Day 2 in the parks- Epcot Day!
I always look forward to Epcot day. It is one of my favorites, hands down. However, it really isn’t good with alot of kids and with people that aren’t used to walking alot.
We had a 9:15am reservation for Akershus and I hoped the three girls were gonna be excited. We weren’t let down. The food was decent, the eggs a little runny, but the rest was good. They Princesses were fantastic! They all spent quite a bit of time at the table. The one negative was the “parade of Princesses”. The announcer said “stay at your table”, they will all come to your area. Well, that didn’t happen and my wife was bummed they didn’t get a photo of the girls doing their walk around the restaurant.
After Akershus, we went and used our fast passes I had grabbed on the way in to Soarin. We had a blast, that is just a great ride. One thing I did notice was that there seems to be more and more dust/dirt on the film. It is really irritating, especially if you spend alot of time editing video and always look for anomalies. After Soarin, I grabbed another fast pass to the ride and we headed straight over to Test Track. Everyone loved it and we then spent the remainder of the morning walking around catching Nemo and the Seas, Turtle Talk, and some other things.
Soon, we were back in the countries and started off in Canada, which is off from our norm. Disney had sent us a gift card making up for our bad Hoop Dee Doo experience in June, and my buddy and I wanted to put a small effort into “Drinking around the World”. We did skip a beer in Canada though and went right to England. After grabbing two Guiness, we sat down on the bench and started calling people in the phone booths and having fun. We got some great reactions, had some great talks with guests, and not a single person realized it was us. LOL. That is fun, you should try that!
We made our way around the countries, getting a turkey leg for the girls (I had promised) in the America site. Those things are great and much more tasty than we ever knew. Though they are expensive, I will have to try them again in the future. After a good round of drinks in almost every country and a good afternoon without much crowd we finally went to dinner in Biergarten.
I love Biergarten. The girls get to dance, have some fun, and the german food is fairly decent. We did have some nice Schofenhofer (sp?) beers and then had a good talk with our great waitress.
After dinner, we did have VIP viewing admission in Italy to see the fireworks. However, that Soarin pass was still burning a hole in my pocket and we rushed back up to ride Soarin again. After that, we didn’t even try to go back to Italy for the VIP area but instead went to torch 1 to watch the fireworks, hoping we could meet Soundgod as he was in the park filming the fireworks too.
We got great seats right up against the fence and were ready for the show. As it got dark, I noticed the second park host we had seen for the day was standing right next to me. I saw the man she was speaking with and noticed he had his daughter laughing and hanging onto his shoulder during the conversation. Being the emotional Dad I am, I thought “Wow, I hope my daughter is still like that with me in her teens” as this girl was. I looked over at them again, and noticed something else. This was the Zendaya girl that my daughter watches on “Shake it Up” over and over. I couldn’t pass it up, but I couldn’t let me daughter miss this opportunity. I threw a piece of ice at my daughter as she stood against the fence and gave her a “come here” motion with my finger. I whispered in her ear that Zendaya was standing 4 feet away from me, but I warned her to NOT draw attention to her as I didn’t want to ruin her viewing of the fireworks. My daughter and our friend’s daughters snuck over, spoke to her for a minute, and had a quick photo with her without anyone noticing. Only one other girl did it the whole time of the fireworks, and like my daughter, she was very quiet and sure to not bring attention as well. What a great experience for our daughter! All part of the Disney magic!
Anyway, great night, great fun, but we were WHOOPED. As soon as the great fireworks were over, we head back to POR to get some rest. What a fun experience for the girls!