Fred, Wilma and Family Day 4 Flowers and gardens Monday 14th April Again, I was up early (5 am) and took up residence in front of the fire down in the lobby. Thought you might like to see a picture of where I spent my early morning sessions. I then made the usual early-morning foray to Roaring Fork to get some breakfast fare Reeny and Chuck had bought breakfast items like cereals, fruit and bread at Walmart a couple of days ago but I prefer to eat something different when Im on holiday so always got brekkie for me and the kids from Roaring Fork. After breakfast, we were ready to leave and set off to catch the bus to Epcot. We waited quite a while for a bus and then had to pick up at Fort Wilderness too so it was almost 9 by the time we arrived. We just caught the end of the opening ceremony and joined the back of the crowd heading to Soarin. We really hoped that Chuck and Reeny would appreciate why this ride is one of the best at Disney. After getting fast passes for us all, we joined the line which was already showing a wait time of 20 minutes. It seemed to take forever to get on but soon we were strapped in and ready for take off. It was fantastic, as usual, and everyone loved it. Daniel declared it his favourite ride except for Small World because that has better music. After stopping to book the in-laws on the Behind the Seeds tour, it was off to the Seas with Nemo and Friends to ride Nemo and see Crush. Gary and I had done Nemo last August but we preferred it this time. Turtle Talk with Crush was funny and, again, we all enjoyed it. I really liked the fact that we could experience a lot of things here together. After a couple of photos outside, we headed back to the Land for our second Soarin experience. This time we were in row 1 and, I always say it, I think its so much better than rows 2 and 3. We told Chuck and Reeny to look out for the hidden mickey on the golf ball (thanks for pointing this out to us Susan Ellen) and this time they saw it. Chuck and Reeny then headed off for their tour while me, Gary and the kids went over to get fast passes for Test Track and ride Mission:Space. The fast passes were for 2:35 to 3:35 even though it was only 10:40 am. We decided not to wait in the 45 minute standby line for Mission:Space either and went into the Epcot Garden Town exhibit in the old Body Wars building. There was a cool miniature train in there as well as some great Disney-themed stuff for the garden. Rea bought a limited edition Epcot Flower and Garden Festival pin. There was a great sand sculpture for the Festival outside. We had arranged to meet Chuck and Reeny at Ice Station Cool so, after a quick stop at Mousegear, we trooped over there and amused ourselves by getting Daniel to taste the Beverley. I have some great video of him trying it, which Sian has named Beverley Part 2 Revenge of the Beverley as it is almost identical to the video of Rea trying it back in October 06. We sat outside and watched the fountain for a while and I tried to take some pictures but Daniel wouldnt co-operate so I gave up. Eventually, the in-laws arrived and we wandered over to World Showcase, taking pictures of the fantastic topiaries along the way. In order to try and get Daniel to eat a full meal (he hadnt since wed arrived), I bought the kids McDonalds nuggets and fries from Refreshment Port and, after settling them on a bench in Canada, Gary, Chuck, Reeny and I carried on round to the UK where we bought Harry Ramsdens Fish and Chips yum! After wed all eaten (Daniel ate every last bit of his and some of the girls' as well), we wandered round the UK. Chuck and I stopped to look at the tea plants and realized wed lost Gary, Reeny and Daniel. After some attempt to find them, we decided to wait where we were in the hope that they would find us. Meanwhile, Mary Poppins and Alice arrived so the girls went off to get their autographs (luckily, they had Daniels book with them). When Sian walked up to Mary Poppins, she was doing the teenage slouch and, quick as a flash, Mary said to her Chin up, dont slouch. It was hilarious and I took great delight in saying it to her at every opportunity for the rest of the holiday. Eventually, Gary turned up and said theyd been waiting for us in France!! Talk about getting ahead of themselves. Over in France, we went in search of Belle and the Beast but they werent around. I did take some pictures around France though After that, I decided I was in need of refreshment. Although everyone else declined, I treated myself to a Grey Goose Lemon Slush. And very nice it was too (despite the disapproving glances from Mother). She did make a comment about the time (2 pm) but I reminded her it was definitely 5 oclock somewhere. To be honest, the rest of the afternoon took a downhill slide from there really. Everyone except me and the girls was flagging and every time, we stopped in a country everyone sat down and it took an age to get them moving again. By this time I was well and truly fed up and, not wanting to cause a row, I suggested we call it a day and go back to the room. Daniel was not happy as Id promised him ice cream and he still hadnt had it and the in-laws kept insisting they were OK to keep going. As a compromise, we decided to leave via the International Gateway and walk over to Beaches and Cream for ice cream. It gave Mother and Chuck a chance to see the Beach Club and Boardwalk, where we would be coming on Friday night for our Illuminations Cruise. We got ice cream from the take-out window. Gary, Daniel and I shared a sundae with mint choc chip ice cream, hot fudge sauce and sprinkles. The girls shared the same and Chuck and Reeny had a one-scoop vanilla cone each (adventurous, huh?) After wed eaten, we went through to the front of the resort, caught a bus to Magic Kingdom and then got on the boat back to Wilderness Lodge. Later in the evening, we went to Uno Chicago Pizzeria for dinner and, although none of us were particularly hungry, we all managed enough dinner to allow us to have .dessert!!! The check was a pretty reasonable $90 including tip. Extremely stuffed, we returned to the Wilderness Lodge. Daniel went straight to bed and was asleep within seconds. Chuck and Reeny werent far after him and Gary, the girls and I stayed up to watch some true-life movie and were in bed by 10:30. Tomorrow the geeks are off to Kennedy Space Centre while the kids and I get to play at Magic Kingdom all by ourselves yay!!!