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Old 11-14-2009, 03:05 PM   #31
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WOW !!! Another wonderful day ! Your photos are really lovely - you must have spent a bomb in shutters! Well worth it though!
I spent about $200 in Shutters, but it is well worth it. Not all the character photos are "official" photos though. The ones without the borders were taken by the character escorts with my camera. Some of them I like better than the ones taken by the Shutters photographer.

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ok Awesome Corinna....I am on the dolphin swim day...still more to read!! Did not know Captain Tom was done on our Magic....glad we had him again...he's actually the only Captain we have had on all our cruises! Well off to take the girls to dance.....Be back later to read more!
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Ok so I am back to read only to find that Pirate night was the last of the trip report so far. Corinna--where did you get the disney writing to put it on your photos? I feel like I am back on our cruise thru this trip report. I am a bit jealous that some people from our cruise thread got to enjoy your company and I missed out. Who do I have to chase down for hogging you all to themselves. I am really glad you are joining the 7 other Dreamers and I on the Mexican Riviera!! Well off to wait for you to post more about this awesome cruise we had!! TTFN

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Ok so I am back to read only to find that Pirate night was the last of the trip report so far. Corinna--where did you get the disney writing to put it on your photos? I feel like I am back on our cruise thru this trip report. I am a bit jealous that some people from our cruise thread got to enjoy your company and I missed out. Who do I have to chase down for hogging you all to themselves. I am really glad you are joining the 7 other Dreamers and I on the Mexican Riviera!! Well off to wait for you to post more about this awesome cruise we had!! TTFN

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The photos with the writing on are all Shutters photos. I bought quite a few. I do have a Disney font though that I used for our lanyards, which I found by just Googling for Disney font.

Hopefully there will be another installment of the trip report tonight.

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Day 10

We had a leisurely start to the day. This was our second sea day and we did not have a great deal planned. With us having a reservation at Palo for brunch that day, we did not even have to worry about breakfast.

Once we were up and about, we went up to deck 9. DH had brought the camcorder and the manual and we made ourselves comfortable inside the Cove Café. DH had his usual Latte and I had an iced Mocha. One of the drinks was even free, as we had collected enough stamps on our loyalty card. Of course, I could not resist the Stollen Bread either.

Once DH was happy that he understood the basic functions of the camera, we had a walk around the ship to film various bits and pieces. On deck 4, DH’s Winner’s cap blew off and I ended up running after it and on deck 3 we met the captain. Other than that our filming session was quite eventless.



Soon it was time to go back to the cabin to get changed for Brunch. We arrived at Palo a little early, but were seated straight away. We were welcomed with a champagne cocktail, which this time round was a Kir Royal, which was very tasty. Stan then gave us the guided tour around the buffet. The spread was fantastic as usual. They had a seafood section, an antipasti section, an area with various breads and cheeses, an area with all kinds of pastries and the dessert buffet. They also made various pizzas, egg dishes and lunch dishes to order. Once we had the guided tour, Stan brought us orange juice and coffee; and then we were let loose on the buffet. I helped myself to some olives, prosciutto, hummus and some bread. DH had some seafood. He had some stone crab claws earlier in the week and did not rate them at all, but he had some Alaskan King Crab legs at Palo and really enjoyed them. Once we had raided the buffet, we decided to order a couple of pizzas and share them. So we had a pepperoni pizza and a Tuscan Sausage Pizza and they were both lovely. Originally we had planned on ordering two main courses as well and sharing them, but a fish dish was too tempting for DH. As I don’t eat fish, I ordered Chicken Parmigiana on a bed of creamy risotto, which was absolutely divine. Once we had our main courses, we had some dessert. I had some chocolate cream and a shot of Tiramisu and DH had some mini fruit tarts.

After brunch, DH went to work off the food in the gym and I headed for the matinee of Disney Dreams. Disney Dreams is in my opinion the best of the production shows and it is also the most popular. So I knew that the theater would be very full in the evening. For the matinee it was only about two thirds full. The show was as good as I remembered. It is the story about a little girl, Anne-Marie, who is taught by Peter Pan and Tinkerbell that dreams can come true if she only believes in herself and the power of dreams. Throughout the show, stories in which somebody’s dream came true come to life. The whole show is absolutely stunning and very moving.

After the show, I headed down to the Promenade Lounge for another trivia contest. However, as the dream team from the previous day was only at half strength, I did not do too well.

I decided to head for the Rainforest Room. Unfortunately all the tile loungers were occupied. So I relaxed in the sauna for a bit until a tile lounger became free.







We also had the Exotic Rasul booked for that afternoon. We did this on the Norwegian Jade in May and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I booked this for us on the Magic as well. When we arrived at the reception, we had to fill out a health questionnaire and then were shown to the treatment suite. This is a two-part room. The first room had a stone bench with towels and bowls of scrub and mud, a table with all kinds of lotions and potions and a shower. The second room was the actual steam room with three tile benches with showerheads overhead and on the sides and a hose for each bench. This set up was very different then on the Jade. Their showerheads were on the ceiling of the steam room and they came on automatically. The steam room on the Magic was too hot for me. Part of the reason for that was probably that the steam was permanently on, whereas on the Jade, you had to press a button to start the steam and it would automatically switch off when the showers came on. The principle was the same though. We were given a bowl with a body scrub (Oat and Cinnamon instead of Ginger and Lime) and a bowl with a seaweed mud. We were told to have a shower first so that the skin was damp and then put on the scrub and go into the steam room for 15 minutes and then wash it off. Afterwards, we were supposed to try off, apply the mud and then go into the steam room for another 15 minutes. I think the longest I was in that steam room was 5 minutes and then I had to get out as it was simply too hot. Still, I did feel like I got some benefit from it. Once the mud had been washed off, we applied some of the oils that had been left for us. Outside the treatment suite is a seating area with iced water and we were encouraged to sit there and relax while drinking plenty. We definitely did that.

Once I got back to the cabin, I went and did a Fish Extender run. I had made mobile phone charms spelling out the word Magic with Swarovski crystals in the colours of the ship as accents for the girls aged 6 and older and for the women. For the boys, I had made bag charms. The younger boys got Mickeys and the older boys got skulls with Mickey ears. As I had labeled all of them, it took me forever to give them out. In the end I had to give up with the job only half done as it was time to get changed for dinner.

That night was semi-formal night and the menu was the Captains’s Gala Menu. That night is also known as lobster night. For us it was not really of interest as I don’t eat seafood and DH did not really rate the lobster last year.

When we got to the table, our server presented DH with a kid’s menu with a rather mischievous smile. Of course DH rose to the bait and ended up ordering something from the kids menu – as a side order.

DH started with Oysters Rockefeller (I did not even know that he likes Oysters and I had Grilled Vegetables and Beef Prosciutto followed by Beef and Sundried Tomato Consomme. Then it got tricky last year I had the Fettucine with Parmesan-Crusted Chicken and really liked it. However, the Panko-Breaded Pork-Envelope filled with Ham and Gruyere Cheese sounded also very nice, but I did not like the side dishes that came with that. In the end I went for Fettucine with Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, but had the pork minus the side dishes as well. DH had the Pork with the side dishes, but he had the Kid's Surf and Turf with Chips on the side. We were both pretty full, but I simply could not resist the Mango Flavoured Sundae. Lets face it, there is always room for ice cream

After dinner she spotted that they had the sunset backdrop with the Mickey-shaped cloud out on deck 4 and there was nobody in line for this. So we had our photo taken before we went back to our cabin.



In the cabin we found a beautiful towel peacock. Once I taken photos of our newest room mate, we went to bed.

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Day 11

Time sure flies if you are having fun. When we woke up, we knew that this was our last full day on the Magic. When we went down to deck 3, we were already docked at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. This is my idea of paradise. There is some construction going on as they are currently extending the dock and the facilities for the arrival of the new ships, but that does not really distract from the beauty of the island.

We had plenty of time, we had Parasailing booked, but not until 9:30. So we headed to Lumieres so that I could get Eggs Benedict one last time. DH just had a nomal cooked breakfast. We ended up being served by our assistant server Benny and we were seated with one of the couples that we were sharing a table with at dinner.

I have to admit we were both a little nervous about Parasailing as neither of us has a head for heights. We were teased mercilessly over breakfast. Soon it was time to get off the ship. We collected our towels and had our photo taken with the ship in the background before heading to the meeting point.



We had booked this excursion on both of our two previous Disney cruises and both times it was cancelled due to the weather. It was a case of third time lucky as this time round the excursion was not cancelled. We were asked to fill out the waiver and then to wait until the rest of the group had gathered and the boats had returned from the previous excursion. We saw one of the boats with somebody parasailing and I got even more nervous than I was anyway.

Soon it was time to get on the boat. The crew introduced themselves to us and explained how it would work. Due to the wind conditions, most people went up tandem, but as our combined weight would have been too much DH and I went up solo. The boat was incredibly quick and I felt a little green around the gills. Soon the first pair was in the air and it looked utterly terrifying. After a few more pairs had gone up, it was DH’s turn. They put the sitting harness and a life vest on him and then he stepped up to the platform at the back of the boat where they attached the parachute to the harness. Before you knew it, he was airborne. He had asked to be dunked as far as possible and they were only too happy to oblige. He came back to the boat with a huge smile. After he was back in the boat, one other pair went up and then it was my turn. I have to say, by that time I was very close to chickening out. Still, before I had a great deal of time to think, the harness had gone on and I was attached to the parachute and I was up and away. The experience was absolutely amazing. It is so quiet and peaceful up there. Initially I focused on the Magic, but soon I just enjoyed the fabulous view. I was probably up there for about 8 minutes. Suddenly I seemed t lean slightly forwards and the boat started to get closer. I was being reeled in. I did not even get my feet wet. I think this might have something to do with the fact that I wore long trousers to keep the sun off my skin and a long sleeved shirt. Little did they know what I would get up to later! I had a safe landing and went to join DH in the front of the boat. After me there was one more pair to go up and then we went back to the boat dock.

Once we had collected our belongings, we headed to the tram stop to the family beach and after a quick bathroom stop and a quick look at the shop, we got on the tram to the adult beach, Serenity Bay. DH offered to get me a float, but I declined. I was in the mood for swimming. DH swam a long way out, but I stayed within my comfort zone. He actually saw some nurse sharks. The fish I saw where all together smaller, but again I was surrounded by tropical fish. I had gone into the sea fully dressed, but this did not hinder me at all. I managed to just float with minimal movements and enjoyed the fish around me. Soon Dh came to join me and we just happily floated together, pointing out to each other what we had seen.

We started to get a bit hungry so we headed over to the barbecue near the adult beach. I some steak and various salads, but unfortunately they had run out of the Cookies and Cream Frozen Yoghurt. After lunch, we went back into the sea just floating and enjoying watching the fish that came by. Soon it was time to head back to the ship. We took the two trams again. Near the ship, they were giving out cups of iced water and cold face clothes. This was absolutely heavenly. We rinsed the sand of our feet at showers on the dock and then we got back on the Magic for the last time.

When we got back to ship, we did our packing as we had to put out our suitcases after dinner. I then headed up to guest services to sort out the tips as we had those added to our onboard account. I also had to give out the last of the Fish Extender gifts. DH headed up to the Rainforest Room and I joined him there as soon as I was done for a last session on the heated tile loungers. All too soon it was time to get back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.

On that evening two of the couples that had been sharing the table with us all week had gone up to Palo for dinner. So there were only four of us for dinner that night. Before I carry on with the normal broadcast, I just wanted to say that I had a fantastic cruise, still, I was ready to get off the ship, or so I thought.

The menu for that night was Till We Meet Again and we were at Lumieres that night. I had got to dinner a little late as I wanted to sort out my photo package and the lines were huge. We had decided to get a bottle of wine that night and DH was waiting for me to come back to order the wine. Well, the bottle of wine was never forthcoming. This really surprised me as there is an auto-gratuity on any alcohol so I thought they would be only too happy to sell us a bottle of wine. Still, the meal was very enjoyable without the wine as well.

I started the meal with Grilled Chicken Satays with a yoghurt sauce followed Potato and Leek Soup. This was normally served with Caviar, but I managed to get it without the Caviar. For my main course I had chosen grilled Beef Tenderloin with Williams Potato, Asparagus Spears, Baby Vegetables and Bearnaise Sauce. Unfortunately it got mixed up and I ended up with a well-done steak and one of our tablemates with my medium rare steak. This was sorted out soon enough.

During this dinner on the Magic they celebrate the cultural diversity of the crew. The serving staff come out waving flags that represent all the nationalities of the ship and they play It’s A Small World by the Baha Men. I remembered this from the Magic last year, but they did not do this on the Wonder. Anyway, this just melts me. After I had been sure that I was ready to get of the ship, I was suddenly fighting back the tears. Funny enough, this song together with my ship horn ring tone is what keeps the memories alive for me. I looked for this for the best part of a year, but I finally found it and it now has pride of place on my iPhone.

For dessert that night I had the traditional Baked Alaska. I had never had that before and did not really rate it, but I am glad that I tried it once. After dessert, the other two couples came back from Palo and we just sat and chatted for a while.

We went straight back to the cabin after dinner as we had to put our suitcases out. On the last night they have all the characters coming out after the second dinner seating and this is meant to be really lovely. However, after three cruises, I still have not managed to see this.

The towel animal that day was rather disappointing. It was supposed to be a fish, but even I could have done this and I did not even bother to take a photo. We headed for bed for our last night on the ship.
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Day 12

All too soon the last morning had arrived. I had woken up in the middle of the night and there was finally some movement. I was gently rocked back to sleep. Mickey gave us our last wake up call, we packed the last odds and ends into our hand luggage, checked three times that we had left nothing behind and took our hand luggage to head for breakfast.

On the last morning you have breakfast in the restaurant that you had been allocated for the previous evening. You also eat with your tablemates and are served by your serving team. They just serve a reduced menu, but they do a barbecue chicken omelet, which I love. So I was happy. We had a leisurely breakfast, but soon it was time to say our good byes to our tablemates and our serving team. I was a little sad, but the fact that I had rebooked on board for the Eastbound Transatlantic that would set sail exactly 6 month later softened the blow a little. I had one last look across the atrium and then I stepped onto the gangway and into the terminal building.

This year there was no hold up and we were allowed into the luggage hall pretty much straight away. We both decided to use the bathroom before we got our luggage and when I came out of the bathroom, DH had already located our suitcases. The lines for customs were huge and it did not help either that one of the cast members directed us to the wrong line. We had been told to join the line for US Residents. Another Cast Member came to our rescue and the correct line was really quite short. The customs official had actually spend some time studying in Germany in my favourite city Mainz so we had a brief chat with her.

As soon as we stepped out of the terminal building, we were directed to the check in desk for the buses. They checked our key card and directed us to a Mears mini bus. One family of three was already on there and they loaded our luggage. Then we waited for another couple to appear. I had assumed that everybody would be going to the same place, Animal Kingdom Lodge/ Villas. However, before we left, a cast member came to say good bye and explained that we would be calling at Old Key West, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge. For those of you not familiar with the layout of Walt Disney World, Old Key West and Animal Kingdom Lodge are about as far away from each other as you get with Wilderness Lodge roughly in the middle. I remember having one last long look at the Magic and the rest of the journey is a bit of a blur until we entered Walt Disney World. I think I might have had a bit of a nap.

Our first stop was Old Key West. This was really strange for us. Old Key West is our home resort and we love it dearly, however, we were going to have 4 nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge first before moving to Old Key West for 5 nights. While the driver unloaded the luggage of the people getting of at Old Key West, DH quickly used the bathroom. We dropped off the family at Wilderness Lodge and then we were finally on our way to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

It had been my dream for years to stay at this hotel and it finally had come true. I had originally booked 3 nights in a standard view studio at the new Kidani Village, but then had a change of heart and booked 4 nights in a Savannah view studio at Jambo House (the main hotel building). The top two floors are DVC accommodation.

I had been to Animal Kingdom Lodge once before last year when we had a dinner at Boma with friends. I remembered that the lobby is truly impressive, but it was even more impressive in daylight. We had a little wait to check in, but to my immense surprise, they had a room ready for us. We were at the far end of Zebra Trail overlooking the Arusha Savannah. We took our luggage upstairs. I really liked the African décor of the rooms. The studio was a little smaller than what we are used to from Old Key West, but it had a sofa instead of the second bed, which worked better for us. The balcony was nice and big. Unfortunately there were no animals out on the Savannah. Each Savannah is cleaned for two ours every day and the animals are not on the Savannah during this time. The only animals that were around were some local ducks and other native birds.

I decided to get the laptop out to make use of the free internet for DVC members to check out where DH needed to go. He was doing the 10K Race for the Taste the next day and needed to collect his things from Wide World of Sports. Unfortunately the internet did not want to work, but I rang technical support and they gave me an access code and with that it worked a charm. We were just about to leave, when the animals were let back onto the Savannah. We got our first glimpse of Zebras, Giraffes and Ankoli Cattle.









I had to pick up my annual pass and my ticket for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. My original plan had been to sort this out at Animal Kingdom and then finally ride Expedition Everest. However, as DH needed to get the bus to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and change onto a bus to Wide World of Sports there, I decided to keep him company as far as Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios is probably my least favourite park nowadays, but I had not done Toy Story Mania yet and I wanted to see what the hype was about.

I went to the ticket window with my will call numbers and realized to my horror that I had not brought my DVC membership card, which I needed as my annual pass was purchased with a DVC discount. I was just getting ready to go back to the hotel to get it, when the cast member asked if I was staying on property. I said I did. He checked that my key card stated that I was a DVC Member and then sent me to guest services. I had to wait a short while, but they managed to pull up my reservation and through that my DVC membership number. Soon I was on my way with both tickets.

Once I was in the park, I headed straight to Toy Story Mania. The waiting time was an hour and the Fast Passes had all gone. I decided to get in the line. I have to say, the queuing area is the most impressive that I have ever seen. I waited exactly an hour, but it seemed much shorter as there was so much to see. Finally I had my 3D glasses and was ready to get in the ride vehicle. The pull sting trigger was somewhat unusual and took me a little while to get the hang of. The ride was great fun, but I am not sure if it warrants a wait time of an hour. I am glad that I did it once, but would only do it again is the wait time was significantly lower.


Once I had done Toy Story Mania, I decided to have a look at One Man’s Dream. I had also never done this attraction before and I really enjoyed it. This is essentially a museum and I was fascinated by the models of various lands and rides. Once I had done this, I decided to head back to the hotel. I had to wait about 10 minutes for the bus and this was the only time during our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge that I encountered a full bus. We stopped at Kidani Village first before going to Jambo House.

DH was not back yet. I sat out on the balcony for a while and watched the animals. Shortly before 16:00 I headed down to take part in the culinary tour of the hotels restaurants. I managed to get lost, but was pointed in the right direction by a cast member and made it in time.

I had read a lot about this culinary tour. It normally covers both Jiko and Boma and explains about the symbolism of the décor of the restaurant as well as the food. Well, we never entered Jiko, but we got a good overview of Boma and the food served there on that night (they have three different food rotations plus a chef’s choice day). We also got to sample a bowl of soup and a Zebra Dome each.

I headed back up to the room and sat out on the balcony watching the animals. A heavy shower moved through, but I stayed dry on the balcony. DH appeared shortly afterwards. He had decided to take the boat between Hollywood Studios and Epcot and explore the resorts that are served by the boat. We sat on the balcony for a little while longer and then headed down to Boma for dinner.

We had eaten at Boma last year and both loved it. So I had made three dinner reservations there and one for Jiko. They had a little problem finding our reservation at first. Even once they found it, it still took about 20 minutes until we were seated.

The food was fantastic as usual. I had a bowl of Lentil and Sausage Soup , followed by a bowl of Chicken Coconut Curry. The only disappointment was the beef strip loin as this was quite tough. The chicken, couscous and falafel where all very tasty though and the Zebra Domes were as yummy as ever. After dinner, we fell straight into bed as we had a very early start in the morning.
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As usual Corinna....love this report! I am having Magic withdrawl so reading this is somewhat helping and somewhat making me think I am gonna just die waiting till the Mexican Riviera for my next cruise! Waiting in anticipation for more of your trip!
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Day 13

We had an extremely early morning and were up at around 5 AM. This was the day that DH had been training for for the best part of a year: Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K. Shortly before we left for the holiday, I found out that this was going to be the last Race for the Taste and that this would be replaced by a half marathon next year. So this made it all the more special.

We had a little fun and games trying to figure out how to attach the timing tag to DH’s running shoe, but I succeeded in the end. Once you know how, it is really easy! Soon we were on our way with DH donning his new running kit that he had bought at Florida Mall. I have to say he looked rather dashing.

We had asked the previous day if we needed to book a taxi in advance and were told no. The bellmen said that there would be plenty of taxis at the hotel 24/7. Of course, when we stepped out of the lobby, there was not a taxi to be seen. The bellman outside Animal Kingdom Lodge was a little confused. He said that about 15 minutes ago there had been loads of taxis, but they had all left. He called us a taxi and in less than 10 minutes it had arrived. As we approached Wide World of Sports, where the starting line for the 10 K Race was, there was absolute gridlock. I have never seen anything like this at Disney. Finally we were there and the taxi driver dropped us off.

DH had ordered the special pin and a picnic ticket for me when he registered, but when we had gone through the stuff that he had got at package pick up the previous day, neither was included. Of course I wanted both. When we got there, we went back to package pick up to explain what had happened. They referred us to a different tent, where a supervisor was based. After asking what the problem was, she got us my pin, but advised that I would need to pick up my picnic ticker and goodie bag near the finishing line at Epcot. This was one of those moments when I yet again realized what made Disney so special. It is not that they never drop the ball, but how they deal with things that have gone wrong.

The atmosphere at Wide World of Sports that morning was amazing. There was music and a DJ and just an enormous buzz in the air. We had a walk around and I ended up getting the commemorative t-shirt that is rather cute. DH decided that he better goes to the bathroom before the race and the line was beyond belief. By the time he got to the front of the line, it was nearly time for the race to get underway. Near the starting line, they had set up water stations. Even that early in the morning it was very hot and the humidity was a killer. Soon it was time to kiss DH goodbye as he needed to join the start line up.

The runners lining up for the start was quite a sight to behold. The road in front of Wide World is quite wide and was absolutely packed as far as you could look. They even had fireworks just before the start. The sun just started to come up as well. The whole experience was just really moving and it was one of those moments were I had to fight back the tears.

Once I had seen DH jog past me and he had waived to me, I headed back to the other side of the complex were the busses were waiting to take the spectators. They had commandeered the Disney Cruise Line busses as the Disney Wonder was in dry dock. The trip over to Epcot did not take long and by the time we got there, the sun was high in the sky. I took a photo of all the Disney Cruise Line buses lined up before sorting out my picnic ticket.



This was really easy. They had a tent for just that purpose and they had a list with names on it. They found me straight away and gave me my ticket. This was a square of paper with 3 food coupons and one drink coupon. I also got a commemorative pint glass and some kind of strange energy paste that went straight into the bin.

I got a really good spot near the finishing line and just watched people coming in. First there were only people who had done the 3K race, but soon the first runners for the 10K race crossed the line. I started to bitterly regret that I did not enter the 3K. Seeing some people coming over the finishing line, I got the strong feeling that I could have done this as well.

After about an hour from the start, I started to get a bit nervous. During training, DH had managed to bring down his time around the one hour mark. With this being his first 10 K race and it being quite hot and humid, I was no longer sure he would finish. Soon enough I spotted him approaching the finishing line. I was so proud of him.



I tried to find somewhere were I could meet him. The area is huge and there were loads of people around. As we did not know what to expect at all, we had not arranged how and were we would meet up. I walked along the fence from the finishing line. The set up was very well organized. Straight after the finishing line, they had characters with whom the runners could have photos taken. After that, there was a station were they gave out 3 liter bottles of water, followed by racks with medals and another station were they gave out Powerade. The last station was like a market stall set up where they gave out slices of Watermelon and bananas to the runners. I positioned myself near there and soon DH came round the corner.

Once he had his breath back, we headed over to the food stations. There were a total of 4 food stations offering a different item from the Food and Wine Festival each: aple Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad from Montreal, Canada, Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice) from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Strawberry Shortcake from the Champagne and Dessert stall. The choice was easy. I don’t eat fish and DH did not trust the fish having been out in the heat for some time, so we both went for the other three options. They were all decent portions and very tasty. This must have been the strangest breakfast I have ever had as it was still not quite 9:00 AM. For the drinks coupons, you got a can of soft drink.

Once we had eaten, we wandered around for a bit enjoying the atmosphere. DH decided that he also wanted a Race for the Taste t shirt so we went looking for a merchandise cart, which we fortunately found. We then decided to head back to the hotel. My original plan had been to spend a few hours at Epcot and send DH back to the hotel on his own, but I soon changed that plan when I saw the lines at the turnstiles. Epcot had to wait for another day.

We had a slight technical hitch. To get from the area where the finishing line was to the buses, you have to go through bag check. That would not have normally been a problem, but I had the pint class in my bag and glass is not allowed in the parks. Even though I had no intention entering the park, I still had to go through the check. Fortunately the security guard let us through when I explained that we had come from the race were I had received a glass and just needed to get to the bus.

When we got to the bus stop, the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge was just pulling up. We decided to get off at Kidani Village to have a look around. We had a look at the library, but could not figure out how to get to the pool so decided to head back to Jambo House. As it was not terribly obvious how to get onto the walkway, as there was some major construction in the way, we waited for the next bus.

We made ourselves comfortable on the balcony and watched the animals.





At around 2 in the afternoon I decided that I should at least attempt to head for a park for a bit. So I left DH to his own devices and headed for Animal Kingdom. I had never made it there last year and in 2007 I never did Expedition Everest. This was the sole purpose of me going. I just enjoyed all the themeing and scenery while slowly ambling towards Expedition Everest. The standby line was quite long so I opted for the single rider line and only had to wait about 15 minutes instead of nearly an hour. To say that I hated the ride was the understatement of the year. I was scared witless and came off the ride shaking like a leaf. The only ride that has a similar effect on me was Tower of Terror back in 2005. My plan had been to do this ride a few times, but there was no way I was going to get back on. So I headed over to Africa to do Kilimanjaro Safari.

I did not have much hope of seeing animals as it was the middle of the afternoon and had not planned on doing this, has I could see plenty of animals from my balcony. However, with nothing better to do and the ride a walk on, I decided to give it a go. I am so glad that I did. I saw every kind of animal that they have in that area. Not only that, but rhinos and ostriches were blocking the road in front of us and we were just sat there surrounded by rhinos for about 30 minutes until they decided to move off the road. They were so close that we could have reached out and touched them. Unfortunately I had not brought my camera. After the ride, I decided to head back to the hotel.

There the day was just gearing up for a beautiful sunset and I took some photos while sitting on the balcony and enjoying the peace and quiet.










We had another meal booked at Boma. I made two discoveries this evening. I found a new favourite soup: Chicken Corn Porridge. This is so good. I have actually managed to find a recipe for this and intend to cook this at home. The other discovery was that I hate American Cherry Coke. I love Cherry Coke over here, but don’t have it very often and tend to stick to Diet Coke. That evening I was in mood for a treat and ordered Cherry Coke. It looked very impressive being served with a cocktail cherry. I took the first sip and nearly spit it out. It tasted exactly like cough mixture.

After dinner, we headed straight to bed. DH went straight to sleep, but I read for a little bit before turning the lights out
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Beautiful pics Corinna, what time did he do in the race ?
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Beautiful pics Corinna, what time did he do in the race ?
The race started at 7:00 AM at Wild World of Sports and the photo was taken near the finishing line in the Epcot car park just over an hour later. We were on our way back to the hotel shortly after 9:00 AM.

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The race started at 7:00 AM at Wild World of Sports and the photo was taken near the finishing line in the Epcot car park just over an hour later. We were on our way back to the hotel shortly after 9:00 AM.

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