Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios & adiós Disney!

Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

On Tuesday, we headed over to see the rest of Epcot.

The first thing we did was go to France in the "World Showcase" area and have some lunch. We went to a bakery and I had a ham and cheese baguette (YUM!) and Stu had a ham and cheese croissant. We also had an apple turnover which was delicious.

We looked around France a bit. The areas aren't very big and are mainly made up of gift shops but we stumbled upon a cinema and saw a film on France and it's landscapes. It was a huge screen that made it look like we were gliding over the countryside and the city of Paris. It was pretty cool.

We walked through Morocco, where we had dinner the previous night, and had a quick look at the gift shops there, spotted Aladdin and Jasmine, then moved on to Japan!

Again, not much to see but the buildings they've created look amazing. We went into a giant gift shop (full of Hello Kitty merchandise), where I bought some chewy lollies and a chocolate dip snack. All the gift shops are REALLY expensive, in all of Disney World actually, so we really didn't walk away with much most of the time.

We had a quick look in the USA part, which wasn't much apart from a building with photos of notable Americans.

Next was Italy. There was a clown juggling and performing out the front, and we were lucky enough to catch the "Ziti Sisters" show, a musical comedy group featuring an accordion. Stu was lucky enough to be a part of the show and played the role of "Superman". Later on when we were walking around a couple stopped in the their tracks and said "Oh look, it's superman!" which was very funny.

To finish our World Showcase experience, we saw a 360 degree show in China, ate a peanut butter cookie in Germany, and took a boat ride in Maelstrom and in Mexico.

At this stage it was getting dark so we headed over to the mysterious big ball that is the icon of Epcot. I had no idea what was inside. I thought it was an activities centre, but it was in fact, a ride! We took a journey through the evolution of the earth in regards to how we store information. It was very interesting.

We then lined up for the "Test Track" ride which had been busy all day. After waiting in line for at least 40 minutes, and listening to the voiceover say "The ride has been suspended due to technical difficulties" over and over again, we decided we'd give it a miss.

We had dinner booked for the "Le Cellier" restaurant in Canada at 8.50pm anyway, so we couldn't wait. It was really difficult to get the booking for this restaurant because it's super popular. When we got there, we saw why. The place is beautiful inside and the food is just as great. I ordered the pork and Stu got the filet mignon. We also ordered a side of "poutine" which are home made chips served with cheese and a red wine reduction - THE BEST!!!

That was the end of our day at Epcot.

Yesterday we went to the last and final park, Disney's Hollywood Studios.

We rode on the Aerosmith Rockin' Rollercoaster which was an awesome, fast inside coaster. It went upside down and we had our bags in the ride! That would never happen anywhere else. Most places make you leave your belongings in lockers, not Disney. Livin' on the edge.

We saw the Indiana Jones stunt show which was pretty terrible. There was more talking than there were stunts and it was all a little too patronising.

I had to check out the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" playground (it was one of my favourite movies!) so we took some photos then headed over to "The Great Movie Ride" which was a bus ride through some old movies that were recreated through puppets and set.

"The Hollywood Tower of Terror" ride was next, and I hated it at Disneyland, and I certainly hated it at Disneyworld. It goes up and down, up and down. It's a free-falling ride - horrible.

We had lunch at "50s Prime Time Diner" which was a STRANGE, strange place. The servers called you "kiddos" and "cousins" and when they presented us with the menu they said "this is what mamma's prepared for you today". They told us to eat our vegetables and keep our elbows off the table. It was funny, but a little creepy. We even got colouring books.

At 3pm we saw the "Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun" parade and for a little pre-show entertainment we watched a 5-year-old girl sing One Direction. She was cute.

We then did the backlot tour which was dismal. It literally took you around the corner, flew past some very cool props which meant I didn't get a chance to take any photos, went past the back of one of the stunt shows and back to the start. Horrible!

We went on the new Jack Sparrow ride/show which had a massive queue, saw the Little Mermaid musical/puppet show and finished the day with "Fantasmic!" a, and I quote, "fireworks, live actors, water effects, fire, music, several boats, decorated rafts and projections onto large mist screens featuring reworked Disney Animation" show.

We left Disney World with tired legs and having seen enough gift shops to last us a lifetime.

We are now just down the road at Holiday Inn, right across the road from Universal Studios where we will be going tomorrow (THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER IS THERE!!!)


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