DAY 13 - SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Awake at 7.45am. The aim is to leave at 8.45am to go to the Animal Kingdom so Susan can ride Expedition Everest. Unfortunately Deb has had a rough night and is feeling a little tired so she and Matt are going to have a relaxing morning.
The rest of us get the bus to the Animal Kingdom and are entering around 9.30am. Over to Expedition Everest where we get Fast Passes for 11.30am. As we walk past the monkey temple the monkeys are having a good time swinging on the ropes and generally entertaining the gathered crowd.
We go to Dinosaur next and are on in less than 5 minutes. Its India and Georgias first ever time, although Georgia doesnt actually see much as she keeps her eyes closed the whole time. This isnt going on her list of favourite attractions.
After this we take the train to Rafikis Planet watch. Susan has never done this before and we go into the rainforest sound booths before Georgia meets Pochahontas and has her photo taken. Daddy lurks at the back enviously.
They are doing
a routine check-up on a meerkat in the veterinary area and it is
fascinating to watch the team of people at work. The poor little
meerkat doubles as a pincushion he has so many injections. Susan
says he must have pretty good health insurance with all the
attention hes getting.
You could easily spend a couple of hours here seeing all there is to see, but its time to use our Fast passes for Expedition Everest. When I say we I dont mean me. I have decided that discretion is the better part of valour and decide to sit this one out. I would love to do it again, but the resultant illness is just not worth it.
I sit in the
viewing area at the bottom of the big drop and write up my trip
report. India says she is going to wave her red Hooters hat
(thats my girl) as she goes past and I actually manage to
spot her as they hurtle by.
Susan comes off the ride and says that she loved it. Constitution of an ox that woman.
It is now time
for lunch and we choose the Flame Tree Barbecue. Perhaps it
should be called a barbequeue as it takes nearly half an hour to
get our food. The best part about this place is that the seating
areas are split into many small sections covered in trees and
vegetation so it never seems too crowded.
We sit close to the lakeside with a fantastic view across the water to Expedition Everest. The food quality is mixed, we enjoy the BBQ beef sandwich but the ribs are a little dry.
My good friend Mr Beer enjoys a view of Expedition Everest.
Typical! As soon as there's a beer available the characters come sniffing round. It's mine I tell you, mine.
Having enjoyed a few hours in the Animal Kingdom we now catch the bus back to the Boardwalk. Waiting for us on our pillows are invitations to visit Ohana on Wednesday evening to celebrate both Georgia and Susans recent birthdays. Georgia is now 13,but wild horses will not make me divulge Susans age. A womans 60th birthday is her own business. Damn it, it just slipped out. You must admit from looking at her photos that she doesnt look anywhere near this. Shes a sort of Petronella Pan.
A rest by the quiet pool is called for. There are a few people around, but no children, as they prefer the slides and fun of the main pool. Its great just to relax and enjoy the perfect Florida sunshine, its 77° and clear blue skies today.
Back in the
room we met up with Deb and Matt who have been out to the Disney
Everyone showers and we are off to Epcot to eat at the Bistro de Paris in France at 5.40pm. This is quite a nice restaurant, but we dont have the best table and its always going to suffer in comparison to last nights excellent dining experience at Victoria and Alberts.
is quite unusual for dining in Epcot is that they dont rush
you at all, in fact we are still enjoying our meal over 2 hours
after we first entered the restaurant.
I have the consommé to start, which is actually rather lacking in taste. Me, Tam and Georgia have the lamb as our main course, while India tries the venison. Both are pretty good.
best thing about our meal is the crepe suzette Tam and I share
for dessert. This is prepared at our table by our French waiter,
Anthony. What sort of French name is that? Antoine or Maurice or
something, but Anthony? This is probably just jealousy on my part
as he is a rather good looking young chap and Tam and Ind are
fawning over him like love struck schoolgirls, which is probably
alright in Indias case, but somewhat embarrassing in
Anway, he cant even speak proper English like wot I can, with his Zis is ze dezzert madam. He do wanna lern to speak proper like we does in Gloucestershire.
Ze crepe suzette
Jealousy aside, he is actually a very personable and likeable server. The whole meal is not cheap, setting us back $200 for the 4 of us and this includes taking advantage of Deb and Matts Disney Dining Experience card. Thats the trouble with our girls growing up, cheap meals off the childrens menu are rarely an option even though I try to convince Georgia that the burger and fries are excellent here.
After the meal Deb and Matt go back to the room while the rest of us watch Reflections of Earth from Japan. This is a different experience for me and its ok, but never going to beat my favourite spot in Norway. One good thing is seeing the globe float out from close up.
Back at the
room we join Deb and Matt on the balcony for a nightcap. Matt and
Georgia continue teasing each other as they have been doing all
evening. When Deb tells Matt to stop it he says Well, she
Time for bed at 11.00pm.
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