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Old 06-17-2011, 07:09 AM   #136
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Chapter 7 – Day-4

- Part 5: Across the Pond


If you’re actually reading this TR (or any TR for that matter) then chances are that you’ve been to WDW before. As such, you have a concept of how big the various parks are. EPCOT, as we all know is one of the largest physically and can take some time to traverse. This is what led us to start our journey out into the World Showcase at this time. We had ADRs at the Rose & Crown scheduled for the early afternoon, and figured we needed to start heading that’a way. The hike from the north end of the park down to the south is actually quite beautiful. The broad walkway starting at the dancing fountain in the core leads directly to the lake and is surrounded by smaller ponds and generous amounts of flora. The gardeners at Disney are amongst the best and the entire property is always dressed to the nines. Just see for your self…

First, a little bit of the EPCOT Christmas tree…






And then a few of the topiaries that were done up just for the holidays
starting with the Lady of the house


The dude with the serious temper issues


Mouse’s best friend…


And of course, the patron saint of the DDC…


From here we could see our ultimate destination just off across the pond


We made the right at the top of the lake and headed of toward England. Of course you can’t get to England without first going through Canada (obviously this is not the place to be attempting to teach your kids the aspects of cartography… Cultural studies yes, but map reading and the concepts of geopolitical borders, not so much).

Upon arriving in the UK, we checked into the Rose & Crown…

…received our complementary pager, and headed off into the shops around the square while we waited for our call back. It didn’t seem like very much time had passed before the call came in and shortly after that we found ourselves sitting on the back porch of the R&C looking across the lake and over the lunch menus. If you can possibly manage it, try to have dinner at The Rose during Iluminations. If you’re lucky enough to pick up one of these coveted ADRs, and then also lucky enough to be seated on the porch, you’ll have what is just about the best seat in the house for watching the festivities. Our server for the day was actually Irish and was just so sweet that you could’a sopped her up with a biscuit. Max continued his penchant for ordering seafood and had the fish ‘n chips (which was quite good as a matter of fact). The adults asked our lovely server what she’d recommend (well I asked as I still hadn’t been able to replace my reading glasses), and we decided to go with her suggestion. So just what was “that”? Well here’s how the menu described it:

“Filet of Beef - topped with English Stilton with Irish Potato Gratin, seasonal vegetables,and Shallot Gravy”

…and as it turned out, “that” was far and away the best meal I’ve ever had on Disney property (and I’ve had some fine eats there). With a good beer on the side and an excellent desert to wrap it up, you could say that I was mightily pleased with this little bit of Disney table service. We’d originally chosen the Rose and Crown as a bit of a lark (being as we could not get “resies” at Le Cellere and didn’t know what else we might enjoy). The thought here was that we’d give it a try and if it was worth a dang at all, we’d shoot for getting an Iluminations Dinner ADR here at some point in the future. Given the stellar performance by the cooks and staff on this day however, I’ll likely be back here far more often during my travels in The World.
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I kind of worry about this myself. I'm used to just wearing cargo shorts and stuffing anything I might need into a pocket somewhere. Traveling with DS, we're going to need a bag of some sort to keep with us... I dread that more than anything else about traveling with a toddler.

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Unlike our experience and MK the day before, at least today there were passes to be had for the main attractions.
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Next… A quick stop in Club Cool.
Confession time: another place I've never visited in WDW. I typically try not to drink many carbonated beverages, especially when I'm hot and sweaty. Therefore, Club Cool has never even appealed to me (even though the drinks are free). I really want to go there just for the challenge of trying to shotgun more than 3 cups of Beverly though as per the challenge that has been thrown down on the DIS Dad's Facebook page.
We have a tradition when we tailgate at Purdue football games of doing shots of Sambuca. I don't know who ever thought that stuff tasted good, but I figure if I can choke that stuff down, I can drink anything.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #138
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Must give credit where due for the “jack rabbit” line. I first heard that one in the screen play of “A Christmas Story” which (as an Indiana boy I’m sure you’re aware) is based on Gene Sheppard’s short stories and recollections. One of my favorite movies of all time.

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I kind of worry about this myself. I'm used to just wearing cargo shorts and stuffing anything I might need into a pocket somewhere. Traveling with DS, we're going to need a bag of some sort to keep with us... I dread that more than anything else about traveling with a toddler.
All toddler travel is closer akin to deep sea exploration then tourism. Just going to dinner requires the same supply chain and logistics as a military operation. I’m sure that you’re already use to fetchin’ and totin’ all the gear required to solve most of your young’en needs, so I suspect that you’ll be just fine even at Disney.

I, on the other hand, haven’t had to do that type of planning in a l-o-n-g time and am no longer accustomed to keepin’ up with extra baggage and paraphernalia. The way I made sure that I wouldn’t forget the backpack again on this trip, was by turning it over to my son for the rest of the day. Kids don’t use lockers any more at school so all of ‘em are use to hauling bags and backpacks around everywhere they go anyway (problem solved).

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Yes… yes I did (but I’m still the most imperfect person I know )

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As it turned out our day at MK was by far the worst for crowds.
The rest of it was fairly manageable.

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Confession time: another place I've never visited in WDW. I typically try not to drink many carbonated beverages, especially when I'm hot and sweaty. Therefore, Club Cool has never even appealed to me (even though the drinks are free). I really want to go there just for the challenge of trying to shotgun more than 3 cups of Beverly though as per the challenge that has been thrown down on the DIS Dad's Facebook page.
We have a tradition when we tailgate at Purdue football games of doing shots of Sambuca. I don't know who ever thought that stuff tasted good, but I figure if I can choke that stuff down, I can drink anything.
Actually your approach is a much better choice from a health and fitness perspective. I’m never had particularly good snacking habits. I have gotten to where I rarely drink soda any more as well, but I do make exceptions during vacations, at restaurants that don’t have a concept of how to make proper tea and in those instances where good ginger ail is actually available (and I do mean it has to be “good” ginger ale).

We discovered “Cool” during a major heat wave a number of trips back and enjoyed the novelty of it, so we continue to return (but I rarely have much of the other drinks on the fountain any more)

As for shotgunning Beverly… you’re a better man then I if you can do it. I ain’t takin’ that wager.
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Welcome aboard the good ship loony-tune (oh wait… that’s the wrong bunch of brilliant animators ain’t it now?) Anyway, it’s more a statement of my mind set that a description of the overall effect of the… Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t really know what I’m talking about half the time.

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Must give credit where due for the “jack rabbit” line. I first heard that one in the screen play of “A Christmas Story” which (as an Indiana boy I’m sure you’re aware) is based on Gene Sheppard’s short stories and recollections. One of my favorite movies of all time.
Yeah, I may have seen that movie once or twice.

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I have gotten to where I rarely drink soda any more as well, but I do make exceptions during vacations, at restaurants that don’t have a concept of how to make proper tea and in those instances where good ginger ail is actually available (and I do mean it has to be “good” ginger ale).
Yeah, for whatever health benefits I get by avoiding soda, I'm sure I more than make up for it in a negative manner by the vast amouts of sweet tea I consume.

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I'm guilty of the same. In fact I'm sitting at work right now. My only complaint is that we have a stupid firewall here so I can't see many of the pictures that are posted on the boards.
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I’m trying to get a bit more of this madness put together so hopefully I have more to add tonight or tomorrow. I can’t guarantee the entertainment value will meet the high standards that have apparently been set, but I’ll certainly give it a shot.
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Bonus Feature 3: “They Call Me: Ginger…”

Well… Not everyone obviously, but a few of my close friends have been known to call me by that name. Why? Well… we’ll get back to that in a minute, but first it’s disclaimer time. I’m going off the reservation again. This is you official warning that you’ve stumbled into another of my bonuses features and that this TR is being hijacked again by my wandering mind (usually it’s members of the DisDads Club that will hijack a TR thread and generally because it’s not moving fast enough, but I decided to beat them to the punch so to speak). Now then… back to the disclaimer. As I have done in the past during this verbal excursion, I will again give you this one and only chance to save yourselves and skip on down to the next post where this trip report will get back to the task at hand (namely discussing Disney). If, however, you choose to remain here you will be subjected to varying degrees of stunningly useless knowledge about a subject of my choice. You get no say in the decision… I am a tyrant when it comes to going off on a tangent.


Are they gone? (The ones that didn’t want to read this mess that is.) OK… now for the two or three of y’all that stayed, let me first say; “why on Earth would you do that”, and then let me say this: “Ginger!” That’s what we’re talkin’ ‘bout. It was my comments a little bit back about the Krest Ginger Ale that is available at Club Cool which prompted this excursion into my demented thought process. I will be discussing ginger ale specifically in a little bit, but it’s best to start with a little more background (so here we go…)

As I said at the top of the post (you do remember the top of the post right? You know… back up there where I told you to skip on to the next one), some folks that know me well have given me the nickname of “Ginger”. The reason that I acquired this moniker has nothing to do with either Fred Astaire or Gilligan’s Island, so you can get those images out of your head right now (although I know it will be difficult from this point forward). It’s because I love the taste and general flavor of this fabulous Asian rhizome.



Now just exactly who the hunter/gather was that figured out that you could actually consume parts of the root system of a particular plant which science has since dubbed: “Zingiber Officinale” is unknown (we could call him or her “Ogg” if you’d like, but that’s up to you). The real trick however is that after discovering that the thing could be eaten at all, successive folks then had the audacity to chop them up and use the resulting mass in the preparation of teas, sauces, confections or what ever. I for one am thankful for those unnamed individuals collective momentary lapses of reason. (Hummm… I wonder just how many great discoveries are directly related to a momentary lack of reason?) Anyway… this natural flavoring is the bright (and at times… intense) spot in most Asian cuisine and this is the first place that I learned to like this lovely spice.

The second place I learned to like the stuff was in cookies. Specifically (and as you might surmise) gingerbread cookies. Were talking about this stuff again:



Now I actually like a lot of different kinds of cookies, bars and what not, but gingerbread is one of the better verities of this idea that can be acquired on the mass market (right after shortbread). The single best ginger cookie that I’ve ever consumed however comes not from a package, but out of my wife’s kitchen (did I tell you that I married a baker? If not I should have mentioned it, and… she’s a dang good one too). These little disks of delight are called: “Ginger-Molasses Cookies” (by me anyway) and they are so tasty and coveted by both friends and family alike that by late fall, we generally have received multiple reminders that there are several folks who are “really” looking forward to receiving a few of Tamara’s baked goods this holiday season and to: “Please, please, please ask her to make more of those ginger-molasses thingies”.

A different facet in the story of Ginger is that it has also been used as a traditional medicine and probably for longer then it has been seen as food (so I suppose that “Ogg” was probably acting as the tribal witchdoctor at the time that he/she first discovered our wonder root). Ginger is particularly good at settling upset stomachs. Oddly enough, this is the usage and form of the stuff that got me really hooked on it (weird I know but just stick with me for another minute or two here). My momma always gave my brother and me ginger ale to drink when we were suffering from anything that resembled the flu and as such, I’ve come to relate the taste to comfort. But it was the discovery that chewing on a piece of candied ginger would settle just about the most ticked-off tummy that converted me completely. I like the flavor of candied-ginger so much, that I’ll nibble on it as a snack. Tamara even learned how to make it from fresh ginger root just to help quench my cravings (and she discovered that if you were to drizzle melted dark chocolate over top of fresh candied ginger, the result is one seriously addictive shack). She’s also been known to buy me a tub of the stuff out of the specialty sections of some of the better grocery stores in the area (just because she’s sweet and don’t you believe her if she tries to tell you that she ain’t). Actually there’s a tub of the stuff sitting out on the counter as I speak…



After its use as a cooking spice and remedy, ginger is most known as the main flavoring ingredient in ginger ale (I told you I’d get to this in a bit and here we are). There are varying stories on the origin of this old soda fountain standard, but it likely start as a brewed beverage in Europe and found its way to North American in the late 1800s. The most famous mass produced verity: “Canada Dry”, was concocted by a Canadian pharmacist named John McLaughlin in the early 1900s. Around 1890, this chap started a business to produce and sell carbonated water in the Toronto area and marketed it mostly to the local drug stores for use on the soda fountains that had become all the rage during that time. At about the same time he began devising his own soda recipes including one he called: “McLaughlin Belfast Style Ginger Ale’ which was similar to Irish versions of the drink that he’d encountered (thus the name). By 1907, he had refined his recipe resulting is a drink with a lighter color and a fair bit less of the traditional sharp taste. This enhanced cocktail was different enough from the original drink to warrant its own sub-category and designation and thus came to be known as “dry ginger ale” (the original versions are still referred to as “golden ginger ales” to distinguish them from their lighter cousins). Given the lighter Champagne like color and the lessened ginger “kick”, this version of the drink became more popular and sales continued to increase. Mr. McLaughlin had long since patented the recipe when in 1922, he also trademarked a name: “Canada Dry”, to honor both the origin and type of ginger ale being produced.

There are a number of small companies that still produce more authentic golden ginger ales (and bless them for doing so) and the tastes vary considerably in the ranges of sweetness, fruitiness and sharpness. I’m a little bit picky about ginger ale and don’t really care as much for the versions that have more of a fruit juice flavor that over powers the natural bite of the actual ginger. But as with all things, tastes are regional (and subjective as well). The mass produced Canada Dry is always drinkable (and a good mixer to be sure) but oddly enough, my favorite version of the drink is bottled in South Carolina.



Blenheim’s is a golden ginger ale and unlike most other brands, it is available in several degrees of spiciness: “Old #3” (which is fairly hot), “#5” (a bit milder but still sharp), and “#9” (a diet version of “#5”). Blenheim’s can be found at some specialty shops and at various “convenience stores” through out SC, but it’s not always easy to find (as such I have to hunt for it and remember which places will carry the stuff so that I can grab a few bottles when I’m traveling around the state). After a cold bottle of Blenheim’s, the next best version for me is actually the Krest…



…and the only place I’ve been able to find that one is at EPCOT.

All the more reason to go back wouldn’t ya’ say?

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Chapter 7 – Day-4

- Part 6: A Joyful Noise


After dinner and while we were polishing off the deserts, the topic of discussion turned toward strategy. We had passes to catch Test Track which was a pretty good distance away from where we were sitting (and everything else in the WS) and we also wanted to try to catch some of the storytellers out in the showcase. The timing was going to be a problem. We could head on up into the WS and see about catching one or two of the holiday stories, but that would also be driving us farther away from TT and we didn’t know what the schedules were for the various performances. The two wild cards in this hand were that we still had one more day’s worth of park tickets (and hadn’t yet decided how to use them), and that Test Track is one of momma’s favorite rides in the parks. Ultimately, the decision was to head back into Future World, catch a couple of the “minor” attractions, and then ride the Track when the return time rolled around. After that we’d head back into the WS and see what we could see (with the option of returning tomorrow in need be).

Time to put the new plan into action. We walked back around toward the northern end of EPCOT and as we were heading up the main walkway toward the show fountain, there was a little bit more musical magic in progress. At the foot of the main fountain, the Imagineers had built a stage and there was a group set up there that was just tearing it up (musically speaking). The name given to the show was “JOYFUL!” and it certainly was. The folks doin’ the performin’ were the “D’Vine Voices” and what they were layin’ down was some fabulous blending of jazz, gospel and R&B in the form of various holiday standards.



They were absolutely rockin’ the house. I should have recorded at least some of this extraordinary performance, but I just didn’t think about it at the time (being mesmerized and all, ya’ know). You’ll just have to take my word for it that you need to give these folks a listen if the opportunity presents itself.

After a bit of gospel, we made a quick left back into the Cool Station (as I needed to refill my reserve ginger ale tank), and then headed over toward the Universe of Energy. On the way we took a moment to lament the passing of the Wonders of Life pavilion and one of our favorite lost attractions: “Cranium Command”. I’d love to see them do something else with this space, but I’ve not heard any credible rumors as to there being anything in the offing for at any point in the near. So on we go to the “Dino” pavilion.

[What’d he say? Dino? Really???????]

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Chapter 7 – Day-4

- Part 7: Yah, I know its lame…


“I just don’t think I can handle that kind of pressure!!!”


Now, I’m very aware that Universe of energy is in a word: “lame”. I know that nine out of ten returning Dis-Vets will avoid this literal dinosaur of an attraction like a proto-mammal trying to avoid the asteroid that was just about to wipe out all the major land animals. That being said, it does have a couple of things going for it. The wait is minimal, you get to hear Bill Nye do the teaching part of the show (a bonus no matter what you think of the rest of the cast), and it’s a fairly long attraction and as such, a good place to get off your feet. That last little bit was actually a major key to the next couple of stops along the way. I am just a snap under half a century old, but I can still out “stand” you average teenager (I can also generally still out think, out plan and out “patience” most of ‘em as well), but we’d been going pretty much all day for four days now and the old soles on our dogs were starting to bark a bit. A good long sit in a climate controlled environment was exactly what was called for and the energy pavilion certainly provided it (with a smidgen of entertainment to boot).

Our return time for Test Track was getting close, but we decided to take another little detour first and hit Spaceship Earth. That way, once we’d done that and hit TT, we’d head back out into the WS without really needing to head back north (until it was time to go home that is). So off we go. SSE it still a good attraction but to us, the recent “upgrades” are hit and miss. The refurbishing done to the history of communication section of the ride are excellent, but I’m not a fan of the “design your own future” bit that they tacked on to the end. It’s a might hooky and rather distracting. Besides, for me the best parts of this particular attraction are in my mind and not on their touch screen [Warning… I’m about to discuss a Disney ride in a manner that it was never intended to be discussed so you might want to just mosey on down a bit past this section for your own salvation] We never hit this attraction until later in the day after everyone else has waited in the long lines. Its strong points are: quick load, good air-conditioning, fairly long ride time, a decently entertaining story and the darkness combined with the “Time Machine” vehicles that are designed to only carry two people.



(“Whoa… What was that last one” you ask?) Well… I said it out loud so now I guess I’ve got to explain it. There is nothing finer (be it at Disney or anywhere else on this rock) then a little bit of alone time just sitting beside my “Baby Girl”, holding hands and snuggling into each other. This ride in particular provides one of the better settings for this pursuit that I’ve encountered. Especially when it reaches to top of the sphere and everything opens up and you’re surrounded by that image of earth and the thousands of stars. Then it turns you around backward and lets you recline and really relax while the cars are descending back down to the loading station. I doubt that’s what the Imagineers had in mind when they built it (actually I certain of it), but that’s exactly why I never miss it.

[Ewwwww! M-o-m! Dad’s talking about mushy stuff again! Make him stop!!!!]

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In that case I think you should send samples to the two or three of us who read on.

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Agreed!
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Catching up once again...

So you left your bag on Soarin', huh? Man, you're lucky the TSA hasn't taken over supervision of those flights yet, or you'd really have some 'splainin' to do.

Mmmm....Beverly...



I'm glad you enjoyed Rose & Crown. Haven't tried that one yet, but scoring an outdoor seat sounds great...even if it isn't during Illuminations.

And if you're a big ginger fan, you might be interested in the ginger-crusted ribeye at Kona Cafe. Really enjoyed that one. I couldn't taste a lot of ginger, but there was a hint of it there.
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In that case I think you should send samples to the two or three of us who read on.
Since you’ve suffered the most by actually following through nearly all of this dribble, I’d have to say that you probably deserve such. Remind me again around early December and I’ll see if we can’t make it happen.

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I don't remember. I slept through half of it last time. I woke up for the dinosaurs though.
That why we got on the thing in the first pla……


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Agreed!
Triple dog agreed!!!
(I might have committed a slight breech of etiquette there by going strait for the throat)

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So you left your bag on Soarin', huh? Man, you're lucky the TSA hasn't taken over supervision of those flights yet, or you'd really have some 'splainin' to do.
Oh I had splainin’ to do as soon as I realized I’d screwed up… again… and as usual…
At least I figured it out as soon as I’d done it and not later that night.


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And if you're a big ginger fan, you might be interested in the ginger-crusted ribeye at Kona Cafe. Really enjoyed that one. I couldn't taste a lot of ginger, but there was a hint of it there.
We’re going to Kona form breakfast after we get back form our cruse, but now I might just have to consider getting back over there for dinner some time during our mini stay down there.
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Chapter 7 – Day-4

- Part 8: Zoom! Zoom?


Ok… Enough of all that twiterpated nonsense. What was I talking about anyway? Oh yes. Test Track. I don’t believe that I’m going to have to work too awfully hard to convince y’all that this is one of the most fun rides in the parks, now am I?



I didn’t think so… Pretty much everyone in the room already knows it.

When we arrived at the main entrance, the estimated departure time listed for the stand-by queue was a monumental 150 minutes. The most amazing part of that wasn’t the length of the wait. It was that there were still people getting into the back of that line. As we got closer to the main entrance I noticed that the FPs were now completely distributed. That must be what was causing folks to actually consider the posted wait as an expectable alternative to… well… to just about anything else I suppose because, by God, there they were. Once we started winding our way though the Fast Pass queue I actually felt a little bad for those folks. But then again, I’d had been on their side of the time-space continuum waiting for TSMM just a couple of days earlier, so who was I to call them crazy?

The queue at Test Track is interesting which make it easier to deal with…



…but then again, I only had a ten minute wait before getting into the pre show. But that’s actually part of the problem for the people in the standby queue.

This attraction illustrates the good, the bad and the ugly of the Fast Pass system fairly well. Yes, if you use passes, your wait goes down (the good). From a purely marketing point of view, the time chewed up waiting for the return posted on that pass might just translate into guests spending more quality time in their gift shops (the ugly). This activity was actually one of the objectives of the Fast Pass in the first place (you did know that marketers devised the idea and not Imagineers, right?) But the passes also inadvertently set up a “class system” amongst the guests (the bad). A division of have’s and have not’s if you will. Here’s what I mean. There are three pre-show theaters for TT, and one of them is basically reserved for the people in the fast-pass line (unless there just isn’t enough of ‘em at that moment to fill the theater). The net result is that the original designed load capacity for the attraction is immediately reduced by a third and those waiting in the regular line are looking at a longer wait before they even reach the building. Enough people take advantage of the passes to ensure that there will always be plenty of ‘em that need to be given preference over the regular folks thus ensuring that the have-not’s will wait longer for everything. Truly this is only a serious issue on the major attractions and then only during the crowded times of the year. That said, a lot of people just can’t travel during the off peek time frames. That’s just how it is. End of rant. I ain’t sayin’, that Disney needs to do away with the Fast Pass. I am saying that it’s just not the panacea that it was originally intended to be.

Time to get back on subject I suppose. Alright, show of hands… who here hasn’t actually ridden this attractions yet? Just you over there in the back corner then? OK… then you might want to plug your ears so that I don’t give anything away here. Now then… is this ride awesome or what? The preshow starts out innocently enough until the supervisor invites his engineer to toss in a few “surprise tests” for us to assist with. The final load serpentine also moves pretty quickly but it is still in your best interest to get your fanny across to the far side of the preshow theater if you can manage it. The rough road test is really jarring on my old bones but I like the breaking test (especially the first one where the car looses control). The winding road test is the most like actual driving, especially when you encounter the obstacle coming from the other direction. But hands down, everyone loves the crash test, because it set’s you free!!!!



Out of the building and on to the race track... The G’s pulled on the high bank are almost as awesome as those at mission space and the final straight-a-way is just a silly fun. Once we rode this and something cause the ride to shut down just as we were heading out of the high bank. Needless to say, we were disappointed at first, but once we limped back into the load area, they just left us in the car and sent us around again.
That… was a definite win.
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Chapter 7 – Day-4

- Part 9: In a Pickle


Now that we’d ridden “the track”, we’d basically “done” future world (of course I’d have ridden Sorin’ thirty-seven more times if it were possible but I digress). Now that all the rides had been properly tackled, it was time to head back down into the showcase.


(picture from past travels through the world)

We went southeast this time toward the Mexico pavilion. Once there we found the spot where the story tellers for that part of the word would be doing their presentations and checked the performance schedule. Just as we’d suspected… we’d long since missed the last performance of the day and were pretty sure that would apply to the rest of the countries as well. Tamara was a might disappointed as this was something she specifically wanted to see during our holiday trip down here (but she certainly wasn’t going to tell her son that we weren’t going to hit the attractions, because like most mommas, her baby always comes first). The effect of this realization basically determined what the plan for tomorrow would be. We had to check out and head home, but we also still had one days worth of park entrances left on our KTTWs, so we’d be coming back here specifically to spend time in the showcase.

We grabbed a couple of churos and then worked you way on around through China…

(picture from past travels through the world)

Norway…

(picture from past travels through the world)

…and the Outpost while making our way over to Germany. We had business to attend to here. We wanted to get a pickle. Pickle? Yep… a pickle ornament. Here’s the background. There is a “story” (actually it’s a myth but…) that there is a German tradition of hiding a pickle shaped ornament deep in the branches of the tree on Christmas Eve. The object of this being that the observant sole who first finds said pickle the next morning shall have good luck bestowed upon their personage for the coming year. My family has a German back ground, yet I’d not heard of this until recently. The reason I’d not heard of it is that it ain’t true (about it being an old tradition or even of Germanic origin for that matter). It just another marketing ploy I fear. But it’s a fun idea, and Germany is historically known for making excellent glass ornaments. As such we decided that it would be fun to have one that was actually made in Germany, bought at Disney and then hung on our tree for years to come. That way we had a number of nice memory tie-ins to a silly little tradition regardless of it questionable authenticity.

Pickle in hand, we rolled on around toward the American Adventure and decided that it was just about time for a little bit of dinner and this was as good a place as any other to grab a counter service meal. Upon arriving, we also discovered that there was a second giant gingerbread house on the property. The one at the American Adventure isn’t quite as gargantuan as the one over at the Grand, but it was still impressive.







The last time we were at EPCOT, I’d gotten a very good veggie-wrap from this pavilion and was looking forward to seeing if they still had that little item. They did, so I order it up along with everyone else’s choices for the evening and we had a seat to enjoy the meal. So what was the final verdict? Meh… That’s really the best I can say. It wasn’t bad, but it seemed to be rather bland. I don’t know what changed (maybe it was just a let down when compared to the lunch I’d had earlier), but it was just only so-so at best. Max ordered a burger. Burgers are so ubiquitous the world over that they should probably be considered our national dish. As such, you’d expect the version of that dish which is presented by our nation’s ambassador within the showcase to be excellent. Nope… mediocre at best. Not a good showing, but you can’t win ‘em all. Still… I was at Disney… during Christmas… and that still beat the heck out of being in my cubical at work.



See what I mean….
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