Stripes On Tour Previously on Spottys holiday The night before The Journey Me first full day Thered better not be any queues Weve got time fer a coffee Yesterday, we went to EPCOT Mornin, 6.15 and time fer me report. This sittin and chillin larks working really well. I get to make the,most of me holiday, while V and the kids get to sleep normally. We were all noticeably more alert, time-wise, last night so we must have re-tuned our body clocks. V was a wake at 5.30 when I came out of the shower, so I got her a coffee and told her they can lie-in till 7.30 this morning. All heart, me. So, yesterday. They were ready to go when I went back to the room at 9.30 (they wouldnt dare be otherwise!) so we got the bus as scheduled and were enterin Epcot dead on 10am. Security checks looked busy as we approached but we got straight through. I got two shocks to start the day. Test track was down Mar3-8th and there was a queue for Spaceship Earth! Well, it was opening time, I suppose. We headed for the lockers to drop off our gear. We normally travel light in all the parks but it had been so cold yesterday, and we were stayin for Reflections, so we brought everything- fleeces, ponchos as well as me camera and camcorder. For once I was glad (well, prepareds probably more accurate) to pay $5 for a locker. Must admit, I think $2 with a $5 deposit would be a fairer, more reasonable, equation. We headed through Innoventions East, pausing so the kids could have a go on the computer stuff there, and decided to do Ellens Energy Adventure first. Me and J missed this last year after the Test Track debacle (Strangers know what I mean) so I was looking forward to this. We watched the pre-show before J bailed out last year and Ellens sense of humour is to my taste. Not nervous (or showin it) this year, J giggled through all the right places and was enjoyin herself. Into the auditorium, we got middle seats for the film (were good at countin, not centre hoggers). J looked a little nervous as the doors closed and we started to move. Edgin closer to me as the dinosaurs came into view, I reassured me Angel that this was why we sit in the middle. Clearly, if them Dinos reach into the car theyll eat them either side of us but not be able to reach us in the bestest seats. If Gaz gets eaten, well sell his season-ticket and if its Mam then well just get takeaways. Anyways we survived and thought this was a very good ride wed do again. Typical Disney. So realistic and Edu-funable (think Ill leave that in coz it makes sense to me!) We went to Cranium Command from Ellen. We love this and wanted to video it but werent allowed. After 11 now, we figured something to eat now would be best as I hadnt let them have breakfast and we had Ice Cream Social at 3. Me and J had chicken strips, Gaz Cheeseburger and V had a chicken sandwich. Coffee and Sprite between us came to around $22. Fed and watered, we set off to walk the World. Wed done all the shops last year but missed most of the attractions, so this year we planned to see everything wed missed. British Invasion was first planned at 1pm. V took J to a pin station while I went to get a beer for the show. $6.50 for a half of fizzy Bass?!? And $10 for 10oz (is that a pint?). I dont think so- and Canada wasnt much better- so I watched the show sober. We (V and me) thought it was a good show but it seems knowin the words helped coz J was underwhelmed and declared it Shockin!, which isnt very good, apparently. Through France, coz I wanted beer not wine, and into Morocco where MoRockin were just settin up. Bud was only $3.50 and no tax (my type of country, Morocco) so we made camp. I gave V me wallet and instructions to buy Bud while I videoed the band. After the first number (ones enough fer the video) I went to get me beer. Long faces ,wet seat and V comin back from the bar- shed spilt me pint!!! The three of them then had a childish spat, telling me how it wasnt their fault and Gaz had smirked and got kicked fer his trouble. Now I dont do childish, so I flounced away in a huff, gnashin me teeth. What is it about this place? Theyd set me off on one of them fast huffy walkabouts this side of the world last year too. Must be the price of the beer. So, V ended up payin $7 fer a beer in the cheapest bar in The World- no wonder I was in a trainee-adult mood. As it was 2 o clock I headed (quickly) to Spaceship Earth. The walk would settle me mood and havin to trot behind would teach V a lesson. Me and the Boy rode SE with me video and I started to chill. Me tape and battery both gave out half way round so I started gnashin me teeth again. Back to the locker to replenish equipment and we did the ride again. Id decided to give the ICS a miss partly coz of me mood and partly to wander the World meself. The kids had been bored in British Invasion (though our Gazs become a closet Beatles fan since we returned) so what would they make of the films? V loves the Character meals, I can take them or leave them and she HAD spilt me beer. This way, the kids would get to do computer stuff while I do the culture. Now thisll come as a surprise to the odd Stranger but yes, I do do culture. Im not the thick pitlad some think I am, yer knar. Well, ok I am, but I like me culture anall. Besides they have beer. So yerll have to read Plutos report of ICS and The Sega room etc. I was at the bar! I did OCanada first and was very impressed. France next and, again, thought it was very good, albeit similar to Canadas suppose its the French Canadian connection. Ah, Morocco! Ill have a $3.50,no tax beer, please. Would I like you to spill it for me? No, thank you. I had one earlier. I enjoyed the pleasant stroll with me beer through Japan and Italy. It was a shame to miss the kids with the characters at ICS (now that is worth the money) but I was enjoyin me lads day out. I dont often get just me time, so this was a pleasant change and me trainee-adult mood had eased too. The American Adventure was on in 20 minutes. Id always missed this before coz the waitin times fer the next show were always longer than I wanted to wait. The nice American lady said there was a singin group (American Vybe) doin a show in 5 minutes so I just had time to finish me beer before they started. A typical wholesome,cuddlesome harmony group, I really enjoyed American Vybe and had me respectful tear when they sang America, America. Into the auditorium for the main event it was a shame they dont allow videos coz Id have loved to add this to me collection. Understandably up and patriotic, the animatration (I think Ive made that up anall) was superb. Almost the highlight of me day, (the highlights comin up thank you Angel) I just had time to do Mexico and Norway for me video before Tapestry of Dreams. It did occur to me that it seemed odd wanderin around on me own, especially getting on rides, but then I enjoyed meself just as much and I even talked to the odd foreigner which was nice. It semed to me that if anyone had to have a holiday on their own then this was the place to do it. Yer never on yer own in WDW. Like the well-oiled machine that I am, (thats organised, not sozzled!) I exited Maelstrom 5 minutes before ToDs and found meself a good spot fer me video. Maybe thats another plus fer singles- you can squeeze in anywhere. But it wasnt to be, the show was cancelled for bein windy. Didnt seem much of a breeze to me but I suppose them kites are only tissue and stuff. Never mind, maybe itll drop for the 8.10 show. Time for tea, then. Me plan had been to watch ToD then wander to Future World to get summat to eat and look around Innoventions. Id left V with Travellers Cheques and UMPs so they could come and go as they pleased. Now Im chilled, if I bump into them fine, but if I stay on me own, also fine. Im enjoyin me own company and havin just meself to consider fer a change and I keep up! Since Id have to be back for 8 o clock rather than 9 for Reflections, I decided to eat in one of the countries, have another beer and chill some more. So, what to have? Maybe Mexican? Didnt fancy the menu that much. Maybe Chinese? Not really that hungry yet, I fancied another drink (theres a surprise). It had been ages since Id had me unspilt Moroccan ,$3.50, no-tax Bud. Why is it one country has lower prices for the same beer and no tax? I reckon they must get so little trade they have to undercut their foreign allies to get by. So I resolved to support their initiative by makin as many purchases as I could to support their economy. But its a long walk to Morocco, so Ill get a drink here to carry with me. But what? Now I remembered Angel telling me to try the frozen Margaritas well, it would be rude not to, wouldnt it? Id only had a Margarita once before and thought they were nice, so I thought why not? the answer was that they were $6.89 with tax! I nearly passed the opportunity but I did want a drink and Morocco was a long walk. I got a Fiesta coz it had all the flavours in it appeals to a lads sense of value. Mandy! I love yer!!!! Slushll never be the same again. I thought Id died and gone to heaven. Ah must have looked quite the sophisticate as ah sipped me multi coloured slush through a straw, walkin through the World in me Sunderland baseball cap and England T Shirt. I perused China and pondered their menu but it was Japan that took me fancy and I just finished me frozen alcopop as I arrived at the Yakitori House. I had the Shogun Combo (beef and chicken with rice) and a packet of shrimp flavoured potato chips that took me fancy fer afters. I passed on the Japanese beer coz Id had one last year and planned to go support the Moroccan economy next anyway. Another advantage of drinkin Morocco dry is, with no tax, yer dont have to fiddle for them little coins for the odd money. MoRockin were back on and theyd fixed their drum machine (I knew there was summat missin from their earlier performance). They were playin one of them round things that gets busier and faster. Real foot tappin, knee bendin stuff. Steady, DaveyBoy. Yerll be boppin with the pretty belly dancer next! Its 8 o clock now and Ive just been for a coffee and the paper. We were at home to Bolton last night. I popped in to see how the familys getting on. All soundo. Decided to let them sleep while I finish telling you me story. Its MGM all day today and while I did want an early start to beat the lines on RnRC and ToT, Ill get loads of opportunities coz I dont plan to do the shows this year. Besides, the lines in MK and Epcot have been hardly beyond 15 minutes. Oh, and we won 1:0 by the way. So where were we? Oh yeh, foot tappin, knee bendin and ogglin the belly dancer. Me and me no-tax beer wandered through Germany and back into China. Nearly time for ToDs , if its on, but too early to stand. So I went and got meself one of them Margaritas- just to make sure I really liked them. A nice sit-down in Norway will be relaxin. Theres V. Maybe just a sit-down then. The kids were on Maelstrom but shed decided to sit it out coz theyd just had Funnel Cakes and they were bigger and more sickly than shed bargained for. V & J had had to throw some of theirs away but the Boyd managed all of his without battin an eyelid Dads appetite and sense of value, yer see. They got out of Norway just in time for us to take positions for ToDs. By the way, forgot to say isnt the Norway film similar to France and Canadas but more borin? ToDs was cancelled again. Thats four times now Ive tried to see this parade and still nowt to show for it. What now? Id told V about me frozen Margarita and volunteered to get another so she could taste it it was too cold for V to have ice. We found a perfect spot between Norway and Mexico (and coincidentally just to the left of me slush stall) to watch Reflections. I sipped me new favourite drink while we watched the lights twinkle on the lake and told each other of our afternoon. Apparently Pluto (the real one, not the bairn) had licked the Boys head and Mickey had told him off for not colourin in his table mat picture. Me Maragrita evaporated just before Reflections was due to start so I had to get another one. Havin watched Reflections on me video so much, and havin a cruise booked for next week, I wasnt sure if Id lost the taste for me former favourite show. Not a chance! The hair stood up on the back of me neck as soon as the flame danced across the sky and I watched it through slightly glazed glad to be back eyes. We felt closer to the action than our normal spot on International Gateway Bridge and that added to the enjoyment of the show. It didnt seem to take too long to exit the park. I did worry there might be a long line to retrieve our locker key deposit, but there wasnt, and we were soon home. Me and me sore feet (bet yer thought Id never mention them) were soon on the bed with a Sam Adams Boston beer, (nicely nutty dark ale, that one) while the kids got themselves and V a massive pizza. They took pity on me and gave me a slice but I musnt have wanted all of it coz I stood on half of it when I got up this morning. Right. Thats us up to date and its 8.50. Time for them to get up or Ill start getting bored. See yer in the morning, same time, same place. Remember. Drink in Morocco. Its yer International duty!