A Very British Trip Report - May 2009 - Day 11

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  1. Kevin Stringer

    Kevin Stringer Chat Host

    Mar 3, 2000
    DAY 11 MONDAY 1st JUNE

    The participants:

    Me, Kev, 51, husband, father, son, friend. In fact, just about everything to everybody on this holiday.
    Wife, Tam, 45.
    Daughter 1, India, 18.
    Daughter 2, Georgia, 15.
    Grandma, 84. The girls Grandma, my mother.
    Susan, age kept quiet for fear of kick in soft tissuey area. Our friend from Tulsa.

    Attending in part:

    Sharon, see above for age. Friend from Texas.
    Evan, 21, Sharon’s son.

    If you want to know more about us, have a look at www.kevinstringer.co.uk/index

    The original plan for today had been to meet Sharon and Evan at the Polynesian for a 9.50am ADR for breakfast at the Kona Café. This plan was changed last night as we all realised that getting up early after going to bed at 2.00am was probably not the wisest idea.
    We eventually drag our bodies out of bed at 9.30am and have a fine breakfast of peanut buttered toast and left over brownie.

    The revised plan is now to spend a couple of hours around the pool before going into Epcot this afternoon. Grandma and Susan decide to go to Downtown Disney for a spot of shopping and I ring Sharon and Evan to let them know the plans.

    Down at the quiet pool the ladies get out their books. That’s one thing about the Stringer women, they’re always reading. At every spare moment out come the books. I’m surprised that they don’t read when Spaceship Earth stops for 30 seconds to load a wheelchair guest. I shouldn’t be too hard on them, after all reading is educational, although how Knitting Weekly and 101 Things To Do With Cucumber are going to enhance their knowledge of the world is beyond me.

    At one point we are all sat on the edge of the pool dangling our feet in the water when Georgia wonders whose sponge is the biggest. You may remember that the sponge is the fatty deposit at the top of the buttocks. It’s decided that Tam’s sponge is the larger and I speculate about what would happen if it acted like a real sponge. Tam would jump in and the pool level would drop by half. She would end up looking like one of those round, bubble like cuddly toys you see in all the Disney shops, The girls call them fatties. We’d have to squeeze her out to return her to normal. Oh well, it seemed funny at the time.

    Tam and I go to Spoodles pizza window to get the lunch, which we eat at a table by the pool. At this point the revised plan is revised again. The ladies are wanting a sundae, so we decide to drop in on Beaches ‘n Cream on the way to Epcot.
    Another hour or so of relaxing and we go back to the room to shower and change.

    Across to Beaches ‘n Cream at 3.30pm where we get a phone call from Sharon to say they are on the way to meet us, so we wait to order until they arrive. We get the Milky Way sundae, which is plenty big enough for the 4 of us; lord knows how people manage a Kitchen Sink.


    We all stroll into Epcot and meet Grandma and Susan in Morocco. We are heading to watch the new film in Canada, but get distracted by Off Kilter. Evan, me and Sharon get a Moosehead and we all sit to watch the show. Half way through Sharon attempts to take a photo with one hand while holding her beer in the other, never a good combination and half of its contents end up in her lap. When I show my usual sympathy by laughing, she claims it was a deliberate ploy to inject some humour into the trip report. Yeah, right.

    We then split up as Grandma, Susan and Inds go to watch the film in Canada, while the rest of us watch the British Invasion and I introduce Evan to the joys of Guinness.



    The tour group reform as the ladies return from Canada and India says she isn’t too keen on the new film.

    We walk slowly round to Japan where we have an ADR for Teppan Edo at 7.30pm. We are seated swiftly and drinks are ordered. For those who haven’t eaten here, this is a Teppanyaki style restaurant with seating around a semi-circular hot plate. The chef prepares the food in front of you. You have a choice of steak, chicken, shrimp, scallops or a combination. You also get some vegetables.
    Part of the enjoyment of this meal is in the food preparation, which is a show unto itself. We all enjoy both the food and the presentation, although Sharon says the steak is a little tough. She should know as she comes from Texas and they are used to exceptionally fine beef. Coming from the UK, anything that is slightly less tough than the bottom of a football boot is considered a luxury.





    All the chefs follow pretty much the same script, so I guess there wouldn’t be too much repeat appeal other than for the food, but it’s very entertaining and different from the usual dining experiences around World Showcase. The total bill for the 4 of us including drinks and tips is $170.

    At 8.30pm we walk round to Norway to find a space for Reflections of Earth. Unfortunately so have most of the other people left in Epcot this evening. Getting a place on the rail is an impossibility. We retreat to Italy to a reasonable position.
    Evan, Grandma and I get a Becks from Germany and we settle in to watch the show. I am very picky about places to watch Reflections of Earth and this rates only average on the viewing front, the main problem being that there are lights that are left on the whole time. Oh well, it’s always a privilege and a pleasure to see such a magnificent display, so we enjoy it anyway.

    When it finishes we hang around as usual, talking and waiting to hear the old Tapestry of Nations music. Instead something comes on that sounds like it must have come from High School Musical 7 – Revenge of the Clones. Sharon reckons it’s from a Disney advert. Crikey, are they trying to scare people away?
    Just as Tam is about to explode in indignation, the true Tapestry of Nations music starts and all is well with the world again.



    Susan now tells us that she has had a bright idea. She thinks we should have a sort of secret Santa where all our names are to be put into a hat and pulled out one at a time. You have to buy a gift costing between $4 and $6 for the person you pull out. Susan calls it our Secret Mad Hatter. Grandma doesn’t hear quite right and asks if we have to buy a gift for $46. I tell her yes, neither $45 nor $47 is good enough; it must be exactly $46. The others soon put her right and the names are put into the hat.
    Grandma is the first to pull out having first been told to put it back if it’s her own name.

    ‘Have you pulled out a name Grandma?’
    ‘Yes dear’
    ‘It’s not your name is it Grandma?’
    ‘No dear’
    ‘Are you sure?’
    ‘No dear’
    ‘You’re sure it’s not your name?’
    ‘Oh … my name! Yes, it’s my name’

    Sigh, it’s going to be a long night.
    Eventually we all pull out the names. Now I realise that the secrecy of the whole undertaking is generally implied by the word ‘secret’, but I’ll tell you who I picked out if you’ll keep your mouth shut. It’s Sharon. Now don’t go telling her will you.

    A slow walk round to the International Gateway and we say goodnight to Sharon and Evan who start their journey back to the Polynesian.
    I expect a few of you know there is a shop by the International Gateway and I also expect a few of you know that my tolerance for shopping isn’t exactly high on my list of attributes. In fact shopping and I get on just about as well as Eldred and Edgar (see, you knew they’d show up again sooner or later).
    However, I spot the chance to sort out my Secret Mad Hatter gift with the minimum of fuss and the Stringer Tactical Shopping technique is employed.
    Enter shop, scan briefly, pick up item from shelf, purchase said item from the gentleman behind the till. 2 minutes spent, job done. Ok, so feathered Minnie nipple tassels are not to everyone’s taste, but it’s the thought that counts.

    We walk back to the Boardwalk and I write up my trip report with Mr Beer for company.
    It’s been our first proper evening in Epcot and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Bed at 11.30pm with a contented smile on my face.

    There's likely to be a break of just over a week until the next day is posted. We're off to Glastonbury and there's a lot of stuff to get sorted, so I'll see you soon.

  2. jamjar84

    jamjar84 DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2007
    Sounds like you had a great day there Kevin. :) I really want to try Beaches and Cream now, mmmm at the sundae. Though I thought the Plaza ice cream parlour could never be beaten. :)

    Enjoy Glasto. :)
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  4. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

    Jun 21, 2003
    Nice one again Kev
    Hope the weather stays nice for you, really hot and sunny here at the moment so it's looking promising. :thumbsup2

    By the way where is this shop with the Minnie feathered nipple tassels? :rolleyes1
  5. GOS

    GOS Livin' for Disney holidays with great friends

    Aug 23, 2006
    Don't knock the Holy Grail! It's amazing how many times it comes in handy!!!

    How did Grandma enjoy her feather tassles?:lmao:
  6. Tartan Tigger

    Tartan Tigger <font color=purple>I fixed my PC MYSELF!!!!!!!!<br

    Oct 30, 2000
    Great day. Enjoy Glastonbury. :)
  7. SusanEllen

    SusanEllen DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2004
    Agreed. It was a lovely evening.

    About the time apart: Nothing remarkable about Dorothy's and my shopping trip to DTD this morning except to say that it was done at a more leisurely pace than the one the other day and that we were both able to find gifts for a lot of the people on our shopping lists.

    Perhaps worth remarking is that this was the day that Dorothy and I realized we might actually be able to carry off a plan we'd been talking about for living at WDW for little or no money. No devious plan--honestly!--it's just that people give us stuff. An example from this day: We ate at Wolfgang Express. I've always enjoyed the quick but good food at Wolfgang's little DTD place (his big restaurant, too) but it's been a few years since I've managed to get back to the Express and was delighted to see that a large, attractive indoor seating area has been added. We shared one of the signature California style pizzas that made Wolfgang's place in American culinary history. The particular pizza was recommented by the young man who had greeted us on arrival. In sharp contrast to our lunch during the very busy noon crowd at Earl of Sandwich the other day, things were relatively quiet mid-afternoon here and Dorothy and I chatted with the man for a few minutes before taking our seats. On the way out we stopped to thank our menu advisor and I showed him my old Puck's Perks card that Scott and I used to proudly take to FL and CA (the only places we went that had Wolfgang Puck restaurants). I still carry the card in my park purse for old times sake. The man was amazed to see one as it's been about 10 years since the Perks program was discontinued. He'd never seen a card but he'd heard of them and the fabulous Wolfgang rewards that could be gotten with them back in the day. He called over another employee who with a surprised smile said she fondly remembered the old cards. Dorothy told them that when she went home to the UK she planned to tell people what a great Disney eatery Wolfgang Express was, with such good food and such friendly people. It was at that poiint that the young man insisted that we each take a large (incredibly delicious and buttery) chocolate chip cookie with his compliments. As we walked out into the warm Florida sunshine after that pleasant exchange, it dawned on us--this wasn't the first time this trip that we'd been given FREE stuff (and by "us" I mean Dorothy and me). Suddenly I had visions of us living at WDW as a more benign female version of the Michael Caine/Steve Martin characters in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Hey! Don't judge us! Getting older deserves some kind of payoff, don't you think? Of course, after doing our sweet little old ladies routine for awhile, even in a place as big as WDW we might be recognized, but then there's also Anaheim, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong . . .
  8. irongirlof12

    irongirlof12 <font color=blue><marquee>Am I the only one who lo

    Nov 3, 2006
    might have to borrow 'secret mad hatter'. and also the book about cucumbers, sounds like an interesting vegetable and I do love a good book;)
  9. Lizzybear

    Lizzybear DIS Veteran

    Jul 23, 2006
    Another lovely day, Teppan Edo looks great (though wish they did tofu as then I could convince the bf to eat there!) as do the sundaes at B&C. I'm determined to get a good viewing spot for Illuminations this year :)
  10. royal99

    royal99 Mouseketeer

    Jan 20, 2009
    Another very enjoyable trip report , i rarely read trip reports but yours are very entertaining, i feel though everyone needs a grandma on the trip to maximise the entertainment value...i am actualy considering booking my nan on to my august trip just for entertainment value in my trip report...i am off to glastonbury to...i look forward to seeing the disboards flag dancing in the dark to the boss..have fun
  11. Kevin Stringer

    Kevin Stringer Chat Host

    Mar 3, 2000
    Haven't got a flag I'm afraid, but I will be down at the front for Bruce.
    Tam is on about taking a huge pair of bloomers to wave at Tom Jones!

  12. mandymouse

    mandymouse Bahama Mama Time !!

    Mar 8, 2003
    Well I've learnt something new today, I didn't realise that there was a Teppanyaki in Epcot, I may have to give it a try, thanks for the info, it sounds like fun ::yes::

    Another great day Kev :thumbsup2
  13. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

    Apr 7, 2004
    Hope sharon loved her tassles :rotfl2:
  14. Miffy2003

    Miffy2003 <font color=orange>I've got Saratoga Springs - mak

    Aug 13, 2003
    What an excellent day!

    Susan, I love your idea. You might find the addition of a hungry-looking, mournful child will help out there ;) Erin uses this look (to huge success ordinarily) all over WDW. The amount of free samples she gets always amazes me :)

    ...plus it's a little embarassing. We do feed her.

    Enjoy Glastonbury Kev & Tammy :woohoo:
  15. Jets fan

    Jets fan DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2006
    Another great day - and I love the phots of the Japanese Restaurant. We went there and completely forgot to take any photos as we all resemebled drowned rats due to a downpour that forgot to stop!

  16. cap'njack.

    cap'njack. Totally in love with Lisa_C

    Jun 13, 2008
    Another great day! Enjoy Glastonbury!
  17. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Lovely day :)
  18. Chilly

    Chilly RIP Tag Fairy

    Apr 25, 2006
    I think we may try a Kitchen Sink this year!

    Have a great weekend.
  19. sandshal

    sandshal DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2003
    Have a good weekend Kev and Co! .... Lovin the trippie :lovestruc Sharon
  20. Pegasus928

    Pegasus928 DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2007
    A great and full day. We have done the Kitchen Sink but I am tempted to try some of the other things on offer next time we pop to Beaches and Cream.
    The Japanese place looks like a good place to eat, and so different from the usual routine of sitting and waiting for what you have ordered to appear.
    Might have to look into this one - thanks for the info and the pics.
  21. Pinky166

    Pinky166 <font color=deeppink>a little on the OCD side<br><

    Feb 6, 2008
    Great day. :thumbsup2

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