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So, this hyper-cute painting of Stitch reading the Ugly Duckling was hanging in one of the shops on WDW Magic Kingdom's Main Street. Of course, even though we know we probably couldn't afford it, we asked the clerk about it.

"It's not for sale!" he answered. "But," he continued, sounding mildly irritated (or at least as peeved as you could sound at Dizzy World without getting the old heave-ho from Mickey), "people keep asking about it!" As if this were the most perplexing thing in the world. Um, Dizzney Dude, the painting is hanging in a shop. When you put something out in a shop, people tend to jump to the conclusion that, you know, it's for sale.
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Forgot we made Mr. Tiki take this picture. We ended up sitting in the row where Stitch spits all over you. Came out pretty soaked, though not as soaked as after Splash Mountain. SM is one bizarre ride by the way. In all our years going to Dizzyland, we'd never bothered to stand in line, so this was our first ride. But it's not really my idea of a roller coaster: it's basically you drifting around an animatronic Uncle Remus story, and then like exactly two waterfalls. And, since nobody's seen Song of the South for like 50 years (for good reason, but still) the story and characters are kind of obscure.
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From TWO MILLION YEARS AGO!



OK, actually it was like two weeks ago. At Animal Kingdom.

dinotopia )
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This is kind of a fun glass paperweight-y deal-o, once again from that darned glass shop in Main St., WDW.

Optimize by optics )

Surf's up

Feb. 13th, 2008 10:12 am
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Here's another cute items from Los Bros Arribas on Main Street. We thinks it might be kinda new, as we haven't seen any images before.



You can has the surfboard personalized, but Mr. Tiki (who in his spare time serves as our own personal Arbiter of Collectible) disdained that notion.
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OK, so, basically, these pretties were available at Arribas Bros., the guys who run the glass shop on Main Street at any of the Dizzney parks.

Blingy! )
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*opens box*

*pulls out smaller boxes*



*pulls out more boxes*



*pulls out even more boxes*



*tiki opens box*

*tiki sputters*
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So, here's the deal. When we were Dizzying around Dizzyland, Mr. Tiki bought us some awesome cool Stitchie glass stuffs from a store on Main Street. But, like the naughty spouse he is, he forced tiki to go outside whilst he shopped, so we could not seee all the nifty stuff we're getting. In other words, a surprise! Which, there is nothing tiki hates worse than surprises.

And, even more naughtily, and unbeknownst to us truly (as we wouldn't tried much harder to peek), Mr. Tiks had all the stuff shipped directly homeward from Florida, meaning we needed to wait on tenterhooks, or some kind of hooks, until the dwarfs decided to get around to mailing our box.

Fast forward.... Or, actually, slowly tramp through molasses to reach the date today. We have returned to work, and we are cranky. And only today, we realized that in order to do the work our lovely officemate just passed on to us, we're going to have to recreate all the tables our former grad student assembled before the server crash. Plus, we probably fatally pissed off a EuroStitch dealer because we wouldn't buy her all 15 snow globes in addition to the $400 of pins she wanted from the web. (Nothing is madder than a pissed off EuroStitch dealer.)

Thus, homeward, where....



It's THE BOX!!!!

With presents. For us.

BUT... We can't get Mr. Tiki on the phone to see if it's ok to open everything, or if he wants to inflict even more torture by wrapping it or something even more evil.

[Poll #1137016]

Unpacking

Feb. 9th, 2008 06:20 pm
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Finally getting to our boxes from WDW. Here's some of the stuff we got from Stitch's Great Escape. Lots, huh? It includes a beach towel, four t shirts (two are technically for kiddies, but we bet we can squooge into them), two baseball caps, a big zap gun and a little zap gun, a license plate, a boxed toy of Stitch in his ship and a similar light-up toy, several pens and some glasses. Impressive, ne? And this was just the stuff we saw that we hadn't picked up before.
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"Boy that was a long trip where's the bathroom Kent is totally boring and the driver was really slow and he got all cranky when we tried to help him drive and got lost just because we ate the map is this your computer wow are we going to be stars on livejournal Mr. Tiki won't mind if we blow up the Death Star again will he oops sorry about that it wasn't expensive was it where's the coffee pot do you have any coconut cake????"
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So, as all know, tiki and Co. basically descended upon Walt Dizzney World and its environs last week like a plague of collecting locusts, denuding the shops of any and all blue alien-inspired merchandise.

However, because of the current carry on luggage restrictions of domestic air carriers (basically, your boarding pass plus 2-oz-or-less tube of toothpaste), we had entrusted the great majority of our Stitchie pickins to the jittery hands of FedEx. This little keychain (pictured above, Mr. Tiki actually grabbed the last one we saw over all of Epcot), which at one point we unthinkingly stuffed into our purse to keep from misplacing, has been practically our only reminder of our shopping spree for these last few days.

But, we have news.

The Dizzy World Stitchies are on a truck. In Kent.

Kent? Hrm, we hope they're not raising too much of a ruckus.

To be continued.....
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Since [livejournal.com profile] jeepersjournal brought up those fatally enticing Epcot glass boutiques....



South of the border )
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So, we actually spent surprisingly little time at the Magic Kingdom during our WDW visit - just two half days, one of them after dark, where we spent the majority of our time just draggling after Mr. Tiki and trying not to trip over a dwarf.

Despite the sheer amount of Dizzney memorabilia we had so far acquired during our sojourn, we actually felt we'd got off easy so far. Plush toys and plastic cups, after all, are quite easy to transport. We actually kind of dreaded coming upon something, with, say, breakable ears.

Then, just after Pirates of the Caribbean, we came upon this guy.....



AWWWWW!!!!

Glassware )
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So, this was from our Ohana breakfast. Usually, we'd shy away from blowing this kinda money on a single photo.

Ohana means breakfast )
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OK, so, after what seemed like 92 straight hours in the tender mercies of Delta Airlines (normally, we would hitchhike rather than subject ourselves to the Atlanta-based carrier, but you haven't much choice when you're trying to redeem frequent flier miles these days), we're back to our drafty home in the Pacific Northwest, a/k/a, Ice Age for the Global Warming Era. Given the vagaries of air travel these days, we opted to consign most of our park-based booty to the friendly folks of Fed Ex, which is good and bad. The bad is we have to wait, which as Mr. Tikistitch will tell you, is not exactly our forte, although the good is that, in a couple days, we'll have PACKAGES FOR US YAY!! So we'll get to experience the whole OMG Stitch Stuffs! thing all over again, especially since we've already forgotten what all we got.

BUT!!! We managed to smuggle a few of the fragile-y items in the overhead bin (and not beneath the seat in front of us, because tiki is a bad, naughty airline passenger). So, we'll go through the highlights and bore ya silly with some long-winded tiki stories....




Some of y'all might already have seen this. Actually, we've seen it before, but since we'd only seen teensy fuzzy images on eBay, we had no clue how awesome it is in person.

Bou-tiki )
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It's 38 frickin' degrees out there.

We mean, frickin' A.



Here's a wet paint sign from the Polynesian Hotel. Some say, a similar sign may have made it into tiki's luggage. Or so they say.....
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Since this has been brought up in comments, we must herewith devote some space to the most glorious factor that distinguishes the Disney parks we remember as a child, and that we experience as an adult:



BOOZE!

everything goes with beer )
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Since the signal for out Stolen Intarnets is strong on the balcony tonight, we'll try to make sense of our Epcot Experience. Basically, Mr. Tiki remembered this park fondly from baby-hood, so we decided to spend a pleasant afternoon.

The experience started off pleasant enough, with Mission Space! And the whole fact that it had made people literally drop dead just added frisson. Though we're still kinda pissed at Lt. Dan for leaving our asses up on Mars (after we'd completed the mission, we repeat, WITHOUT a navigator, and we're not sure about the feasibility of space travel lacking a partner to slur, "Captain, I need more powerrrrrr!!!"), we had drowned our sorrows at the Cokes of the World place.

Since our Fast Pass for Soarin' wasn't valid for several hours hence, it was then on to the countries.



Mr. Tiki read out the list of Dizznified Epcot countries, and, being the picky sort, we perseverated on the quirks: besides Thailand and China, it appears that, within Dizzney property, "Africa" also qualifies as a country. (Oddly, no AIDS-plagued develping nation had prioritized providing funds towards getting an exhibit in Orlando). Since Germany was represented, many happy hours were enjoyed making tasteless jokes about the demise of an imaginary adjoining Poland exhibit.

One realization, amongst just the tiki component of the group, was that we had actually (in real life and carrying real luggage that is) travelled to almost every one of the real countries represented by the cheesy Small World-ified exhibits. Our skepticism detector increased when Tommy revealed, upon our questioning the somewhat odd selection of coutries in the Epcot park, that the exhibits were in fact paid for by the respective tourism bureaus of the countries in questions.

One of the countries in question was Canada. Now, we love Canada as much as the next man, and what we love most is poking gentle fun at our beloved neighbors in North Montana, who reciprocate by taking our humor in great stride. And, we should mention, the very fact that a country should stand apart due to the fact that the people are so bloody nice is possibly something of which its citizens should take some pride. But, dude, you have a world showcase, and out of a half dozen candidates to represent the diversity of Planet Earth and it's denizens....Canada??

We asked our living guidebook for further information regarding the Canada exhibit. For once, the man who could tell you not only the name of the ride that stood in the park before the ride that came before current ride, but the date it was replaced, the reason, and the name of the Imagineer in question's third cousin on his mother's side, was pulled up short. He hemmed. He hawed. Come on, a Canada showcase? Do all the clerks say "Eh" a lot? Or what? "Um," Tommy began. "You can get English candy there!"

Somewhat later, we went on the jolly Viking ride sponsored by Norwegian cruise lines. It involves animatronic trolls, and you're not allowed to exit before viewing a short film regarding tourism in Norway. And then we tried to eat at the Dining Nemo restaurant with the squid, but it was booked 6 months in advance. Also, our feet hurt after walking from Canada to Mexico.

We found a glass Stitch with a guitar in Mexico.

We're still pissed at Lt. Dan.
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We'd have to call Dizzney's Animal Kingdom a narrow winner in the "Most-est Boring-est Park" contest (just ahead of the snorefest that is Epcot) but there was some goodness to be had. According to our living guidebook, Tommy, there was some disagreement over the initial concept of the park, and it seems to have ended up as a tarted up, monkey-less zoo. We know opinions differ, but if you have time to see only one of the Florida parks, we'd say, don't make it this one, ya know?

Herewith, though, our highlights....



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