Friday, March 25, 2011

Day #164 No Bees at Disney World

I've just returned from four days in Florida. Yes, even though it was a vacation, I took my laptop so I could post each day. And no, I didn't mention Disney because I feel funny telling the world that my house is unattended (except for my wonderful friend Millie who stops by frequently to take care of my cats any time I'm out of state).

There's a lovely flower show going on in Epcot Center. And I spent most of the time looking for honeybees. I didn't see a single one. I guess they can't encourage bees there because of the thousands of people who might bother the bees by flailing their arms around. Still, with all the busy-ness going on around me, the place seemed oddly silent without any little buzz-ers flying around. Disney doesn’t seem to welcome bees.

The good news: there were bees in the 3-D program It’s Tough to be a Bug at Animal Kingdom.

You’ve probably been there—maybe many times—so I don’t need to talk about all the goings-on in WDW. My feet may take a few days to recover; you know that feeling.

Did I have a good time? Yes.

Am I happy to be home? Yes.

Will my bees have a happy welcome here when they arrive? YES!

BEEattitude for Day # 164:
       Blessed are those who welcome bees to their flowers, for they shall have the music of our buzzing.

One thing Fran is grateful for right now:
       The Animal Kingdom employee whose eyes lit up when she told us about her favorite white rhinos.   


AggiePete said...

Wow! Disneyworld! Have never been although when we lived in California we went to Disneyland all the time. And as soon as you said no bees there I thought of the animated movie A BEE'S LIFE with Jerry Seinfeld's voice as the main bee. Never saw it but will definitely have to. I know you had a great time and yes, alot of walking involved would create a lot of time for me with my tootsies propped up on a hasack!!
But time well spent. And the buzzing babies should be here soon - yea!!!

Fran Stewart said...

The trip felt like a last fling before my life changes forever. I can't see wanting to leave the bees unattended for days on end--at least not until we've gotten through a year or two together.

I can't believe my cat sitter would want to bee-sit!

Anonymous said...

We were last at Disney World in October 2010 and every flowerbed I looked at was covered with honeybees! My kids were running around and I was looking at all the bees. I even asked a guide where they kept the hives, since it seemed like they must have a number of managed hives nearby to have so many bees on the flowers.

Fran Stewart said...

Dear Anonymous -- I'm glad to hear you saw bees at Disney World. Maybe I was just looking at the wrong time of day (or wrong time of year?)

Thanks for sharing your experience with our BeesKnees community.

Melissa said...

Just got back from a full day at Epcot during the flower show, and not a SINGLE BEE was to be seen anywhere, which was disappointing. Not only were there no bees, I didn't see any bugs at dragonflys, no ladybugs, no flys either? Also, here's something seagulls. With all the lakes and water around Disney World, you would think there would be seagulls. I asked a random park employee about this, and she said she didn't know why there were no bees or no seagulls, but she did say in the morning before the park opens, the have "Egg Dogs" (some sort of Lab or Retriever breed) patrol the park areas, to search out nests, retrieving the eggs to better control the bird population. So with that info in mind, it makes me wonder what they are doing to elimate all insects from the parks as well...

Fran Stewart said...

Melissa - I hadn't heard about the search dogs. I can imagine what they do to eliminate the insects, though. It's called pesticides. If anyone has better information (something hopefully less ghastly), please let me know, and I'll issue an apology to DisneyWorld.