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I really love the frames that you put your new prints in and they look perfect in your bathroom!!! It's so nice to see how you placed all your purchases throughout your lovely home Cam. You can tell how much you enjoy Disney through all the subtle touches. Thanks for sharing them.
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Love all the souvenirs and the prints! The frames are well suited for them, and your bathroom is just, well, beautiful! Sounds like a great afternoon!
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NEXT: Trains, Monorails, and Fast Cars

Day 10 Part 3 Saturday, May 6, 2017


With the chocolate cake at The Smokehouse, Luke and I were finished with this yearís Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens. We didnít want to spoil our supper plans for later. I made a FastPass for Test Track, but the time for it was a little way off so we could enjoy strolling back through the World Showcase. When we reached Germany, we stopped to take in the trains that were now running through the layout. There was quite a bit of activity on the tracks today.

042 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

043 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

044 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

045 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

046 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

047 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

048 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (427x640) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

049 Geramny Pavilion Train Layout -1 (427x640) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

From the World Showcase we took the walkway that comes out near Test Track. Of course, I stopped once again to photograph the floating flowers in the water that make this area so lovely in the spring.

059 F&GF Floating Flowers-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

I even managed to catch another monorail as well.

060 F&GF Floating Flowers with Monorail-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

061 F&GF Floating Flowers with Monorail-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

062 F&GF Floating Flowers -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

063 F&GF Floating Flowers -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

064 F&GF Floating Flowers -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

065 F&GF Floating Flowers -1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

We walked a little further and decided to take advantage of the restrooms here, which weíve found to typically be underused. They were quite again today with no one else sharing them with us.

066 Restrooms-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

As we came out, I had another opportunity to catch the monorail. I was a lucky girl this day.

067 F&GF Floating Flowers with Monorail-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

068 F&GF Floating Flowers with Monorail-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

Eventually, we made it to Test Track, and created a funky yelllow SUV with lots of star decals and double spoilers. We won two of the categories, but I canít remember which ones.

069 Test Track-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

070 Test Track-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

PhotoPass_Visiting_EPCOT_8027239794 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

When we had entered the FastPass queue for Test Track, I opened the MDE app and got us another FastPass for Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. So we traveled over to the Magic Eye theater next. We had a little wait in the preshow and then we moved into the theater. I love these little films and canít wait to see the two new ones that have since replaced a couple that we saw.

071 Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

072 Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

Since it was nearby, we headed to Imagination to take advantage of the DVC member lounge for some free drinks and some cushy seats in the air conditioning. I think we both refilled our drinks several times, and at one point, a CM came around with a snack cart. We selected some cookies and chips that I stashed in my bag and the next day we ate these on our plane trip home. I attempted another photo of Spaceship Earth from here, but I should have asked Luke to take it because Iím short and couldnít really center it as I had hoped.

073 Spaceship Earth from the DVC Lounge-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

When it was time to leave the DVC lounge and the park in order to make our dinner ADR, we gathered up our stuff and took the elevator down. At the bus stops we caught a bus to Disney Springs. Due to the construction around DS right now, it seems bus rides to or from DS take longer than usual. Thankfully, weíd allowed ourselves plenty of time. Once at Disney Springs, we made our way over to Chef Art Smithís Homecoming. We were happy to see restrooms right across from the restaurant, so we used those before checking in.

We were told at check in that it might be a little while, but it was only about 10 minutes before our pager buzzed.

076 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

We left our outside bench and headed in for what was probably my most anticipated meal of this trip.

075 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

Iím a Southern girl raised on Southern homestyle comfort food, and I was really hoping this place was going to live up to my expectations for that type of cuisine. In fact, I already knew exactly what I would be ordering months before we even arrived at WDW. So once our server had our drink orders, I ordered the Church Lady Deviled Eggs. Every church potluck I attended growing up along with many family feasts featured deviled eggs. So how did these measure up to my Momís, my Grannyís, and every church lady Iíve ever known? Perfect, exactly like I expect a good deviled egg to be. Luke and I split these, each getting three, and my three were devoured before he finished his second one. Iím pretty sure Iíd have had not problem eating all six myself.


077 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

078 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

079 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

080 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

081 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

082 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

083 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

084 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

For my entrťe, I chose Artís Famous Fried Chicken creamy mashed potatoes and cheddar drop biscuits. The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. Delicious! Just like I remember my Momís fried chicken, which we had several times a month, sort of a weekly/bi-weekly standard growing up. The creamy mashed potatoes were creamy for sure. I didnít like my Momís mashed potatoes, and it wouldnít be until college when a friendís mom made some that I realized mashed potatoes could be creamy and quite tasty. The cheddar drop biscuit was okay. I think it needed to bake just a few more minutes, but that didnít stop me from finishing mine.

085 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x425) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

Luke selected the Country Club, a grilled chicken topped with white cheddar, pecan-smoked bacon, red jalapeŮo jelly, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun and served with house-made barbecue chips drizzled with icebox dressing. He highly approved of his meal, too.

086 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x425) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

The view from my seat was toward the kitchen so I could see every plate and dish as it came up to be sent to the tables. I became very fascinated with the desserts as the servings were exceptionally generous. In the end I chose Auntieís Chocolate Cake, which was so moist and chocolatey. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a shot of it. For me, this was the BEST meal of the entire trip, though Sanaa was nearly as good, but then Iíve grown used to it being exemplarily.

087 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (640x427) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

088 Chef Art Smith's Homecoming-1 (360x640) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

We had a bit of time before our last event of the evening. It had been more pleasant again today weather-wise, and as the sun was going down it was getting slightly chilly. I was hoping to buy a pair of jeans as I was afraid I was going to get uncomfortably cold. I usually pack at least one pair of jeans, just in case they are needed. Totally forgot this trip. In fact, when I checked my packing list on the computer, they werenít even listed. Donít know how they got deleted. But jeans at Disney Springs come at a steep price, one I wasnít willing to pay. Without a new pair of jeans, we made our way back to the bus stop and caught a ride to the Magic Kingdom. Tonight would be our final chance to catch Wishes. Once at MK, we walked up Main Street via the Emporium as I thought maybe I could find either a blanket or a pair of sweatpants. But this late in the vacation, I was shopped out and nothing was appealing or in my price range. We made our way into the Hub, finally settling on a spot near a railing. The area right along the wall was already stacked out by several families, but a mom, grandmother, and three kids welcomed us to stand right behind them. I took a shot of the castle with my iPhone to post to Facebook. I hadnít been this excited for Wishes in years.

089 Wishes (480x640) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

As we waited the families along the wall and those of standing right behind them conversed about our memories of Wishes, especially memories with our kids. The grandmother told us that the kids had been so upset when they learned that Wishes was ending that her daughter surprised them all with this trip. The grandmother had also held their spot on the wall since around 4:30 this afternoon to be sure they had a good spot. The mom marveled that Luke enjoyed WDW as much as I do because her husband approved their trip as long as he didnít have to come. At one point the dad in another family took their three kids to the restrooms. While he was gone and the mom was looking forward, a family appeared suddenly pushing their kids into those spots. Teacher mode kicked in and I let the parents know this was not acceptable as another family had been in that area for hours now. The parents kept saying they just wanted their kids to have a good view. By now several of us, including the mom were defending their spots. Truly if theyíd asked nicely and not shoved the kids in over the top of several of us, someone probably would have given the kids some room. But since the parents behaved so poorly, the family ended up moving on. Now as to the weather getting chilly (it was now in the low 60s), by the time it got dark, the crowd had packed in around us and I was insulated for the duration of the fireworks. When it was announced that the show would begin in five minutes, I took one more selfie of Luke and me to post to Facebook. Then the phone was put away because I needed to absorb this final time seeing Wishes.

090 Wishes-1 (480x640) by Cam Matthews, on Flickr

When the fireworks ended, the crowds behind us dispersed rather quickly, allowing lots of cool air to reach me. Brrr! But so pleasant after the first part of our trip. I suppose we could have stayed longer and enjoyed the castle show or some rides. My heart though said it was time to go. We bid the Magic Kingdom farewell for the final time this trip and made our way to the bus stop for a ride home. Back at Jambo House, I finished packing all I could until we got ready the next day, and then it was bedtime.

Final Stats for Day 10 Saturday, May 6:
Fitbit Data: 21,776 steps/8.97 miles/2,369 calories/10 floors/8 hours 36 minutes sleep
Temperature: 81 degrees for the high; 57 degrees for the low
Worst Part of the Day: Knowing it was our last full day
Best Part of the Day: Dinner at Chef Art Smithís followed by Wishes

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Quite the day from Epcot to Disney Springs and to the Magic Kingdom! Great photos at Epcot and especially of the flower beds and lucky that you got some of the monorail! Glad you were able to get a few attraction in before heading to Disney Springs. Your meal at The Homecoming looked very good and that's on my list of places to try, but there are just so many now! Nice end to your day with the last time you'd see Wishes! That one family pushing their kids into the spots were definitely out of line. Glad they moved on.
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Quite the day from Epcot to Disney Springs and to the Magic Kingdom! Great photos at Epcot and especially of the flower beds and lucky that you got some of the monorail! Glad you were able to get a few attraction in before heading to Disney Springs. Your meal at The Homecoming looked very good and that's on my list of places to try, but there are just so many now! Nice end to your day with the last time you'd see Wishes! That one family pushing their kids into the spots were definitely out of line. Glad they moved on.
We did a bit of traveling this day, but most of it was at the end. I loved Homecoming so much it's back on our ADR list for November.
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What a wonderful trip! It was perfect to end your last full day with Wishes.

I ate exactly what you ate at Homecomin' and loved it! Deviled eggs and the fried chicken with creamy mashed potatoes! I sat at the table right behind where Luke sat. Loved it!
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Sounds like you had a wonderful final day! Epcot was beautiful with all the flowers and the food choices were delicious. Your dinner at Art Smith's looked delicious too. Glad you got to try that restaurant out. And getting to see Wishes for the final time was a great way to end your trip!
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What a great day! How nice that you got to spend some time at the DVC lounge and that you got a final FP for Test Track. Dinner looked delicious! I'm very happy to have made that our DS choice for January. Your spot for Wishes was perfect and I'm glad that pushy family eventually moved on.
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What a great last day! Love the pictures from Epcot, and your dinner looks amazing!! How lucky you were able to see Wishes one last time!
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Fabulous TR. I absolutely love all of your photos. The food looks wonderful. I love the photos of Groot. He is adorable.

Your writing always makes me feel like I'm at WDW. Very satisfying when I don't know when my next trip 'home' will be. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Isn't it funny how many rave reviews I've read of Homecoming, but it just doesn't do anything for me? I look at the menu and it doesn't grab me at all, I guess because I haven't grown up with that type of food. I really want to go, but I can't bring myself to, not with so many other amazing restaurants opening up around Disney.

Good for all of you defending that family's spots for Wishes!
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I'm so glad you were able to see Wishes one final time.

Your meal at Homecoming looks fantastic! I'm a southern girl too, and grew up on that kind of food. Yum!
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What a wonderful and full last day!! You guys are so lucky to have seen Wishes one final time!!
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What an exciting day. The food review was great, may have to give Homecomin'a try on our next trip. What a perfect ending to another awesome Disney Trip.
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