Walt Disney World 2012 Trip Day 5 – Thursday 12/06/12: Time and World Travelers

Today we broke our “tradition” of visiting the park we visited the previous night. We had an ADR for Le Cellier for lunch, so Epcot was the plan today. The first ride of the day? Spaceship Earth of course.

WDW TR-272 – another shot of The Dome

WDW TR-273 – one of the many flower beds in Epcot

After another trip through history, we made our way to The Land. Living With the Land had a short wait so we rode that. Living With the Land is a slow boat ride through a big greenhouse where Disney grows food and plants in various forms of hydroponics. It’s pretty neat seeing all the ways they can grow food. Made me hungry.

WDW TR-274 WDW TR-275 WDW TR-276 WDW TR-277 WDW TR-278 WDW TR-279 – ride photos from Living With the Land

Since we had an early lunch planned, we decided to split a small breakfast at Sunshine Seasons. This time we opted for the breakfast panini and potatoes. I really enjoyed the panini. I don’t know if it was the bread or what, but something was kind of sweet which was a nice compliment to the savory nature of the bacon, egg, & cheese. Not like a McGriddle from McDonald’s, much better. The wait for Soaring was longer than we wanted to wait and we didn’t want to come back over here from World Showcase if we got fastpasses, so we skipped it this trip. Next on our agenda was a date with a little purple dragon. While I do have a vague memory of Figment from our previous trip, I don’t really remember the ride. I enjoyed this version and the catchy song.

WDW TR-280 – breakfast panini & potatoes

WDW TR-281 – duck family that was enthralling everybody around

WDW TR-282 – Imagination Pavilion

WDW TR-284 WDW TR-285 – Figment and his merchandise

WDW TR-283 WDW TR-286 WDW TR-287 WDW TR-288 WDW TR-289 – the grounds around the Imagination Pavilion

After taking some pictures around the Imagination Pavilion, we made our way to Canada for lunch and to start our trip around the World. Le Cellier was already on my list since I love cheese soups, but then once I started hearing about the filet, this became my number one spot to try and eat at. The only reservation I could get was with the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package for that evening, but I booked it anyways. The Canada Pavilion around the entrance to Le Cellier is incredibly beautiful, one of the best parts of World Showcase in my opinion. After a brief wait for the restaurant to open, where we got to see the cast members opening ritual of singing the Canadian theme song, we were seated and served our basket of bread. I of course ordered the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup while Moms ordered the Fried Rock Shrimp. The soup was excellent and Moms enjoyed her shrimp, if not a little spicy for her. We both got the Wild Mushroom Filet Mignon, Moms kept the risotto and I opted for the Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes on the side (thanks to the folks at WDWMagic for giving me the idea). I loved the filet, I thought it was great. For dessert, we both ordered this chocolate pecan pie on the rocks dish (I don’t remember the name and can’t quite find it online). We were both so stuffed we took the dessert to go, but before I boxed mine up, I had a spoonful and it was amazing. I wish I would’ve eaten more. Thoroughly stuffed we explored Canada a bit and then made our way to the United Kingdom.

WDW TR-290 – Victoria Gardens

WDW TR-291 – area around Le Cellier

WDW TR-292 WDW TR-293 – outside and inside of Le Cellier

WDW TR-294 – Le Cellier bread basket

WDW TR-295 – Canadian Cheese Soup

WDW TR-296 – Fried Rock Shrimp

WDW TR-297 – Wild Mushroom Filet Mignon with risotto

WDW TR-298 – Chocolate Pecan Pie on the Rocks

WDW TR-299 – another shot of Victoria Gardens

WDW TR-300 – Moms & I

WDW TR-301 WDW TR-302 – Canadian Pavilion

We both thought it would’ve been more authentic if the signature red telephone booths smelled of bodily fluids and were covered in adult magazines as that’s how all the ones we saw in London seemed to be. The UK Pavilion was cool with all it’s little nooks and crannies, even saw some Doctor Who stuff there.

WDW TR-304 – my favorite kind of character meeting, the kind with no line

WDW TR-303 WDW TR-305 WDW TR-306 – United Kingdom Pavilion

We continued our trip in France. We looked around in the stores & thought about getting a snack in the cafe, but the line was too long. I did stop at the drinks stand for a Grand Marnier Orange Slush. It was delicious, I wish I had one right now. The France Pavilion definitely had me missing Paris.

WDW TR-307 WDW TR-308 WDW TR-309 – France Pavilion

WDW TR-310 – Grand Marnier Orange Slush

Morocco was next on our itinerary. Walking through the shops was cool, but we didn’t buy anything.

WDW TR-311 WDW TR-312 WDW TR-314 – Morocco Pavilion

WDW TR-313 – Fez’s are cool

After a quick trip stop in Africa, Asia was calling us. Japan would be our next stop. I’ve wanted to go to Tokyo for at least a decade now, and the store in the Japan Pavilion is basically everything you could image that’s Japanese. It was awesome. I wanted to be real adventurous and try a bunch of different snacks, but the only we bought were some chopsticks. I guess I’ll save the Japanese snacks for when I visit. Moms went to find a place to sit and rest for a bit. I walked around the rest of the pavilion before joining her in front of the Katsura Grill for a bit. We both thought the food looked good and wanted to come back for dinner.

WDW TR-315  WDW TR-317 WDW TR-318 WDW TR-319 WDW TR-320 – Japan Pavilion

WDW TR-316 WDW TR-500 – store in Japan Pavilion

We left Japan for a quick stop back home in America. We had reserved seating for the first showing of the Candlelight Processional and a small line was already starting to form. Since the show was in front of the American Pavilion, we continued on to Italy, where we looked around very briefly. Our hotel in Venice gave us a free bottle of Prosecco upon check-in and I loved it, so now I order one whenever I get the chance. The drinks cart in front of the Italy Pavilion just happened to have Prosecco. Score!

WDW TR-321 – American Adventure Pavilion

WDW TR-322 WDW TR-323 WDW TR-324 – Italy Pavilion

WDW TR-325 – Prosecco in Italy

We sat for a minute while I drank my wine and just looked out over World Showcase Lagoon. We noticed a crowd behind us, so when I finished up we went to investigate. Turns out everybody was checking out the train set in the Germany Pavilion. We walked though that before making our way back to America to get in line for the Candlelight Processional.

WDW TR-326 – World Showcase Lagoon

WDW TR-327 WDW TR-328 WDW TR-329 – miniature train set in Germany

The Candlelight Processional is a retelling of the birth of Jesus by a celebrity narrator. There is an orchestra and a choir performing music between breaks of the narrator’s story. Our celebrity narrator was Blair Underwood and he was fantastic, as was the whole show. I didn’t really do a good job explaining the show beforehand to Moms, so she didn’t really know what to expect going in, but it ended up as one of the highlights of the trip for both of us. Between the Osborne Lights & the Candlelight Processional, it will be hard not to go back during Christmas for us.

WDW TR-330 WDW TR-331 WDW TR-332 WDW TR-333 – Candlelight Processional

After the fantastic show, we were both getting hungry. Katsura Grill in Japan still sounded good to us, so that was our choice. I had the chicken & beef teriyaki, while Moms had shrimp tempura udon. We both thought the food was very good, & marked it as a place we’d go back to if we get back to Disney World.

WDW TR-334

WDW TR-335 – chicken & beef teriyaki

WDW TR-336 – shrimp tempura udon

Moms was about done for the day, but still wanted to finish up our world trip. We stopped back in America to get inspired by the American Adventure show.

WDW TR-337

Freshly patriotic, we visited Germany. Moms bought a teddy bear suitcase for her Build-A-Bear back home, while I pretended to drink out of seemingly every stein in the store.

WDW TR-338 – Germany Pavilion

WDW TR-339 – drinking from a stein

WDW TR-340 – some expensive cuckoo clocks

WDW TR-341

We returned to Asia once more for a quick look around the China Pavilion. The store had some really neat things in there, but we were too tired to really shop properly.

WDW TR-342

WDW TR-343 WDW TR-344 – terracotta soldiers

WDW TR-345

Since we had already seen Norway & Mexico, our trip around the World was finished. After a whole day without a break, we were too exhausted to take advantage of the reserved viewing of Illuminations, especially since we had already seen it.

WDW TR-346 – Norway at night agian

WDW TR-347

We made our way back to the Monorail and went back to the Poly.  As we got back to, the Electric Water Pageant was going on, so I watched some of that before watching Wishes from the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon to end the night.

WDW TR-348 – Electric Water Pageant

WDW TR-349 WDW TR-350 WDW TR-351 – Wishes

Oh, and our desserts from lunch.  The cups they gave us to keep them started to break, and the desserts started melting and we ended up throwing them away.  It was quite possibly the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, and I regret it still.

Tomorrow, we visit the last park.

Link to Day 1

Link to Day 6


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