Friday 11th April 2008 The Cast: Me (Matt) 42, though young at heart! DW (Claire) 41, and ditto DS11 (Samuel), already a teenager! DS9 (Tommy), daredevil coaster rider! and Nanny! Today is a slow start, with a bit of a lie-in and breakfast in the villa. Never my favourite kind of thing, as I love going out for big American-style breakfasts, but we've decided to take the foot off the gas for a day or two so I have to play ball. A bit of fruit, toasted bread with PBJ, a doughnut and some coffee and it'll have to do. Boma it ain't but, like I said, I've got to be a good boy and give in from time to time. Having lounged around the villa for an hour or two, we set off for Epcot in time for he opening of World Showcase at 11:00. We could have gone in through the International Gateway, but I want to try and get FP's for Soarin' so we go in through the main entrance and I head off in that direction whilst the others head towards WS. It's a good job that we haven't left it any later, as the FP time for Soarin' is already out at 4:10 pm, so I grab some and head back to join up with the others, and on into Mexico. Here we opt for a ride on the Grand Fiesta Tour, escorted by the Three Caballeros. Now, my memory is usually pretty good, and I know that we went on a ride through Mexico last time, and that it was a boat ride, but this wasn't it. Did this not used to be called the River Of Time? Somebody please put me out of my misery! After a poke around all the stalls at the "bazaar" we head outside and the others grab a table by the lake whilst I queue at the Cantina de San Angel for a Plato Combinacion and some Churros. I've never really been tempted by Mexican food, with the exception of Chilli Con Carne, but this is lovely, and I'm sure that we'll be having this sort of thing a bit more in the future. On the Wardrobe Malfunction trip, SpookySarah had kindly brought the kids home a pair of World Showcase Passports, so they are set on getting them stamped in every country. This becomes a bit all-consuming, and I'm sure that there is a bunch of stuff in each country that I have missed, as I seem to spend most of the time hunting for the place to get them stamped (I think they're called KidCots, or something like that). Most of the way round, the CM's are very friendly, and chat to the kids as they write messages in their passports and stamp them. Even in France! (We pause here for a drink and some pastries from the French patisserie - they are divine!). There is, however, one notable exception, and it shames me to admit that is the UK mg::erm:mg: The girl here is completely disinterested, to the point of being rude, and I come away feeling a little embarrassed to be English. I have written her name down in my trippie notes, but I won't mention it here (there's always the possibility that she's the daughter of a Dibber!!). One of our favourites on the way round is Japan, and both DW and Nanny spend ages in the shops here, coming away with various souvenirs. Eventually though, we reach Canada, and the kids' passports are complete. A good job too, as it is now getting close to Soarin' FP time. We head over there, pausing only to take photos of the topiary. We stroll on down the FP entrance, past the HUGE queues waiting in the Standby line, and we get on the ride pretty quickly. We did this one when it was still fairly new on our last trip, but it is Nanny's first go, and she loves it. I have to say that yes, it is a very good ride, but I can't help but think that they have got it slightly wrong with the scene-changing. It just seems to suddenly change in mid-air from one scene to the next. It would make far more sense to me, and make things far smoother, if we were to suddenly swoop up into a cloud and then drop back down to different scenery. Just a thought, and I don't want to sound as though I don't enjoy the ride, because I do. By the time we get off the ride, it's not far off of 5pm, and we have a 6pm ADR at the House of Blues, so we drive over to Downtown Disney and head to the Virgin Megastore, as we still have 15 minutes to spare. Nanny has decided that she wants to buy a digital camera, but the staff in the Virgin store say that the guarantee does not cover the camera outside of the US, so she decides not to bother. The kids cannot find any of the DS games that they had earmarked before the trip, but will keep on looking. Whilst outside, we notice that there is a plane writing a message in the sky, so we watch until he has finished and can't resist a snap. Time for our ADR, the one that I have been looking forward to the most since booking it. I have always wanted to go to the HoB, and I'm a little disappointed that there is no live music of any note on whilst we are on this trip (a favourite band of mine played just after we left last time, and I was kind of hoping that we might be lucky this time, but it isn't to be). The food, however, does not disappoint. With Maureen as our server, we have the following: Me: Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich (delicious!) DW: Ribs DS11: Catfish Nuggets DS9: Burger Nanny: Creole Catfish & Shrimp I don't think we had desserts (I haven't written anything in my notes), but at $100 including drinks and tip, I reckon it is pretty good value (and we shall be going again in August 2010!). That's about it for today, just a bit of relaxing back at the villa before bedtime, ready for a trip to the Florida Mall tomorrow.