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Old 03-09-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Fred and Wilma - 'The Keys' to 'The World' Day 15

Sunday 26th August – A DIS Meet, a DIS-appointment and a DIS-covery

Any DISers who hang out on the Restaurants board will understand why I was excited today to be meeting up with Emmysmommy (Brenda) and JustEm (Emily) and, of course, Brenda’s lovely hubby Michael (who doesn’t have a DIS name as far as I’m aware). I was also incredibly nervous as Brenda is so stunning and Em is just so cute, I was worried that I would feel old, fat and frumpy next to them both

We headed off to Epcot pretty early. After the usual early morning trip on Soarin’, we stopped in at Sunshine Seasons for a spot of breakfast. We had a chocolate croissant, oatmeal and raisin cookie and a breakfast sandwich with a hot tea for Gary (obviously) and a diet coke for Daniel and I. The sandwich was absolutely disgusting. The pork was really salty and slimy and the cheese was really strong and congealed; I didn’t like it at all. And, unfortunately, the breakfast potatoes had onions in so none of us liked those either.

Yuck, yuck, yuck



Gary and Daniel liked their respective items but I left still feeling pretty hungry.

It’s got oats and fruit so it must be healthy, right?



After breakfast, we took a trip on Living with the Land as it had been a few years since we’d last done it. Daniel hardly remembered any of it (he last rode it on his first trip in 2008).

It was time then for our second trip on Soarin’. This remains one of my favourite rides at WDW (a close second to Tower of Terror).

We then debated whether to head over to Mission Space. On a previous trip, Daniel had ridden the green (less intensive) version but we were thinking that he might enjoy the orange now he was a little older. The wait time showing was pretty long (probably due to Test Track being closed) but we weren’t in a hurry so in we went. Imagine our surprise when we walked straight through and into the holding area. Our mission was successful and we reached Mars with no problems, despite being a crew member short. Daniel loved it, he couldn’t get over the feeling of something pushing down on your chest when you launch.

We wandered slowly over to World Showcase. It was starting to cloud over a little bit and I was worried that we might get some rain this afternoon. Gary had a bit of a headache so was talking about going back to the room for a little while. We decided we would go and meet up with Brenda and family as planned, then maybe head back to the Beach Club if Gary wasn’t feeling any better.

Phineas and Ferb



We were a bit early so had a wander through Canada, then into the UK. Daniel decided he wanted to see Alice, who was hanging around. The photos we got of him with Alice are some of my favourites. They just sum up boys (maybe all children) of his age so much – desperately trying to be grown up, too cool for the characters but still a child deep down.

I’m not really holding her hand



Do you know the ‘I’m a little teapot’ song?



Me and my mate Alice



We took a look in some of the shops and soon it was approaching 11.45 – time to meet Brenda, Em and Michael. As we walked past the Rose and Crown, I saw Brenda coming towards me, just as gorgeous in real life as she is in her pictures. We had a hug and she quickly introduced Em and Michael and we all had hugs and shook hands (the men). We decided to head into the Rose and Crown to get a drink and have a seat so we could chat. We got some drinks from the bar and grabbed some seats. The next hour or so passed by in a complete blur; we talked, we laughed, we hugged and it felt like we had known them all for years. Brenda is such a lovely lady, Michael is a great guy and Em is so mature, beautiful and a real credit to them both. All too soon it was time to say goodbye as they had a reservation at Chefs de France at 1.30. We were genuinely sorry to say goodbye and wished them an enjoyable meal and a great vacation.

No, Gary is not asleep!



With thoughts of lunch in our heads, I realised that I actually hadn’t eaten very much at all so far today, something which shouldn’t be allowed on a Disney holiday. Surely there’s an unwritten rule that says you need to eat every couple of hours or something? Anyway, we were very conveniently near the Yorkshire County Fish Shop so fish and chips it was. Gary was still suffering a bit so we just got one portion to share between the three of us. We sat down next to the lake to eat them and very delicious they were too.

Chish and Fips



Gary still had a headache and had decided to go back to the room to get some tablets and have a lie down. As it didn’t look much like pool weather, Daniel and I decided we would do an Agent P mission in World Showcase. Gary headed back, saying he would text us if he was feeling better and wanted to come back and join us. We walked over to International Gateway together and Daniel and I collected a F.O.N.E. Our first mission was in France, which was pretty handy, so we crossed the bridge.

France – Hey, has anyone seen Perry?



We wandered around the streets of France, carrying out our mission.

Watching the magic happen



Inside France, looking out



I bought myself a Grey Goose Citron Slush and did a pretty poor impression of a responsible parent, sipping it while following Daniel around on his mission.

It wasn’t long before the rain which had been threatening for the last hour or so made an appearance. We took shelter under a canopy outside La Signature. A young couple arrived and took shelter next to us, both of them smoking, so we headed inside. We were given a funny look by a woman in the shop so I explained that we’d been sheltering outside but had no desire to be stuck next to two smokers. The lady told us they couldn’t smoke there but she wasn’t allowed to ask them to move since she wasn’t a Disney employee. She went to fetch a Disney CM who did go outside and ask them to move or extinguish their cigarettes. Clearly the thought of smoking in the rain wasn’t attractive as they both put their cigarettes out. The rain eased up a little bit so we continued on our mission, culminating in getting to see the elusive Perry.

Daniel wanted to do another mission but Gary had just texted to say he was coming back over so we waited for him to join us, handed in our F.O.N.E. and then headed on around World Showcase.

Poncho? I don’t need no stinkin’ poncho!



Our next mission of another kind was to cross a couple more snacks over our list. The next one was to be the one Daniel had been most looking forward to – the American Dream from the Fife and Drum Tavern at The American Adventure. Sadly, it was not to be – the slush machine was broken. Daniel was very disappointed.

Wot no American Dream!



We then spent some time messing about, trying to take ‘trick’ shots with the Epcot ball.

The best of a bad bunch





Our next stop was Karamell-Kuche and another attempt at crossing a snack off the list. Now, technically, the list stated ‘Anything from Karamell-Kuche’ but really we wanted a cupcake. Too bad, they were all out of cupcakes. We had to get something though so we settled on a small selection – Caramel Popcorn, choc covered marshmallows with caramel and choc covered pineapple spear with caramel.

Karamell-Kuche means ‘Smells yummy’



Caramel Corn



Pineapple Spear



When we came out of the shop it was raining again so we found shelter under a little roof around the corner. Daniel settled under a wishing well to eat his pineapple. He was just taking a huge bite when a Photopass photographer came out of nowhere and caught him mid-bite.

Gotcha!



Continued in the next post....
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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Continued...

We wandered on through the remaining countries, dodging rain showers and taking shelter when necessary.

Check out my wheels



Um Bongo, Um Bongo



Gary found his ideal refreshment kiosk.

The Joy of Tea



Ready for some pillaging and plundering



Hola Gringos



Has anyone seen Perry?



Is it just me or is there a word missing?



Totem Pole Impression



By now, we were tired and damp so we walked slowly back to Beach Club Villas, where we showered and changed before heading out for dinner.

Tonight we were trying a new (to us) restaurant, Texas Roadhouse. We had read some great reviews on the DIS before we left and decided we had to give the place a try.

Let me at those ribs!



The restaurant was quite busy, considering it was relatively early but we were seated straight away at a booth right in the back. Our server was a lovely English girl who had moved to Orlando with her parents 6 years before. She bought us the traditional bucket of peanuts and some wonderful warm yeast rolls.

Nuts!



Fresh, warm rolls – melt in the mouth



Daniel managed to get through almost 3 baskets of these rolls just by himself. The server made the mistake of telling him he could have more and he just kept asking for more.

The menu was pretty extensive and it was really hard to decide. I had to have a cocktail while I pondered the choices.

Texas Peach Fuzz



Gary eventually settled on steak with fresh vegetables and loaded mash. Daniel and I decided to share a combo with ribeye steak and ribs. It came with two sides so we chose loaded baked potato and loaded fries.

The food came quickly and it was all piping hot. It was absolutely delicious. I don’t often order ribs as I’m a bit fussy about them and I don’t tend to like meat on the bone but the ribs were so flavourful and tender, I could have eaten more (except I was stuffed!). Daniel easily polished off half the steak and ribs, most of the baked potato and some fries. I couldn’t believe how much he ate.

Steak, mash and – ooh – veg



Loaded fries



Steak and loaded baked potato



Tender rib-by yumminess



We couldn’t manage dessert and so we paid the bill, which was very reasonable (I have lost the receipt so don’t recall how much it was). We left a big tip for our server, who had been brilliant.

Even though we didn’t want dessert, we had already decided that we would drive down to Krispy Kreme and buy a box of glazed doughnuts, for breakfast the next day. Driving down the 192, I was excited to see the ‘Hot Now’ sign lit up.

Hot Now!



We drove through, purchased a box of 12 and they were lovely and warm. I had read so many of Karin’s trip reports where she had raved about warm Krispy Kremes, we couldn’t resist tasting one despite being so full from dinner.

Oh. My. Goodness



They were so delicious, almost melting in your mouth. Who knew that Krispy Kremes could taste any better? Daniel really wanted one but was just far too full so decided he would wait until we got back to the Beach Club (he never did have one though as he was still full at bed time).

We were going to have a wander around the Boardwalk but it was absolutely tipping it down so we just watched some TV, and then settled down for the night.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Sounds like Daniel had worked up quite an appetite walking all the way around world showcase. Never been to texas roadhouse but looks great.

The american dream machine was broken when we wanted one in October aswell.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:51 PM   #4
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The guests smoking in a non designated area is a real pet peeve of mine!
Had to show DH a pic or two of yours from the Texas Roadhouse - DH has decreed that its a 'must try' for our trip lol. And he wonders why I spend so much time on these boards
And yes please to the Krispy Kremes! nom nom Must try them warm next time thanks for the tip Joh
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:23 AM   #5
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I like the loaded fries and jacket -yummy and my those donuts OMG
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Now I really want a hot krispy Kreme
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I haven't had ribs in ages, I so need some now.
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What a brill day you had
It's great that you got to meet up with the lovely Brenda and family
Mmm, if only I could have a Grey Goose Slushie for lunch today
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Fresh Kispy Kremes are my favorite!
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oh my those topped chips look awesome !! av read this trip report from the beginning it has been great , i have made lots of notes thanks xx
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Aww love the photo of Daniel & Alice nearly but not quiet holding hands, it is sooo sweet.
Another good day now looking forward to reading the next one .x
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Hi Joh! I hope you made it back from your Vegas trip and are resting up! it was definitely so much fun seeing you guys! And to see that we were part of this update - yay!!! You guys are awesome!

I love the "trick" photos of the Epcot ball with Gary and Daniel. Very clever!

Texas Roadhouse loaded baked potatoes and a steak = fabulous! I'm with Daniel, I could eat 3 baskets of rolls. Mmmmmm! Almost as good are fresh/hot baked Krispy Kreme donuts.

Glad to know Gary got some rest and felt better later.
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