Sunday, September 30, 2012

Zen Proverb

Zen Proverb

"Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind" - Zen Proverbs

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tower of Terror 10 miler

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Main Entrance Gate to Hollywood Studios

Today is the day! The Tower of Terror 10 miler ingural race will begin tonight at 10pm. To all those running have a great race. See in Hollywood Studios. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tiny Turtle

tiny turtle
Tiny Turtle 
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Whimsy

Chillin Wit My Boo
T-shirt @ Animal Kingdom
“What's life without whimsy?” -Dr Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Reading Glasses

reading glasses
Reading Glasses
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” -Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tower of Terror 10 miler 2012

Just 2 more days until the Tower of Terror 10 miler at Hollywood Studios!

Keep Believing and Pretending

The Muppets @ Disney's  Hollywood Studios
The Muppets @ Disney's Hollywood Studios

"Keep believing, keep pretending; we've done just what we've set out to do, thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you!"

Monday, September 24, 2012

British Invasion

British Invasion
British Invasion @ Epcot
“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” -John Lennon

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Winnie the Pooh leaves Hollywood Studios


Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh @ Magic Kingdom
September 29, 2012 will be Winnie the Pooh's last day in Hollywood Studios. The space in Magic of Disney Animation building where Pooh greeted guests since Summer 2011 will be prepared to feature "Wreck-It Ralph" which will appear in theaters November 2, 2012. The "Wreck-It Ralph" location will feature a Game Central Station that will allow guests to experience various game worlds from the film.

Winnie the Pooh will still be meeting and greeting guests in Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom.


Shoreline

Shoreline
Behind Mexico @ Epcot
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” -Louisa May Alcott

Friday, September 21, 2012

Slow Down

Slow
Rocky Mountain National Park @ Estes Park Colorado

“Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” -Eddie Cantor

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Painting in France

Painting in France


“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. 

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” -Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Feeling the Sea Breeze

Feeling the Sea Breeze

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ― Maya Angelou

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tree Mask

Mask
Tree Mask @ Animal Kingdom

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” ― Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 17, 2012

Face Your Fears

Mickey and the Yeti
Mickey Mouse and the Yeti @ Disney's Animal Kingdom
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Key to Imagination

Tower of Terror Sign
Tower of Terror @ Hollywood Studios

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone."

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dance Like No One is Watching

Snow White and  her Prince
Snow White and her Prince @ Magic Kingdom

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

Friday, September 14, 2012

Birds on the Shore

Birds at the Shore

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” -Stephen King

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I said to my soul, be still

Meditation by Amanda's Weekly Zen
Meditation, a photo by Amanda's Weekly Zen on Flickr.
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” -T.S. Eliot

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012

Disney's Haunted Mansion @ Walt Disney World
Actress outside the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World during MNSSHP

It is that time of year again! Today marks the first day of the MNSSHP 2012. For those of you who have not yet attended at party at the Magic Kingdom let me just say that it is the best way to spend Halloween if you like Disney at all. It is an after hours thing that costs an additional price (separate ticket from admission). People and characters dress up for Halloween and trick or treat. There is also a special "Boo to You" Halloween parade, Happy HalloWishes fireworks, special lighting and decorations just for the event. It is a fun time for all and tickets for a lot of the party dates are still available. If you want to purchase tickets head on over to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party website.


Sunday, September 09, 2012

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach by Amanda's Weekly Zen
Cocoa Beach, a photo by Amanda's Weekly Zen on Flickr.
"If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you." -Leo Tolstoy

Friday, September 07, 2012

Eye on Disney

Here on Weekly Zen I have shared many photos of our travels and now I have decided to dedicate a website to just photographs of Walt Disney World. On my new website Eye on Disney you will see photos from all over the world. Check it out daily for a new photo. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Fantasmic Will Have More Seating This Fall

Fantasmic by Amanda's Weekly Zen
Fantasmic, a photo by Amanda's Weekly Zen on Flickr.
The popular nighttime fireworks spectacular in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be receiving more seating. Dan Cockerell vice president of Disney’s Hollywood Studios announced on September 5, 2012 that an additional 1,000 seats will be added to the Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre where Fantasmic is performed. The new seating will replace the standing area and will be in place sometime this fall.

If you have not yet seen the 27 minute show I highly recommend seeing it on your next trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre is located on Sunset Boulevard next to the Hollywood Tower of Terror.

Disney Ears

Pink Disney Princess Ears by Amanda's Weekly Zen
Pink Minnie Mouse Ears
Today I bought my first two pairs of ears at Walt Disney World. I have wanted a pair of ears ever since I was a child but for some reason never got around to buying any. Then today I saw these two pairs of ears and I could not resist. I even had my name put on the back of each pair. I have a feeling this is the start of pretty awesome collection of ears.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I admired the honesty about the journey that running all takes us on. However this book, short already, could have been much shorter. There are many chapters that are simple repeats of thoughts previously expressed. While the book is about running and training for races it is also about writing. Normally I am not a fan of a book that advertises itself as one thing but then turns into a discussion on a whole other topic. This time it worked. The correlation between writing fiction and running marathons works and in fact some of my favorite parts of the book are the sections about writing.

His views on races and running in general are not really my own. He thinks that walking at all in a race is bad thing, I am of the school that you do what you can to finish and there is no shame in walking if need be. Also I have participated in some very large races at Walt Disney World and have never experienced the aggression from other runners that he has. Perhaps it is because I have never been in the elite corrals. If I showed up and people were "running me over" I would not do that race again.

Overall this is a good read. I recommend listening to it as an audio book it is much more entertaining than just sitting down to read it.