EPCOT preps for cold prior to Flower & Garden Festival

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We’re just a few days away from the March 4th start of the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. As usual, work starts a couple weeks early as flower beds are planted and structures are loaded in. Here’s one booth near Innoventions being constructed.

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We took a brief visit to China for the Chinese New Year today and along the way we snapped a couple pictures of the park as is prepared for freezing temperatures over the night. The blankets protect the flowers from the cold, in theory at least.

If you look closely in the background of this one, you can see the Monsters Inc playground going up.

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China had a small display of a sheep to celebrate the year of the sheep. Of course, it might be a goat or a ram too, just depends who you ask.

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There were also a number of the Outdoor Kitchens going up around the World Showcase Lagoon. This includes the new Botanas Botánico booth between France and Morocco pavilions. It will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado.

The festival runs for 75 days this year. Will you be attending?

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Agent Carter Recap – episode 7: Snafu

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This week’s episode starts right where last week’s left off, with Peggy in the custody of the S.S.R. and under interrogation. Sousa, Dooley and Thomson take turns trying to make her confess to, among other things, killing agent Krzemenski. Jarvis then shows up with a signed confession from Howard Stark, telling them that he will come in for questioning only if Peggy is released.

As Peggy is packing up her things from her desk, Jarvis confesses that that he forged the document, which upsets Peggy. On their way to fix the problem, Jarvis and Peggy catch Dr, Ivchenko taping out Morse code on the window sill. Peggy is then prompted to go back to the interrogation room to confess what she’s done in the hopes that they will believe her when she tells them about Dr. Ivchenko. Sousa trusts her and convinces Dooley to send him and Thomson across the street to find Dottie

Ivchenko uses the time alone with Dooley to hypnotize him into revealing where Stark’s tech is being held and helping him find the specific item that the doctor is looking for. Ivchenko leaves the S.S.R. and escapes with Dottie, but not before he tells Dooley to put on one of Stark’s new pieces of armor. The agents find Dooley still hypnotized in his office, but they manage to wake him. Unfortunately, there is no way for them to deactivate the vest. Chief Dooley decides that the best thing he can do is steal Thomson’s gun, shoot out a window and jump out before the vest explodes.

The episode ends with Dottie arriving at a movie theater and hiding the stolen piece of tech. She turns it on before leaving and gas begins to seep out of it, causing everyone in the theater to begin lashing out at each other. Shortly after, an usher arrives with a couple who was running late for the movie and discovers everyone in the theater has dies.

Quite the downer to end the episode on, but next week’s finale heralds the return of Howard Stark and promises a few more twists before it’s all over.

What have you thought of the series so far?

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Pinup Girl Vintage Collection honors Disney artist Mary Blair

maryblair_exhibition_portraitMary Blair was an artist, illustrator, and designer whose career spanned many media over the course of five decades. Disney fans know her for her color styling and art direction for Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953), as well as serving as creative lead for theme park attraction it’s a small world. I’m also a fan of the mosaic murals she did for the Disney Parks.

Disney fans will now be able to tap into the spirit and vintage style of Mary Blair thanks to a new line of clothing from Pinup Girl Clothing. The Magic of Mary Blair collection by Pinup Couture features 1950s and 60s-style dresses and skirts that showcase illustrations from artist Mary Blair.

You will note Blair’s whimsical use of bold graphics, juxtaposition of complementary and contrasting colors, and a look that never really goes out of style.

The collection will consist of a dozen dresses and eight skirts, with all of these designs available in extra small to 4X. The collection incorporates Blair’s whimsical novelty motifs of travel–such as trains, planes, and caricatures of commuters–and girlish flair like umbrellas, butterflies, kittens, lips, and roses. Some of the art included was previously used in the 1950s for handkerchiefs and scarves manufactured for Carol Stanley Studios, New York. The collection will also showcase one of Blair’s personal artworks depicting a mother embracing her child. These designs will be incorporated as all-over and border prints on classic Pinup Couture designs, including the flirty and famed 1960s-style Jenny Dress which features adjustable straps and a gathered full skirt, the stunning 1950s-style Heidi Dress, which showcases a sweetheart neckline, covered belt, and flattering swing skirt, and the sleek and sexy Evangeline Dress, a fitted, wiggle-style style making its debut in this collection.

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McFarland New Posters and Clip

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We’re just one day away from the opening of “McFarland, USA” the first film of 2015 to really win your heart. Based on a true story of a Central Valley California town and a coach that sees potential in the legs, hearts and minds of the agricultural workers who are also students at his school.

Disney just shared this extended clip from the film. It comes at a moment when Coach Jim White needs to motivate his team of long distance runners for a big race.

If you aren’t already planning to see it, listen to what others are saying about it online, I think you’ll change your mind.

Disney has also commissioned acclaimed artist Fernando Reza to make a series of posters for McFarland, USA. See the whole collection below:

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The First Pixar Musical?

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Very exciting, possibly upsetting, news for all Pixar fans. In a recent interview with Randy Newman, the man behind Pixar songs such as “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, he may have hinted at an upcoming Pixar musical.

The film in question is the untitled Dia De Los Muertos from Lee Unkrich. The comment came about when Randy talked about his relationship with the studio. It seems the relationship has become naturally strained since he has not been tapped for many other projects. It gets interesting when he plainly states that he hasn’t been approached by Lee Unkrich who “…is doing a musical now”.

This could mean very different things. However, it does seem that we could be getting our first Pixar musical. This is a pretty big deal since Pixar has openly stated that they set out to not follow the Disney formula. That meant no princess stories or musicals. That hasn’t stopped them from creating a few original songs throughout the years. Not too mention Brave was very much a princess story, albeit a non-traditional one.

With Pixar’s track record, I’m not too worried about the quality. What do you think? Excited that Pixar is exploring other genres and styles or should they stick to what they know?

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