View Full Version : A Very British Trip Report - May 2009 - Day 15

Kevin Stringer
07-03-2009, 02:20 PM

The participants:

Me, Kev, 51, husband, father, son, friend. In fact, just about everything to everybody on this holiday.
Wife, Tam, 45.
Daughter 1, India, 18.
Daughter 2, Georgia, 15.
Grandma, 84. The girls Grandma, my mother.
Susan, age kept quiet for fear of kick in soft tissuey area. Our friend from Tulsa.

Attending in part:

Sharon, see above for age. Friend from Texas.
Evan, 21, Sharonís son.

If you want to know more about us, have a look at www.kevinstringer.co.uk/index

Up and at Ďem at 8.00am as this is our last full day and itís going to be spent entirely in Epcot. At least, it is for me, Tam, India and Georgia, the rest are starting out in Disneyís Hollywood Studios.

We enter through the International Gateway as it opens at 9.00am and head straight for Soariní, where we ride and then get a Fastpass for later. We ride in the bottom row this time, which is not as good as you see a row of feet above you, but it also feels lower to the action as you skim over the sea.

Journey Into Imagination is next with Tam grumbling all the time about what a useless ride this is. While I think it has its good points, the old version was much better.

Spaceship Earth is next and this just reinforces my opinion that the refurbishment has made things better right up until you rotate backwards at the top of the ride, after this you just watch the cartoon action on the little screen.
We make strange faces when they take our photo (at least, stranger than our faces normally are) to make it more amusing, but I still think they need to put in more interesting stuff to look at. The part where you can e-mail your photo home afterwards is clever though.

We go into Innoventions briefly and do the Stormstruck attraction. You put on 3D glasses and are put in the middle of a simulated storm that includes a quiz to help increase your knowledge of how house construction can prevent damage. Itís informative and fun.

The single rider line for Test Track is next and this is efficient as weíre on the ride in 10 minutes or so.
We wander round to the American Pavillion as itís now midday and we need an early lunch as we have a 6.00pm ADR for Bistro de Paris tonight.
I get a chilli cheese hot dog, while Tam has the beef sandwich. India goes off to France to get a chocolate croissant and Georgia gets a funnel cake. These are a bit expensive these days as itís $7.25 with chocolate sauce, thatís a bit steep for what is basically pancake batter deep fried.

We do the American Adventure next, I still think this attraction is wonderfully well done. As we exit we meet up with the rest of the group who have come across from Disneyís Hollywood Studios.
We all ride Maelstrom and are heading for Mexico when it starts to rain. We run into the pyramid and ride whatever the boat ride is called these days. India is singing ĎLa, la, la, la, laí as we clamber into the boat until I point out to her that they donít sing that any more. It doesnít appear that the changes to this ride have increased its popularity much as itís still a walk on despite the rain outside.

The ladies roam around the pavilion for a while and I check on the weather from time to time. The rain stops and the intrepid band sally forth once more. We make it as far as the shops at the bottom of World Showcase before the rain sets in again. Itís much heavier this time. For goodness sake, why canít we be trapped in a bar rather than a shop?
After 30 minutes or so the rain eases off and ponchos are donned. Trouble is, there are only 3 ponchos between me, Tam, India and Georgia. This means Tam and I have to share, which ends up with us looking like a 4 legged, double headed Stringer monster.

Everybody else heads back to the Boardwalk, while the reduced party heads over to use our Fastpasses for Soariní. This is the 4th time weíve rode it this holiday and it hasnít lost its appeal.
Weíre heading back as well now, but not before we drop in to see O Canada on the way. This is the first time Iíve seen the new version with Martin Short and Iíve got mixed feelings about it. Itís quite funny in places, but the problem with this is always going to be that once youíve heard the joke, itís not so funny the second time. Theyíve basically re-jigged the film and added in a few extra bits. Plus thereís a Celine Dion-esque version of O Canada at the end. Tam is even more scathing as she liked the original film and music.

At least itís stopped raining as we walk back to the Boardwalk where we shower and change for the evenings activities.


Sharon and Evan have used Grandma and Susanís room to freshen up in, so the complete party leaves the Boardwalk at 5.30pm. Amazingly itís now bright sunshine and blue skies.

At Bistro de Paris we are seated after just a couple of minutes. We have a table in the rear of the restaurant away from the windows, which is a shame as itís now a beautiful evening and it would be nice to stare out over World Showcase.
Our server is Julian. This is bad news for Julian, as heís not Anthony. The last time we were here our server was a handsome young French gentleman and the ladies giggled and batted their eyelashes every time he came near the table.. To be fair, Julian is no Quasimodo, but neither is he an Anthony. However, he is very efficient and pleasant.


I talk Evan into a glass of red wine, which would probably have been ok had it not had a small fly doing the backstroke in it. Sharon asks for it to be changed and Julian apologises before whisking it away. I point out to both Sharon and Evan that the correct procedure in such cases is to pass the glass to me to consume most of the contents before calling for it to be changed. These Americans know nothing of etiquette.

The main courses are, by and large, pretty good. I have the pork tenderloin, which has a really nice creamy pasta accompaniment. Evan and India rate the venison as very good, while Georgia likes the lamb.





Itís a well-paced meal, which lasts over 2 hours and is up there with Narcoosseeís and Blue Zoo as the best meals of the holiday. Itís also the most expensive at $200 for the 4 of us, but that includes 3 glasses of wine and tip. Susanís Tables in Wonderland card has also been used again.

When the meal is finished, Georgia and I walk on round to find a spot in Norway for Reflections of Earth. The rest join us at a more leisurely pace. Iíve just got a Dos Equis when Evan walks up with another one for me, top bloke that he is. At this point Tam nicks the first one! Cheek!


When the announcements counting down to Reflections of Earth take place they tell you there are plenty of good viewing places around the lagoon. Wrong. Iíve watched this show from just about everywhere now and some places are much better than others. Just in front of the Stave Church in Norway is the best place unless you can get by the two shops in front of Spaceship Earth at the bottom of World Showcase, although this is almost always roped off for private parties, VIPís or preferred viewing ticket holders.

You know, I must have done something right in my life as our last night is blessed with a perfect, balmy Florida evening and an excellent viewing spot for Reflections of Earth. What better way is there to round off a great holiday?

As is the usual tradition we take a slow walk down to Mousegear for a final look around before we stroll over to the sparkly pavements in front on Innoventions to say goodbye to Sharon and Evan. The girls and Evan relive their childhood by running around and jumping on the twinkling areas. Fools. Still, they enjoy it and we enjoy watching.
Thereís much hugging and kissing before Sharon and Evan depart for the Polynesian.



The rest of us now begin the slow walk around World Showcase to the International Gateway. Considering the problems we had a couple of nights ago getting out this way, the ladies are gearing up for a fight. Tam is handing out the knuckledusters and Grandma is limbering up with a little shadow boxing. Susan issues instructions about keeping our guard up and remembering to throw the right when the opportunity arises.
None of these precautions are required as we walk unhindered to the Gateway to be greeted by a cheery ĎHave a great eveningí from the security guard.

Back in the room Tam and I enjoy a last rum and coke while stood on the balcony watching the comings and goings on the Boardwalk.
As last nights go, this has been a good one and we all fall into bed around midnight.


Jets fan
07-03-2009, 02:48 PM
What a great last day, the food looked great. :thumbsup2


buzz for boys
07-03-2009, 03:13 PM
Fab day my 2 yr old daughter chased the lights too - think its great to see teenagers doing the same thing!! Evan even looks as pleased with himself as my dd did x
I love the reviews of the restaurnts as we have 4 small children its a dream of ours to be able to dine in these places in yrs to come x x x

07-03-2009, 03:28 PM
Fab day my 2 yr old daughter chased the lights too - think its great to see teenagers doing the same thing!! Evan even looks as pleased with himself as my dd did x

Buzz - our joint holidays with the Stringers just wouldn't be the same if the "kids" didn't end with a run around the lights.

A fitting end to your trip, Stringers.

07-03-2009, 04:15 PM
Another fab day:thumbsup2

07-03-2009, 04:25 PM
That is a lovely photo of you and Tam

07-03-2009, 04:53 PM
Fab, fab,fab....is all I can say.

07-04-2009, 02:05 AM
A fantastic end to what seemed to be a fantastic holiday.
You certainly do have a talent for writing a good TR. Maybe we should have you along as 'Observer and Note Taker' for our trip in October - as you seem to be able to see humour where most of us would let it pass us by.
Thank you for taking the time to do these - it has definately set a high bar for the rest of us to try and contend with.

07-04-2009, 05:50 AM
Aww shame it's your last day but sounds like a great time was had by all and hopefully it won't be too long before your next set of reports :goodvibes

07-04-2009, 05:51 AM
Great last full day Kev.

How long do we have to wait for the next stringer vacation report??????

07-04-2009, 06:12 AM
fab last day :thumbsup2

Kevin Stringer
07-04-2009, 07:47 AM
Great last full day Kev.

How long do we have to wait for the next stringer vacation report??????

Lord knows Tone. Keeping heads above water will be the priority for the next couple of years I suspect. I could write a reprt about my next trip to Tesco if that will help? :scared1:


07-04-2009, 08:35 AM
A perfect last day Kev. Love your foodie pics, the lamb looks delish :thumbsup2

07-04-2009, 12:49 PM
Lord knows Tone. Keeping heads above water will be the priority for the next couple of years I suspect. I could write a reprt about my next trip to Tesco if that will help? :scared1:


I know want you mean, things are very hard all round at the moment.

Don't let Matt hear you our visiting the competition though.

Thanks for posting another highly enjoyable read.
It was something I looked forward to coming home too........ other than the expertly prepared culinary delights that Theresa has presented me with of course.:thumbsup2

07-04-2009, 02:08 PM
Another funny trip report!
Watching Reflections of Earth is always how we spend our last night too! :thumbsup2

07-06-2009, 04:36 PM
What a lovely last day. Shame your report has come to an end, I have really enjoyed reading along. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup2

07-08-2009, 04:04 AM
What a great last day...food looked lovely again.

07-09-2009, 05:21 AM
It sounds like another lovely day! :thumbsup2

07-10-2009, 05:53 PM
Love that last photo.

07-11-2009, 02:30 AM
Iíve just got a Dos Equis when Evan walks up with another one for me, top bloke that he is. At this point Tam nicks the first one!

:sad2: You seem to have got over the theft of your beer a little too easily for my liking Kev!

Kevin Stringer
07-11-2009, 05:43 AM
:sad2: You seem to have got over the theft of your beer a little too easily for my liking Kev!

LOL. I only sulked for a couple of hours.


07-11-2009, 11:53 AM
Great report :)

07-13-2009, 11:06 AM
Another lovely day.