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Relive your childhood at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

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I mentioned in a previous post that I recently went on a business trip to Baltimore, Maryland. On the last day, since my colleague and I had a few hours before heading to the airport, we decided to check out Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. It’s located downtown at Camden Station, right next to the Baltimore Orioles baseball stadium.

Now, I’ve read other reviews of Geppi’s and some people have complained about the $10.00 admission charge. (If you find one of their brochures around town or at a hotel, you can get $2.00 off.) Granted, that does seem like a lot for a somewhat small 8 room museum, but if you find at least one item in there that you remember having as a kid, it’s well worth the admission just for the nostalgia factor. I reached euphoria seeing the exact same Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lunchbox I had on my first day of school back in 1970.

As their brochure says, Geppi’s is a “breathtaking trip through 250 years of American pop culture.” (Well, maybe not breathtaking, but certainly awesome!) At any one time, the museum is home to more than 6,000 items: toys, dolls, games, movie posters, memorabilia, collectibles and hundreds of comic books, including some first editions. I’ll let my photos speak for themselves.

          

          

                                

So, take a trip back in time to your childhood, when your best friends were G.I. Joe, the Fonz and Charlie’s Angels. They’re all at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.

Dates of Visit:  October 2012

www.geppismuseum.com

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Bagpipes and Belly Dancing

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If you like world music, take a stroll around EPCOT’s World Showcase and get a taste of tunes from Canada to Mexico, Japan to Morocco.

In my opinion, the musical entertainment at the Walt Disney World theme parks is always first rate. I’ve rarely seen a show that’s not at least very good. And no matter what your taste in music, you can find something worth seeing, and hearing, at EPCOT.

MEXICO: Mariachi Cobre, a 12-piece Mexican Mariachi band, performs at the Mexico Pavilion. Originally formed in 1971, the group has been performing at EPCOT since it opened in 1982. With 3 guitars, 2 trumpets and 7 violins, they bring to life sounds of Mexican folk music.

GERMANY: Oktoberfest Musikanten performs traditional Bavarian music inside the Biergarten restaurant and outside in the courtyard of the Germany Pavilion. This 6-member group, decked out in German lederhosen and playing accordions, tubas and guitars, frolic to the oom-pah sounds of Germany.

UNITED STATES: The United States Pavilion features both the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps as well as the Voices of Liberty, inside the rotunda of the American Adventure building. The Fife & Drum Corps is a colonial-era band that plays the spirited patriotic music of early America. The Voices of Liberty is an 8-member a capella group that sings classic American songs like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Ol’ Man River,” and “Amazing Grace.”

JAPAN: Matsuriza performs on the huge Japanese Taiko drums at the Japan Pavilion. This percussion troupe was formed in 1998 and they play traditional works as well as their own compositions. You know when a Matsuriza performance is going on. You can hear it and feel it all the way across the World Showcase Lagoon.

MOROCCO: Mo’Rockin’ is a 6-person group that plays music from the Middle East, Africa, Spain and America. With traditional and modern instruments, they create original high-energy sounds that keep your feet tapping. And if you feel a bit adventurous, join the belly dancer and wiggle your hips to the beat.

UNITED KINGDOM: The newest addition to the EPCOT World Showcase musical groups is the British Revolution. They replaced the British Invasion who performed the music of the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and the like. The British Revolution performs hits from bands like Led Zepplin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones and the Police.

CANADA: I save the best for last. Off Kilter is a kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing Celtic rock band. I just love these guys. I have several of their albums. If you never thought a bagpipe could be part of a rock group, think again. These guys put on a kick ass show. They’ve been performing at the Canada Pavilion since 1997.

Next time you’re at EPCOT, why not take in a show or two? You may be surprised at what you hear. And maybe you’ll develop a taste for some new music.

Dates of Visit:  All the time!

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/

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