Ok, sorry for the delay in getting the next day of my report up, but here it is!
Day 2 - EPCOT!
We decided to kind of take it easy this trip so we didn’t get up at the crack of dawn and rush to get out in the mornings. We got up, showered and were at the Riverside Mill Food Court by 9:15 or so. Breakfast took us a little longer this morning than it would the rest of the trip because we had to figure out how the Dining Plan worked with counter service food. I had been under the impression that a “dessert” was not included with breakfast since that is what it said on some of the Dining Plan literature they sent us before we left Boston. I guess I was wrong because when we got up to the checkout, the very friendly and helpful hostess sent us all back to get a dessert. Most mornings we ended up getting a piece of fruit or a bag of chips that we would carry with us and snack on later in the day.
After breakfast, we headed over to EPCOT. My mom was insisting that I rent a wheelchair for the day but I was reluctant since I was able to hobble around on my own. Eventually, I decided to give it a try on foot in the morning around Future World and then rent the wheelchair later in the day when we headed over to World Showcase if I needed it.
We first got a FastPass for Soarin and headed over to TestTrack and rode standby. It took us no time at all to get through the line there and TT was great as always!! We then hit up Journey Into Your Imagination (I have to see Figment at least once each trip!) and then it was time for our Soarin FastPasses.
At Soarin, my dad chickened out at the entrance to the FP line. He also chickened out on this one when we were at Disneyland last summer (he has had problems with vertigo in the past so simulators sometimes give him trouble). My mom and I loved Soarin as much as we loved it at California Adventure. It did take us about 25 minutes to get through the line though, even with our FastPasses. We then headed over to Innoventions and just kind of played around for a while. We just happened to stumble upon the area they have set up for Disney Visa cardmembers to get a free photo with the characters so we headed in there with no wait. I cannot stress enough that if you have the Disney Visa, you MUST take advantage of this, especially if you have kids. It is a great private, quality experience with the characters. We are all adults and we even became giddy with excitement when we entered the room and Mickey, Minnie and Pluto ran up to greet us. It was so easy too, all I had to do was show my Disney Visa, they gave me two little cards to redeem at the Photo Center and that was it. A great, totally free Disney experience!!
After Innoventions, we headed over to Spaceship Earth, rode that and called it a day in Future World. We skipped Mission Space because my mom was unsure about it, my dad was nervous about his vertigo situation again and I was not too keen on putting all that pressure on my ankle. I have ridden it before though so I knew what I was missing.
We headed back to POR for a break around 2 ish. I iced my ankle and we freshened up. We headed back out to EPCOT around 4 for our 5 o’clock ADR at Le Cellier. We rented the wheelchair using my Disney Reward Dollars (we used these all week for incidentals like the wheelchair rentals, water bottle straps, etc). My dad pushed me over to Canada, we checked in and waited just a few minutes before being seated. We had another delicious dinner and another really great server. We had never eaten at Le Cellier before and really enjoyed it.
After stuffing ourselves silly for the 2nd night in a row, we headed to the UK to watch British Invasion and then to Canada to watch Off Kilter. Both were great shows. We then journeyed all the way around World Showcase to try and find some popcorn (the cart in the American Adventure was closed). Turns out we should have just stayed in Canada - there was a popcorn cart right there! But we had a nice stroll around World Showcase, so we had no real complaints. I must also say that I have always loved World Showcase but it looked even more impressive from my vantage point in the wheelchair all lit up at night.
After our stroll, we staked out a spot near France to watch Illuminations. Illuminations was amazing as always - it always makes me think of my time on the College Program during the Milennium Celebration and brings a little tear to my eye.
After Illuminations, we exited through the International Gateway, returned the wheelchair and walked over to the ESPN Club on the Boardwalk. Our trip happened to coincide with the last week of the baseball season and the Red Sox were battling the Yankees for the divisional title and we were very reluctant to miss a game. We hung out at the ESPN Club whcih was packed with battling Yankee and Red Sox fans each watching their own games in the bar area. After watching both teams lose, we took a cab from the Boardwalk back to POR (around $8) and called it a night.
Day 2 Highlight - Illuminations and more great food!
Day 2 Lowlight - The ankle again!