Tuesday, December 6th, the El family made our way to EPCOT. But first….WAFFLES!
Of course, precious little in Disney World does not have the imprimatur of Mickey’s head in some form or fashion. Still, these waffles look unique and they taste great. Seriously, there are few things that taste better than a Mickey Mouse waffle. So our day began with a short walk over to the Old Port Royale to find some waffles. Which we did. What we didn’t find, right away at least, was a place to eat them.
And the waffles? The waffles were so GOOD!
Disney calls it Spaceship Earth which made the news the night before by being transformed into the Death Star in advance of the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (Coming to a theater near you. Check your local listings.)
Here’s the thing about Florida: it hardly ever rains and then it does… a LOT!
"You know, I'm gonna swim back into the big ol' blue, dudes."
There's even a section of the World Showcase that looks at that strange and exotic land known as... AMERICA!
Inside the American exhibit (AMERICA!) is a show combining film, animations and automatons to tell the story of... AMERICA! While we were there, there was an exhibit of Washington buildings and such made out of gingerbread.
Inside the capital were little gingerbread politicians. You could tell they were politicians; they weren't doing anything.
Right across from EPCOT's America (AMERICA!) was a performance by a choir and orchestra performing Christmas music.
In our previous visits in 2009 and 2011, we had dinner in the Norway exhibit. In a bid to keep me from saying the word "fjord" way too many times with what I think is a perfectly acceptable Norwegian accent, this trip we had dinner in China at a restaurant called Nine Dragons. It was a very lovely place to eat. Randie had a fish entree that was not deep fried in stick form.
I'm not sure what the story is with Randie's expression in this photo. Maybe this is the part where I explained just how much food costs in Disney World.
I really like EPCOT's World Showcase at night. Yes, it's a collection of facades to look like different parts of the world but in the place of shadows on light, one can almost get lost in the fantasy of strolling through a different country. And the lights along the edge of the lagoon at the center of the showcase are always a beautiful sight to see.
Speaking of the lagoon...
We stayed to watch EPCOT's fireworks show which takes place in the heart of the lagoon. I groused a bit about having to stay for the show in the Magic Kingdom the night before. But this is one show I can really get behind sticking around to watch. First of all, fireworks are just a part of the spectacle. At the center of it all over the water is an illuminated globe with light and images dancing over it's surface. The sky is split with lasers while plumes of fire dance on the water. And then there is the fireworks which are among the most spectacular I have ever seen. I don't have any pictures of it because it's such an entrancing spectacle, I don't even think to hold up my phone. But here's a pic I found online to give you a taste of it.
And a fun time was had by all.
But it was time to go.
And fun time was over.
We had spent even longer at EPCOT on Tuesday than we did Magic Kingdom on Monday so we were very tired. Still, we had to stagger with what felt like thousands of people as we all made our way to the exit. My feet felt like a pair of cacti that were on fire as the bones in my lower back were grinding to dust. Finally we make it to the bus. Where's it's standing room only once more. At least this time the Random Cheerleader Zombies were relatively few in number and not causing too much trouble.
The previous night we made the mistake of disembarking our bus at the Martinique stop because our rooms were in the Martinique section of the Caribbean Beach Resort. This time we were smart and exited at Old Port Royale instead.
And wandered about as we wondered where our room was. Our room was in building 25. We found building 26, then 24, then 26 again. After much painful weary wondering about, we finally found our building and eventually found our room. It took two nights of trial and error but we finally figured out how to get back to our room.
Ah, the joys of being on vacation.
Hey there! The blog goes live with another post at 5 PM Eastern Time in the United States as we look at Wonder Woman's employment status. Answer: not good.
And we're back live with another post 12 hours after that as my family's adventures continue in the Friggin' Happiest Friggin' Place On Friggin' Earth with Part Four of Disney Daze.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.
|This is a panoramic shot taken by Randie of the World Showcase lagoon shoreline.|