EPCOT – Attempting to Catch a Turtle

Trip Start Sep 12, 2009
Trip End Sep 19, 2009

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We believe that this was the day that the kids finally realized their Imperial slave role…because that's the only way we can explain their behavior…or maybe it's because they’re just kids.

After the morning ritual of getting Imperial coffee in the Imperial mug and watching the Imperial animals I took the kids to the Imperial store at the lodge to find a magnet…just in case we make it back home…which we didn’t think would be the case…but you never know.

Both of them were wild…as if we there isn't a mall five minutes in every direction from our house.

We left for EPCOT because we had kitchen duty at Norway Pavillion's Akershus restaurant…we had to go through the same search by the Uniformed Imperial guards who just took a quick look…maybe they thought we were bringing water for Nemo.

We stopped at the Innovations center where the kids played and we got some time to cool down and plan how to tell them about our Imperial assignments…we chickened out and let them play their little hearts out…hoping they will find as much joy serving the Empire.

As we walked along to the Akershus restaurant, we practiced a slicing motion to mimic the Norwegian Potato Slicer 2000…the newest and most advanced slicer in the Empire.  It seems that servitude was very popular since there were many Imperial slaves at the pavilion standing in-line to let the Imperial Norwegian worker know that they have arrived…on time…only to stand at another line to meet the beautiful and delightful Princess Belle …enchantress of beasts and dishes...in her bewitching yellow dress.

We fully expected Princess Belle to give us our daily assignments…finally…since other royalty has dutifully forgotten to give us our assignments…yet after finally being received 40 minutes after our appointed time…as to be expected from royalty but a black mark on the Empire’s record…we only took some pictures and were led into the kitchen.

Or so we thought…we were led into the dining room full of Imperial slaves…which was a bit tight and were fed breakfast.  In a true Imperial slave treatment we were expected to get the “cold” portion of the food from a slave cart but the hot portion was served to us.

How can we be good Imperial kitchen-slaves if we aren’t trusted with hot food?

While we were eating a bunch of princesses were roaming the room…no doubt evaluating our performance at bringing food from the “slave cart” to the table…or making sure we weren’t “Eating Nemo”.

After some (no so) gentle hints, this Cinderella “remembered” Isabella & Jakey from our previous attempt at servitude at her castle (a nice touch to and touché to the princess for getting the hint).

The princesses who came to evaluate us were:
Cinderella – mistress of mice and men
Snow White – enchantress of dwarves
Sleeping Beauty – Enemy to mythical creatures
Ariel – Friend to dentists’ nieces and the one rumored to have “lost Nemo”

After finishing to eat we made our way to the kitchen…only to be turned around and find ourselves outside.  Feeling we narrowly cheated a lifetime of servitude we made our way to the "The Seas with Nemo and Friends" attraction hoping to catch some fish to bring back to Princess Belle who might look upon us with a favorable eye in the future.

We climbed into our "clamobile" and got ready to catch some slippery fish.  Once the tour started we realized we are in for a lost cause.  The real fish were behind thick glass while the animated Finding Nemo characters were frolicking among them, teasing us to no end.

As we got out we made our way to "Turtle Talk with Crush", hoping to bring some turtles to Princess Belle for the evening’s festivities…again only to be met with failure for our objective (yet enjoyment from the show).  Before the show I ran to get some "Soarin'" faspass – not knowing if any of the Princesses would like a ride …or maybe just the benevolent dentist from "Finding Nemo" – savior of fish and sea life.

After we left, Jakey realized that there will be no turtle soup tonight and voiced his disappointment...loudly... as only a two year old can. 

To calm him down...because we're good parents...or had couldn't stand it anymore...it's hard to remember…we went to the "Circle of Life", a movie staring King Simba, Grand Poobah Pumbaa and Timon about the importance of protecting our planet…to show him how being an Imperial slave can benefit men kind…or so we’re told.

After the relaxing movie we made our way to the Spaceship Earth ride since Isabella wanted to go “inside the ball”…and she has us wrapped around her little finger (but don’t tell her).  The ride was great, both kids enjoyed it and so did we.  Jakey recognized the astronaut mural as “Buzz” which made his old man proud and hopeful that he will have a bright Imperial future.

We finished our tour at the Spaceship Eath Pavillion where we played some games, sent some e-postcards and dreaded the outside heat.  However, we quickly managed to avoid the heat by going into an Imperial animation store – we quickly got out due to the overexcited kids, but not before an Imperial artists who was sketching at the store proclaimed his exhilaration about the hand made autograph books.

As we made our way to take advantage of the "Soarin’" FasPasses afforded to us by the Empire, Jackey – again – decided he wanted turtle soup – at this point we just hurried in doors (again) to cool down (again) and go on a ride (again).  Since Jackey not only does not meet the Empire’s demand for slavery, but also doesn’t meet their height requirements Cheri was left to attend the tike while Daddy & Bella pretended they are Superman and Supergirl “Soarin’” above California.

Once we got out, Jackey was all smiles but Cheri was not.  It was then decided to forego the “tour around the world” in EPCOT...even though Daddy had his heart set on some delicious pastries from the French pavilion…but there is nothing I’m not willing to do for my beloved wife…and that includes giving up delicious French pastries.

We returned to the lodge…maybe they’ll let us clean the pool.

As it turned out we confused the lodge by returning so early and we got some “free time” to enjoy the pool...an unheard of and unprecedented event in the life of an Imperial slave.

Jakey and I kicked a ball with an idol image of Nemo...we tried to get them interested in dentistry...but worshiping evil is much more fun...or is it kicking evil...I get confused.

After dinner we took the kids to story time & participate in a short parade where they were taught how to play African drums to the glory of the Empire.

Cheri took Jakey to sleep while Isabella and I went to view the animals with night vision goggles.

First flying, now night vision – a truly superhero of a day.

Alas tomorrow....we forgo royalty in favor an early wake up call to go and serve Plutocrat Pooh & Tycoon Tigger...
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