I'll be home for Christmas - Trip Report - UPDATED 1/5
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Today was EMH at the Studios. I wanted for us to get there at opening so we could ride Toy Story Mania at least twice, one stand-by and get a FP for later. We arrived parked the car and rode the tram to the front. It was drizzling but not raining too hard.
Today I took my jacket with me, but left it in the car. Once the park was open we went with everyone to Toy Story Mania. I got to take some pictures of the queue area, as the wait was probably around 20 minutes, not too bad. When we exited the ride it was raining again outside. I put on my poncho and we went forward. Jim brought a poncho today, but never used it. From there we thought about The Great Movie Ride, but for some reason it wasnít running during EMH. We went near ABC Commissary and over to ride Star Tours. There wasnít a wait here either. When we got out we saw Muppet Vision 3D. We then wandered around the Streets of America,
on our way to One Manís Dream. We stayed for the movie and when we exited we went over to The Great Movie Ride. While we at the end during all the movie clips my cell phone rang, well vibrated, it was Becky (auntminnie) from EoE, we were going to meet up at RnRC at about 11am. Jim & I wandered over to Rock n Roller Coaster, Jim didnít want to ride so I went alone. When we get out itís still raining but not very hard. We wait in the RnRC area for auntminnie. Jim spots her and her DH looking around, then she takes out her cell phone and mine rings. Bingo.
We meet up and talk for a few minutes. Our FPs are ripe for Toy Story so we say our goodbyes, maybe we will meet up at the Osborne Lights tonight. Jim and I then go and use our Fast Passes for Toy Story Mania. I bet Jim again, but hey heís never played before so well thatís my story and Iím sticking to it. From there we are getting hungry. We think to go over to Epcot for a while anyway and have lunch over in Japan.
We exit the park, and I take the tram to the car so I can get my jacket. Iíve been cold all morning and would just feel better if I had my jacket with me. Jim takes the ferry boat and I said Iíd meet him over at the International Gateway. I got out to the car and back to the area where you walk to Epcot before he even boarded the boat. I just took my time because I knew that Iíd beat the boat. I wandered around Boardwalk area and took a couple pictures of course.
When we got inside Epcot we wandered over toward France to go over to Japan. It was still rather overcast, but at least it wasnít raining any longer. We got to Yakitori House & I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken, while Jim got the Japanese Curry. We both got the Ginger Cake for dessert.
The food was just okay. I thought maybe it would be a little bit better. Oh well Iím glad that I got to experience another counter service area in World Showcase. I tend to always want to go back to Tangerine Cafť so this was good. When we were done with lunch we wandered around ďTimeless Beauty display in Japan. There wasnít a sole in there except for the 2 of us. I took some pictures of course and then saw a sign saying ďno pictures pleaseĒ oops. From there we thought maybe we would head over to Canada.
We stopped for a while to listen to the Santa in Canada, but he was just ending his act so we moved on as well. Since we were in Canada already we took in a showing of OíCanada. I really love Martin Short in this movie and get a kick out of his saying in the end about having a Fast Pass for Soariní.
When we got out we went over to Mexico to ride Gran Fiesta Tour as the last time we rode we were both sopping wet. When we got out of Mexico the Mexican Storytellers we out so we stopped to listen for a while. From there we went over to Norway for a little bit but didnít ride Malestrom. We bypassed China, only stopping for pictures, and made our way over to see the Germany Storyteller. Then stop to watch the trains for a bit. I love the Christmas decorations they put in the ďminiĒ city.
More picture of Italy as we walked by and made our way over to American Adventure.
The show was going to be starting shortly, and we hit the tail end of Voice of Liberty. We got some good seats in the show, as it was pretty crowded. I found a new setting on my camera where I can take pictures without a flash so I was pretty happy.
I got a really good picture of Walt Disney with Tinkerbell near the end of the show.
When the show was done we went outside and took a peak at Santa and Mrs. Claus. They had a pretty good line going. The Fife & Drum Corp were coming out so we watched them for a bit before moving on.
Our next stop was back in Japan where we watched the drummers. There was this boy who was near the front just having a ball playing his own ďairĒ drums. That was fun to watch, he just seemed so happy. When we walked by Morocco, Aladdin and Jasmine were out, so I had to take a picture for my good friend Monica.
We then went over to Future World where we went to The Seas and rode the Clammobile, it was a walk on. Then wandered around the tanks to check out all the fishes. From there I wanted to check out Innoventions, to see the new Sum of All Thrills, so we wandered around and found it and watch for a while.
We were now done with Epcot for the day, so we grabbed a bus back to the Studios. We got back to the Studios it was near dinner time, so we made our way over to BackLot Express where I got the Chicken Nuggets with French Fries and I forgot what Jim got at the moment, probably a burger. We took our time eating as we had some time before the Osborne Lights at 6pm. We made our way over to the Streets of America just before 6pm and snapped some more pictures of course and waited for the start of the Osborne Lights.
Tonight it was super crowded, wall to wall people. I did some videotaping on Qik for everyone back home and we called it a night early. It was just too crazy. We both were like get me out of here.
We made our way back to the car and got back to the room. Tonight we were going to meet up with Jeanne and her friends from New York at POR to see Bob Jackson. When we got back to the All-Stars Jim decided that he didnít want to go, so I left alone and met up with Jeanne and her friends.
We had a great time with a lot of laughing. I made it back to the All-Stars around 11pm I believe.