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Holidays Around the Parks: Gingerbread Edition

first_imgOur final stop on this gingerbread house tour takes us to the Grand Floridian, which has been an annual tradition now since 1999. Unique to this gingerbread house is the fact that not only is it entirely made of gingerbread, but it also serves as a shop for gingerbread and other holiday goodies. Depending upon the time of your visit, you may be able to experience a gingerbread decorating seminar from one of the Walt Disney World chefs that helped create the masterpiece. Now we’ll travel to Bay Lake to visit the iconic gingerbread houses on our list.The Contemporary Resort’s Cinderella-inspired gingerbread house is featured in a new location this year, situated on the North end of the main concourse in front of the balcony overlooking the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella and Prince Charming are designed in the same style that the Frozen characters were in previous years. While this is somewhat out of the way for guests, it does provide more room to stand and enjoy the ambiance, rather than being in a busy thoroughfare as it was in years prior. As always, you they have gingerbread and gingerbread accessories for sale so you can take home some of the magic with you. Fitting in perfectly with the beach theme, this gingerbread house in the Beach Club lobby features a merry-go-round that could be found on any seaside boardwalk. Lilo and Stitch have decided to help decorate – or is it destroy, in Stitch’s case? Either way, I quite enjoy the character figures as they are intricately detailed and very colorful. I’d have to claim this as my favorite gingerbread house this year. Side bar: Disney, if you need help disposing of all that chocolate at the end of the season, Derek Burgan and I could probably help out with that. While our next stop on the Gingerbread House tour is not necessarily made of gingerbread, the Yacht Club has erected a train set in its lobby. One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Christmas was my grandfather’s train set that he would build in his dining room each year, adding more track, villages, and train cars as the years went on. If you look closely, you’ll notice some special details about this particular train setting. Characters from Frozen, Cars, and the Fab Five can be seen throughout the village, as well as signs promoting Cape May and Ship Shape, which are located within the resort itself. Share This!One of the most well-known traditions of Walt Disney World’s holiday offerings are the gingerbread houses located around the resorts. The oldest of such, the Grand Floridian gingerbread house, has been a staple of the resort’s decorations for nearly twenty years. In the following years, we’ve seen gingerbread creations added to the Contemporary and Beach Club resorts, as well as a location inside Epcot’s American Adventure – which, I believe, is the first such display inside a park. To begin our journey, we will start off with Epcot.In years past, this was the location for the Hanukkah storyteller during Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration. With the story of The Maccabees being told musically at a new outdoor location, we now have this massive gingerbread house, featuring a special appearance by Honest Abe himself. If my math is correct, it would take one person four score to consume this entire gingerbread National Mall.center_img **No Gingerbread Men were consumed in the baking of this article** As with every Disney creation, take time to admire the smaller details of the structure. You never know what familiar patterns or surprises you may find. Walking nextdoor to the Beach Club, we find our next gingerbread house…err, decoration. Made of gingerbread. I hope you have enjoyed our look at the gingerbread houses around Walt Disney World, and that you and your families have a wonderful Christmastime! The gingerbread houses will be on display until the end of the year, so if you have time to visit, it makes for a perfect family holiday outing.last_img read more

Regis outlasts Stratford to capture Division 3 semifinal at WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament

first_imgTigers cannot hold on to two-set lead, fall in five to end historic seasonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREEN BAY — After a pair of comeback wins in sectional play, the Stratford volleyball team found itself in defensive mode during its Division 3 semifinal on Friday afternoon at the 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center.The Tigers looked like the better team for the first two sets before Eau Claire Regis turned the tables and pulled out a 3-2 victory over Stratford. Regis won 23-25, 15-25, 25-14, 25-20, 19-17 to move on to Division 3 state championship match, which will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The Ramblers (26-6) face Lake Country Lutheran (44-5), which defeated Waterloo 3-2 in the other semifinal Friday.“We have no reason to hang our heads at this point,” Stratford coach Brooke Kafka said. “It was an amazing season for all of us. We were put in some positions where we were down and had to dig ourselves out of a hole, and it just came a little too close at the end.”A back-and-forth first set, which neither team led by more than two points, ended with a late Stratford run. The Tigers were down 22-21 before scoring three points in a row, one on a Callie Lehman kill, and ended it on a kill from Makayla Krall to win 25-23.Stratford (44-2) dominated the second set and looked well on its way to playing for a state title.Krall had five kills, and Mazie Nagel added three as the Tigers rolled to a 25-15 win and a 2-0 lead.However, an 11-0 run in the middle of the third set turned things around for the Ramblers.After a sideout earned on a Stratford service error, Elle Matson served 10 points in a row to put Regis up 17-7 and the Tigers got no closer than seven the rest of the way before falling 25-14.Regis jumped out to an 11-2 lead in Game 4 before it was the Tigers’ turn to come back.Freshman Lauryn Nagel had two kills in a 7-2 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 20-18 lead for Stratford, and things seemed to be looking up again. That feeling quickly changed. Following a sideout, Regis scored the last six points of the game on the serve of Ariel Kern to finish off a 25-20 win and knot the match at two games apiece.“I feel like the communication, we could have been a lot better, and things weren’t going in our favor,” Krall said.Kafka said both teams were countering with different adjustments during the third and fourth set, and the Tigers just could not regain the success they were enjoying in the first two sets.“We talked during our timeouts about different holes they had on their side of the court and where to put the ball, and immediately after we made those adjustments, so did they,” Kafka said.The fifth-set tiebreaker was as tight as expected with both teams holding off numerous match points.A kill from Krall and a violation on Regis allowed Stratford to stave off two match points and tie the game at 14-14.The Tigers held off another match point with a kill from Mazie Nagel, and after an ace by Brooke Peterson gave Stratford a match point, Regis managed to tie it. Stratford had another match point at 17-16 before Regis finally ended the game with three-straight points.“It sums up our season actually,” Regis coach Travis Eichner said. “We started super slow, got really good in the middle, and we’re finding ways to win. Our blocks were kicking in. Our defense was being scrappy. Our hitters were powering it in at the end of the game.”Krall and Mazie Nagel each had 18 kills, Nagel and Olympia Garrigan both contributed 12 digs, and Jadyn Dahlke had 30 assists and 11 digs for Stratford.“What a great season for these seniors to have,” Mazie Nagel, a junior, said. “The first time in school history (to make it to the state tournament), that’s groundbreaking, and I don’t think that’s anything to hang your heads about.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

3yearold gets electrocuted while playing at home

first_imgKolkata: A three-year-old boy got electrocuted after he came in contact with an open electric wire at Kultali in South 24-Parganas. He was rushed to Canning Sub-Divisional Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.Locals informed that on Wednesday morning Salim Shaikh (3) was playing at his home like any other day. His family members had failed to notice the wire hanging loose from the room’s fan and Shaikh’s proximity to it. The electricity connection of the wire was on. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile playing, Shaikh touched the wire and immediately got electrocuted. As Shaikh fell on the floor, some family members noticed and hurried inside. The electric connection of the fan was put off. Though he was rushed to hospital in no time, little Shaikh passed away just after the electrocution. His body was later sent for an autopsy. In another incident, two youths got electrocuted after an overhead electric wire fell on them. They were declared brought dead at Diamond Harbour District Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLocals informed that Sudip Majhi (23) and Jagai Dheri (20), residents of Goaldnari village at Falta were returning home riding a bicycle in the rain on Tuesday night. On reaching near Khorulia village, an overhead electrical wire fell on both of them. As the connection was alive, both of them got electrocuted and fell on the road. A passerby noticed them and rushed to their aid. After coming close to them, the rescuer noticed that both of them had come in contact with a live electric wire. Some locals used a wooden stick to separate the duo from the wire. Soon after Majhi and Dheri were rushed to hospital and declared dead.last_img read more