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londonpenguin
09-16-2002, 08:25 PM
Dramatis Personae

Me (londonpenguin), 34
My BF, 39


Day Two, September 8

Woke up a couple of times very early due to noise Ė mostly little kids excited about getting to the parks. It wasnít too bad though. I wonder if it would have been more or less noisy if weíd been above the ground floor.

Went to EPCOT FW. We found the bus transportation to be really easy and convenient. Only had to wait about 3 minutes before a bus came. Got to FW a little after 9:00, and a CM took a photo of us in front of SE (I bought one of the photos later on, even though we looked like hell).

There were a lot of characters in the Leave a Legacy plaza, and the gorilla from Tarzan snuck up on me. BF took a photo of us, but apparently he didnít really take a photo, because we couldnít find it on the screen later. (Have to say that I think I preferred my APS camera over this digicam. The viewfinder on the digicam is a bit tricky, and itís hard to tell when youíve actually taken a shot. On the other hand, itís nice to be able to instantly review your shots.) Pluto, Mickey, Goofy and ChipíníDale were also there, hanging out in a double-decker bus. Pluto is one of my favorites, but he had to get on the bus before I could get near him for a photo.

Had breakfast at Electric Umbrella. I do love French toast sticks! BF had a fruit cup with some really excellent fruit in it.

Did just about everything we could in FW, though we skipped a few of the Innoventions buildings. I enjoyed Ice Station Cool. That soda from Italy is double disgusting! Euccchhh!

I think my favorite thing was Food Rocks. I laughed myself silly over Pita Gabriel and The Police (or whatever they were called). BF said afterward, ďCan you imagine Disney calling Peter Gabriel? ĎYeah, weíre going to turn you into a pita-head.íĒ You probably had to be there, but I couldnít stop laughing after that.

Had lunch at the Garden Grill (no PS). I thought it was too expensive, really, but it was very good. Mickey, ChipíníDale, and Pluto were there, and we saw them all at least three times. (There must not have been very many diners.) I tried to get Pluto to sit, but I guess he only obeys Mickey. :) Our serverís name was Marcus, and his tag said he was from Pinehurst, NC, but he sounded like he was from Africa via Jamaica. Anyway, loved the salad and all the other stuff, and the lemon tart was yummy. We were very full afterwards.

Went to The Living Seas and saw the manatees. They were so cute, snorfeling up lettuce leaves for lunch. I was tickled to see living seahorses too. When I was a kid, I had a small, dried seahorse in a plastic bag that we bought at the seashore.

We enjoyed the presentation at Universe of Energy (esp. as we sometimes see Bill Nye started out here in Seattle on a local comedy sketch show, and we sometimes see him at our local Starbucks).

We did NOT like Body Wars. We usually like Star Tours, but Body Wars was so much bumpier and jerkier. It really upset BF, and we had to sit down for quite a while afterwards and slowly sip Coca Colas to regain our balance. (Actually, BF stayed a bit disoriented for the next 48 hours.) Unfortunately, Body Wars was the first thing we did in that pavilion, so we didnít do anything else in there.

Test Track was okay, but Iím glad we didnít have to wait long for it. In fact, the whole park was pretty empty. I donít think we had to wait more than 10 minutes for anything. The longest wait we had was for that stupid General Motors thing that looks like itís going to be some sort of virtual reality trip, but then itís just an ad for GM. (Speaking of ads, itís really too bad Disney has let so much commercialism creep in. You couldnít turn left without having McDonaldís or Coke pushed at you. Cíest la vie, I suppose.)

Went back to the room with every intention of going out again to DD, but accidentally fell asleep for a few hours. It seems ridiculous to plead jet lag when the time difference is only three hours, but I think we mustíve had a mild case of it. More like jet pause. So, we wound up eating at the Food Court again. I had chicken strips.

Marla Hellwig
09-16-2002, 09:53 PM
Hmmm Body Wars gets me too - but not Star Wars - so I know how BF felt - thanks for posting!

Annie&Hallie'sMom
09-17-2002, 11:21 AM
The colors in Body Wars (red, yellows & oranges) make you feel the ride more than at Star Tours (which has darker colors). I love the film, but the motion just gets to me!

yepod
09-17-2002, 11:29 AM
I didn't know that about Bill Nye!

Try the Seattle Aquarium, they have several species of seahorses including a large one that looks like floating sea weed (so cool)!

Thanks for the post!

aring75
09-17-2002, 01:15 PM
. . . snorfeling.

I love it! Can't wait to use it next time DH gobbles up his food in record time (as he always does - guess it comes from having five brothers!!) :p

Oh and by the way, Body Wars is evil.

nutz4dzny
09-21-2002, 04:46 PM
Although I understand your coment about commercialism...how do you think Disney pays for everything????? I guess they must advertise just like everybody else!!

Muffy
09-22-2002, 09:57 AM
I'm enjoying your trip report. Thanks for posting it.