Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Toast Mom With The Ultimate Weekend Getaway at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Hemingway’s Champagne Brunch

Make your mother’s day on Sunday, May 11 with Hemingway’s champagne brunch at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Featuring Hemingway’s signature island-inspired selections, the gourmet menu includes Blue Corn Strawberry Pancakes, Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Chilled Kobe Tenderloin, and Hibachi Style Sea Bass along with assorted salads, cheeses, hand-crafted desserts, and free-flowing champagne.
Brunch is $69 per adult and $34.50 per child age 4-12 and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for resort guests, as well as area residents.  Reservations may be made online or by calling 407.239.3854.
Offering families more than 1,500 acres of activities surrounded by a private, tropical oasis, Grand Cypress provides the perfect setting to treat mom to a full weekend of pampering with soothing spa treatments and refreshing, poolside cocktails.  Enjoy Orlando’s original luxury resort for rates starting at $179 with the Florida resident savings.
“Give mom the gift of a weekend getaway with resort activities the whole family will enjoy,” said Area Vice President and General Manager Pat Engfer. “From world-class service, deluxe amenities and gourmet dining, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is the place for making memories.”
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress 
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; Tour on YouTube; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress onFacebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
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The Many Roles of Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway
Sterling Holloway

Being the procrastinator that I am, I usually wait to write my posts until hours before they are published. Don’t get me wrong, there are cases in which I do plenty of research and plan things out days or weeks in advance, but those are outnumbered by the fly by the seat of my pants posts. I hope this isn’t necessarily evident in my writing, but I digress.

So, as I finished editing other posts I realized I didn’t have anything for myself. Needing background noise, I scrolled through the Disney Family Movies channel on demand and noticed they added the Jungle Book. I hadn’t seen it in a year or so and could listen to Louis Prima sing the phone book, so I started it.

Moments into the movie divine inspiration struck! I heard the unmistakable voice of Sterling Holloway. For many Disney fans, he is best known for his voice talents as that lovable stuffed with fluff Winnie the Pooh. I’m sure some are familiar with some of his other roles, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of his best known Disney voices.

The first role Sterling Holloway provided for Disney was that of the Messenger Stork in Dumbo in 1941. He delivers the cutest little baby elephant ever born to Mrs. Jumbo from the clouds above. His first role is short and sweet, but this is the one that started a forty plus year career with the Walt Disney Company.

Messenger Stork
Messenger Stork

 

Next up for the Georgia native was a bit more prominent role in the next Disney animated feature film. Sterling Holloway provided the adult voice of Flower in 1942’s Bambi. The most precious skunk you’ll ever encounter, Flower is one of Bambi’s best friends who also often pals around with Thumper.

 

Flower
Flower

 

During the war years, Walt made use of Sterling Holloway in several of his package films and shorts. Most notably, Sterling voiced Professor Holloway (the narrator) in The Three Caballeros. He also provided narration for Mickey and the Beanstalk, Peter and the Wolf, Lambert the Sheepish Lion and several other segments into the early 1950s like Susie the Little Blue Coupe. Walt liked Holloway so much he even used him in his crossover to television primarily in episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.

 

Mickey and the Beanstalk
Mickey and the Beanstalk
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf
Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Susie the Little Blue Coupe
Susie the Little Blue Coupe

 

The 1951 classic Alice in Wonderland featured Sterling Holloway in one of his most recognizable roles as the Cheshire Cat. This trickster is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle surrounded by mystery. He likes to lead Alice astray on her adventures in Wonderland and has a tendency to vanish into thin air.

 

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat

 

By far, Sterling Holloway’s most notable role for Disney was as Winnie the Pooh fro 1966 to 1974. He voiced the best friend of Christopher Robin in three shorts: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. These were repackaged and rereleased in 1977 as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is often difficult to hear Holloway’s voice in other roles and not to picture Pooh since they are so inextricably linked.

 

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh

 

1967’s The Jungle Book brought Sterling Holloway his only villainous voice role for Disney (to my knowledge) in that of Kaa the snake. His hypnotic lullaby “Trust In Me” almost does poor Mowgli in, but Bagheera’s interruption saves the day. The boy is later truly hooked by the girl serenading him from the Man Village.

 

Kaa
Kaa

 

Roquefort in The Aristocats was one of Sterling Holloway’s last voice roles for Disney. In this 1970 film he plays a cute mouse who is the neighbor of Marie, Berlioz, Toulouse and Duchess. He lives in harmony with these cats, but seems to be afraid of most all other felines. Despite his fear, he plays an integral role is saving the kidnapped kittens.

 

Roquefort
Roquefort

 

 

Have you seen some or all of these roles voiced by Sterling Holloway? Which is your favorite? I have to go with Pooh, with the Cheshire Cat as a close second. Hope you enjoyed! Leave a message in the comments with your thoughts.

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runDisney Race Bibs with Heather

Join guest Heather Winfield with her post about this great idea for scrapbooking her runDisney race bibs. Visit Heather’s site here for more great content, especially her fantastic collection of character pictures.

 

race bibs headerOver the last year or so, I’ve gotten addicted to runDisney. It’s an accomplishment to walk or run any length, and it’s fun to hang your medals to remember what you’ve done. After recently doing a race that didn’t give out a medal (boo!), I wanted a way to show off my bibs and remember each race, even if there wasn’t a medal. I decided to make an album where I could include the bib on one side of the spread, and information about the race on the other side of the spread.

runDisney race bibs are 7.5 x 8 inches. I figured I was mostly doing runDisney races, so I chose an 8 x 8 scrapbook for this project. If I do a race with a larger bib, I’ll just have to fold it! You could also use a regular 8.5 x 11 binder, and get page protectors to use in the binder. I’m a scrapbooker, so I had several 8 x 8 albums at home to choose from, but you can find these at your local scrapbook or arts and crafts store. Sometimes they will have albums on sale, or you can usually find a 40-50% off coupon on one item in their circular. I found an 8 x 8 album in AC Moore for $5 last week, plus they had a 50% off coupon, so you can see how cheap you can make this book for! Most scrapbooks include 10 page protectors, which would be enough for 9 races. You can buy refills for the books in the store or online, and they usually aren’t expensive.

Once I chose my album, I used my word processing program to type up my race information page. I decided to include the name of the race, date, location, distance, time/pace, characters, outfit, and other notes. The great thing about doing this project yourself is that you can tailor it to what’s important to YOU. If you’re not like me and don’t like stopping for characters during a race, you could change that to photo stops, or just eliminate it completely. I don’t care about my race time (I stop a LOT during a Disney race, so don’t look at my times, haha!), but if that’s something you want to remember, you could include your placement overall, in your gender, and in your age range. I usually try to theme what I’m wearing to the race, but if you don’t care about that, you don’t have to include that either. There are other things you can choose to include, such as weather, type of course, it’s completely up to you!

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I also like that I can change this list up based on each race. So for the non-Disney race I did, I eliminated the character line.

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Under other notes, I tried to include how I was feeling, how the race went, and even what I did and ate after the race. I don’t want to forget years from now how nervous I was for my first race, or how important seeing a character was on a race where I wasn’t feeling great to pick me up and push me to finishing strong.

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I haven’t scrapped in over a year, but since I still consider myself a scrapbooker, I could have made this more complicated. But I knew I wanted something simple that I could just fill in after a race, print it out, and add it to the book. Otherwise, I’d keep putting it off and never get it done. I wanted to add a little something on the page, so I included a running shoe element (from ‘A New Me’ by Wimpychompers Creations) to the bottom of the page. You could find clip art or even add stickers after printing, too. I might eventually add a picture of the medal for the race, or a picture of me with the medal after the race, to the empty space on the page.

 

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Then I typed up an easy table of contents page to go in the first page of the book. I didn’t want to print this up again after every race, so I just made lines on the page so I could write in each race after completing it. Again I had to make it a little fancy, so I added “I did it” word art (from ‘Life Is A Marathon – Word Art Bits’ by WM[squared] Designs) to the top of the page.

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After printing, I just trimmed the 8.5 x 11 paper to 8×8 so it would fit in the book. If you chose to use an 8.5 x 11 binder, you don’t even need this step!

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The last page in my album had room for pictures, so I decided to include the wrist band from the race retreat. Eventually I will add course maps for the races here. Even if your album doesn’t have this extra page, you can include this type of extra memorabilia in the last page of the album.

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On the cover, I used some glitter chipboard stickers to title the book and added a few race stickers, and that’s it! I really like how it turned out, and I can’t wait to add more race bibs to the book!

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