Our plan for the next day was to drive to Epcot (Diamond Lot again - even closer), take the monorail over to the MK to finish off Tomorrowland, take the monorail around to the Grand Floridian to see the decorations and then carry on on the monorail back to Epcot for our 2:30 lunch at Rose & Crown and the Candlelight Processional. Worked out really well until we got to the MK - which was super-crowded. I swear I have given up trying to figure out Disney crowds. We managed to get in everything we had missed the day before, but by the time we finished up there was no time left for stopping off at the GF - ah well - the best laid plans of mice and men…We got to Epcot around 1 pm where it WASN’T crowded at all, and managed to do Living with the Land, The Living Seas with Nemo and take a few pics. The weather had turned cloudy and cold. We were just sitting down at our table at the Rose & Crown when the skies opened. We were glad to be inside where it was warm. I had chosen the R & C as part of the Candlelight Processional package. I took the latest ADR for lunch - so it was going to be sort of a late lunch, early dinner. Our server was Kate from Edinborough. Very pleasant girl. Our appetizers were good. I had the trio of English cheeses - an Irish blue cheese with candied walnuts, an English cheddar with apply chutney and a Stilton with onion jam. All were delicious. Neil had a trio of Cornish pasties which he really liked. The mushroom one tasted exactly like the mushroom turnovers I make. Kate told me not to order the roast beef & yorkshire pudding because she was ashamed to serve the yorkshire pudding to anyone. I told her I wouldn’t eat it if it was really terrible. It was. (Dixie - I swear it would bring tears to your eyes). It was more like a hockey puck than a yorkshire pudding. As someone who prides herself on light-as-air yorkshires I was totally appalled. Kate was right. The beef was “ok”. Too well-done for my liking, but the potatoes (mashed and roasted) and green beans were good. Neil had the fish 'n chips and honestly - they’re better from the Yorkshire Fish Shop Window. Anyway - the sticky toffee pudding was absolutely heavenly. Warm and creamy and toffeeish and delicious. (Soundgod, if you read this, I can assure you that I did not detect any dates at all in it). Once again, Neil was right. Lunch was not worth the money.
It was still raining when we lined up for the Candlelight Processional, but because of the reserved seating, we were under the roof and it was warm and dry. I can’t say enough about the CP - so beautiful. The music was wonderful. I love all Christmas music, but there is something special about the old Christmas carols. The lessons were read by a gospel singer - and I’m sorry I do forget his name. Was it Michael Smith? Anyway, he was very good and the whole program put me in the Christmas mood. I’d heartily endorse it to anyone. Even Neil enjoyed it although he said the trumpets made his ears hurt - man- he is SUCH a WUSS!
It was raining too hard to stay for the fireworks (if they even had them that night). Spmeone offered to take a picture of us in the rain - possibly the worst picture anyone ever took of anyone else - ever. But - you can see the rain!