Thursday, 13th November We’re up at 7:30am and skip breakfast as we want to be at Epcot reasonably early this morning. We’re out of the door bang on 9am and, as we walk into the bus stop, an Epcot bus pulls up. We’ve been exceptionally lucky with the buses here. It’s overcast today with just one or two breaks in the cloud, but with more appearing as the bus takes us on our way. We’re through the turnstiles before 9:30am and head straight to Soarin’ where we pick up FASTPASSes with a return time of 10:24 – 11:24. We’re mindful that we should probably make an ADR for lunch and, as we want to ride Spaceship Earth, make our way to Guest Relations in that area. We figure that one of the restaurants at either end of World Showcase would be a good bet. That way we can ride Soarin’, have lunch and then do a full circuit of World Showcase. Le Cellier and San Angel, though, are both fully booked. As Tokyo Dining is fairly new, we opt for that and make and ADR for 12 noon. Our ride vehicle on Spaceship Earth is faulty with neither narration nor screen function. The CM at the end of the ride gets us straight back on. In the post-ride area we send our “postcard” home, along with one to our friend, Susan in Oklahoma. Hers is the only email address simple enough for us to recall. Mouse Gear is one of my favourite shops on property and, as I haven’t yet had an opportunity to browse this trip, I pop inside for a scout around whilst Matt waits outside enjoying the Fountain of Nations. He’s always had a fascination with this. Maybe he thinks it’s a fountain of beer. I’ve developed a splitting headache, so we head next for Club Cool where I grab a sample of something vaguely palatable to wash down a couple of painkillers. It’s now 11:10am, so a perfect time to head to Soarin’ with our FASTPASSes. Half way there, though, we realise we might find ourselves having to hot-foot it across to Japan for our lunch reservation, so do an about turn and make our way, instead, to World Showcase traversing in an anti-clockwise direction. As usual at this time of day, it’s absolutely dead (and, in fact, we don’t see any significant sign of life until we exit at the other end nearly two hours later). It’s now really hot and humid – the hottest it’s been all trip – and the clouds are all of the white, fluffy variety. We’re thwarted in our attempt to buy a drink at the Rose and Crown. The doors are open, but despite hanging around for a good 5 minutes (which, according to Matt is 4 minutes, 55 seconds too long), no-one appears to take an order. The drinks cart outside isn’t open yet and, as we walk on, we notice that hardly any of the carts are open. Matt comments that this is the one park where he feels it’s not frowned upon to walk around with a drink in one’s hand. Clearly it is at 11:30am!