Saturday, December 30, 2017

A SUPER ENTHUSED NEW YEAR CHAT! https://youtu.be/onpF511EzrE



Happy new year, my friends!! This video is a little chat where I share some thoughts to help us move into the New Year together inspired, motivated, and ENTHUSED! In this video, I share a little bit of my story and plans for my channel, as well as lessons learned in 2017 and goals and my theme for 2018! Remember, we all rise together! https://youtu.be/onpF511EzrE

Monday, December 25, 2017

Disney World Holiday Fun & Haunted Mansion Surprise! | Disney Vlog

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'Twas the Weekend Before Christmas at Walt Disney World, Florida! Join me to find out what the weekend before Christmas is like at Walt Disney World. Special decorations, dancing on Main Street USA, my attempt to experience Stitch's Great Escape one final time before it closes forever, and a peek into the Haunted Mansion’s Secret Hallway!!


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Flights of Wonder at Animal Kingdom (Dec 2017) https://youtu.be/iZm3CEgm1lo

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The beloved bird show, Flights of Wonder, is closing, with it’s last showing on 12/31/17. I traveled to Walt Disney World the weekend before Christmas 2017 to experience it one more time before it closes and it was as inspirational as ever.

“The world is our greatest gift, it’s up to all of us to take care of it for everyone.” -Flights of Wonder, 1998-2017.

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Hi! My name is Jackie and I am Super Enthused! Join me on weekly adventures to theme parks, historic sites, nerdy activities, road trips, comic shops, food & drink tastings, off-the-beaten-path Florida (and beyond!) and more.

My goal is to share adventures that both entertain and inform! I strive to provide tips, reviews, recommendations, background and insider information,  and travel inspiration! If you have requests or recommendations, please send them my way. Lots of fun & exciting plans on the horizon so please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the notification icon to share in the fun!! Thank you all for watching and for your support!

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Riding in a Holiday Boat Parade! https://youtu.be/eNPfdYUFRNE


A magical evening participating in a community holiday boat parade and canned food drive with good friends! This is one of many community boat parades that benefit charitable causes held all over south Florida during the holiday season. Some are made up of yachts, some of small vessels, but all are full of heart and the holiday spirit, Florida style! Hi! My name is Jackie and I am Super Enthused! Join me on adventures to theme parks, special events, road trips, comic shops, food & drink tastings, off-the-beaten-path Florida (and beyond!). Lots of exciting plans on the horizon so please SUBSCRIBE to make sure you don't miss a thing! Thank you for watching and for all your wonderful feedback!! I am so grateful to be here sharing my passions with a community of awesome people! Find me on Instagram @superenthused & Twitter @jackie_bluebird ! I love to hear from you! You can find more info & an archive of vlogs & blog posts here: http://ift.tt/1Xpx6Wf https://youtu.be/eNPfdYUFRNE

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village | Redland Trail Florida https://youtu.be/pq5Wl9qSKiM

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Join me on an enchanting stroll through Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village, part of the Historic Redland Tropical Trail in Homestead Florida. Cauley Square is the last railroad village in Florida that is now home to local artisans, crafters, creative vendors, studio space and restaurants.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

"Blue Friday" on Black Friday: Day Trip to Key Largo + Islamorada (video)


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A trip down overseas highway to paradise, flanked by the Gulf of Mexico on the west, and the Atlantic ocean on the east... Join us on a dog friendly day trip to the upper Florida Keys, including Key Largo and Islamorada, 3 months after Hurricane Irma. We dine, drink local craft beer, frolic, and watch the sunset with our Australian Cattle Dog, Utah. Locations visited: Islamorada Fish Company, Florida Keys Brewing Company, Caribbean Club.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Celebrating Mickey Mouse's Birthday at Walt Disney World 2017 (video)




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Celebrating Mickey Mouse's 89th birthday and Dapper Day at Walt Disney World (11/18/2017) Florida! The highlight of the day for me was singing happy birthday to Mickey with the Dapper Dan's on Mainstreet USA in front of the grand Christmas tree! Attractions featured include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirate's of the Caribbean (more of the bride auction scene "We Wants the Redhead!" before it is replaced with a new scene in early 2018!), as well as a ride on the Friendship boat between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Dined at San Angel Inn and sampled the hot chocolate flight at HS! Thank you for watching, hope you enjoy!!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Gingerbread Houses at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian & Contemporary Resorts 2017 (video)


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Closing out a fun weekend at Walt Disney World by visiting the magnificent gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Cinderella’s gingerbread castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. More videos from Mickey Mouse’s birthday weekend will be up this week! Thanks for watching, hope you enjoy!! PS spoiler alert - I tried not to give away all the hidden mickeys at the Cinderella gingerbread castle, but I do show a few of them in this video. PPS find me on Instagram @superenthused and Twitter @jackie_bluebird https://youtu.be/kJqs6hWKBy0

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Action Packed Day at Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot & Resorts (video)

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A super fun, action packed day visiting Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Epcot, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, the Grand Florida & more! Jam packed with fun and helpful tips! Attractions featured: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Pirate's of the Caribbean (full "We Wants the Redhead" bride auction scene), Journey into Imagination with Figment. Hope you enjoy!! Please share your thoughts & subscribe for more fun! Find me on instagram @superenthused and twitter @jackie_bluebird. Thanks for watching! https://youtu.be/kT76Mb9bCVo

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Animal Kingdom Fun Day (Oct 2017) (video)

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A beautiful fall day full of fun, rides and songs at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park! We see bats, tigers, birds, ride Expedition Everest, Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl, enjoy some Dole Whip and revel in the sunny glory that is Florida over the last weekend of October! Thanks for watching! Please subscribe for more fun and adventure - and find me on Instagram @superenthused and twitter @jackie_bluebird for more conversation, future Q & A & more! https://youtu.be/VIIPvMikwHc

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Ghost Stories at the Biltmore Hotel (video)

New vlog up for #vlogtober ! Let’s take a stroll around the haunted Miami Biltmore Hotel and talk about ghost stories! It's spooktacular!!www.youtube.com/superenthused

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Happy Vlogtober & happy Halloween season! Let's pay a visit to the sublimely ornate Miami Biltmore Hotel, a place on every "haunted Florida" list out there, to talk about some of it's haunted history!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween Store Adventures 2017 - FREE DAY OF HALLOWEEN FUN! (video)


You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a spookily fun day during the Halloween season! In this video, I’ll take you with me on a no-spend/low-spend Saturday full of eerie delights! Join me for some Halloween fun!! If you like silly, fun adventures, please give me a thumb’s up and subscribe to my channel, my fellow enthusiasts!! Also, share in the comments more ideas for no-spend or low-spend seasonal fun! Thanks for watching!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Epcot Food & Wine Festival + 35th Anniversary Weekend 2017 (video)

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My visit to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival 2017 during Epcot's 35th anniversary weekend! I had a blast riding the new Mission Space Green Earth Mission, the beloved classic Spaceship Earth, and the always fun Test Track, as well as sampling delights from all over the globe. Join me for my voyage around the world at Epcot and please subscribe for more adventures!!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Japanese Snack Tasting at Tate's Comics Fort Lauderdale, FL (video)

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Join me on a Japanese snack tasting adventure at Tate's Comics, one of South Florida's largest comic shops! I came, I tasted, I conquered! Have you tried any of these treats? Do you like seaweed on its own like that? Let me know in the comments, and please subscribe for more nerdy fun!!

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Disney Vlog: FALL ON MAIN STREET USA WALT DISNEY WORLD | SUPER ENTHUSED

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Join me on a stroll right down the middle of Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida (and a quick stop at Bayview Gifts at Disney's Contemporary Resort), to check out some fall/Halloween merchandise and theming. Please subscribe for more Disney & more fun adventures!

FALL ON MAIN STREET USA WALT DISNEY WORLD: SUPER ENTHUSED!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

SE #9: Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Preview of Pandora: World of Avatar, May 19, 2017


May 19, 2017: Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Preview of Pandora: World of Avatar

I had the opportunity to attend the Passholder Preview of Pandora World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom before the land opened to the public and was thoroughly impressed. Because the preview took place before Pandora's official opening, we were not able to experience the land at night, which I look forward to seeing in the future.

I queued up with fellow passholders around 1:30 PM for my 3:00 PM preview time. We were checked in promptly, with gates opening at 2:00 PM . Upon entering, I took in the details and praised the imagineers for their vision and execution. Pandora is a small land, with only two prominent attractions, leaving space for the land itself as an attraction. The attention to detail and small experiences possible at various locations add that additional dimension of immersion and entertainment that Disney is known for.

Attraction #1: Flight of Passage

I was able to walk right onto Flight of Passage with no line, so I took my time admiring the details.
The queue is long, winding and divided into several distinctly themed areas. Guests first enter through caves, scrawled with cave drawings and Na'vi markings. This leads to an industrial section with the feel of a secret underground headquarters; guests are made to feel as if they are being admitted into a restricted area. Another section of the queue is a dark, UV-A  lit forest with the sounds of rustling and chirping creatures piercing the dark; fans of the E.T. queue at Universal Studios will be delighted (as I was). A highlight of the queue is the laboratory area, lined with bubbling and churning experiments, and a full size Na'vi Avatar suspended in a tube of bubbling liquid. The craftsmanship of these effects is top notch. Guests will want to take their time inspecting each detail as they wind through the massive queue.

After a long, winding queue, guests are given a number and ushered into a chamber facing a large screen. Guests are instructed to stand on their assigned number. There was a glitch in my ride through as the cast member seemingly miscounted guests and assigned us numbers that did not work out, so everyone had to shift and missed out on part of the experience of being merged with an Avatar properly. A (too long) video plays within the chamber before guests are escorted into the room containing the ride vehicles. From what I have seen on YouTube of other guests experiences, it seems we also missed some parts of the video introductions. I also later learned that one of the large screens in the queue area (near the large banshee mural) was not active during my visit.

Upon entering the room with the ride vehicles, guests are instructed to put on their 3D glasses, place their bags in cubbies on the back wall, and mount the ride vehicles. I say mount because guests sit on the vehicle like a bike, legs straddled over either side, and leaning forward. A back support emerges and rests firmly upon guests' backs, securing you into a leaning forward, bike-riding type of position. I was a little nervous, but I found it unique and exciting. I love that Disney is engaging guests in a new way, rather than recycling the same ride mechanics.

I am generally not a fan of screen-based, 3D rides. There are enough of those at Universal and I prefer moving rides with animatronics and other forms of engagement. Having said that, Flight of Passage was/is pure fun. I screamed and laughed along with my fellow riders, and enjoyed the smells and bursts of air. The flying effect is truly well done, as your ride vehicle dips and turns along with the 3D images in front of you. The effect was dimmed just a bit by the fact that I could see the ride room through the corners of the 3D glasses, a flaw that I have experienced on every 3D, screen-based ride I have encountered. Overall, I left happy, with a huge grin on my face. Well done, Disney.














Attraction #2: Na'vi River Journey

After experiencing Flight of Passage, I made my way through the gift shop, out the other side, and over to the Na'vi River Journey attraction. Again, empty queue and a walk on experience, which I relished, soaking up all the detail the queue had to offer. Another long, winding queue, a foreshadow of long lines to come! The queue for Na'vi is beautiful, full of intricate detail, soft lighting with the sun filtering through. I boarded my ride boat and entered the dark river ride, gliding along smoothly. I am a huge fan of dark rides, and of boat rides, so I enjoyed this ride immensely. It's one of those relaxing, aesthetically pleasing attractions that's a perfect respite from a hot day or for tired feet. The use of screens blended into the scenery is interesting, though a bit too conspicuous. I couldn't help noticing that there were screens embedded into the scenery, whereas I think the point is for the screens to be less noticeable to guests. Still, it's a cool effect and I enjoyed it. The giant glowing leaves hovering above the boat, with insects hopping around, was one of my favorite effects.

The centerpiece of the River Journey is the one audio-animatronic featured in the entire land of Pandora (as of May 2017), the Na'vi Shaman, known as the Shaman of Songs. I wish there were more audio-animatronic characters featured on the River Journey, or anywhere else in Pandora for that matter, though that does not take away from the impression the Shaman makes when you encounter her. Her movements and facial expressions are organic feeling, flowing and natural. It really feels like she is singing and talking to you. The Shaman makes a great impression and a beautiful centerpiece for a lovely and relaxing boat ride. The boat ride felt to be about ten minutes long to me, though I have heard reports that it's shorter. There are quite a few full POV ride-through videos available on YouTube, though I recommend waiting until you can experience it in person!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park features the USS Alabama Batteship, the USS Drum submarine, and several beautiful historical aircraft. Be sure to download the free app consisting of an audio self guided tour for the best experience touring this massive battleship. Even without the app, navigating the interiors and exteriors of this impressive ship is a humbling experience. 






Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SUPER ENTHUSED BLOG: Touring the United States: 2005-2006 Part II

Touring the United States: 2005-2006 Part II.......

Spring 2005 Tour - It's the Only Road I know

04/29 Marietta, GA @ Swayzes venue (2543 Bells Ferry Rd. Suite 650) w/ Burke, Roosevelt's Plan
04/30 Chalmette, LA @ Mike & Brett's Mom's House (residential address) w/ Cinema City, Sally Stitches
05/02 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land (2610 Ashland Street @ W27th Street in the Heights) w/ Over Sea, Under Stone
05/03 Ft. Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill (1919 hemphill) w/ Dinosaur! Dinosaur!, Cri Nobody
05/04 Tulsa, Oklahoma @ Kafe Bona (81st and Memorial) w/ The Darlings (clubdarling.com)
05/05 Wichita, KS @ the Riot Room (on the corner of West. 13th/Perry 1403 N. Perry) w/ The Mathematicians (NY)
05/07 Athens, GA @ Tasty World (312 East Broad St) w/ Boulevard, An Epic At B



During my few years as a touring musician, I visited many cities in Texas, and loved every one of them. There really is something expansive and free about Texas and it's grand blue skies... I loved to point my face towards the sky, close my eyes, and feel that warm Texas sun. What I loved most about my visits to Texas were the people... in my travels throughout Texas, I experienced only kindness, and met all variety of people who I would consider to be salt of the earth.

The first show I played in Texas was at a place called Super Happy Fun Land. Now, I had been to dive bars and punk rock venues before, and I had seen beaten up, funky, weird places a-plenty, but SHFL was a bit of a shock to the system at first. It reminded me of the Foot Clan lair from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Graffiti all over the walls, ripped up, stinky couches, and crazy stuff everywhere. Total punk rock. Many of these punk rock venues look like hell, but that's the way they like it, and they tend to be managed and frequented by kind, caring, creative, talented and generally awesome people. Playing at venues like SHFL is always a treat; the audience is there to dance, rock out and have fun, no nonsense. and that creates an atmosphere conducive to completely rocking out. 

This same tour included a garage show in southern Louisiana, which of course also meant a visit to New Orleans. When I visited again post-Katrina, I saw the very same buildings we visited with the entire first destroyed, and people still living on the second floor. I saw piles of cars under highways, and rubble and debris everywhere. Over the past decade, I have visited New Orleans many times, and it was fascinating seeing the changes pre and post Katrina. Below is a 2005 photo of me playing in a garage in a suburb outside of New Orleans, having a blast and having stepped up from my first bass guitar to a Fender Jazz Bass. 




It was awesome playing shows in garages, living rooms and punk rock venues in the South. It's a very different experience from visiting as a tourist, or from more professionally booked tours. Being on the ground, dependent on locals, builds relationships in a very unique way. You are entertaining and bringing art to their town, and they are giving you a place to sleep, some food to eat, and introducing you to their town from a locals perspective. 

This particular tour began and ended in Georgia, as did many other tours, which made sense with Florida as home base. Georgia, to me, is tree-lined streets; stark contrasts; congested cities and lonesome, winding roads. It's boiled peanuts, small towns, friendly faces. Much like Florida, the people who actually live in Georgia may disagree with me, because Atlanta is a vastly different world than some of the smaller towns and cities. The place I spent the most time while touring Georgia was Athens, GA. Ten years ago, Athens was an artsy, hip college town, full of music, events and involved, engaged locals. I don't know if it's the same way now, ten years later. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure OPENING WEEKEND! Long Lines, Queue Tour & Tips!

Was it worth it? Watch to find out! On Friday, February 14th, I rode Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure for the first time on t...