Walt Disney World, for a kid, is the coolest place in the world, for an adult, it’s worth every penny to see the joy and excitement on your kids faces when they are seeing everything for the first time. We took Cori to the bibbity bobbity boutique to get her makeup and hair done, Andy got dressed up like a pirate with tattoos and an eye patch, we rode It’s A Small World, Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Caribbean, and walked through the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. We saw Brave, Mickey, Mary Poppins, Goofy,and Cinderella. I think we did all we could possibly do in 4 days.
I did find out before we left for Disney, that we would miss the International Flower and Garden show by one week! I was a little disappointed about that but don’t worry there were plenty of cool horticultural magic that I did get to see.I loved these topiaries.
At Epcot, I was able to get in on a walking tour of the greenhouses. Disney does everything right and their greenhouses are no exception. In college at UW-Platteville , The colleges greenhouse were being constructed and brand new when I was there. Dr. Compton, who was picking the design for the greenhouse, picked a similar design to Disney’s because his wife had worked in the Disney greenhouses for years and of course they were the best. It was cool finally seeing them in person after hearing about them all those years ago (12 to be exact) and I did see the similarities. A few notable things about what they were growing in the greenhouses were the 9 lb. lemons, the mickey shaped cucumbers and pumpkins, and the different hydroponic and aeroponic systems they were using.
This is a very simple hydoroponic system that anyone can make. I’m pretty sure Cori and I are going to try it this summer. You just have to look for a few supplies from a hydroponic supplier like High Tech Garden Supply. Everything else can be found at Farm and Fleet. This is how they grow pumpkins. The large brown buckets at the left house the soil and roots and they train the plants along the PVC structure. Then when a pumpkin gets too heavy, they support it with rope. The plastic ear mold at the top of the picture is how they get pumpkins to grow ears. They put the young pumpkin in there and it grows into the mold. This Black Pepper plant is a “hidden Mickey”. They have them all over the place. Your supposed to look for them, but I think it works better if your kids are older than 7.
At the end of the tour, Andy got a chance to put lady bugs on the eggplant. This is an insect control method because ladybugs eat aphids. Actually, I think some of those tiny white spots on the leafs are the aphids so we got there just in time. This was the only thing that got Andy’s attention off of his game of Angry birds during the whole tour.This is the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. It’s not a real tree, but man it was cool and absolutely gigantic.
We had a great vacation at Disney World. There was too much to do in the time that we had. I don’t know if I would want to stay any longer though because my waistline just wouldn’t take anymore Disney dining. It’s all too good and too much. I’m still paying for it. The Beer and Cheese soup at Biergarten in Germany at Epcot was to absolutely die for. I had to come home and modify my recipe to make it taste more like Disney’s. Just a hint, the beer makes all the difference. Great, great, food and on the Disney dining plan a dessert comes with every meal. It’s not just a chocolate chip cookie, it’s like a huge piled high frosted cupcake with strawberries or carrot cake flavor with cream cheese frosting. Deluxe, because it’s Disney type desserts, and you have to eat it because you’re not coming back to Disney anytime soon. definitely, still paying for that.
The Farm Wife