We headed out toward the World Showcase, and we made it to Mexico where I saw the margarita stand. Hold it everyone!!! I had to get me one of them! I wanted the multi-flavored one, except without the mango. Turns out they only had lime & strawberry margaritas left. Good enough for me! I bought me one of them $10 margaritas, and the kids saw it and wanted some too. So we all took turns sharing until the kids passed out. You see, I wanted them on their best behavior for our DIS meet.
Psych!! No way would I even let them have a taste of my margarita. It was mine, mine, mine! Oh yeah, and because it’s not good to give kids alcohol, blah, blah. Brooke had to go to the bathroom, and I told Rob to take her because, well, I just got my frozen margarita and I need to get over to Norway, so I had no time for kids and their potty breaks! Did I mention that I wanted to drink my margarita and that would get in the way too? The boys and I then slowly headed over to Norway.
I met up with a bunch of online DIS friends. It was a nice meet, lasting only about ½ hour. Then Rob started with the slightly mean looks, trying to get me to say goodbye so we could leave because the kids were acting up, and he didn’t feel like dealing with it alone. So, I waited until it was the best time to say goodbye. And off we went. It was time to get back to our room. The kids were tired and so were Rob & I.
On the walk toward the front of the park, I snapped this shot...
The ride back to the resort was uneventful. We all washed up, hopped into bed, and watched TV a bit. I set the alarm for 6:30 am tomorrow. So, to sum up our first day at Epcot, I think it all went very well. We all had fun. My feet hurt just a bit, but probably because I wasn't used to walking that much. Anything we missed we knew we could make up for when we returned on Thursday.
Stay tuned for Sunday, which is our Magic Kingdom day and another friend meet!!
On the way there we got side-tracked and stopped in the Imagination pavillion to ride Figment. I just thought it would be a quickie ride and browse around the building and then we could be off to Ellen. There was absolutely nobody waiting to go on Figment. It was really weird. Almost like, if it is this bad during busy season, then thoughts go to the mind that they will probably close this attraction down and come up with something else. So, we all got into our little ride vehicle and off we went ...
Look how little Brookie looks in her seat. I just thought this was amusing. Anyway, carry on ...
... and here is the star of the show. Pretty exciting picture, eh?
After the Figment attaction, we stayed in the building to check some things out. Here is my story about the mother whom I wanted to have words with but kept my cool ...
There are some areas in the building where your child can go up to a certain spot and wave their hands around, and they can hear music with lights (I think) on the wall in front of them. Each area can accommodate 2 kids. So I spotted the one area open with no one there, and I told Alec to go on up and try it. Just then another mom sees it and runs up with her 2 sons, puts one in one section quickly and turns around to put her other son in the next area. But Alec had just gotten up there. She took one look at Alec and let out a big sound, kinda like, “Huh!” She must have stood 1 foot away from Alec with her other son waiting with a mean look on her face for him to finish. It made Alec nervous. I told him to go ahead and don’t worry about it. I really was ready to tell the woman to back off. I mean, she was just about tapping her foot waiting for Alec to finish. All because she wanted her 2 boys together. I looked over, and there was the same exact kind of spot with 2 empty spaces right next to us, so I told Alec to come with me. I am amazed at how cool I kept myself because I don’t have a problem stating my mind if my kids are involved. Turns out she got her 2nd son there, took a picture, let him “play” for about 30 seconds and then rushed the kids off toward something else.
We went over to some computers where you could take your picture and email them to someone. The boys got their picture taken and then we morphed Evan into a lion. It was so cool, so we sent it to my dad and ourselves back home for souvenirs. Turns out my dad never received it nor did we. What a bummer!
Then we saw the musical floor. I remember the boys had a lot of fun here back in 2003. The kids still had fun and I let them have quite a bit of time just jumping around there. Here’s a little video of their fun ... Click here for a video of "Fun in the Imagination Pavillion"
Guess who shows up while we were there. Yup, the obnoxious mom. She let her boys play about another 30 seconds and then said, “Come on, let’s go here!” Now that is commando in it’s worst!
Next up, we noticed a bunch of pictures on the wall that we thought were really really cool. You could have your picture taken and they would “insert” you into different scenes throughout The World. One of them really caught our eye. It looked like you were flying over the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle. We wanted to have the 3 kids in that picture. But it was 6:55 pm, and the CM said that they couldn’t do it now. We knew we would be back on Thursday, so we said no problem.
Then the boys started saying that there’s Brookie’s picture on the wall. Even Brookie was saying there she was. Rob & I glanced over at this picture ...
Can you believe this picture? I mean I had to look at Brooke and the girl in the picture to make sure their hair was different that day because I thought it looked just like Brooke. It was really freaky for us to see that! In fact, it's still freaky thinking whoever that girl is and wondering what she looks like now.
Anywho, we had about ½ hour until we had to go to the "DIS meet" in Norway, so we let the kids play in the fountains a bit. Boy that was refreshing! Click here for a video of "Enjoying the Imagination Fountains"
And then we were off toward Norway to our big "DIS meet"!
Anywho, around we went and up the stairs. Glad we didn’t bring the strollers. Turns out that nobody really cared about looking around as much as I did. They went on ahead, and I tried my best to be a professional photographer.
Looking down toward the World Showcase ...
I turned around and saw this cute little nook with no one. I especially love taking scenic shots if no one is around ...
Looking toward the totem pole. I couldn’t get that couple out of my way. They just kept sitting there. How rude. Didn’t the know that I like to take pictures with nobody in them? Before any of you "correct" the picture for me, I have already corrected it in my personal album. This is what I already have in Photobucket.
I went back down the steps and around back toward Le Cellier to get the strollers. I was trying to get fancy with the lighting effect. Doesn’t quite cut it though, eh? (note my Canadian accent!)
And then I turned around and saw this. Quite lovely, so I took yet another scenic shot ...
My, oh my ... did I bore you with scenic pictures this time? Stay tuned for a bit of Imagination and a totally freaky picture!
Evan & Alec got the make-your-own sundaes, which they were very excited about. It was vanilla ice cream with a cherry. The 3 toppings included: chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and banana chips. They loved making their own sundaes with the chocolate sauce and sprinkles, but neither one wanted the banana chips. I took one out and attempted to bite it. It was very hard and I thought too big for the small ice cream bowl anyway. If they were fresh bananas, I thought it would be better.
Rob ordered the Crème Brulee sampler. He thought it was very good. I didn’t try it as I’m not into that type of dessert.
And now it’s time for my dessert. I ordered the Chocolate “Moose” and it was so cute! Plus it was very very yummy. I wish I could have eaten it all by myself, but Brookie took one look at it and I had to share it. I wanted to tell her to get her own, but I was cheap and didn’t want to pay for another, one so I shared. I even tried to trick her and give her the cookie ears, but she was on to me and wanted the chocolate part. Darn it all. But at least she loved it too.
Note: I believe that Le Cellier has now taken this item off of the menu. What a shame!
So, to sum up our meal here, except for my appetizer and Evan’s steak, the meal was wonderful. What a great way to begin our table service dinners on the Disney Disney Plan! The bill at the end was $145. Our cost for the DDP per day was just short of $100 per day … we got our money’s worth today!
Onto our main entrée selections …
Alec is not so much into steak now. He wanted the hotdog with fries.
He really liked it. That is, until the last quarter of the hotdog fell out of the bun and onto the floor. I could see that he was getting upset at that. He is my very sensitive child, and tears come easy to him. I quickly told him that was okay because he could have another piece of pretzel bread. I had stopped him from eating them, as he was eating just a bit too much. He was very happy that he could have some more.
Evan really wanted the kid’s sirloin steak. We asked Tamara if Evan could order the steak off the kid’s menu on the DDP without paying the extra $2, and she said absolutely. It came with some yummy looking fries. I don’t know if they were, as I didn’t sample them.
Evan immediately said that the steak smelled funny. Now, you need to know Evan. I think he has the most sensitive nose ever. He is always asking what stinks, smells … saying things like, “What is that DISGUSTING smell?” A lot of the times it is so exaggerated that we ignore him. Which is exactly what we did this time, except we reminded him that he wanted the steak and he should at least try it? He did try a piece and said it tasted awful. We told him to eat his fries. We weren’t that worried, as he had quite a bit of Rob’s duck, and he is not that big of an eater.
Did Rob & I order steak? You bet your dang tush we did! We ordered the same thing, except different. Okay, let me explain.
Rob ordered the 7-ounce Filet Mignon that comes with cream cheese mashed potatoes.
I ordered the same filet except, because I’m not a big fan of mashed potatoes, I asked if I could substitute for the roasted Yukon potatoes, which was no problem again.
We both absolutely loved our filets. They cut like “buttah”. The maple barbecue sauce was not overpowering at all and added just a good flavor to the filet. I must say that I am not a person who ever puts sauces or anything on my steaks. I am usually happy with salt and pepper. But this was delicious! Rob really liked the mashed potatoes, and I really liked my Yukon potatoes.
Nearing the end of our main entrees, Brookie woke up but was still sleepy. So, into Daddy’s arms she went …
Wait! How about a closer shot of the Sleeping Brookie?
She gradually awoke and ate some of Rob’s potatoes and some bread. She also had a couple bites of the filet.
Okay. Now here’s the sad part. Evan’s steak was sitting there with only one bite eaten, so I decided to try it. Well, it tasted horribly awful, and it did smell funny. I felt like the worst mommy at that point. I had Rob try it to make sure it wasn’t me, and he agreed. We should have listened to Evan, and maybe he could have gotten either something else or a new steak. But we were all done with the entrees at that point and ready for dessert. Next time I will take the time to listen to Evan even if it turns out to be him just being dramatic about his "smells”. At least he was looking forward to dessert
Here, have a glance at the dessert menu and try to guess what Rob & I each ordered. We each ordered something different.
As we were nearing Canada we looked down at Brooke and she was asleep in the stroller. Oh no … not for our first sit down meal! What were we going to do with her? I walked into Le Cellier, and I waited to check us in. The couple in front of us was asking if they could get a reservation to eat tonight. The CM (cast member) kindly said, “I’m sorry but we are completely booked for dinners until July 7th.” Whoa! I knew it was hard to get into the place but didn’t realize how booked they were. The couple was totally stunned and wanted the CM to help them make another ADR for someplace else in the Showcase. The only places available were Marrakesh, Biergarten, and Teppenaki. The couple shook their head and thanked them. So, as I checked us in, I asked if we could possibly have a table that we could bring the single light-weight stroller in. They said it would be no problem.
I ran outside and told Rob & the boys to come on in and bring Sleeping Brookie. The room was crowded with people waiting to be seated, but we did fit in. We had a prime view of the CMs singing “O Canada!” in both English and French –- at the same time. It was almost a show-off between 2 of the CMs, but it was very fun to watch.
We waited as everyone but us were seated, and then they finally sat us with the stroller. We were seated in the Quebec room (which is the first room you walk in to). Our waitress was Tamara and she was absolutely great with everything. She explained the room, the breads, refilled everything without asking. She was “spot on”! We took a couple of pictures before we received our food.
Evan drinking a chocolate shake (yes part of the DDP) and Rob.
... and me & Alec.
We were seated next to a server station, which I wasn’t sure if I would like or not, but it turned out that there was nobody on either side of us and we had more room, which was great as I had heard how some seats in here are very tight together. Everyone thought I was odd when I took this picture of the server’s station. I added Evan in there just to “make it look good”.
Right after I took that picture Rob asked, "Did you just take a picture of the server's station?" I said, "Of course I did. I have to show my friends where we sat for my report." He just shook his head and said I was crazy and no one would care. Do you all care? If the answer is no, then please not answer. Ha!
Also, it was the first of many shakes of the head whenever I wanted to take pictures of the food before anyone took a bite. The boys really did warm up to my food picture taking the more I did it.
Along came our scrumptious bread … and Evan smiling in between ...
… with butter.
Evan ordered the cheddar cheese soup for appetizer, which he didn’t really want but I told him he had to order something.
He didn’t eat it. I tried it and didn’t care for it, but I’m not into cheese soups anyway. Rob had a sip, and I can’t remember if he liked it but it pretty much just sat on the table.
Alec got the carrots & celery with ranch dip as an appetizer, which he also did not want but ate a couple carrots. No picture of that. I’m sure you can picture some sliced carrots and celery.
Rob ordered the Duck Two Ways which he absolutely loved! Evan loved it too and they shared that. In fact, I think they licked the plate clean.
Next it was my turn. Oh boy, I knew exactly what I wanted as I had seen so many pictures of it online. I ordered the Shrimp Cocktail.
It looked so good that I dug right in. Well, I didn’t like it. The shrimp were very mushy, and I didn’t like the spicy taste. I like spicy foods but not this one. I tried to take a few more bites but then gave up. Why eat something if you don’t like it? No one else would try it and I didn’t blame them.
Up next ... our entrees.
Brookie starts whining for something to drink. I hand her my pink lemonade slushie. No. She wants milk. Well, I didn’t have the credit card on me, and we still did not add the credit card to our KTTW cards (not that I had my KTTW card on me either). So, I had to distract her until Rob & the boys came off Mission:SPACE. Finally they emerge out of the gift shop. Seems like they took their time browsing the shop while Brookie & I waited outside in the heat. How sweet. Just for that I said, “Brookie wants milk now. I want to go on Mission:SPACE with the boys now.” So Rob goes off with Brookie and me & the boys take off to ride the green side of M:S. Now, I really wish we could have rode the orange side. I love things fast, but I did think the boys would be better this year staying on the green side.
Rob met us in the gift shop afterward and we browsed. Evan wanted to buy the spaceship from the ride. We told him we would be back in Epcot on Thursday, and if he wanted it then he could buy it then. He pouted just a tad but said okay. We did this because it was only our first day, and we didn’t want him spending his money just to spend it. Turns out later in the trip he was just spending it to spend it anyway. We made a good effort at first.
So we were all pretty hungry for lunch now that it was noon and prime eating time for everyone else. This was the first time to get our counter service meals on the DDP (Disney Dining Plan). We went over to the Electric Umbrella. I totally forgot about taking photos of this food, but I'm sure you can just imagine. Miraculously, there was no line when I approached the ordering station and ordered myself a chicken tenders combo with a fountain drink and sugar-free brownie. Alec insisted that he was not hungry and did not want to eat. I thought I would just share with him my meal should he decide that he was hungry. I assumed Rob would share with Brookie. I was wrong. Here’s the rest of our order: Rob gets a double cheeseburger combo with water and a sugar-free brownie, and Evan gets the chicken nuggets meal with grapes and applesauce with milk. When I questioned about a dessert for Evan I forgot it had to be one of the two sides. So I asked to change one of the sides but the CM, Topher, who was very kind and just added on pudding to the meal at no extra cost out of pocket or off the DDP. We ordered another fountain drink on snack credit for Alec’s drink.
It was very crowded so I told Rob to take the kids upstairs to find a table while I got the drinks at the fountain. Evan took one look at his chicken nuggets, made a face, and said no way was he eating those gross chicken things. But he was eyeing my tenders. Alec surprisingly announced that he was now hungry. So, I showed him Evan’s meal and he wanted it. I gave Evan one of my tenders and the applesauce. Brookie then wanted one of my tenders. I gave her half of one at first. Evan was asking for another but I had to draw the line at that point because I did want at least 1 tender for myself. I told Evan to eat the pudding which he was happy to do. Rob gobbled his whole meal down. I took one bite of the sugar-free brownie and thought, “Yuck.” I gave it to Alec who was more than happy to eat that up. Brookie was happy with the half piece of chicken tender and some grapes. Then she wanted a milk. I told Rob to run down and buy her a milk. Notice that I said BUY. But he used a snack credit for it and I thought that was a total waste of a credit because it was the tiniest milk ever, but I ignored it THIS TIME. Yes this whole incident comes back into play later in our trip so stay tuned.
We headed on over to The Land, and I pushed the double stroller while Rob pushed the light-weight Brookie stroller up the 90 degree walkway to the entrance doors. At least it felt like 90 degrees. We parked both strollers up near the entrance doors. We grabbed all essential stuff and went on in. Rob ran down to check out the deal with Soarin’, but the line was pretty long at that point and the fast pass time just did not work for us, so we skipped it knowing that we would be back on Thursday. I didn’t have much hope anyway, but we tried. So back out we went and got the kids back in the strollers and headed on over to The Seas with Nemo.
Luckily, it was next door. But do you know how hard it is to push a double stroller with 2 boys in it down a pretty steep grade? Let me tell you, it’s not easy, but I managed it without running over too many feet. Okay, no feet were injured by me at all during this trip. I was very courteous in my stroller pushing. Wish I could say the same for others. Oh well.
We were ready to ride The Seas with Nemo. But first, I had to take a couple pictures. Evan decided he did not want to be in the pics. Fine. Alec & Brookie were all I needed.
Oh shoot, I got Brookie’s buns. I turned Brookie around. That’s a good girl! Wasn’t Alec still looking cool in his shades?
I have heard stories about the line for either Crush or Nemo being very long outside the building. There was no line outside, so we walked into the building and the line for Nemo was snaking through at a very fast pace. We were on the ride in less than 5 minutes. The kids didn’t mind this line so much as they thought it was pretty cool to look at the “butt” floating on the ceiling. If you don’t get that joke, then you haven’t watched Finding Nemo – go rent it!! The ride was cute. After we got out of our clam shells, we kinda stood there deciding what to do next. Did we want to go look around at the fish? Did we want to check out Turtle Talk with Crush? I glanced over at Crush and people were starting to fill in the room, so we moseyed on in and let the kids explore a bit in Mr. Ray’s tank……
and some other tank.
Very shortly, they opened the doors to Crush, and in swarmed the people. Rob & I were lucky to snag a 3rd row seat while the kids sat on the floor on the end. The show was very good. We were laughing pretty hard and were amazed at the interaction. At one point Crush asked a mother of one of the kids what her name was. She was of Indian descent, and she told Crush her name, which was very long. Crush squinted one eye and raised the other and said, “I’m not even going to try to say that one, Dude,” to which the entire audience roared with laughter! This was one of our favorites and we said we would like to return here on Thursday.
We all started to wake up at around 8:30 am. I jumped into the shower first as it takes me the longest to get ready. I sent Rob over to Fulton’s gift shop to use 2 of our snack options -- we had the Disney Dining Plan, which included 1 table service (appetizer, entree, drink, and dessert), 1 counter service (entree, drink, and dessert), and 1 snack per day per person. I told him to get a quart of milk and a box of Entemenn’s donuts. I heard that this was a good deal for your snack credits. He came back with just that. The kids munched on the donuts but I was just to excited to get to Epcot, plus I don’t drink milk. I figured I would grab something in Epcot.
As we were getting ready to leave my cell phone rings. I was wondering who could possibly be calling me now. It was my dog sitter, Brandy. She said that she had picked up Jake, and he was very happy to go with her, even jumping right into her car. But when she brought him in her home, he immediately went over and pee'd on the kitchen floor and then proceeded to go over to her husband's weights and pee on them. My heart sank. This was totally not like Jake. He has never ever done that! Brandy just was worried that Jake would continue to do this even though he had never done that the previous time he stayed there. I asked her if she let him "do his business" around her home before she took him inside and she said no. I told her that we usually let him do that when we take him somewhere and I seriously doubt that Jake would do it again. We ended our conversation by the agreement that if Jake did not stop doing that, then she would take him back to our garage, and she would come and take him out 3 times a day. I tried to make my mind at ease with that, but there really was nothing I could do at that point but try to block it out and enjoy ourselves.
We had brought a pink lightweight Kolcraft stroller for Brookie and intended on renting a double stroller for our length of stay for the boys. This worked out very well all week, especially for getting Brookie to and from the bus stops. We were all ready and out the door by 9:45 am. We walked up to the bus stop and waited not too long for a bus. Here are the kids waiting at the South Depot of Port Orleans Riverside.
That's half of Rob to the left in the blue shirt and the girl behind the kids is me. Well, maybe not even close!
Luckily, we were able to sit down on the bus. It was standing room only though for the unlucky people who got on after us. So we headed on over to Epcot. I had Rob and the kids go through the area marked “guests without bags” and I scoped out the lines for the bag check and picked a winner! I was through that in no time flat. We went up to the turnstiles, and I gave everyone their Keys to the World cards. Rob pushed Brookie through the open gate that a CM had opened for the stroller.
That is when Brookie started her little hissy fit. She wanted a card too ... she wanted a card too ... she wanted a card too! My excitement quickly faded as she was really laying it on thick. I still managed to snap a shot of the Spaceship Earth.
We went over to the stroller rental, and I bought the week’s worth of double stroller rentals. Paying ahead of time saves you valuable time later!! Brookie had calmed down only a wee bit. So, no PhotoPass for us then. She was just too out of control. I had read on the official Walt Disney World website that Spaceship Earth was supposed to be closed down on June 22 and 23, so I already warned the family that we would not be going on it today but would definitely go on it when we returned on Thursday. Well, what a surprise it was to us when we saw people waiting in line to go on. We parked the strollers really quick and hopped in line ...
... and within a few short moments we were nearing the entrance.
Evan, Rob, and Brookie rode together in front.
After Spaceship Earth we started to walk to decide what to do. As we were walking I hear this lady shout out to me, “Are you DawnMaree?” I look over and do not recognize her at all. She says, “I’m Jackie.” Okay, I’m still drawing a blank but I think it was due to the heat, being tired, and having to deal with the cranky Brookie. This “Jackie lady” knew I was still puzzled, so she said, “I”m Sunlvr!” and then I knew it was one of online friends from the DISboards. Wow!! My first DIS meet! It was totally cool running into her. I still would have never recognized her as she had only posted one pic of herself and it was a profile in the car. Both her kids and mine wanted to get moving, so we said our goodbyes but knew we would be meeting up later in Norway for the big DIS meet with other "DISers".
At that time we decided to get Fast Passes for Mission:SPACE and ride Test Track because the line was only 20 minutes. Since Brookie was too small for Test Track, we grabbed a Child Swap pass, and Rob took her for a walk while Evan, Alec, and I hopped in line. No sooner did we get in line than there was an announcement that Test Track was currently down and the wait time would be extended. They said they would announce when it was back up and running. Great ... NOT! A bunch of people exited, but we stayed in line with hopes that it would get back up and running soon. About 5 minutes later they announced the same thing. More people left. I asked the boys if they wanted to leave and go on it later. No! They wanted to stay in line. So, we stayed in line. It was a very noisy wait but Alec had fun dancing to all the sounds.
Alec and Evan still waiting in line were the best they ever were while waiting in line. Soon enough Test Track was up and running and we quickly moved through the line. We ended up waiting 30 minutes was for Test Track. Since I didn’t get a PhotoPass card yet, I couldn’t scan it at the end to get our ride picture, and boy I was mad. I even forgot to "redneck” the picture. Oh well! It was cute. Just believe me.
So I called Rob, and he and Brookie were over at the “car wash” refreshment port. Brookie was having fun getting soaked in the streams of water. Of course, the boys had to join in and get wet. Boy it was tempting ...
Time was up for Mission:Space Fast Passes, so we headed over there and got another Child Wwap pass and then went to order a pink lemonade slushie. I asked the CM if they accepted a Visa gift card and he said in a flat voice, “No.” I said that stinks, and I was about to get another card out when he said, "I'm just razzing you.” Oh gee. He was hilarious, wasn’t he? I got the drink and started sucking it down, and in that 90 degree weather, it sure was good! Brookie was definitely cooler than I was. Here she is still wet from the car wash ...