DECEMBER 5, 2013 (Thursday)
Disney World! Michael and I explored Epcot today. We got up at 7:30 AM so we could meet the shuttle at 8:45 AM. The ride to Disney World was quick and easy. We were dropped off at Epcot and walked to the entrance. I guess it wasn’t that far but by the end of the day it seemed like miles.
We put our Disney card on the machine and then put our thumb print on the scanner to activate the card. Quite interesting. Don’t understand how it all works but it’s very high tech. Seemed like quite a lot of people going through the lines but we kept being told how slow it was this time of year.
Fun technology. They scan and read your card and then capture a fingerprint. Does Homeland know about this?
Our first stop was Spaceship Earth. Fun. Then on to Chevrolet Test Track. Didn’t realize it was a roller coaster type ride. We also did the Ellen DeGeneres Energy Adventure, walked through the World Showcase (especially liked the ship ride in Norway, China and Canada). Then we went over to do Soarin, after being told how nice it was. So glad we did it. Only problem was it was too short. Wanted to hang glide a little longer. Our last show of the evening was Captain EO (the Michael Jackson 3-D).
The angled stones in the background are where the small photos are placed. I often raise the camera high for best photo’s as my shadow attests.
For a small consideration you can have your photo printed on one of these stones….we passed, not sure what it was all about.
The icon of Epcot.
The first ride we went on was Space Ship Earth and purported to pay homage to the various forms of communication from the beginning of time. Photoed is Gutenberg and his printing press.
Here is a picture of Edie and I traveling in outer space.
Here we are floating in the air.
Edie is happy to see all the flowers.
Our ideal personally designed car for the ride.
Our actual car for the ride. A really pretty woman under the yellow hat.
Norway, looks like our foreign exchange daughter, Helga.
I tried to convince Edie that I had the skywriting done, until they wrote the G.
Really pretty, but about 1/10th the size of the original in China.
See these in the Forbidden City a lot. The dragon with a ball in it’s foot represents the Emperor. Ball-less represents the Empress. The ball represents the world.
Very nice representation of the terracotta soldiers.
Pretty woman with Buddha.
I am the one on the right, wearing a hat.
Emperor on the right, note ball under foot. Left is Empress.
We had fun watching a wily squirrel playing near the moving trains. Couldn’t get him to pose.
Back in Italy.
White Ibis beggars.
A different hunting ground.
Reminded us of Williamsburg.
One of my favorites, Japaneses tea pots.
England, and we think Mary Poppins.
O Canada was fun.
Edie was happy.
All throughout the day we got to talk to some really nice people. We stopped for lunch in England and had fish and chips.
Lunch. Pretty bland.
Witnessed an Ibis Duck squabble. It was not a pretty sight.
While eating, we were joined by a nice couple from Michigan. Just fun chatting and sharing. After that we talked to a Disney person from Poland. What a sweet and beautiful lady, Kasha.
This very charming greeter signed us up for a Disney Resort tour. Kasha is from Poland, married to a former Marine and very nice.
Tony, shared with us a lot of information and answered many of our questions regarding the Disney points program. We talked with a nice couple from Southern California in the line to Soarin. They also do last calls and travel quite a bit. On our way home on the bus we met a really nice couple from Southern Florida.
Two showers in the one bedroom units so you can get going fast (to Disney World).
Vanity with TV broadcast in the mirror.
I think I like the TV in the bathroom.
Studio kitchen. Half fridge, micro, tiny sink. Could work.
Nice living room. Lots of free movies, especially Disney movies.
Nice looking bed.
Never seen this before, a hid-abed in the entertainment center.
Big in the one bed room unit.
High end, and nice.
I asked Tony how the TV in the mirror technology worked. He said, “Disney magic.”
Walk in closet with robes, we like robes.
Fun refrigerator and freezer.
Inside the fridge.
Nice living room.
Michael and I were both surprised at how many scooters in the park. They’re fast and some are dangerous. We were also delighted at how many fun things we got to see and experience. All in all a long but wonderful day!
Pretty nighttime feature.
Bellagio divided by 27.
They do a great job with the flowers.
We didn’t get on the bus until 8:45 PM, and didn’t get home until after 9:00 PM. We’re exhausted and our feet hurt. We felt we walked at least five miles today.
That was our day. Hope yours was great!