Glimpses of Disney World in August of 2022.
In order, we have:
- Galaxy’s Edge: Star Wars in Florida
- View from the top of Mount Wannahockaloogie, Ho-Ha-Ha (either that, or the view from the restaurant at the very top floor of the Contemporary Resort, which started as a study of Cinderella’s castle, but then turned into a feature of my Prince Charming in-between our main course and dessert)
- A quick study of a massive mural done while the lovely chefs made me some vegan eggs – I’ve read about this mural and about its lead artist, Mary Blair, in Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt (I recommend highly)
- A view from within the cathedral of Mary, Queen of the Universe (what a name, right?) – no rulers or assistant with the arches!
- Some people I caught at Jaleo, a phenomenal Spanish restaurant – I refuse to ever forget our waiter Durrell, who noticed me wandering and decided to give me a full behind the scenes tour – Durrell, good luck finishing up your studies to be a sign language interpreter! You got this!
- The “Festival of the Lion King” – a whirlwind of dance and song and literal fire, indigenous to the Animal Kingdom – but I think my favorite part of the Animal Kingdom may have been my friend Muhammad who was checking my bag – he’s from Casablanca (no, really) and he liked my Ahlan Simsim hat, which features the beautiful Arabic language. He understands why I can’t work properly remotely, and why I absolutely need to be around people in a “place.” It was an honor to have my bag checked by him.
- Boma, a restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge which is very near and dear to my heart. Wondering why this sketch isn’t too developed? It’s because the Chef of Boma heard I was vegan, and he came out from the kitchen to give me a guided tour of the food of Boma, noting my options – who ever heard of such a thing? Just for me? And at the end of my tour, he offered to make me a dish himself to address my concerns regarding a dearth of plant-based protein. He wanted to know what I was in the mood for, but I asked him to take artistic license and to surprise me. He did NOT disappoint, my goodness.
- From the waterfront right by the “Japan” of Epcot. Joey tells me this structure is a gateway for spirits! I asked him where they come from and where they go as they pass through – he’s not completely sure. I’ll ask the spirits when I next see them.
(I am extremely grateful for this. It’s not anyone’s fault that I can’t get anywhere near satisfied until I can find some way and place in which to PAINT again!)