SUN 9th JAN 2000
8:00. Tammy goes to the food court to get the coffee and
chocolate croissants. What a kind person you are probably
thinking, but I see through this cunning plan for the
devilish work that it is. She is loose in the food court
with no one to control her, lock up your pastries!
Over to the Studios by 10:00. Today is the WDW Marathon
and they have been running for 4 hours as they pass
through the Studios at the 23 mile point. If I had to do
a marathon anywhere in the world it would be here. They
start and finish in Epcot and run through all 4 parks.
There are lots of people clapping and cheering and
encouraging them, including the CM's who are very
The actual park crowds are again minimal and we walk on
to the Tower of Terror. When I say 'we' I mean me, India
and Grandma. Tammy chickens out and stays with Georgia.
The new multi-drop sequence is good fun but does turn my
stomach over a bit. Maybe it's just because I have a weak
stomach, I am slightly prone to motion sickness.
Across to the Great Movie Ride which is again a walk on.
As we pass through the movie theatre India is reading the
film titles. When Fantasia comes up India reads about the
'Nutcracker Suet'. A real pudding that one. The Great
Movie Ride is still nice but could probably do with
On to Drew Carey's Sounds Dangerous. While we are waiting
to get in India is telling Georgia about Star Tours (one
of her favourites.) Apparently it is a 'stimulator' ride.
Now I had heard that it was going to have a rehab but
this may be going a bit too far! I enjoy the sound show,
but then again I have always enjoyed the sound booths and
this is just an extension of them.
Rock 'n Roller Coaster is next with fastpasses we got
earlier. This time India rides for the first time with
Tam. She says she has a headache when she gets off. I
don't think she was leaning her head back fully into the
While we are waiting for them to come off the ride
Georgia has been looking at the Tower of Terror and has
decided she knows how it works. She tells me that it goes
up and down because it has got string on it. So there you
go all you technical people, now you know.
As we entered the area in front of Rock 'n Roller Coaster
we see someone drop a bucket of popcorn on the floor by a
bench. I comment to Tam that I wonder if it will still be
there when we come out. Sure enough, as we leave it has
all been cleared away.
It's lunch next at the Backlot Express. I have the
chicken in a bun and Tammy has a hot dog. We are both
amazed when the girls decide to have something reasonably
healthy, a tuna sub.
The Muppets are next and we arrive perfectly to see the
whole pre-show. I like the construction guys putting up
the signs best. You have got to love the Muppets.
Next is Star Tours. Even at 2:30 this is still only a 10
minute wait. As we head off to Endor, Georgia asks if
this is real. A little later she asks in a slightly
worried voice if this is really happening. I tell her
that it is not but she doesn't look too convinced.
At 3:00 we leave the park with the temperature touching
80 and beautiful blue skies. We set the girls and Grandma
up by the pool and Tammy and I set out to pick up our
Interamerican hire car. Well, we are supposed to be
picked up at 4:00. At 4:15 they have not arrived so we
call again. They say that they have had a problem and
that the man is on his way. He finally arrives at 4:50
and off we go to get the car. He takes us to a place
called E-Z Car who then proceed to charge us $250 for 4
days rental (including insurance and taxes) which is not
bad but is certainly more than the $180 we were quoted.
Anyway, the guy does not seem interested in doing
anything about it only in repeatedly telling us that it
is a good rate. As we are stuck out in the middle of
nowhere we just take the car and make the best of it. I
suppose that it shows that sometimes it is better to
stick to the well known reputable names.
Back at the room we shower and change before going to the
lounge to enjoy a pitcher of beer and a plate of very
spicy chicken wings. These things must put the sales of
beer up no end.
We take a walk along the Sassagoula River to Port
Orleans. This is a very pretty walk, especially at night.
We sit in Scat Cat's Lounge and have more beer (at least
I do, the ladies have a coffee liqueur thing) and share a
huge plate of nachos with cheese and chilli and tomatoes
and peppers and onion and roasted iguana. OK, so I made
that last one up, but it seemed to have just about
everything else. We all attack it but it still defeats
A slow walk back to Dixie Landings sees us all in bed
just after 10:00 as we are going to venture off site for
the first time tomorrow.
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