DAY 3- THURSDAY 3rd MARCH 2011
Participants: Tam and Kev
The usual first
night on holiday ensues. Wake up look at the clock
2.30am. Try to go back to sleep. Look at the clock 3.15am,
then 5.18am (notice the accuracy of the timings, theres
attention to detail for you). Eventually we get up at 6.30am for
a shower. To be fair, it is not because the bed is uncomfortable
because its fine. It is also the size of a small football
pitch. You could happily get 4 people in here. Hmmm
if I can just find two Hooters girls with low morals and
appalling taste in men .....
It shows the difference between men and women as Tam considers the bed big enough to hold a large pile of cakes.
breakfast in the room cereal we bought in Publix
yesterday. It says that its 0% fat, but thats only
because its 100% sugar.
We leave the room at 8.15am and take the walkway across to the Contemporary to catch the monorail to the TTC and then on to Epcot. We go to Guest Services first because I found some old tickets at home and we werent sure if there are any days left on them. Well, it turns out that there are so we get a free day in Epcot. Result.
through the entrance and immediately ride Spaceship Earth as
its a walk on. We then walk to The Land and grab a Fastpass
for Soarin before jumping on Listen to the Land. I
shant bother to give my opinion on any of the rides, as
Im sure youve heard them many times before.
Lets just say we have a good time.
Tam now feels that the amount of sugar in her blood has dropped below 75% so we share a cheese Danish (best Peter Kay voice cheese? Danish?), which is very nice. We then walk around a few of the Flower and Garden Festival exhibits before walking straight on to Test Track via the single rider line.
A slow walk round World Showcase follows until we drop off our excess baggage (no, I dont mean Tam, we have long sleeve clothing in case it turns chilly tonight) in the lockers by the International Gateway.
Soarin where we use our Fastpasses, although we still wait
the best part of 20 minutes. We are now due to start our
exploration proper of World Showcase as its approaching
lunchtime. We intend to try the new Mexican restaurant, but are
disappointed to find that its only open in the evening.
Whats to be done when that happens? Head for the new
tequila bar! It turns out that this is a lovely new edition to
the Mexican pavilion. Probably only a dozen tables, but very
atmospheric and pleasant. Tam has a Wild Passion Fruit Margarita
and I try the Blood Orange Margarita. Not cheap at $12.50 each,
but very nice. They both have hibiscus salt on the rim. Let me
tell you, if youve never had your rim salted with hibiscus
nows the time to give it a try. Its both sweet
and salty at the same time.
Being a bit peckish we also have Guacamole and chips along with Chicken Tostadas. Both are very nice. Tam asks the server to take our photo. Just as she does a young lady sits down at the table next to us and immediately apologises as shes inadvertently jumped into our photo. I tell her not to worry as shes better looking than us two anyway. Had she been swifter of thought she could have pointed that could apply to 95% of the patrons in Epcot today.
Our bill comes to $54.33, which includes an $8 tip (the service was very good).
A stroll to the
Chinese pavilion sees us partaking of a Tsing Tao beer. It is now
very apparent that Tam is a little sleepy, so I suggest a slow
walk round to the Beach Club where we spend a very pleasant hour
lying in the sunshine its 78°F today with a light
breeze. We shouldnt be too hard on Tam, shes had
little sleep for the past two nights, although I suspect the
visit from Mr Margarita and Mr Tsing Tao have also had an
Its amazing that a spot only a couple of hundred yards from a theme park can be so quiet, just the toot from an occasional Friendship boat breaks the tranquillity.
Its sad that so many people keep trudging round the park all day getting grumpier and grumpier when just a brief amount of downtime can rejuvenate the batteries.
Tam awake and refreshed, we walk back to Epcot where we have a look around in Morocco. Im sure Ive read that this is the most authentic of all the countries in World Showcase as when Morocco were asked to participate they sent over a team of their own craftsmen to construct the pavilion. If this is not true I apologise and turn to my second theory it was built by Hobbits on their day off from their normal Hobbiting activites.
On to Italy
where Tam and I try a Rose Regale for the first time. I know this
is a much-loved drink by the ladies on the DIS, but its a
bit too sweet for me.
On to Japan where we have an ADR for 6.00pm in Tokyo Dining. We havent eaten here before, so we think it will be a nice change. We both have the Bento Box, which is a selection of 4 different things. Its quite nice, but overall we will not be rushing back here. The service is very good and there is an interesting demonstration on how to make sushi shown on a large screen, its just that I think there are better places for the money.
After eating we head round to the lockers to get our long sleeve gear for the evening as its starting to cool down. I wouldnt say its actually cold, but you certainly need a sweater of some description in the breeze.
A wander down
to Canada where I grab a Moosehead and then back to the UK hoping
to see the British Invasion. Well, either Ive misread the
timetable or they have cancelled for some reason as its all
quiet in good old Blighty. Ive since found out that
theyve now finished in Epcot for good, so its a real
shame we didnt get to see them one last time. Singing along
to Hey Jude on Millennium Eve with a 6 year old Georgia in my
arms is a memory Ill never forget.
Tam is in the need of something sweet, so we go to the Caramel Candy Shop in Germany. We share a Pecan Caramel Bar and a Chocolate Marshmallow on a stick. The latter is just ok, but the Pecan Bar is very good.
On to Mexico where we ride the Grand Fiesta Tour before ending up in the shop where a lady is making a glass animal. This is so interesting that we watch the whole process from start to finish. Unfortunately it doesnt go exactly to plan and a few bits and bobs break off and have to be repaired at various times. The lady jokes with Tam that she is making her nervous. I can see why as Tam has her nose practically pressed against the glass safety screen. The end product is a penguin bride complete with veil and flowers.
8.15pm, so we go to find our usual spot by Norway for Reflections
of Earth. I grab a beer and on my return find Tam talking to a
couple that have just got off the Dream. They noticed Tams
DVC bag as theyve just bought into Bay Lake Towers while on
It turns out that they are both police officers in a place called Henrico (pronounced Hen-rye-co) and tell us all about it. You get the impression from TV shows that all American cops are hardened, brash characters, but these officers are not the first Ive met and they have all been lovely, friendly people.
I ask the gentleman whether his job is getting harder in these tougher financial times and he says that, yes, crime is on the increase, but he professes some sympathy for people who really have little option but to turn to crime to survive.
They give us a cloth patch badge (the same as they stitch onto their uniforms) from the Henrico police department, which is in Virginia. The centre piece of the badge is the head of Pocahontas how cool is that?
Earth starts and we stand transfixed as always. After the
fireworks are finished we say goodbye to our police friends and
walk back towards the front of the park. This is a strange
experience for us as we normally exit through the International
Gateway to get back to our home resort at the Boardwalk.
The queue for the monorail is shorter than I expect and we are back at Bay Lake Towers quite quickly. Bed around 11.00pm after staring out of the window at the lovely view.
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