I think the yellow carpet of flowers underneath is pretty cool, too.

It's called a Tabebuia or Golden Trumpet Tree and it's native to the Caribbean (natch!). There are several areound Caribbean Beach. This one is just to the right as you enter...
john

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 6, 2010

Fantasia At Disney's Contemporary Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 6, 2010

This is Fantasia, the gift shop at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

This photo was taken from the 9th floor. The shop itself is on the fourth floor of the Contemporary.

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The Contemporary was the first hotel to open at Disney World in 1971 and has about 500 rooms in the main tower. There are an additional 250 rooms in the South Garden Wing. The North Garden Wing was recently replaced by Bay Lake Tower.

Although you check in at ground level, everything else you'd expect to find in a hotel lobby is on the fourth level...including this shop.

One of the things you wouldn't expect to find in a hotel lobby, however, is a monorail.

In the upper left of the photo, you can see monorail gold just entering the building. It is coming from the Magic Kingdom. To its right is the empty track for the monorail service from the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom...
john

Disney's Contemporary Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 5, 2010

Shuttle Launch: The Everyday Adventures Of the Purple Van April 5, 2010

Here are a couple of shots of this morning's shuttle launch taken from the purple van. The first was taken before dawn as the shuttle cleared the trees near the Owner's Locker office:

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This is the exhaust still in a cloudless sky as the sun was coming up...
john


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April 4, 2010

Easter Towel Animals at Disney's Boardwalk Inn And Villas: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 4, 2010

Take a look at these cute Easter towel animals that were on display in the lobby of Boardwalk this morning.

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Happy Easter from your faithful purple van driver!...
john

Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Disney's Boardwalk Villas are located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 3, 2010

Tools At Boatwright's Dining Hall: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 3, 2010

There are enough woodworking tools on these walls to build a boat.

And that's exactly the point.

They are part of Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

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The main feature of Boatwright's is a life-sized boat under construction suspended above the dining tables and the tools on the surrounding walls are ones like the craftsmen would have used to construct the vessel

You can see the boat under constrtuction in a prior everyday Adventure by clicking here.

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

April 1, 2010

Easter Ostrich Eggs At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van April 1, 2010

When I was delivering Lockers and strollers this morning to Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, I was asked by one of the front desk staff why yesterday's Everyday Adventure featured the Easter eggs at Kidani Village. Jambo House cast members had been decorating ostrich eggs, too, I was informed!

Indeed they have...and here they are:

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The Jambo House cast has come up with some fantastic designs.

There's an Aladdin-themed egg but the others has more African designs.

The one at the lower left is titled "Egg Kole Cattle" and comes complete with horns and bunny ears.

Like the eggs at Kidani Village, there's a silent auction for these decorated ostrich eggs...minimum bid $25...
john

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House is located in Walt Disney World.

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The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van is brought to you by Owner's Locker and Magic Strollers.
j

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