My first Trip Report June 2009. - Day 1 Epcot / HS / Epcot

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  1. Just-Pete

    Just-Pete Mouseketeer

    Jun 10, 2009
    Okay I managed to stay up and persevere with my naughty Laptop, so here's the second part :) :

    A few reminders:

    Pre Trip Report:

    The Cast:

    Me- Pete (27) Last WDW Trip Nov 07, with plenty of DLRP in between.
    Jo (29) The second veteran from our Nov 07 trip, has also been to DLRP ten times in the last eight years
    Kathryn (21) WDW Virgin, mad on Princesses, Alice in wonderland & Mary Poppins
    Paul (21) Known as Kip, just along for the ride and cocktails if you ask me
    Amy (23) Younger sister of Chris is over there working ,massive Princess and Tink fan. But she does hate all things HSM, so we may clash, eek!

    Supporting Cast
    Chris (25) On his year working in the Rose & Crown in Epcot
    Kayleigh (23) see above
    These two have proved very useful in the holiday planning / dining reservation department!!!


    From Left to Right: Kayles, Jo, Amy, Kip, Kathryn, Pete (me) & Chris.


    Day 1

    So after a peaceful first nights sleep, the girls were the first up, and through the adjoining door to wake Kip and I up. I woke up sniffing to see if the room still smelt of cigarette smoke. It did. By the time we were showered Chris had joined us in the rooms, as Matt had dropped him off on the way to work, and we set off on the long trek back to the All Star Music Main building, and the Intermission Food Court. I’d read some online reviews saying that the All Star’s food courts were a bit of a circus and could be really slow. It was busy, and slow. Definitely moreso than what I had experienced at Pop Century, but I wouldn’t have said it was awful. We all had a variety of things, I didn’t take note of what everyone had, but I indulged in some French Toast, as I’d never experienced such a delight till I went on my last holiday here in 07. They were yummy, but I didn’t think they were as nice as my last visit. I assume they’re the same as you get in PC, so maybe the recipe has changed? It was off to the Bus Stops next via the reception desk as Matt had mentioned to Chris that we should be able to ask for them to put some kind of machine in the room whilst we were out that would rid of us the cigarette smell. I don’t know what it was, a de-smellifyer? They said they would sort it and off we popped to the Hollywood Studios bus stop as this was where we had planned to go first. The queue was huge and out of the railings. Realising we would be lucky to get on the first bus, we waited and watched the Epcot bus turn up next to us, and drive off half empty. As we stood there with still no sign of the Hollywood Studios bus a second Epcot turned up. We looked at the empty queue and realised it was time to change our plan. Hopping over the railings, we boarded the bus and set off for Epcot.

    Once at Epcot we bee lined for the Guest Relations window to pick up our 14 day ultimate tickets, exactly as we had last time. Of course this didn’t go smoothly, and the nice lady told me at the window, that we should have been able to redeem them at our resort upon check in… Which was fine as the woman at check in told us that we should collect them from a theme park when we make our first entry. Anyway the Cast Members at Epcot were brilliant and after a long wait in the blazing heat they had re-printed our room-cards/ now also tickets, and even presented us with a no strings attached to use on any ride to make up for the wait. We didn’t actually use the no strings as once we were in we breezed straight through Epcot, stopping briefly to collect Kayles who was propping up the bar in the Rose & Crown (with a sprite) and out the other side through International Gateway. We boarded a boat (Friendship 1, for any boat-spotters reading) and set off for Hollywood studios, pointing out the sights to the newbies as we cruised along.

    So once we were off the boat (I like taking them, but seriously, the lack of aircon is a killer) we made our entrance to Hollywood Studios. Now by now it was midday so obviously the rides were heaving. The only real new attractions since I was last here were Toy Story Midway Mania, 80 minute queue, no thanks. And American Idol. So we went straight into American Idol, since it was about to start, and it would be air conditioned. The auditorium was only about two thirds full, but the show itself was really good, we watched all three acts, the first one was a girl, late teens, who was rather unremarkable, and sung a Carrie Underwood song I didn’t know. The second was pregnant 30 year old lady who sung another country song I didn’t know, but was really really good. The third was a 19 year old guy who sung The Jackson’s I Want You Back, in a baritone key, which didn’t work at all for me. Or the judges. I have to say that seeing how we were in a Disney park, I didn’t think the judges would actually give negative feedback. But they did, so that pleased a critic like me. In the end, we all voted for the middle lady, and she won. Yay!!!!

    After idol we made our way out of there, and straight down Sunset Boulevard to catch Beauty and the Beast. The show was brilliant just as I remembered, and finally a great intro to the real magic of a Disney Holiday for the newbies. Watching Kathryns face for me was as entertaining as the show itself. My only grumble was that our Belle seemed a little off, straying from the melodies at time and seeming a little lost in the music, although Gaston more than made up for it. Also we were very close this time so some of the illusion was shattered for me as I realised that Gaston’s massive arms which seemed so well in keeping with the animated character were in fact part of his costume and had seams down the muscles!!!

    After the show it was time for our first dining reservation of the holiday and back up Sunset Boulevard we went this time to the 50’s Prime Time Café. I was excited instantly and was so engrossed in playing in all the 50’s theming and stuff with Kat that we almost missed being called to our table when it was ready. The meal was fab, and our server was excellent, telling us off for having our elbows on the table and giving us all nicknames. Scooter, Spanky, Princess etc…. Most of us had the chicken sandwich, not terribly exciting I know, but I did enjoy a Coke Float, in keeping with the American diner theme. And Chris wowed the group with his Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Milkshake.

    After Lunch we rushed over to catch the Voyage of The Little Mermaid, which I could watch all day as the Little Mermaid is in my top 3 when it comes to Disney Music. Although this time our Ariel seemed to be holding back and not really belting where she could have, to the point that sometimes you couldn’t really here her. Still the show is worth it, just for the part at the beginning with the lasers and bubbles etc. After the Mermaid we lead the group onto The Great Movie Ride, pretending it was really good, just so that we could see their faces as we went round and they realised it wasn’t good at all. Hehe.

    After a mooch round the Streets Of America and that side of the Park we headed back over to Hollywood Tower of Terror where we met Matt who had now finished work, and had a ride on it (fab as ever) before we left the park and caught the bus back to Epcot. We had come primarily to watch Illuminations but had plenty of time, so mooched round World showcase looking for a quick service to get a light bite from, starting with a Frozen Margarita from Mexico to keep me going of course. In the end we settled in the Morocco quick service, and whilst I didn’t eat, the others indulged in something that looked a lot like the kebab I can get down the road to me?

    After food we ended up in Italy to watch Illuminations, which was nice and a bit moving. Then exiting with the flow we said goodbye to Chris, Matt and Kayles for another night as they went off to find Matt’s car, and we headed back to All Stars. As a reward, Kip and I were relieved to find that our room smelt better, not clear of tobacco, but definitely better than it had been.


  2. Pegasus928

    Pegasus928 DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2007
    Excellent reading thank you.

    I notice that you seem to enjoy your shows more than the rides. You must be the first person to go to Epcot and not go on TT or Soarin' :lmao:
    Looking forward to day 2.
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  4. Just-Pete

    Just-Pete Mouseketeer

    Jun 10, 2009
    Hi Pegasus,

    Its not neccesarily that I favour them, but I do think its something that sets the Disney parks aside from any other parks out there, I mean some of those shows could be a seperate entry charge in my mind, Fantasmic, Festival of the Lion King.

    That said we do love the rides too, and keep an eye on my next chapters, we do multiple visits to most parks, so most rides worthy of a look in do get one.

    Thanks for reading!!!

  5. irongirlof12

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

    Nov 3, 2006
    shame about the ticket confusion and the smelly room - sounds like you had a fab day.
  6. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Great day
  7. Loubbylou

    Loubbylou Mouseketeer

    Jun 7, 2007
    That was a very full first day Pete.

    I agree with you about the shows, when ever friends comment on how expensive Disney parks are I always tell them that you get alot of entertainment for your money, the shows, rides and parades are well worth the ticket price.
  8. natalielongstaff

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

    Apr 7, 2004
    What a fab day :thumbsup2
  9. tennisfan

    tennisfan Was told off for sliding down the bannister at SL Moderator

    Jul 15, 2004
    Great day:goodvibes
  10. gemmybear83

    gemmybear83 <font color=royalblue>I would blame it all on Bob<

    Dec 13, 2007
    Great day! You have a great writing style :)
  11. mandymouse

    mandymouse Bahama Mama Time !!

    Mar 8, 2003
    A great day :)
  12. Pinky166

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

    Feb 6, 2008
    A great day Pete. :thumbsup2

    I love Beauty & the Beast show too. Looking forward to reading more.
  13. cap'njack.

    cap'njack. Totally in love with Lisa_C

    Jun 13, 2008
    What a fab day...good on you for changing your plans on a whim too!
  14. SusanEllen

    SusanEllen DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2004
    And this is why, though sometimes it's a hassle, ultimately it's a pleasure to take along new friends. When you share the wonder it increases the joy--or as Walt would say, you "plussed" the experience.

    Really good reporting. Hard to believe this is your first TR.
  15. Sarah84

    Sarah84 DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2008
    Sounds like a great day and glad the smel of the smoke wasn't as bad when you returned to your room :)
  16. Dizneemad

    Dizneemad DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2006
    Sounds like a good start to a great trip. I know what you mean about them shows.
  17. wicket2005

    wicket2005 <font color=deeppink><marquee behavior=alternate>H

    Mar 31, 2005
    Thanks, enjoyed reading your report.
  18. arieljasmine

    arieljasmine <font color=magenta>Who says these things pass you

    Apr 12, 2004
    A lovely first day and great introduction for the newbies. I had a similar illusion shattering moment once at the Little Mermaid show when we sat on the front row and could see the CMs operating the puppets - I was gutted! :eek:

    Laur's xx

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