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The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will donate $1 million in humanitarian aid for the areas affected by a recent deadly earthquake in southwestern China’s province of Sichuan. The president of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the announcement in China on Saturday where she made two appearances. She also used this time to discuss two recent deals in China.
Kennedy offered her condolences to the individuals affected by the natural disaster which killed over 150 people and injured more than 5,500 people. The LucasFilm donation will be used to rebuild schools in the areas affected by the earthquake.
Hey there guys and gals! It is Moi…Anonymouse and I have some news that I think we can all jump up and down for joy with!
Anyone who has ridden the Disney buses has asked the age-old question (and no it isn’t why that young strong teenager is not giving his seat up to the older woman with a cane)…it’s why can’t Disney come up with a decent way to let its resort guests know when my resort bus will be here! Never fear help is on the way!
Over at the Grand Floridian a new monitor is up at their resort bus pickup stop that displays times for when next 2 bus pickups are coming. Hopefully this is not just a test and the rest of the resorts will follow suit and have their own bus stop monitors. Just think no more playing “Disney bus roulette” and trying to guess what the next bus coming to the stop will be! Or screaming for your family to hurry up and sprint to the bus stop because you see a bus only to find out it’s not the one you need…at least that is what Chip does on his nice relaxing vacation, though most of the time he is screaming at himself…oh that Chip.
Speaking of “slow boats to China”, The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival is coming back to Disney for its 5th annual event. A little birdie tells me that this is the fastest growing water sport! Shut the front door!!!!! Dragon boats operate with twenty paddlers moving in unison along with a steerperson and a drummer (I sure hope I don’t get them in the resort hotel room next to me)!
So, what do you think about these two pieces of juicy info? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Anywho that is all the Disney Gossip I have right now. For my past Gossip articles be sure to check them out here.
- Dragon Boat Festival this Weekend at Downtown Disney (thedailycity.com)
- Disney Confidential – Are Wristbands Going to Replace Tickets at Disney? (chipandco.com)
I’ll say this once again, the World Showcase is magnificent in its scope and splendor even if you just look at the buildings. There are also a lot of entertainment opportunities that I, like a lot of other folks, call attractions which are family friendly. These are as follows:
- Mexico – The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros (formerly El Rio del Tiempo – The river of time) A charming little adventure starring Donald, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles.
- Norway – Maelstrom. An imaginative trip through Norway of the past and present. There is a short film at the end of the ride. You can bypass this show if you have smaller children with you.
- China – Reflections of China. One of those spectacular Circlevision 360 films that captures the scope and grandeur of China. If the last time you saw this was prior to 2003, give it another try, it’s much improved.
- The American Adventure – The American Adventure Show. If you feel like puffing out your chest and being a proud American then this stage show is for you. It’s lots of fun!!!
- France – Impressions de France. This is as good as a film promoting a country gets. The photography is amazing and the soundtrack is perfect.
- Canada – O Canada! Another Circlevision beauty that has been updated from the old film. It’s well worth another view if you haven’t seen it recently.
If you’re touring Epcot for Chip & Co.’s Drink Around the World Showcase (DAWS) challenge, China is a promising quick drink stop. China provides two convenient locations for drinks and a nibble, the Lotus Blossom Café, the pavilion’s counter-restaurant, and the Joy of Tea stand.
While either place works well for DAWS, I’m partial to China’s Joy of Tea stand. Not only is it one of the most attractive kiosks in the World Showcase, with a picturesque view of both the lagoon and the China pavilion, but Joy of Tea offers some satisfyingly unusual flavor combinations. Equally refreshing is its variety, as the stand serves several different alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to appeal to different tastes.
Although I’m not convinced a slush cocktail is particularly authentic to China, I recommend trying the Green Tea Plum Slush, made with plum wine. The plum wine itself earns authenticity points even if it’s not unique to China. Plus, the slushie has the advantage of letting you say that you enjoyed an alcoholic beverage with green tea, a combo which is bound to provide some health benefits.
While the slush mix itself isn’t incredibly thick or sticky, the Green Tea Plum Slush is a very sweet drink. Its taste alone almost earns the “sticky” descriptor and its plum wine creates the drink’s predominant flavor. If you prefer, try plum wine on its own as a less expensive and smaller DAWS drink option.
Another cocktail I would recommend for those who like their drinks with more spice to balance the sweet – admittedly more to my personal taste – is the Mango Gingerita. The drink, made with vodka and rum and served over ice, features the taste of (you guessed it) sweet mango and the bite of ginger. If you like a strong ginger flavor, this is a must-taste.
I’ve also had the opportunity to taste-test two other specialty slushie cocktails available at the Joy of Tea: the Canto Loopy, made with vodka and cantaloupe juice, and the Peach Snap! made with schnapps and Oolong tea. The former is lightly fruity, while the latter is definitely for those who like their drinks on the tooth-achingly sweet side.
More joy at the Joy of Tea may be found in its non-alcoholic slushies – pleasant options for those who don’t drink alcohol or who simply want to balance their round-the-world consumption on a DAWS tour. The stand offers both the Strawberry Oolong Tea Slush and the Mango Green Tea Slush. Of course, iced and hot teas are available here for lighter, less filling, non-alcoholic beverages.
While my DAWS days generally don’t include beers, beer drinkers can order Tsing Tao (Tsingtao), a smooth and easy-to-sip lager that tastes of malt and hops. It’s light and a solid option on a hot day or with spicy food.
Speaking of food, remember the Chip and Company DAWS challenge includes food as well as drink, with points earned for each. The Joy of Tea offers some fitting snacks to accompany your DAWS beverages: Chinese BBQ pork buns, curry chicken pockets, and pork and vegetable egg rolls. Of these, try the curry chicken pockets, unless you’re a vegetarian or want something more substantial. Then I recommend heading over the Lotus Blossom Café.
One last note for the Disney foodies who are doing the full-on DAWS with dining experience. The Joy of Tea also has two flavorful ice creams, Strawberry Red Bean and the Caramel Ginger. They are both well worth sampling, but don’t go particularly well with the specialty cocktails or beer. Enjoy them on their own.
- Drink Around the World Showcase – Japan Pavilion (chipandco.com)
- Disney Food Blog’s Epcot Snack Guide Now Available! (chipandco.com)
LEARN CHINESE: TOY STORY 3 TEACHES KEY VOCABULARY IN ENGLISH AND MANDARIN THROUGH
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, will increase its presence in the digital learning space with its first language learning product. Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 will expand DPW’s existing base of educational products with an innovative approach based on the company’s long history of teaching English. The app will be available in the U.S., China, Australia and 25 additional countries throughout Europe and Asia.
“As digital media continues to impact the way children learn, it is up to us to create products that enhance that learning experience,” said Russell Hampton, President, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Disney is all about bringing the most creative content to children and families around the world through innovative technology. Our Language Learning app delivers on that goal while allowing children to read and learn wherever, whenever, and however they want on their mobile devices.”
This app is the first in a series of leveled Disney storybooks that combine Disney magic with proven language learning methods where children learn key English and Mandarin vocabulary and grammar. This first app story contains multiple versions of the beloved Disney-Pixar title Toy Story 3, which gradually transforms from English to Chinese, mixing the new with the known by playing with 5 levels of the story:
Level 1 – English only
Level 2 – Beginning Chinese (25%)
Level 3 – Intermediate (50% Chinese)
Level 4 – Advanced (75%)
Level 5 – 100% Chinese
Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3, which is based on the proven pedagogical approach to language learning called Diglot Weave, includes professional bilingual narration across all levels, including music and sound effects; pronunciation of individual words available at a tap; audio and visual translations of individual words available with an easy-to-use translator; and voice recording to practice and compare pronunciation with the narrator.
Disney English is Disney Publishing’s global brand that encompasses licensed language learning products sold at retail around the world, 31 language learning centers in China, direct-to-consumer language learning products in Japan, and with the launch of Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3, digital learning in the U.S., China, and more than 25 other countries. The Disney English curriculum has been endorsed and recognized by a team of world-class language/education experts.
“This innovative Read-Along app is a real industry first. A ‘Diglot Weave’ story is told partially in the native language of the learner and partially in the language being taught. As the learner’s understanding progresses, an increasing proportion of the story is told in the foreign language until the reader is experiencing the story entirely in that foreign language. Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of the diglot weave method,” says Dr. Yuhua Ji, Professor and Chair, Department of English Language and Literature (DELL) Xiamen University and pioneer of this method of Language Learning in China who advised on this project.
In addition to its 700 hours of language learning curriculum, Disney Publishing creates a variety of learning products under its School Skills, Wonderful World of Reading, and Adventures in Reading programs. Disney Educational Productions, also part of DPW, has been producing and distributing award-winning educational DVD’s and supplemental content to schools for more than 60 years.
- Meredith to Acquire FamilyFun Magazine From Disney Publishing Worldwide (chipandco.com)
- Disney Announces First Printing of Rick Riordan’s ‘The Serpent’s Shadow’ (chipandco.com)