August 30




A visit to Epcot, and Spectromagic and Wishes at the Magic Kingdom


We all needed to sleep in the next day, so we only made it to the food court at around 10. It was crowded as usual. We both had the Adult Breakfast Platter - Scrambled eggs, potatoes, biscuit, sausage and bacon again. A little after 11 we picked up our friends at the French Quarter.

We parked the car at the Ticket and Transportation Center, since our last stop of the day was supposed to be the Magic Kingdom today. We got on the Monorail to Epcot and enjoyed the ride there. We explored Future World and Mouse Gear and went on Journey into Imagination and we all rode Mission Space. Tom and Kristy went on the orange team while I tried the green team with Mary Ellen and Joe. The ride was fun as always, but we even had more fun sending postcards from Space to our friends at home.

 It was quite something to fit all 5 of us AND a mouse into the picture, but the finished result was just so much fun. We then went towards World Showcase and stopped to explore Mexico and do the Gran Fiesta Tour.We strolled through the “market” in front of the restaurant and had a look at all they have to offer there.

Tom then decided to go back and try to pick up Fast Passes for Soarin for later in the day. We were to meet again in Norway. The rest of us slowly made our way over to Norway, explored the Stave Church and went on Maelstrom. By the time we were done, Tom was back with the Fast Passes. Next stop for us was Germany. They all sampled “Mozartkugeln” that they sell in the Germany Pavillion, but they actually come from Austria!!We even checked out more merchandise from Austria in there. Mary Ellen and I had a look at the Goebel/Hummel figurines they sell before we all went over to Italy where we were supposed to have dinner.

Neither of us had dined there before and we wanted to try it before it closed or was replaced by some other restaurant. There was a little wait before we were shown to our table and handed the menus. I have to admit that this was the only restaurant where we encountered wait staff that was not Disneylike. Our waiter corrected the pronunciation of the dishes and was not very attentive. But the food was more than plenty and nice.

Joe tried the Fettuccine Alfredo - a platter of homemade egg noodles tossed in a special butter and parmigiano cheese while Kristy had Alfredo's Famous Caesar Salad - Romaine lettuce tossed in home made Caesar dressing and topped with smoked bacon and our own paper thin herbed crouton and Mary Ellen, Tom and I had the Mozzarella alla Caprese - Vine ripe red and yellow tomatoes with fresh bufala mozzarella imported from the Naples region with virgin olive oil, and fresh basil for starters.

Our main dishes were Lasagnette Pasticciate alla Modenese - Lasagne prepared Modenese style: strips of pasta layered with bolognese and cream sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese for Joe, Fettuccine Alla Vodka con Gamberoni - homemade fettuccine pasta in a slighly spicy tomato, cream and pepper-infused vodka sauce served with shrimp for Kristy and Ossobuco di Maiale - Slow roasted pork shank in a sauce of demiglace, porcini mushroom, barbera wine, tomato and gremoiata served with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables for Tom. Mary Ellen and I had decided on Arrosto di Vitello al Forno -Slow roasted veal with mushrooms, rosemary and deminglace sauce. Served with roasted potatoes and vegetables. And as before everything was VERY tasty and nice. Our desserts were the Nutella chocolate cake and the Tiramisu.

After the meal we stopped for a few more Photopass Photos outside Alfredo’s and took a FriendShip across the lagoon, since we were all VERY tired. Back in Future World Kristy decided to go home early since she wasn’t feeling to well. The rest of us explored Future World some more and finally went on Soarin.

Mary Ellen isn’t very keen on heights, but she agreed on trying row 1 with all of us. She actually liked it in the end! And so did all of us! We then slowly went towards the exit and took the Monorail back to the Magic Kingdom.

We arrived shortly before the Spectromagic Parade was about to start and Mary Ellen suggested to see it from the train station. GOOD idea. There were lots of people watching from up there! By the end of the parade Mary Ellen’s back was hurting real bad and she and Joe decided to go back to their hotel room, while we stayed to wait for the fireworks.

We both just LOVE the “US”-Disney fireworks, since DLRP hardly ever has fireworks! And Wishes is one of my all time favorites. We did a little more shopping and went on the Peoplemover before we checked out a spot near the Gibson Girl Ice-Cream Parlor to watch the fireworks. 

Needless to say they were as wonderful as always. Now if only Tink would learn to fly around the castle like she does in Anaheim, LOL! It seemed everyone wanted to leave immediately after the fireworks so there was a LONG line for the monorail, but we got on the 2nd one and even got on the first tram out to the parking lot.

We got into the car and went back to our resort. There was not much energy left, so we both fell into bed and went to sleep in no time.