Day 67- Epcot

It is a chilly day and we are off to Epcot! We bundle up and head out for the parks. As we are passing through Disney property, we see 10 Osceola Wild Turkeys, and they are huge! We get to the Epcot parking lot, catch the tram, and are off to the front entrance of Epcot.

There are a lot of people going through bag check, we get our bags checked, scan our MagicBands, and enjoy seeing the new Christmas topiaries near the entrance! We see a young mom taking a picture of her son, and he is not smiling much. After she took the picture I offered to take a picture of both of them, they both smiled really big for a great picture. The Christmas decorations are so nice!

As we walk through Canada, I see that the Canadian Lumberjack Show will start in just 7 minutes. So, we walk up to The Mill Stage and wait to see them. They are really fun and did a great job today. They even carved little chairs out of a log with chainsaws! The chairs were so cute!

As we walk through the UK pavilion, I see Mary Poppins’ beautiful dress as she kneels down really close to a little girl, who is sitting on the tiny garden border. They are talking and the little girl is so shy. It is the most beautiful thing I have seen, Mary Poppins kneeling to speak to the little girl face to face. I love Mary Poppins and her love for children.

Now, off to France! I love seeing the Eiffel Tower as we walk up to the bridge. France is a beautiful pavilion and it has plenty of things to see. There are perfume stores, a most wonderful restaurant, an ice cream shop, a bakery to grab pastries and sandwiches, and plenty of places to shop! I sit for a minute as the kids take pictures of the Christmas decorations! There are so many people coming and going; it is fascinating to hear all of the different accents from all over of the world.

We realize it is suppertime, and try to get a reservation, but the soonest is an hour from now. A quicker plan is to go to The Land Pavilion and get dinner. We walk back through England, Canada, and the Showcase Plaza, then up and around to The Land. Yes, you can walk a few miles in just a couple of hours. Epcot is huge!

When we walk into The Land, it looks like a city. There are so many people walking and riding up and down the escalators, it really does have the feeling of a city. As we ride the escalator downstairs, the lower level reveals even more people! There is a pleasant bustle with all of the things going on. We get our meals at Sunshine Seasons and sit in the open area. It is busy, but there are several tables available. We enjoy our gluten free meals. I got the Power Salad, Tooti had the salmon, and Twinkie had the baked chicken. Their gluten free meals are spectacular, both in flavor and variety.

It is cold outside and Spaceship Earth is always so beautiful. It has been a great late afternoon at Epcot, and it is time to say, “Goodnight!”

Day 53- Epcot

This evening is beautiful as we arrive at Epcot. There are quite a few people arriving late this evening.

We are getting to Disney late today because we got to go and see a Steve Harvey Show taping! He is in Orlando this week and we got to be a part of the audience for the taping of the Steve Harvey Show! We arrived at 11:30am for the 3pm taping. A staff member let us know that being in line early did not make a difference in where we would be sitting, so feel free to go and enjoy lunch or something until 1pm. We got coffee and sat in a really cool Starbucks.

We get back to the check-in at 1pm and the line is very long. It was moving fast; soon we had our bag checked and were admitted into The Groove to wait to be seated.

At 3pm we were called by the numbers on our tickets and were seated. Then, we got rearranged and ended up on the end of a row. We could see Steve Harvey really well and totally enjoyed the taping! Being there was so much fun and it was so exciting to see an icon of our time!! We left at about 5pm and started the drive to Disney’s Epcot Park!

There is a line for bag check and then a line to scan our MagicBands. We are here for supper and I didn’t make reservations ahead of time, so, we chose to go to Sunshine Seasons in The Land. They have great walk-up food stations with a good variety with several gluten free choices. The chef is called and comes out quickly to let us know that our Power Salad is perfectly fine as a gluten free choice.

We enjoy our time eating, and watching how many people there are in this area.

It is getting dark earlier tonight and it is so pretty with the full moon. Twinkie stopped to look at pins, and we had a nice chat with the cast member.

What a fun day!!

Day 26- Epcot: Living with the Land & Circle of Life

The day is absolutely gorgeous, a nice breeze and great sunshine! We are driving into the Epcot parking lots on this Friday afternoon and there is a constant stream of cars.  We are directed to the Discover parking lot and it is fairly close, so we walked to the gates.

Our destination is The Land to ride “Living with the Land”. It is a cool boat ride that shows you some of the working greenhouses. There are fish that are also used in their restaurants. It is amazing to hear about how the use the space is used and how much can be grown efficiently with this type of greenhouse. I want to go back through and see it all again, there are so many different kinds of fruits I have not seen before! It is very interesting how they grow some lemons that are 9 pounds. A large variety of fruits and vegetables and lettuces are grown here, too.  Sunshine Seasons and the Garden Grill actually serve some of the produce and fish that are grown here.

The next stop is, Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable. It is a film with Simba and Timon and Pumbaa. It talks about nature and the subject of conservation.

Now, off to Mexico to have Nachos at La Cantina de San Angel Their menu has just changed to have most items gluten free and we can now have most everything on the menu! Tonight, I cannot wait to have nachos! We found seating on the little area over the Lagoon.  As we finish, we are able to give our table to a family waiting to sit at a larger table. It has been a fun Friday evening at Epcot!

Day 12- AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Epcot

We need to go to Downtown Disney and go to the movies to celebrate our 12th day!  Downtown Disney is full of restaurants, shopping, bowling and a movie theatre!  AMC Downtown Disney 24 with Dine-in Theatres!  What? Dine-in Theatres?  Next time we are doing that!  Anyway, we saw Guardians of the Galaxy; loved the detail and the story.

Speaking of stories, I loved the movie Saving Mr. Banks!  I loved the way they showed the kind tenacity of Walt Disney.  He had a dream to produce Mary Poppins, and the patience to wait in order to see it happen.  Then, I also love the movie As Dreamers Do.  It tells the story of Walt Disney’s early years in life.  Walt went through tough times in his early years, tough years; he had such determination.  At the last, he made a move across the country and got into the right place to make his dreams come true.  It is a beautiful and tough story.

After Guardians of the Galaxy, we were off to Epcot. We went to grab a bite to eat. The park is so full of people; it looks like a summer evening! The Food and Wine Festival is bustling. We decide we will go to Sunshine Seasons for supper. It is a good place to eat, the lines are good, the food is good, and it is quick.

After dinner, we headed for the America Pavilion for the concert. The park is really busy, so we decide we are going to forgo the “Eat to the Beat” concert and backtrack and watch Off Kilter play in Canada. It is really cool to hear this band and the kilts are really unique! They will be here until the end of September.

Now to the best part! As we were heading back to the front of the park, we stopped by Guest Relations to upgrade our passes because we are now residents of Florida! Water Parks, here we come!!!

When we were finishing up at Guest Relations, a couple was trying to find Soarin’. We came from that building earlier this evening, so I offered to walk with them for a while and get them pointed in the right direction. I love when you can help people find their way around the park. Finally, we headed out to walk to row 50 and find our car.  What a wonderful night!