Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 27 – Last Tango in Epcot

Day 7 – 11/10/2014

I left the Imagination Pavilion and made my way to World Showcase. This would be my last visit to Food & Wine. I was near the Puerto Rico booth so I started there. I ordered the beef with rice ($4.50). I have it down as being just okay I think because they had these ready to go; wasn’t too memorable. While I was waiting for my food a couple came up to where you pick up food and just grabbed a plate. I guess he thought it was like Costco samples. You know Disney is not doing anything for free man. The CM asked for his receipt and I guess he learned. I ate my beef and went back to Canada for some more soup.
DSC05654IMG_0260– Carne guisada con arroz blanco: Slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice (gluten free)
IMG_0261– Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

Since I had already made my way on the Canada side I decided to start back in Mexico. On the way I passed the Desserts & Champagne booth and I had to get something sweet. I chose the dessert trio ($4.00) with a creamsicle, espresso cake, & cheesecake roll. The cheesecake roll was okay, the creamsicle was good, and the espresso cake was very good; despite me not liking coffee flavoring. DSC05658– Dessert Trio: Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll, and chocolate espresso opera cake

In Mexico I looked around the stalls a little before getting in line for The Gran Fiesta Tour. I didn’t get any food since I live in Arizona with tons of Mexican food.
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I hadn’t really been to the “top” part of World Showcase yet so I sped past Norway & China on my way to Germany. At the German booth I got the pasta gratin ($3.50). It was also just okay. It was supposed to have ham, but I don’t recall there being much if any. The Poland booth was nearby and I stopped for what would end up being my last booth 😦 From there I got the kielbasa pierogi ($5.25) & the apple pie drink ($8.75). The kielbasa was very good and the apple pie drink was great. I wish I had one right now. DSC05665
DSC05668DSC05669– Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese
DSC05670DSC05671– Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream & Frozen Szarlotka (apple pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

I continued along and did some browsing in Italy. I found this Italian candy I had bought the year before in Italy, Perugina Baci. I absolutely loved these so I had to buy a bag. I really should’ve bought more than one. They are like Hershey Kisses, but filled with a hazelnut filling and a whole hazelnut, basically one of the best things ever. I was ecstatic to find these. I passed the US and went to Japan to do some shopping. I looked around the main store a bit, but I was really after candy. I purchased a couple bags of candy to bring home.
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I had been to every country and checked off quite a few of my Food & Wine list. I really wanted to check out Stormalong Bay before we left and this was really the best time. I started walking out, but before I left I stopped and just took it all in for a couple minutes. World Showcase is one of my favorite parts of WDW, so just looking out over the lagoon for a couple minutes was a great way to say goodbye.
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I decided to walk back to Yacht Club and see what that was like. Probably not the best idea since my feet were already hurting, but oh well.
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Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 26 –

Day 7 – 11/10/2014

Having rolled solo through England I made my way towards Future World for my Living With the Land FP+. I was happy with the photos I took in Canada a couple days before so I didn’t stop there. I did have to stop and take a picture of the Imagination Pavilion with a monorail passing by. I only had to wait about 5 minutes for monorail Green to come through.
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I got to The Land and there was quite a line for Living With the Land. I was glad to have a FP+. I didn’t have a long wait before boarding the boat. LWTL was one of my favorite rides previously and I was slightly underwhelmed this time. I think because this time there weren’t as many fruits and veggies on the branches. Instead of these amazing 9-pound lemons, it was just a tree branch. I hadn’t really thought about the time of year affecting this ride, but it makes perfect sense. It’s a shame Moms wasn’t feeling good, I think she’d really enjoy the Behind the Seeds Tour. I’ll just add it to the list for the next trip.
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I wanted to explore the Aquarium in The Seas since other than eating at Coral Reef we didn’t really check it out last time. That was my next stop. I was trying to get a lot done today and rushing a little more than usual. Otherwise I couldn’t spent quite a long time there in all those viewing areas.
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I know I rode Journey Into Imagination on my first trip to WDW back in ’89, but I don’t have the memories of the ride to make me hate the new version. I enjoy it and since the wait was only about 5 minutes I got in line.
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The fountains around the Imagination Pavilion are great, so after exploring my Imagination I hung around and took some more photos. DSC05630
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DSC05643_HDRDSC05651_HDR– had to stop for a slightly different view as monorail Green passed by again.

Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 25 – I’ve Got the UK All To Myself

Day 7 – 11/10/2014

We woke up this morning and Moms wasn’t feeling too good again. She decided to rest in the room while I visited Epcot. I remember I had to get something from the car, but I don’t remember what. All I know is I took my camera with me.
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I opted to take a Friendship boat to Epcot instead of walking. I took a bunch of photos while waiting for the boat.
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I entered Epcot via the International Gateway and World Showcase wasn’t open yet. I didn’t mind though, that meant empty pavilions. I headed towards Future World where I had a FP+ for Living With the Land. On the way I stopped to enjoy a basically empty United Kingdom. I enjoyed being able to take photos in the day with not as many people around. Next time I may just have to spend a morning walking through an empty World Showcase. DSC05566
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Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 20 – Eating My Way Around the World

Day 5 – 11/8/2014: Part 20 – Eating My Way Around the World

After my steak and soup I continued deeper into Canada. O’Canada was about to start so I stayed to watch that. Circle-Vision is pretty confusing to watch, I found myself constantly looking around to see everything. I enjoyed the film and it made me want to visit Canada, so I guess it did it’s job.
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I continued onwards to the United Kingdom. I did a walk-through of the stores. I was mainly hoping to find some candies we don’t get like Kinder Buenos or a Quality Street bar, but alas it was not to be.
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I headed to France. I wanted to give the escargot a try during Food & Wine. That line was ridiculously long and I didn’t feel like waiting forever. Other than F&W lines, my timing was working out nicely since Impressions de France was a couple minutes away. I was glad to see seats, but I may or may not have started to fight some sleep in the darkened theater. Another item I was looking forward to try was the macaroon ice cream sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces. I opted for the chocolate on chocolate. I wanna hug whoever came up with that idea. So delicious. I had to stop for a Grand Marnier Orange Slush before I could leave France.
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The line for Belgium wasn’t terrible so I hopped in line for a waffle and beer. I went with the potato and beef waffle ($4.25) with the Leffe Blonde beer ($3.50). I’m not much of a beer drinker and the Leffe Blonde did nothing to change that, but the savory waffle was very good.
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– Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef with Leffe Blonde

I finished my Belgian meal and popped into Morocco since it was right next door. I did a little browsing in the shops before getting in line at their F&W booth. I got the Kefta pocket ($5.00), which was probably my least favorite F&W food. It wasn’t bad, it was kind of dry and could’ve used some sauce.
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DSC05191 – Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket

Japan was my next stop. I took some pictures around the torii gate before getting in line at the Japan booth for the hand roll ($4.95) and a Sake Sunrise ($7.50), both were very good. It was getting close to the time I had told Moms I’d be back so after eating I made my way out.
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DSC05208 – Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce with Sake Sunrise

Walt Disney World Trip Report Part 19: Back To Food & Wine

Day 5 – 11/8/2014

That Yak Attack packed a bit of a punch so I was feeling pretty good as I started on the Pangani Forest Trail. Parts of the trail were being refurbished, so there wasn’t much too see. To make matters worse, instead of people flowing in one direction, people were coming and going on the same paths so it felt really crowded. Luckily, one of the gorillas had just had a baby and that little thing was so cute. I was eager to get back to Epcot for some more Food & Wine Festival so I made my way towards the bus.
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An Epcot bus came to the bus stop right as I was walking up. Talk about good timing. I headed to the Festival Center to try and get a passport book and a small gift card. They were out of passports, but I got a free Godiva sample so it evened out. I put $50 on a gift card and headed out.
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– a presentation was going on, but I don’t know what it was on
– Godiva had a series of these, all made out of chocolate
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Outside of Star Wars and Disney, I’m a big fan of anything free. I couldn’t not stop in Club Cool since I was passing right by it. I’ve had the Beverly so I wasn’t too disappointed they were out of it. I got my free soda tastings, but I can never remember which ones I end up liking.
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This was the last weekend of Food & Wine and it was absolutely packed today. Every line was crazy long. It kind of killed that walk up and try something vibe since it looked like I’d be in line a minimum of 20 minutes. Eventually I found something I was willing to wait for. Canada’s booth. We ate at Le Cellier previously, so I was definitely in for a cheaper version of the filet ($7.25) and my favorite, Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup ($4.25). The soup was excellent of course, and the filet was very good, but not as good as I remember the actual Le Cellier version being last time.
DSC05142 – “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
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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.

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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.

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

WDW TR-282 – Imagination Pavilion

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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.

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WDW TR-298 – Chocolate Pecan Pie on the Rocks

WDW TR-299 – another shot of Victoria Gardens

WDW TR-300 – Moms & I

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WDW TR-340 – some expensive cuckoo clocks

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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