Pinocchio Cookie Jar by Treasure Craft

It’s back to the Dixieland Flea Market to have a look at a cookie jar that we broke down and bought. Pinocchio just captured our hearts!

But let’s have a look at our beautiful cookie jar by Treasure Craft featuring Pinocchio:

Just look at that smile!

From the sides

From the back

This cookie jar is unique in that the receptacle for holding the cookies is separate from the ceramic figure. Instead of having a head that lifts off to access the contents, there is a glass jar that can be removed and passed around:

This makes it easier to clean and less likely to damage the main figure. Cleo the fish is perched up top to form the handle for the lid, but she is hard to grasp hold of, so we lift the whole lid with two hands.

Shouldn’t Cleo be inside the bowl?

The effect here is to have Cleo floating on top of the water at the top of her fish bowl. Clever!

Hug, anyone?

This detachable feature is what sold us on this particular cookie jar. It’s such a unique idea!

It’s hard to see, but the words ‘Disney’ and ‘Treasure Craft’ are carved into the base of the main figure. The bowl would have had a sticker with another name on it, but ours has been washed away.

Candy, anyone?

We won’t be using Pinocchio for cookies as we find that they go stale if left in such a vessel, so it has become our candy jar instead. I don’t think anyone will complain.

Mission SPACE

Discover Future World: Mission SPACE

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a closer look at the fun you can find in Future World at Epcot.


Mission SPACE

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On the second part of our journey in the Magical Blogorail’s look at the Epcot Future World pavilions, we are taking a look at Mission SPACE, a unique pavilion at Epcot that features a green side and an orange side to experience the attraction.  Mission SPACE is one of those pavilions at Epcot where the attraction is what makes up the majority of the pavilion.  Certainly there are other things you can do at the Mission SPACE pavilion — there is a children’s play area, for example — but for the majority of people, they come to Mission SPACE to take a simulated trip to Mars.

Before our trip to Disney in 2012, Mission SPACE was simply a part of Epcot that we did not visit.  It wasn’t because we didn’t like the look of the pavilion.  Simply put, we had heard way too many stories of people getting sick after riding the attraction, and we didn’t want to risk it.  However, when our friends Neal and Kerry and their two children rode the Green side of the attraction — and then raved to us how much fun it was — well, we just had to experience it for ourselves.

Let me tell you, when a child no older than 4 or 5 tells you how much fun a ride is — well, when that happens, you suck it up and face your supposed fears…and that’s exactly what I did when my young friend River told me all about Mission SPACE.

Mission SPACE

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The best story I have from this attraction comes from the lips of my friend River.  So Neal, River, Sophie, Cindy, and myself were riding together, and I happened to be seated next to River and Neal.  As we were experiencing the ride, and executing the “commands” that would keep us headed correctly to Mars, someone else was not punching the right button — someone from a different group.  River noticed this, and whispered to her dad Neal “He’s not doing it right. We’re going to crash!”  I thought it was so sweet, the childlike innocence that we all hope to recapture when we visit Walt Disney World.  Of course Neal made a point to tell her that it would be okay, and obviously it was since I’m here to write about it, but that story has stuck with me for four years now — and now I share it with you, intrepid traveler of the galaxy.

Do you like to ride Mission: SPACE? If so, which side, the easier green side or the more intense orange side? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Imagination Pavilion

Discover Future World: Imagination Pavilion

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a closer look at the fun you can find in Future World at Epcot.


Imagination Pavilion

The Imagination Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World

The Imagination Pavilion is one of those pavilions in Epcot that often is overlooked and forgotten.  At least, it was for our family for a long time.  I’m not certain why this was, really, it just always seemed to be a forgotten pavilion.  To be honest, I never really remember seeing many people over there. Perhaps we skipped it for so long because it was the home of Captain EO for so long — a show that we had no interest in.  Or perhaps we skipped it because we were more excited to venture into Epcot’s World Showcase.  I don’t really know why.  However, all that changed the day that we made the commitment to explore the pavilion and see what the attraction Journey Into Imagination was all about.

When we finally made our way over to the Pavilion, we were correct in some ways — there just wasn’t a whole lot there that we saw.  However, we were also wrong.  Way, way wrong.  We walked right on to the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction, and little did we know, but we were in for one of the best treats!  We had no idea that the ride was that much fun.  Perhaps it was because we didn’t ride it very often; perhaps it was really that much fun; perhaps I don’t know why I liked it that much (that’s probably the correct answer) — but what I do know is that it became a must ride every time we visit Epcot from now on.

In addition to the main attraction, there is also the ImageWorks area of the pavilion — which, while the Walt Disney World website indicates is where “little ones can explore and create”, I thought that we looked at it for a bit and had fun.  Then, as we were getting ready to leave the pavilion, Cindy, Sophie and I decided to participate in this fun little exercise, and collect a most unique Disney Souvenir at the same time:

Imagination Pavilion

We purchased this great souvenir in the Imagination Pavilion!

So, my friends, a word of warning to the seasoned Disney Adventurer…before you judge a book (or a pavilion, in this case) by it’s cover, it’s best to give it a try.  You might just discover a great Disney hidden gem or two waiting to capture your imagination and run away with it.

Do you and your family enjoy the Imagination Pavilion?  Please let us know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Magical Blogorail: Best Frozen Treats at Disney – Mickey Bars

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing the best frozen treats you can find at Disney.


M I C K E Y     B A R S

Everyone knows about this classic/iconic Disney treat! And I doubt there are too many theme park guests who haven’t had at least one.

Is it tasty? Yes. Is it good for you? Sure, why not. Is it addictive? Yes. Should you buy a box of them and smuggle them back to your home State or country? Sure, why not.

Ah, that first bite! It’s like a Disney rite of passage. But do you bite into the left ear or right ear first? Scientists have spent millions conducting an exhaustive study on that conundrum but as yet have only determined that biting into too many Mickey Bar ears causes stomach aches. Money well spent people!

Fun Facts: There are some things you may not know about this funny-shaped treat.

  • It’s gluten-free!
  • You can find it off-property (at the Vero Beach and Hilton Head resorts, for example)

And we end this loop just as we should all end each and every one of our Disney vacations: With a Mickey Bar!


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Magical Blogorail: Frozen Fruit Snacks

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing the best frozen treats you can find at Disney.


Frozen Fruit Snacks

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Magical Blogorail: Frozen Fruit Snacks

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail post, were we explore some of the incredibly delicious frozen fruit snacks that can help you stay cool in the summer heat at Disney!

Picture this, if you please. You are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, it’s 100 degrees in the shade, the humidity is easily 80%, and you are looking for anything to help cool you down. Can you feel the heat, the sticky humidity, is it driving you crazy right now just imagining it? Well, one thing your family doesn’t do very often is go to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, simply because it’s kind of out of the way, but you decide to go because you’ve heard that it has air conditioning, and there is a train to ride, after all, and fans, etc. So imagine a day as hot as that, and as you are approaching the Conservation Station, you see a small snack cart selling the Minute Maid Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.  12 ounces of frozen deliciousness, only $4 at the time (a snack credit for those on the Disney Dining Plan).  Soft enough to spoon through and enjoy, big enough to share, yummy enough to give a good treat, and cool enough to lower the internal temperature a bit.  In short, a great treat for a hot summer day!

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As I was preparing to write this, all of a sudden I had thought — does this frozen treat count as a frozen fruit snack? Well, when I researched it, I did find that the Orangeade that you can get contains 28% fruit juice, but I couldn’t find any word on the Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, so I’m not certain.  However, here’s my thinking on it — it tastes great, it is fruity, so to me, it counts, even if it’s not a frozen banana or something like that.  In the 100 degree temperatures, I guess it’s a matter of semantics, but that’s the way my mind operates at times.

So tell us, please, what are your favorite frozen snacks, and why? I’d love to hear all about it, please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!


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