Yesterday Orlando, today the World (Epcot)...

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Nov 04, 2012

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Woke up quite early again this morning to strong winds whipping around the villa... hopefully it'll ease up and the parks will open as usual. We're taking in the delights of Epcot today, after a visit to Denny's for breakfast that is. Although this isn't a buffet restaurant, the portions are quite large and some of the group struggled a bit to finish, mind you, there's always someone to help out in situations like that...!!! When we got to Epcot it was already heaving, but as there are only a couple of rides to queue up for here, it shouldn't be too bad.

Bad News: Unfortunately "Test Track" is temporarily closed for refurbishment, which is a bit of a shame, still plenty of other stuff to enjoy though!
Good News: The weather has improved considerably, that wind has dropped and the sun is shining brightly!

We start with "Spaceship Earth", which has been much improved since we rode it in 2007, followed by "Ellen's Energy Adventure". Next on the agenda was "Mission: SPACE", and we were able to walk straight on to it, which was a surprise considering how many people there were entering the park. Here we completed a three month mission to Mars in no more than three minutes, no easy task let me tell you! Elaine seemed well pleased for some reason, I guess it could have been that it was Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) doing the recorded introductions...!!! From here we headed for "The Lands" where my favourite ride Soarin' is, and we're shocked to find a wait time of over an hour for it, so we got fast passes for later... but they couldn't be used for some five hours! This was amazing as it's usually only an hour or so before fast passes can be used. Obviously I'm not the only one who's favoutite ride it is...!!! No real worries though, we still had "The Seas" and the "World Pavillions" to visit. The Seas was relatively quiet by comparison and we walked straight on to "Nemo and Friends", then checked out the aquarium before heading for the World Pavillions.
So we started our world tour, which pleased Elaine for a second time today as the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival was in full swing here. This consists of numerous kiosks, from what seemed like every nation in the world, spread around the Pavillions offering their food specialties and wine from that region... seventh heaven for her... especially the wine part that is of course...!!! Our group fragmented a bit around here because of the huge crowds, but we all met up again... then split up again... and so it was until we finished the tour and met up again as arranged at The Lands, where Soarin' is located. At last we got on it, after a bit of a hold up just before we boarded due to "fog preventing take-off"... worth the wait though. I really, really like this ride, a great way to end our Epcot visit.

Time to think of where to go for dinner, and Elise fancied CiCi's Pizza & Pasta Buffet, which is where the terrific Magic Mining Co. Restaurant used to be. Another good call as it was on the way home and was excellent value at less than twenty bucks for three buffet dinners with 32oz sodas...!!! When we got back to the villa the rest of the group were already there and Shaun and the girls were playing volleyball in the pool. Not mentioned it before, but the televisions haven't worked here since we arrived, and this is apparently due to lightning taking out the cable box during a recent storm. The cable guy has been round but to no great effect. So it was an evening of musical tv's to get one to work in the lounge so Elaine, Rob & myself can watch the Formula One Grand Prix of India at 05:30 tomorrow morning...!!!

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