Travelers: DH & DW both 50 December 9Ã¢ÂÂ(Day 7) Shopping. I believe we decided since it was Saturday weÃ¢ÂÂd do some shopping. We drove out International Drive to find the Beltz outlet that everyone was praising. Yup, big outlets, found the Disney outletÃ¢ÂÂunimpressed. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe it was too picked over before the holidays, but walked out with two pair of children socks. We then stopped at FAO toy store. Had a ball in there testing everything outÃ¢ÂÂand so were a lot of others. Two little old gals were playing with this silly putty type material that made noises like someone passing gasÃ¢ÂÂthey got such a kick out of it and giggled like kids. Too funny! Saw exactly what I was looking for, but decided IÃ¢ÂÂd find it back home instead of paying shipping chargesÃ¢ÂÂwrong move! Never did find it in upstate NY. We then headed over to the Marketplace to get back in the Disney mood. Bought some unique Christmas ornaments, a pair of polar tech pjs for DD, tie & socks for DH (when his back was turned), spent lots of time in and around Legoland. We then had lunch at the RFCÃ¢ÂÂwell, it was definitely a different experience. I love to eat and sample new dishes, but didnÃ¢ÂÂt really find anything to rave about here. Shared the mixed appetizer w/DH then we each ordered a sandwich. I had the turkey pita and DH had the pizza flatbread, I think. We decided to forego dessert. We had a very nice table right under the center gorillas, but the poor people next to us had the smoke pouring over them throughout the whole meal. The restaurant was cleverly decorated and I liked the thunderstorms, but there was a lot of food and trash on the floors. And I know itÃ¢ÂÂs very hard to control the musty odor, but was too moldy for my nostrils. WasnÃ¢ÂÂt the most pleasant of experiences. Been there done it. Did some more shopping/drooling over items we couldnÃ¢ÂÂt afford. Would love some of the painted cells. We thought about taking in a movie or going back to PI, but opted to head back to the room to watch TV & see the fireworks from our balcony. December 10Ã¢ÂÂ(Day 8) EPCOT World Showcase: DH picked up muffins and juice from the Breakfast on the Run wagon while I was getting ready for the day. Drove over and parked at Boardwalk and took the boat over to EPCOT. Nice, relaxing beginning. Weather had warmed up, tooÃ¢ÂÂlife is good. Started at Millennium VillageÃ¢ÂÂthat was a pretty neat place tucked right in there next to Canada. Was also impressed with how creative these countries were. Loved those coke bottlesÃ¢ÂÂgot a couple great shots. Bought a couple trinkets and moved on past FranceÃ¢ÂÂstatues werenÃ¢ÂÂt out yet. Looked at Morocco, moved on to Japan. Then to the American Adventure. We couldnÃ¢ÂÂt get into the main entrance hall as it was closed for a private eventÃ¢ÂÂthat disappointed me as I wanted to hear the Voices of Liberty again (they sang at the CP). Headed on down to the German Biergarten for lunch. We mustÃ¢ÂÂve sat there for three sets of the ompa bandÃ¢ÂÂthe second time they saw us still sitting there, one musician waved at me while I was taking pictures. When they came out the third time, the one guy looked right over at us to see if we were still there. And the only reason we were still there was that large mug of beerÃ¢ÂÂwhy he ordered a bit one was beyond me. Have great pictures of him holding up this big mug of beerÃ¢ÂÂsomething his mom will be proud ofÃ¢ÂÂnot! But we wandered on down to China and took in the show, then rode the Maelstrom in Norway, sailed the El Rio del Tiempo in Mexico then backtracked to France to see the Living Statues. They are simply amazing, but was so far back in the crowd it was hard to see much. Sometime during our WS trek we picked up a part of the TON parade. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs simply amazing and wonderful to watch. We had reservations at Rose & Crown for dinner, but decided that we just didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to sit that long to see the Illuminations & gave them up. We bought some pastries in France to save for dessert. Did see Off Kilter and the British Invasion in UK, though. Off Kilter is truly uniqueÃ¢ÂÂbought a CD of their music. Decided to have a bite to eatÃ¢ÂÂpicked up fish & chips at UK (they were great) & settled in at the court in UK to enjoy them and our pastries. After seeing Oh Canada, walked over to ride Spaceship EarthÃ¢ÂÂwe missed it earlier. By this time, we wandered back to WS to pick our spot for Illuminations and opted to sit by Canada and wait it out. Spectacular. We got up and stood right by the rail next to the lagoon to get the effects. By the time it was all over we decided to walk back to Boardwalk instead of getting in line for the boat. Nice walk, but was really beat when we got back to the room. My age is catching up w/me.