Saturday, February 16, 2013

Disney by Sea and Land - Day 13

Day 13 - January 29

As the weather just keeps getting better all this week, today we are spending the day in EPCOT. After our usual morning routine, Iris picks us up and off we go.

We park and then walk to the entrance - stopping to take this shot just as it appears.


Our first destination is the new Test Track where we obtain our fastpasses for later in the day. We find that the attraction is closed at the moment due to technical difficulties, but since there is still quite some time until our fastpass window, we are hoping that they are back up and running by that time. We decide to head over to Universe of Energy - which is usually a stop we do later in the day as it is 45 minutes of sitting, but today we do it early. On our way there we see the Jamitors setting up and we stay to watch.



After Ellen's Energy Adventure in the Universe of Energy, which is long overdue for a new show by the way, we spend some time in Innoventions, and then walk over to Imagination.


It's now lunch time, so we find a table at the outdoor quick service restaurant at Mexico.


After we eat, we go inside and take the boat ride and do a little shopping before we head back out.



Since the crowd level is low today, when we pass Norway we head inside to ride Maelstrom which today is a walk-on.


Next, my wife and daughter walk through the store in China while I take some time to photograph the gardens - something I never spend enough time on. However, the weather today is as close to perfect as it can get and I am not melting from the heat - or chilled from the other extreme - so I walk around and get some nice shots.


It's almost time to return and attempt to use our fastpasses for Test Track, so we head back over to Future World. As we pass Test Track, we see that is has just now opened, and even the fastpass line is long, so we go into Mouse Gears to give the backlog a chance to clear before we come back and experience the new version of the attraction.


It's now mid-afternoon, and we know that tonight we have dinner reservations in France, but there is also another thing there that we want to check out, and if we want to do it, we need to do it now so that we don't spoil our appetite. The pastry shop has been moved from the small - and always crowded - shop it has always been in to a new location by the exit from the movie. My wife and daughter get a snack here while we take a break.


I decide that rather than get something here, I would get a crêpe at the stand outside. I get a blueberry crêpe and we take a table by the lagoon while I finish it. However, as we sit there it starts to drizzle which becomes a bit heavier, so we take cover. Happily it doesn't last long, and we decide to head over to the UK and see a performance by the British Revolution before it is time for our dinner.


Once the performance is over we head back to France and have a wonderful meal.

Tomorrow my daughter goes back to work, so it will be just my wife and myself, and we decide that since my wife missed seeing Enchanted Tales with Belle when we were there earlier in the week, and she wants to see it, we will be heading back to the Magic Kingdom tomorrow.