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alan
08-07-2009, 08:55 AM
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The 4F Trip Report

Day 10 - 06-Jul-2009 - Lazy Day, Hoop-De-Doo Revue

Don't be silly, we cannot possibly be on day ten of our holiday. It's only just started!

Today was planned to be a day for shopping, followed by the Hoop-De-Doo revue in the evening. To my great surprise, nobody except for me wanted to go shopping. So much of the day was spent lazing around the pool.

I did do a little shopping. I almost bought myself a new camera - the "Camera Center" just beside the Wyndham Resort on I-Drive was offering the Canon 40D at a stupidly low price. But I reckoned that (i) there had to be a catch and (ii) it wouldn't give me a lot over what I already had in my existing camera. What I really want is a Canon 5D Mk II, but I think that that is going to be a long way in the future!

At the resort, we rented a pedal boat and puttered up and down the lake for a while. These things take a lot of pedal power! The kids told us we were far too lazy, so we pulled back into the marina and let them do some pedalling. Suddenly they reckoned that our pedalling was pretty good :-)

Then it was time to get changed and go to the Fort Wilderness resort. We did this the scenic way, taking the car back to the Car Care Center on the way. We were taken in the shuttle bus to the resort, and dropped outside reception.

The Fort Wilderness resort is simply huge, and we had to get a bus to take us from the reception area to "Pioneer Hall" wheree the revue was taking place. The theiming here was the Wild West, near the Frontier, where all we Pioneers were gathering for a night's entertainment.

I can't say that the horses looked all that impressed by us:
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But a nice lady opened the doors and let us in to Pioneer Hall for the show!
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Our appetiser was salad, and I chose some beer for my complimentary drink
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And the show got underway
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The servers were very much into the spirit of the event. Food was bashed down onto the table, drinks sloshed into the cups. This wasn't rudeness; this was being part of the atmosphere of the place and it worked very well.

As for the show itself, the performers were excellent but something about the show just failed to grab my attention. I think that the performers were so good at creating the atmosphere of a rough-and-ready show that it actually came across as being rough-and-ready, rather than a polished imitation of it. If you see what I mean!

Anyway, the main course arrived - half-chicken, ribs and a glass of beer for Marie
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As you'd expect from Disney, there were lots of alternatives available for the kids, who really didn't see a lot that they wanted to eat here.

alan
08-07-2009, 08:55 AM
The performers came out and chatted with the audience, which helped bring the evening alive a little.
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Jenni wasn't entirely sure of the whole thing,
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when the show came to an end
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she really loved the audience participation
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And that was it! As we left, the queues were already gathering for the next performance. We turned left and went to get the water bus across to the Magic Kingdom.
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We were very lucky to have just missed the boat, because while we were waiting for it to come back and pick us up, we came across something magical.

This was the "Electric Water Pageant". It's a parade, on water, of illuminated barges. I am pretty sure that they are the barges we saw back on Day 02 when we were travelling on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. But now, in the night-time, they were illuminated. I'm going to put in quite a few pictures because I think this is perhaps not something that so many people know about.
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alan
08-07-2009, 08:56 AM
At the end of the parade, all the animals morphed into Star or Stars-and-Stripes, and that was that
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Soon thereafter, the boat arrived and we sat in the open area at the front - it was a beautiful evening. The boat started chugging its way across the Seven Seas Lagoon, and we had our second magical suprise of the evening. We passed the Magic Kingdom just as Wishes came to a head
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It had been a lovely and relaxing day, and we went to bed feeling extraordinarily lucky to have finished it off with these two beautiful displays!

wickesy
08-07-2009, 09:37 AM
You're right you can see the EWP barges moored up as you go round on the monorail.

jjk
08-07-2009, 10:42 AM
another lovely day :goodvibes

irongirlof12
08-07-2009, 12:48 PM
nice to see hoop-de-doo - fab firework picies again

Pinky166
08-09-2009, 03:24 AM
Another lovely day.

suzycute
08-09-2009, 06:58 AM
Fantastic pictures! In 7 trips we've never been to the Hoop De Doo or seen the Electric Water Pageant either!

UKDEB
08-09-2009, 03:50 PM
The Electrical Water Pageant is a delight (as are your photos). What I love most is that it has been shown every night since WDW opened in 1971.

Cyrano
08-10-2009, 07:11 PM
Great that you had another opportunity to see fireworks across Seven seas lagoon :)

tennisfan
08-15-2009, 11:29 AM
Another fab day:goodvibes

cap'njack.
08-19-2009, 10:44 AM
Another great day and such good luck catching both shows on your way back to the hotel.