Summer Fun at Target! Sharks and Mermaids and Dinosaurs, OMG

Target’s “Dollar Spot” or “Bullseye’s Playground” or whatever they’re calling it now has pleased me to no end the past few months with small and cute toys and other little items that cost a dollar or sometimes three. Once the Easter stuff cleared out, they hit me yet again with summer stuff with themes of sharks, mermaids and dinosaurs!!!

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Shark pen on the left comes with a pad of shark-shaped sticky notes. The mermaid temporary tattoos are..quite glittery!

 

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I tried out my open pack of the dinosaur crayons…well, they ain’t much for coloring but they sure are cute. As for the stretchy sharks, usually I detest touching anything of this ilk, so I only got a package to keep. Still, they look really cool.

 

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Vintage Toys: A Box from my Mother’s House!

Last night I got together with my two brothers and we went through some extremely dusty boxes in Mother’s basement. We had great fun and I came home with a box of treasures–things I had been wondering about but had thought they were scattered to the wind. I have a lot of my old toys at my house, in storage and in my home, but there were still some missing pieces….I found a lot of them. ūüôā

Click on the pics to see the names and stories!

More Kooky Valentines!

I found most of these at Target. These are brilliant beyond my wildest dreams of things to look for after the end-of-the-year holiday season is nevermore.

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These are shark-themed. Although I wish they had real photos of sharks, they still don’t disappoint: each card presents you with a teeny gel cling shark that is one of four different designs. Half of them have sharky puns.

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Our Last Visit to Disney, 2015!

This is a rehashing of a post from an old site. But it deeply involves yetis and dinosaurs so I decided to fish it out and re-post!

AFTERWEEN: WALT DISNEY WORLD HALLOWEEN TRIP 2015! (PART ONE)

Steve and I got married in October 2000 and had our honeymoon at Disney, so we go back every year for our anniversary. Over the years we have traveled there solo and also with many friends along for the trip. This time we took pals  Karyn and Joanne along!Note: I have been to Disney World so many times, that I now take pictures with a bit of a theme. This trip, I was looking for everything Halloween, creatures and monsters, and I was not disappointed. Hopefully you won’t be either! Enjoy!

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Stopping at the Florida border. I’ve got Clipper and Crunchy with me!

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The first thing I do when we get to our hotel room(in this case our usual Ramada Gateway Inn room) is decorate for Halloween. This is quickly done with window clings on the mirror that I got on Halloween clearance the year before.

 

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Then I put out whatever toys I‚Äôve brought. In this case, Clipper the Spinosaurus, Crunchy the Carnotaurus, and Horward, my new My Pet Monster! ( Yes, that‚Äôs ‚ÄúHorward‚ÄĚ.¬†scroll to seven minutes in in the clip for hilarity!)

My photos jump all over the place, focusing on things strictly Halloweeny and monstrous.

And we’re aboard The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios! Looking at zombies in the Egyptian temple!
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My favorite shot. They don’t seem too wiggly till you try to take their photo.

 

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And now, suddenly, I am at Animal Kingdom, looking at Halloween merchandise. I was especially intrigued with the Hitchhiking Ghosts dish towel.

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Still at Animal Kingdom, I am now in the Asia area, taking pics outside of the Expedition Everestride. While I actually love this ride, I do not ride it any more because it really affects my vertigo. So, while I wait for friends to ride, I enjoy the immense amount of scenery so painstakingly added all around this area. It totally transports you to a mystical place…

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There are carved and sculpted Yetis everywhere.

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As well as depictions of other creatures…possibly a yak at the top.WP_20151011_079

Not quite sure what this little hook-nosed guy is but he’s terrific!

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The areas to queue up for the ride, as well as the gift shop, are supposed to look like an outpost, where you get supplies and ready yourself for your ‚Äúexpedition‚ÄĚ. ūüėÄ

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The Forbidden Mountain.

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Even though my vertigo is too bad to ride the ride anymore, I love Expedition: Everest.
But something has always bugged me‚ĶI have read a lot of articles and watched¬†many documentaries about Mount Everest(I still can‚Äôt really explain my fascination), and I would always look at the ride and think, ‚ÄúThat doesn‚Äôt look a thing like Everest?‚ÄĚ. NOW I KNOW WHY.

The ride‚Äôs¬†mountain is a model, not of Mount Everest, but of the Forbidden Mountain, which was created specifically for the ride.¬†Totally fictional location. It is guarded by the yeti in the story created by Walt Disney Imagineering that revolves around the¬†attraction. Everest is actually present, however. ¬†It is represented by the barren background peak on the far right, which is made to seem far in the distance¬†in forced perspective. (see red circle) Now THAT looks like the north face of Everest,¬†also known in Nepal as SagarmńĀthńĀ and in Tibet as Chomolungma.

Tada! Mystery solved!

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Some Japanese tourists copied me after I took this photo. ūüėÄ

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Sooooo much great stuff in the queue for the ride. Prayer flags, offering places, and statues and statues and statues and pictures and masks, and…wow.

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Provisions…

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The interior also features a sort of Yeti museum, which gives you plenty to view while waiting in line.WP_20151011_193

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There are also plaques referring to the ‚Äúlost‚ÄĚ expedition, in which the Yeti apparently mangled¬†a few unworthy climbers..WP_20151011_197

Masks depicting animals native to  Asia are shown in these cases.

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Respect the Power of the Yeti.

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This is the focal point of the gift shop at the end of the ride. Amazing.


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Dozens of beautiful and dreadful masks gaze down at you from the ceiling.

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I literally have stood in this gift shop for an hour looking at everything.

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On to another part of Asia! Now I am at the Maharajah Jungle Trek, going into the Bat House, home to many fruit bats!WP_20151011_087

First thing you see upon entering the bat House are these cool kites on the ceiling.WP_20151011_089

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In the bat viewing area, the room is further decorated with carved bats,

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..and other informative posters about the usefulness of bats.

Sadly, there was ONE bat to view and I could not get a good photo of him. A Cast Member explained that it was the bats’ mating season, and the males(mostly) were all fighting so much that they had to pretty much take everyone off display temporarily.

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Heading over to DInoland, I stopped for a pic with Lil’ Rex (who was in my purse the whole time) to send to Steve and let him know where I was. The rest of our group was still at Hollywood Studios but I had wanted to bail and spend more time at AK.

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Outside Chester & Hester’s DIno-Rama I took a pic with my big beloved goofy dino friend.

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Next I trekked over to my ultimate favorite ride, Dinosaur!!!!!!! And I always dig the three posters outside by William Stout.WP_20151011_043WP_20151011_044

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Then I shared a kiss with the velociraptor fountain…

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Mr. Stout also did the immense painting of the carnotaurus  in the gift shop photo area, and I LOVE IT.

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Growl.


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Stout’s Styracosaurus is beautiful too. It‚Äôs not often you see huge paintings of your two most favorite dinos right next to each other!

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There is a large prehistoric turtle ‚Äúskeleton‚ÄĚ on the ceiling.¬†A protostega.


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And I purchased one of those horrid latex dinosaur toys they have hawked all though Dinoland as long as I can remember. I used to hate them, now I love them. I already had the alioramus; this trip I was ready and raring to purchase the carnotaurus. But all stores and kiosks were OUT. The cast members said they had been fresh out for weeks. Damn.So, I bought the goofy-looking tyrannosaurus, which doesn’t even appear in the ride but I guess they thought they needed to include it in merchandising.

Anyway, had to get a photo of him with the replica of Sue out front of the ride.

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I named mine Dorky, and we quickly went and had lunch together since I was starving. I bought some funky little pasta bowl and sat down to people watch for a while.

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Lil’ Rex came out to meet his new sibling. Fortunately they seem to have a lot in common. Stubby arms, unite!

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I got my food here. Love the octopus..

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I noted that my cup had some Halloween graphics…

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