On to part 2 of our trip! Enjoy!
Day 6 - November 11 - EPCOT
On to our tour! We decided this year to go for the Treasures of the World Showcase tour. It was really a toss up between this one, the Future World tour or the Gardens of EPCOT Tour. I had done the Steam Train tour and the Keys To The Kingdom tour, which were both great, but Lori had not done any of the tours. We arrived early at EPCOT and waited around while the tour groups formed. Our group was huge! 25 people. Not what we were expecting.
Our guide was a Disney Photographer who had started doing these tours on the side. We started with a brief EPCOT history lesson and moved into the Showcase. We started in Mexico and moved our way around. Learned some neat stuff, and we were shown some hidden mickeys but overall I wasn't that impressed with this tour. The guide was fine, but I think the group was too large. We'll try another one next time.
So, over to Mexico for a bite to eat. Then, we walked back towards France and took the exit there towards the EPCOT resorts to wander around. The Yacht & Beach club are beautiful! Very nice. Maybe one day we'll be able to afford to stay there. Swan & Dolphin are not impressive at all. Very hotel like. No real character. Boardwalk is neat. I think it would be better when it's busier and more is going on on the boardwalk itself. We wandered around there for a couple of hours before heading back to EPCOT. Rode Spaceship Earth one last time and back to Port Orleans. We went over to Riverside and had nachos and onion soup for dinner in the lounge, followed by a relaxing stroll back to our room.
Day 7 - November 12 - MGM Studios
We were originally going to do MGM on Saturday, until I found out about the Super Soap Weekend! So, here we are on Friday. First thing, Lori has to go to the washroom. I think she visited every restroom in WDW this trip!
Anyways, while I was waiting two of the characters, the Mayor and Rosie were having an encounter, which resulted in Rosie fainting in the street. So, a volunteer was needed. I was minding my own business, but the Mayor came over and grabbed me to revive Rosie with a kiss on the cheek! Lori comes out of the bathroom to find me in the middle of a circle of guests bending down to kiss Rosie, who promptly grabbed me and gave me a big kiss! It left a huge lipstick mark on my cheek that was very hard to remove! I always love the characters at MGM but never thought I'd be involved.
OK, we go over and get Tower of Terror fastpass, and head back to the Magic of Disney Animation. This was in rehab last year so I'm interested in seeing what's been done. Neat little presentation followed by interactive things and characters from the Incredibles. We get to go in and draw Goofy and take our drawing with us. Not really frameable, but not bad! Then I zip through One Man's Dream and take some pictures of the models. To own one of the Disney models! That'd be a dream come true. Lori has no interest in this when she can be sitting in the sun! Next we do the Backstage Tram Tour. This seems to have been really shortened. Still neat, but I loved when you went through the old streets as well. Did get to see where the new stunt show will be though.
On to Tower of Terror. This is the ride I really look forward to every trip! Too bad you miss most of the queue when you use fastpass though! This is a great ride. From there we grab Rock'n'Roller Coaster fastpass and move on. We really zig-zagged around MGM this time. Over to Star Tours, which I ride myself (Lori is in the sun!) and on to Muppetvision, which we missed last trip. We check out the San Fransisco street, which is neat, but covered in Osborne Christmas lights, and work our way back to Aerosmith. After the coaster we grab an ice cream at Hollywood Scoops and move to Millionaire. We get there and it's last call for the next show. Lori's dissappointed she can't quite finish our ice cream but we sit down as the show begins. This one's actually quite fun. Never done it before.
We check the movie ride but it's a long wait so we go over to Indy and check out the stunt show. This is as fun as always. Afterwards I go to pull the rope in the mine shaft, but it's not working.
Time for some shopping! We spend some time wandering around the shops. The Antiques & Curios store is always a favorite, but a major dissappointment this year. Where did everything go?? TOT has a short wait, so we ride it again as dusk is settling in. We wander some more before heading over to Fantasmic! We're very late and get standing room only. Not bad though. We head back to Port Orleans for dinner. I have the pot roast, which is excellent! A quick swim and it's off to bed. Only one more full day to go!
Day 8 - November 13 - Animal Kingdom
OK, our last full day. On to Animal Kingdom. We slowly wander in and take the time to see the animals near the entrance. Most people walk right by them, and we have in the past, but we're in no hurry today. We walk right in to It's Tough To Be A Bug. It's great seeing the detail on the Tree of Life up close. Next, on to Dinoland USA and Dinosaur. A very short wait so we go right in. Very rough ride on this one, but it's fun. Next, Primeval Whirl. They only have one side going, but the wait still isn't long. This is also very fun! We walk through Asia and onto the Kali River Rapids. Now, our first time on this ride we were the ones who got soaked! Last year we skipped it 'cause it was a cool day, but decide to ride it today. What happens? We get soaked!! I actually took off my shirt to wring it out after the ride. We wander through the Maharajah Jungle Trek to dry off. One of the bats is actually moving around, so that's neat to see. We were also shown a hidden mickey near the Tigers.
So, off to the Flame Tree Barbeque for lunch. Very good pork sandwich! Next we see the bird show, which is always fun. After, I grab some popcorn and we lounge overlooking the Tree of Life for a while (in the Sun!).
We then grab fastpass for the Kilimanjaro Safari and head to Rafiki's Planet Watch to pet some animals. As hoped, we get to she the talking trashcan rolling around and interacting with the guests!
Onto the Safari. Always fun, but not many animals in view this trip. We follow the jungle trail and watch some submerged hippos for a while. A cast member is more than happy to talk to us about them. Very interesting stuff. One more ride on the Safari. The wait is short this time. Lots of animals this trip! Even the Cheetah is moving about. And the giraffes are really close.
As the park closes we head over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge where we have priority seating for Boma. Again we chose a buffet! I don't think we meant to spend the whole trip eating at buffet or counter service restaurants, but that's the way it worked out this trip! Anyways, we were early, so we were able to spend some time wandering around, which I love to do. What a great looking resort! Giraffe's and zebras were out on the savannah. The pool area looks great. Too bad is seems so out of the way from everything except the Animal Kingdom! Dinner was great. You have to go there willing to try new things and you'll have a great meal. From cornmeal to fufu to harira soup, everything was very good. I would definitely go back and try this one again some time. So, that's the end of our last full day, and I'm starting to feel like a cold is coming on! Home to bed.
Day 9 - November 14 - Home
Well, I wake up feeling worse. Sore throat, headache, etc.. Well, it's our last hours here and we're going to enjoy it! We check out and store our luggage before heading to Downtown Disney to finally do some shopping. We wander around the marketplace picking things up here and there. Not too much this trip. Then it's over to check out the Fistival of the Masters. We stop for a pretzel and a rest. Still not feeling great. Then it's on to McDonald's for some lunch. A bit more shopping and we take the boat back to the resort. Eating has helped a bit and I feel a bit better. We lounge by the pool for a while before going to meet our Mears shuttle. It's right on time. It's bye-bye Disney as we head for the airport. What a quick week! Orlando to Philly. Philly to Buffalo. Pick up the car and we're home in Hamilton at about 2am. Now we can start planning our California trip for May!
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