“But, Peter, how do we get to Never Land?”

…with Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, of course!

In 2009, the music world lost an icon like no other.  Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died of cardiac arrest at the young age of 50.  It happened during the production of his comeback/farewell tour, This Is It.  Aside from the footage filmed during rehearsals, the world lost its final chance to see the icon in action.  Cirque du Soleil has given us the chance to experience the presence of greatness once again.

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©Cirque du Soleil

Coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, May 20 & 21, 2014, for two shows, Michael will come back to life through a magical spectacle that only Cirque can recreate.  Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour has become one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time.  Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this electrifying production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

©Cirque du Soleil

©Cirque du Soleil

If you’re a fan of Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil, or entertainment in general, you don’t want to miss this show.

To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.

For more information about the Tampa Bay Times Forum, visit TampaBayTimesForum.com.

For more information about all things Cirque du Soleil, click here.

Thanks for reading and if you don’t have the chance to see the show yourself, be sure to tune in next week when I share my review of the show!  Here are five Cirque du Soleil fun facts for you…

  • In 1984, 73 people worked for Cirque du Soleil. Today, the business has 5,000 employees worldwide, including more than 1,300 artists.
  • At the Montréal International Headquarters alone, there are close to 2,000 employees.
  • More than 100 types of occupations can be found at Cirque.
  • The company’s employees and artists represent close to 50 nationalities and speak 25 different languages.
  • Close to 150 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984.

 

 

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Discovered Hidden Gems at Walt Disney World: Culinary Tour

Ok y’all, this one’s for my Disney fans.  Most of us have become aware of the magical moments and the things we can pay extra to experience, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were some things that we could partake in without breaking our banks to do it?!  Well, I am here to help you do that by sharing with you things that you will not find advertised on official websites.  This blog post will focus on one in particular, but stay tuned, because I will surely share more down the road.

Anyone who knows me could tell you how much I love to resort hop around Walt Disney World.  I love the theming and detail that has gone into every piece created throughout this World we know and love.  I understand there are many people who are simply here on vacation and don’t look past the surface of rides and attractions.  However, there is much to be appreciated behind every single detail.  From paint colors to light fixtures, there is a reason behind it all.

This edition of my Discovered Hidden Gems is about the culinary tour available at Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Every evening at 3:45pm, Boma offers a culinary tour of their dining facility.  You may be thinking, why would I want to do this?!

Side note: If you’ve never eaten at Boma, I highly recommend it.  It is a personal favorite.  My palate loves to experience diverse flavors and with Boma (along with AKL’s other table service restaurants, Jiko and Sanaa), I get to do just that.  

Just like anything else at WDW, this tour is an experience.  It is about 30-45 minutes long.  You will start at Boma’s entrance and be lead by one of the restaurant’s hosts.  (Our’s was Leonie from Durban, South Africa and she was amazing.  If you make it there before August, ask for her.)  Throughout the walk-through, you will be told about the many details that can be found around the restaurant.

Fun Fact: Boma means “place of safety.”

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One of the wooden carvings representing the animals found in Africa

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One of the two large tables that can be found in the restaurant. Notice the shape…it’s an elephant ear!

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All the walls represent different types of fencing found in Africa.

 

While they look like your average nuts and bolts, these are actually African coins!

While they look like your average nuts and bolts, these are actually African coins!

You will get to learn all about the cuisine served at Boma and get to enjoy some as well!  Our offerings were Carrot Ginger Soup and the infamous Zebra Domes.

Zebra Dome

Zebra Dome

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

At the end of the Boma portion of the tour, you are then led to Jiko.

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Fun Fact: Jiko means “the cooking place.”

Jiko is also filled with some amazing details.  The changing sunset is probably my favorite.

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At the end of the Jiko portion of the tour, we got to enjoy 3 breads & 4 dips.

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Not only is this experience amazing, but the fact that it does not cost anything is a fabulous bonus. So if you find yourself searching for something to do on your vacation or a rainy afternoon, take some time to experience this tour.

Also available on Wednesdays at 3pm at Jiko is a wine tasting. You can find out about availability at the concierge desk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The cost is $25 plus tax per person.

It starts…

So, let me set the scene for you…

It is a beautiful, breezy, 90 degree afternoon here at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  I am sitting here, Macbook on the table, a Lauryn Hill Pandora station as my music of choice.  Walt Disney World vacationers are everywhere as it is Spring Break for many, but this here, is my everyday life.

Why am I starting a blog?

That’s a great question and I don’t know if I necessarily have one specific answer for it.  I’d love to say it was for the purpose of world domination or something just as exciting, but that would be far too much work and responsibility.  I enjoy writing.  Sometimes my thoughts and ideas take over and I feel the need to shout them from the rooftops, so I guess the keys can work just as well.  The thought of being an inspiration to someone, a bright ray of sunshine in a cloudy day, or even just a little giggle inducer…I’m pretty sure those are some great reasons.

What content will I include?

There will be Disney!  BUT there may also be motivation, inspiration, recipes, tips, music, comedy, movies, events, or just about anything else possible.  The possibilities are endless…literally.  Not to mention, I tend to be the queen of random from time to time, so don’t be surprised by my crazy antics when they occur.

Who am I (in a nutshell)?

For those of you who don’t know me personally, my name is Kira.  I live in Central Florida.  I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts (& no, you’re right, I do not have a Boston accent).  I work in the healthcare industry, but still have no idea what I really want to do in life.  Well, hold on, let me rephrase that.  I know what I want to do, but for some reason, continued learning of new material for the rest of my life is not necessarily a wise career choice.  With that, I am exploring different avenues all the time and perhaps this blog could somehow assist me in that journey.  I love everyone with my whole heart and I hope that if you were to meet my friends, they would tell you the same.

Well that’s where I will end for today. I hope that with my little introduction, you will feel intrigued to come back and check out future content. Have a magical day!

Never stop dreaming.

“Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning!” ~ Peter Pan